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The Sun Magazine

Quotations

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One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

Carl Jung

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It is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. It is more than blasphemy; it is dangerous. We can never be gods, after all — but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.

N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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Disappointment is a good sign of basic intelligence. It cannot be compared to anything else: it is so sharp, precise, obvious and direct. If we can open, then we suddenly begin to see that our expectations are irrelevant compared with the reality of the situations we are facing.

Chogyam Trungpa

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We have to be utterly broken before we can realize that it is impossible to better the truth. It is the truth that we deny which so tenderly and forgivingly picks up the fragments and puts them together again.

Laurens Van der Post

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Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organization

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The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

Emily Dickinson

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After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Aldous Huxley

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A man’s suffering is similar to the behavior of gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the “size” of human suffering is absolutely relative.

Viktor E. Frankl,
Man’s Search for Meaning