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Top 30 Amazing Quotes From Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

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In his book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson provides many ways of making your life less stressful and more peaceful. I believe he mainly wrote this book to make us focus on the most important things in life: our happiness and inner peace.

In the book, Richard advises us to overcome negative thoughts, trust our intuition, love other people, and be of service to others. I loved the book dearly, and I learned a lot from it. I also gathered the following nuggets of wisdom from the book.

  1. “Make peace with imperfection.”

 

  1. “Whenever we are attached to having something a certain way, better than it already is, we are almost by definition, engaged in a losing battle.”

 

 

  1. “A wonderful, heartfelt strategy for becoming more peaceful and loving is to practice allowing others the joy of being right – give them the glory. Stop correcting.”

 

  1. “Irrespective of what happened yesterday or last year, and what may or may not happen tomorrow, the present moment is where you are – always!”

 

 

  1. “When you are fearful or frantic, you literally immobilize yourself from your greatest potential, not to mention enjoyment.”

 

  1. “A powerful technique for becoming more peaceful is to be aware of how quickly your negative and insecure thinking can spiral out of control.”

 

 

  1. “When our attention is in the present moment, we push fear from our minds.”

 

  1. “Argue for your limitations, and they’re yours.”

 

 

  1. “When you take time, often, to reflect on the miracle of life – the miracle that you are even able to read this book – the gift of sight, of love, and all the rest, it can help remind you that many of the things that you think as “big stuff” are really just “small stuff” that you are turning into big stuff.”

 

  1. “Just for fun, agree with criticism directed toward you (Then watch it go away).”

 

 

  1. “Regardless of who you are or what you do, remember that nothing is more important than your own sense of happiness and inner peace and that of your loved ones.”

 

  1. “To a large degree, the measure of our peace of mind is determined by how much we are able to live in the present moment.”

 

 

  1. “The more patient you are, the more accepting you will be of what is, rather than insisting that life be exactly as you would like it to be.”

 

  1. “One of the most important questions you can ever ask yourself is “Do I want to be ‘right’ – or do I want to be happy.”

 

 

  1. “One of the nice things about surrendering to the fact that life isn’t fair is that it keeps us from feeling sorry for ourselves by encouraging us to do the very best we can with what we have.”

 

  1. “Spend a moment every day thinking of someone to thank.”

 

 

  1. “I can’t think of a single person whom I consider to be inwardly peaceful who doesn’t carve out at least a little quiet time, virtually every day.”

 

  1. “Luckily, there is a way to be happy. It involves changing the emphasis of our thinking from what we want to what we have.”

 

 

  1. “Humility and inner peace go hand in hand. The less compelled you are to try to prove yourself to others, the easier it is to feel peaceful inside.”

 

  1. “Search for the grain of truth in other opinions.”

 

 

  1. “When you look at life and its many challenges as a test, or series of tests, you begin to see each issue you face as an opportunity to grow, a chance to roll with the punches.”

 

  1. “Be grateful when you’re feeling good and graceful when you’re feeling bad.”

 

  1. “When you do too many things at once, it’s impossible to be present-moment oriented. Thus, you not only lose out on much of the potential enjoyment of what you are doing, but you also become far less focused and effective.”

 

 

  1. “Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.”

 

  1. “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice patience, and to learn.”

 

 

  1. “Live this day as if it were your last. It might be!”

 

  1. “When we have preconceived ideas about the way life should be, they interfere with our opportunity to enjoy or learn from the present moment.”

 

 

  1. “Think of your problems as potential teachers.”

 

  1. “In the Buddhist tradition, difficulties are considered to be so important to a life of growth and peace that a Tibetan prayer actually asks for them. It says, “Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled.”

 

 

  1. “Our disappointment comes about in essentially two ways. When we’re experiencing pleasure we want it to last forever. It never does. Or when we’re experiencing pain, we want it to go away now. It usually doesn’t. Unhappiness is the result of struggling against the natural flow of experience.”

 

Which of the above quotes from Richard Carlson’s book impacted you the most?

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Top 25 Enlightening Quotes by Manly P. Hall: The Possessor of Secret Spiritual Knowledge

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Top 25 Enlightening Quotes by Manly P. Hall: The Possessor of Secret Spiritual Knowledge

Manly P. Hall, mainly known for his book, ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages’ was a mystic, astrologer, and author. He loved studying ancient secret societies and religions since he was eager to pinpoint ancient hidden knowledge. Manly P’s works are enlightening, and they have encouraged me to work towards uniting with my divine-self.

Here are the top 25 Manly P. Hall quotes I gathered from his books.

