In our culture we have such respect for musical instruments; they are like part of God.
- Pandit Ravi Shankar
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
- George Bernard Shaw
A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each other across the altar. I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.
- Alan Wilson Watts
Those who are ignorant of the supreme purpose of life will never be able to attain nirvana (liberation) in spite of their observance of the vratas (vows) and niyamas (rules) of religious conduct and practice of shila (celibacy) and tapas (penance).
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
- Mark Twain
To understand oneself profoundly, one needs balance. Neither renunciation nor acquiescence.
- J. Krishnamurti
There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beauty is the illumination of your soul.
- John O'donohue
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
- James Russell Lowell