These three sounds when they are separated Cannot lead one beyond mortality; But when the whole mantra, A, U, and M, Indivisible, interdependent, Goes on reverberating in the mind, One is freed from fear, awake or asleep.
- Prashna Upanishad
The one who thinks himself equal or inferior or superior to others is, by that very reason, involved in argument. But such thoughts as equal, inferior, and superior are not there in the one who is not moved by such measurements. Why should a wise person argue with another, saying: "This is a truth" and "This is a lie"? If such a one never entertains a thought about equal, inferior, or superior, with whom is he going to argue? The sage who has freed himself from dependence on others and from dependence on words and is no longer attached to knowledge does not risk the smothering of truth by engaging in disputes with people.
- Sutta Nipata
Prostrating himself he cried, "You indeed are the noble one; I, the ignoble, feel abashed on your account. You are perfect and still remain obedient to His command; and I, barely a fraction, remain unjust, wicked, and unguided. You are perfect, yet are humble and fear the Lord; and I, the tainted, am averse and hostile."
If I cannot in honest happiness take the second place (or the twentieth); if I cannot take the first without making a fuss about my unworthiness, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
- Amy Carmichael
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure--which is: Try to please everybody.
- Herbert Swope, address, Dec. 20, 1950