  1. ‘Philosophy reveals to man his kinship with the All/God. It shows him that he is a brother to the suns which dot the firmament; it lifts him from a taxpayer on a whirling atom to a citizen of the Cosmos. It teaches him that while physically bound to earth, there is nevertheless within him a spiritual power, a diviner Self, through which he is one with the symphony of the whole.’
  2. ‘The word ‘union’ which we find so much in Near Eastern religious philosophy, derives from the original Sanskrit for, Yoga, which simply means – to remove the interval between man and Deity. This is removed by man redeeming the lesser nature of his own being and restoring its luminosity.’
  3. ‘It is inconceivable and impossible that any nation should have endured as Egypt did for thousands of years without tremendous spiritual potential.’
  4. ‘Humans are caught in a predicament wherein the limitations imposed by physical existence are combined with a triple ignorance; ignorance of our origins, of our true nature, and of our ultimate destiny.’
  5. ‘All definitions define natures according to their limitations. Axiomatically, definition is limitation.’
  6. ‘All truth-seeking is motivated by the impulse that if the truth is found and applied naturally to all works of man, the result will be universal peace, happiness, and security.’
  7. ‘Always seeking inward, always working to penetrate the veils between the obvious and the real, always seeing in nature a fragment of the Eternal and recognizing that every form that exists in the world is in some way a symbol of something deeper, leads to enlightenment.’
  8. ‘Because man has this power within himself to interpret, to open gates, to solve the riddle of the sphinx and to come gradually into the possession of all knowledge, he is represented as the magician, the sage, the saint and the scholar.’
  9. ‘Man is not the insignificant creature that he appears to be; his physical body is not the true measure of his real self. The invisible nature of man is as vast as his comprehension and as measureless as his thoughts. The fingers of his mind reach out and grasp the stars; his spirit mingles with the throbbing life of the Cosmos itself.’
  10. ‘If the Infinite had not desired man to become wise, He would not have bestowed upon him the faculty of knowing. If he had not intended man to become virtuous, He would not have sown within the human heart the seeds of virtue. If he had predestined man to be limited to his narrow physical life, He would not have equipped him with perceptions and sensibilities of grasping, in part at least, the immensity of the outer universe.’
  11. ‘Ignorant of the cause of life, ignorant of the purpose of life, ignorant of what lies beyond the mystery of death, yet possessing within himself the answer to it all, modern man is willing to sacrifice the beautiful, the true, and the good within and without, upon the blood-stained altar of ambition.’
  12. ‘Through ignorance, man falls; through wisdom, man redeems himself.’
  13. ‘Life is the great mystery, and only those who pass successfully through its tests and trials, interpreting them aright and extracting the essence of experience therefrom, achieve true understanding.’
  14. ‘Both God and man have a twofold constitution, of which the superior part is invisible and the inferior visible.’
  15. ‘The ancients did not believe that spirituality made men either righteous or rational, but rather that righteousness and rationality made men spiritual.’
  16. ‘This is at once the primary purpose and the consummate achievement of the ancient mysteries; that man shall become aware of and consciously be reunited with the divine source of himself without tasting of physical dissolution.’
  17. ‘The Pythagoreans believed that everything which existed had a voice and that all creatures were eternally singing the praise of the Creator. Man fails to hear these divine melodies because his soul is enmeshed in the illusion of material existence. When he liberates himself from the bondage of the lower world with its sense limitations, the music of the spheres will again be audible.’
  18. ‘Man is thus surrounded by a supersensible universe of which he knows nothing because the centers of sense perception within himself have not been developed sufficiently to respond to the subtler rates of vibration of which that universe is composed.’
  19. ‘The sages of old studied living things to a point of realization that God is most perfectly understood through a knowledge of His supreme handiwork – animate and inanimate nature.’
  20. ‘The story of Jonah is really a legend of initiation into the mysteries and the ‘great fish’ represents the darkness of ignorance which engulfs man when he is thrown over the side of the ship (is born) into the sea (life).’
  21. ‘We, therefore, affirm that man must first gain knowledge, virtue, and understanding; then all other things may be added unto him.’
  22. ‘Today man, a sublime creature with an infinite capacity for self-improvement, in an effort to be true to false standards, turns from his birthright of understanding-without realizing the consequence-and plunges into the maelstrom of material illusion.’
  23. ‘Men must learn that happiness crowns the soul’s quest for understanding. Only through the realization of infinite goodness and infinite accomplishment can the peace of the inner Self be assured.’
  24.  ‘Right action, right feeling, and right-thinking are prerequisites of right-knowing, and the attainment of philosophic power is possible only to such that have harmonized their thinking with their living.’
  25.  ‘The religious world of today is almost totally ignorant of the fact that science and biology is the fountainhead of its doctrines and tenets.’

Which of the above Manly P. Hall did you like the most?

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Top 15 Motivating Jay Z Quotes – (Net worth – $1 billion)

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Top 15 Motivating Jay Z Quotes - (Net worth - $1 billion)

Jay Z is a wealthy American rapper and entrepreneur. He is among the best rappers in the world as he has sold over 110 million records. Besides being a good rapper, Jay Z is a successful businessman who owns multi-million dollar companies. For this reason, he’s been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and many other influential TV personalities.

Here are some of his motivating quotes I noted down while watching the interviews.

  1.  ‘You have to be strong enough and resilient to believe in whatever you are trying to do.’
  2. ‘Have such a strong belief in yourself that you can quiet out all the outside noise because that’s what you gonna need every step of the way.’
  3. ‘Belief in oneself and knowing who you are; that’s the foundation of everything great.’
  4. ‘The genius thing that we did was we didn’t give up.’
  5. ‘For me, it’s just having discipline and having the confidence in who I am.’
  6. ‘Get involved in things that you love.’
  7. ‘Everything in life is for your greatest good, no matter how difficult it seems at the time.’
  8. ‘I’d rather die enormous than live dormant, that’s how we on it.’
  9. ‘If you set your intention and you believe with your whole soul. It’s (success) gonna happen for you, I promise you.’
  10. ‘I love what I do, and if you love what you do, you’ll wanna be the best at it.’
  11. ‘I have learned more from failures than success.’
  12. ‘Only two things will get you through this; that’s patience and persistence.’
  13. ‘I believe you can speak things into existence.’
  14. ‘I am not afraid of dying. I am afraid of not trying.’
  15. ‘The truth about talent is it’s God-given.’
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