I made you take time to look at what I saw … and you hung all your associations with flowers on my flower and write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see—and I don’t.

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Your perspective is always limited by how much you know. Expand your knowledge and you will transform your mind.

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Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends on what we look for. What we look for depends on what we think. What we think depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality.

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Nobody sees a flower, really. It is so small it takes time. We haven’t time and to see takes time, like having a friend takes time.

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What looks like tomorrow’s problem is rarely the real problem when tomorrow rolls around.

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When an entire society believes something is impossible, it suppresses, by its very way of life, the evidence that would contradict that belief.

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Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

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I am now convinced, that no great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible, until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought.

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Changing mindsets is tough, but changing behaviors is almost impossible at times unless you also change cultures.

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For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.

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There is an old saying, “The difference between heaven and hell is just a new pair of glasses.” You find what you are looking for: emptiness or capacity.

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The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.

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A problem well stated is a problem half solved.

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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

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Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

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It is a seeing of every moment of life against the horizon of death, and a challenge to incorporate that awareness of dying into every moment so as to become more fully alive.

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It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.

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Trust flows from the experience of being treasured, not measured.

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Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.

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A principal task of art is to strengthen the adversarial consciousness.

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Throw away all opinions, all likes and dislikes, and only keep the mind that doesn’t know… Your before-thinking mind, my before-thinking mind, all people’s before-thinking minds are the same. This is your substance. Your substance, my substance, and the substance of the whole universe become one. So the tree, the mountain, the cloud, and you become one… The mind that becomes one with the universe is before thinking. Before thinking there are no words. “Same” and “different” are opposites words; they are from the mind that separates all things.

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We turn not older with years but newer every day.

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The best proof of love is trust.

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The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.

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The mind stands in the way of the eye.

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I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. So I hope we've learnt something from the most barbaric century in history — the 20th. I would like to see us overcome our tribal divisions and begin to think and act as if we were one family. That would be real globalization.

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The motive for metaphor, then, is a motive for survival as a species, as a culture, and as individuals.

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Architecture was my way of expressing my ideals: to be simple, to create a world equal to everyone, to look at people with optimism, that everyone has a gift.

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Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.

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What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.

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Just because a thing is inconceivable doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

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The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.

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With words at your disposal, you can see more clearly. Finding the words is another step in learning to see.

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Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

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I dwell in possibility.

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What makes most people’s lives unhappy is some disappointed romanticism, some unrealizable or misconceived ideal. In fact you may say that idealism is the ruin of man, and if we lived down to fact, as primitive man had to do, we would be better off…. In Ulysses I tried to keep close to fact.

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My dear wormwood, Be sure that the patient remain completely fixated on politics. Argument, political gossip and obsessing on the faults of people they have never met serves as an excellent distraction from advancing in perusal virtue, character and the things the patient can control. Make sure to keep the patient in a constant state of angst, frustration and general disdain towards the rest of the human race in order to avoid any kind of charity and inner peace from further developing. Ensure the patient continues to believe that the problem is “out there” in the “broken system” rather than recognizing there is a problem with themselves.

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Reality simply consists of different points of view.

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A miracle is just something that seems impossible from our current way of thinking - but from the new way of thinking it's just the way things are.

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The major problems in the world are the difference between how nature works and the way people think.

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The mainstream is a current too strong to think in.

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Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

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Fight against something and we focus on the thing we hate. Fight for something and we focus on the thing we love.

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We need to rediscover a language of dissent. it can't be an economic language since part of the problem is that we have for too long spoken about politics in an economic language where everything has been about growth, efficiency, productivity and wealth, and not enough has been about collective ideals around which we can gather, around which we can get angry together, around which we can be motivated collectively, whether on the issue of justice, inequality, cruelty or unethical behaviour. We have thrown away the language with which to do that. And until we rediscover that language how could we possibly bind ourselves together? –

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Don't say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

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It's easy to think that our world is drowning in insoluble problems, but it's worse than that. The world is drowning in soluble problems. It's just that the solutions are largely unseen and ignored.

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I wonder sometimes what would happen if victory was imagined not just as the elimination of evil but the establishment of good.

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Challenging status quo is easy. But going beyond that to challenge our own mind so we can work ‘with’, not necessarily against, status quo is much more difficult. It requires a lot of tolerance, integrity, and ingenuity.

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