Vernon Howard, fully Vernon Linwood Howard

Howard, fully Vernon Linwood Howard

American Spiritual Teacher, Author and Philosopher

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What we imagine is our power is not power at all, while what we cannot imagine - Truth - is our actual power.

Who asks a king for a penny?

Self-knowledge is everything. If you know what you are all about, you know what life is all about. You are not separate from life; you are life itself.

The intelligent reaction toward trouble is to ask, How can I think clearly toward this?

The only reason you do not do great things is because you timidly cling to small things. Will you let loose of small things and bear the uncertainty of having nothing for a while? Do this and eventually you will do great things.

The wise person replaces toys with medicines.

To change what you get you must change who you are

Truth is very frightening to who you are not, but never to who you are in reality.

We can either have our own way, and lose, or lose our own way, and win.

What you really want for yourself is always trying to break through, just as a cooling breeze flows through an open window on a hot day. Your part is to open the windows of your mind.

Why do you permit a mere word to stand in your way? Forget the word "difficult" and take your next step.

Self-knowledge is the great power by which we comprehend and control our lives.

The invented self is rudeness itself.

The only thing I need is freedom from myself.

The world says, ‘How little can I give — how much can I gain.’

To drop the false self is to drop painful emotions.

Truth never plays false roles of any kind, which is why people are so surprised when meeting it. Everyone must decide whether he wants the uncompromising truth or a counterfeit version of truth. Real wisdom consists of recommending the truth to yourself at every opportunity.

We can either suffer from our suffering, or we can use it to end suffering. To abolish anguish we must understand its nature. What is suffering? It is a face to face encounter with something that the false self doesn't want to face. It is resistance against the Truth, against Reality. We resist the very Truth that could liberate us because we don't recognize it, because we are still under the delusion that falsehood is all there is.

When a frantic world tries to carry you away, remind yourself that you need not go.

Worried thought prevents practical thought which could prevent worried thought.

Self-righteousness loves to pounce on an evil which by sheer accident is not its particular evil.

The knowledge of human behavior will lead you to God.

The only way you’re going to have a good relationship with anyone is to have a good relationship with yourself.

There are three stages that a person on the path passes through: 1. I know what I want. 2. I don’t know what I want. 3. I really know what I want.

To make it to heaven on earth, you have to be able to recognize a bad state the moment Satan sends it to you.

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American Spiritual Teacher, Author and Philosopher