Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.— Laurens van der Post
The most unusual Laurens van der Post quotes that are glad to read
The age of leaders has come and gone.
You must be your own leader now. You must contain the spirit of our time in your own life and your own nature. You must really explore, as you've never explored before, what human nature is like.
In a profound sense every man has two halves to his being;
he is not one person so much as two persons trying to act in unison. I believe that in the heart of each human being there is something which I can only describe as a child of darkness who is equal and complementary to the more obvious child of light.
The spirit of man is nomad, his blood bedouin, and love is the aboriginal tracker on the faded desert spoor of his lost self; and so I came to live my life not by conscious plan or prearranged design but as someone following the flight of a bird.
Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within.
We have a mighty task before us. The earth needs our assistance.
Often I have found that the one thing that can save is the thing which appears most to threaten ... one has to go down into what one most fears and in that process ... comes a saving flicker of light and energy that, even if it does not produce the courage of a hero, at any rate enables a trembling mortal to take one step further.
Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one's eternal peril.
That is the trouble, everybody is giving everything in the world a piece of their minds. Whereas what we want is not a piece of somebody's mind, even the best mind, so much as an open heart and an open spirit.
Organized religion is making Christianity political rather than making politics Christian.
There is a way in which the collective knowledge of mankind expresses itself, for the finite individual, through mere daily living . . . a way in which life itself is sheer knowing.
Creativity and love come from the same source.
The educating of the parents is really the education of the child children tend to live what is unlived in the parents, so it is vital that parents should be aware of their inferior, their dark side, and should press on getting to know themselves.
On the night that the Second World war was declared, there were crowds in the street. It was a summer's night and there was a blackout. On every side you heard people crying: 'Look at the moon!' The moon had been there every minute of their lives and they'd never seen it.
You cannot take the life of your times further than you have taken yourself.
You may well be right, and disaster may well come, I had told him.
But for me it will always be a point of honour to go on working to prevent disaster, if only to make certain it is the right kind of disaster life needs when it does ultimately come.
Of all man's inborn dispositions there is none more heroic than the love in him.
Everything else accepts defeat and dies, but love will fight no-love every inch of the way.
The mystery of creation was always between two, in an awareness that there was always both a 'thou'and and 'I'.