Just as the body goes into shock after a physical trauma, so does the human psyche go into shock after the impact of a major loss.
A girl does not treat a possible lover with unvarying simplicity and directness. In all its phases, love is complex; friendship is not.
There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
No one is free who does not lord over himself.
Concentration of the mind is in a way common to both Knowledge and Yoga. Yoga aims at union of the individual with the universal, the Reality. This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now, and it does exist.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
I’m against genocide. I’m against fascism. I’m willing to fight against them so that, in that sense, I think one can still be committed to justice and committed to peace but recognize the circumstances under which one does have to fight.
A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.
Walt Whitman is the only great modern poet who does not seem to experience discord when he faces his world. Not even solitude – his monologue is a universal chorus.