Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality, says one of my favorite Byzantine mystics. I did this when a child; I do it now as well in the most creative moments of my life.
I said to the almond tree, 'Friend, speak to me of God,' and the almond tree blossomed.
Everything in this world has a hidden meaning.
I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.
All my life I struggled to stretch my mind to the breaking point, until it began to creak, in order to create a great thought which might be able to give a new meaning to life, a new meaning to death, and to console mankind.
When everyone drowns and I'm the only one to escape, God is protecting me. When everyone else is saved and I'm the only one to drown, God is protecting me then too.
This book is not a biography; it is the confession of every man who struggles. In publishing it I have fulfilled my duty, the duty of a person who struggled much, was embittered in his life
I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.
Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels.
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
I said to the almond tree, Friend, speak to me of God, and the almond tree blossomed.
The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.
I expect nothing. I fear no one. I am free.
Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive.
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