Retire

“Keep on beating and sharpening a sword,
And the edge cannot be preserved for long.
Fill your house with gold and jade,
And it can no longer be guarded.
Set store by your riches and honour,
And you will only reap a crop of calamities.
Here is the Way of Heaven:
When you have done your work, retire!”

Peace of the Forest

“People say to me so often, ‘Jane how can you be so peaceful when everywhere around you people want books signed, people are asking these questions and yet you seem peaceful’, and I always answer that it is the peace of the forest that I carry inside.”

Simplicity

“Simplicity should not be identified with bareness.”

It Is Your Show

“It is your show.
It is your universe.
There is no one else here, just you,
and nothing is being withheld from you.
You are completely on your own.
Everything is available for direct knowing.
No one else has anything you need.
No one else can lead you, pull you, push you or carry you.”

Observation

“The highest form of intelligence is the ability to observe without evaluating.”

Judgment

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

Friendship

“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

Kindness

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

Do Good

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Quiet

“There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out of me from unseen roots of all created being.”