Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.
Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.
The world is a busy place filled with many busy businesses, both the Godly and the ungodly. It means before you go on to accept any activity or event that comes into the world, you must weigh its Values, examine the Virtues, listen to Views and then you give your Verdict. Satan is not wise; he is just crafty!
Happiness is a state of activity.
Don't be passive. Act. Have interests, if you want to be happy. Don't just let life happen to you.
People don't need hope to be happy; they need something to do.
Don't mistake activity with achievement.
I had a day when I was busy in the world, where the activity created a turmoil on the surface of my consciousness like waves on the surface of the ocean, which made it difficult to see through the waves to the inner silence. It reminded me that we need to develop both the capacity to use the mind when engaged in activity and social relations, and to be able to let go of the activity and to come in contact with the deep inner silence. The relationship between being active in the world and in social relations and the inner silence is like the relationship between the waves on the surface of the ocean and the deep inner silence on the bottom of the ocean.
Esoteric things progress not according to time, but by activity, they can be slow or quick, depending upon the efforts made.
The Second Koran tells us that the darkness in ourselves is a sinister thing. It waits until we relax, it waits until we reach the most vulnerable moments, and then it snares us. I want to be dutiful. I want to do what I should. But when I go back to the tube, I think of where I am going; to that small house and my empty room. What will I do tonight? Make more paper flowers, more wreaths? I am sick of them. Sick of the Nekropolis. I can take the tube to my mistress' house, or I can go by the street where Mardin's house is. I'm tired. I'm ready to go to my little room and relax. Oh, Holy One, I dread the empty evening. Maybe I should go by the street just to fill up time. I have all this empty time in front of me. Tonight and tomorrow and the week after and the next month and all down through the years as I never marry and become a dried-up woman. Evenings spent folding paper. Days cleaning someone else's house. Free afternoons spent shopping a bit, stopping in tea shops because my feet hurt. That is what lives are, aren't they? Attempts to fill our time with activity designed to prevent us from realizing that there is no meaning?
We do not learn for the benefit of anyone, we learn to unlearn ignorance.
Never mistake activity for achievement.
People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.
When I was in my 40s, Microsoft was my primary activity.
Being able to see an activity log of where a kid has been going on the Internet is a good thing.
Politics is a noble activity. We should revalue it, practise it with vocation and a dedication that requires testimony, martyrdom, that is to die for the common good.