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"Die lewe word heilig daar waar mense wakker word vir dit wat is, en daar waar mense hulself toelaat om spontaan en vry te leef." – Abel Pienaar

"The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." – Alan Watts

"People sacrifice the present for the future. But life is available only in the present." – Thich Nhat Hanh

"The clash between science and religion has not shown that religion is false and science is true. It has shown that all systems of definition are relative to various purposes, and that none of them actually 'grasp' reality." – Alan Watts

"You can have religion with spirituality. You can also have religion without spirituality." – Eckhart Tolle

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. So by your practice we must make our beginner's mind more and more – we should appreciate beginner's mind. This is the secret of Zen practice." – Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

"Die hartseer werklikheid is egter dat die meeste mense nie vry is nie. Hulle is gevangenes van hul geloof waarin hulle grootgeword het. En daarom effektief blind en doof vir enigiets anders." – Abel Pienaar

"One day, you will find yourself outside this world which is like a mother's womb. You will leave this earth to enter, while you are yet in the body, a vast expanse, and know that the words, 'God's earth is vast,' name this region from which the saints have come." – Jalaluddin Rumi

"To me, spirituality means 'no matter what.' One stays on the path, one commits to love, one does one's work; one follows one's dream; one shares, tries not to judge, no matter what." – Yehuda Berg

"One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them." – Aldous Huxley

"Daar is lig in die binneste van 'n verligte mens en dit verlig die hele wêreld." – Thomas-evangelie (vers 24)

"Advances are made by answering questions. Discoveries are made by questioning answers." – Bernhard Haisch

"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes." – Alan Watts

"A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world." – Alan Watts

"Die mense wat maklik en gereeld lag (vir die lewe en natuurlik vir hulle self), kan werklik die ego en sy versmorende houvas op hulle psige troef." – Abel Pienaar

"No statement about God is simply, literally true. God is far more than can be measured, described, defined in ordinary language, or pinned down to any particular happening." – David Jenkins

"Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science, but man needs both." – Fritjof Capra

"Something as quiet as a change of mind is bubbling up out of the unconscious depths, spreading around the world, changing everything." – Willis Harman

"Knowledge is learning. Wisdom is unlearning." – Smile Warrior

"Faith is defined as the firm belief in something for which there is no proof." – Michel Crichton

"Life is without meaning; you bring the meaning to it." – Smile Warrior

"Because we have forgotten that we belong to each other, we have no peace." – Smile Warrior

"Ek glo in die Ewige van die ewig veranderende kosmos wie se naam verander soos die soekers tydelik vind en noem." – Abel Pienaar

"Ek glo dat elke vorm van lewe 'n manifestasie van God se liggaam is en daarom wat ek aan ander doen ek inderwaarheid aan myself doen." – Abel Pienaar

"When you become you, the victim becomes the Warrior. When you are you, you see things as they are, and you find peace." – Smile Warrior

"Warriors don't need to prove their point; those who need to prove their point are victims." – Smile Warrior

"You have to live out your destiny, not only seeking it." – Paulo Coelho

"I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time." – Friedrich Nietzsche

"When each day is the same as the next, it's because people fail to recognise the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises." – Paulo Coelho

"I say that religion isn't about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It's about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness." – Karen Armstrong

"The modern conservative ... is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy. That is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." – John Kenneth Galbraith

"True religion is productive, value-realising action in the public world." – Don Cupitt

"If the concept of God has any use, it is to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God can't do that, it's time we got rid of him." – James A. Baldwin

"It is very nearly impossible ... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind." – James A. Baldwin

"Spiritualiteit, volgens my, is om bewustelik sin te kan vind in die hier en nou." – Abel Pienaar

"Ware vryheid is om te leef sonder vrees vir gode wat straf of 'n hel wat eendag wag." – Abel Pienaar

"Vryheid is in die eerste plek, vryheid van die diktatorskap van 'Ek' en 'Myne'." – Abel Pienaar

