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Thinkers do not accept the inevitable;
by Paramahansa Yogananda

Thinkers do not accept the inevitable;
they turn their efforts toward changing it.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Related topics: Wisdom

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

The happiness of one's own heart alone
cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include,
as necessary to one's own happiness,
the happiness of others.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Smiling away your troubles requires
a clear conscience that harbors no insincerity.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

 

The season of failure is the best time
for sowing the seeds of success.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Kindness is the light that dissolves
all walls between souls, families, and nations.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself.
You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

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Let my soul smile through my heart
and my heart smile through my eyes,
that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest.
Man is the highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Never do anything that taints your mind.
Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations
that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality.
Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture
the good qualities you want to have.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

He who is persistent will realize God.
So try your best to make meditation
a regular experience in your life.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

There is a magnet in your heart
that will attract true friends.
That magnet is unselfishness,
thinking of others first;
when you learn to live for others,
they will live for you.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

The soul loves to meditate,
for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy.
If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation,
remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego;
it doesn't belong to the soul.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Faithfulness in the performance of small duties
gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations
that life will someday force us to make.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

There are always two forces warring against each other within us.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Truth is exact correspondence with reality.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

The highest thinkers of the ages,
the seers of the tribes and the nations,
have been optimists.
- Helen Keller

The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look
like independent thinkers.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

Doubt is part of all religion.
All the religious thinkers were doubters.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
- Anthony Burgess

I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better systems thinkers.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Tom DeLay fears independent thinkers and fighters.
I am both.
- Martin Frost

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers.
Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers.
The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.
- Edward de Bono

I got to sit down with people who I admired,
and have conversations with some of the greatest thinkers
and artists and performers.
It's a huge privilege for me to be a journalist.
- James Daly

The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth.
- Agnes Repplier

Contemporary thinkers would say that man is continuously transcending himself.
- Gabriel Marcel

Ancient metaphysics underwent many changes at the hands
of medieval thinkers who brought it in line with the
dominant religious and theological movements of their day.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

We are shaped by each other.
We adjust not to the reality of a world,
but to the reality of other thinkers.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

There are a lot of clear thinkers everywhere.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often
assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them;
and so,
perhaps, it would, if they had it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.
- Emile M. Cioran

The founding fathers were not only brilliant,
they were system builders and systematic thinkers.
They came up with comprehensive plans and visions.
- Ron Chernow

By any reasonable measure of achievement,
the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified.
- E. O. Wilson

Slow thinkers are part of the game too.
Some of these slow thinkers can hit a ball a long way.
- Alvin Dark

Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

Wise thinkers prevail everywhere.
- Sophocles

We need more people speaking out.
This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers.
It's overrun with sheep and conformists.
- Bill Maher

It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the
right of intellectuals and political thinkers,
to pronounce the brain death of socialism.
- Norman Tebbit

It has been wisely observed by the greatest of modern
thinkers that mankind has progressed more rapidly in
every other respect than in morality.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Racial history is therefore natural history and the
mysticism of the soul at one and the same time;
but the history of the religion of the blood,
conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples,
their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists.
- Alfred Rosenberg

The argument that the two parties should represent
opposed ideals and policies,
one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left,
is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.
- Carroll Quigley

Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how
to bring about the occasions that let people have that
first-person experience -
or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see
human continuity as opposed to total threat,
total willingness to do violence.
- Stanley Crouch

Bottom up thinkers try to start from experience and
move from experience to understanding.
They don't start with certain general principles they
think beforehand are likely to be true;
they just hope to find out what reality is like.
- John Polkinghorne

It is important to remember that some of the most serious
thinkers once thought that democracy was not compatible
with the cultures of Germany,
Italy, Japan, Latin America and Russia.
- Natan Sharansky

A particularly fine head on a man usually means that he is stupid;
particularly deep philosophers are usually shallow thinkers;
in literature,
talents not much above the average are usually regarded
by their contemporaries as geniuses.
- Robert Musil

Marxists have some way of analyzing the development
of affairs which enables them to judge far in advance
of scientific thinkers what the trend of social and
economic development is to be.
- John Desmond Bernal

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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