The following words touch me in some way. I collected them together really just for my own benefit - a place to return for inspiration. This is not an attempt to change anyone's beliefs or opinions - I think there's too much of that mindset in the world already. I believe we have to find our own answers - each of us is on our own journey, yet underneath it all we're not so different or so alone. After all, we are all leaves on the same tree.


The moment I heard my first love story
I began searching for you,
not knowing how foolish that was
True lovers don't meet somewhere out there,
but are in each other all along.
- Jelaluddin Rumi

A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'Universe'; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compasion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
- Albert Einstien

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
- Jean Anouilh

Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm? And well you should not. For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. It's energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we...(Yoda pinches Luke's shoulder)...not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you...me...the tree...the rock...everywhere! Yes, even between this land and that ship!
- Yoda

So much of life is paradox. So much of life is neither one thing nor the other... it's both things at the same time.
- David Hyde Pierce

Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas, ambition, preoccupations, opinions. Simple, free being becomes encrusted year by year, the amour of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. And after that day, we become again seekers.
- Peter Matteson

As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.
- Max Planck (during his 1918 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded for the discovery of energy quanta)

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.
- Buddha

The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun... for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: Is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey, don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we… kill those people - "Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up. Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real..." It's just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn't matter, because... it's just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.
 - Bill Hicks

Why, of course the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
- Herman Goering (Hitler’s Nazi Reich Marshall) 18 April 1946 (from Gustave Gilbert's "Nuremberg Diary")

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
- Buddha

"If only you were more like me then I wouldn't have to be so angry with you."
- Wayne Dyer (defining the underlying thought behind most disagreement and conflict)

You will not be punlished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
- Buddha

Some things you must always be unable to bear
Some things you must never stop refusing to bear
Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame
No matter how young you are or how old you've got
Not for kudos
Not for cash
Your picture in the paper
Or money in the bank neither
Just refuse to bear them
- William Faulkner

One thing is sure. A great change of our psychological attitude is imminent. That is certain because we need more psychology, we need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself. He is the great danger and we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man. Far too little.
- Carl Jung

I thought of age, and loneliness, and change.
I thought how strange we grow when we're alone,
And how unlike the selves that meet and talk,
And blow the candles out, and say good night.
Alone. The word is life endured and known.
It is the stillness where our spirits walk
And all but inmost faith is overthrown.

- Siegfried Sassoon

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

- Carl Jung

Imagination is more important that knowlege.
- Albert Einstein

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

- Wayne Dyer

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
- Stephen Covey

Ah... this you better find out for yourself. Don’t ask the meaning from me. It’s like asking me to chew your candy for you. It is not possible. I can put candy in your mouth, but I can’t chew it for you. You have to chew your own candy. Be with this question. I can tell you one thing, you are very fortunate that this question arises in your mind. One in a million people will get this question. It is a very sincere question. It means you have started your journey toward the light. You stopped just existing and started on to the beautiful path. Be with this question, and don’t be in such a hurry for a ready-made answer from somebody. Go deep into yourself and you will find out.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (when questioned on the true meaning of life)