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I Am Tom Shadyac

Quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“It is one light which beams out of a thousand stars. It is one soul which animates all men.” (American Scholar)

“Let us unlearn our wisdom of the world…and learn that truth alone makes rich and great.”

“Nothing will bring you peace but yourself. Nothing will bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” (Self-Reliance)

“Trust thyself. Every heart vibrates to that iron string.” (Self-Reliance)

“Men…seek money or power…for they aspire to the highest, and this, in their sleepwalking, they dream is the highest. Wake them, and they shall quit the false good and leap to the true.” (Self-Reliance)

“While he sits on the cushion of advantage he falls asleep.” (Compensation)

“Great souls are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world.”

“Colleges…can only highly serve us, when they aim not to drill, but to create, when they…set the heart of their youth aflame.” (American Scholar)

“All of life instructs.”

“Those who shut the door to heaven on others don’t realize they are shutting the door to heaven on themselves.”

“Hardly the bravest amongst them have the manliness to resist it successfully.” (Emerson on Wealth)

“What we do not call education is more precious than that which we call so.” (Spiritual Laws)

“When the act of reflection takes place in the mind…we discover that our life is embosomed in beauty. Behind us, as we go, all things assume pleasing forms…even the tragic and terrible, are comely, as they take their place in the pictures of memory… The soul will not know deformity or pain. If, in the hours of clear reason, we should speak of the severest truth, we should say, that we had never made a sacrifice… No man ever stated his griefs as lightly as he might… For it is only the finite that has wrought and suffered; the infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.” (Spiritual Laws)

“There is less intention in history than we ascribe to it… Men of extraordinary success, in their honest moments, have always sung, ‘Not unto us, not unto us.” (Spiritual Laws)

“When we have broken our god of tradition, and ceased from our god of rhetoric, then may God fire the heart with his presence.” (Over-soul)

“God will not make himself manifest to cowards.” (Over-soul)

“A little consideration of what takes place around us everyday would show us that a higher law than that of our will regulates events; that our painful labors are unnecessary and fruitless; that only in our easy, simple and spontaneous actions are we strong, and by contenting ourselves with obedience we become divine…” (Spiritual Laws)

“It is the vice of our public speaking that it has not abandonment.” (Spiritual Laws)

“The man may teach by doing, and not otherwise. If he can communicate himself, he can teach, but not by words.” (Spiritual Laws)

“The object of the man…is to make daylight shine thought him, to suffer the law to traverse his whole being without obstruction, so that, on what point ‘soerver of his doing your eye falls, it shall report truly of his character, whether it be his diet, his house, his religious forms, his society, his vote, his opposition…” (Spiritual Laws)

“…Our life might be much easier and simpler than we make it…Why need you choose so painfully your place, and occupation…? Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment.”

“Look in thy heart, and write.’ He that writes to himself writes to an eternal public.” (Spiritual Laws)

“Let the great soul incarnated in some woman’s form, poor and sad and single, in some Dolly or Joan, go out to service, and sweep chambers and scour floors, and its effulgent daybeams cannot be muffled or hid, but to sweep and scour will instantly appears supreme and beautiful actions, the top and radiance of human life, and all people well get mops and brooms..!” (Spiritual Laws)

Hafiz:

“When all your desires are distilled

You will cast just two votes

To love more

And be happy”

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“I wish I could show you,

When you are lonely or in darkness,

The Astonishing Light

Of your own Being.”

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“Why go to sleep each night,

Exhausted from the folly of ignorance.”

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“I

Have

Learned

So much from God

That I can no longer

Call

Myself

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,

a Buddhist, a Jew.”

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“The

great religions are the

ships,

poets the Life

Boats.

Every sane person I know has jumped

overboard.”

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“Every child has known God,

Not the God of names,

Not the God of don’ts…

But the God who only knows four words…

“Come dance with me.”"

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“Even after all this time

The Sun has never told the Earth

“You owe me,”

look what happens

with a love like that,

it lights the whole sky.”

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“Die before you die,

Then do whatever you want.

It’s all good.”

Thomas Merton:

“Nothing has ever been said about God that hasn’t already been said better by the wind in the pine trees.”

“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity, and love.”

“To hope is to risk frustration. Therefore, make up your mind to risk frustration.”

“Do not be one of those who, rather than risk failure, never attempts anything.”

“As if the sorrows and stupidities of the world could overwhelm me now that I realize what we all are. I wish everyone could realize this. But there is no way of telling people they are all walking around shining like the sun.”

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?”

“The humble man receives praise the way a clean window takes the light of the sun. The truer and more intense the light is, the less you see of the glass, and the more you see of the sun.”

“What is serious to men, is often very trivial in the eyes of God. What in God might appear to us as play, is perhaps what He Himself takes most seriously.”

“The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena of life, the more we analyze them out into strange finalities and complex purposes of our own, the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity and despair. But it does not matter much, because no despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic dance, which is always there. Indeed, we are in the midst of it, and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood whether we want it to or not…And the fact remains, we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the wind, and join in the general dance.”

“Finally, I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am…”

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy…this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”

Mary Oliver:

“We do one thing or another, we stay the same or we change. Congratulations if you’ve changed.”

“We all have much more listening to do.”

Rumi:

“What keeps us from joining the dance

The dust particles do?…”

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“We should split the sack

Of this culture

And stick our heads out.”

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“I have lived on the lip

of insanity, wanting to know reasons,

knocking on a door. It opens.

