As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.
Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those which a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Therefore, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost height.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.
He is able who thinks he is able.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
Whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings…that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dwell in the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.