"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly despairing, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
"Even my desire to become free or enlightened is just another craving for fulfillment or completion in the future. So don’t seek to become free of desire or “achieve” enlightenment. Become present."
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."
"It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop."
"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil but because of those who look on and do nothing."
"There’s nothing I know for sure, because I know for sure that things change."
"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."
"Everyone can understand from natural experience and common sense that affection is crucial from the day of birth; it is the basis of life. The very survival of our body requires the affection of others, to whom we also respond with affection. Though mixed with attachment, this affection is not based on physical or sexual attraction, so it can be extended to all living beings without bias."