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Anthony de Mello Quote: “There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “All is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Perfect love casts out fear. Where there is love there are no demands, no expectations, no dependency. I do not demand that you make me happy; my happiness does not lie in you. If you were to leave me, I will not feel sorry for myself; I enjoy your company immensely, but I do not cling.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “I leave you free to be yourself: to think your thoughts, indulge your tastes, follow your inclinations, behave in ways that you decide are to your liking.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “May the peace of God disturb you always.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Nothing has changed but my attitude, therefore, everything has changed.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “All that you give to others you are giving to yourself.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “All conflict comes from attachment.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Loneliness is not cured by human company. Loneliness is cured by contact with reality.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “We do not have a fear of the unknown. What we fear is giving up the known.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “If you look carefully you will see that there is one thing and only one thing that causes unhappiness. The name of that thing is attachment. What is an attachment? An emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person you cannot be happy.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “You are never in love with anyone. You’re only in love with your prejudiced and hopeful idea of that person.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Problems only exist in the human mind.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Drop your false ideas. See through people. If you see through yourself, you will see through everyone. Then you will love them. Otherwise you spend the whole time grappling with your wrong notions of them, with your illusions that are constantly crashing against reality.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “You don’t have to add anything in order to be happy; you’ve got to drop something.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Live your life as you see fit. That’s not selfish. Selfish is to demand that others live their lives as you see fit.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “I’m going to write a book someday and the title will be I’m an Ass, You’re an Ass. That’s the most liberating, wonderful thing in the world, when you openly admit you’re an ass. It’s wonderful. When people tell me, You’re wrong I say, What can you expect of an ass?”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Love springs from awareness.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Wisdom comes to those who learn nothing, unlearn everything.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “When the sage points at the moon, all that the idiot sees is the finger.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Enlightenment is: absolute cooperation with the inevitable.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “The three most difficult things for a human being are not physical feats or intellectual achievements. They are, first, returning love for hate; second, including the excluded; third, admitting that you are wrong.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Life is easy, life is delightful. It’s only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Look for competence not claims.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “The spiritual quest is a journey without distance. You travel from where you are right now To where you have always been. From ignorance to recognition...”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “If you want to know what it means to be happy, look at a flower, a bird, a child; they are perfect images of the kingdom. For they live from moment to moment in the eternal now with no past and no future.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “How sad if we pass through life and never see it with the eyes of a child.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “We’re crazy, We’re living on crazy ideas about love, about relationships, about happiness, about joy, about everything.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Is there life before death? – that is the question!”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Can one talk about the ocean to a frog in a well or about the divine to people who are restricted by their concepts?”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “The present moment is never intolerable. What’s intolerable is what’s going to happen in the next four hours. To have your body here at 8 pm and your mind at 10:30 pm, that’s what causes us suffering.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “You have within yourself the answer to every question you propose – if you only knew how to look for it. In the Land of the spirit, you cannot walk by the light of someone else’s lamp. You want to borrow mine. I’d rather teach you how to make your own.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “So love the thought of death, love it.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear!”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Understand your darkness and it will vanish; then you will know what light is. Understand your nightmare for what it is and it will stop; then you will wake up to reality. Understand your false beliefs and they will drop; then you will know the taste of happiness.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “We live in a flash of light; evening comes and it is night forever. It’s only a flash and we waste it. We waste it with our anxiety, our worries, our concerns, our burdens.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Sin is a refusal to grow, a refusal to love, a refusal to get committed, to be concerned, and to take risks.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “A nice definition of an awakened person: a person who no longer marches to the drums of society, a person who dances to the tune of the music that springs up from within.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “A thought is a screen, not a mirror; that is why you live in a thought envelope, untouched by Reality.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Said the master: “Where does your question come from?””
Anthony de Mello Quote: “You are only a disciple because your eyes are closed. The day you open them you will see there is nothing you can learn from me or anyone.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “If the heart is unobstructed, the result is love.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something you have; love is something that has you.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “What is a loving heart? A loving heart is sensitive to the whole of life, to all persons; a loving heart doesn’t harden itself to any persons or things.”
Anthony de Mello Quote: “Before enlightenment, I used to be depressed; after enlightenment, I continue to be depressed.”
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