Wise Sayings from Many Sources

Every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

It matters little what you believe so long as you don’t altogether believe it.

Religion is a department of politics.

The purpose of morals is to permit people to inflict suffering with impunity.

Violence is the last resort of the incompetent. (Isaac Asimov)

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. (Voltaire)

The trouble with politicians is that the 90% who are corrupt give the rest a bad name.

Do not fear suffering; only fear that you will not learn from it.

The IQ of a mob is equivalent to the IQ of the most intelligent person in the mob divided by the number of people in the mob.

The exploited create the exploiter just as the worshippers create the object of worship. (Krishnamurti)

Inscription on a gravestone in Cumbria:  The wonder of the world, the beauty and the power, the shape of things, their color, lights and shades; these I saw. Look ye also while life lasts.

The path of the soul after death is the same as the path of the soul in dreams. (Lakota saying)

There are many people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy to those who feel.

God isn’t dead. He just knows better than to get involved.

Death is Nature’s way of telling you to slow down.

Love thy neighbor, but don’t get caught.

No one has ever added to the sum total of human knowledge by denying the existence of anything

Our fate is shaped from within ourselves outward, never from without inward.

All living things demand recognition. but to receive it they must first wake you up. When we fail to recognize a god, it soon appears as a pathology. (Hillman)

Sometimes you are the pigeon, and sometimes you are the statue.

The opposite is also true. (Empedocles)

It is the lens you see through which creates your world.

Religion is unprovable science; science is unacknowledged religion. (Jos. Campbell)

Hope is a great magnifier; that is why it can’t see very far.

There is one barrier that will keep you in complete ignorance — and that is contempt prior to investigation. (Herbert Spencer)

It is an axiom of archetypal psychology that each phenomenon contains within itself the means by which it is to be interpreted.

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. (Jung)

When there is an income tax, the just pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. (Plato, The Republic)

An interesting bit of wisdom issued by the Dept. of Environment of Alberta: Hikers and hunters must be warned of dangers of encountering bears. Carrying such devices as little bells to warn bears withou shocking theminto agression. Also carry pepper spray in the event of an encounter. Be able to detect their presence by differentiating their droppings. Black bear droppings often contain berries and even squirrel fur. Grizzly bear droppings frequently contain little bells and smell of pepper spray.

The spirit needs matter in order to reveal itself.

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t. (Mark Twain)

In science as in love, a concentration on technique is likely to lead to impotence.

Publication is the Auction of the Mind of Man. (Emily Dickenson)

A mother brought a child to Gandhi saying, “Please tell my son to give up sugar.” Gandhi said, “Come back in a week.” A week later, she returned and Gandhi said to the child, “Give up sugar.” The mother asked, “Couldn’t you have told him that last week?”  Gandhi replied, “No, because last week I hadn’t given up sugar.”

An accident is a rock with a message from the unconscious thrown through the window of your awareness.

People in a hurry cannot feel.

Some people use statistics like a drunkard uses lamp-posts, for support rather than illumination.

In the Oriental tradition, the compassion one feels for the sufferer is not for the suffering itself but rather because the sufferer does not know why he/she is suffering. It has no meaning for the sufferer and therefore is much worse than it would be otherwise.

Every detail of the material world is a kind of projection of a non-physical reality that has chosen to reveal itself in a particular way. Distortion results from the fact that it is impossible for anything in our world to be a complete replica of a non-physical reality Also distortion results from the actions and perceptions of man because of his free will, thus permitting him alone wilfully (or in the case of perceptions unwillingly) to change the framework somewhat, thus participating in the Creation. Thus mankind, like God, creates the world in the image of himself.

Truth varies according to our perspective. There are many gods because there are many ways of understanding the world, and each god is a lens through which we view the world. It is only to those who are prepared to accept that their own view may not be the total truth that the gods will show their face.

If the soul could know God without the world, the world would never have been created (Meister Eckhardt)

A dream is a Fax from the unconscious.

Understanding kills action, for in order to act we require the veil of illusion. (Nietzsche)

The cheese in every trap is free, but it is always the second mouse that gets the cheese.

If God had known Himself absolutely, there would have been no need for humans created in His image as mirrors much less any evolutionary necessity to evoke even greater knowing at a conscious level. A “conversation” was needed through the duality of spirit and matter. He created outer reality as a reflection of Himself, therefore reality is not an illusion but a revelation, a manifestation of divinity.

Speaking mythologically, each god is the source of a world that without him remains invisible. . . and through whom it becomes intelligible. (Kerenyi)

William James depicts the brain not as the producer but as the transmitter of consciousness, a physical medium whereby consciousness filters into the natural world. He uses the term “filter” because the brain limits consciousness in its process of transmission. This is parallel to te view that the senses “filter” what is out there into what one can perceive.

A tryant dies and his reign ends; a martyr dies and his reign begins. (Kierkegaard)

Who we think we are dies, but we aren’t who we think we are.

What you do not make conscious comes at you from outside, as if by fate. (Jung)

Enlightenment doesn’t care how you get there. (Zen saying)

Everything is here all the time. It is only because our apereture of awareness is so narrow that we experience things sequentially.

The spirit does not punish. Pain and other problematic situations are not imposed on us to punish, but to redircct.

Beneath the accidental surface effects of this world sit — as of yore — the gods. (Jos. Campbell)

Everything in this world has a hidden meaning. Men, animals, trees, stars, they are all hieroglyphics . . . When you see them, you do not understand them. You think they are really men, animals, trees, stars. It is only later that you understand. (Kazantzakis in Zorba the Greek)

The moon is more important than the sun — it gives light at night when we need it.(Nasrudin)

If everything were only One, that One could not become manifest to Itself. The condition of manifestation is that of One being seeking to reveal and experience Itself. We are created to serve as trusted channels for the furtherance of Creation.  (Sufism)

Everyone takes the limits of his own view for the limits of the world. (Schopenhauer)

Pygmalion said it, so did God, and so did the Spirit within all of us:  I was a hidden treasure and yearned to be known, and so I created in order to be known by my creation.

Innocence is like sincerity. Once you’ve learned to fake it, you’ve got it made.

Out beyond our ideas of right and wrong there is a field. I shall meet you there. . . There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can’t hope. The hopers would feel slighted if they knew. (Rumi)

There is another world and this is it. (Paul Elhuard, surrealist poet)

Nothing transformational can be purchased.

Myth is essential for understanding Truth, for it is the veil which prevents Truth from blinding us.

Spirit always attempts to make matter conscious of its original and ultimate oneness with spirit.
Law and sausages are somethindgs you do not particularly want to see being made (Bismarck)

A book is a friend that will do what no friend does — be silent when we wish to think. (Durant)

Teehnology is the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.

First people deny a thing; then they belittle it; then they say it was known all along.

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

Beware of the person with delusions of adequacy.

Resentment is just a way of letting someone else use your mind rent-free.

When everything is heading your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

We are the people our parents warned us about.

If you can keep your head when those about you are losing theirs, perhaps you’ve misunderstood the situation.



Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Democracy simply means the bludgeoning of the people by the people and for the people.

Always forgive your enemies — nothing annoys them so much.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth learning can be taught.

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Some cause happiness whereever they go; others whenever they go.

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Human beings are endowed with imagination as a compensation for what they are not, and a sense of humor as a consolation for what they are.

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