Forgiveness is created by the restitution of the abuser; of the wrongdoer. It is not something to be squeeeeeezed out of the victim in a further act of conscience-corrupting abuse.
When people have invested their identities into clichés, the only counter argument they have is 'being offended'.
Distraction serves evil more than any other mental state.
Unless we learn to know ourselves, we run the danger of destroying ourselves.
The things that pose the greatest threats to your survival are the most real things.
There is no key to open the heart of another - except curiosity.
The world, viewed philosophically, remains a series of slave camps, where citizens – tax livestock – labor under the chains of illusion in the service of their masters.
What we do not confront, we inhabit. What we do not reject, we accept. What we do not fight, we become.
Irrational expectations are at the root of most human suffering.
We may not yet know the right way to go, but we should at least stop going in the wrong direction.
Baseless victimhood is usually the last stage before outright aggression.
Excuses are a promise of repetition.
The three most important words in a relationship are not, 'I love you,' but, 'Tell me more.
To be yourself is in many ways to be inconvenient to others. Only placaters and appeasers get along with other people all the time and that's not really getting along with anyone. That's just self erasure.
Knowledge can be acquired by a suitable and complete study, no matter what the starting point is. Only one must know how to 'learn.' What is nearest to us is man; and you are the nearest of all men to yourself. Begin with the study of yourself; remember the saying 'Know thyself.
Excessive praise arises from the same bigotry matrix as excessive criticism.
Those who make conversations impossible, make escalation inevitable.
I refuse to let the standards of evil people chip away at my capacity for integrity.
We see that in the organic world, to the same degree that reflection gets darker and weaker, grace grows ever more radiant and dominant. But just as two lines intersect on one side of a point, and after passing through infinity, suddenly come together again on the other side; or the image in a concave mirror suddenly reappears before us after drawing away into the infinite distance, so too, does grace return once perception, as it were, has traversed the infinite--such that it simultaneously appears the purest in human bodily structures that are either devoid of consciousness or which possess an infinite consciousness, such as in the jointed manikin or the god.
I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don't want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop being my own critic. It's high time that I accept all the great things about me.