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
Look as long as you can at the friend you love. No matter whether that friend is moving away from you or coming back toward you. – Rumi
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. – Confucius, Chinese teacher and philosopher
‘He who perceives Me everywhere, and beholds everything in Me, never loses sight on Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him.That yogi stays forever in Me, who, anchored in divine unity whatever His mode of existence, realizes Me as pervading all beings.’- Bhagavan Krishna in Bhagavad Gita