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Quotations: Eastern Psychology & Philosophy

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Eastern Psychology & Philosophy Related Quotations & Aphorisms

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“Dwell always at the silent level.” —Alfred Korzybski

Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” —George Moore

“Act—act in the living Present!” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“All these are superfluous and devious growths of knowledge and are not the correct guide for the world.” —Chung Tzu

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” —Romans 13:11

“Appearances are deceiving.” —Aphorism

“Appearances are deceptive.” —Aphorism

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” —Buddha

“Buddha said that life is suffering. However, life is not suffering; ego is suffering.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Buddhism teaches that desire is the cause of suffering. However, desire is not the cause; expectations are the cause of suffering.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Buddhists were actually the first cognitive-behavioral therapists.” —Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

“But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” —Ephesians 5:13

“Dwell always at the silent level.” —Alfred Korzybski

“Eastern philosophies, psychologies, and religions often vigorously attack and help people to remove material ego; however, they generally also promote spiritual ego.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.” —Samuel Becket

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Few see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” —Albert Einstein

“First find the logical way, and when you find it avoid it, and let your inner self break through and guide you. Don’t try to be anybody but yourself.” —Will Marion Cook

“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” —Galatians 6:3

“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” —Albert Einstein

“I do not know if you have ever noticed that the more you struggle to understand, the less you understand any problem. But, the moment you cease to struggle and let the problem tell you the whole story, give all its significance–then there is understanding, which means, obviously, that to understand, the mind must be quiet.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 358

“I have not understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.” —Igor Stravinsky

“If you think too long, you think wrong.” —Jim Kaat

“In painting, as in the other arts, there’s not a single process, no matter how insignificant, which can be reasonably made into a formula. You come to nature with your theories, and she knocks them all flat.” —Pierre-Auguste Renoir

“In this world, hate never dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.” —Buddha

“Know yourself and you will win all battles.” —Sun Tzu

“Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” —Corita Kent

“Life is nice if you just leave it be.” —Jeanne Herbert

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” —Soren Kierkegaard, 1813-1855, Danish philosopher and writer

“Live calmly. The time will come when the flowers bloom by themselves.” —Buddhist saying

“Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.” —Seneca

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. “ —Ludwig van Beethoven

“Needing leads to bleeding–to almost all inevitable suffering.” —Albert Ellis, Buddhism and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” —Seneca

“Only words and conventions can isolate us from the entirely undefinable something which is everything.” —Alan Watts

“Our ideas of self are created by identification. The less we cling to ideas of self, the freer and happier we will be.” —Jack Kornfield

“Parts exist only for purposes of figuring and describing, and as we figure the world out we become confused if we do not remember this all the time.” —Alan Watts

“Peace comes from within. Don’t seek it without.” —Buddha

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo DaVinci

“So to understand what is requires a state of mind in which there is no identification or condemnation, which means a mind that is alert yet passive.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 50

“Speak and act from unwise thoughts, and sorrow will follow you as surely as the wheel follows the ox who draws the cart. Speak and act from wise thoughts and happiness will follow you as closely as your shadow, unshakeable.” —Dhammapada

“That is, when the mind ceases to create, then there is creation.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 362

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” —William Shakespeare, 1546-1616

“The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart.” —Mencius

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to and you don’t know how or why.” —Albert Einstein

“The moment a man questions the meaning and value of life, he is sick, since objectively neither has any existence; by asking this question one is merely admitting to a store of unsatisfied libido to which something else must have happened, a kind of fermentation leading to sadness and depression.” —Sigmund Freud

“The truth of Zen is the truth of life, and life means to live, to move, to act, not merely to reflect.” —Daisetz T. Suzuki

“The uncontrolled mind is to us as an enemy on the battlefield.” —Krishna, to the Archer Arjuna, from The Bhagavad Gita

“The world is what we make of it. We create our sorrows. If this is the case, why make problems for ourselves.” —Lie Yukon

“There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.” —Jack London

“There will always be suffering. But we must not suffer over the suffering.” —Alan Watts

“Things are not what they seem.” “Things are never what they look like.” “Things are not as they appear.” “Things are never what they first appear to be.” —Aphorism stated in many forms and styles

“Things never turn out the way you think they will.” —Aphorism

“Those that live their full life in Tao achieve the realization of their nature in inaction.” —Confucius

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” —E.E. Cummings

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” —Confucius

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To have many extraneous doctrines of charity and duty and regard them in practice as parts of a man’s natural sentiments is not the true way of the Tao.” —Chung Tzu

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist, that is all.” —Oscar Wilde

“Turn your mind away from things which are not permanent.” —Majjhima Nikaya

“We are always getting ready to live, but never living.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” —Carlos Castaneda

“We often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally.” —Dalai Lama

“Well done is better than well said.” —Benjamin Franklin

“What you believe you experience.” —J. Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living, Volume 1, p. 88

“Whatever a person frequently thinks and reflects on, that will become the inclination of their mind.” —Buddha

“When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing.” —Jackson Pollock

“When you correct your mind, everything else falls into place.” —Lao Tzu

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” —Ephesians 5:14

“With our thoughts, we make the world.” —Gautama Buddha

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You never exist quite so much as when you are not thinking.” —Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” —Bruce Lee

“Your teacher can open the door but you must enter yourself.” —Chinese proverb

“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” —Buddha

Quotations from Kevin Related to Eastern Psychology

Organized Alphabetically

“An experience is worth a thousand pictures.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Be where you are. Do what you are doing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Clean the mirror by emptying the vessel.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Emptiness is not self but self is empty.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Empty, weak, meek: these three are the key to the nature of self, of the inner vessel.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Facts can’t feel.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Facts can’t figure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Facts can’t fix.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“I pray I may be the empty me.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge does not do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge does not get it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge does not know.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge has no intelligence.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge is not it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Laughter is the realization that verbal reality failed again.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Meekness is not self but self is meek.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Non-doing is natural as the self is a magnifier and neither the source nor the result of what it magnifies.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Non-doing is not self but self cannot do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Quit thinking to be.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Quit thinking to do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Quit thinking to think.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Reflect all and let the light drive away what is not of light.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Right meditation is the control of identity and the freeing of attention.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Surrender is not the answer–rather–absolute weakness as the container is the answer.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The best present is the present.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The void is not self but self is void.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The void is not the answer–rather—self as an empty container is the answer.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Thinking can’t.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Weakness is not self but self is weakness.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“While there is much to do physically, there is only nothing to do psychologically.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

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