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mastery ::: the state of being master; power of command or control. mastery’s, masteries. :::

mastery ::: n. --> The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.
Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.
Contest for superiority.
A masterly operation; a feat.
Specifically, the philosopher&

Mastery of the material implies the right and careful utilisation of things and also a self-control in their use.

Mastery over sex ::: To master the sex impulse, — to become so much master of the sex-centre that the sexual energy would be drawn upwards, not thrown outwards and wasted — it is so indeed that the force in the seed can be turned into a primal physical energy supporting aU the others, retas into ojas.

mastery ::: n. --> The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.
Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.
Contest for superiority.
A masterly operation; a feat.
Specifically, the philosopher&

Mastery of the material implies the right and careful utilisation of things and also a self-control in their use.

Mastery over sex ::: To master the sex impulse, — to become so much master of the sex-centre that the sexual energy would be drawn upwards, not thrown outwards and wasted — it is so indeed that the force in the seed can be turned into a primal physical energy supporting aU the others, retas into ojas.

mastery ::: the state of being master; power of command or control. mastery’s, masteries. :::


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1:One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. ~ Leonardo da Vinci,
2:Knowledge is power and mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 1.07 - The Ego and the Dualities,
3:Mastery is often taken for egotism. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
4:If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. ~ Michelangelo,
5:Successful assimilation depends on mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine and Human On Original Thinking,
6:Yoga demands mastery over the nature, not subjection to the nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV Desire,
7:Freedom and not a skilful subjection is the true means of mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 0.02 - The Three Steps of Nature,
8:Tranquillity is a sign of increasing self-mastery and purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.25 - The Higher and the Lower Knowledge,
9:Never stop working on your statue until the divine glory of virtue shines out on you, until you see self-mastery enthroned upon its holy seat. ~ Plotinus,
10:The Divine in life is Power possessed of self-mastery, but also of mastery of His world. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Ultimate of Life,
11:The liberation from an externalised ego sense is the first step towards the soul’s freedom and mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 4.04 - The Perfection of the Mental Being,
12:A complete self-knowledge in all things and at all moments is the gift of the supramental gnosis and with it a complete self-mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 2.27 - The Gnostic Being,
13:Considered mystically, the story of the Flood is the wise man's mastery of adversity. It is the philosopher surviving the onslaughts of ignorance. It is ... ~ Manly P Hall?, Understand your Bible? ,
14:The overcoming of the sex instinct and impulse is indeed binding on all who would attain to self-mastery and lead the spiritual life. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays in Philosophy and Yoga 5.03 - The Divine Body,
15:Even with skills that are primarily mental, such as computer programming or speaking a foreign language, it remains the case that we learn best through practice and repetition-the natural learning process. ~ Robert Greene, Mastery ,
16:Man is obliged by a Power within him to be the labourer of a more or less conscious self-evolution that shall lead him to self-mastery and self-knowledge. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Supramental Thought and Knowledge,
17:Love and the need of mastery, joy and the longing for greatnessRage like a fire unquenchable burning the world and creating,Nor till humanity dies will they sink in the ashes of Nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems 5.1.01 - Ilion,
18:The Way of Mastery is to break all the rules-but you have to know them perfectly before you can do this; otherwise you are not in a position to transcend them. ~ Aleister Crowley, Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on The Book of the Law ,
19:To be first in tune with the Infinite, in harmony with the Divine, and then to be unified with the Infinite, taken into the Divine is its condition of perfect strength and mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.17 - The Soul and Nature,
20:To cease to be identified with the body, to separate oneself from the body-consciousness, is a recognised and necessary step whether towards spiritual liberation or towards spiritual perfection and mastery over Nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 2.27 - The Gnostic Being,
