Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.
This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.
Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up… now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.
Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.
Tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.
Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.
When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.
Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
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