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What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it.
We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
Judge not; speak hardly at all; LOVE and ACT.
-- Eliphas Levi
One should not eat as the brutes, but in order to do one's will. The same applies to sex. We must use EVERY faculty to further the one object of our existence.
-- Aleister Crowley
A true painter or sculptor, a REAL artist, works first of all on himself. Thus, he will never be separated from his paintings, statues or books.
-- Omraan Michaêl Aïvanhov
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.
This is the way to success, that is the way GIANTS are produced.
-- Swami Vivekananda
Know how to renew your glitter. It is the birthright of the Phoenix. Even the best goes stale, and so it's fame, for familiarity kills admiration.
Bring about your rebirth in courage, in spirit, in fortune, in everything. Clothe yourself anew in shining armor and rise again like the sun.
-- Balthasar Gracían
We cannot advance without new experiments in living, but no wise man tries every day what he has proved wrong the day before.
-- James Truslow Adams
Take someone who doesn't keep score, who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he's FREE.
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.
No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
-- Martha Graham