List your top 10 favorite quotes.
Well this is tricky because it’s not like I go around with favorite quotes tacked to my wall or anything. Well I do, but they are pretty obscure Vajrayana Buddhism references. So I found some quotes I had collected in other places and present those for your consideration.
“Doubt comes because you have become a victim of logic.” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
“Absolute truth has no subject, object or action.” Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche
“As exploration, if you ever again feel anger or hatred, attend to how you are viewing the object of your anger or hatred, and observe how this person appears to your mind at the time. See whether this person arises to your mind as a someone who is contextualized, multifaceted, with a history, and a great number of good qualities as well as some bad ones. See if you can sense the interdependence with your own context: how you bring your own history to your perception of that person. Watch how a whole web of interrelationships becomes apparent. And when the passion of hostility arises, see whether you are still in touch with that contextualization. In my experience, hostility needs a radical decontextualization to create a good firm target.” B. Alan Wallace
“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” Thomas a Kempis
“It is still my firm conviction that human nature is essentially compassionate, gentle. That is the predominant feature of human nature. Anger, violence, and aggression may certainly arise, but I think it’s on a secondary or more superficial level; in a sense, they arise when we are frustrated in our efforts to achieve love and affection. They are not part of our most basic, underlying nature.”
the Dalai Lama, from The Art of Happiness
“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just the translations have gone wrong.” John Lennon
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” Jim Morrison
“It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.” André Gide
Paraphrased because I can’t recall of find the exact quote: “He who spends life behind a broom will end up sweeping life away.” Gunter Grass
And a couple of song lyric rehashes as a bonus: