When moving today, I found this old fortune that I had saved: “The one [who] recognize[s] illusion, does not act as if it is real.” I find this bit of wisdom very profound.
“I tell them all the time — my path was the path of failure. Everything I tried failed. It doesn’t mean that the trying didn’t play an important role. The trying did play a role. The effort did play a role. The struggle did play a role. But it played a role because it got me to an end of that role. I danced that dance until it was extinguished. But I failed. I failed at meditating well; I failed at figuring out the truth. Everything I ever used to succeed spiritually failed. But at the moment of failure, that’s when everything opens up…”
“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”
Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness