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A Quote by Anonymous on fate, yield, self pity, victim, and future

Accept fate, and move on. Don't yield to the seductive pull of self-pity. Acting like a victim threatens your future.

Anonymous

Contributed by: mimi

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on choice, decision, self-awareness, identity, adventure, victim, quest, treasure, philosophy, and life

He realized that he had to choose between thinking of himself as the poor victim of a thief and as an adventurer in quest of his treasure.

I'm an adventurer, looking for treasure, he said to himelf.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream, Pages: 44

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Helen Tworkov on blame, violence, boogeyman, buddha, change, victim, and ignorance

We are not innocent children victimized by a big bad world; if our world is big and bad, we made it that way. This is what the Buddha taught. The “other” is the child's boogeyman, the projection of our own fears onto a terrifying object of our imagination, which in turn terrorizes us. Our ignorance is not seeing that we are the other. We cannot afford to confuse innocence with this ignorance. Violence is not a permanent, immutable, fixed object. It is a state of mind, an expression of ignorance, with no more solid substance than a cloud. We cannot make a frontal attack on violence. Even protecting ourselves from it fuels its boogeyman existence. But the Buddha taught that we can change. This was his good news: that there is a way to alleviate suffering by freeing our minds from greed, anger, and ignorance. Yet until we apprehend the ways in which we are Oklahoma City, the bombs and the baby bears, the victims and the violators, we will continue to blame “them,” all the while proclaiming our innocence and evading our responsibilities.

Helen Tworkov

Contributed by: David

A Quote by David R. Hawkins on power vs force, david hawkins, mentation, victim, virtue, and understanding

One is not the victim of mentation but instead is the very originator by virtue of intention to extract projected value.  With this understanding, one is free from being dominated by the false "I" of the experiencer.

David Hawkins

Contributed by: Darren

A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, buddhism, buddha, responsibility, and victim

According to Buddhism, each person is a Buddha who has forgotten their original nature.  If we in the pampered West, having grown up with so many advantages, could not claim our own health and our agency, preferring to see ourselves as helpless victims, then who would do it?  Who would take responsibility for the world?

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 338

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on love, compassion, victim, victims, suffer, suffering, compassionate, knowledge, and pity

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair. I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss.  I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what at last I have found. With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved. Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer. This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

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