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This collection of quotes is centered around the theme of recovery and personal growth. At present, some of them are not that widely circulated, yet, they are of relevance to ourselves, to our families and to our society during these challenging days of transition. Most are taken directly from text material, with accuracy attributable to the material. Some are recalled from memory, as noted, and (due to neurotransmitter-based encoding) slight variance from the original statement is possible. This is a growing page, always under construction, so please feel free to return, or even suggest an entry.

Lives based on having are less free than lives based either on doing or being.

William James (1842-1910)



I've traveled to most of the developing world and I've never met a needy person. I've met only self-reliant, self-sufficient, dignified human beings who are in some way blocked from expressing their natural gifts.

Michael Toms




I would not measure thee by thy deeds but by thy vastest dreams.

Kahlil Gibran



For behind all seen things lies something vaster; everything is but a path, a portal, or a window opening on something more than itself.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery



You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.

-- Flonda Scott Maxwell


I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.

Helen Keller





There is a Dream dreaming us.

African Bushman



Lives based on having are less free than lives based either on doing or being.

-- William James



The cultivation and expansion of needs is the antithesis of wisdom.  It is also the antithesis of freedom and peace.   Every increase of needs tends to increase one's dependence on outside forces over which one cannot have control, and therefore increases existential fear.

-- E. F. Schumacher



If you bring forth what is inside of you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you don't bring forth what is inside of you, what you don't bring forth will destroy you.

-- Jesus Christ



Let the beauty we love be what we do.

-- Rumi

Security is mostly a myth. It doesn't exist in nature. Life is either a daring adventure or life is nothing at all.

Helen Keller (from memory)

The greatest prejudice known to humanity is to be found in our own self-imposed limitations

-- Anonymous


Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.

Thucyolides 471?-400? BC

The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view.  Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.

-- Brooks Atkinson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us: it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson


We are not separate from Being, we are in it . . .





Reality is nothing more than a collective hunch.

--(paraphrase) Lily Tomlin



When the moon rises in the Heart of  heaven  

And a light breeze touches the mirror-like surface of the lake,                                         

That is indeed a moment of pure joy,

But few are they who are aware of it.

--Taoist Sage



What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?

--Thomas Merton







The more of ourselves we put into having, the less of ourselves we have





If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

Jesus Christ, in the Gospel of Thomas


We have buried so much of the delicate magic of life.

D. H. Lawrence


But, as Douglas E Harding has pointed out, we tend to think of this planet as a life-infested rock, which is as absurd as thinking of the human body as a cell-infested skeleton. Surely all forms of life, including man, must be understood as "symptoms" of the earth, the solar system, and the galaxy  in which case we cannot escape the conclusion that the galaxy is intelligent.

-- Alan Watts


There are vast realms of consciousness still undreamed of Vast ranges of experience, like humming of unseen harps, we know nothing of, within us.

D. H. Lawrence


Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32


True prayer and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone

-- Thomas Merton



Because everything we do and everything we are is in jeopardy, and because the peril is immediate and unremitting, every person is the right person to act and every moment is the right moment to begin.

--Jonathan Schell



My sky and my earth cannot contain me but I am contained entirely in the heart of he who adores me




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It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.

Albert Einstein


I live my life in growing orbits which move out over the things of the world. And I have been circling for a thousand years, And I still don't know if I'm a falcon, or a storm, or a great song.

Rainer Maria Rilke






I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, to be understood and touched by them. The greatest gift I can give is to see, hear, understand, and touch another person. When this is done I feel a contact has been made.

Virginia Satir


When we think we're separate, we lose power.  Whenever I say 'my,' I have lost power.  Power is not my power . . . It is only gainable as a part of the larger whole.  Then you communicate with the rest of yourself -- which may be a tree.  You, reciprocally, are moved by the universe.  Whenever you shut down connectedness, you get depressed . . . It's fearful to know we're connected to everything in the universe, because then we're responsible.

--Glenda Taylor

He who has few things to desire cannot have many to fear.

William Blake (1757-1827)


True healing means drawing the circle of our being larger and becoming more inclusive, more capable of loving. In this sense, healing is not for the sick alone, but for all mankind.

Richard Moss


Every morning we must love what is lost in us and begin again.

Beth Ferris


The world today hangs on a single thread, and that thread is the psyche of man.

C. G. Jung

The mother who gives up her life for her children does them no kindness but rather burdens them with the legacy of a life unlived.

--Janet Falldron


The only gift is a portion of thyself . . . the poet brings his poem; the shepherd his lamb... the girl, a handkerchief of her own sewing.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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