Whenever a religion tightens it's rules, a significant number of people break away and go in search of more freedom in their search for spiritual contact.
When trying to seduce a woman, a writer says: 'I'm a writer', and scribbles a poem on a napkin. It always works.
We all live in our own world. But if you look up at the starry sky -- you'll see that all the different worlds up there combine to form constellations, solar systems, galaxies.
We must do jobs we detest because we are part of an organized society, and if everyone did what they wanted to do, the world would come to a standstill.
In love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we are to the spiritual experience.
We must never forget that spiritual experience is above all a practical experience of love. And with love, there are no rules.
I think that we are starting to get much more conscious about, you know, the importance of the spiritual path, and we are fulfilling it by paying attention to ourselves.
I will be able to love above all discontentment. To give even when I am stripped of everything. To dry tears even when I am still crying. To believe even when I am discredited.
No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded.
The glory of the world is transitory, and we should not measure our lives by it, but by the choice we make to follow our personal legend, to believe in our utopias, and to fight for our dreams.
Because time isn't something that always proceeds at the same pace. It is we who determine how quickly time passes.
Signs are an extremely personal language that we develop throughout our lives, by trial and error, until we begin to understand that God is guiding us.
When something undesirable grows in my soul, I ask God to give me the courage to mercilessly pluck it out.
In real life, love has to be possible. Even if it is not returned right away, love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire.
Emotions are wild horses.
Emotions are wild horses. It is not explanations that carry us forward, but our will to go on.
As a writer I have to find platforms that can use this writing process. The internet is one of them.
The only way to make the right decision is to find out which is the wrong decision, to examine that other path without fear, and only then decide.
No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it.
Life is a journey. How we travel is really up to us. We can just flow with the tide or follow our own dreams.
We warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times and to know that the Universe is conspiring in our favor, even though we may not understand how.
You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness. God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?
When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.
If theater is ritual, then dance is too... It's as if the threads connecting us to the rest of the world were washed clean of preconceptions and fears. When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.
Love simply is.
Love simply is. That is the testament of Athena or Sherine or Hagia Sofia -- love is. No definitions. Love and don't ask too many questions. Just love.
We always know which is the best road to follow, but we follow only the road that we have become accustomed to.
All we have to do is understand that we're all here for a reason and to commit ourselves to that. Then we can laugh at our sufferings, large and small and walk fearlessly, aware that each step has meaning.
There is nothing worse than the feeling that no one cares whether we exist or not, that no one is interested in what we have to say about life, and that the world can continue turning without our awkward presence.
But we must never forget that spiritual experience is above all a practical experience of love. And with love, there are no rules. ... The heart decides, and what it decides is all that really matters.
During sex, it is very difficult to deceive the other person because that is when each person shows who they really are.
The day is made up of 24 hours and an infinite number of moments. We need to be aware of those moments and make the most of them regardless of whether we're busy doing something or contemplating life.
Everyone knows how to love because we are all born with that gift.
Everyone knows how to love,because we are all born with that gift.Some people have a natural talent for it but the majority of us have to re-learn,to remember how to love,and everyone,without exception,needs o burn on the bonfire of past emotions,to relieve certain joys and griefs,certain ups and downs,until they can see the connecting thread that exists behind each new encounter;because there is a connecting thread.
Love is not to be found in someone else but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person.
Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with.
It is not time that changes man nor knowledge the only thing that can change someone's mind is love.
In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.
Stop thinking all the time that you're in the way, that you're bothering the person next to you. If people don't like it, they can complain. And if they don't have courage to complain, that's their problem.
When you were in love, you were capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love was the key to understanding all of the mysteries.
I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the Master Work.
The closer one gets to realizing his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being.
I'm like everyone else -- I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.
Everyone has his or her own way of learning things. His way isn't the same as mine, nor mine as his. But we're both in search of our destinies, and I respect him for that.
Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.
In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life, the pricesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs.
