Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.
They say: 'If a man knew himself, he would know all mankind.' I say: 'If a man loved mankind, he would know something of himself.
When you love you should not think you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Darkness may hide the trees and the flowers from the eyes but it cannot hide love from the soul.
Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.
Work is love made visible. And if you can't work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
He who is more mindful of one, loses the love and the faith of both.
He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked. The wind and the sun will tear no holes in his skin.
For Reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and Passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
It takes two of us to discover truth: one to utter it and one to understand it.
I AM IGNORANT of absolute truth. But I am humble before my ignorance and therein lies my honor and my reward.
Ihr redet, wenn ihr aufhört mit euren Gedanken in Frieden zu sein.
Wenn [der Lehrer] wirklich weise ist, fordert er euch nicht auf, ins Haus seiner Weisheit einzutreten, sondern führt euch an die Schwelle eures eigenen Geistes.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.