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Quotations

QUOTATIONS to offer valuable thoughts of many people – both past and present – for your affirmation, contemplation, meditation and well being.

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 FROM THE DIARY OF OLYMPUS …a few fragments……………

“There are two forces, each having seven streams, and they again seven times seven, and so on downward unto an infinity of numbers.

They are right and left hand – positive and negative – light and darkness – good and evil.

Each has many names and many attributes, and in the ultimate the two are one; though not yet, nor for many aeons, is their oneness manifested, and until then they are opposites.

Their oneness is an occult secret, difficult to understand, and it is madness for the choosers of the left-hand force to meditate their treacheries when the star of the right-hand force is in the ascendant.”

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“Magic is the universally accepted name for those phenomena whose nomena are unknown to the ordinary herd. But magic is of two kinds which, however, have this quality in common: they receive their impulse from the will of the magician, somewhat in the way that ripples on the sea receive their impulse from an oar; and if his will lack strength, or if his understanding fail him, he must receive the effect of his magic hurled back on himself with force redoubled by the impulse of his adversary. He who is known as a white magician – he, that is, who takes the right-hand way and whose knowledge is exerted solely with a beneficial and unselfish purpose – need not dread that repercussion more than fish need dread the sea, because he is employing Life itself – the very Life in which he lives. But the black magician  – he who takes the left-hand way, whose purpose and whose power are malevolent – is not so fortunately situated. Death is his employer and employee, so that the greater his immediate success, the more certain is his ultimate annihilation.”

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“What superiority may we attain to without stirring enmity in others? Has it not been written on the face of nature?  Wisdom counsels us to seem inferior, in secret gathering our spiritual strength, since enmity is aimed at virtue, seeking to reduce us to a common level with the human herd; whereas we should rise to an equal level with the gods.”

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“The essence of a true philosophy is ease. It may, it usually does, take effort to acquire it, and yet effortlessness is its nature, since it recognises what is rather than what might be. This is why the true philosopher has dignity without demanding it, but he who struggles to obtain dignity appears ridiculous, and he who fears its loss is like a madman nailing shadows to a wall.”

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“ We recognize a kindred spirit, or a greater spirit, neither by eye nor by ear but by the heart, which sees by flashes of the Light within ourselves.”

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“Men speak to one another of protection, but what do they mean by it? For the strongest armour sometimes is an added disadvantage. I myself have vainly treated many a wound that might have been a mere scratch had its victim not worn armour.  And the medicines of many a physician are a deadlier preventive of recovery than a disease itself. If a man’s own soul protect him not, where shall he look for safety from the multitudes of dangers that beset him on every side? But if he hide within the glory of his own soul, how shall any dark destroyer find him?”

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.”Strength is of these two kinds: power to apply force, power to resist it.  But intelligence is able to command both; and intelligence contains this attribute: that he who has it recognizes instantly a greater than his own, and so applies his own to the advantage of them both instead of ( as a fool would do) opposing lesser against greater.  Were it not so, nothing great could ever come to pass nor any greatness flourish.”

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“The living are afraid of death.  I should not be surprised to know the dead are equally afraid of living – but with far more reason! ”

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“ As harp responds to harp, so equals know each other, though their natures are as day and night apart. Equality is equal vibrancy, responding in the same degrees and to the same extent (however differently) to a primal impulse.”

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“ Imagination is like a virgin until she bear her living fruit.  But let imagination and a strong will choose each other, as the great gods chose, immaculately, in the dawn of time, then lo! the very comets in their courses are as darkness to the splendour that shall come forth !”

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From “Cleopatra” by Talbot Mundy

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WISDOM IS REQUIRED

Living in the present world that appears to be in chaos, we are reminded of the need of human greatness and clear leadership….

In an excerpt from the Vatican Council II: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World N.15 it states

…. “Man judges rightly that by his intellect he surpasses the material universe, for he shares in the light of the divine mind….

The intellectual nature of the human person is perfected by wisdom and needs to be. For wisdom gently attracts the mind of man to a quest and a love for what is true and good. Steeped in wisdom, man passes through visible realities to those which are unseen.

Our era needs such wisdom more than bygone ages if the discoveries made by man are to be further humanised.  For the future of the world stands in peril unless wiser men are forthcoming.”

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A simple healing affirmation-

Rhythmically, peacefully, into my body

The streams of refreshment, of healing, of comfort

Shall flow through the darkness

Renewing my life force, my powers of resistance

Rebuilding my health of my mind and my body.

