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When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. [Mark Twain]

Enjoy Experiences When You Can

Some hope to enjoy the experience of being two based, well rooted individuals unified and enriched thereby.

No matter where you go, there you are. [Confucius]

Comprehending a bit is the cradle of true science. [TK]

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. [Buddha]

I simply believe that some part of the human Self or Soul is not subject to the laws of space and time. [Carl Jung]

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect. [Mark Twain]

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination — Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. [Carl Jung, two quotes brought together]

If a pickpocket meets a Holy Man, he will see only His pockets. [Hari Dass Baba, in Be Here Now]

With each of you there is the power to remove all wants and all miseries. [Swami Vivekananda]

The one aim of [my] yoga is an inner self-development by which each one who follows it can in time discover the One Self . . . [Sri Aurobindo]

The animal is eating, you are eating; the animal is sleeping, you are sleeping; the animal is defending, you are defending; the animal is having sex, you are having sex; the animals have children, you have children; they have a living place, you have a living place. If the animal's body is cut, there is blood; if your body is cut, there is blood - Anology means drawing a conclusion by finding many points of similarity. There are so many points of similarity between human beings and animals. [Srila Prabhupada, The Higher Taste. Abr.]

Go to the sages and their sons! Live at the place of virtuous souls to become well-cultured. [Atharva Veda]

We should take inspiration from learned people and sages and put them into practice. [Yajur Veda]

Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart. [Mencius]

He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man. [Mencius]

All things are difficult before they are easy. [Thomas Fuller]

Vanity can turn a person's head

How vanity turns a head!
Ramakrishna observed,

"Those who have read a few books cannot get rid of conceit. Once I had a talk with Kalikrishna Tagore (a relative of Rabindranath) about God. At once he said, "I know all about that."

I said to him: "Does a man who had visited Delhi brag about that? Does a gentleman go about telling everyone that he is a gentleman?"

Oh, how vanity turns a person's head!" [See Ramakrishna 1974]

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Ramakrishna. Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna. 5th ed. Madras: Ramakrishna Math, 1974.

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