A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment

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What is Wisdom? Enlightenment? Mysticism? Beauty? Self-Knowledge? Truth? Perennial Philosophy? Love?

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
André Gide.

And resting in the ocean, dipped into the sea, I find glimmers of One Taste everywhere.
Ken Wilber.

Truth is a pathless land.
Jiddu Krishnamurti.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Albert Einstein.

Make a snake and put it up on a pole;
anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.

Numbers 21:8.

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
Anatole France.

Follow your Bliss.
Joseph Campbell.

Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
Hermann Hesse.

Artwork by Alex Grey.
Also author of "Oversoul", depicted above.

Be ye lamps unto yourselves.
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.

Artwork by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

"Goodbye," said the fox.
"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret:

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
What is essential is invisible to the eye."

"What is essential is invisible to the eye,"
the Little Prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. - The Little Prince.

Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water.
After enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water.

Zen proverb.

Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison.
Laughter is the antidote.

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff.

Enlightenment doesn't exist. To realize this, is Enlightenment.
Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Contraria sunt complementa.
Bohr family coat of arms.

While the opposite of a fact may be a lie, the opposite of a truth may be another truth.
Niels Bohr.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
Carl Gustav Jung.

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
Erich Fromm. - The Art of Loving.

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is the noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is the easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest.


The Ancient of Days, 1794 by William Blake.

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.

William Blake. - Auguries of Innocence

Wisdom begins in wonder.

Ordo Ab Chao.

Life is a festival only to the wise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson.

There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart.
Lao Tzu.

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.
Sam Levenson.

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Aldous Huxley.

They do not know very good Latin, these botanists.
Albert Hofmann.

Do or do not. There is no try.

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.

Trying is the first step towards failure.
Homer Simpson.

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