Just because I accept you as you are does not mean that I have given up all hope of your improvement.
The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes.
You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success - none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.
Believe me when I tell you that everything is temporary. Everything. There’s not a thing in the world that will not change, including you.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth
You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.
If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.
The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
Heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.
Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor…I am Pagliacci.”