Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver
with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hands of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.
He who understands you is greater kin to you than your own brother. For even your own kindred neither understand you nor know your true worth.
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction. Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing; And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.
Topics: Reason, Love, Instincts
The chemist who can extract from his heart’s elements, compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love.
Topics: Disappointment, Love, Regret, Remorse, Compassion
I existed from all eternity and, behold, I am here; and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end.
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of seasons.
The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.
Topics: Greatness & Great Things
Desire is half of life; indifference is half of death.
You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.
Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow, but if we are wise we know there is always tomorrow.
A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.
Seek ye counsel of the aged for their eyes have looked on the faces of the years and their ears have hardened to the voices of Life. Even if their counsel is displeasing to you, pay heed to them.
Topics: Experience, Age
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Topics: Perspective, Sympathy, Joy, Crying
Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.
Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.
Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
Topics: Mind, Understanding, Achieve, Achievement, Accomplishment, Heart
Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you break bread with indifference, you bake bitter bread that feeds but half a man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.
Topics: Win, Work, Choices, Fun, Love, Joy
The teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness.
The highest virtue here may be least in another world.
If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.
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