When speech comes from a quiet heart, it has the strength of the orchid, and the fragrance of rock.

— Stephen Mitchell

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Education is no longer thought of as a preparation for adult life, but as a continuing process of growth and development from birth until death.


Happily ever after doesn't begin with Once upon a time: it begins with Now.


Children understand that 'once upon a time' refers not only--not even primarily--to the past, but to the impalpable regions of the present, the deeper places inside us where princes and dragons, wizards and talking birds, impassable roads, impossible tasks, and happy endings have always existed, alive and bursting with psychic power.


True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way.


What people love about life is its miraculous beauty;

what they hate about death is the loss and decay around it. Yet losing is not losing, and decay turns into beauty, as beauty turns back into decay. We are breathed in, breathed out. Therefore all you need is to understand the one breath that makes up the world.


Creativity, not normality, has become the paradigm of mental health.


But self-abasement is just inverted egoism.

Anyone who acts with genuine humility will be as far from humiliation as from arrogance.


In a cookie factory, different cookies are baked in the shape of animals, cars, people, and airplanes. They all have different names and forms, but they are all made from the same dough, and they all taste the same.


If you listen to the traffic with a clear mind, without any concepts, it is not noisy, it is only what it is.


When there's no way out, you just follow the way in front of you.


It is better to do your own duty badly than to perfectly do an others;

when you do your duty, you are naturally free from sin.


Love softens everything except our sense of integrity.


About Stephen Mitchell

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Poet
Birthday 1943

Even the purest of teachers will face bitter criticism from those who feel threatened by him.


There are two kinds of women: those who marry princes and those who marry frogs.

The frogs never become princes, but it is an acknowledged fact that a prince may very well, in the course of an ordinary marrige, gradually, at first almost imperceptibly, turn into a frog. Happy the woman who after twenty-five years still wakes up beside the prince she fell in love with.


What may appear to be proud ungrateful and headstrong fron the outside may from the inside express an unshakable integrity of character. Pride, if it doesn't step over the line into arrogance, is simply an unprejudiced self-esteem. Ingratitude is the appropriate response to a kindness that has hooks on it. Headstrong is another word for trusting your own heart.


What we are tempted to call a disaster is sometimes the first, painful stage of a blessing.


The physical body is acknowledged as dust, the personal drama as delusion.

It is as if the world we perceive through our senses, the whole gorgeous and terrible pageant, were the breath-thin surface of a bubble, and everything else, inside and outside, is pure radiance. Both suffering and joy come then like a brief reflection, and death like a pin.


What is the gospel according to Jesus? Simply this: that the love we all long for in our innermost heart is already present, beyond longing.


So actions themselves are not good and not bad; only the intention is important.

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