One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time
If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving. Take what you are given, not what you want to be given. Give what cannot be taken.
We are adjured not to burn the candle at both ends.But how many people have verified that physically possible?
Anyone can see that an ass laden with books remains a donkey. A human being laden with the undigested results of a tussle with thoughts and books, however, still passes for wise.
A man is deficient in understanding until he perceives that there is a whole cycle of evolution possible within himself: repeating endlessly, offering opportunities for personal development.
To be obsessed by the idea of freedom, for instance, is itself a form of slavery. Such people are in the chains of the hope of freedom, and are therefore able to do little else than struggle with them.
You need not wonder whether you should have an unreliable person as a friend. An unreliable person is nobody's friend.
Right time, right place, right people equals success.Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.
History is not usually what has happened. History is what some people have thought to be significant.
It is not 'Have I got a chance?' It is more often: 'Have I seen my chance?
The Sufi way is through knowledge and practice, not through intellect and talk.
Materialism, attachment to things of the world, includes pride. Many religious people suffer from pride: taking pleasure or even delight in being good, or religious.
The proverb says that 'The answer to a fool is silence'. Observation, however, indicates that almost any other answer will have the same effect in the long run.
One cannot learn from someone whom one distrusts.
The human being, whether he realises it or not, is trusting someone or something every moment of the day.
None should say : 'I can trust,' or 'I cannot trust' until he is a master of the option, of trusting or not trusting.
From time to time ponder whether you are unconsciously saying:'Truth is what I happen to be thinking at this moment.
When the ignorant have become numerous or powerful enough, they have been referred to by a special name. This names is 'the Wise'.
If you give what can be takes, you are not really giving.Take what you are given, not what you want to be given.Take what is given:Give what cannot be taken.
Denial and affirmation are games which people play.There are people who deny that they are capable of denying, and who would insist that people do not insist.
If you want to make an ordinary man happy, or think that he is happy, give him money, power, flattery, gifts, honours. If you want to make a wise man happy - improve yourself!
A generous person may not have wisdom: but, unlike others, he has the means to gain it.
What can you do with a person who says that he is absolutely uncertain about everything, and that he is absolutely certain about that?
A man from the Land of Fools wanted to pull down the clouds.'Why?' someone asked him.'To squeeze out the rain.
Advice is priceless: when it becomes interference it is preposterous.