He who knows he has enough

I keep a book on my desk: The Essence of Zen: An Anthology of Quotations.  When I feel the need to reflect on myself, life in general, and the world I live in, I pick it up.  I find myself doing thumbing through the book frequently.

This morning, after I got home from a four and a half mile walk in the darkness, I picked it up.  These words struck a chord with me:

Within yourself
is a stillness and a sanctuary
to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
~ Hermann Hesse
 
Your vision will become clear only
when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakes.
~ Carl Jung
 
Love not what you are
but what you may become.
~ Miguel de Cervantes
 
The real voyage of discovery
consists not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.
~ Marcel Proust
 
He who knows
he has enough
is rich.
~ Lao-Tzu

 

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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One Response to He who knows he has enough

  1. robin andrea says:

    You remind me that I should keep a book like this nearby at all times. Thank you for that.

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