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Wisdom of the Sages

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"No belief is neutral. Every one has the power to dictate each decision you make. For a decision is a conclusion based on everything that you believe."
- A Course in Miracles
"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day."
- Abraham Lincoln
"Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue."
- Adam Clarke
"The Third Petition of the Lord's Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone's will be done but their own."
- Aldous Huxley
"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."
- Alfred Tennyson
"There is a place where thou canst touch the eyesOf blinded men to instant, perfect sight; There is a place where thou canst say, "Arise" To dying captives, bound in chains of night; There is a place where thou canst reach the store Of hoarded gold and free it for the Lord; There is a place--upon some distant shore-- Where thou canst send the worker and the Word. Where is that secret place--dost thou ask, "Where?" O soul, it is the secret place of prayer!"
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for - sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quite and calm.... One of the greatest sounds of them all - and to me it is a sound - is utter, complete silence."
- Andre Kostelanetz
"Before eating, always take a little time to thank the food."
- Arapaho
"Hope is a waking dream."
- Aristotle
"Silence is the mother of truth."
- Benjamin Disraeli
"Our lives are like a candle in the wind."
- Carl Sandburg
"O' GREAT SPIRIThelp me alwaysto speak the truth quietly,to listen with an open mindwhen others speak,and to remember the peacethat may be found in silence. "
- Cherokee Prayer
"Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect. "
- Chief Seattle
"Silence is the true friend that never betrays. "
- Confucius
"Prayer and invocation of God should always be joined with praises and thanksgivings."
- David Dickson
"The heart is the instrument of praise, the mouth only its organ."
- E. W. Hengstenberg
"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."
- e.e. cummings
"Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God."
- Edwin Keith
"Pay attention to your dreams - God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep."
- Eileen Elias Freeman
"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose."
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"Sunbeams out of the cloudsFaith out of all my doubt."
- Emme Woodhull-Bche
"Even if you did nothing in your meditation but bring your heart back, and place it again in our Lord's presence, though it went away again every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed."
- Francis deSales
"Everybody prays whether [you think] of it as praying or not. The odd silence you fall into when something very beautiful is happening or something very good or very bad. The ah-h-h-h! that sometimes floats up out of you as out of a Fourth of July crowd when the sky-rocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at somebody else s pain. The stammer of joy at somebody else's joy. Whatever words or sounds you use for sighing with over your own life. These are all prayers in their way."
- Frederick Buechner:
"If I have enjoyed the hospitality of the Host of this universe, Who daily spreads a table in my sight, surely I cannot do less than acknowledge my dependence."
- G.A. Johnston Ross
"My greatest weapon is mute prayer."
- Gandhi
"A complete fast is a complete and literal denial of self. It is the truest prayer."
- Gandhi
"Pray with the most: for where most pray, is heaven."
- George Herbert
"Thou hast given so much to me,Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;Not thankful when it pleaseth me,As if Thy blessings had spare days,But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise."
- George Herbert
"Meditation is the best beginning of prayer, and prayer is the best conclusion of meditation."
- George Swinnock
"Silence is a fence around wisdom."
- German Proverb
"Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not in the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; it is the cry of faith to the ear of mercy."
- Hannah Moore
"Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you the freedom to go and stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land."
- Henri Nouwen
"The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!"
- Henry Ward Beecher
"I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle.  There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent. "
- Henry Ward Beecher
"The King of love my Shepherd is,Whose goodness faileth never;I nothing lack if I am HisAnd He is mine forever."
- Henry William Baker
"Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it."
- Hermann Hesse
"May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sunAnd find your shoulder to light on,To bring you luck, happiness and richesToday, tomorrow and beyond."
- Irish Blessing
"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It's a way to live.  "
- Jackie Windspear
"Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,Uttered or unexpressed;The motion of a hidden fireThat trembles in the breast."
- James Montgomery
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
- Jesus
Source: Bible
"What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
- Johann von Goethe
"When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart."
- John Bunyan
"We faintly hear, we dimly see,In differing phrase we pray;But dim or clear, we own in HimThe life, the truth, the way."
- John Greenleaf Whittier
"To one who has been long in city pent,'Tis very sweet to look into the fairAnd open face of heaven, - to breathe a prayerFull in the smile of the blue firmament."
- John Keats
"And though I ebb in worth, I'll flow in  thanks."
- John Taylor
"Thanks doing is the proof of thanksgiving; and the good life of the thankful is the life of thankfulness. "
- John Trapp
"I believe in prayer.  It's the best way we have to draw strength from heaven.  "
- Josephine Baker
"The power of Thought, the magic of the Mind!"
- Lord Byron
"God, why do I storm heaven for answers that are already in my heart?  Every grace I need has already been given me.  Oh, lead me to the Beyond within."
- Macrina Wieherkehr
"In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.  Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"What we do in life echoes in eternity"
- Marcus Aurelius
"I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness."
- Marianne Williamson
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. "
- Matthew 16:41
"It will be a great comfort to us if trouble, when it comes, finds the wheels of prayer a-going, for then may we come with the more boldness to the throne of grace. "
- Matthew Henry
"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. "
- Meister Eckhart
"Nothing is more useful than silence."
- Menander of Athens
"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."
- Michelangelo
"If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself."
- Minquass Saying
"God speaks in the silence of the heart.  Listening is the beginning of prayer."
- Mother Teresa
"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls."
- Mother Teresa
"There come times when I have nothing more to tell God.  If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said.  At such times it is wonderful to say to God, "May I be in Thy presence, Lord?  I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence."
- O. Hallesby
"For what I give, not what I take,
For battle, not for victory,
My prayer of thanks I make."

