Part II
14 August, 2000

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Sometimes other's thoughts can help clarify our own. Enjoy these inspirational quotations.

After all, it is no more surprising to be born twice than it is to be born once.
- Voltaire

The idea of reincarnation poses no threat to the sincere seeker, for a true seeker realizes that God-awareness is a vast journey encompassing many lives. The idea of reincarnation is a threat to organized religion which seeks to control the lives of people by holding out the fear of eternal hell if one does not perform certain actions or hold certain beliefs.
- S. G. McKeever

Our faith must be alive. It cannot be just a set of rigid beliefs and notions. Our faith must evolve every day and bring us joy, peace, freedom and love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

When our beliefs are based on our own direct experience of reality and not on notions offered by others, no one can remove these beliefs from us.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Angels come in many shapes and sizes, and most of them are not invisible.
- Martha Beck

The wealth of the soul is measured by how much it can feel; it's poverty by how little.
- W.R. Alger

Be humble and you will grow.
- Jon Peniel

Perfection is the child of time.
- Joseph Hall
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
- Benjamin Franklin
Knowing others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment; mastering others requires force; mastering the self needs strength.
- Tao te Ching
The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.
- Socrates
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Aristotle
Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.
- Eric Hoffer
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill….Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
- Benjamin Franklin
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
- Rudyard Kipling
It is better to wear out than to rust out.
- Bishop Richard Cumberland
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
-Napolean Bonaparte
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
- Henri Matisse
Before enlightenment-chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment-chop wood, carry water.
- Zen Buddhist Saying
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying, or meditating, or endeavoring something for the public good.
- Sanskrit Proverb