Sunday, February 6, 2011

Various Quotes/Thoughts

I was reading through my journals where I have taken notes and recorded quotes from different books I have read over the past couple of years.  I figured this would be a good forum to record this stuff.  It will be quite random but should be beneficial.  Some of it may be quotes that I may have not given the correct source too, if I do I apologize.

"A worldview that negates the Self is already based on false pretenses" - Emerson I believe?

"I am defeated all the time; yet to Victory I am born" - Emerson

"Intellect annuls Fate.  So far as man thinks, he is free" - Emerson

"God loveth men not less than He loveth Himself.  If thou really lovest thyself, thou lovest all men as thyself; as long a thou loves anyone less than thyself, thou dost not really love thyself.  That man is right who loves all men as himself" - Meister Eckhart

"Perception carves out its conventional units, and final causes insinuate themselves into the survey of facts, when their patient genesis is ignored or untraceable.  Life on the whole is a proof of possibility of life' each sort of life is a proof of circumstances made that sort of life inevitable" - George Santayama

"Spiritual life is not the worship of values.  It is the disintoxification from their influence." - Santayama

"What we see in the history of the world is objectification of spirit.  But the objectification of spirit is the diminution of it.  Objectification is the opposite of transcendence, that is to say, of movement towards God" - Nicholas Berdyaev

"Only he who goes down into hell knows heaven, and he who is the farther from God, may be nearer to God" - Berdyaev

"People preach freedom, but in regard to dangerous opponents of freedom, they are obliged to resort to force to deny them their freedom.  People strive against evil in the name of good, and then begin to create evil by their attitude towards the representatives of evil." - Berdyaev

""Acquaintance" and "friendship" cannot be expected to lower aggression because they represent a superficial knowledge about another person, a knowledge of an "object" which I look at from the outside.  This is quite different from the penetrating, emphatic knowledge in which I understand the other's experiences by mobilizing those within myself which, if not the same, are similar to his.  Knowledge of this kind requires that most repression within oneself are lowered in intensity to a point where there is little resistance to becoming aware of new aspects of one's unconscious.  The attainment of a non-judgmental understanding can lower aggressiveness or do away with it altogether; it depends on the degree to which a person has overcome his own insecurity, greed, and narcissism, and not on the amount of information he has about others." - Erich Fromm from "The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness"

"Grief is selfish.  It is indulged in for self-gratification." - Walter Russell

"The last fifty years have witnessed a great retreat from monotheism towards idolatry.  The worship of one God has abandoned in favor of the worship of such local divinities as the nation, the class and even the deified individual.  Such is the world in which we find ourselves - a world which, judged by the only acceptable criterion of progress, is manifestly in retrogression.  Technological advance is rapid.  But without progress of charity, technological advance is useless.  Indeed it is worse than useless.  Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards." - Aldous Huxley from "Ends and Means"

"The world is inhabited by ordinary, nice, unregenerate people is mainly dull (so dull that they have to distract their minds from being aware of it by all sorts of artificial "amusements").  Sometimes briefly and intensely pleasurable, occasionally or quite often agonizing.  For those who have deserved the world by making themselves fit to see God within it as well as their own souls, it wears a very different aspect." - Huxley from "The Perennial Philosophy"

"The doctrine that God is in the world has an important practical corollary - the sacredness of Nature, and the sinfulness and folly of man's overweening efforts to be her master rather than her intelligently docile collaborator.  Sub-human lives and even 'things'[we know there are no things in nature] are to be treated with respect and understanding, not brutally oppressed to serve our human ends." - Huxley (Brackets are my writing)

"The Third Patriarch of Sin" from Huxley's "Perennial Philosophy"

-To set up what you like against what you dislike - This is the disease of mind

-Pursue not the outer entanglements
Dwell not in the inner void;
Be serene in the oneness of things
And dualism vanishes of itself

-If an eye never falls asleep
All dreams will cease of themselves;
If the mind retains its absoluteness,
Then ten thousand things are of one substance

-When the deep mystery of one Suchness is fathomed,
All of a sudden we forget the external entanglements;
When the ten thousand things are viewed in their oneness,
We return to the origin and remain where we have always been

-When Mind and each believing mind are not divided,
And undivided are each believing mind and Mind,
This is where words fail,
For it is not of the past, present or future

From Vernon Howard:
'When is a horse wretched?  Not when he cannot fly, but only when he cannot run.  When is a man unhappy?  Not when he fails to achieve fame and fortune, but when he fails to be himself.  You are not in this world to perform tasks which are opposed to your nature.  You are here to merge your particular nature with all of nature'

"Both domination and submission are false steps taken by people in frantic attempts to feel secure.  Domination, whether in the family or politics, is accompanied by the fear of losing power.  Submission, whether to another's personality or to a religion's doctrine is accompanied by the sad sensing that one has somehow traded his inner integrity for shiny beads of so called security.  You are not made for either domination or submission; you are made for yourself."

"You learn how to steer a boat in a storm by enter the storm."

"If one remembers all that one was told, one learns to discriminate." - PD Ouspensky

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." - Carl Jung

"What I've done in the past is the history, and what I'm going to do in the future is a mystery." - Mike Tyson

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