“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow as your shadow, unshakeable.”
“In all things of Nature there is something of the marvellous.”
“Take a chance, like all dreamers can’t find another way.
You don’t have to dream it all, just live a day.”
—Duran Duran, "Save A Prayer", Rio
“The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There’s always a bigger fish.”
—Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace
“Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right, and stick to it.”
“Finally, the best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good.”
—The I Ching, Hexagram 43 (Book One), Bollingen XIX Edition
“If you’re going to have a cookie, have a cookie.”
“Never have an ordinary day.”
—from a Pepperidge Farm cookie insert
“To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror; to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.”
—Lady Jessica Atreides
“…[O]ne learns from books and reels only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.”
—Prince Farad’n Corrino
“To exist is to stand out, away from the background. You aren’t thinking or really existing unless you’re willing to risk even your sanity in the judgment of your existence.”
—The Preacher at Arrakeen
(All three quotes above taken from Children of Dune, by Frank Herbert)
Re: The Solitary Path
“Stuckness shouldn’t be avoided. It’s the psychic predecessor of all real understanding. An egoless acceptance of stuckness is a key to an understanding of all Quality, in mechanical work as in other endeavors. It’s this understanding of Quality as revealed by stuckness which so often makes self-taught mechanics so superior to institute-trained men who have learned how to handle everything except a new situation.”
—Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
“Grace: Perfect grace consists not in exterior ornamentation of the substance, but in the simple fitness of its form.
“Isadora [Duncan] was cast as the first faerie in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was vexed by having to wear gauze wings attached to her costume: she wanted to dance her wingedness.”
—both taken from the packaging of the Burt’s Bees “Grace” solid perfume
“Meditation is the creative control of the self where the Infinite can talk to you.”
“Three mantras you should never say:
I don’t know; I’m not ready; I can’t do it.”
—both from Yogi Tea Company teatags
“If you have built your castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
—Henry David Thoreau
“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
“…However, just as St. Germain tells us today in his Study in Alchemy that ‘miracles’ are wrought by the precise application of universal laws, so Roger Bacon meant his prophecies to demonstrate that flying machines and magical apparatus were products of the employment of natural law which men would figure out in time.
“From whence did Bacon believe he derived his amazing awareness? ‘True knowledge stems not from the authority of others, nor from a blind allegiance to antiquated dogmas,’ he said, […] he believed knowledge ‘is a highly personal experience—a light that is communicated only to the innermost privacy of the individual through the impartial channels of all knowledge and of all thought.’
“And so Bacon […] would seek and find his science in his religion. Entering the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, he said, ‘I will conduct my experiments on the magnetic forces of the lodestone at the selfsame shrine where my fellow-scientist, St. Francis, performed his experiments on the magnetic forces of love.’
“[…] Although the clock of his life was run out, his body broken, he knew that his efforts would not be without impact on the future.” (pgs. 260-261)
—from Lords of the Seven Rays, Chapter 7, by Mark L. & Elizabeth Clare Prophet
“I believe that humanity shall accept as an axiom for its conduct the principle for which I have laid down my life—the right to investigate. It is the credo of free men—this opportunity to try, this privilege to err, this courage to experiment anew. We scientists of the human spirit shall experiment, experiment, ever experiment. Through centuries of trial and error, through agonies of research…let us experiment with laws and customs, with money systems and governments, until we chart the one true course—until we find the majesty of our proper orbit as the planets above have found theirs…And then at last we shall move all together in the harmony of our spheres under the great impulse of a single creation—one unity, one system, one design.”
—Roger Bacon, taken from Henry & Dana Lee Thomas’s Living Biographies of
Great Scientists, as quoted in Lords, above (Prophet, pg. 262)
“I stand in the sacred human presence. As I do now, so should you stand someday. I pray to your presence that this be so. The future remains uncertain and so it should, for it is the canvas upon which we paint our desires. Thus always the human condition faces a beautifully empty canvas. We possess only this moment in which to dedicate ourselves continuously to the sacred presence which we share and create.” (pg. 305)
—The Bene Gesserit Credo (part), taken from Frank Herbert's Children of Dune
“Because of the one-pointed Time awareness in which the conventional mind remains immersed, humans tend to think of everything in a sequential, word-oriented framework. This mental trap produces very short-term concepts of effectiveness and consequences, a condition of constant, unplanned response to crises.” (pg. 249)
—Liet-Kynes, “The Arrakis Workbook”, also taken from Herbert, Children of Dune
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”
“He who gains victory over others is strong, but he who gains victory over himself is all-powerful.”
