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Robert Thurman Quotes

Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini
A year from now you'll wish you started today
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her
What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs
I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure
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Hate poisons your life  (Robert Thurman Quotes) If you love your enemy, that means you want your enemy to be happy  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Struggling with the world and having the problem of you vs. the world is a really big problem. You’re going to lose because the world is so much bigger than you, and longer lasting  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Everyone has the same life purpose, which is the quest of happiness for oneself and for others  (Robert Thurman Quotes) If your enemy is happy, then why would they be bothered to be your enemy? Being someone’s enemy is no fun. It does not add to happiness.  (Robert Thurman Quotes) That love, in the sense of wishing their happiness, will cause your actions to be effective in relation to that person.  (Robert Thurman Quotes) The problem in our society is the ego psychology and conventional wisdom about look out for #1. That conventional wisdom thinks that love your enemy is to some a principle no one can ever live by.  (Robert Thurman Quotes) What makes me fully alive is anything. Really just being alive is enough.  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Therefore, what you do as a spiritual practitioner in this life shapes that. To seek and find this beautiful, continuing existence, where there can be more progress towards Buddha-hood, toward love, and wisdom, and helping all being etc. So that’s the great value of it  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the greatest teachers of our time. He reaches from the heights of insight down to the deepest places of the absolutely ordinary  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Buddhism is all about science. If science is the systematic pursuit of the accurate knowledge of reality, then science is Buddhism, Buddhism is science  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Enlightenment is not meant to be an object of religious faith. It is an evolutionary goal, something we want to become  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Actually there’s a very bad trend in some cults about how Guru’s are supposed to be mean to their students, and there are some who revel in this and are abusive  (Robert Thurman Quotes) You have to be responsible for yourself, refer to yourself, develop yourself, help others, whatever it may be. So we shouldn’t have an idea that the whole thing is to shatter ones ego  (Robert Thurman Quotes) You should never be ashamed of the suffering you’ve been through  (Robert Thurman Quotes) I am daily making myself what I am  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Live fully each day to the full  (Robert Thurman Quotes) In the practice of exchanging self and other, paradoxes abound  (Robert Thurman Quotes) The worldly person is insane from the point of view of the spiritual person  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Whether or not enlightenment is a plausible goal for us is a vital question for our lives. If it is possible for us to attain such perfect enlightenment ourselves, our whole sense of meaning and our place in the universe immediately changes. To be open to the possibility is to be a spiritual seeker, no matter what our religion. Enlightenment is not meant to be an object of religious faith. It is an evolutionary goal  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Nonviolence against humans cannot take firm hold in society as long as brutality and violence are practiced toward other animals  (Robert Thurman Quotes) More than whether you live or die, it’s how you are living or dying that is important  (Robert Thurman Quotes) When all is lost, when all is let go of, when all is abandoned, what you are left with is an ocean of bliss  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Imagine a culture in which everything is geared toward helping all individuals become the best human beings they can be; in which individuals are driven to devoting their lives to becoming enlightened by the natural flood of compassion for others that arises from their wisdom  (Robert Thurman Quotes) To become enlightened is not just to slip into some disconnected euphoria, an oceanic feeling of mystic oneness apart from ordinary reality. It is not even to come up with a solution, a sort of formula to control reality. Rather, it is an experience of release from all compulsions and sufferings, combined with a precise awareness of any relevent subject of knowledge. Having attained enlightenment one knows everything that matters, and the precise nature of all that is  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Commercial interests with their advertising industry do not want people to develop contentment and less greed. Military interests in economic, political, ethnic or nationalist guises, do not want people to develop more tolerance, nonviolence and compassion. And ruling groups in general, in whatever sort of hierarchy do not want the ruled to become too insightful, too independent, too creative on their own, as the danger is that they will become insubordinate, rebellious, and unproductive in their alloted tasks  (Robert Thurman Quotes) Practice giving things away, not just things you don’t care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachment you overcome that count. So don’t bankrupt yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later. Give thought to giving. Give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes going along with the act of releasing the little thing you liked  (Robert Thurman Quotes)