Tolle Quotes

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The past has no power over the present moment.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
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Eckhart Tolle
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To love is to recognize yourself in another.
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Eckhart Tolle
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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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There's no one thing that's true. It's all true.
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
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Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to "die before you die" --- and find that there is no death.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life. And don't be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it's their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don't be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose
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Eckhart Tolle
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It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.
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Eckhart Tolle
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No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
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John Donne (No man is an island – A selection from the prose)
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There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears a Human soul.
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Emily Dickinson (Selected Poems)
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I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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I loved you when I saw you today and I loved you always but I never saw you before.
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
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A genuine relationship is one that is not dominated by the ego with its image-making and self-seeking. In a genuine relationship, there is an outward flow of open, alert attention toward the other person in which there is no wanting whatsoever.
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Eckhart Tolle
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What a liberation to realize that the β€œvoice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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This, too, will pass.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Life is the dancer and you are the dance.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.
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Eckhart Tolle
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The world is a fine place and worth fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
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Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on timeβ€”past and futureβ€”the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.
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Eckhart Tolle
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All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out?
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Always say β€œyes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say β€œyes” to life β€” and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.
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Eckhart Tolle
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This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
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There is no struggle too vast, no odds too overwhelming, for even should we fail - should we fall - we will know that we have lived.
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Steven Erikson (Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8))
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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
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John Donne (Meditation XVII - Meditation 17)
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Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it's no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
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Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.
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Eckhart Tolle
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When you don't cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
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Eckhart Tolle
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For what are we born if not to aid one another?
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
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To recognize one's own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
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Eckhart Tolle
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As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love - even the most simple action.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.
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Eckhart Tolle (Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now)
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...the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whaterver form. Both are illusions.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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Faces change with life's toll, but eyes remain a window to what was...
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Delia Owens (Where the Crawdads Sing)
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In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Be real, because a mask only fools people on the outside. Pretending to be someone you're not takes a toll on the real you, and the real you is more important than anyone else.
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Alex Gaskarth
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Love is not selective, just as the light of the sun is not selective. It does not make one person special. It is not exclusive. Exclusivity is not the love of God but the "love" of ego. However, the intensity with which true love is felt can vary. There may be one person who reflects your love back to you more clearly and more intensely than others, and if that person feels the same toward you, it can be said that you are in a love relationship with him or her. The bond that connects you with that person is the same bond that connects you with the person sitting next to you on a bus, or with a bird, a tree, a flower. Only the degree of intensity with which it is felt differs.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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What you react to in others, you strengthen in yourself.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.
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Don't let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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All problems are illusions of the mind.
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Eckhart Tolle (Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now)
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Awareness is the greatest agent for change.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Don't Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won't find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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I had an inheritance from my father, It was the moon and the sun. And though I roam all over the world, The spending of it’s never done.
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
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Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul
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Bob Dylan (The Bob Dylan Scrapbook: 1956-1966)
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See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind.
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Eckhart Tolle
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The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Don't look for peace. Don't look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think than in all other time. I'd like to be an old man to really know. I wonder if you keep on learning or if there is only a certain amount each man can understand. I thought I knew so many things that I know nothing of. I wish there was more time.
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls (War Promo))
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If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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This is my secret," he said. "I don't mind what happens.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Being must be felt. It can't be thought.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.
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Eckhart Tolle
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The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now. Let it teach you Being. Let it teach you integrity β€” which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real. Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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What a caterpillar calls the end of the world we call a butterfly.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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If not now, when?
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Eckhart Tolle
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Where there is anger there is always pain underneath.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now (Korean Edition) (Korean))
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He felt as though he were failing in practically every area of his life. Lately, happiness seemed as distant and unattainable to him as space travel. He hadn't always felt this way. There had been a long period of time during which he remembered being very happy. But things change. People change. Change was one of the inevitable laws of nature, exacting its toll on people's lives. Mistakes are made, regrets form, and all that was left were repercussions that made something as simple as rising from the bed seem almost laborious.
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Nicholas Sparks (The Choice)
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No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist.
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
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Survivors do not mourn together. They each mourn alone, even when in the same place. Grief is the most solitary of all feelings. Grief isolates, and every ritual, every gesture, every embrace, is a hopeless effort to break through that isolation. None of it works. The forms crumble and dissolve. To face death is to stand alone.
