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Wisdom of the Sages

Quotations from the world's Great Sages.
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"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
- Albert Einstein
"When I study philosophical works I feel I am swallowing something which I don't have in my mouth. "
- Albert Einstein
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
- Albert Einstein
"Two things inspire me to awe -- the starry heavens above and the moral universe within."
- Albert Einstein
"Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work. "
- Aldous Huxley
"This word, "My God," takes in more than all the philosophers in the world could draw out of it."
- Alexander Wedderburn
"If it is a good teacher that provides the student with the knowledge necessary to live life to the fullest potential, it is a great teacher that will inspire the child to do so.  "
- Amy A. Bjork
Source: self
"All men by nature desire to know. "
- Aristotle
"Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy. "
- Aristotle
"It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. "
- Aristotle
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. "
- Aristotle
"There is something marvelous in all natural things."
- Aristotle
"Sages speak of the immutable Tree of Life, with its tape root above and its branches below."
- Bhagavad Gita
"Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free."
- Bhagavad Gita
"The sage awakes to light in the night of all creatures. That which the world calls day is the night of ignorance to the wise."
- Bhagavad Gita
"A person whose all works are free from selfish desires and motives, and whose all Karma is burned up in the fire of Self-knowledge, is called a sage by the wise."
- Bhagavad Gita
"With senses, mind, and intellect under control; having liberation as the prime goal; free from lust, anger, and fear; such a sage is verily liberated."
- Bhagavad Gita
"I have dined with kings, I've been offered wings. And I've never been too impressed."
- Bob Dylan
"Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
- Carl G. Jung
"Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble."
- Carl Jung
"I am only one but I am still one. I cannot do everything but I can do something."
- Edwin Hale
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
- Einstein
"Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be,and wherever he may be, the man who thinks, becomes a light and a power."
- Henry George
"Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life."
- Hermann Hesse
"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
- Isaac Newton
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. "
- Isaac Newton
"The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest."
- Lao Tzu
"The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete."
- Lao Tzu
"He who knows others is learned;He who knows himself is wise."
- Lao-tzu
"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it."
- Margaret Fuller
"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes."
- Panchatantra
"A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways - by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul. "
- Plato
"Man - a being in search of meaning."
- Plato
"Philosophy begins in wonder."
- Plato
"What lies behind us and before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
- R W Emerson
"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."
- Ralph W. Sockman
"A sage is the instructor of a hundred ages."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"To be great is to be misunderstood."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro!"
- Raoul Duke
"Does it not appear to thee to be a work of providence, that considering the weakness of the eye, he has protected it with eyelids, as with doors, which whenever there is occasion to use it are opened, and are again closed in sleep? And that it may not receive injury from the winds, he has planted on it eyelashes like a strainer; and over the eyes has disposed the eyebrows like a penthouse, so that the sweat from the head may do no mischief."
- Socrates
"Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard
      Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. "

- Solomon
Source: Bible
"The rishis of old attained the Knowledge of Brahman. One cannot have this so long as there is the slightest trace of worldliness. How hard the rishis laboured ! Early in the morning they would go away from the hermitage, and would spend the whole day in solitude, meditating on Brahman. At night they would return to the hermitage and eat a little fruit or roots. They kept their mind aloof from the objects of sight, hearing, touch, and other things of a worldly nature. Only thus did they realize Brahman as their own inner conciousness."
- Sri Ramakrishna
"There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality."
- Sri Ramana Maharshi
"Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever or whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing."
- Thomas H. Huxley
"Live free, child of the mist,-- and with respect to knowledge we are allchildren of the mist."
- Thoreau
"At one point consciousness-altering devices like the microscope and telescope were criminalized for exactly the same reasons that psychedelic plants were banned in later years. They allow us to peer into bits and zones of Chaos. "
- Timothy Leary
"When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics. "
- Voltaire
"Be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."
- William Shakespeare

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