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Quotes as a basis for meditation

I keep a collection of favorite quotes that I refer to on a regular basis and often use in my meditation practice.   I thought I’d share a few:

From “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”   ― Dalai Lama

Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its’ beauty.”  -Albert Einstein

There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.” ― W. Somerset Maugham

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” ― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” ― George Patton

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” ― C. S. Lewis

“To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.”―  Plutarch

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” ― Bob Marley

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ― Marcus Aurelius

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”― Rene Descartes

I encourage you all to read the words of the many great people on our planet, and of course words written by great writers for their characters as well.  There is much wisdom out there for us all and we can learn from the experiences and lives of others.  We don’t have to create it all ourselves.

Do you have favorite quotes?  Please share here in the comments section below!