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Carl Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung

I simply believe that some part of the human Self or Soul is not subject to the laws of space and time.

Self | Soul | Space | Time | Wisdom |

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Religion is really experiencing a state in which there is creation. This is not an idea, a process. It can be realized when there is freedom from self. There can be freedom from self only through understanding the self in relationship; but there can be no understanding in isolation.

Freedom | Isolation | Relationship | Religion | Self | Understanding | Wisdom |

Abraham Isaac Kook

It is our right to hate an evil man for his actions, but because his deepest self is the image of God, it is our duty to honor him with love.

Duty | Evil | God | Hate | Honor | Love | Man | Right | Self | Wisdom |

Abraham Lincoln

Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including vitiating of his temper, and the loss of self control.

Consequences | Contention | Control | Man | Self | Temper | Time | Wisdom | Loss |

Marya Mannes

To be at peace with self, to find company and nourishment in self - this would be the test of the free and productive psyche.

Peace | Self | Wisdom |

Wynton Marsalis

On one level, life is the process of seeking out and enjoying experiences - from the transcendent to the tragic. Life has as cyclical pattern of movement and appreciation; even when you’re not doing anything, you’re probably in a situation you sought. On another level, life is the experience of the self’s interaction with the world. The self can be broken down into three main elements and their corresponding activities: first, the heart (knowing compassion, receiving and giving love); second, the intellect (acquiring and digesting information); third, the senses (acting and being acted upon). It is the soul, however, that focuses and inspires all three the soul gives us resilience -an essential quality since we constantly have to rebound from hardship... The meaning of life can’t be understood without first looking at the self and its interaction with the world. In effect, this amounts to examining the inner workings of the soul of the universe.

Appreciation | Compassion | Experience | Giving | Heart | Knowing | Life | Life | Love | Meaning | Resilience | Self | Soul | Universe | Wisdom | World | Intellect |

Michael Murphy

One-pointed involvement; by disregard for immediate results; by spontaneity, freedom, and effortless mastery; and by a sense that the self is somehow larger and more complex, or conversely, that it disappears into something beyond itself.

Freedom | Self | Sense | Wisdom |

Joseph Fort Newton

To live well we must have a faith fit to live by, a self fit to live with, and a work fit to live for.

Faith | Self | Wisdom | Work |

Arne Dekke Eide Naess

Extensive moralizing within the ecological movement has given the public the false impression that they are being asked to make a sacrifice - to show more responsibility, more concern, and a nicer moral standard. But all of that would flow naturally and easily if the self were widened and deepened so that the protection of nature was felt and perceived as protection of our very selves.

Impression | Nature | Public | Responsibility | Sacrifice | Self | Wisdom |

Ouida, pseudonym of Maria Louise Ramé, preferred to be called Marie Louise de la Ramée NULL

Nature I believe in. True art aims to represent men and women, not as my little self would have them, but as they appear. My heroes and heroines I want not extreme types, all good or all bad; but human, mortal—partly good, partly bad. Realism I need. Pure mental abstractions have no significance for me.

Aims | Art | Beauty | Extreme | Familiarity | Good | Little | Men | Self | Wisdom | Art | Realism |

Margaret Oliphant, fully Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant, née Margaret Oliphant Wilson

It is often easier to justify one’s self to others than to respond to the secret doubts that arise in one’s own bosom.

Justify | Self | Wisdom |

Alexander Pope

Get your enemies to read your works in order to mend them, for your friend is so much your second self that he will judge too like you.

Friend | Order | Self | Will | Wisdom |

Theodore Roethke

The self says, I am; the heart says, I am less; the spirit says, you are nothing.

Heart | Nothing | Self | Spirit | Wisdom |

V. S. Seturaman

The only way to judge an event in life is to look at it from high enough, to see it in the order and dimension of the timeless. When we see pain, suffering and inequalities, we don’t understand or we jump to false conclusions. We see only the broken arc of a complete circle. Instead, life is a field for progress and progressive harmony. Each one of us has a part to play which he alone can execute. This role, based on our real nature - what Hindu scriptures call svabhava - can be discovered. An individual’s aim in life must be to find out the “law of his being” and act according to his svadharma. This discovery is no easy task. Normally, we are aware of our ego, the surface self that is a bundle of contradictory impulses. But we can find the true self, our best self, by a process of standing back and surveying our needs. Abandoning desire and self-assertion, accepting the challenges of life in a state of stable, unwavering peace will result in this supreme revelation. When life’s shocks turn our eyes inward, we rise above contingencies of time and place. Our perspective changes. The greatest sorrows is transformed into a luminous vibration. We see into the life of things. Life itself, a single, immense organism, moves toward a greater and higher harmony as more and more cells become conscious of their uniqueness. Life, then, is not Macbeths’s “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” It is a grand orchestra in which discordant notes contribute to the total harmony.

Assertion | Desire | Discovery | Ego | Enough | Fury | Harmony | Individual | Law | Life | Life | Nature | Nothing | Order | Pain | Peace | Play | Progress | Revelation | Self | Sound | Suffering | Time | Will | Wisdom | Discovery | Understand |

Timothy Sprigge, fully Timothy L.S. Sprigge

If this is correct, all that is contained in a single divine consciousness within which an inconceivably vast number of streams of finite experience interact and interweave. When the lower level streams of experience which correspond to the basic items postulated in physics enter into appropriately complex relations with each other they form aggregates (and aggregates of aggregates) which are what living things are in themselves, and which underpin the emergence of the streams of consciousness of animals and men. Within such streams of consciousness, more particularly the human, a not self aspect, which is primarily the physical world as it is for us, confronts a self aspect, and serves as its representation of the system of interweaving streams of experience n the midst of which it exists and with which it must interact appropriately in order to survive, communicate with other similar selves, and realize its personal essence as fully as it can.

Consciousness | Experience | Men | Order | Self | System | Wisdom | World |

Joel Elias Spingarn

To let one's self go - that is what art is always aiming at.

Art | Self | Wisdom | Art |