Quotes

A collection of some of my favourite quotes from reading  to breathe inspiration into the lungs and challenge the mind.  Chogyam Trunpa, Erich Fromm, Victor Frankl, Eckhart Tolle, Shakespeare, Jung and others.

Chogyam Trungpa

“The idea of the artist if very important and seems to be necessary at his point. When we talk about art, we could be referring to somebody deliberately expressing the beauty and frightfulness or the mockery and crudeness of the world that we live in, in the form of poetry, pictures or music. That kind of art could be said to be somewhat deliberate art. It is not so much for yourself, but it is more an exhibition, however honest and genuine the artist may be. Such an artist may say he simply composed his poem because he felt that way. But if that’s the case, why should he write it down on a piece of paper and date it? If its just purely for himself, it does not need to be recorded.  Whenever a need for recording you work of art is involved, then there is a tendency toward awareness of oneself: “If I record that brilliant idea I’ve developed, in turn, quite possible accidentally, somebody might happen to see it and think we of it.” There’s that little touch involved, however honest and genuine it may be.”

Chogyam Trungpa

“The art of meditative experience might be called genuine art. Such art is not designed for exhibition or broadcast. instead, it is a perpetually growing process in which we begin to appreciate our surroundings in life, whatever they may be-it doesn’t necessarily have to be good, beautiful, and pleasurable at all. The definition of art, from this point of view, is to be able to see the uniqueness of everyday experience. Every moment we might be doing the same things-brushing our teeth every day, combing out hair every day, cooking our dinner every day. But that seeming repetitiveness be-come unique every day. A kind of intimacy takes place with the daily habits that you go though and the art involved in it. That’s why is called art in everyday life.”

Chogyam Trungpa

“In this country, there are many traditions and schools of thought in regard to awareness practice. Attempts are made to develop awareness through awareness of body, awareness of surroundings, and also through encounter groups of various kinds/ Those could also be included as works of art. But there’s a problem f we are unable to relate with and appreciate the insignificant details of our everyday life. Doing special body awareness practices devoid of everyday life-going to class and doing you thing and coming back-might seem extraordinarily fruitful and liberating; nevertheless, there’s still a dichotomy in your life. You feel the importance and the seriousness of the artwork or awareness practice in which you’re involved, but in fact, the more you feel that the while thing is important and serious, the more you development of awareness is going to be destroyed. real awareness cannot develop if you are trying to chop your experience into categories and put it into pigeonholes.”

Chogyam Trungpa

When you begin to realize that notion of loving and gentleness in yourself, and at the same time you begin to give up the notion of trying to find out the real truth.  And there is the real notion of where shunyata [emptiness] experience begins to happen.

Chogyam Trungpa

Carl Jung

“The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.”

C Jung

Out of evil, much good has come to me. By keeping quiet, repressing nothing, remaining attentive, and by accepting reality – taking things as they are, and not as I wanted them to be – by doing all this, unusual knowledge has come to me, and unusual powers as well, such as I could never have imagined before.
I always thought that when we accepted things they overpowered us in some way or other. This turns out not to be true at all, and it is only by accepting them that one can assume and attitude towards them.
So now I intend to play the game of life, being receptive to whatever comes to me, good and bad, sun and shadow forever alternating, and, in this way, also accepting my own nature with its positive and negative sides. Thus everything becomes more alive to me.
What a fool I was! How I tried to force everything to go according to way I thought it ought to.”

 

We rush impetuously into novelty, driven by a mountain sense of insufficiency, dissatisfaction , and restlessness.  We no longer live on what we have, but on promises, no longer in the light of day, but in the darkness of the future, which, we expect , will at last bring the proper sunrise.

Jung

Nietzsche

And of all treasure pits, its ones now that is last excavated. So causes the spirit of gravity.

Nietzsche

Erich Fromm
“We are what we do.”
Fromm

Eckhart Tolle

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it.

Eckhart Tolle

Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship.

Eckhart Tolle

Others

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all

Hamlet, Shakespeare

It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied together into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality . . . Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured; this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize the basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.
Martin Luther King

We are what we do repeatedly,
Aristotle
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Ghandi

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”

Dalai Lama XIV 

 

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.

Vicktor Frankl

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