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Thought for the week




One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
 
Stendhal (French writer 1723 - 1842)











some previous:


from Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) :

Everything terrifying is,  
in its deepest being, something helpless that wants our help.


From early February Candlemas time: 

Nature outside me gives new light, 
what is my light? where do I meet it in my life?



J.W von Goethe (Scientist, writer, philosopher 1749-1832):
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. 


Erich Stern (1889-1959, German-Austrian physician, psychologist, educator) said:
    Every period of life has its own point, its own purpose. 
    To find it and accept it is one of the most vital problems relating to life.


from Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925):       To truly know the world, 

                                                                    look deeply within your own being;
 
                                                                    to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.


The human being becomes more and more human by becoming the expression of the world. 

We find ourselves, not by seeking ourselves, but by uniting ourselves voluntarily with the world.



from Rumi (1207-1273) :      This body is a mirror of heaven:
                                                    Its energies make angels jealous.
                                                    Our purity astounds seraphim:
                                                    Devils shiver at our nerve. 


from Dante. Inferno (I. 1-3):  
                                                    Midway in human life's allotted span
                                                    I found myself in a dark wood,
                                                    where the straight path I sought in vain.
                                                    (as translated by Ronald Bottall) 

There are no paths, - paths are made by walking. 

Antonio Machado. 



from Harold S Kushner (1935 - ) :  I think of life as a good book, the further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.












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