Vernon Howard, fully Vernon Linwood Howard

Howard, fully Vernon Linwood Howard

American Spiritual Teacher, Author and Philosopher

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The mercy we need is self-mercy, which consists of ceasing to behave badly while justifying it.

The ring of truth is inside every man. And this is not something merely metaphysical or philosophical. It is a practical fact. If a man learns to listen, if he refuses to be lured away by false sounds, he will find his way home. The ring of truth will always be recognized by the man who listens. And every man has the capacity to listen and follow.

There is only one tyrant in life, which is a lack of understanding of life.

True independence comes when we cease to force and start to flow. The truly independent person knows and lives with cosmic laws, which release him from cramping human codes.

Uplift your inner nature and you will uplift your love-life.

We need the wisdom to have nothing to say.

When we associate with others we really associate with ourselves. We like or dislike in others whatever we like or dislike in ourselves.

Self-absence creates self-presence.

Take disturbance as an awakening sign that you misunderstand something you assumed you understood.

The more a man neglects his own life the more he will be compelled to wrongly involve himself in the lives of others. This accounts for the neurotic reformer, the busybody, the general troublemaker. Being self-deceived he will always credit himself with noble motives. This is a good example of the wrong use of natural energy.

The rules of Truth are your friends. They are enemies to what is your enemy.

'There is something wrong inside of me.' Stop right there. Stop right there until the responsibility is so fixed there is no way you can get out of it. You've trapped yourself and that is a marvelous thing to do because when you do that you have taken a certain amount of the right responsibility for facing a problem where it exists, inside yourself.

True life is vertical, not horizontal.

Valuable self-knowledge comes through daily self-observation.

We should be encouraged, not discouraged, by seeing how much work we have to do on ourselves. It means we are awakening to our actual condition, we are seeing our self-defeating attitudes. People who live in self-images of being positive and wise and pleasant see no need whatever to work on themselves, so they remain in the suffering caused by living in dreamland. The worse we see ourselves to be, the more encouraged we should be, for if you know all about darkness, you also know about dawn.

When we know what to be, there is never any problem about what to do.

Self-awakening enables you to see the human scene as it is, not as it appears to be, which frees you of its chaos.

The capacity for remembering what you must do is increased by awareness that you cannot remember.

The most marvelous experience of life is to transform life according to reality, not imagination.

The single most important thing is for you to persist in spite of everything.

Think about it. How would a man's day be different if he did not try to force his way through it? By not forcing anything he would avoid the tension and strife that always accompanies forcing. Forcing falls away when we clearly see it as a wrong move. We need only be conscious that anything gained by either subtle or violent force becomes just another chain.

True spiritual salvation begins when you see that you are a part of the mad mob, and that the last thing you want is to be rescued.

We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. We are freed by conscious perception.

We suffer only from a lack of self-knowledge.

When you are genuinely strong, you neither attack nor defend and so retain your energy.

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American Spiritual Teacher, Author and Philosopher