Category: philosophy

Man is the only creature who refuses to be wha…

Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.

My friend…care for your psyche…k…

My friend…care for your psyche…know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves.

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Solitude is in the mind of a person. One may be in the thick of the world and yet maintain perfect serenity of mind. Such a person is always in solitude.

Ramana Maharshi

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Sadly, many people place their emphasis on managing their physical appearance and the impression they make on others. Those who seek wisdom come to understand that even though the world may reward us for wrong or superficial reasons, what really matters is who we are inside and who we are becoming.

Epictetus

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The art of living happily is also the art of transforming our afflictions. If we want to be happy, we need to identify what is preventing us from being happy. The path to well-being is the path out of ill-being. Sometimes we suffer but we don’t dare to admit it to ourselves, let alone to others. However, only by facing our suffering can we find the way out, the path to well-being.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Forgive others for their misdeeds over and over again. This gesture fosters inner peace. Forgive yourself over and over again. Then try to do better next time.

Epictetus

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When you label someone: “Okay, he is Christian. He is bad or he is good. She is Muslim, and she is good or she is bad.” The matter is decided without looking at the individual. The labels decide. Don’t have fixed attitudes; have flexible awareness. Don’t say this is bad, or this is good. Just say that one has to find out constantly what is good, what is bad. Train the mind to find out, to investigate.

Osho

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Never fix labels! Life is flux. The thing that is good this moment may be bad the next moment, and the thing that is bad in this situation may be good in another. Instead, be aware, find out what is the case, inquire.

Osho

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If you try to be something or someone you are not, you belittle your true self and end up not developing in those areas, that you would have excelled at quite naturally.

Epictetus

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There is understanding only when the mind is quiet; and the mind is not quiet when it is held in an ideology, dogma or belief, or when it is bound to the pattern of its own experience, memories. The mind is not quiet when it is acquiring or becoming. The mind is quiet only when it is not caught in thought, which is the net of its own activity. When the mind is still, not made still, a true factor, love, comes into being.

J. Krishnamurti