Sublime Inner Life

The way you look at things is the most powerful force in shaping your life.

John O'Donohue, Irish Writer & Philosopher (1956-2008)

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.

Henry Miller, American Writer (1891-1980)

What the people are within, the buildings express without.

Louis Sullivan, Architect (1866-1944)

The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it.

Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist & Writer (1904-1987)

Everything shows me its face, its innermost being, its secret soul, which is more often silent than heard.

Wassily Kandinsky, Painter (1866-1944)

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Thomas Merton, Catholic Priest, Monk, Mystic & Writer (1915-1968)

The more living patterns there are in a place - a room, a building, or a town - the more it comes to life as an entirety, the more it glows, the more it has that self-maintaining fire which is the quality without a name.

Christopher Alexander, Architect (b. 1936)

Without music, life would be a mistake.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosopher (1844-1900)

The most sublime truth of all has never been stated or written or sung. Not because it is far away and cannot be reached, but because it is so intimately close, closer than anything that can be spoken. It is alive as the stillness in the core of your being, too close to be described, too close to be objectified, too close to be known in the usual way of knowledge. The truth of who you are is yours already. It is already present.

Gangaji, Nondual Spiritual Teacher & Author (b. 1942)