21:And here potentiality exists; for the mastery of phenomena depends upon a knowledge of their causes and processes and if we know the causes of error, sorrow, pain, death, we may labour with some hope towards their elimination. For knowledge is power and mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine ,
22:An essential movement of the Yoga is to draw back from the outward ego sense by which we are identified with the action of mind, life and body and live inwardly in the soul. The liberation from an externalised ego sense is the first step towards the soul's freedom and mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 633,
23:What is lasting, eternal, immortal and infinite, that indeed is worth having, worth conquering, worth possessing. It is divine Light, divine Love, divine Life - it is also Supreme Peace, Perfect Joy and All-Mastery upon earth with the Complete Manifestation as the crowning. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II 1.01 - The True Aim of Life,
24:The aim of a human perfection must include, if it is to deserve the name, two things, self-mastery and a mastery of the surroundings; it must seek for them in the greatest degree of these powers which is at all attainable by our human nature. Man's urge of self-perfection is to be, in the ancient language, svarat and samrat, self-ruler and king. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
25:In his book: 'Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us', Daniel Pink narrows motivation down to 3 key elements: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Without a genuine interest in what we do, we will never be proud of it, we will never master it, and we will never feel purposed for it. In short, if you are not interested, you are not motivated, and without motivation, you will not succeed. ~ Marcus Tomlinson, How to become an Expert Software Engineer ,
26:Sri Aurobindo: With the mental will you can suppress it temporarily but that does not bring real mastery. This pull shows that you have a strong vital force - this has to be regenerated. All thoughts, desires, conventions, attachments which come from outside must be ruthlessly pushed away. The inside must be made entirely calm and quiet and there should reign an upward aspiration - a state of awaiting. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Anilbaran Roy Interviews and Conversations ,
27:The Gita has laid it down from the beginning that the very first precondition of the divine birth, the higher existence is the slaying of rajasic desire and its children, and that means the exclusion of sin. Sin is the working of the lower nature for the crude satisfaction of its own ignorant, dull or violent rajasic and tamasic propensities in revolt against any high self-control and self-mastery of the nature by the spirit. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays On The Gita ,
28:In Japanese language, kata (though written as 方) is a frequently-used suffix meaning way of doing, with emphasis on the form and order of the process. Other meanings are training method and formal exercise. The goal of a painter's practicing, for example, is to merge his consciousness with his brush; the potter's with his clay; the garden designer's with the materials of the garden. Once such mastery is achieved, the theory goes, the doing of a thing perfectly is as easy as thinking it ~ Boye De Mente, Japan's Secret Weapon - The Kata Factor ,
29:Noah harkened to the voice of the Lord that is he lived according to the Law, perfecting his soul and enriching his consciousness with the many experiences which result from the mystery of living. As a consequence the "Lord" protects the life of Noah, and brings the Ark at the end to a safe testing place upon the Mount of the illumination, Ararat. Part of the thirty-third degree of Freemasonry includes an interpretation of the symbolism of Noah and his Ark. Considered mystically, the story of the Flood is the wise man's mastery of adversity. It is the philosopher surviving the onslaughts of ignorance. It is the illumined mystic floating safely over the chaos. ~ Manly P Hall, How To Understand Your Bible ,
30:The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their downfall: in the labyrinth, in hardness towards oneself and others, in experiment; their delight lies in self-mastery: asceticism is with them nature, need, instinct. The difficult task they consider a privilege; to play with burdens that crush others, a recreation... Knowledge - a form of asceticism. - They are the most venerable kind of man: that does not exclude their being the cheerfullest, the kindliest. They rule not because they want to but because they are; they are not free to be second. - The second type: they are the guardians of the law, the keepers of order and security; they are the noble warriors, with the king above all as the highest formula of warrior, judge, and upholder of the law. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist ,
