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1. Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent.

In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself. 2. When we do not know a person -- and also when we do -- we have to judge his size by the size and nature of his achievements, as compared with the achievements of others in his special line of business -- there is no other way. - Christian Science

3. Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. 4. Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. 5. Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen todayAge is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matterGo to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company 6. Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. 7. Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed 8. Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please 9. In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards. 10. There are lies, damned lies and statistics. 11. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. 12. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. 13. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear 14. A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way 15. A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. 16. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything 17. Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't. 18. Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint 19. Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life 20. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. 21. A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar 22. Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. 23. A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. 24. But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most? 25. Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society 26. I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell - you see, I have friends in both places 27. It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. 28. A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval

There are basically two types of people. 37. Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. Everything has its limit . and people who claim to have accomplished things. Always do right. It's not the size of the dog in the fight. Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain 39. by the ears. My books are like water. you need two things: ignorance and confidence 45. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand 34. 51. The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want. 52. 53. 55. Drag your thoughts away from your troubles.. The lack of money is the root of all evil 42. Climate is what we expect. 41. and is known to none but himself 49. freedom of conscience. All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure 31. People who accomplish things. If man could be crossed with the cat. it's the size of the fight in the dog 48. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. I mean. and do what you'd rather no 43. It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare 56. 36. What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head. The first group is less crowded .29. by the heels. 54. When we remember we are all mad. It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water 59.. Another man's. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up 40. Ideally a book would have no order to it. By trying we can easily endure adversity. Humor is mankind's greatest blessing 47. You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus 44. for they tell all they know and then stop 38. the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Don't let schooling interfere with your education 32. There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one . those of the great geniuses are wine. 30. When people do not respect us we are sharply offended.iron ore cannot be educated into gold 60. The human race has one really effective weapon. yet in his private heart no man much respects himself 57. or any other way you can manage it. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. and the prudence never to practice either of them. To succeed in life. I've never let my school interfere with my education 35. It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. drink what you don't like. it would improve man but deteriorate the cat. and the reader would have to discover his own 58. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy. and that is laughter 46. weather is what we get 50. 33. The most interesting information comes from children.

Words are only painted fire. Rumi 81. I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me. the more popular they become 69. 72. Man will do many things to get himself loved. The more you are able to hear. Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned 65. The human race is a race of cowards. It is easier to stay out than get out 78. The more things are forbidden. The quieter you become.61. However much we describe and explain love. he will do all things to get himself envied 76.Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation! Rumi 82.either by themselves or by others 71. Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins 77. When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people 75. Better a broken promise than none at all 64. and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner 74. I always feel that they have not said enough. but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause 66. You have spent your whole life with elegant speeches. ~ Rum 83. Your task is not to seek for love. For sometime you should walk alone in the gardens of silence. when we fall in love we are ashamed of our words. Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation 80. . Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. and finish the farce 68. Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved. The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane 67. To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal 79. a look is the fire itself 70. ~ Rumi 84. The right word may be effective. 63. There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race. but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice 62. Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising 73. Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered .

Be silent. Today we must live a fresh story again! ~ Rumi 87. If you are looking for a friend who is faultless. Only the Hand of God Can remove The burdens of your heart. just go. ~ Rumi 92. ~ Rum 88. I smile like a flower not only with my lips but with my whole being. Tend to your vital heart. ~ Rumi 91. Peaceful is the one who's not concerned of having more or less. ~ Rumi . Heart. and all that you worry about will be Solved. Mistakes are the entrance of discovery.~ Rumi 85. you will be friendless. Yesterday is gone and took away its tale. ~ Rumi 86. ~ Rumi 90. Love's glory is not a small thing. If you cannot be brave. be brave. ~ Rumi 89.

you are in the perfect position to pray. Not spiritual masters. ~ Rumi 100. Believe in your values and your rules. but it doesn’t take you into the house. You ease the heart and make God's qualities visible. rabbis. ~ Rumi 95. Walk out of your house like a shepherd ~ Rumi 101. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts. When the world pushes you to your knees. Intellect takes you to the door.93. Your kindness cannot be said. Not only the thirsty seek the water. . or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. ~ Rumi 94. ~Rumi 99. ~ Rumi 98. Not imims. Be a lamp. Nothing should stand between yourself and God. ~ Rumi 96. It comes without warning to an open heart. but never lord them over others. Although I may try to describe love. or a ladder. priests. When I experience it. You open doors in the sky. Help someone's soul heal. I am speechless. or a lifeboat. whatever religious duty you perform is no good. the water as well seeks the thirsty. Be watchful — the grace of God appears suddenly. ~ Shams Tabrizi 97. not even your faith. Don't be fooled by my beauty—the light of my face comes from the candle of my spirit.

