Favorite Quotes & Passages

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

 -Howard Thurman

author, philosopher, educator, civil rights leader

“The most dangerous risk of all: The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

 -Alan Watts

British philosopher, writer, speaker

 “All mens miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”

 -Blaise Pascal

mathematician, physicist, writer

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

  -William Blake

poet, painter

 “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”  

 -Thomas Merton

writer, mystic

“How ignorant is he who knows all but himself.”

-Ralph Maxwell Lewis (Sar Validivar)


“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”

-Thomas Merton

American Catholic writer and mystic, trappist monk, poet, and social activist

“Wealth consist not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”


Greek philosopher

“You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.” 

-Alan Watts

British philosopher, writer, speaker

“You get there by realizing you are already there.”

-Eckhart Tolle

Canadian author and teacher

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in your heart.”

-Chandogya Upanishad

Ancient text of Vedanta philosophy  

“Look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.”

– Zig Ziglar

-American author, salesman, and motivational speaker

 “For me, music and sound are both the language and underlying architecture of the cosmos.”

 -Tom Kenyon

Sound healer, psychotherapist, scientist, author

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

 – Carl Sagan

American astronomer, astrophysicist, author

“Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet less attached to it.”

-Ram Dass

American spiritual teacher, author, former Harvard Professor

 ‘”If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

-Nikola Tesla

 engineer, physicist, inventor 

“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”

 -Albert Einstein


“Each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole.”


Greek philosopher and mathematician

“See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of nature being everywhere music…”

 -Thomas Carlyle

Scottish philosopher, essayist, historian and teacher

“The atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.”

 -Werner Heisenberg


“Matter is capable of infinite subdivision…All matter is in a state of perpetual activity [motion], whether the substance under consideration be inanimate or animated, visible or invisible…There is no dividing of matter and force into two distinct terms, as they both are ONE. FORCE is liberated matter. MATTER is force in bondage.”

  -John W. Keely

 scientist, inventor  

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”

-Max Planck

 -German theoretical physicist, originator of quantum theory

As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration which holds the atom together. We must assume behind this force is the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.“  

-Max Planck

 -German theoretical physicist, originator of quantum theory

 “There is a celestial mind-force, a great sympathetic force which is life itself, of which everything is composed.”

-John W. Keely

scientist, inventor 

 “What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.”  

 -Eckhart Tolle

 author, teacher

“There is no need to envy those who travel to far places, for the human mind employed in solitude is infinite in resourcefulness. In the orbit of the mind exploring of intellectual space lies an adventure as exciting as orbiting in a space capsule.” 

-Bradford Smith


“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

-Saint Augustine

-Christian theologian and philosopher

 “Stillness in the altar of spirit.” 

 -Paramahansa Yogananda

 Hindu yogi and sage

“Silence is the space into which God has been poured.” 

 -Hermitage Journal, 1998

 “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”


 Greek philosopher 

 “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”

  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

American essayist, lecturer, poet

“There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.”


Greek philosopher

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

-Albert Einstein


“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
-Albert Einstein 

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

 -Nikola Tesla

 engineer, physicist, inventor 

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.”

-Max Planck

 -German theoretical physicist, originator of quantum theory

  “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

 -Ralph Waldo Emerson

American Essayist, lecturer, poet

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

German philologist, philosopher, composer

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

-Robert Frost

American poet

 “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead to where there is no path and leave a trail.” 

  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 American essayist, lecturer, poet

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” 

-Mark Twain

American author 

“Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.” 

 -Marshall McLuhan

 Canadian philosopher 

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjust the sails.” 

-William Arthur Ward

author, writer

“The Universe is not a dead, uncaring, inert field in which we must battle to survive. It is a living, alert, conscious, responding field which unerringly reflects our own states of being, our own thoughts and emotions. It is field of unconditional love, full of infinite possibilities. It is a multi-dimensional canvas that we use to create and experience ourselves.” 

-Sohail Desai

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” 

-Carl Sagan (Commenting on the image, “Pale Blue Dot’)

American astronomer, astrophysicist, author

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we … kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”

-Bill Hicks

comedian, social-critic

“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”

Steve Jobs

co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of Apple Inc

“…Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness…”

-William James

American philosopher and psychologist

“Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen.”

-Alan Watts

British philosopher and writer

“Notice when I speak, if your internal dictionary matches my internal dictionary, that my thoughts cross through the air as an acoustical pressure wave and are reconstructed inside your cerebral cortex as your thought. Your understanding of my words. Telepathy exists. It’s just the carrier wave is small mouth noises. “

-Terence McKenna

-American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, and author

 “Before speaking, recognize what motivates your words.”

-Lama Surya Das

-American Buddhist 

 “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” 

-Mahatma Gandhi

leader of Indian nationalism

“Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.” 

-Merry Brown

American athlete

 “The longest journey of any one person is the journey inward.”

 -Dag Hammarskjold

Swedish diplomat, economist, and author

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”

-Ram Dass

American spiritual teacher, author, former Harvard Professor

“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”

-B.K.S. Iyengar

founder and teacher of Iyengar Yoga

“I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.” 

-Og Mandino 

American author

“The greatest homage to truth is to use it.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

American essayist, lecturer, poet

“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature that he has been destroying is this God he’s worshiping.”

