The conscience is like a sharp square peg in our hearts. If we are confronted by a questionable situation, that square begins to turn, and it’s corners cut into our hearts, warming us with an inward sensation against doing whatever confronts us. If the conscience is ignored time after time, the corners of the square are gradually worn down, and it virtually becomes a circle. When that circle turns within our hearts, there is no inner sensation of warning, and we are left without a conscience.
— The Spotlight
it is that no matter who you’re with or who you come across or what you do or how you feel, be kind. and in the midst of all that we think we want, weigh necessity over comfort, and you’ll find the simpler you make anything, the happier you’ll be with your outcome. although the magnitude of these words versus my naïve age may dissuade you of taking them to heart, experience is a returning teacher
When people can walk away from you, let them walk. Don’t try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, caring for you, or staying attached to you. When people can walk away, let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.
— via frommyperspective
There exists, for everyone, a sentence—a series of words—that has the power to destroy you. Another sentence exists, another series of words, that could heal you. If you’re lucky you will get the second, but you can be certain of getting the first.
— Valis by Philip K. Dick (via thechocolatebrigade)
Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
— Frank Herbert
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.
— Marianne Williamson
We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth or status or power or fame, but rather how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.
— Barack Obama