31:The power to do nothing, which is quite different from indolence, incapacity or aversion to action and attachment to inaction, is a great power and a great mastery; the power to rest absolutely from action is as necessary for the Jnanayogin as the power to cease absolutely from thought, as the power to remain indefinitely in sheer solitude and silence and as the power of immovable calm. Whoever is not willing to embrace these states is not yet fit for the path that leads towards the highest knowledge; whoever is unable to draw towards them, is as yet unfit for its acquisition....Still, periods of absolute calm, solitude and cessation from works are highly desirable and should be secured as often as possible for that recession of the soul into itself which is indispensable to knowledge. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Freedom from Subjection to the Being,
32:potential limitation of Yogic methods ::: But as in physical knowledge the multiplication of scientific processes has its disadvantages, as it tends, for instance, to develop a victorious artificiality which overwhelms our natural human life under a load of machinery and to purchase certain forms of freedom and mastery at the price of an increased servitude, so the preoccupation with Yogic processes and their exceptional results may have its disadvantages and losses. The Yogin tends to draw away from the common existence and lose his hold upon it; he tends to purchase wealth of spirit by an impoverishment of his human activities, the inner freedom by and outer death. If he gains God, he loses life, or if he turns his efforts outward to conquer life, he is in danger of losing God... ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga Introduction - The Conditions of the Synthesis,
33:The greatest value of the dream-state of Samadhi lies, however, not in these more outward things, but in its power to open up easily higher ranges and powers of thought, emotion, will by which the soul grows in height, range and self-mastery. Especially, withdrawing from the distraction of sensible things, it can, in a perfect power of concentrated self-seclusion, prepare itself by a free reasoning, thought, discrimination or more intimately, more finally, by an ever deeper vision and identification, for access to the Divine, the supreme Self, the transcendent Truth, both in its principles and powers and manifestations and in its highest original Being. Or it can by an absorbed inner joy and emotion, as in a sealed and secluded chamber of the soul, prepare itself for the delight of union with the divine Beloved, the Master of all bliss, rapture and Ananda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga Part Two: The Yoga of Integral Knowledge,
34:To see, know, become and fulfil this One in our inner selves and in all our outer nature, was always the secret goal and becomes now the conscious purpose of our embodied existence. To be conscious of him in all parts of our being and equally in all that the dividing mind sees as outside our being, is the consummation of the individual consciousness. To be possessed by him and possess him in ourselves and in all things is the term of all empire and mastery. To enjoy him in all experience of passivity and activity, of peace and of power, of unity and of difference is the happiness which the Jiva, the individual soul manifested in the world, is obscurely seeking. This is the entire definition of the aim of integral Yoga; it is the rendering in personal experience of the truth which universal Nature has hidden in herself and which she travails to discover. It is the conversion of the human soul into the divine soul and of natural life into divine living. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
35:the supreme third period of greater divine equality ::: If we can pass through these two stages of the inner change without being arrested or fixed in either, we are admitted to a greater divine equality which is capable of a spiritual ardour and tranquil passion of delight, a rapturous, all-understanding and all-possessing equality of the perfected soul, an intense and even wideness and fullness of its being embracing all things. This is the supreme period and the passage to it is through the joy of a total self-giving to the Divine and to the universal Mother. For strength is then crowned by a happy mastery, peace deepens into bliss, the possession of the divine calm is uplifted and made the ground for the possession of the divine movement. But if this greater perfection is to arrive, the soul's impartial high-seatedness looking down from above on the flux of forms and personalities and movements and forces must be modified and change into a new sense of strong and calm submission and a powerful and intense surrender. ... ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 1.09 - Equality and the Annihilation of Ego,