"EK WIL GELUKKIG WEES! – Haal dan EK uit, dis ego. Haal WIL uit, dis begeerte, en wat oorbly is WEES." – Abel Pienaar

"Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself." – Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Change is the only constant. Hanging on is the only sin." – Denise McCluggage

"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." – Carl Sagan

"In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." – Frantz Fanon

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." – Steve Jobs

"All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man." – Henry David Thoreau

"Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery." – Henry Miller

"Ons mag nooit ons koppe afskakel om vir ons harte plek te maak nie, want dan maak ons geloof dom, en dom geloof is bygeloof." – Abel Pienaar

"It is only those who are seeking, that discover what is true. Not the man that conforms, who follows some tradition. It is only when you are constantly inquiring, constantly observing, constantly learning, that you find truth." – Charles Chiniquy

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." – Moshe Dayan

"Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship." – Omar N. Bradley

"Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth." – Albert Camus

"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." – Albert Camus

"Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them." – Albert Camus

"Association with human beings lures one into self-observation." – Franz Kafka

"All great truths begin as blasphemies." – George Bernard Shaw

"Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder" – Thomas Aquinas

"We concentrate on things we already know and time and time again fail to take into consideration what we don't know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize, and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the 'impossible.'" – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Scepticism is effortful and costly. It is better to be sceptical about matters of large consequences, and be imperfect, foolish and human in the small and the aesthetic." – N.N. Taleb

"Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear." – Albert Camus

"Most people treat the present as if it were an obstacle to overcome. Since the present is Life itself, it is an insane way to live." – Eckhardt Tolle

"If there is a sin against life, it consists in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life." – Albert Camus

"What is wanted is not the will to believe but the wish to find out." – Bertrand Russell

"Dit wat jy nog nie emosioneel afgehandel het nie, bly by jou en beheer jou." – Abel Pienaar

"He who is reluctant to recognize me opposes me." – Frantz Fanon

"I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way." – Carl Sandburg

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." – N. Mandela

"You can replace lies with truth; but myth is only displaced with a narritive." – N.N. Taleb

"Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't." – Richard Bach

"A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad." – Albert Camus

"Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." – George Orwell

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." – Martin Luther King jnr.

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." – George Washington

"All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theatre, must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man." – Bernard Berenson

"To me, it was obvious man created God in his own image. Man hasn't the imagination to come up with a God totally unlike him." – Steve Toltz

"One dog barks at something and a hundred bark at his sound." – Chinese Proverb

"When all think alike, then no one is thinking." – Walter Lippman

"The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness; and knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream." – Kahlil Gibran

"It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well." – Rene Descartes

"When someone tells me that they believe the Bible is the "literal and inerrant word of God," I always ask, "Have you ever read it?" – John Shelby Spong

"If you do believe it [The Bible], it is not as a historian, but as a believer." – Bart Ehrman

"As with the virginal conception, I do not trace the empty tomb tradition back to the Jesus faction in Jerusalem, but to common Greek thinking that manifested in the stories of the deification of Hercules. We have seen that the myths of virginal conceptions, ascensions to heaven, and being adopted by the gods are almost recycled ideas ... " – Andries van Aarde

"Sentence was passed, and [Jesus] was led away. Crucified, dead, and buried, he yet rose in the hearts of his disciples who had loved him and felt he was near... he is rising again, today and tomorrow, in the hearts of men who love him and feel he is near." – Geza Vermes

"Dat Jesus lewe en in die gelowige opstaan, het weinig te doen met 'n saak­like uitspraak oor 'n graf wat leeg is. Dit het eerder te doen met die misterie van 'n geloofsverbondenheid met God." – Julian Müller

"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice." – Bill Cosby

"Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it." – André Gide

"Dit is een ding om te glo jy is op die regte pad, dit is totaal 'n ander ding om te glo net jou pad is die regte pad." – Abel Pienaar

"I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality." – Mohandas Gandhi

"Godsdiens is deel van die vraag, nie deel van die antwoord." – Abel Pienaar

"We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood." – William James

"It requires a great deal of faith for a man to be cured by his own placebos." – John L. McClenahan

