"Without self-awareness you are not properly educated." - J. Krishnamurti

"Our happiness depends on our wisdom." - Sophocles

"An unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves." - CG Jung


"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change." - Wayne Dyer

"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." - Robertson Davies


"So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it." - J. Krishnamurti

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen." - Ernest Hemingway

"Tone is often the most important part of a conversation – and listening is so much more important than what you say." - Hoda Kotb


"Let the fact operate. Do not operate on the fact." - J. Krishnamurti

"Traveller, there is no path. Paths are made by walking." - Aboriginal proverb


"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Theodore Roosevelt

"It is in the character of very few men to honour without envy a friend who has prospered." - Aeschylus

"If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself." - Max Ehrman


"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." - Rosa Parks

"Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realise that right now we are okay. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"He who has overcome fear will truly be free." - Aristotle


"It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it." - Aristotle

"When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practise contentment, you can say to yourself, “Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need." - Dalai Lama

"Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade." - Marcel Proust


"When angry count to ten before you speak. When you are very angry, count to a hundred. -Thomas Jefferson.

"Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. ― Gautama Buddha

"Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.- Eckhart Tolle.


"Imagination builds the image of the self and thought then functions within its shadows – J. Krishnamurti.

"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.- Winston Churchill.


"It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong." - Thomas Jefferson

"Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth." - Albert Einstein


"Conditioning obstructs our view of reality." - Bruce Lee

"What has been, is what it seems will be, unless we can break our conditioning, by realising our conditioning. That’s the only way we can break free from the cycle of history." - James Dye

"Don't become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin." - Ivan Pavlov


"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein

"Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." - Dalai Lama

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius


"The most altruistic and sustainable philosophies fail before the brute brain stem imperative of self-interest." - Peter Watts

"There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interest. This is a bitter truth." - Chanakya

"Part of diplomacy is to open to different definitions of self-interest." - Hillary Clinton

"It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men: kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second." - John Steinbeck


"When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person's body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"It is strange to be known so universally and yet be so lonely." - Albert Einstein

"The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness." - Norman Cousins


"Only fools offer opinions. Why should one have an opinion about another? It is such a waste of time and energy. Why should one clutter up one's brain, one's mind, with opinions, judgments, and conclusions? – J. Krishnamurti

"We're generally overconfident in our opinions and our impressions and judgments." - Daniel Kahneman

"It's as simple as this. When people don't unload their opinions and feel like they've been listened to, they won't really get on board." - Patrick Lencioni

"The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth." - Pierre Bayle

"Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice." -  Steve Jobs

"Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become."
- Margaret Thatcher


"The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits." - Albert Camus

"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken." - Samuel Johnson


"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of." - Albert Camus

"It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it." - Dale Carnegie

"I think and think and think. I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"A mathematical formula for happiness: Reality divided by Expectations. There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations." - Jodi Picoult

"True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so, wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not." - Seneca (4BC-65 AD)


"The keenest sorrow is to recognise ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities." - Sophocles

"Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom.- Rumi

"The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them." -  Albert Einstein


"If civilisation is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods." - W. H. Auden

"The river that flows in you also flows in me.- Kabir.


"Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives." - Bertrand Russell

"The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them." - Thomas Merton

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu

"The first duty of love is to listen." - Paul Tillich

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha

"The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed." - J Krishnamurti

"If you want to be loved, be lovable." - Ovid


"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." - Mark Twain

"Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." - Steve Jobs

"I leave no trace of wings in the air, but I’m glad I had my flight." - Rabindranath Tagore


"According to the teaching of the Buddha, the idea of a self is an imaginary, false belief which has no corresponding reality, and it produces harmful thoughts of 'me' and 'mine', selfish desire, craving, attachment, hatred, ill-will, conceit, pride, egoism, and other defilements, impurities and problems." - Rahula Walpola, Buddhist scholar

"I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God." - Sufi Proverb

"There is no self to understand but only the thought that creates the self." - J. Krishnamurti