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Steven Erikson (Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8))
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You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth)
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Once you have identified with some form of negativity, you do not want to let it go, and on a deeply unconscious level, you do not want positive change. It would threaten your identity as a depressed, angry or hard-done by person. You will then ignore, deny or sabotage the positive in your life. This is a common phenomenon. It is also insane.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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Man made God in his own image...
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Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
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Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now.
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Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
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Humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. … If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.
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Eckhart Tolle
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After dinner, I become afraid despite myself. I know I should be joyous, for this reunion is the proof that love can still be ours, but I know the bell has tolled this evening. The sun has long since set and the thief is about to come, and there is nothing I can do to stop it. So I stare at her and wait and live a lifetime in these last remaining moments.
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Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook (The Notebook, #1))
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To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them - while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.
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Eckhart Tolle
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The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not β€œthe thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.
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Eckhart Tolle (Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now)
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The letter had been crumpled up and tossed onto the grate. It had burned all around the edges, so the names at the top and bottom had gone up in smoke. But there was enough of the bold black scrawl to reveal that it had indeed been a love letter. And as Hannah read the singed and half-destroyed parchment, she was forced to turn away to hide the trembling of her hand. β€”should warn you that this letter will not be eloquent. However, it will be sincere, especially in light of the fact that you will never read it. I have felt these words like a weight in my chest, until I find myself amazed that a heart can go on beating under such a burden. I love you. I love you desperately, violently, tenderly, completely. I want you in ways that I know you would find shocking. My love, you don't belong with a man like me. In the past I've done things you wouldn't approve of, and I've done them ten times over. I have led a life of immoderate sin. As it turns out, I'm just as immoderate in love. Worse, in fact. I want to kiss every soft place of you, make you blush and faint, pleasure you until you weep, and dry every tear with my lips. If you only knew how I crave the taste of you. I want to take you in my hands and mouth and feast on you. I want to drink wine and honey from you. I want you under me. On your back. I'm sorry. You deserve more respect than that. But I can't stop thinking of it. Your arms and legs around me. Your mouth, open for my kisses. I need too much of you. A lifetime of nights spent between your thighs wouldn't be enough. I want to talk with you forever. I remember every word you've ever said to me. If only I could visit you as a foreigner goes into a new country, learn the language of you, wander past all borders into every private and secret place, I would stay forever. I would become a citizen of you. You would say it's too soon to feel this way. You would ask how I could be so certain. But some things can't be measured by time. Ask me an hour from now. Ask me a month from now. A year, ten years, a lifetime. The way I love you will outlast every calendar, clock, and every toll of every bell that will ever be cast. If only youβ€” And there it stopped.
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Lisa Kleypas (A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers, #4.5))
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Roza..." The voice caressed my skin, cold and deadly. Still scrutinizing his surroundings, Dimitri took one step forward. Then another. And then another. I think it occurred to him to look up the instant I jumped. My body slammed into his, knocking him to the ground back first. He immediately tried to throw me off, just as I tried to drive the stake through his heart. Signs of fatigue and fighting were all over him. Defeating the other Strigoi had taken its toll, though I doubted I was in much better shape. We grappled, and once, I managed to rake the stake over his cheek. He snarled in pain but kept his chest well protected. Over it, I could see where I'd ripped his shirt the first time I'd staked him. The wound had already healed. "You. Are. Amazing," he said, his words full of both pride and battle fury.
