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Be like the flower that gives its fragrance to even the hand that crushes it.

{Imam Ali ع}

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eyes.

{Antoine de Saint-Exupery}

There is enough light for one who wants to see.

{Imam Ali ع}

Humility is not thinking less of yourself; humility is thinking of yourself less.

{Rick Warren}

The female doesn’t want a rich man or a handsome man or even a poet, she wants a man who understands her eyes if she gets sad, and points to his chest and says: "Here is your home country."

{Nizar Qabbani}

Fatima was a flower from the flowers of heaven, whose fragrance perfumed my mind long after she had withered away.

{Imam Ali ع}

Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.

{Christopher Logue}

The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men.

{CS Lewis}

"I saw nothing but beauty."

{Zainab bint Ali ع in the court of Yazid, when he asked her how she viewed all the torment he had subjected her to}

My Lord, who can have tasted the sweetness of Your love, than wanted another in place of You?

{Imam Zain al Abideen ع}

I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.

{JRR Tolkien | Arwen, The Fellowship of the Ring}

People praise you for what they suppose is in you, but you must blame your soul for what you know is in you.

{Ibn Ataullah}

See the bad inside yourself, and see the good inside others.

{Imam Ali ع}

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey, we are spiritual beings on a human journey.

{Steven Covey}

We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.

{Carl Sagan}

I have never been the center of attention. You're the center of mine, and that's a very different feeling.

{Caroline McHugh}

All my life, my heart has sought a thing I cannot name.


Science is the slow revelation of God's blueprint.

{Bioshock Infinite}

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

{Ferdinand Foch}

Language… has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.

{Paul Tillich}

Que el cielo exista, aunque mi lugar sea el infierno.

  • May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell.

{Jorge Luis Borges}

Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.

{Serbian Proverb}

Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.

{Milan Kundera}

If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the loss.


One kind word can warm three winter months.

{Japanese proverb}

We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be.


At the end of the game, the pawn and the king go back in the same box.

{Italian proverb}

Never let the perfect be the enemy of the good.


In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more.


God hides things by putting them all around us.


To live is rare indeed; most people merely exist.

{Oscar Wilde}

So shines a good deed in a weary world...

{Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice}

Don't talk about it, be about it

{Bob Burns}

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

{Betty Smith}

The Sea will be the Sea, what ever the drop's philosophy.


I am interested in language because it wounds or seduces me.

{Roland Barthes}

"Everything must have a purpose?" asked God. "Certainly," said man. "Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this," said God. And He went away.

{Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle}

I need a language as vast as longing.


Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

{JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring}

I always thought that because I am so busy I will never reach God … but today I understood because I’m not reaching God, I am very busy.

{Ali Shariati}

Oh Allah! I did not worship You out of fear of hell, or out of greed for Paradise. I have worshiped You because I found You worthy of being worshiped.

{Imam Ali ع}

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living. Never forget that until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words-- `wait and hope.'

{Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo}

I am so tired of waiting, aren’t you, for the world to become good and beautiful and kind?

{Langston Hughes}

Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.

{African proverb}

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.


We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

{Kenji Miyazawa}

In my window, a little light will always keep burning. All may come in, the arms of a friend are waiting.

{Pope John XXIII}

You don’t measure love in time. You measure love in transformation. Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth, while the briefest of encounters change everything. The heart doesn’t wear a watch - it’s timeless. It doesn’t care how long you know someone. It doesn’t care if you had a 40 year anniversary if there is no juice in the connection. What the heart cares about is resonance. Resonance that opens it, resonance that enlivens it, resonance that calls it home. And when it finds it, the transformation begins.

{Jeff Brown}

I love you the way certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

{Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII}

It may be that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

{Wendell Berry}

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

{Vincent van Gogh}

I will not serve God as a laborer, in expectation of my wages.

{Rabia al-Adawiyyah}

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

{Ray Bradbury}

Your task is not to seek love, but to seek out the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.


All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes, a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king

{JRR Tolkien}

Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.

{Andrew Boyd}

Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group. Initially our loyalties were to ourselves and our immediate family, next, to bands of wandering hunter-gatherers, then to tribes, small settlements, city-states, nations. We have broadened the circle of those we love. We have now organized what are modestly described as super-powers, which include groups of people from divergent ethnic and cultural backgrounds working in some sense together — surely a humanizing and character building experience. If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth. Many of those who run the nations will find this idea unpleasant. They will fear the loss of power. We will hear much about treason and disloyalty. Rich nation-states will have to share their wealth with poor ones. But the choice, as H. G. Wells once said in a different context, is clearly the universe or nothing.

{Carl Sagan}

The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.

{Carl Sagan}

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