The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
I cannot find, I cannot imagine any such reasoning. But I keep my mind still open to instruction, if any one will vouchsafe to bestow it upon me.
If you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself.
I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.
The habit of telling myself off subtly shapes a nature of sorrow. Instead, let me talk to myself gently, with patience, as one would do to a child.
Ecstasy is our very nature; not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic, it needs great effort to be miserable. That's why you look to tired, because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really difficult, because you are doing something against nature.
We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You cant just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think its going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
In my opinion, nothing occurs contrary to nature except the impossible, and that never occurs
God epiphanizes Himself to the soul according to the essence of that soul, which is at once physical and spiritual. Then the soul becomes aware that it sees God, but through Him, not through itself; it loves only Him, not through itself, but in such a way that it is He who loves Himself; it is not the soul which loves Him; it contemplates God in every being, but thanks to a gaze which is the divine gaze itself. It becomes aware that He loves no other than Himself; He is the Lover and the Beloved, He who seeks and He who is sought.
The person who does not read books has no advantage over the person who cannot read them.
We have to make machines understand what they're doing, or they won't be able to come back and say, 'Why did you do that?'
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.