freedom

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on absence, commitments, and freedom

Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose--and commit myself to--what is best for me.

Paulo Coelho

Contributed by: ~Matthew

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on absence, commitments, and freedom

Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose--and commit myself to--what is best for me.

Paulo Coelho

Contributed by: ~Matthew

A Quote by Frank Salvato on despots, tyranny, democracy, elections, liberty, leadership, and freedom

 

Despots can hide behind the word democracy, they can hide behind rigged elections, but they can't hide behind the actions they take that limit liberty. It's all about the liberty thing...not the democracy thing. If liberty is being devalued, limited, decreased or otherwise compromised then we have to scrutinize the leadership for what they are doing. Bottom line, those who limit liberty are no friends to freedom.

Frank Salvato

Contributed by: Frank

A Quote by John Kain on consciousness, ettiquette, freedom, gary snyder, images, imagination, memories, and spiritual teacher

Gary Snyder points out, "The world is our consciousness, and it surrounds us.  There are more things in mind, in the imagination, than 'you' can keep track of -- thoughts, memories, images, angers, delights, rise unbidden.  The depths of mind, the unconscious, are our inner wilderness areas."  When we turn to a spiritual teacher we look for a guide, not one who is familiar with well-worn paths, but one who knows, as Snyder puts it, the "ettiquette of freedom."

John Kain

Source: A Rare and Precious Thing

Contributed by: Bird

A Quote by St. Tikhon of Zadonsk on god, spirituality, christianity, hope, peace, truth, love, freedom, and victory

'We were created for eternal life by our Creator, we are called to it by the word of God, and we are renewed by holy Baptism. And Christ the Son of God came into the world for this, that He should call us and take us there, and He is the one thing needful. For this reason your very first endeavor and care should be to receive it. Without it everything is as nothing, though you have the whole world under you.'
-- St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

Tikhon of Zadonsk

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by unknown on god, sacredness, spirituality, christianity, truth, freedom, love, and peace

Without temptation it is impossible to aquire a strong constitution of the soul.  But again, to withstand them is not in our power.  How could perishable clay withstand the action of water unless Divine fire makes it strong?  If we submit to the yoke of God's will and pray with constant desire and humility, then, through patience, we also shall recieve everything form our Lord Jesus Christ.


Monks Callistus and Ignatius, from the Philokalia

unknown

Source: Philokalia

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by Bruce Lee on calmness, tranquility, peace, freedom, objects, materialism, and life

There will be calmness, tranquility, when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed.

Bruce Lee

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Oprah Winfrey on attachments, letting go, freedom, and emotions

Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.

Oprah Winfrey (1954 -)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by St. Nicolai Vilimirovich on god, christianity, atheism, skepticism, promise, evil, hope, truth, and freedom

Does the mirror change and bend when the scoffer stands before it laughing and scoffing at it? No, the mirror does not change and bend but remains the same as it was. Brethren, neither does God change or bend when scoffers laugh and scoff at Him. The unchanging and All-pure God knows that the scoffer scoffs at himself. By his scoffing at the holy things of God, the scoffer bends himself and makes himself hideous and the holy things of God remain intact.

O, how already in our times, in our days, many scoffers are already here! Many, too many but their multitudes are weaker than the One and Only One. What is a lot of dust before a strong wind? You have only to wait, to wait armed with patience until a strong wind blows.

Many and too many scoffers are already here, who scoff at God's word. They offer their own words in place of God's word; they offer the unholy in place of the holy, the putrid in place of the healthy, death dealing in place of life creating. The word of God is like a strong wind and their words are as dust.

The scoffers are already here, many and too many that scoff at God's works and still many more will arrive. They praise their works above God's works and say that the works of their hands are better and more comprehensible that the works of God. Their works are thievery; for all the good that they built, they built from God's materials and according to the likeness of God's buildings; and all the evil that they have built, they built from the devil's materials, and according to the likeness of the devil's buildings. Therefore, of what will the dust boast? With what will the scoffers praise today or tomorrow, when wild asses trample over their graves with their hooves?

All-pure Lord, Holy and Powerful are Your words, as a strong wind and holy are Your works, and there is no number or measure of them. All-pure Lord, save our tongues from scoffing and save our lives from the scoffers.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

Nicolai Vilimirovich

Source: The Proluge of Ohrid

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by Abbot Nikon on god, christianity, freedom, wisdom, patience, hope, rewards, love, and peace

God's boundless wisdom has given each person a cross according to his/her character and strength.  If we carry our cross without grumbling, repent of our sins, and do not justify ourselves, then like the good thief we shall enter God's Kingdom.  But if we grumble, if we blaspheme God or our neighbor, we shall perish like the wicked thief---in great torment, with out hope of salvation to lessen our grief.  The choice lies in our own hands.  We must be wise like the repentant thief.  None of us will escape the cross.  Let us ease its weight through faith in God, resistance to sin, repentance, forgiveness of all our close ones, endurance of sorrows without murmuring, and prayer to the Lord.

Abbot Nikon

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

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