He learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke-the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love.
This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you.
People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of. It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
We women, when we're searching for a meaning to our lives or for the path of knowledge, always identify with one of four classic archetypes.
Love is the force that brings us back together, in order to condense the experience dispersed in many lives and many parts of the world.
When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you.
You were my hope during my days of loneliness, my anxiety during moments of doubt, my certainty during moments of faith.
Oddly enough I never used to suffer from depression on cold, gray, cloudy days like this. I feel as if nature is in harmony with me, that it reflected my soul.
Oddly enough I never used to suffer from depression on cold, gray, cloudy days like this. I feel as if nature is in harmony with me, that it reflected my soul. On the other hand, when the sun appeared, the children would come out to play in the streets, and everyone was happy that it was such a lovely day, and then I would feel terrible, as if that display of exuberance in which i could not participate was somehow unfair.
I will at least have gained one very
happy day in my life. Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a
Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it -- which of these two attitudes is the least destructive?
All my life, I thought of love as some kind of voluntary enslavement. Well, that's a lie: freedom only exists when love is present. The person who gives him or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves most wholeheartedly.
Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they're not.
Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they're not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing. They can stay together for hours, even days. They begin the dance one day and finish it the next, or -- such is the pleasure they experience -- they may never finish it. No eleven minutes for them.
There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.
It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the master work. Now, I'm beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I'm happy at least that I didn't wait twenty years.
Children are always looking at the world as if it was for the first time in their lives. So, we should always look to the world with the eyes of a child. I am not saying be naive, I am saying be innocent in the sense of discovering things.
Life will undertake to separate us, and we must each set off in search of our own path, our own destiny or our own way of facing death.
It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory.
It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory, but when you succeed, you start to realize that you're capable of far more than you imagined.
Live the life you always wanted to live. Avoid criticizing others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams.
Every human being should keep alive within them the sacred flame of madness, but should behave as a normal person.
If you have a past with which you feel dissatisfied, then forget it. Now.
If you have a past with which you feel dissatisfied, then forget it, now. Imagine a new story for your life and believe in it. Focus only on the moments when you achieved what you desired, and that strength will help you to get what you want.
It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us.
It isn't the desire to abide by the law that makes everyone behave as society requires, but the fear of punishment. Each one of us carries a gallows inside us.
Lord, bless our week. Help us to take all the necessary risks to become the person we always wanted to be.
Don't bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and invisible is by trying to explain your emotions.
The most powerful hallucinogen in this planet is called Love. Highly Addictive! You will see and hear things that don't exist!
Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he'll never move.
Life is absolutely insane. Yes, life is insane but the great wisdom lies in choosing your insanity wisely.
Better to go hungry than to be alone. Because when you're alone--and I'm talking here
about an enforced solitude not of our choosing--it's as if you were no longer part of the
I think that when we look for love courageously, it reveals itself, and we wind up attracting even more love. If one person really wants us, everyone does. But if we're alone, we become even more alone. Life is strange.
When you have an intense contact of love with nature or another human being, like a spark, then you understand that there is no time and that everything is eternal.
They were seeking out the treasure of their destiny, without actually wanting to live out their destiny.
When you know the language of love, it's easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you.
When you know that language, it's easy to believe that someone in the world awaits you, whether it's in the middle of the desert or in some great city... without such love, one's dreams would have no meaning.
Walking helps me a lot to feel alive, and I do this every single day, my wife and I. We have long conversations about nature, and we also walk silently, just contemplating.
According to the laws of nature, one should destroy the other, but in love neither good nor evil, there is neither construction nor destruction, there is merely movement. And love changes the laws of nature.
Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World and it will one day return there.
If he waits for the ideal moment, he will never set off; he requires a touch of madness to take the next step. The warrior uses that touch of madness. For -- in both love and war -- it is impossible to foresee everything.
Love is an act of faith, not an exchange. Contradictions are what make love grow. Conflicts are what allow love to remain by our side.
Love transforms, Love heals. But sometimes it lays deadly traps and ends up destroying the person who decided to surrender himself completely.
It is part of human nature always to judge others very severely and when the wind turns against us, always to find an excuse for our own misdeeds, or to blame someone else for our mistakes.
The best way to live a miserable life is to pay attention to what other people are saying about you.
But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation.
I have spent every New Year's Eve since 1992 in Lourdes. I spend the hour of my birth every year in the grotto. It's a place with meaning for me.
If we are desperate, though , if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes direction.
I only write to understand myself better... I don't try to show how intelligent or how cultivated I am, I just try to share my soul. Sharing is part of life.
When faced by any loss, there's no point in trying to recover what has been, it's best to take advantage of the large space that opens up before us and fill it with something new.
Our body remains alive, yet sooner or later our soul will receive a mortal blow. The perfect crime -- for we don't know who murdered our joy, what their motives were, or where the guilty parties are to be found.
Love is just a further impetus, not something that will prevent us going forward. We do not realize that those who genuinely wish us well want us to be happy and are prepared to accompany us on that journey.
One can abandon one's personal legend for a time, as long as one does not forget about it entirely and returns to it as soon as possible.
When you possess great treasures within you and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.
Everyone when they are young knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible.
What is a personal calling? It is God's blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend. However, we don't all have the courage to confront our own dream.
