“Hold thy peace, dear little Pearl!” whispered her mother. “We must not always talk in the market-place of what happens to us in the forest.”
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, in The Scarlet Letter
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
but neither are you free to abandon it.
~ The Talmud
“My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it—all idealism is mendaciousness in the face of what is necessary—but love it”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
~ Anatole France
“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
~ Alice Walker
Oh Great Mystery, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world
– hear me –
I come before you, one of your children.
I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my People, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers [and sisters], but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
~ Chief Yellow Hawk (Itazipcola Lakota)
“To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.”
~ Wendell Berry
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
“I would like to pass this on one little bit of advice I give to everyone. Relax. Just relax. Be nice to each other. As you go through your life, simply be kind to people. Try to help them rather than to hurt them. Try to get along with them rather than fall out with them.”
~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
“What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others.”
~ French Proverb