Quotations

Confucius

ConfuciusThe Master said: Do not worry about people not appreciating you. Worry about your not being worthy of appreciation.

 

Confucian Analects 14.30, by Confucius









William Q. Judge

William Q. JudgeThe first steps in true occultism are Self discipline, self knowledge and devotion to the interests of others – i.e. : unselfishness.

 

Practical Occultism, page 148 by William Q. Judge







H.P. Blavatsky

H.P. BlavatskyBe not discouraged, but try, ever keep trying; twenty failures are not irremediable if followed by as many undaunted struggles upward. Is it not so that mountains are climbed?

 

CW 12:503-4 (no. 3 of ES Instructions) by H.P. Blavatsky







Mabel Collins

Mabel CollinsVirtue and wisdom are sublime things, but if they create pride and a consciousness of separateness from the rest of humanity, they are only the snakes of self reappearing in a finer form.

 

Light on the Path, by Mabel Collins







Grace F. Knoche

Grace F. KnocheSo profound is the compassion of the brotherhood, so untiring its labour, that not until the heartbeat of every human being shall pulsate in harmony with the heartbeat of the Great Brotherhood will it lay down its task.

 

The Mystery Schools-TUP, by Grace F. Knoche

Sir Paul McCartney

 Sir Paul McCartneyIf anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.

Sir Paul McCartney

Karen Armstrong

Karen ArmstrongHuman beings are meaning-seeking creatures. Unless we find some pattern or significance in our lives, we fall very easily into despair.

 

The Bible-Atlantic Monthly Press -from the introduction, by Karen Armstrong





Barack Obama

Barack ObamaAmerica and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

Barack Obama

Paul Zwollo

Paul ZwolloSo this is what we need and have to develop: Constancy, Courage and Presence of Mind. Constancy, to continue our work for Theosophy, The Theosophical Society and its Three Declared Objects. Courage to make decisions and follow new courses if necessary, and conquer any danger on the Path steep and thorny. Presence of Mind, meaning being alert and making use of all the possibilities life is offering us, an attitude which was described by J. Krishnamurti as “awareness” and “complete attention”.

Paul Zwollo, Dutch theosophist and wonderful human being. Excerpt from a talk he gave at the ITC in Naarden-Holland in 1993

John Lennon

John LennonI believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.

 

John Lennon






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