-The spiritual journey does not consist of arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one’s own ignorance concerning oneself and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to one’s self.
-A child-like adult is not an adult whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is an adult who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
-Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
-Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
-Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity and tolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
-Experience teaches only the teachable.
-I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
-That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.
-All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.
-There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
-Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
-At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas.
-There is a Law of Reversed Effort. The harder we try with the conscious will to do something, the less we shall succeed.
Proficiency and the results of proficiency come only to those who have learned the paradoxical art of doing and not doing, or combining relaxation with activity, of letting go as a person in order that the immanent and transcendent Unknown Quantity may take hold.
We cannot make ourselves understand; the most we can do is to foster a state of mind, in which understanding may come to us.