On the Self:

"There is no true self. Truth and self are mutually exclusive." - Jed McKenna

“Accept who you are; and revel in it.” - Mitch Albom

"Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event." - Carl Jung

“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” – Alan Watts

"The thinking mind, the ego, the "me" are all the same.  They are different names for the same thing, which is an illusion." - Ramesh Balsekar

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” - Lewis Carroll

"A person starts to live, when he can live outside himself" - Albert Einstein

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is You-er than You.” , "I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be! If I say so my self, Happy Birthday to me!”, “I’m afraid sometimes you’ll play lonely games too, games you can’t win because you’ll play against you.” - Dr. Seuss

"For however dutifully we record what we see around us, the common denominator of all we see is always, transparently, shamelessly, the implacable "I"." - Joan Didion

“I'm afraid I can't explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see?” - Lewis Carroll

"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” - Socrates

“If you really understand Zen… you can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because… the sound of the rain needs no translation.” – Alan Watts

“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”, “The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.” - Ram Dass

On Ego:

"The greatest con, that he ever pulled -- was making you believe -- that he is you." - Revolver, 2005 Film

"The internal dialogue is what grounds people in the daily world. The world is such and such or so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about its being such and such and so and so. The passageway into the world of shamans opens up after the warrior has learned to shut off his internal dialogue” - Carlos Castaneda

On Truth:

"There are no facts, only interpretations" - Friedrich Nietzsche 

"There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path" - the Matrix (Morpheus)

"The truth shall make you free" - John 8:32, Bible

"Chase after the truth like hell and you'll free yourself, even thought you never touch its coat-tails" - Clarence Darrow

"What is hardest of all? That which seems most simple: To see with your eyes what is before your eyes" - J.W. Goethe

"A searcher for truth can never be an acceptor.  You have to be a challenger." - Richard Rose

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.” - Anaïs Nin 

“The Truth Shall Set You Free” - John 8:32

On Enlightenment: 

"The fool... Know nothing, be everything. Be nothing, know everything. Self Realization." - Mystress Angelique

“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” - Mitch Albom

"The greatest obstacle to enlightenment is getting past your delusion that you are not already enlightened." - Ramana Maharshi

"Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakes." - Carl Jung

“Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.” - Lewis Carroll

“Life in itself is sufficient, self-explanatory and complete.” - Carlos Castaneda

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It's seeing through the facade of pretence. It's the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” - Adyashanti 

On Love:

"the sincerity of the heart will forever last" - Sri Chinmoy

“Life is a series of pulls back and forth... A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match...Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins” - Mitch Albom

“People are weird. When we find someone with weirdness that is compatible with ours, we team up and call it love.” - Dr. Seuss

"The end of all wisdom is love, love, love." - Ramana Maharshi

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." - Rumi

"All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. ... Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.” - Carlos Castaneda

"Love is what we are; we don't get it from somebody, we can't give it to anybody, we can't fall in it or fall out of it. Love is our true Being." - Krishna Das

On Power:

“- Atreyu: What is the Nothing?
 - G'mork: It's the emptiness that's left. It's like a despair, destroying this world. And I have been trying to help it.
 - Atreyu: But why?
 - G'mork: Because people who have no hopes are easy to control; and whoever has the control... has the power!"  - The Neverending Story 1984 Film 

"When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.”  - Michael Ende

On Shadow:

“- Engywook: Next is the Magic Mirror Gate. Atreyu has to face his true self.
- Falkor: So what? That won't be too hard for him.
- Engywook: Oh, that's what everyone thinks! But kind people find out that they are cruel.  Brave men discover that they are really cowards. Confronted by their true selves, most men run away screaming!” - The Neverending Story 1984 Film 

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. " - Maya Angelou

"You'll always find a good opponent in the very last place you would ever look" - Revolver 2005 Film

On Fear

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anais Nin 

"Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.” - Dr. Seuss

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” - Anais Nin

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” - Frank Herbert

"Fear not" - Jesus (in the Bible 365 times)

“What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.” - Alice Walker 


“Perception is projection.” - Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.” - Carlos Castaneda 

"A warrior considers himself already dead, so there is nothing to loose. The worst has already happened to him, therefore he's clear and calm; judging him by his acts or by his words, one would never suspect that he has witnessed everything" - Carlos Castaneda 

“What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.” - Ram Dass

"When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it." - Rumi

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.” - Eckhart Tolle

“God is the color of water." - James McBride