Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction and the imitation of life?
A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on.
You can never reach the promised land. You can march towards it.
Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that.
Some people, however long their experience or strong their intellect, are temperamentally incapable of reaching firm decisions.
If I were to tell you that your life is already perfect, whole, and complete just as it is, you would think I was crazy. Nobody believes his or her life is perfect. And yet there is something within each of us that basically knows we are boundless, limitless.
You go to a poem to get the mystery – and sometimes you go to get more confused.
A leader must have the courage to act against an expert’s advice.
My dog doesn’t worry about the meaning of life. She may worry if she doesn’t get her breakfast, but she doesn’t sit around worrying about whether she will get fulfilled or liberated or enlightened. As long as she gets some food and a little affection, her life is fine.
I’ve never been one to say that Britain was joining a happy band of brothers.