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Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
--- Attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt. --- William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act 1, scene 4.

There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.
--- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 5, scene 1.

We are what we think, all that we are arises within our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. --- Buddha

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; It is because we do not dare that they are difficult. --- Seneca

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. --- Aristotle

Just because you find something difficult to do, don't think it's humanly impossible. If something is humanly possible and appropriate, believe that it can be also attained by you. --- Marcus Aurelius

Words do not teach, it is life that brings you your Knowing
--- Abraham Hicks

Freedom comes through an understanding of how you’re getting what you’re getting --- Abraham Hicks

BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands? JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time - namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

The aim of the Work is to become free, and to help others to become free—free to serve a higher purpose. What makes for freedom? Faith, kindness, courage, knowledge, selflessness, and understanding
--- Rodney Collin

If people always remember that they cannot lose by experiment, that they can only lose by trying nothing, much can be learned.--- Rodney Collin

If a man could understand all the horror of the lives of ordinary people who are turning round in a circle of insignificant interests and aims, if he could understand what they are losing, he would understand that there can only be one thing that is serious for him – to escape from the general law, to be free. --- G.I Gurdjieff

In 1984, Internet pioneer Stewart Brand made one of the most prescient observations of the technology era: "On the one hand, information wants to be expensive because it is so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other."

There is no good and no evil. In every concrete situation there is only the necessary and the unnecessary. The needful is right, the needless is wrong. The situation decides. Every situation is a challenge which demands the right response. When the response is right, the challenge is met and the problem ceases. If the response is wrong, the challenge is not met and the problem remains unsolved. Your unsolved problems - that is what constitutes your karma. Solve them rightly and be free.
--- Nisargadatta Maharaj

There is only one reason
We have followed God into this world:
To encourage laughter, freedom, dance and love.
--- Renderings of Hafiz

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