I’ve been knocking from the inside!”

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“Because of this love for you

My bowl has fallen from the roof.

Put down a ladder and collect the pieces, please.”

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“Hear what Sanai said:

Lose your life, if you seek eternity.”

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“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”

“Beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

“If you’ve opened to…love, you’re helping people you don’t know and have never seen.”

Wendell Barry:

“When I hear the stock market has fallen, I say, Long live gravity!”

“Intellectual property names the deed by which the mind is bought and sold and the world enslaved.”

“Nor do I believe artistic genius is the possession of any artist.”

“Ceaseless preparation for war is not peace.”

Henry David Thoreau:

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”

“We make ourselves sick, that we may lay up something against a sick day.”

“What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can…”

“What everybody echoes as true today… may turn out to be falsehood tomorrow.”

“Age is no better qualified for an instructor than youth… for it has not profited so much as it has lost.”

“I am always regretting the fact that I am not as wise as the day I was born.”

Gandhi:

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

“My life is my message.”

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.”

“An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind.”

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

“Live simply so that others may simply live.”

Albert Einstein:

“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.” (1945)

“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”

“Try not to let school get in the way of your education.”

Saint Francis of Assisi:

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

“Preach the gospel wherever you can and when all else fails, use words.”

Walt Whitman:

“Whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral.”

“I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God no the least…”

“Love the earth and sun and animals,

Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,

Stand up for the stupid and crazy,

Devote your income and labor to others…

Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book;

Dismiss whatever insults your own soul;

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

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“Swiftly arose around me the peace and knowledge

that pass all the argument of the earth;

And I know that the hand of God is the elderhand of my own,

And I know that the spirit of God is the eldest brother of my own,

And that all men and women ever born are also my brothers…”

Mother Teresa:

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis…it is the lack of love and charity; the terrible indifference towards one’s neighbor.”

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do.”

“Intense love does not measure; it just gives.”

“I do not agree with the big way of doing things, to us what matters is the individuals, if we wait till we get the number then we will be lost in the numbers.”

Kahlil Gibran:

“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.”

“Doubt is too lonely a pain to know that faith is his twin brother.”

The Alchemist:

“Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’”

“Every search begins with beginners luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”

“His heart whispered: ‘Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That is where I am, and that is where your treasure is.’”

“Thy lot or proportion in life is seeking after thee, therefore be at rest from seeking after it.” (The Alchemist, The Kalif Ali)

Mother Meera:

“When you know that you are eternal you can play your true role in time. When you know you are divine you can become completely human. When you know you are one with God you are free to become absolutely yourself …”

“One common mistake is to think that one reality is THE reality. You must always be prepared to leave one reality for a greater one.”

“In silence one can receive more because all one’s activities become concentrated at one point. There is only one real rhythm; in silence you hear it. When you live to the rhythm of this silence, you become it, slowly; everything you do, you do to it.”

Abraham Lincoln:

“I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend.”

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

Emily Dickinson:

“For Occupation – This – the spreading wide my narrow Hands to gather Paradise.”

Martin Luther-King:

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve… You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Buddha:

“If you want to know the past, look at your present life. If you want to know the future, look at your present.”

Marianne Williamson:

“When we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

John-Michael:

“When we live our life contrary to the inner guidance of our Soul, our actions often have a disharmonious effect upon ourselves, others and the Earth. This is why the evolution of individual human consciousness is intimately linked with the future of this planet. In light of this, the crisis of all physical illness, emotional imbalance and planetary upheaval has but one ultimate purpose: to provide an opportunity that will motivate us to realign our body, mind and emotions with the infinite love, wisdom and healing of our Soul. Therefore, whenever we gather the courage to do whatever it takes to end the war within, we contribute directly and immediately to our own healing and transformation as well as to the peace that our world cries out for.”

St. Augustine:

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others”

A.L. Kitselman:

“The words ‘I am…’ are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.”

Goethe:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

Galileo:

“The Sun, with all the planets revolving around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do.”

Talmud:

“We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.”

Albert Schweitzer:

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

Vanderleeuw:

“When we have seen Reality, there is not a grain of dust which has not a sublime meaning.”

Edgar Cayce:

“Don’t feel sorry for yourself if you have chosen the wrong road – turn around!”

Thomas A’Kempis:

“Study to overcome that in yourself which disturbs you most in others.”

Jesus

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Do not store up treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal, but store up treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

“What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul.”

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

“The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; nor will they say unto you, ‘Lo here, or lo there!’ For the kingdom of heaven is within you.”

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

“Consider the birds of the air, they do not sew or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly father feeds them. Look at the lilies of the field; surely Solomon in all of his splendor was not arrayed like one of these… So if God so clothes the grass of the field… how much more will he care for you…? Therefore, do not choose to be anxious, saying: ‘What shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and what shall we wear?’ Your Heavenly Father knows that you need these things. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”

“Unless you become like these little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

“Do not judge, that you may not be judged.”

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who endure persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

“If you bring forth that which is within you, that which within you will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will destroy you.” (Gospel of Thomas)

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me…Truly, I say to you, that which you did for the least of my brothers, you did unto me.”

“Whoever would be great amongst you must be your servant, and whoever would be first amongst you, must be last.”

“Whoever will save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life…will save it.”

“Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own?”

“You can not serve two masters, for either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can not serve God and money.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.”

Thomas Carlyle

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.”

“Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.”

“A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for with out kindness, there can be no true joy.”