Ideals & Aspirations

We must cultivate our garden.

To know, to think, to dream. That is everything.

Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end. A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a varied, dramatic life. How shall we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy?

To feel beauty is a better thing than to understand how we come to feel it. To have imagination and taste, to love the best, to be carried by the contemplation of nature to a vivid faith in the ideal, all this is more, a great deal more, than any science can hope to be.

To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.

We should draw, from our own selves, images powerful to deny our own nothingness.

The greatest thing in the world is for a man to know how to be himself.

...that sunny and frank intelligence ... that unique and perfect balance of body and soul, passion and intellect, represent, against the brilliant setting of Athenian life, the highest achievement of the civilization of Greece.

Who then is free? We desire to substitute self-esteem for insolence, greatness of soul for vanity, merit for intrigue, integrity for fame. We wish a magnanimous people, powerful and happy.

Let me have wisdom, beauty, and passion; bread to the soul, rain where the summers parch.

Intelligence, reason, passion. Love, sex, intelligence.

Peace and liberation of souls.

Capacity with philosophy.

Simplicity of life and elevation of purpose.

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

Let no more gods or exploiters be served. Let us learn rather to love one another.

We will leave life crying aloud in a glorious triumph-song that we have lived well.

We are masters of our fates and captains of our souls, and to be free and to dream, that is everything. And what is the freedom of the most free? To live by our ideals.

Have the courage to aspire to a better state of being. Dare to dream.

Believe in your own ideals and desires and have faith enough to make them real, and have hope enough to overcome fear. Our ideals, hopes, and desires are what determine our futures. Believe in yourself, and accept yourself for who you are.

Keep your eyes on the stars, keep your feet on the ground.

Far away, there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.

In this life we get only those things for which we hunt, for which we strive, and for which we are willing to sacrifice. It is better to aim for something that you want, even though you miss it, than to get something that you didn't aim to get, and which you don't want! If we look long enough for what we want in life we are almost sure to find it, no matter what that objective may be.

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

Loneliness is bred of a mind that has grown earthbound. For the spirit has its homeland, which is the realm of the meaning of things.

We are part of one great Life, which knows no failure, no loss of effort or strength, which "mightily and sweetly ordering all things" bears the worlds onwards to their goal.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. - Henry David Thoreau

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. - Henry David Thoreau

Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually. - Eileen Caddy

You are what your deep driving desire is; As your deep driving desire is, so is your will; As your will is so is your deed; As your deed is so is your destiny. - The Upanishads

Seeing yourself as you want to be is the key to personal growth. - Anonymous

Cut not the wings of your dreams, for they are the heartbeat and the freedom of your soul. - Flavia

The Meaning of Life is to give life Meaning. - Anonymous

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