We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.
- Swami Vivekananda
When a person has lived properly and acted generously, he grasps the way things are. He is not dependent on attachments; he is free from anger and aversions; what he does becomes perfect action. The pureness of perfectly balanced action based on seeing the way things are--this is freedom and the ending of ignorance.
- Sutta Nipata
In separation from God you have become arrogant; pay heed before His scourge strikes you down. Do not exult because of your good fortune. Over and again God admonishes you with the examples of the transgressors before you. If you really want to enjoy the limitless bounty of Allah, surrender yourselves before His will and endure all afflictions with fortitude.
- Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Fayuz E Yazdani"
I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.
- John 6:35
We can never rely on inspiration. When we most want it, it does not come.
- George Gershwin