Quotes and links concerning psychology, philosophy, science and all aspects of positive thinking and the meaning of life.


The intellect should be not the slave of the passions but the servant of the heart.” August Comte

There can be no difference anywhere that doesn't make a difference elsewhere.” William James

If horses could draw, they would draw their gods like horses.” Xenophanes c. 500 BC

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius

The repetetive occurence of an incident does not guarantee that the same thing will happen again.” Francis Bacon

Fear only affects us as sensuous beings, and cannoy hold sway over our will.” Johann Christoph Schiller

Being aware of ones' life, and to the maximum, is living, and to the maximum.” Albert Camus

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”

Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.” 

Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it.” 

Two things in life are infinite; the stupidity of man and the mercy of God.” 

Man has no individual i. But there are, instead, hundreds and thousands of separate small "i"s, very often entirely unknown to one another, never coming into contact, or, on the contrary, hostile to each other, mutually exclusive and incompatible. Each minute, each moment, man is saying or thinking, "i". And each time his i is different. just now it was a thought, now it is a desire, now a sensation, now another thought, and so on, endlessly. Man is a plurality. Man's name is legion.” 

Man must use what he has, not hope for what is not.”  G.I. Gurdjieff

We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.”   William Arthur Ward

If you say you can or you can't you are right either way”   Henry Ford

Because all actions and expressions stem from the mind, it is vital to know the mind as well as decide in what way we’ll use it. Everyone has heard of psychosomatic illness, and most of us acknowledge that psychosomatic sicknesses can and do occur. But what about psychosomatic wellness? How many of us have considered if it’s possible to stay healthy or cure various maladies with the positive use of the mind? And if we have thought of this, have we done much more than simply consider the idea?”   H.E. Davey

When you consistently look for the positive things in life it becomes a habit. When you consistently look for the negative things in life it becomes a habit also; therefor, the choices that you make becomes your outlook on life.”   Tom Hackett

Look forward with confidence and backwards with attitude.”   Unarine Ramaru

There is something called positive thinking that people often confuse with hope. But it is different. Positive thinking is a state of mind, while hope is a useless state of the heart. Positive thinking is about doing and hope is about feeling. So, positive thinking is what you need.”  Stevan V. Nikolic

Silver linings may disappear, but they always shine,”  Ronnie James Dio

I am made from the dust of the stars and the oceans flow in my veins,”  Neil Peart

Freedom posits free-will; that is self evident. But will can only operate when there is first a motive. No motive, no willing. But motive is a matter of belief; you would not want to do anything unless you believed it possible and meaningful. And belief must be belief in the existence of something; that is to say, it concerns what is real. So ultimately, freedom depends upon the real. The Outsider's sense of unreality cuts off his freedom at the root.”

The main problem with human beings is their tendency to become trapped in the 'triviality of everydayness', in the suffocating world of their personal preoccupations. And every time they do this, they forget the immense world of broader significance that stretches around them. And since man neede a sense of meaning to release his hidden energies, this forgetfulness pushes him deeper into depression and boredom, the sense that nothing is worth the effort.”

Man lives and evolves by 'eating' significance, as a child eats food. The deeper his sense of wonder, the wider his curiosity, the stronger his vitality becomes, and the more powerful his grip on his own existence.”

When I am half asleep, my sense of reality is restricted to myself and my immediate surroundings. The more awake I am, the further it stretches. But what we call 'waking consciousness; is not ususally a great deal better than sleep. We are still wrapped in a passive, sluggish daydream. But this is not because there is some natural limit to consciousness, but only because we remain unaware that it can be stretched. We are like dogs who think they are on a chain when in fact they are free.” Colin Wilson









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