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  • Hell is not punishment. It's training.
  • To accept some idea of truth without experiencing it is like a painting of a cake on paper which you cannot eat.
  • Our tendency is to be interested in something that is growing in the garden, not in the bare soil itself. But if you want to have a good harvest, the most important thing is to make the soil rich and cultivate it well.
  • So the secret is just to say 'Yes!' and jump off from here. Then there is no problem. It means to be yourself, always yourself, without sticking to an old self.
  • Take care of things, and they will take care of you.
  • My life has been one long series of mistakes.
  • Life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact, we have no fear of death anymore, nor actual difficulty in our life.
  • As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw.
  • The way that helps will not be the same; it changes according to the situation.
  • Sometimes, just to be alive is enough.

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