Quotes and aphorisms (page 10)
Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
I live a half mile from the San Andreas fault — a fact that bubbles up into my consciousness every time some other part of the world experiences an earthquake. I sometimes wonder whether this subterranean sense of impending disaster is at least partly responsible for Silicon Valley's feverish, get-it-done-yesterday work norms.
I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment.
Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece — just different elements of belonging and not-belonging.
Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.
Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.
To live in the light of a new day and an unimaginable and unpredictable future, you must become fully present to a deeper truth — not a truth from your head, but a truth from your heart; not a truth from your ego, but a truth from the highest source.