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You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, are deserving of your love and affection.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness is never decreased by being shared.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it from without yourself.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think is what we become.

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.


A good friend who points out your mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden wealth.

A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, thus he escapes the suffering.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil mind , pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild animal ; a wild animal may wound your body, but an evil friend will harm your mind.

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after careful observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.


Do not dwell in the past, and do not dream of the future, concentrate your mind on the present moment.


Do not overrate what you have received, and do not  envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.


Do not speak harshly to anyone; those who are spoken to will answer you in the same way. Angry speech is painful: blows for blows will also touch you.

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory will come.


Every human is the begetter of his own health or disease.


Friendship is the only cure for hatred, and is the only guarantee of peace.


Good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness that is shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to all mankind.


Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the law of the universe.


He is able who thinks he is able.


He who loves 50 people has 50 problems; he who loves no one has no problems.


Health is the greatest gift, and contentment the greatest fortune, faithfulness is  the best relationship.


His success may be great, but be it ever so great the wheel of fortune may turn again and bring him down back into the dust.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a burning coal with the intention of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.


If you can see the miracle of a single flower clearly, then your whole life will change.


It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that attracts him to evil doings.


It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by devils, heaven or hell.


Let a man avoid evil actions as a man who loves life avoids poison.

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake goes almost unnoticed.


Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.


Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled by non-hatred - this is the universal law.

Nothing is permanent.

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.


 And those, who shall be a light unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their light, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the utmost height.


Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.


To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.


To conquer yourself is a greater task than conquering others.


To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of great abundance.


Virtue is persecuted more by evil doers than it is loved by the good.


What we think, we become.


When you realize how perfect everything is you will throw your head back and laugh at the sky.


Wherever there is light, there is shadow; wherever there is length, there is shortness; wherever there is white, there is black. Just like these, as the self-nature of things can not exist alone, they are called non-substantial.


Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.


You  must leave righteous ways behind, and not to speak of unrighteous ways.


You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.


You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.


You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.


Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.


Your work is to discover your world and once found then with all your heart give yourself to it.

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