On some nights, he has nowhere to sleep, on others he suffers from insomnia. That's just how it is, thinks the warrior. I was the one who chose to walk this path.
Magical places are always beautiful and deserve to be contemplated ... Always stay on the bridge between the invisible and the visible.
Stay close to those who sing, tell stories, and enjoy life, and whose eyes sparkle with happiness. Because happiness is contagious and will always manage to find a solution, whereas logic can find only an explanation for the mistake made.
We forget that the world is what we imagine it to be. We stop being the sun and become, instead, the pool of water reflecting it.
No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people's eyes, to reveal the marvels around.
The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him. Be attentive, but don't be paranoiac.
Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. Getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.
Outer beauty is inner beauty made visible.
Outer beauty is inner beauty made visible, and it manifests itself in the light that flows in our eyes.
We can see the Divine in each speck of dust, but that doesn't stop us from wiping it away with a wet sponge. The Divine doesn't disappear; it's transformed into the clean surface.
In order for us to liberate the energy of our strength, our weakness must first have a chance to reveal itself.
Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.
Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.
What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.
True love allows each person to follow his or her own path, aware that doing so can never drive them apart.
We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren't, or of moments that could have been found but were forever hidden in the sands.
I wept because I was re-experiencing the enthusiasm of my childhood; I was once again a child, and nothing in the world could cause me harm.
Laugh at your worries and insecurities. View your anxieties with humor. It will be difficult at first, but you'll gradually get used to it.
Each morning brings a hidden blessing; a blessing which is unique to that day, and which cannot be kept or re-used. If we do not use this miracle today, it will be lost.
A man's dignity isn't measured by the people he has around him when he's at the peak of his success, but by his ability not to forget those who helped him when his need was greatest.
What people regard as vanity -- leaving great works, having children, acting in such a way as to prevent one's name from being forgotten -- I regard as the highest expression of human dignity.
The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them.
Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it--just as we have learned to live with storms.
So you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being.
When I had nothing more to lose, I was given everything. When I ceased to be who I am, I found myself. When I experienced humiliation and yet kept on walking, I understood that I was free to choose my destiny.
A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.
In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else's path is wrong.
Love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person. To love somebody isn't just a strong feeling. It is a decision, a judgment, and a promise.
You can achieve anything if you believe in yourself. But the opposite is also true; without strong self-belief you will not go far.
We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation.
Avoid those who seek friends in order to maintain a certain social status or to open doors they would not otherwise be able to approach.
I'm an adventurer, looking for treasure.
I'm an adventurer, looking for treasurer," he said to himself.
Doubt is wisdom. People are dangerous when they are certain that their cause is just and their facts are right.
Trust your reader, don't try to describe things. Give a hint and they will fulfill this hint with their own imagination.
Brave is the only thing that I ask myself to be. Brave to write, to love, to face criticism, to live according my own rules.
You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you need to breathe, calm down, look around, and improvise. Creativity is the key of life.
There are days that life is about dreams, goals, brightness. And there are days that life is just about putting foot in front of the other and continue walking -- there is nothing wrong about this.
If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.
If you are never alone you cannot know yourself. And if you do not know yourself, you will begin to fear the void.
They say that extroverts are unhappier than introverts and have to compensate for this by constantly proving to themselves how happy and contented and at ease with life they are.
Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose and to commit ourselves to our goals and values.
Focus on the single purpose of being here and now. Life is a succession of moments. Be faithful to this moment -- if it is painful, it will pass. If it is joyful, it will also pass.
The journey isn't so much about becoming someone. It's about getting rid of everything that isn't really you.
There are three things that a child can teach an adult: To be happy for no reason; to be always busy doing something; And to know how to demand -- with all one's might -- what one wants.
Learn from mistakes, but never regret you made them. We make mistakes because we dare to step outside our comfort zone.
Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.
Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning. Dream is also just a word until you decide to fight for it with all your enthusiasm and commitment.
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