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it.”
“We must take care to live not merely a long life, but a full one; for living a long life requires only good fortune, but living a full life requires character. Long is the life that is fully lived; it is fulfilled only when the mind supplies its own good qualities and empowers itself from within.”
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.”
—Louisa May Alcott
“I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession, a duty
“I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master
“I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living
“I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs
“I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order
“I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character—not wealth or power or position—is of supreme worth
“I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free
“I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual’s highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His [sic] will
“I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.”
—John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (engraved on a wall of Rockefeller Center,
east of Wollman Rink, opposite statue of Prometheus)
On taking the plunge:
“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”
—W. H. Murray
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
—Mark 12:23, via The Gospels
Re: Words of Power
“6. Infinity: By ‘infinity’, I mean the concept of non-limitation. I see two main obvious applications of this and they both are infinitely comforting.
a) Anything can be solved by working magic. There are no limitations on the potential applications of Words of Power. If you can just get yourself to the point where you can remember that no matter what problems seem to arise, they are potentially solvable within this frame of reference—then you have instantly eliminated being overwhelmed, in despair, or out of control. You just say, ‘As weird, as terrifying, as confusing as this situation may seem to be, I will now handle it with Words of Power, my own use of positive magic.’ Then you automatically have the problem half solved.
b) Always remember that no matter what the problem may be, there is an Infinity of Solution. If you’ve ever had that old, familiar feeling of seeming to be in a double bind, of having only choice 1, 2, or 3, or whatever you can think of as solutions—and none of them seems comfortable—then you understand the saying, ‘having to choose the lesser of two (or three) evils.’ Well, within the Infinity of Solution there are myriad, infinite, other solutions you might not yet have dreamed of, and they all fit in with these Principles. Notice ‘for the good of all,’ for example. Right from the start you can work for a solution (even if you haven’t thought about what it specifically is yet) which is totally for your good, with no pain, no compromise, and which hurts no-one—in fact which helps everyone. And it isn’t necessarily choice 1, 2, or 3.
How will the solution come about? […] In cases like this, it is often best to ‘leave it up to the Goddess,’ or the God, or the Power, or your eternal soul, or your subconscious mind—all being the same. […]
“7. The Concept of Form and Essence: Even if you don’t know exactly what you want, you know the feeling or essence of what you want. […] You direct the work by specifying the essence, and you allow the Universe to pick the form. Remember that the World of Form is more flexible than we think! […] It is always possible that something better might manifest. So be open to the flexibility of form—not for compromise, but for fulfillment.
“8. Transformation: Yes, change. This is the part that at its most dramatic looks like a bona fide miracle. […N]o less important are the quiet miracles of turning negatives into positives, or of establishing new causes and getting new effects. A problem may originally be seen as the effect of an ‘older’ negative cause. When perception changes, the problem may be transformed into a positive cause for a new effect. Presto, change-o!
[...]The shift of perception to ‘anything is possible!’ is a direct response to the concept of non-limitation; this becomes the first transformation. The work itself is transformation, and the changed person living in this way is ever-transforming himself / herself.
9. Love: This starts with self-love. Self-love is not to be confused with an ‘ego-trip’, which is overcompensation for not loving oneself enough. A primary function of self-love is an unequivocal acceptance of the validity of getting what one wants—of respecting one’s needs. […] It’s an acceptance of the total responsibility for one’s own life, karma, and future—and the past as well. Love always includes responsibility. And after self-love is acknowledged, love for others flows more freely.”
—Marion Weinstein, Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help, Chapter VIII, pgs. 212-213