 -Hurbert Reeves

French Canadian astrophysicist

 “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

-John Muir

American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, and glaciologist

 “It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.” 


 French enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher

 “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.”


“They must find it difficult…Those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority.”

 -G. Massey


“When a musician composes he or she cannot imitate. The motive of the musical creation must be pulled out of the soul and, in this way, the musician reaches self-liberation.”

 -Fabien Maman

composer, acupuncturist, author, researcher

 “What you seek is seeking you.”


 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic

 “When a musician works with sound it is as if he or she were placing an ear on the heart of nature. The musician perceives the will of nature and the cosmos and gives it back in a melody.”

 -Fabien Maman

composer, acupuncturist, author, researcher

“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.” 

-Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 Speech

US Democratic Politician

  “The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist with force the oppressive power of King George…Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security.”

-Dr. Ron Paul

American physician, US Republican politician, author

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs, it would Buddhism.”

 -Albert Einstein


“But who prays for Satan? Who in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most, our one fellow and brother who most needed a friend yet had not a single one, the one sinner among us all who had the highest and clearest right to every Christian’s daily and nightly prayers, for the plain and unassailable reason that his was the first and greatest need, he being among sinners the supremest?”

-Mark Twain

American author and humorist

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” 

-Mohandas Gandhi

 leader of Indian nationalism

“Where there is an open mind, there is always a frontier”

-Dorothea Brande

writer, editor

“Let us remember that within us there is a palace of immense significance.”

-Teresa of Avila

Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, author

“People like us who believe in physics know that the distinctions, between past, presents, and future, is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

 -Albert Einstein


 “The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.”

-Henri J.M. Nouwen

Catholic priest and writer

“If a man gives way to all his desires, or panders to them, there will be no inner struggle in him, no ‘friction,’ no fire. But if, for the sake of attaining a definite aim, he struggles with the desires that hinder him, he will then create a fire which will gradually transform his inner world into a single whole.”

-P.D. Ouspensky

 Russian mathematician and esotericist

“My whole desire is to burn myself away.”


Persian poet

“Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” 

 -Carl Jung

Swiss psychiatrist, psychotherapist, founder analytical psychology

“All that you seek is already within you. In Hinduism it is called the Atman, in Buddhism the pure Buddha-Mind. Christ said, ‘the kingdom of heaven is within you. Quakers call it the ‘still small voice within.’ This is the space of full awareness that is in harmony with all the universe, and thus is wisdom itself.”

-Ram Dass

American spiritual teacher, author, former Harvard Professor

“Stillness is the altar of spirit.” 

-Paramahansa Yogananda

Indian Yogi 

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.” 

-George Eliot

English novelist

“Natural forces within us are the true healers.” 


Greek physician 

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”

-Albert Einstein


“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.”
  13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic  

 “Contemplate life as infinite, undivided, ever present, ever active, until you realize yourself as one with it. It is not even very difficult, for you will be returning only to your own natural condition.” 
  Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher 

“We are living parts of a living organism; an organism which is pervaded, and is actually created, by the Eternal Spirit who is at the same time immanent in it, and transcendent to it.”

-W.E. Butler

British mystic and author  

“Call it by any name, God, Self, the Heart or seat of consciousness, it is all the same. The point to be grasped is this. That heart means the very core of one’s being, the centre, without which isn nothing whatever…Realization is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only the removal of all camouflage. [Realization] is already there, but obstructed by a screen of thoughts…All our attempts are directed to lifting this screen and then realization is revealed….There is no reaching the Self. If Self were to be reached, it would mean that the Self is not here and now and that it is yet to be obtained. What is got afresh will also be lost. So it will be impermanent. What is not permanent is not worth striving for. So I say the Self is not reached. You are the Self, you are already that. The fact is, you are ignorant of your blissful state. Ignorance supervenes and draws a veil over the pure Self which is bliss. Attempts are directed only to remove this veil of ignorance which is merely wrong knowledge. The wrong knowledge is the false identification of the Self with the body and the mind. This false identification must go, and then the Self alone remains.” 
-Sri Ramana Maharishi  
Hindu sage and saint 

 “Consider, if you will, that the universe is infinite. This has yet to be proven or disproven, but we can assure you that there is no end to your selves, your understanding, what you would call your journey of seeking, or your perceptions of the creation.  That which is infinite cannot be many, for many-ness is a finite concept. To have infinity you must identify or define that infinity as unity; otherwise, the term does not have any referent or meaning. In an Infinite Creator there is only unity. You have seen simple examples of unity. You have seen the prism which shows all colors stemming from the sunlight. This is a simplistic example of unity.  In truth there is no right or wrong. There is no polarity for all will be, as you would say, reconciled at some point in your dance through the mind/body/spirit complex which you amuse yourself by distorting in various ways at this time. This distortion is not in any case necessary. It is chosen by each of you as an alternative to understanding the complete unity of thought which binds all things. You are not speaking of similar or somewhat like entities or things. You are every thing, every being, every emotion, every event, every situation. You are unity. You are infinity. You are love/light, light/love. You are. This is the Law of One.”  

-Ra, The Law of One Material

 “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”  

 -Helen Keller

American author, political activist, lecturer