An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Let him never cease from prayer who has once begun it, be his life ever so wicked, for prayer is the way to amend it, and without prayer such amendment will be much more difficult.


St. Teresa of Avila


Let him never cease from prayer who has once begun it, be his life ever so wicked, for prayer is the way to amend it, and without prayer such amendment will be much more difficult.


St. Teresa of Avila


Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.


Emily P. Bissell


No one who has lived even for a fleeting moment for something other than life in its conventional sense and has experienced the exaltation that this feeling produces can then renounce his new freedom so easily.


Andre Breton (1989-1966, French surrealist)


I'd been busy, busy, so busy, preparing for life, while life floated by me, quiet and swift as a regatta.


Lorene Cary


Follow your own way of speaking to our Lord sincerely, lovingly, confidently, and simply, as your heart dictates.


Jane Frances De Chantal


Logic is the key to an all-inclusive spiritual well-being.


Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992, German-born American film actor)


If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is "the quiet acceptance of what is."


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they are executed.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Good humor and enthusiasm should be the sunshine ahead that will keep that shadow behind.


Charles Field


Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


I don't know who or what put the question. I don't know when it was put. I don't even remember answering. But at some moment, I did answer 'yes' to someone or something, and from that hour, I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


There is only one way to end a self-pity cycle: stop comparing yourself to others, and simply follow Christ.


Linda Harry


In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another, there are no happy men. The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.


Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957, Greek writer)


My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


The moment of truth, the sudden emergence of a new insight, is an act of intuition. Such intuitions give the appearance of miraculous flushes, or short-circuits of reasoning. In fact they may be likened to an immersed chain, of which only the beginning and the end are visible above the surface of consciousness. The diver vanishes at one end of the chain and comes up at the other end, guided by invisible links.


Arthur Koestler (1905-1983, Hungarian born British writer)


My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. Nothing is easier than fault-finding. All it will do is discolor my personality so that none will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Prayer opens our eyes that we may see ourselves and others as God sees us.


Clara Palmer


Enlightenment must come little by little, otherwise it would overwhelm.


Idries Shah


Hold fast that which is good.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: 1 Thessalonians 5:21


The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Do not pray by heart, but with the heart.


Author Unknown


Help me to live time, not just to use it; to breathe it in, and return it in acts of love and presence.


Author Unknown


Without the incense of heartfelt prayer, even the greatest of cathedrals is dead.


Author Unknown


God's strength behind you, his concern for you, his love within you, and his arms beneath you are more than sufficient for the job ahead of you.


William A. Ward


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