36:understanding fails when pulled down by lower movements ::: By the understanding we mean that which at once perceives, judges and discriminates, the true reason of the human beingnot subservient to the senses, to desire or to the blind force of habit, but working in its own right for mastery, for knowledge. Certainly, the reason of man as he is at present does not even at its best act entirely in this free and sovereign fashion; but so far as it fails, it fails because it is still mixed with the lower half-animal action, because it is impure and constantly hampered and pulled down from its characteristic action. In its purity it should not be involved in these lower movements, but stand back from the object, and observe disinterestedly, put it in its right place in the whole by force of comparison, contrast, analogy, reason from its rightly observed data by deduction, induction, inference and holding all its gains in memory and supplementing them by a chastened and rightly-guided imagination view all in the light of a trained and disciplined judgment. Such is the pure intellectual understanding of which disinterested observation, judgment and reasoning are the law and characterising action. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Yoga of Knowledge,
37:the great division ::: Secondly, with regard to the movements and experiences of the body the mind will come to know the Purusha seated within it as, first, the witness or observer of the movements and, secondly, the knower or perceiver of the experiences. It will cease to consider in thought or feel in sensation these movements and experiences as its own but rather consider and feel them as not its own, as operations of Nature governed by the qualities of Nature and their interaction upon each other. This detachment can be made so normal and carried so far that there will be a kind of division between the mind and the body and the former will observe and experience the hunger, thirst, pain, fatigue, depression, etc. of the physical being as if they were experiences of some other person with whom it has so close a rapport as to be aware of all that is going on within him. This division is a great means, a great step towards mastery; for the mind comes to observe these things first without being overpowered and finally without at all being affected by them, dispassionately, with clear understanding but with perfect detachment. This is the initial liberation of the mental being from servitude to the body; for by right knowledge put steadily into practice liberation comes inevitably ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.05 - Renunciation,
38:the fourth aid, time, kala ::: The sadhaka who has all these aids is sure of his goal. Even a fall will be for him only a means of rising and death a passage towards fulfilment. For once on this path, birth and death become only processes in the development of his being and the stages of his journey. Time is the remaining aid needed for the effectivity of the process. Time presents itself to human effort as an enemy or a friend, as a resistance, a medium or an instrument. But always it is really the instrument of the soul. Time is a field of circumstances and forces meeting and working out a resultant progression whose course it measures. To the ego it is a tyrant or a resistance, to the Divine an instrument. Therefore, while our effort is personal, Time appears as a resistance, for it presents to us all the obstruction of the forces that conflict with our own. When the divine working and the personal are combined in our consciousness, it appears as a medium and a condition. When the two become one, it appears as a servant and instrument. The ideal attitude of the sadhaka towards Time is to have an endless patience as if he had all eternity for his fulfilment and yet to develop the energy that shall realise now and with an ever-increasing mastery and pressure of rapidity till it reaches the miraculous instantaneousness of the supreme divine Transformation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 1.01 - The Four Aids,
39:The sign of the immersion of the embodied soul in Prakriti is the limitation of consciousness to the ego. The vivid stamp of this limited consciousness can be seen in a constant inequality of the mind and heart and a confused conflict and disharmony in their varied reactions to the touches of experience. The human reactions sway perpetually between the dualities created by the soul's subjection to Nature and by its often intense but narrow struggle for mastery and enjoyment, a struggle for the most part ineffective. The soul circles in an unending round of Nature's alluring and distressing opposites, success and failure, good fortune and ill fortune, good and evil, sin and virtue, joy and grief, pain and pleasure. It is only when, awaking from its immersion in Prakriti, it perceives its oneness with the One and its oneness with all existences that it can become free from these things and found its right relation to this executive world-Nature. Then it becomes indifferent to her inferior modes, equal-minded to her dualities, capable of mastery and freedom; it is seated above her as the high-throned knower and witness filled with the calm intense unalloyed delight of his own eternal existence. The embodied spirit continues to express its powers in action, but it is no longer involved in ignorance, no longer bound by its works; its actions have no longer a consequence within it, but only a consequence outside in Prakriti. The whole movement of Nature becomes to its experience a rising and falling of waves on the surface that make no difference to its own unfathomable peace, its wide delight, its vast universal equality or its boundless God-existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
