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    awakening Quotes

    How do I know that loving life is not a delusion? How do I know that in hating death I am not like a man who, having left home in his youth, has forgotten the way back?...someday there will be a great awakening when we know that this is all a great dream. Yet the stupid believe that they are awake, busily and brightly assuming they understand things, calling this man ruler, and that man a herdsman- how dense!
    — Zhuangzi
    During our dreams we do not know we are dreaming. We may even dream of interpreting a dream. Only on waking do we know it was a dream. Only after the great awakening will we realize that this is the great dream.
    — Zhuangzi
    We are born from a quiet sleep, and we die to a calm awakening
    — Zhuangzi
    tags: sleep  awakening  die 
    When you're dreaming, you don't know it's a dream. You might even interpret a dream in your dream - and then wake up and realize it was all a dream. Perhaps a great awakening will reveal this to be a dream as well.
    — Zhuangzi
    The political awakening that is happening worldwide is a major challenge for America, because it means that the world is much more restless. It's stirring. It has aspirations which are not easily satisfied. And if America is to lead, it has to relate itself somehow to these new, lively, intense political aspirations, which make our age so different from even the recent past.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Our world is integrated to an unprecedented degree, while the global political awakening is injecting into interstate relations an intense amount of tension, emotion, even irrationality, which could cumulatively produce circumstances that preclude an effective and genuinely shared universal response to new global problems.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    As Razam so aptly demonstrates, a new kind of traveler is emerging-one that embarks into the mysterious and uncharted domain within, where they aim to conquer their own hearts. Written in the tradition of a great adventure narrative, Aya Awakenings is a timely story for a new emerging era.
    — Yossi Ghinsberg
    The enduring life is the one that begins once we awaken from this world. And it is in that awakening that we realize... It was only a dream
    — Yasmin Mogahed
    tags: world  awakening  dreams 
    The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities under free government is the most significant, if not the most momentous, event of our generation.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    Chauvet Cave is rather like the awakening of the modern human soul or I would say the awakening of modern human culture. Because Neanderthal men who still rode the landscape parallel to the people who did these paintings didn't have culture. There's no evidence of culture, no symbolic depiction, no evidence of music, no evidence of sculptures, no evidence of religious beliefs.
    — Werner Herzog
    The only real service we can render to that which we perceive and interpret in phenomenal existence as 'others' is by awakening to universal consciousness ourselves.
    — Wei Wu Wei
    The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.
    — Wassily Kandinsky
    The nightmare of materialism, which has turned the life of the universe into an evil, useless game, is not yet past; it holds the awakening soul still in its grip.
    — Wassily Kandinsky
    Only just now awakening after years of materialism, our soul is still infected with the despair born of unbelief, of lack of purpose and aim.
    — Wassily Kandinsky
    Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last and final awakening.
    — Walter Scott
    tags: death  awakening 
    One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most.
    — Walter Pater
    Liberty may be an uncomfortable blessing unless you know what to do with it. That is why so many freed slaves returned to their masters, why so many emancipated women are only too glad to give up the racket and settle down. For between announcing that you will live your own life, and the living of it lie the real difficulties of any awakening.
    — Walter Lippmann
    Play touches and stimulates vitality, awakening the whole person - mind, body, intelligence and creativity.
    — Viola Spolin
    A perfect method for awakening is to examine the results of our daily actions. If they are harmful, we know we need more consciousness.
    — Vernon Howard
    tags: action  awakening 
    Self awakening enables you to see the human scene as it is, not as it appears to be, which frees you of its chaos.
    — Vernon Howard
    tags: self  human  chaos  awakening 
    I am drawn to intimate, often uncomfortable portraits of a woman persevering and awakening.
    — Vera Farmiga
    tags: women  awakening 
    I finally stopped fretting and tried to think of Donald Trump's election as an opportunity. I didn't shift my thesis but I added some lines, in the Blurred Lines introduction, to my description of the progressive awakening that has happened in this country over the last five years - "Trump's presidency is a macroaggression". I wanted Trump to be a specter from the book's outset.