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Richelle Mead (Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4))
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I’m a modern man, a man for the millennium. Digital and smoke free. A diversified multi-cultural, post-modern deconstruction that is anatomically and ecologically incorrect. I’ve been up linked and downloaded, I’ve been inputted and outsourced, I know the upside of downsizing, I know the downside of upgrading. I’m a high-tech low-life. A cutting edge, state-of-the-art bi-coastal multi-tasker and I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond! I’m new wave, but I’m old school and my inner child is outward bound. I’m a hot-wired, heat seeking, warm-hearted cool customer, voice activated and bio-degradable. I interface with my database, my database is in cyberspace, so I’m interactive, I’m hyperactive and from time to time I’m radioactive. Behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve, ridin the wave, dodgin the bullet and pushin the envelope. I’m on-point, on-task, on-message and off drugs. I’ve got no need for coke and speed. I've got no urge to binge and purge. I’m in-the-moment, on-the-edge, over-the-top and under-the-radar. A high-concept, low-profile, medium-range ballistic missionary. A street-wise smart bomb. A top-gun bottom feeder. I wear power ties, I tell power lies, I take power naps and run victory laps. I’m a totally ongoing big-foot, slam-dunk, rainmaker with a pro-active outreach. A raging workaholic. A working rageaholic. Out of rehab and in denial! I’ve got a personal trainer, a personal shopper, a personal assistant and a personal agenda. You can’t shut me up. You can’t dumb me down because I’m tireless and I’m wireless, I’m an alpha male on beta-blockers. I’m a non-believer and an over-achiever, laid-back but fashion-forward. Up-front, down-home, low-rent, high-maintenance. Super-sized, long-lasting, high-definition, fast-acting, oven-ready and built-to-last! I’m a hands-on, foot-loose, knee-jerk head case pretty maturely post-traumatic and I’ve got a love-child that sends me hate mail. But, I’m feeling, I’m caring, I’m healing, I’m sharing-- a supportive, bonding, nurturing primary care-giver. My output is down, but my income is up. I took a short position on the long bond and my revenue stream has its own cash-flow. I read junk mail, I eat junk food, I buy junk bonds and I watch trash sports! I’m gender specific, capital intensive, user-friendly and lactose intolerant. I like rough sex. I like tough love. I use the β€œF” word in my emails and the software on my hard-drive is hardcore--no soft porn. I bought a microwave at a mini-mall; I bought a mini-van at a mega-store. I eat fast-food in the slow lane. I’m toll-free, bite-sized, ready-to-wear and I come in all sizes. A fully-equipped, factory-authorized, hospital-tested, clinically-proven, scientifically- formulated medical miracle. I’ve been pre-wash, pre-cooked, pre-heated, pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged, post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped, vacuum-packed and, I have an unlimited broadband capacity. I’m a rude dude, but I’m the real deal. Lean and mean! Cocked, locked and ready-to-rock. Rough, tough and hard to bluff. I take it slow, I go with the flow, I ride with the tide. I’ve got glide in my stride. Drivin and movin, sailin and spinin, jiving and groovin, wailin and winnin. I don’t snooze, so I don’t lose. I keep the pedal to the metal and the rubber on the road. I party hearty and lunch time is crunch time. I’m hangin in, there ain’t no doubt and I’m hangin tough, over and out!
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George Carlin
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Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Eraβ€”the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run . . . but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. . . . History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of β€œhistory” it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the timeβ€”and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened. My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nightsβ€”or very early morningsβ€”when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket . . . booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change) . . . but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that. . . . There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda. . . . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. . . . And that, I think, was the handleβ€”that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fightingβ€”on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . . So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water markβ€”that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
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Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
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Symptoms of Amor Deliria Nervosa PHASE ONE: -preoccupation; difficulty focusing -dry mouth -perspiration, sweaty palms -fits of dizziness and disorientation -reduced mental awareness; racing thoughts; impaired reasoning skills PHASE TWO: -periods of euphoria; hysterical laughter and heightened energy -periods of despair; lethargy -changes in appetite; rapid weight loss or weight gain -fixation; loss of other interests -compromised reasoning skills; distortion of reality -disruption of sleep patterns; insomnia or constant fatigue -obsessive thoughts and actions -paranoia; insecurity PHASE THREE (CRITICAL): -difficulty breathing -pain in the chest, throat or stomach -complete breakdown of rational faculties; erratic behavior; violent thoughts and fantasies; hallucinations and delusions PHASE FOUR (FATAL): -emotional or physical paralysis (partial or total) -death If you fear that you or someone you know may have contracted deliria, please call the emergency line toll-free at 1-800-PREVENT to discuss immediate intake and treatment.
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Lauren Oliver (Delirium (Delirium, #1))
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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, And Mourners to and fro Kept treading – treading – till it seemed That Sense was breaking through – And when they all were seated, A Service, like a Drum – Kept beating – beating – till I thought My Mind was going numb – And then I heard them lift a Box And creak across my Soul With those same Boots of Lead, again, Then Space – began to toll, As all the Heavens were a Bell, And Being, but an Ear, And I, and Silence, some strange Race Wrecked, solitary, here – And then a Plank in Reason, broke, And I dropped down, and down – And hit a World, at every plunge, And Finished knowing – then –
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Emily Dickinson (The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson)
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Dying was nothing and he had no picture of it nor fear of it in his mind. But living was a field of grain blowing in the wind on the side of a hill. Living was a hawk in the sky. Living was an earthen jar of water in the dust of the threshing with the grain flailed out and the chaff blowing. Living was a horse between your legs and a carbine under one leg and a hill and a valley and a stream with trees along it and the far side of the valley and the hills beyond.
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)