"There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings." – Friedrich Nietzsche

"The things that can destroy us, are politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice." – Mahatma Gandhi

"Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal." – Jean-Paul Sartre

"If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, and ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the things I want to live for. Between those two answers you can determine the identity of any person." – Thomas Merton

"The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify ... into every corner of our mind." – J.M. Keynes

"I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect." – J. Krishnamurti

"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh..." – Kahlil Gibran

"We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood." – William James

"To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." – Copernicus

"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common." – John Locke

"Evolution, as such, is no longer a theory for a modern author. It is as much a fact as that the earth revolves around the sun." – Ernst Mayr

"The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely." – Carl Jung

"In theology we must consider the predominance of authority; in philosophy the predominance of reason." – Johannes Kepler

"If we can't think for ourselves, if we're unwilling to question authority, then we're just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness." – Carl Sagan

"Any body of men who believe in hell will persecute whenever they have the power." – Joseph McCabe

"Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble." – Joseph Campbell

"Humanity's first sin was faith; the first virtue was doubt." – Mike Huben

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." – Albert Einstein

"Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." – Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear." – Thomas Jefferson

"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness." – Dalai Lama

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" – Douglas Adams

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do." – Anne Lamott

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." – Galileo Galilei

"The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad." – Friedrich Nietzsche

"One man's theology is another man's belly laugh." – Robert A. Heinlein

"When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land." – Desmond Tutu

"There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave." – Louis Kronenberger

"We are punished by our sins, not for them." – Elbert Hubbard

"Everything is open to revision in the light of experience." – Karl Popper

"We must move out again into the open air of intellectual discussion with the world, and risk shocking people if we are to cut any ice." – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"God is silent. Now if only man would shut up." – Woody Allen

"If God has spoken, why is the world not convinced?" – Percy Bysshe Shelley

"The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, or not a Christian at all." – Karl Rahner

"The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge." – Albert Einstein

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious; It is the source of all true art and science." – Albert Einstein

"The new path must be one that leads to spiritual wisdom on a road paved by scientific knowledge." – Bernard Haisch

"It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet." – Werner Heisenberg

"The idea of Original Sin runs counter to everything science tells us, from anthropology through zoology. It is contrary to the teaching of Jesus, the Bible, common sense, experience and morality." – John Hunt

"The logic is inevitable. If there's no original sin then no savior is needed, no sacrifice by God to save humankind, no need for a literal resurrection. Conservatives are right in that once you start to pick the thread it all unravels." – John Hunt

"Why? And how is it that, in Christianity in particular, the Church ended up with its heart outside history altogether and lost in the world of myth? The answer lies in the Grand Narrative of cosmic fall and redemption which Christianity developed and to which it remains firmly attached." – Don Cupitt

"The time has come when the teachings of Christ can be interpreted in their fullest significance ... Science must see beyond matter and acknowledge a spiritual perspective; religion must stop ignoring the fundamental laws of matter. Only in this way will both sides (science and religion) come together and learn to lean on each other. As a result religion will no longer be discredited by science. Its accordance with reason and with the compelling logic of the events of nature will give religion a new vision." – Allan Kardec

"In theology we must consider the predominance of authority; in philosophy the predominance of reason." – Johannes Kepler

"We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers." – Carl Sagan

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." – Carl Sagan

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere." – Carl Sagan

"Anything you don't understand, you attribute to God. God for you is where you sweep away all the mysteries of the world, all the challenges to our intelligence. You simply turn your mind off and say God did it." – Carl Sagan

"When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion." – Robert Pirsig

"The faith that I am calling into question is precisely the gesture that theologian Paul Tillich himself decried as 'an act of knowledge that has a low degree of evidence' ... the truth is that religious faith is simply unjustified belief in matters of ultimate concern." – Sam Harris

"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." – Christopher Hitchen

"Scientific theories undergo wholesale revision with each generation and therefore do not converge on the truth." – Thomas Kuhn