40:The whole crux and difficulty of human life lies here. Man is this mental being, this mental consciousness working as mental force, aware in a way of the universal force and life of which he is part but, because he has not knowledge of its universality or even of the totality of his own being, unable to deal either with life in general or with his own life in a really effective and victorious movement of mastery. He seeks to know Matter in order to be master of the material environment, to know Life in order to be master of the vital existence, to know Mind in order to be master of the great obscure movement of mentality in which he is not only a jet of light of self-consciousness like the animal, but also more and more a flame of growing knowledge. Thus he seeks to know himself in order to be master of himself, to know the world in order to be master of the world. This is the urge of Existence in him, the necessity of the Consciousness he is, the impulsion of the Force that is his life, the secret will of Sachchidananda appearing as the individual in a world in which He expresses and yet seems to deny Himself. To find the conditions under which this inner impulsion is satisfied is the problem man must strive always to resolve and to that he is compelled by the very nature of his own existence and by the Deity seated within him; and until the problem is solved, the impulse satisfied, the human race cannot rest from its labour. Either man must fulfil himself by satisfying the Divine within him or he must produce out of himself a new and greater being who will be more capable of satisfying it. He must either himself become a divine humanity or give place to Superman. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine ,
41:The first cause of impurity in the understanding is the intermiscence of desire in the thinking functions, and desire itself is an impurity of the Will involved in the vital and emotional parts of our being. When the vital and emotional desires interfere with the pure Will-to-know, the thought-function becomes subservient to them, pursues ends other than those proper to itself and its perceptions are clogged and deranged. The understanding must lift itself beyond the siege of desire and emotion and, in order that it may have perfect immunity, it must get the vital parts and the emotions themselves purified. The will to enjoy is proper to the vital being but not the choice or the reaching after the enjoyment which must be determined and acquired by higher functions; therefore the vital being must be trained to accept whatever gain or enjoyment comes to it in the right functioning of the life in obedience to the working of the divine Will and to rid itself of craving and attachment. Similarly the heart must be freed from subjection to the cravings of the life-principle and the senses and thus rid itself of the false emotions of fear, wrath, hatred, lust, etc, which constitute the chief impurity of the heart. The will to love is proper to the heart, but here also the choice and reaching after love have to be foregone or tranquillised and the heart taught to love with depth and intensity indeed, but with a calm depth and a settled and equal, not a troubled and disordered intensity. The tranquillisation and mastery of these members is a first condition for the immunity of the understanding from error, ignorance and perversion. This purification spells an entire equality of the nervous being and the heart; equality, therefore, even as it was the first word of the path of works, so also is the first word of the path of knowledge. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.03 - The Purified Understanding,
42:A distinction has to be firmly seized in our consciousness, the capital distinction between mechanical Nature and the free Lord of Nature, between the Ishwara or single luminous divine Will and the many executive modes and forces of the universe. Nature, - not as she is in her divine Truth, the conscious Power of the Eternal, but as she appears to us in the Ignorance, - is executive Force, mechanical in her steps, not consciously intelligent to our experience of her, although all her works are instinct with an absolute intelligence. Not in herself master, she is full of a self-aware Power which has an infinite mastery and, because of this Power driving her, she rules all and exactly fulfils the work intended in her by the Ishwara. Not enjoying but enjoyed, she bears in herself the burden of all enjoyments. Nature as Prakriti is an inertly active Force, - for she works out a movement imposed upon her; but within her is One that knows, - some Entity sits there that is aware of all her motion and process. Prakriti works containing the knowledge, the mastery, the delight of the Purusha, the Being associated with her or seated within her; but she can participate in them only by subjection and reflection of that which fills her. Purusha knows and is still and inactive; he contains the action of Prakriti within his consciousness and knowledge and enjoys it. He gives the sanction to Prakriti's works and she works out what is sanctioned by him for his pleasure. Purusha himself does not execute; he maintains Prakriti in her action and allows her to express in energy and process and formed result what he perceives in his knowledge. This is the distinction made by the Sankhyas; and although it is not all the true truth, not in any way the highest truth either of Purusha or of Prakriti, still it is a valid and indispensable practical knowledge in the lower hemisphere of existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