- Odell Shepard
"We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.  "
- Oswald Chambers
"Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth. "
- Philip James Bailey
"But verily God hath heard me; He hath attended to the voice of my prayer."
- Psalms
Source: Bible
"This is my prayer to thee, my lord - strike, strike at the root of penury in my heart. Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might.Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love."
- Rabindranath Tagore
Source: GITANJALI, XXX VI 4
"For each new morning with its light,For rest and shelter of the night,For health and food, for love and friends,For everything Thy goodness sends."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"For flowers that bloom about our feet;For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;For song of bird, and hum of bee;For all things fair we hear or see,Father in heaven, we thank Thee!"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Thought is the seed of action."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Desire joy and thank God for it. Renounce it, if need be, for other's sake. That's joy beyond joy."
- Robert Browning
"Lord, 'tis Thy plenty-dropping handThat soils my land,And giv'st me for my bushel sowneTwice ten for one.All this, and better, Thou dost sendMe, to this end,That I should render, for my part,A thankful heart."
- Robert Herrick
"How pleasant is it, that these benefits, which are of so great a value both on their own account, and that of the divine benignity from whence they come, should be delivered into our hands, marked, as it were, with this grateful inscription, that they have been obtained by prayer! "
- Robert Leighton
"As preservation is a continued creation, so is waiting a continued trusting; for, what trust believes by faith, it waits for by hope; and thus is trust a compound of both."
- Robert Mossom
"Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons. "
- Ruth Ann Schabacker
"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."
- Saint Augustine
"An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer."
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
"Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us."
- Socrates
"You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind"
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba
"when it's a glorious dayI prayandit's a glorious daywhen I pray"
- Star Richs
"Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.  "
- Sren Kierkegaard
"God will not only hear our cry, but also hear us before we cry, and will help us."
- T. Playfere
"The very soul of prayer lies in the pouring out of the soul before God."
- Thomas Brooks
"The best of menThat e'er wore earth about Him was a Sufferer,A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit;The first true gentleman that ever breathed."
- Thomas Dekker
"When prayer leads the van, in due time deliverance brings up the rear."
- Thomas Watson
"The lower the heart descends, the higher the prayer ascends."
- Thomas Watson
"Desires are the soul and life of prayer; words are but the body; now as the body without the soul is dead, so are prayers unless they are animated with our desires."
- Thomas Watson
"Let thy living Spirit flowthrough thy members all belowwith its warmth and power divine;Scattered far apart they dwellyet in ev'ry land, full well,Lord, thou knowest who is thine."
- unknown
"Certain thoughts are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees."
- Victor Hugo
"To give thanks in solitude is enough.  Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go.  Your prayer knows much more about it than you do."
- Victor Hugo
"A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. "
- Victor Hugo
"Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble:  prayer is a life attitude. "
- Walter A. Mueller
"The Arctic expresses the sum of all wisdom:  Silence.  "
- Walter Bauer
"For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. "
- William Blake
"Prayer is the best remedy in a calamity."
- William Gouge
"There are times, if we have the wisdom to discern them, when prayer will be seasonable, acceptable, effectual."
- William Greenhill
"The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him."
- William McGill
"The right kind of prayer is the most potent instrumentality known on earth."
- William S. Plumer
"Sioux Prayer

O Great Spirit,whose voice I hear in the winds,
and whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me.

I come before you,one of your many children.
I am small and weak.I need your strength
and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever
behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made,
my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise,so that I may know the things
you have taught my people,the lesson you
have hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength,not to be superior to my brothers,
but to be able to fight my greatest enemy--
myself.

Make me ever ready to come to you with clean
hands and straight eyes,so when life
fades as a fading sunset,my spirit may
come to you without shame.
"

- Yellow Lark
"We who know the art of prayer can change the vibration and magnetic psyche of the Earth. We can transform the wave of destruction into an ocean of peace through our prayer and through our meditation. "
- Yogi Bhajan

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