impermanence

A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on impermanence and rebirth

You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are ...transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: no death, no fear - p122

Contributed by: Louëlla

A Quote by Heraclitus on impermanence

"Everything flows and nothing abides,
 everything gives way and nothing stays fixed."

~Heraclitus~

Heraclitus (c.540 - c.475 BC)

Contributed by: mimi

A Quote by George Carlin on death, impermanence, and humor

The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating …and you finish off as an orgasm.

George Carlin

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on love, adoration, and impermanence

Come on sweetheart
let's adore one another
before there is no more
of you and me

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by sam harris on death, impermanence, compassion, and kindness

We do not know what awaits each of us after death, but we know that we will die. Clearly, it must be possible to live ethically--with a genuine concern for the happiness of other sentient beings--without presuming to know things about which we are patently ignorant. Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person you will pass in the street today, is going to die. Living long enough, each will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?

sam harris

Source: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Pages: Epilogue

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Anne Cushman on buddhism, death, impermanence, and rebirth

“Nothing really dies,” I told him. “It just turns into something else. Everything is always changing form. Do you remember the pumpkin that rotted into the earth in your garden? Tomatoes sprouted where it used to be. This bird will go back to the earth and turn into lavendar flowers and butterflies.”

Anne Cushman

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2006 (Best Buddhist Writing)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Pema Chodron on buddhism and impermanence

That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the first mark of existence. It is the ordinary state of affairs. Everything is in process. Everything—every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate—is always changing, moment to moment.

Pema Chodron

Source: The Places that Scare You : A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by The Upanishads on dreams, universe, and impermanence

We are like the spider.
We weave our life and then move along in it.
We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream.
This is true for the entire universe.

The Upanishads

Source: UPANISHADS

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on love, relationships, security, impermanence, delusion, and flow

When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet, this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of time and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible in life, as in love, is in growth, in fluidity – in freedom. The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be, but living in the present and accepting it as it is now. For relationships, too, must be like islands. One must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits – islands surrounded and interrupted by the sea, continuously visited and abandoned by the tides. One must accept the serenity of the winged life, of ebb and flow, of intermittency.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Source: Gift from the Sea: 50th Anniversary Edition

Contributed by: Larry

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on impermanence, life, death, and obituary

Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death
Horseman, pass by

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: W.B. Yeats Obituary

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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