Every human being has a personal legend to be fulfilled, and this is our reason for being in the world. This personal legend manifests itself in our enthusiasm for the task.
What's the world's greatest lie?... It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.
The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.
I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don't hurt me, because it is me.
I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don't hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.
I will never be yours, and you will never be mine; nevertheless, I can honestly say: I love you, I love you, I love you.
Love rules, but no one knows where it has its throne; in order to know that secret place, you must first submit to Love.
If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise, said the seer. If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.
What they forget is that, from Ancient Greece on, the people who returned from battle were either dead on their shields or stronger, despite and because of their scars.
God created the visible world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.
Every man has a feminine side, and every woman a masculine side. It is important to use discipline with intuition, and to use intuition with objectivity.
You have a personal legend to fulfil, period. It is of no matter if others support you, or criticise you, ignore or tolerate you. You are doing that because that is your destiny on this earth, and the source of any joy.
When you dance, do you feel desire? Do you feel as if you were summoning up a greater energy? When you dance, are there moments when you cease to be yourself?
There are two kinds of idiots -- those who don't take action because they have received a threat, and those who think they are taking action because they have issued a threat.
There is one great truth on this planet : whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth.
When you must choose a new path, do not bring old experiences with you. Those who strike out afresh, but who attempt to retain a little of the old life, end up torn apart by their own memories.
He who loves has conquered the world and has no fear of losing anything. True love is an act of total surrender.
Defeat exists but not suffering. A true warrior knows that when he loses a battle, he is improving the skill with which he wields a sword. He will be able to fight more skillfully next time.
We need to create a new revolution, and to do that, don't waste your life: stop pleasing people, and become who you always wanted to be.
Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth.
Any man who, having planted a vineyard, has not yet reaped the benefits should do so at once, so that he does not die in the struggle and leave it for another to enjoy.
No one should feel afraid of the unknown. Because everyone is capable of achieving everything he wants and needs.
For the Warrior of Light there is no such thing as an impossible love. He is not intimidated by silence, indifference or rejection. He knows that, behind the mask of ice that people wear, there beats a heart of fire. Without love, he is nothing.
Sometimes Evil pursues the Warrior of the Light, and when it does, he calmly invites it into his tent.
To attain his dream, the warrior of light needs a strong will and an enormous capacity for acceptance.
A Warrior knows that the ends do not justify the means. Because there are no ends, there are only means.
A warrior of light knows that in the silence of his heart he will hear an order that will guide him.
A Warrior of Light needs love. Love and affection are part of his nature. He makes use of solitude, but is not used by it.
The warrior of light listens to what his opponent has to say. He only fights if absolutely necessary.
That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.
Warriors of light are not perfect.Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.
Every search begins with beginner's luck. And every search ends with the victor's being severely tested.
Every search begins with beginner's luck. And every search ends with the victor's being severely tested." The boy remembered an old proverb from his country. It said that the darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.
Victories and defeats form part of everyone's life -- everyone, that is, except cowards, as you call them, because they never lose or win.
Loving means being open to miracles, to victories and defeats, to everything that happens each day that was given us to walk upon the face of the Earth.
When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true.
No, I'm not mistaken. I know you don't love me. But I'm going to fight for your love. There are some things in life that are worth fighting for to the end. You are worth it.
You need to change yourself. The moment that you change yourself it is a gigantic step. And this is what I do. The book is much more important than the writer.
Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs.
Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives.
My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing beauty of life once more. It's happened before, it will happen again, I'm sure. When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive -- I'll find love again.
We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin; the second is knowing when to stop.
Don't expect to get anything back, don't expect recognition for your efforts, don't expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Act because you need to act.
Love is a disease no one wants to get rid of. Those who catch it never try to get better, and those who suffer do not wish to be cured.
A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.
Everybody has to share something. This is one of the most important laws of the human condition, is the necessity to share. This is the task of the writer -- but not only of a writer, of every human being -- it is to share something that he or she has.
Judging oneself to be inferior to other people was one of the worst acts of pride because it was the most destructive way of being different.
The visible is always a mirror of the invisible. The reality is imagined before it manifests itself.
Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.
Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other. Generally speaking, these meetings occur when we reach a limit, when we need to die and be reborn emotionally. These meetings are waiting for us, but more often than not, we avoid them happening. If we are desperate, though, if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes direction.
Love always triumphs over what we call death. That's why there's no need to grieve for our loved ones, because they continue to be loved and remain by our side.
When every day seems the same, it is because we have stopped noticing the good things that appear in our lives.
What really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.
If you accept such love with purity and humility, you will understand that Love is neither giving nor receiving -it is participating.
That 'simple desire' to share something meant that we could enter the world of language without words, where everything is always clear and there is no danger of being misinterpreted.
Travelling to past lives is like making a hole in the floor and letting the flames of the fire in the apartment below scorch and burn the present.
Have pity on those who are fearful of taking up a pen, or a paintbrush, or an instrument, or a tool because they are afraid that someone has already done so better than they could.
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change.
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready.
During any dance to which we surrender with joy, the brain loses it's controlling power, and the heart takes up the reins of the body.
A warrior is always aware of what is worth fighting for. He does not go into combat over things that do not concern him, and he never wastes his time over provocations.
To become really good at anything, you have to practice and repeat, practice and repeat, until the technique becomes intuitive.
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