To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yoga is the supreme secret of life.
— Bhagavad Gita
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
— The Buddha
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Don’t grieve for what doesn’t come. Some things that don’t happen keep disasters from happening.
— Rumi
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
— Carl Jung
Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there.
— Rumi
One path leads outward and the other inward. You can walk the way outward that leads to pleasure or the way inward that leads to grace.
— Kathana Upanishad
Constant practice alone is the secret to success.
— Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.
— Hafiz
The only demons in this world are those running around in our hearts, and that is where all our battles ought to be fought.
— Mahatma Gandhi
From joy springs all creation, by joy it is sustained, toward joy it proceeds, and to joy it returns.
— Mundaka Upanishad
The world will be balanced when we are balanced.
— Tathang Tulku
We are the mirror as well as the face in it. We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity. We are pain and what cures pain, both. We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.
— Rumi
My heart is so intoxicated with love that I have no wish to speak.
— Kabir
A tree that cannot bend will crack in the wind. Thus by nature’s own decree, the soft and gentle are triumphant.
— Lao Tzu
Obstacles are what you see when you fail to focus on your goals.
— Mahatma Gandhi
One can travel this world and see nothing. To achieve understanding it is necessary not to see many things, but to look hard at what you see.
— Georgio Morandi
You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.
— Meister Eckhart
The important point of spiritual practice is not to try to escape your life, but to face it-exactly and completely.
— Dainin Katagiri
Only within our body, with its heart and mind, can bondage and suffering be found, and only here can we find true liberation.
— The Buddha
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
— Lao Tzu
You can’t make a date with enlightenment.
— Shunryu Suzuki
You are never too old to be what you might have been.
— George Elliot
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
— Jack Kornfield
Opening to oneself fully is opening to the world.
— Chogyam Trungpa
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility: Humility is endless.
— T.S. Elliot
The practice is what you throw yourself into. Unconditionally. The practice is the teacher. Your practice is your teacher.
— Maurine Stuart
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.
— Hafiz
There always comes a time when one must choose between contemplation and action.
— Albert Camus
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed.
— Rumi
Don’t chase after thoughts, and don’t push them away. Just let them come in and go out like a swinging door.
— Jakuso Kwong
The great tragedy of life is not that people set their sights too high and fail to achieve their goals but that they set their sights too low and do.
— Michaelangelo
There is only one great adventure and that is inwards toward the self.
— Henry Miller
Only silence is the supreme speech, only illumination the universal response.
— Hung-Chih Cheng-Chueh
When a man makes up a story for his child, he becomes a father and a child together, listening.
— Rumi
All the harm, fear, and suffering in the world are caused by attachment to the self: Why should I hold on to this great demon?
— Shantideva
We learn something by doing it. There is no other way.
— John Holt
Learning to live is learning to let go.
— Sogyal Rinpoche
When the ocean surges don’t let me just hear it. Let it splash inside my chest.
— Rumi
It is as hard to see one’s Self as to look backwards without turning around.
— Henry David Thoreau
Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
— Mahatma Gandhi
If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.
— Mother Theresa
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
— Rumi
Extremes are easy. Strive for balance.
— Colin Wright
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
— Dalai Lama
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
— Walt Whitman
Gamble everything for love if you are a true human being.
— Rumi