A Quote by The Bible on asking, seeking, and receiving

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door shall be opened.

The Bible

Source: Matthew

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A Quote by Abraham on receiving, opening, and letting go

Complaining about anything, holds you in the place of refusing to
receive the things you've been asking for. Justifying about anything
holds you in the place of refusing to let in the very things that
you've been asking for. Blaming someone, holds you in the place of
refusing to let in the things that you've been asking for. Feeling
guilty, feeling angry, it doesn't matter what you call it, it is a
refusal, not a conscious one. You're asking; you can't help but ask.
The Universe is yielding; it must yield. It's a big question, folks:
why aren't you letting it in?


Contributed by: Carmen

A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on tao, receiving, and center

If the Tao could be served up, everyone would serve it up to their lords. If the Tao could be offered, there is no one who would not offer it to their parents. If the Tao could be spoken of, there is no one in the world who would not speak of it to their brothers and sisters. if the Tao could be passed on, there is no one who would not pass it on to their heirs. However, it obviously cannot be so and the reason is as follows.

If there is no true centre within to receive it,
it cannot remain;
if there is no true direction outside to guide it,
it cannot be received....

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: The Book of Chuang Tzu (Arkana S.), Pages: 122..123

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A Quote by Kelley Brignell on service, gratitude, attitude, receiving, and gifts


If you're going to tally up things in life, tally up what others do for you, rather than what you do for others.

Kelley Brignell

Source: Kelly Brignell

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on love, giving, and receiving

Love is an activity, not a passive affect; it is a "standing in," not a "falling for." In the most general way, the active character of love can be described by stating that love is primarily giving, not receiving.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

Source: The Art of Loving (Perennial Classics), Pages: 21

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on love, giving, receiving, potency, power, wealth, and joy

Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the experession of my aliveness.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

Source: The Art of Loving (Perennial Classics), Pages: 21-22

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on metamorphosis, receiving, and giving

Human life runs its course in the metamorphosis between receiving and giving.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Contributed by: Lynn

A Quote by John Welwood on love, giving, receiving, john welwood, and perfect love

There is a secret about human love that is commonly overlooked: Receiving it is much more scary and threatening than giving it. How many times in your life have you been unable to let in someone's love or even pushed it away? Much as we proclaim the wish to be truly loved, we are often afraid of that, and so find it difficult to open to love or let it all the way in.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart, Pages: 20

Contributed by: David

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on giving, receiving, debt, generosity, gifts, gratitude, and abundance

And you receivers - and you are all receivers - assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.
Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings;
For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free hearted earth for mother, and God for father.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet, p.22 (On Giving)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Alex Haley on anger, giving, and receiving

When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand pick up anything.

Alex Haley

Source: Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Contributed by: Zaady

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