43:A distinction has to be firmly seized in our consciousness, the capital distinction between mechanical Nature and the free Lord of Nature, between the Ishwara or single luminous divine Will and the many executive modes and forces of the universe. Nature, - not as she is in her divine Truth, the conscious Power of the Eternal, but as she appears to us in the Ignorance, - is executive Force, mechanical in her steps, not consciously intelligent to our experience of her, although all her works are instinct with an absolute intelligence. Not in herself master, she is full of a self-aware Power which has an infinite mastery and, because of this Power driving her, she rules all and exactly fulfils the work intended in her by the Ishwara. Not enjoying but enjoyed, she bears in herself the burden of all enjoyments. Nature as Prakriti is an inertly active Force, - for she works out a movement imposed upon her; but within her is One that knows, - some Entity sits there that is aware of all her motion and process. Prakriti works containing the knowledge, the mastery, the delight of the Purusha, the Being associated with her or seated within her; but she can participate in them only by subjection and reflection of that which fills her. Purusha knows and is still and inactive; he contains the action of Prakriti within his consciousness and knowledge and enjoys it. He gives the sanction to Prakriti's works and she works out what is sanctioned by him for his pleasure. Purusha himself does not execute; he maintains Prakriti in her action and allows her to express in energy and process and formed result what he perceives in his knowledge. This is the distinction made by the Sankhyas; and although it is not all the true truth, not in any way the highest truth either of Purusha or of Prakriti, still it is a valid and indispensable practical knowledge in the lower hemisphere of existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga Self-Surrender in Works,
44:The way of integral knowledge supposes that we are intended to arrive at an integral self-fulfilment and the only thing that is to be eliminated is our own unconsciousness, the Ignorance and the results of the Ignorance. Eliminate the falsity of the being which figures as the ego; then our true being can manifest in us. Eliminate the falsity of the life which figures as mere vital craving and the mechanical round of our corporeal existence; our true life in the power of the Godhead and the joy of the Infinite will appear. Eliminate the falsity of the senses with their subjection to material shows and to dual sensations; there is a greater sense in us that can open through these to the Divine in things and divinely reply to it. Eliminate the falsity of the heart with its turbid passions and desires and its dual emotions; a deeper heart in us can open with its divine love for all creatures and its infinite passion and yearning for the responses of the Infinite. Eliminate the falsity of the thought with its imperfect mental constructions, its arrogant assertions and denials, its limited and exclusive concentrations; a greater faculty of knowledge is behind that can open to the true Truth of God and the soul and Nature and the universe. An integral self-fulfilment, - an absolute, a culmination for the experiences of the heart, for its instinct of love, joy, devotion and worship; an absolute, a culmination for the senses, for their pursuit of divine beauty and good and delight in the forms of things; an absolute, a culmination for the life, for its pursuit of works, of divine power, mastery and perfection; an absolute, a culmination beyond its own limits for the thought, for its hunger after truth and light and divine wisdom and knowledge. Not something quite other than themselves from which they are all cast away is the end of these things in our nature, but something supreme in which they at once transcend themselves and find their own absolutes and infinitudes, their harmonies beyond measure. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.01 - The Object of Knowledge,