    — Vanessa Grigoriadis
    If the Lord tarries, there may yet be a grass-roots awakening that will overflow all sectarian barriers. There are a host of good people... who long for a visitation from heaven in old-time power. The kindling wood is scattered all round in all the churches. May God help us to rake off the ashes, uncover the live coals and may He blow upon us with the breath of His Spirit!
    — Vance Havner
    tags: people  power  live  help  awakening  god  church  heaven 
    Be kind to yourself as you proceed along this journey. This kindness, in itself, is a means of awakening the spark of love within you and helping others to discover that spark within themselves.
    — Tsoknyi Rinpoche
    The dream we are living has absolutely no purpose other than our awakening.
    — Tony Parsons
    tags: living  awakening  dreams 
    Awakening your spiritual side is really what artists do. When you hit a groove, it's not you; it's the spirit world.
    — Tommy Chong
    Female, I give you fair warning: you are playing with fire" - Tegan to Elise (Midnight Awakening
    — Tina St. John
    tags: awakening 
    Love is how it feels to recognize our essential unity. Awakening to oneness is the experience of Big Love. Knowing you are one with all, you find yourself in love with all.
    — Timothy Freke
    Stop all physical activity and sit naturally at ease. Remain silent and let sound be like an echo. Do not think about anything look at experience beyond thought; open minded like space. Let go of control and stop and rest at ease in that state. Awareness without projection is the greatest meditation. Train and develop like this and you will come to the deepest awakening.
    — Tilopa
    The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent. Yet events that seem to turn our lives upside down and inside out are part of God's redemptive plan, not only for us, but for the world in which we live. God may be preparing a great awakening for the world, if God can find enough people to cooperate in this mysterious plan.
    — Thomas Keating
    tags: people  live  world  lies  awakening  god 
    The Arab awakening was like watching elephants fly: something you didn't expect, something you haven't seen before, "Wow, elephants fly."
    — Thomas Friedman
    tags: awakening 
    The Arab awakening has been, up to now, a lot about freedom from dictatorial regimes - Syria, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Bahrain and Egypt. But once you got freedom from, then you need freedom to. Freedom from is about destroying things. Freedom to is about constructing things, constructing the rule of law.
    — Thomas Friedman
    tags: freedom  law  awakening  rules 
    I think no country is going to be immune from the Arab awakening because the Arab awakening is driven by deep human longing for dignity, for justice and for freedom. I think that applies to young people in Saudi Arabia as much as to young people in Egypt, Tunisia, or Yemen, or Libya, or Syria. If I were in Saudi Arabia, I would be getting ahead of this and looking for ways to appreciate those aspirations and align my country with them.
    — Thomas Friedman
    When people get frustrated, it's when they feel they are living in a context that deprives them of dignity, deprives them of justice and deprives them of the freedom to realize their full potential, and that to me is what the Arab awakening was all about. I think it applied to every country, and so I have been an unmitigated supporter of it.
    — Thomas Friedman
    I think the Arab awakening has changed everything and I think a lot will depend on what people there ask of us, may be nothing, it may be a lot. I think that really depends how they find their voice and what they see as their real interest, and hopefully that would be for more schools and not more tanks.
    — Thomas Friedman
    tags: people  real  awakening  school 
    There is a connection between energy, climate, food and political stability. That has played out in the Arab awakening and is not done playing out.
    — Thomas Friedman
    At last there dawned the most beautiful day of all the days of my life. How perfectly I remember even the smallest details of those sacred hours! The joyful awakening, the reverent and tender embraces of my mistresses and older companions, the room filled with white frocks, like so many snowflakes, where each child was dressed in turn.
    — Therese of Lisieux
    What is needed, is an awakening.
    — Terence McKenna
    tags: awakening 
    We are seeing a great awakening. A national movement of We the People, brought together by what unites us - a shared love of liberty, and an understanding of the unlimited potential of free men and free women.
    — Ted Cruz
    We are witnessing a great awakening. Millions of Texans, millions of Americans are rising up to reclaim our country, to defend liberty and to restore the Constitution.
    — Ted Cruz
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