A Quote by Jules Henry on education, self-reliance, high school, children, culture, excellence, authenticity, and trusting oneself

The function of high school, then, is not so much to communicate knowledge as to oblige children finally to accept the grading system as a measure of their inner excellence. And a function of the self-destructive process in American children is to make them willing to accept not their own, but a variety of other standards, like a grading system, for measuring themselves. It is thus apparent that they way American culture is now integrated it would fall apart if it did not engender feelings of inferiority and worthlessness.

Jules Henry

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A Quote by J. (Jiddu) Krishnamurti on authenticity, love, truth, knowledge, ambition, wisdom, change, fear, desire success, and seriousness

You haven't changed. You may say: 'I'm full of love, I'm full of truth, I'm full of knowledge, I'm full of wisdom.' I say: 'That's all nonsense. Do you behave? Are you free of fear? Are you free of ambition, greed, envy and the desire to achieve success in every field? If not, you are just playing a game. You are not serious.'

J. Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986)

Source: A Wholly Different Way of Living

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A Quote by Angela on attitude, soar, life, authenticity, and challenges

Throughout the years of your life you will face many challenges, remember that you can climb the highest mountain, drive through the roughest storm, soar across the bluest sky, or even sail across the roughest waters. It is only destined by your attitude where you will end up in life. The most important thing is don't let yourself get lost in the crowd.”


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A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on authenticity

You may make a jewelry flower out of gold and rubys and emeralds,but it will not have fragrance.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

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A Quote by Swami Sai Premananda on love, authenticity, life, god, and perfection

Many people ask, “Should I do this or should I do that?” I say, “Why are you wasting your time? Love God and perfect yourself. That is the fastest way to God.” It is the most perfect path to God. Become a principled human being. Become an authentic human being. When you say that you are going to do something, do it. Don’t say you will do something and then not do it. That’s not what a principled human being is like. Thought, word and deed must come together. These are actually the holy trinity within the human being: thought, word and deed. When thought, word and deed are in alignment at a very high level, then you are living a principled life. You are living an authentic life. This takes you to living a divine life.

Swami Sai Premananda

Source: Principles of Higher Living: The Western Experience Upon the Shores of Eastern Wisdom

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A Quote by Shyamananda on maya, self-realization, bliss, authenticity, happiness, enlightenment, pain, and distress

Your unrest is the last cramp in your legs as you climb this mountain. Rest awhile, if you like.

But do not return to your old house. It is not your home any longer.


Contributed by: Swami

A Quote by Shyamananda on maya, self-realization, authenticity, reality, and illusion

When you can see through the mist of Maya to the Self, that mist has not disappeared. You have just learned to see through it. "


Contributed by: Swami

A Quote by Andrew Cohen on intersubjective, structures, and authenticity

The intersubjective structures that will hold our future potential don't preexist out there in the ether; they are created by real people. And I feel like a big part of my work has to do with finding out what it actually means to create those structures, consciously, together. I don't know where this is all ultimately leading, but I do know for sure that the stability of the new structures is completely dependent upon the actual level of integrity and authenticity of the individuals who are creating them.

Andrew Cohen

Source: Our Future Potential

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A Quote by Sarah Ban Breathnach on authenticity, self, and soul

The authentic self is the soul made visible.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

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A Quote by Christopher Alexander on fully alive, authentic, authenticity, responsible, responsibility, and inner

 A man is alive when he is wholehearted, true to himself, true to his own inner forces, and able to act freely according to the nature of the situations he is in.   To be happy, and to be alive in this sense, are almost the same. Of course, a man who is alive is not always happy in the sense of feeling pleasant; experiences of joy are balanced by experiences of sorrow. But the experiences are all deeply felt; and above all, the man is whole and conscious of being real...  This state cannot be reached merely by inner work.   There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need do only inner work, in order to be alive like this; that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself. This teaching has some value, since it is so easy for a man to imagine that his problems are caused by "others". But it is a one-sided and mistaken view which also maintains the arrogance of the belief that the individual is self-sufficient, and not dependent in any essential way on his surroundings.  The fact is, a person is so far formed by his surroundings, that his state of harmony depends entirely on his harmony with his surroundings.

Christopher Alexander (1936 -)


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