45:The general characteristics and attributions of these Grades are indicated by their correspondences on the Tree of Life, as may be studied in detail in the Book 777. Student. -- His business is to acquire a general intellectual knowledge of all systems of attainment, as declared in the prescribed books. (See curriculum in Appendix I.) {231} Probationer. -- His principal business is to begin such practices as he my prefer, and to write a careful record of the same for one year. Neophyte. -- Has to acquire perfect control of the Astral Plane. Zelator. -- His main work is to achieve complete success in Asana and Pranayama. He also begins to study the formula of the Rosy Cross. Practicus. -- Is expected to complete his intellectual training, and in particular to study the Qabalah. Philosophus. -- Is expected to complete his moral training. He is tested in Devotion to the Order. Dominus Liminis. -- Is expected to show mastery of Pratyahara and Dharana. Adeptus (without). -- is expected to perform the Great Work and to attain the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. Adeptus (within). -- Is admitted to the practice of the formula of the Rosy Cross on entering the College of the Holy Ghost. Adeptus (Major). -- Obtains a general mastery of practical Magick, though without comprehension. Adeptus (Exemptus). -- Completes in perfection all these matters. He then either ("a") becomes a Brother of the Left Hand Path or, ("b") is stripped of all his attainments and of himself as well, even of his Holy Guardian Angel, and becomes a babe of the Abyss, who, having transcended the Reason, does nothing but grow in the womb of its mother. It then finds itself a Magister Templi. -- (Master of the Temple): whose functions are fully described in Liber 418, as is this whole initiation from Adeptus Exemptus. See also "Aha!". His principal business is to tend his "garden" of disciples, and to obtain a perfect understanding of the Universe. He is a Master of Samadhi. {232} Magus. -- Attains to wisdom, declares his law (See Liber I, vel Magi) and is a Master of all Magick in its greatest and highest sense. Ipsissimus. -- Is beyond all this and beyond all comprehension of those of lower degrees. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA ,
46:requirements for the psychic ::: At a certain stage in the Yoga when the mind is sufficiently quieted and no longer supports itself at every step on the sufficiency of its mental certitudes, when the vital has been steadied and subdued and is no longer constantly insistent on its own rash will, demand and desire, when the physical has been sufficiently altered not to bury altogether the inner flame under the mass of its outwardness, obscurity or inertia, an inmost being hidden within and felt only in its rare influences is able to come forward and illumine the rest and take up the lead of the sadhana. Its character is a one-pointed orientation towards the Divine or the Highest, one-pointed and yet plastic in action and movement; it does not create a rigidity of direction like the one-pointed intellect or a bigotry of the regnant idea or impulse like the one-pointed vital force; it is at every moment and with a supple sureness that it points the way to the Truth, automatically distinguishes the right step from the false, extricates the divine or Godward movement from the clinging mixture of the undivine. Its action is like a searchlight showing up all that has to be changed in the nature; it has in it a flame of will insistent on perfection, on an alchemic transmutation of all the inner and outer existence. It sees the divine essence everywhere but rejects the mere mask and the disguising figure. It insists on Truth, on will and strength and mastery, on Joy and Love and Beauty, but on a Truth of abiding Knowledge that surpasses the mere practical momentary truth of the Ignorance, on an inward joy and not on mere vital pleasure, -- for it prefers rather a purifying suffering and sorrow to degrading satisfactions, -- on love winged upward and not tied to the stake of egoistic craving or with its feet sunk in the mire, on beauty restored to its priesthood of interpretation of the Eternal, on strength and will and mastery as instruments not of the ego but of the Spirit. Its will is for the divinisation of life, the expression through it of a higher Truth, its dedication to the Divine and the Eternal. But the most intimate character of the psychic is its pressure towards the Divine through a sacred love, joy and oneness. It is the divine Love that it seeks most, it is the love of the Divine that is its spur, its goal, its star of Truth shining over the luminous cave of the nascent or the still obscure cradle of the new-born godhead within us. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 1,
47:The preliminary movement of Rajayoga is careful self-discipline by which good habits of mind are substituted for the lawless movements that indulge the lower nervous being. By the practice of truth, by renunciation of all forms of egoistic seeking, by abstention from injury to others, by purity, by constant meditation and inclination to the divine Purusha who is the true lord of the mental kingdom, a pure, clear state of mind and heart is established. This is the first step only. Afterwards, the ordinary activities of the mind and sense must be entirely quieted in order that the soul may be free to ascend to higher states of consciousness and acquire the foundation for a perfect freedom and self-mastery. But Rajayoga does not forget that the disabilities of the ordinary mind proceed largely from its subjection to the reactions of the nervous system and the body. It adopts therefore from the Hathayogic system its devices of asana and pranayama, but reduces their multiple and elaborate forms in each case to one simplest and most directly effective process