Time goes from present to past. — Shunryu Suzuki
- Henri-Frédéric Amiel
- Charles Bukowski
- Albert Einstein
- Werner Erhard
- Richard P. Feynman
- Shunryu Suzuki
- Eckhart Tolle
- Allan Watts
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Time is but the space between our memories
Time is but the space between our memories; as soon as we cease to perceive this space, time has disappeared.
Work while you have the light
Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
We don't have much time to gladden hearts
Life is short. We don't have much time to gladden the hearts of those who walk this way with us. So, be swift to love and make haste to be kind.
Our duty is to be useful
Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
Almost everything comes from almost nothing.
If you're going to try, go all the way.
If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start.
If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift.
All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.
Nobody can save you but yourself
Nobody can save you but yourself. You will be put again and again into nearly impossible situations. They will attempt again and again through subterfuge, guise and force to make you submit, quit and/or die quietly inside. Nobody can save you but yourself and it will be easy enough to fail so very easily but don’t, don’t, don’t. just watch them. Listen to them. Do you want to be like that? a faceless, mindless, heartless being? Do you want to experience death before death? Nobody can save you but yourself and you’re worth saving. It’s a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning then this is it. Think about it. Think about saving your self.
Nobody can save you but yourself.
Our task must be to free ourselves.
Creativity is the residue of time wasted.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter
When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.
Formerly, people thought that if matter disappeared from the universe, space and time would remain. Relativity declares that space and time would disappear with matter.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
There is no "absolute" frame of reference
There is no "absolute" frame of reference, every time you measure an object's velocity or how it experiences time, it's always in relation to something else.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right now.
A series of resolved breakdowns
Consider that all accomplishment is constituted by a series of resolved breakdowns.
We have the power to transform the quality of our lives
At all times and under all circumstances, we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
Accepting what is
Happiness is a function of accepting what is.
Ride the horse
Ride the horse in the direction it's going.
Just like the front and the back of the hand, being and action are distinct yet inseparable.
Richard P. Feynman
Nobody ever figures out what life is all about
Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.
All the time you're saying to yourself
All the time you're saying to yourself, 'I could do that, but I won't,' — which is just another way of saying that you can't.
We are at the very beginning of time for the human race
We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.
Learn what not to do
Of course, you only live one life, and you make all your mistakes, and learn what not to do, and that's the end of you. — Richard P. Feynman
Fall in love with some activity, and do it!
Guard your time. It’s all you have.
What you want in life is to be in control of your time
What you want in life is to be in control of your time. You want to get into a leveraged job where you control your own time and you’re tracked on the outputs.
If you do something incredible to move the needle on the business, they have to pay you. Especially if they don’t know how you did it because it’s innate to your obsession or your skill or your innate abilities, they’re going to have to keep paying you to do it.
With specific knowledge you have leverage
If you have specific knowledge, you have accountability and you have leverage; they have to pay you what you’re worth. If they pay you what you’re worth, then you can get your time back—you can be hyper-efficient. You’re not doing meetings for meetings’ sake, you’re not trying to impress other people, you’re not writing things down to make it look like you did work. All you care about is the actual work itself.
When you do just the actual work itself, you’ll be far more productive, far more efficient. You’ll work when you feel like it—when you’re high-energy—and you won’t be trying to struggle through when you’re low energy. You’ll gain your time back.
Train, sprint, then rest and reassess
Forty hour work weeks are a relic of the Industrial Age. Knowledge workers function like athletes—train and sprint, then rest and reassess.
You can get almost anything you want out of life, as long as it’s one thing and you want it far more than anything else.
If you know the art of living... and it consists of small things, not of big, great commandments... very small things... just sipping your tea joyfully, meditatively, tasting each sip as if this is the last sip. Perhaps you may not be able again to hold the cup in your hands – there is no guarantee.
A really spiritual man is absolutely at ease herenow
He has no other time; his only time is now, and his only place is here. He does not hanker for anything.
Try to live with the part of your soul which understands eternity
Try to live with the part of your soul which understands eternity, which is not afraid of death. And that part of your soul is love.
Tomorrow will take care of itself
When tomorrow comes then tomorrow will take care of itself.
There is something in the soul which cannot die
There is something in the soul which cannot die, which cannot be affected by death.
