There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion. – Carl Jung
Sweet are my tears and sweet my sighs. Worldly joys I return to the world. You remain in my inmost Soul whose depths the mirrored heaven reflect. – Rumi
God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. – Henry David Thoreau
You have to become a nobody. The moment you are nobody, a silence descends on you, followed by a contentment. It is not contentment with the world; it is contentment with existence, with the stars, with the roses, with the ocean, with the rocks, with the mountains. It is not contentment with being a president of a country or a prime minister; it is not contentment with being the richest man in the world. It has nothing to do with your so-called world of ambitions. It is a very non-ambitious state. You are utterly empty, even empty of yourself. Only in that emptiness, contentment blossoms, flowers – but that contentment is divine.
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it – but all that has gone before. – Jacob Riis, Danish American social reformer
No man is a failure who is enjoying life. – William Feather