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Swami Rama

"Life does not need to be changed. Only your intent and actions do."


"So long as one does not become simple like a child, one does not get divine illumination. Forget all the worldly knowledge that thou hast acquired and become as a child, and then will thou get the divine wisdom."

"When you no longer make any distinction between the water of this pool and the water of the Ganges, then you will know that you have Perfect Knowledge."

Ayn Rand

"To demand 'sense' is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense."

"All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it- walk."

Otto Rank

"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality."

Man Ray

"It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them."

Marie Beynon Ray

"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand -- and melting like a snowflake."

Daniel L. Reardon

"In the long run, the pessimist may be proved to be right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip."

Alistair Reid

"'Did you have a happy childhood?' is a false question. As a child I did not know what happiness was, and whether I was happy or not. I was too busy being."

Jules Renard

"Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties."

"As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to live it more and more."

Ruth E. Renkl

"You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted."

Pierre Reverdy

"I need so much time for doing nothing that I have no time for work."

Kenneth Rexroth

"The meaning of life can be revealed but never explained."

M. C. Richards

"A knowledge of the path cannot be substituted for putting one foot in front of the other."

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

"I believe that if you think about disaster you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience."

Rainer Maria Rilke

"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 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 ever noticing it, live your way into the answer."

"A billion stars go spinning through the night, blazing high above your head. But in you is the presence that will be, when the stars are dead."

"I learn every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything."

"Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always."

"True singing is a different breath, about nothing."

"Unexpectedly you find it, welling upwards in the empty tree."

"And do not change. Do not divert your love from visible things. But go on loving what is good, simple and ordinary; animals and things and flowers, and keep the balance true."

"There is only one journey. Going inside yourself."

"All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you."

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

"It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free."

Dudjam Rinpoche

"You see, we are all dying. It's only a matter of time. Some of us just die sooner than others."

Gendun Rinpoche

"Only our own searching for happiness prevents us from seeing it. It is like a vivid rainbow which you pursue without ever catching it, or a dog chasing its own tail. Although peace and happiness do not exist as an actual thing or place, they are always available, and accompany you every instant."

Kalu Rinpoche

"You live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality but you do not know this. When you understand this, you will see that you are nothing, and being nothing you are everything. That is all."

Sogyal Rinpoche

"Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues."

"Learning to live is learning to let go."

Donna Roberts

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

F.W. Robertson

"Truth is given, not to be contemplated, but to be done. Life is an action, not a thought."

John D. Rockefeller

"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."

Auguste Rodin

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."

"The only thing is to see."

Theodore Roethke

"I learn by going where I have to go."

"In a dark time, the eye begins to see."

"Being, not doing, is my first joy."

Will Rogers

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

Jim Rohn

"The more you know the less you need to say."

Romain Rolland

"A hero is a man who does what he can."

Andy Rooney

"Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done."

Mickey Rooney

"You always pass failure on the way to success."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die."

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

Theodore Roosevelt

"I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do. That is character!"

"Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster."

Richard Rorty

"Truth is a property of sentences, since sentences are dependent for their existence upon vocabularies, and since vocabularies are made by human beings, so are truths."

Katagiri Roshi

"The moment between before and after is called Truth."

Maezumi Roshi

"No one can live your life except you. No one can live my life except me. You are responsible. I am responsible. But what is our life? What is our death?"

"We must see our life clearly. The existance of this very moment- what is it?"

Joseph Ross

"It takes time to succeed because success is merely the natural reward of taking time to do anything well."

Christina Rossetti

"Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad."

Francois de la Rouchefoucauld

"When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere."

La Rouchefoucauld

"When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere."

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"At sixteen, the adolescent knows about suffering because he himself has suffered, but he barely knows that other beings also suffer."

"Cities are the abyss of the human species."

A. Maude Royden

"Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal."

Arthur Rubinstein

"Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back."

Jalauddin Rumi

"Sh...No more words-- Hear only the voice within. Remember, the first thing He said was: We are beyond words."

"When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are, you will keep saying again and again, 'This is certainly not like we thought it was.'"

"By definition, human beings do not see or hear. I broke loose from definition."

"The mystery does not get clearer by repeating the questions. Nor is it bought with going to amazing places. Until you've kept your eyes and your wanting still for fifty years you don't begin to cross over from confusion."

"Who comes to a spring thirsty and sees the moon reflected in it?"

"Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?"

"Do you think I know what I'm doing? That for one breath or half-breath I belong to myself? As much as a pen knows what it's writing, or the ball can guess where it's going next."

"Judge a moth by the beauty of its candle."

"God picks up the reed-flute and blows. Each note is a need coming through one of us, a passion, a longing-pain. Remember the lips where the wind-breath originated, and let your note be clear. Don't try to end it. Be your note."

"You are every image, and yet I'm homesick for you."

"I want to sing like birds sing not worrying who hears or what they think."

"Listen. Make a way for yourself inside yourself. Stop looking in the other way of looking."

"If you could get rid of yourself just once, the secret of secrets would open to you."

"I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know the reasons, knocking on the door. It opens. I've been knocking from the inside!"

"Listen with your ear. Speak without forming words. Language turns against itself and is likely to cause injury."

"Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself."

"Journeys bring power and love back into you. If you can't go somewhere, move in the passageways of the self. They are like shafts of light, always changing, and you change when you explore them."

"Grapes want to turn to wine."

"Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there."

"The satiated man and the hungry man do not see the same thing when they look upon a loaf of bread."

"Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it. Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing, where something might be planted, a seed, possibly, from the Absolute."

"I honor those who try to rid themselves of any lying, who empty the self and have only clear being there."

Margaret Lee Runback

"Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling."

John Ruskin

"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way ... To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion-- all in one."

"He who can take no interest in what is small will take false interest in what is great."

"There is no wealth but life."

"Whether for life or death, do your own work well."

Bertrand Russell

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."

Lillian Russell

"Let the clean air blow the cobwebs from your body. Air is medicine."

Samuel Rutherford

"After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies."


"In this living world the body I give up and burn would be wretched if I thought of myself as anything but firewood." below to choose your path...

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