Quotes

Some wisdom I started to collect at the beginning of my journey, mostly about society, relations, personal development, spiritual life, and the constant movement that unifies them all.

 

And in totally random order 🙂


“A man talking sense to himself is no madder than a man talking nonsense not to himself… or just as mad.”

Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead


“It is only through the narrowness of our writing which the immensity of what we don’t write becomes readable”

Silas Flannery in If on a winter’s night a traveller


“It’s only in bad novels that people are divided into two camps and have nothing to do with each other. In real life everything gets mixed up! Don’t you think you’d have to be a hopeless nonentity to play only one role all your life, to have only one place in society, always to stand for the same thing?”

Larissa Fyodorovna


“What is truly great is without beginning, like the universe. It confronts us as suddenly as if it had always been there or as if it had dropped out of the sky”

The fabulous is never anything but the commonplace touched by the hand of genius”

Yury Zhivago 


“By gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can become less certain of the knowledge we think we have, which is always the first step to greater understanding”

Jullian Baggini – from an interesting article in the Guardian long read series


“Pure attention without judgment is not only the highest form of human intelligence, but also the expression of love

Jiddu Krishnamurti


You must be the change you wish to see in the world”

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

Mahatma Ghandi 


“Iqbal was so right. The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave. If you taught every poor boy how to paint, that would be the end of the rich in India” 

The White Tiger of Bangalore 


“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

Stephen Hawking


“Our desperation is the engine of our geniality”

F. S.


“He had to know the truth, despite how much pain it entailed. Only knowing the truth makes human beings stronger.”

In Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami


“Life is not a thing, nor the state of a thing, but a continuous movement and change”

S. Radhakrishnan


To understand everything is to forgive everything” 

Madame de Staèl


To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god

J.L. Borges


“Loneliness is not living alone, loneliness is the inability to keep company to someone or something within us. Loneliness is not a tree that stands alone in the middle of a plain, but the distance between the deep sap and the bark, between the leaves and the roots.”

José Saramago


“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude when waiting“

Unknown