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If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring.
In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.
A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
It is with the soul that we grasp the essence of another human being, not with the mind, nor even with the heart.
either you take in believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird.
Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
Art is only a means to life, the life more abundant. It merely points the way.
Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything - except his own nature.
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Every day that we fail to live out the maximum of our potentialities we kill the Shakespeare, Dante, Homer, Christ which is in us.
The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.
Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: It comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.
An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
Everything hinges on how you look at things
Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.
Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine.
One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
When you come, please be so kind as to check your neuroses and psychoses at the gate... Fans and other obnoxious pests would do well to maintain silence.
Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.
We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
The goal of life is not to possess power but to radiate it.
If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others.
The prisoner is not the one who has commited a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.
One of the reasons why so few of us ever act, instead of react, is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses.
The full and joyful acceptance of the worst in oneself may be the only sure way of transforming it.
To make living itself an art, that is the goal.
Of course you don't die. Nobody dies. Death doesn't exist. You only reach a new level of vision, a new realm of consciousness, a new unknown world.
The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.
I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots.
I felt free and chained at the same time - like one feels just before election, when all the crooks have been nominated and you are beseeched to vote for the right man.
Surely every one realizes, at some point along the way, that he is capable of living a far better life than the one he has chosen.
I want to do things so wild with you that I don't know how to say them.
An artist earns the right to call himself a creator only when he admits to himself that he is but an instrument.
If you can fall in love again and again if you can forgive as well as forget, if you can keep from growing sour, surly, bitter and cynical you've got it half licked.
Let me be, was all I wanted. Be what I am, no matter how I am.
In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.
Example moves the world more than doctrine.
Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.
It is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.