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    Meditation is enjoying oneself, just sitting silently doing nothing: happy, joyous without any reason, because all reasons come from outside. You meet a beautiful woman and you are happy, or you meet a beautiful man and you are happy - but the meditator is simply happy. His happiness has no reason from the outside world; his happiness wells up within himself.
    — Rajneesh
    Life is a constant challenge to know oneself.
    — Rajneesh
    tags: oneself  challenge 
     
    To laugh at others is egoistic; to laugh at oneself is very humble. Learn to laugh at yourself - about your seriousness and things like that. You can get serious about seriousness. Then instead of one, you have created two diseases. Then you can get serious about that also, and you can go on and on. There is no end to it; it can go on AD NAUSEAM.
    — Rajneesh
    tags: oneself  learn 
     
    My sannyasins have to be creators, not through the mind but through meditation. And it comes of its own accord, one need not even think about it. So I don't teach creativity, I only teach silence. And then out of that silence much creativity comes. One is surprised oneself at how much one was carrying in one's being, unexpressed, at how great was one's potential. When one comes across it one cannot believes it!
    — Rajneesh
    Mind is a crowd of many desires; it is not a single desire. Mind is multi-psychic, and all the fragments are falling apart in different directions. It is a miracle how we go on keeping ourselves together; it is a hard struggle to keep oneself together. Somehow we manage, but that togetherness remains only on the surface. Deep down there is turmoil.
    — Rajneesh
    Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost.
    — Rajneesh
    One side of service is serving, but the other side is creating the space in oneself where the possibilities of giving one's best become feasible. If you let go of your own compulsion and greed the things you are conditioned into by your culture then the more archetypal, more universally valid, more human, more compassionate, wiser activities and thoughts can come to your mind and you can dedicate yourself to them more fully.
    — Rafe Martin
    Honesty, willingness to exert oneself, friendship - all these things shaped me too.
    — Rafael Nadal
    I go to a lot of museums, I read a ton of poetry - anything that's a creative expression of oneself, I find really inspiring.
    — Rachelle Lefevre
    While the word charity connotes a single act of giving, justice speaks to right living, of aligning oneself with the world in a way that sustains rather than exploits the rest of creation. Justice is not a gift; it's a lifestyle, a commitment to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam-"repairing the world.'
    — Rachel Held Evans
    Sex, like art, can unsettle a soul, can grind a heart in a mortar. Sex, like literature, can sneak the other within one's wall, even if only for a moment, a moment before one immures oneself again.
    — Rabih Alameddine
    I believe one has to escape oneself to discover oneself.
    — Rabih Alameddine
    tags: believe  oneself 
     
    We are all murderers and prostitutes - no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
    — R. D. Laing
    In a world full of danger, to be a potentially seeable object is to be constantly exposed to danger. Self-consciousness, then, may be the apprehensive awareness of oneself as potentially exposed to danger by the simple fact of being visible to others. The obvious defence against such a danger is to make oneself invisible in one way or another.
    — R. D. Laing
    tags: world  oneself  danger  facts 
     
    True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is.
    — R. D. Laing
    tags: people  oneself  true  guilt 
     
    I like the concept of an anti-muse, though I'm not quite sure what that is. If there is such a thing in my life, I suppose it is just this weariness, this sense that it is more fulfilling not to exist, to efface all traces, than to limit oneself to the determined expression of manifestation.
    — Quentin S. Crisp
    Graduation day was a milestone in the most important journey of all - to the centre of oneself.
    — Quentin Bryce
    tags: journey  oneself 
     
    A book is so much a part of oneself that in delivering it to the public one feels as if one were pushing one's own child out into the traffic.
    — Quentin Bell
    tags: children  oneself  child  book 
     
    Perhaps Kafka laughed when he told stories [. . . ] because one isn't always equal to oneself.
    — Primo Levi
    tags: oneself  stories 
     
    The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin"If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.
    — Pope Pius XI
    It is not enough to long for a person as a good for oneself, one must also, and above all, long for that person's good.
    — Pope John Paul II
    tags: people  oneself 
     
    Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all
    — Pope John Paul II
    Love consists of a commitment which limits one's freedom - it is a giving of the self, and to give oneself means just that: to limit one's freedom on behalf of another.
    — Pope John Paul II
    It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man.
    — Pope John Paul II
    tags: evil  men  human  oneself  right 
     
    Anything done for another is done for oneself.
    — Pope Boniface VIII
    tags: oneself 
     
    A dictatorship of relativism is being built that recognizes nothing as definite, and which leaves as the ultimate measure only one's ego and desires ... Having a clear faith, according to the credo of the church, is often labeled as fundamentalism. Yet relativism, that is, letting oneself being carried 'here and there by any wind of doctrine,' appears as the sole attitude good enough for modern times.
    — Pope Benedict XVI
    Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on.
    — Pope Benedict XVI
    tags: joy  oneself  christ 
     
    Sometimes men and women prefer the darkness to the light because they are attached to their sins. Nevertheless it is only by opening oneself to the light and only by sincerely confessing one's sins to God that one finds true peace and true joy. It is therefore important to receive the Sacrament of Penance regularly, especially during Lent, in order to receive the Lord's forgiveness and to intensify our process of conversion.
    — Pope Benedict XVI
    Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be "tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine," seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times.
    — Pope Benedict XVI
    tags: time  attitude  oneself  faith  church 
     
    Those who allow themselves to be led by the Spirit understand that placing oneself at the service of the Gospel is not an optional extra, because they are aware of the urgency of transmitting this Good News to others...I assure you that the Spirit of Jesus today is inviting you young people to be bearers of the good news of Jesus to your contemporaries.
    — Pope Benedict XVI
    Dialogue is the fundamental unfolding of a gift of oneself to another.
    — Pope Benedict XVI
    Sometimes one barely understand oneself.
    — Pope Alexander VI
    tags: oneself 
     
    In order to turn natural history into a true science, one would have to devote oneself to investigations capable of telling us not the particular shape of such and such an animal, but the general procedures of nature in the animal's production and preservation.
    — Pierre Louis Maupertuis
    tags: animals  nature  oneself  true 
     
    To know oneself means, among other things, to know oneself qua non-sage: that is, not as a sophos, but as a philo-sophos, someone on the way toward wisdom.
    — Pierre Hadot
    tags: oneself  wisdom 
     
    Only he who is capable of a genuine encounter with the other is capable of an authentic encounter with himself, and the converse is equally true...From this perspective, every spiritual exercise is a dialogue, insofar as it is an exercise of authentic presence, to oneself and to others.
    — Pierre Hadot
    One must not permit oneself excesses, except with persons whom one wishes soon to leave.
    — Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
    tags: oneself  wishes 
     
    As Thoreau famously sead, it doesn't matter where or how far you go - the farther commonly the worse - the important thing is how alive you are. Writing of every kind is a way to wake oneself up and keep as alive as when one has just fallen in love.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: oneself  writing 
     
    Writing of every kind is a way to wake oneself up and keep as alive as when one has just fallen in love.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: oneself  writing 
     
    One curiosity of being a foreigner everywhere is that one finds oneself discerning Edens where the locals see only Purgatory.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: oneself  curiosity 
     
    Our responsibility to ourselves comes first - because in a sense what one is oneself is the responsibility that one has for others!
    — Phyllis Bottome
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