— Anne Lamott Novelist, essayist, memoirist, activist 1954
— B.K.S. Iyengar Indian yoga teacher and scholar 1918 - 2014
Quelle: Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom, P.xxii
— Dave Matthews American singer-songwriter, musician and actor 1967
Before These Crowded Streets (1998)
— Katharine Hepburn film, stage, and television actress 1907 - 2003
— Joel Osteen American televangelist and author 1963
Quelle: Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
— Sadhguru Yogi, mystic, visionary and humanitarian 1957
Quelle: Mind is your Business
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
— Julian Huxley English biologist, philosopher, author 1887 - 1975
Poem in Essays of a Biologist (1923), quoted by Richard Dawkins in A Devil's Chaplain (2003).
Kontext: The world of things entered your infant mind
To populate that crystal cabinet.
Within its walls the strangest partners met,
And things turned thoughts did propagate their kind.
For, once within, corporeal fact could find
A spirit. Fact and you in mutual debt
Built there your little microcosm—which yet
Had hugest tasks to its small self assigned.
Dead men can live there, and converse with stars:
Equator speaks with Pole, and Night with Day:
Spirit dissolves the world's material bars—
A million isolations burn away.
The Universe can live and work and plan,
At last made God within the mind of man.
— George Eliot, buch Scenes of Clerical Life
"The Sad Fortunes of the Rev. Amos Barton" Ch. 4
Scenes of Clerical Life (1858)
Kontext: Nice distinctions are troublesome. It is so much easier to say that a thing is black, than to discriminate the particular shade of brown, blue, or green, to which it really belongs. It is so much easier to make up your mind that your neighbour is good for nothing, than to enter into all the circumstances that would oblige you to modify that opinion.
— P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
The Paris Review interview (1982)
Kontext: I’ve always been interested in the Mother Goddess. Not long ago, a young person, whom I don’t know very well, sent a message to a mutual friend that said: “I’m an addict of Mary Poppins, and I want you to ask P. L. Travers if Mary Poppins is not really the Mother Goddess.” So, I sent back a message: “Well, I’ve only recently come to see that. She is either the Mother Goddess or one of her creatures — that is, if we’re going to look for mythological or fairy-tale origins of Mary Poppins.”
I’ve spent years thinking about it because the questions I’ve been asked, very perceptive questions by readers, have led me to examine what I wrote. The book was entirely spontaneous and not invented, not thought out. I never said, “Well, I’ll write a story about Mother Goddess and call it Mary Poppins.” It didn’t happen like that. I cannot summon up inspiration; I myself am summoned.
Once, when I was in the United States, I went to see a psychologist. It was during the war when I was feeling very cut off. I thought, Well, these people in psychology always want to see the kinds of things you’ve done, so I took as many of my books as were then written. I went and met the man, and he gave me another appointment. And at the next appointment the books were handed back to me with the words: “You know, you don’t really need me. All you need to do is read your own books.”
That was so interesting to me. I began to see, thinking about it, that people who write spontaneously as I do, not with invention, never really read their own books to learn from them. And I set myself to reading them. Every now and then I found myself saying, “But this is true. How did she know?” And then I realized that she is me. Now I can say much more about Mary Poppins because what was known to me in my blood and instincts has now come up to the surface in my head.
„There are never any occasions when you need think yourself safe because you wield the weapons of Fortune; fight with your own! Fortune does not furnish arms against herself; hence men equipped against their foes are unarmed against Fortune herself.“
— Posidonius ancient greek philosopher -135 - -51 v.Chr
As quoted in Epistulae morales ad Lucilium by Seneca, Epistle CXIII (trans. R. M. Gummere)
— Warren Ellis English comics and fiction writer 1968
Quelle: Doktor Sleepless, Volume 1: Engines of Desire
„There are the states of inattention and of attention. When you are completely giving your mind, your heart, your nerves, everything you have, to attend, then the old habits, the mechanical responses, do not enter into it, thought does not come into it at all.“
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Talks and Dialogues Saanen 1968 : 1st Public Talk (7 July 1968) http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/krishnamurti-teachings/view-text.php?tid=4&chid=2
Kontext: There are the states of inattention and of attention. When you are completely giving your mind, your heart, your nerves, everything you have, to attend, then the old habits, the mechanical responses, do not enter into it, thought does not come into it at all. But we cannot maintain that all the time, so we are mostly in a state of inattention, a state in there is not an alert choiceless awareness. What takes place? There is inattention and rare attention and we are trying to bridge the one to the other. How can my inattention become attention or, can attention be complete, all the time?
— Amber Dutch born German singer, songwriter, label owner and executive producer 1970
"You Move Me", My Kind of World (2004).
— David Allen American productivity consultant and author 1945
Quelle: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
— Amit Ray Indian author 1960
Walking the Path of Compassion (2015)