Best Quotes of All Time—On Growth
A finished person is a boring person.
Your mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe. When you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear.
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, and constellations.
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.
Oh, the glory of growth, silent, mighty, persistent, inevitable! To awaken, to open up like a flower to the light of a fuller consciousness!
The heights by great men reached kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I am a leaf on the wind… watch how I soar.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.
At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.
—Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Chapter 6)
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
I beg you… to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
It is not the diagnosis of your illness that is most important. It is your perception of the diagnosis that makes the difference. If you perceive the diagnosis to be the end, that is what it will be. If you perceive the diagnosis to be an opportunity to live your life in a new way, then it will be so.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
Dedicated to awakening souls throughout the world,