The following is a list of quotes which resonate with me well. It is only a short list for now. There are so many but these are specifically always in my mind. Usually I only like to include quotes where I have resonated throughout the entire source material. And while the quotes I choose aren’t the most popular from the source, they are quotes which changed my perspective, or provided clarity where my mind was clouded at first, for dilemmas I have trifled my mind with. I share these as I do anything else, for your own curiosity and pursuit for ever expanding knowledge and life.
Today’s overwhelming volume and variety of information makes it possible—by selecting and connecting data points carefully—to paint practically any picture of the world and make it seem accurate. So the pictures we paint are often more a reflection of our deepest personal orientation, especially of our basic optimism or pessimism, than of empirical evidence. – Thomas Homer-Dixon.
We give abundantly to you so that we may deserve a reward; yet which of us has anything that does not come from you? – St. Augustine.
While life continues, no one knows the end. Only fairy tales have endings. – Virginia McKenna
If not now, then when? If not me, then who? – Mick Ebeling
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. – Edmund Burke
Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. – Albert Einstein
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. – Albert Einstein
Music is all about expression. To me, music theory is an obstruction. I love composing music because it liberates me from social conventions and authorities. It is pure freedom to me. The last thing I want to be doing is follow academic guidelines and rules that directly inhibit my creative freedom. Music is my sanctum and theory has no access. “Illusions” reflects this 100%. – Thomas Bergersen
Inner peace is not apathy.
It’s very important not to confuse serenity and apathy. One of the characteristics of a stable spiritual practice is not to be vulnerable to outer circumstances, whether favorable or unfavorable. The practitioner’s mind is likened to a mountain that the winds can’t shake; he’s neither tormented by the difficulties he may come across nor elated by his successes. But that inner equanimity is neither apathy nor indifference. It’s accompanied by inner jubilation, and by an openness of mind expressed as unfailing altruism. – Mattheiu Ricard
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and I could say, “I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck
The Tao is hidden, and has no name; but it is the Tao which is skillful at imparting (to all things what they need) and making them complete. – Lao Tse