The Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze, c.1909
The Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze, c.1909
Gustav Klimt

Wisdom Quotes on Life

Sorrow, happiness and fear

Anthony de Mello quotes

You know, all mystics - Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion - are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare.

What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you.

We're crazy, We're living on crazy ideas about love, about relationships, about happiness, about joy, about everything.

Pleasant experiences make life delightful. Painful experiences lead to growth.

What is love?"

"The total absence of fear," said the Master.

"What is it we fear?"

"Love," said the Master.

Most people tell you they want to get out of kindergarten, but don't believe them. Don't believe them! All they want you to do is to mend their broken toys. "Give me back my wife. Give me back my job. Give me back my money. Give me back my reputation, my success." This is what they want; they want their toys replaced. That's all. Even the best psychologist will tell you that, that people don't really want to be cured. What they want is relief; a cure is painful.

We see people and things not as they are, but as we are.

Most people don't live aware lives. They live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts -- generally somebody else's -- mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions.

Loneliness is not cured by human company. Loneliness is cured by contact with reality.

Where there is love there are no demands, no expectations, no dependency. I do not demand that you make me happy; my happiness does not lie in you. If you were to leave me, I will not feel sorry for myself; I enjoy your company immensely, But I do not cling.

Problems only exist in the human mind.

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