All human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is.
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
A person creates what they defend against.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. It is fearlessness, and it is love.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
As the bee collects nectar and departs without injuring the flower, or its color or fragrance, so let the sage dwell on earth.
Like a beautiful flower, full of color, but without perfume, are the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly; but like a beautiful flower, full of color and full of perfume, are the fruitful words of him who acts accordingly.
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