12 Quotes Regarding Identity


A bird does not sing because it has an answer...it sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

This is perhaps the most distinctive Buddhist teaching, that suffering is the product of 'the craving of the passions, the craving for existence, the craving fornonexistence.' It is, however, far from an obvious truth. Certain cases of suffering areplainly due to craving, namely, those that are due to frustrated desires. Desires may be eased by satisfaction or extirpation; and one may allow that if one stopped desiring, itwould amount to preventing all the suffering due to frustration. But this does not provethe general case.... Body, feelings, perception, mentality, and consciousness are separate sets of graspings. There is nothing that -does- the grasping. -We- are the aggregate ofthe graspings, not something, apart from them, that does the grasping. This is an interesting and startling thought.
Arthur Coleman Danto

Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying.
Baba Ram Dass

Behavior is a mirror in which every one displays his image.
Goethe

It is easier to be a "humanitarian" than to render your own country its proper due; it is easier to be a "patriot" than to make your community a better place to live in; it is easier to be a "civic leader" than to treat your own family with loving understanding; for the smaller the focus of attention, the harder the task.
Sydney J. Harris

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 Kempis

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
Frank Leahy

I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example of himself.
Terence

The thrush in my back yard sings down his nose in liquid runs of melody, over and over again, and I have the strongest impression that he does this for his own pleasure. It is a meditative, questioning kind of music, and I cannot believe that he issimply saying "thrush here."
Lewis Thomas

Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.
Isa Upanishad

The configuration of my nervous system, like the configuration of the stars, happens of itself, and this 'itself' is the real 'myself.' From this standpoint here language reveals its limitations with a vengeance I find that I cannot help doing and experiencing, quite freely, what is always 'right,' in the sense that the stars are always in their 'right' places.
Alan Wilson Watts

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Alan Wilson Watts

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