Self-growth is a spiral: we keep returning to the lessons we need to learn over and over again until they're assimilated.
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.
Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.
Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?