The Recollections of Rifleman Harris, edited by Christopher Hibbert

‘It is, indeed, singular how a man loses or gains caste with his comrades from his behaviour, and how closely he is observed on the field.’

‘My observation has often led to me to remark amongst men, that those whose birth and station might reasonably have made them fastidious under hardship and toil have generally borne their miseries without a murmur; whilst those who previous life, one would have thought, might have better prepared them for the toils of war have been the first to cry out and complain of their hard fate.’

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Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

‘Animals are said to belong to the same species if they tend to mate together, giving birth to fertile offspring.’

‘The human collective knows far more today than did the ancient bands. But at the individual level, ancient foragers were the most knowledgeable and skillful people in history.’

‘There is no way out of the imagined order. When we break out of our prison walls and run towards freedom we are in fact running towards the more spacious exercise yard of a bigger prison.’

‘Writing was born as the maidservant of human consciousness, but is increasingly becoming its master.’

‘Yet it is an iron rule of history that every imagined hierarchy disavows its fictional origins and claims to be natural and inevitable.’

‘Culture tends to argue that it forbids only that which is unnatural, But from a biological perspective, nothing is unnatural. Whatever is possible by definition is also natural.’

‘For thousands of years, philosophers, thinkers and prophets have besmirched money and called it the root of all evil Be that as it may, money is also the apogee of human tolerance. Money is more open minded than language, state laws, cultural codes, religious beliefs and social habits. Money is the only trust system created by humans that can bridge almost any cultural gap, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, race, ago or sexual orientation. Thanks to money, even people who don’t know each other and don’t trust each other can nevertheless cooperate effectively.’

Steve Jobs

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all.

It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.

You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done.

Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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“Don’t try to grasp it with your mind. Don’t try to understand it. You can only know it when the mind is still.”

” Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realise this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal.”

“The philosopher Descartes believed he had found the most fundamental truth when he made his famous statement ‘I think therefore I am’. He had, in fact, given expression to the most basic error: to equate thinking with Being and identity with thinking.”

“In this way, you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no- mind in  which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking., This is the essence of meditation.”

“In your everyday life you can practice this by taking any routine activity that normally is only a means to an end and giving it your fullest attention, so that it becomes an end in itself.”

“Emotions arise at the place where your mind and body meet. It is the body’s reaction to your mind – or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body.”

“If you really want to know your mind, the body will always give you a truthful reflection, so look at the emotion or rather feel it in your body.”

“An emotion usually represents an amplified and energised thought pattern, and because of its often overpowering energetic charge, it is not easy initially to stay present enough to be able to watch it.”

“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”

“True power is within, and available to you now.”

“The secret of life is to ‘die before you die’ – and find that there is no death.”

“Realise deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.”

Ancient Wisdom, Modern World by The Dalai Lama

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“I must admit that I thought wealth would have gone further toward reducing suffering than is actually the case.”

“The increasing autonomy that people enjoy as a result of advances in science and technology has it’s good points. It is possible today to be far more independent of others than ever before. But with these developments, there has arisen a sense that my future is nor dependent on my neighbour but rather on my job, or, at most, my employer. This in turn encourages us to suppose that because others are not important for my happiness their happiness is not important to me.”

“We find that the more we succeed in transforming our hearts and minds through cultivating spiritual qualities, the better able we will be to cope with adversity and the greater the likelihood that our actions will be ethically wholesome.”

“According to my experience, the principal characteristic of genuine happiness is peace: inner peace…I attribute my sense of peace to the effort to develop concern for others.”

“Another way to avoid the narrowing of vision that can lead to such extreme states of self-hatred and despair is to rejoice in others’ good fortune, where e find it.  As part of this practice, it is helpful to take every opportunity to show our respect for others, even to encourage them with praise when that seems appropriate.”