Seven Favourite Quotations

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”

“All that is not eternal is eternally useless.”

“Chastity is the flowering of man; and what are called Genius, Heroism, Holiness, and the like, are but various fruits which succeed it.”

“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor. The ancient philosophers, Chinese, Hindoo, Persian, and Greek, were a class than which none has been poorer in outward riches, none so rich in inward.”

“A man may twist as he pleases, and do what he pleases, but he inevitably comes back to the track to which nature has destined him.”

“We use up in the passions the stuff given us for happiness.”

“The most radical division that it is possible to make of humanity is that which splits it into two classes of creatures: those who make great demands on themselves, piling up difficulties and duties; and those who demand nothing special of themselves, but for whom to live is to be every moment what they already are, without imposing on themselves any effort towards perfection.”