Death is always close by
Death is always close by. It is almost like your shadow. You may be aware, you may not be aware, but it follows you from the first moment of your life to the very last moment. Death is a process just as life is a process, and they are almost together, like two wheels of a bullock cart. Life cannot exist without death; nor can death exist without life. Osho
You have never happened before. And you are not going to happen again.
Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
Maybe you are searching among the branches
Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.
What I want also wants me
When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety; If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me.
There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.
Let silence take you to the core of life
When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.
The way appears
As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.
Let the beauty we love be what we do. Rumi
Enjoy your problems.
An empty mind is a ready mind
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.
You are one with everything
Whereever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see. You are one with everything. That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear.
Let's appreciate now
Now it is raining, but we don't know what will happen in the next moment. By the time we go out it may be a beautiful day, or a stormy day. Since we don't know, let's appreciate the sound of the rain now.
The nature of life
The person who can freely acknowledge that life is full of difficulties can be free, because they are acknowledging the nature of life - that it can't be much else.
But as long as you think, "I am doing this," or "I have to do this," or "I must attain something special," you are actually not doing anything... when you do not try to do anything special, then you do something. When there is no gaining idea in what you do, then you do something.
I myself in this moment
There is no connection between I myself yesterday and I myself in this moment. When we have our body and mind in order, everything else will exist in the right place, in the right way.
Be calm and die or fade away into emptiness
To die is more important than trying to be alive. When we try to be alive, we have trouble. Rather than trying to be alive or active, if we can be calm and die or fade away into emptiness, then naturally we will be all right.
Everyone comes out from nothingness
Moment after moment, everyone comes out from nothingness. This is the true joy of life.
Observe what you have now
So if you want to find something interesting, instead of hopping around the universe like this, enjoy your life in every moment, observe what you have now, and truly live in your surroundings.
When you do something, do it with your whole body and mind
In order not to leave any traces, when you do something, you should do it with your whole body and mind; you should be concentrated on what you do. You should do it completely, like a good bonfire. You should not be a smoky fire. You should burn yourself completely. If you do not burn yourself completely, a trace of yourself will be left in what you do. You will have something remaining which is not completely burned out. Zen activity is activity which is completely burned out, with nothing remaining but ashes. This is the goal of our practice. That is what Dogen meant when he said, “Ashes do not come back to firewood.” Ash is ash. Ash should be completely ash. The firewood should be firewood. When this kind of activity takes place, one activity covers everything.
Essence of mind
Before we were born we had no feeling; we were one with the universe. This is called "mind-only," or "essence of mind," or "big mind," After we are separated by birth from this oneness, as the water falling from the waterfall is separated by the wind and rocks, then we have feeling.
You have difficulty because you have feeling. You attach to the feeling you have without knowing just how this kind of feeling is created. When you do not realize that you are one with the river, or one with the universe, you have fear. Whether it is separated into drops or not, water is water. Our life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact we have no fear of death anymore, and we have no actual difficulty in our life.
Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink.
So give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting . . . snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be, and enjoy being. If you are present, there is never any need for you to wait for anything. So next time somebody says, “Sorry to have kept you waiting,” you can reply, “That’s all right, I wasn’t waiting. I was just standing.
Time isn’t precious at all
Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.
The more you are focused on time
The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.
Make the NOW the primary focus
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
Honor the present moment
As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love - even the most simple action.
Accept — then act
Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.
You are awareness, disguised as a person. — Eckhart Tolle
We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.
Past and future are illusions
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
You are the fabric and structure of existence itself
What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.
Your body is in your soul
Your soul is not in your body; your body is in your soul.
Plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
There is no greater freedom than the freedom to be what you are now. Allan Watts
Links and References
References and resources
- Henri Frédéric Amiel was a Swiss moral philosopher, poet, and critic
- Marcus Aurelius — The Meditations (Audio book by Duncan Green)
- Henry Charles Bukowski was a German–American poet, novelist, and short story writer.
- Alan Watts Organization
- Anthony DeMello Offical Site
- Epictetus on Wikipedia
- Epictetus on Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Jean-Paul Sartre - Wikipedia
- Jean-Paul Sartre (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
- Shunryū Suzuki on Wikipedia
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