103. Never will a Lover's robe be touched by mortals. with no beginning or end. Let God and only God be your guide. Never will a Lover's chest feel any sorrow. in it an ocean formed of his glory. taking wings. flies about the world. There is a certain cloud. Stay away from all sorts of idolatry. for they will blur your vision. mind. impregnated with a thousand lightnings. Shams Tabrizi The branch might seem like the fruit's origin: In fact. There is my body. my friend. Never will a Lover's body be found buried in the earth. Every cell. Learn the Truth. When in Love. Love rests on no foundation.      . what else can a Lover produce? My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. except for Love. the branch exist because of the fruit. My heart is expanding a thousand fold. It is an endless ocean. body. heart and soul don't even exist. All seek separately the many faces of my Beloved. They will ask you what you have produced. Say to them. but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths.  To Love is to reach God. all the creation.102. To Love is to reach God.

At times I plunge to the bottom of the sea. This gathering is more like a drunken party. are lost in it. I don't know where I am. At times.  I always thought that I was me — but no. who are you? He said. I was you and never knew it. no special assembly. but we are yours. There is no master. This is a gathering of Lovers. we are yours. fools. all the galaxies. I said Shams-e Tabrizi. Be silent. at times. at times I give birth to it. we are yours. I am God. no low. rise up like the Sun. Even if you lose yourself in wrath for a hundred thousand years. I am God. full of tricksters. You are the light that spoke to Moses and said I am God. the universe is pregnant by me. I am you. no proper schooling required.     A hundred souls cried out. Love said to me.all the universes. mad men and mad women. I am you. there is nothing that is not me. In this gathering there is no high. no disciple. I am you. no ignorant. no smart.  . no grand discourse. This is a gathering of Lovers.

it is the end you will discover. who is your comforting body of water. do not go to the dry land. If you dig a pit for others to fall into. you are a fish. To regard the self as easy to subdue is a mistake. who is the culmination of your dreams. Whoever gives reverence receives reverence. who is the welcoming banner at the gate of your contentment. they will make you forget it is me.            . are your own nature reflected in them. Many of the faults you see in others. so that you will have two wings to fly. Fortunate is he who does not carry envy as a companion. dear reader. they will call you ugly names. Didn't I tell you? I am an ocean. who is the source of your happiness. not one. it is me.  Didn't I tell you not to be satisfied with the veil of this world? I am the master illusionist. God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites. you will fall into it yourself. The lion who breaks the enemy's ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself. If you wish mercy. This testing purifies the gold by boiling the scum away. This discipline and rough treatment are a furnace to extract the silver from the dross. Didn't I tell you? They will accuse you of all the wrongdoings. show mercy to the weak. it is me. The idol of your self is the mother of all idols.

Quit acting like a wolf. When the remedy you have offered only increases the disease. Whoever brought me here. have patience. and being the noise. and tell your story to someone who seeks the truth All day I think about it. all who are blind would be dead. and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street. The heart and eyes must bleed a lot before self-complacency falls away. burn up the night of self-existence. I don't plan it. how will your mirror be polished? Anyone in whom the troublemaking self has died. then leave him who will not be cured. for patience is the key to joy.           . There is no worse sickness for the soul. and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. and feel the shepherd's love filling you. My soul is from elsewhere. There is a community of the spirit Join it. O you who are proud. I'm sure of that. If you wish to shine like day. Were there no men of vision. If you are irritated by every rub. sun and cloud obey. and I intend to end up there. will have to take me home. When I'm outside the saying of it. Dissolve in the Being who is everything. If I could taste one sip of an answer. Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. and I can't leave that way. I could break out of this prison for drunks. I didn't come here of my own accord. This poetry. If you are wholly perplexed and in straits. I never know what I'm going to say. Where did I come from. than this pretense of perfection. then at night I say it. I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.

even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. if you are a true human being. God's lion did nothing that didn't originate from his deep center. no proper schooling required. This is a gathering of Lovers. no ignorant . there is nothing that is not me. seek. Be silent. "Where are we?"  When the soul lies down in that grass. What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love. Are you fleeing from Love because of a single humiliation? What do you know of Love except the name? Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain. In this gathering there is no high. . Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing There is a field. ideas. no grand discourse. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it Love rests on no foundation. I will meet you there. no low. with no beginning or end. Love said to me. for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart If in thirst you drink water from a special assembly. you see God in it. the world is too full to talk about language. that somehow contains the entire universe. no smart. Flow down and down in always widening rings of being. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Anything you lose comes round in another form. and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion Come. It is an endless ocean. Live in silence. Learn from Ali how to fight without your ego participating. Gamble everything for love. Do not grieve.