Spiritual Tools - Quotes

Intelligence is learning from your own experience. Wisdom is learning from the experience of others.

Six of the quote categories are part of a process for maintaining balance in my life:Family, Health, Fun, Spiritual, Economic and Education. I set goals in these six areas. I should, write them down; keep them close; read them often. This is currently one area where I may need to place more attention.




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  1. “Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.”
    - Sydney J. Harris

  2. “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.”
    Chinese Proverb

  3. “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
    - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  4. “Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
    - Martin Luther King

  5. “I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.”
    - Billy Graham

  6. “Some people talk about finding God, as if He could get lost.”
    - Unknown

  7. “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”
    - C.S. Lewis

  8. “For I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe this - unless I believe, I will not understand.”
    - Anselm of Canterbury

  9. “The time is always right to do the right thing. The old law of 'an eye for eye' leaves everybody blind.”
    - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  10. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
    - Albert Einstein

  11. “There is no such thing as a person. There are only restrictions and limitations. The sum total of these defines the person. You think you know yourself when you know what you are. But you never know who you are. The person merely appears to be, like the space within the pot appears to have the shape and volume and smell of the pot. See that you are not what you believe yourself to be. Fight with all the strength at your disposal against the idea that you are nameable and describable. You are not. Refuse to think of yourself as this or that. There is no other way out of misery, which you have created for yourself through blind acceptance without investigation. Don't be lazy to think.”
    - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  12. “We are punished by are sins, not for them.”
    - Elbert Hubbard

  13. “Mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight”
    - Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth

  14. "Freedom is not doing what you want when you want.
    Freedom is the power to do what has to be done when it needs to be done."
    Hugh Douglas

  15. "The only true freedom a human being can ever know,
    is doing what you ought to do because you want to do it."
    Chuck Chamberlain

  16. Listen and Watch this About Life and Music
    by Alan Watts


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  1. “No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.”
    - Abraham Lincoln

  2. “A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.”
    - William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence," Poems from the Pickering Manuscript

  3. “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.”
    - Aristotle

  4. “With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back.”
    - Russian proverb

  5. “A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.”
    - Edgar J. Mohn

  6. “We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.”
    -Tad Williams

  7. “Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.”
    - Thomas Jefferson

  8. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”
    - Winston Churchill

  9. “The truth is more important than the facts.”
    - Frank Lloyd Wright

  10. “People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.”
    - Richard J. Needham

  11. The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”
    -Adlai Stevenson


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  1. “It is like a man reading a book under a tree. A leaf falls on the page. Is he disturbed? No. He brushes the leaf away and keeps on reading. It is like that with death for the Christian.”
    - Approximate quote from an old mountain man as read from a display at the Foxfire Archives Cabin


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  1. “The essence of the relationship between people is not conceptual. When you are in your mind, you think about people. They are objects to be thought about. They are them or him or her. No matter how close you get to such a person through your mind, they are always one thought away. You hold them physically tighter and tighter. And you say more and more words, but you always feel one thought away. It is only when you quiet the mind and come into the intuitive heart that you begin to be in the space of love with another person. There is no me or her or him. There is just the space of presence or love. That quality of connection with another being in that way that cuts through all of the paranoia that exists between people.“
    - Ram Dass

  2. “How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”
    - Benjamin Disraeli

  3. “You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”
    - Doug Floyd

  4. Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.
    -James Dobson


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  1. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
    - Matthew 6:27

  2. Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
    -- Mark Twain


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  1. “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
    - Phyllis Diller


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  1. “Two step formula for handling stress: 1. Don't sweat the small stuff. 2. Remember that it's all small stuff.”
    - Anthony Robbins

  2. “You can never get enough of what you don't really need.”
    - Eric Hoffer

  3. “Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.”
    - Peter Drucker

  4. “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”
    - Lido Anthony Iacocca

  5. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
    - Pablo Picasso

  6. “Any fool can have bad luck; the art consists in knowing how to exploit it.”
    - Frank Wedekind


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  1. “Adults are more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than to think their way into a new way of acting.”
    - Richard Pascale

  2. “Not all schooling is education nor all education, schooling.”
    - Milton Friedman

  3. “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”
    - Thomas Jefferson


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  1. “The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.”
    - Franklin P. Jones

  2. “A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn't easy. You may ask 'Why do we stay up there if it's so dangerous?' Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition!“
    - Fiddler on the Roof, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

  3. "I figured out what it takes to live a good life. There are only two things - Honor and Wisdom. You must have enough Honor to keep any promises you make whatever the consequences and enough Wisdom not to make too many promises like that!"
    - Don P, Denver, CO quoting his father..