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Carlos Castaneda (Don Juan) quotes

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

Never take a path that has no heart in it. You can’t lose if your heart is in your work, but you can’t win if your heart is not in it.

We don’t need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.

In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.

The self-confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.

The ego is like a tired old dog. We can never kill it, so put it out on the back porch, let it rest there, and step around it.

One day I found out that personal history was no longer necessary for me and, like drinking, I dropped it… Little by little you must create a fog around yourself; you must erase everything around you until nothing can be taken for granted, until nothing is any longer for sure, or real. Your problem now is that you’re too real. Your endeavors are too real, and your moods are too real. Don’t take things so for granted. You must begin to erase yourself.

Things don’t change, only the way you look at them.

Self-importance is man’s greatest enemy.

As long as a man feels that he is the most important thing in the world he cannot really appreciate the world around him.

Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy, and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.

Will is what can make you succeed when your thoughts tell you that you’re defeated.

Your problem is that you think you have time.

A warrior lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting.

The world is such-and-such or so-and-so only because we tell ourselves that that is the way it is.

Do you know at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know that you can use that eternity if you so desire?

It takes all the time and energy we have to conquer the idiocy in us.

I’m never angry at anybody! No human being can do anything important enough for that. You get angry at people when you feel that their acts are important. I don’t feel that way any longer.

One must have something to die for in order to have something to live for.

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