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Our life is simply what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Buddha
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The ancestor ef every action is thought.
Emerson

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One can get lost in the maze of thoughts in the head. One finds one’s soul home in the heart.

Sally E Janssen

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The purpose of life is the accomplishment of the greatest good. 

Manly Palmer Hall

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 Most people seek for external things to make the heart happy

instead of using the heart in enjoyment of  outward things. Anon

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The birthplace of happiness is in little things…

in rain splashed violets under drooping leaves….

in wanton breezes whispering on the seashore.

 Ronald H. Adams

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It is your right to be happy and yet you can create unhappiness in a perpetual restlessness of wanting.  That which is meant and best for you, will come; that which is real and true for you, will remain.     Meher Baba

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The heart is the treasure-house of wisdom; the mind is the treasure-house of learning.  So look to the balance between mind and heart; and what is felt as an inner, clear conviction, hold fast to that before all and do not waver.    Meher Baba

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“Say not, ‘I have found the truth’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’

Kahil Gibran

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“If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work” .  (to find another ?)

Kahil Gibran

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Love teases and tantalises the mind until thoughts and emotions blend in harmonious experiencing.

Sally Janssen

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The best defence against disease is a noble mind.

Paracelsus

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Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

John Milton

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Thoughts are but wandering spirits that depend for their vitality upon the magnetic currents of feelings.

H.R. Haweis

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You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could do and should do for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

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Tensions are often inner protests about Life – and often futile.

Sally Janssen

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‘ Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.

Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.

Shakespeare  ( Othello)

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He who tells a lie is not sensible to the greatness of the task he undertakes; for he is forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.

Pope

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There is no anguish like an error of which we feel ashamed.

 Bulwer-Lytton

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Depression can be sometimes altered by a change of attitude. This, Francis Thompson reminded us when the poet wrote his famous work “The Hound of Heaven”  ….

“Is my gloom, after all,

Shade of His hand, outstretched caressingly?”

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The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

Milton

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Men have marble, women waxen minds.

Shakespeare

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Attention to the mind is the natural prayer that we make to interior truth, that we may discover it.

Malebranche

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He who is spiritually awakened and learns to master the mind and senses walks in sunlight even in the midst of darkness.

Sally E. Janssen

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Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetitie.

Quintilian

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Our life is simply what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius
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If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active by use.  The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

Charles Darwin
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He only is great of heart who floods the world with a great affection.
He only is great of mind who stirs the world with great thoughts.
He only is great of will who does something to shape the world to a great career.
And he is greatest who does the most of these things, and does them best.
Hitchcock
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He who is headstrong and violent shall meet a violent death.
The path of Tao is a return to the source.
He who conquers others is strong, but he who conquers himself is mighty. Lao Tse

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Meditation is the process whereby one extinguishes passion and attains knowledge.

Buddha
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A man’s worth should only be reckoned by what he is in himself, not by what he has.
Beecher
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He who is wiser than I is my Father. He whose wisdom equals my own is my Brother, and he who is of wisdom less than myself is my Son.

Pythagoras on Relationships

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Music is the universal language of mankind.

Longfellow
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On Solitude: We must acknowledge that solitude is a fine thing; but it is a pleasure to have someone to whom we can say that solitude is a fine thing.

Balzac
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Happiness is like a kiss – you can’t have it yourself without giving it to somebody else; or like a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
Ronald H. Adams
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The mind can serve us as an increasing storehouse of knowledge but better, as a diamond to reflect life’s enduring truths.

Sally E.Janssen
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Love is the light and sunshine of life.  We cannot fully enjoy ourselves, or anything else, unless some one we love enjoys it with us.

Avebury
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Lovely indeed the mimic works of art – but Nature’s works, far lovelier. Cowper
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If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how men would believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the resemblance of the city of God which had been shown.

Emerson
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Virtue is the beauty of the soul.

Socrates
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The first sound in the song of love scarce more than silence is, and yet a sound. Hands of invisible spirits touch the strings of that mysterious instrument, the soul, and play the prelude of our fate.

Longfellow
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In all things, not too much.
When asked where best to study the sacred sciences “Where you are!”…. Socrates
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Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.

William Wordsworth
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Men are not worried by things, but by their ideas about things. When we meet with difficulties, become anxious or troubled, let us not blame others, but rather ourselves, that is: our ideas about things.

Epictetus
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Only by personal experience can faith and knowledge be confirmed, to evolve into one’s personal truth.

Sally Wilson

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