There can be freedom from fear only when there is self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear.
Through a narrow window we can see only part of the sky, and not the whole vastness, the magnificence of it.
The mind can only gather, accumulate, deny, assert, remember, pursue. Peace is absolutely essential, because without peace we cannot live creatively.
In understanding what beauty is, we shall know love, for the understanding of beauty is the peace of the heart.
Peace is of the heart, not of the mind. To know peace you have to find out what beauty is.
If I follow a particular method of knowing myself, then I shall have the result which that system necessitates; but the result will obviously not be the understanding of myself.
So as long as the mind is comparing, there is no love, and the mind is always judging, comparing, weighing, looking to find out where the weakness is. So where there is comparison, there is no love.
To compare is the very nature of a mind that is not awake to discover what is true.
Love is something totally new every day, but pleasure is not, pleasure has continuity. Love is always new, and therefore it is its own eternity.
So, while you are young you must begin to find out what is this strange thing called happiness. That is an essential part of education.
The ambitious man has never found his true vocation...
We are so sluggish in our mentality that we think the world's problems are not our business, that they have to be resolved by the United Nations or by substituting new leaders for the old.
Peace is the break between two wars.
Authority in its very nature prevents the full awareness of oneself and therefore ultimately destroys freedom; in freedom alone can there be creativeness.
Love is love, not to be defined or described by the mind as exclusive or inclusive. Love is its own eternity: it is the real, the supreme, the immeasurable.
When the individual is in conflict within himself he must inevitably create conflict without, and only he can bring about peace within himself and so in the world, for he is the world.
Most people are afraid to stand alone; they are afraid to think things out for themselves, afraid to feel deeply, to explore and discover the whole meaning of life.
Leaders destroy the followers and followers destroy the leaders.
To understand the whole operation of one’s own mind requires a great deal of insight, a great deal of inquiry without condemnation.
The important thing is first to find out what you are afraid of, to understand it and not run away from it.