"During the week he lives in the rationalistic, scientific and economic reality of the Western tradition, while Sunday he spends some time with Job, with the result that on Monday he finds himself on the psychiatrist's couch." – Joseph Campbell

"The life of a mythology derives from the vitality of its symbols as metaphors delivering, not simply the idea, but a sense of actual participation in such a realization of transcendence, infinity, and abundance. Indeed, the first and most essential service of a mythology is this one, of opening the mind and heart to the utter wonder of all being. And the second service, then, is cosmological: of representing the universe and whole spectacle of nature, both as known to the mind and as beheld by the eye, as an epiphany of such kind that when lightning flashes, or a setting sun ignites the sky, or a deer is seen standing alert, the exclamation 'AH!' may be uttered as a recognition of divinity." – Joseph Campbell

"We actually evolved over 14 billion years of evolution: matter arose with the Big Bang, sensation with the first life forms, impulse with the first reptiles, emotion with the first mammals, symbols with the first primates, concepts with the first humans..." – Ken Wilber

"Spirituality, according to the testimony of the world's great yogis, saints, and sages has to do with the direct experience of a living Reality, disclosed immediately and intimately in the heart and consciousness of individuals, and fostered by diligent, sincere, prolonged spiritual practice. All practice open one to a direct experience of Spirit, and not merely beliefs or ideas about Spirit." – Ken Wilber

"Evolution proceeds by differentiation and integration, or just as well, by transcendence and inclusion. Each stage includes its predecessors, then adds its own defining and emergent qualities: it transcends and includes." – Ken Wilber

"Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don't know it, are asleep. They're born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence." – Anthony de Mello

"Who's living in you? It's pretty horrifying when you come to know that. You think you are free, but there probably isn't a gesture, a thought, an emotion, an attitude, a belief in you that isn't from someone else. Isn't that horrible? And you don't know it. Talk about a mechanical life that was stamped on you. You feel pretty strongly about certain things, and you think it is you who are feeling strongly about them, but are you really? It's going to take a lot of awareness for you to understand that perhaps this thing you call 'self' is simply a conglomeration of your past experiences, of your conditioning and programming." – Anthony de Mello

"Our children are not born to hate, they are raised to hate." – Thomas Della Peruta

"There is no such thing as a 'Muslim child' or a 'Catholic child', parents and teachers practice religious indoctrination of children. It's a form of mental abuse." – Richard Dawkins

"Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or, as we are conditioned to see it." – Steven Covey

"There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things. All things are created twice." –Stephen Covey

"Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay it down. As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people's thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true." – Eckhart Tolle

"The master is just like everyone else, except that he no longer believes that in this moment things should be different than they are. Therefore in all circumstances he remains at ease in the world, is efficient without the slightest effort, keeps his lightness of heart whatever happens, and, without intending to, acts with kindness toward himself and everyone else. He is who you are once you meet your mind with understanding." – Stephen Mitchell

"Stop forcing life to be the way you want it to be, rather accept and let it be the way it is." – Byron Katie

"Only that day dawns to which we are fully awake." – Henry David Thoreau

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." – Melody Beattie

"Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." – Lao Tzu

"The trouble is that our psychological theories are too small to contain our reality." – William James

"The true story of consciousness has not been written, for it will always in essence escape such description." – Jane Roberts

"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy..." – William Shakespeare

"Trust that which gives you meaning and accept it as your guide." – Carl Gustav Jung

"The purpose of life is to realize the Self." – Carl Gustav Jung

"I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this friend, this person, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding God better." – Vincent van Gogh

"We should always have full presence of mind in whatever we may do – in going out, or coming in, in looking with the eyes, in bending or stretching an arm. In eating, drinking, standing or sleeping, in talking or being silent – whatever we are doing. Awake in the present!" – Gautama Buddha

"Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people." – Spencer Johnson

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." – Mark Twain

"We tell lies when we are afraid ... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger." – Tad Williams

"Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Whenever you enter into it, take with you your all." – Kahlil Gibran

"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live." – Marcus Aurelius

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