Peace, love, and happiness must always begin in us, with ourselves first. There is suffering, fear, and anger inside of us, and when we take care of it, we are taking care of the world.

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The original sin of addressing complex challenges is the belief that you change things without changing yourself.

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As activists we want to do something to help the world to suffer less but when we’re not peaceful, when we don’t have enough compassion in us, we are unable to do much to help the world.

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When an individual behaves in a way that is either too good or too bad it suggests that he has repressed, edited out, or rejected parts of his human nature. Both the bully and the saint have lost a sense of proportion.

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.

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Going out, I found I was really going in.

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Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.

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Those of us who attempt to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening our own self-understanding, freedom, integrity, and capacity to love, will not have anything to give others. We will communicate to them nothing but the contagion of our own obsessions, our aggressivity, our ego-centered ambitions, our delusions about ends and means.

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Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

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To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.

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Never take a job for which you are qualified. You won’t grow.

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Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

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Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be unlocked from the inside.

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This is the entire essence of life: Who are you? What are you?

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The older I get, the more I meet people, the more convinced I am that we must only work on ourselves, to grow in grace. The only thing we can do about people is to love them.

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Inner before outer, but don’t dawdle.

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Not wanting to better yourself is fecklessness.

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Truly whatever arises in life is the right material to bring about your growth and the growth of those around you. This, in a word, is art -- and this art called 'life' is a practice suitable to both men and gods. Everything contains some special purpose and a hidden blessing.

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But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.

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Try to be better than yourself.

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Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your actions.

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A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.

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Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.

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For me, the hip word is mutate. We’re ripening all the time.

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The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands and then work outward from there.

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This world is not going to change unless we're willing to change ourselves. –

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