sufficient for its own immediate object. Thus it gets rid of the Hathayogic complexity and cumbrousness while it utilises the swift and powerful efficacy of its methods for the control of the body and the vital functions and for the awakening of that internal dynamism, full of a latent supernormal faculty, typified in Yogic terminology by the kundalini, the coiled and sleeping serpent of Energy within. This done, the system proceeds to the perfect quieting of the restless mind and its elevation to a higher plane through concentration of mental force by the successive stages which lead to the utmost inner concentration or ingathered state of the consciousness which is called Samadhi. By Samadhi, in which the mind acquires the capacity of withdrawing from its limited waking activities into freer and higher states of consciousness, Rajayoga serves a double purpose. It compasses a pure mental action liberated from the confusions of the outer consciousness and passes thence to the higher supra-mental planes on which the individual soul enters into its true spiritual existence. But also it acquires the capacity of that free and concentrated energising of consciousness on its object which our philosophy asserts as the primary cosmic energy and the method of divine action upon the world. By this capacity the Yogin, already possessed of the highest supracosmic knowledge and experience in the state of trance, is able in the waking state to acquire directly whatever knowledge and exercise whatever mastery may be useful or necessary to his activities in the objective world. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Conditions of the Synthesis,
48:- for every well-made and significant poem, picture, statue or building is an act of creative knowledge, a living discovery of the consciousness, a figure of Truth, a dynamic form of mental and vital self-expression or world-expression, - all that seeks, all that finds, all that voices or figures is a realisation of something of the play of the Infinite and to that extent can be made a means of God-realisation or of divine formation. But the Yogin has to see that it is no longer done as part of an ignorant mental life; it can be accepted by him only if by the feeling, the remembrance, the dedication within it, it is turned into a movement of the spiritual consciousness and becomes a part of its vast grasp of comprehensive illuminating knowledge. For all must be done as a sacrifice, all activities must have the One Divine for their object and the heart of their meaning. The Yogin's aim in the sciences that make for knowledge should be to discover and understand the workings of the Divine Consciousness-Puissance in man and creatures and things and forces, her creative significances, her execution of the mysteries, the symbols in which she arranges the manifestation. The Yogin's aim in the practical sciences, whether mental and physical or occult and psychic, should be to enter into the ways of the Divine and his processes, to know the materials and means for the work given to us so that we may use that knowledge for a conscious and faultless expression of the spirit's mastery, joy and self-fulfilment. The Yogin's aim in the Arts should not be a mere aesthetic, mental or vital gratification, but, seeing the Divine everywhere, worshipping it with a revelation of the meaning of its own works, to express that One Divine in ideal forms, the One Divine in principles and forces, the One Divine in gods and men and creatures and objects. The theory that sees an intimate connection between religious aspiration and the truest and greatest Art is in essence right; but we must substitute for the mixed and doubtful religious motive a spiritual aspiration, vision, interpreting experience. For the wider and more comprehensive the seeing, the more it contains in itself the sense of the hidden Divine in humanity and in all things and rises beyond a superficial religiosity into the spiritual life, the more luminous, flexible, deep and powerful will the Art be that springs from that high motive. The Yogin's distinction from other men is this that he lives in a higher and vaster spiritual consciousness; all his work of knowledge or creation must then spring from there: it must not be made in the mind, - for it is a greater truth and vision than mental man's that he has to express or rather that presses to express itself through him and mould his works, not for his personal satisfaction, but for a divine purpose. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 1,
49:on purifying ego and desire ::: The elimination of all egoistic activity and of its foundation, the egoistic consciousness, is clearly the key to the consummation we desire. And since in the path of works action is the knot we have first to loosen, we must endeavour to loosen it where it is centrally tied, in desire and in ego; for otherwise we shall cut only stray strands and not the heart of our bondage.These are the two knots of our subjection to this ignorant and divided Nature, desire and ego-sense. And of these two desire has its native home in the emotions and sensations and instincts and from there affects thought and volition; ego-sense lives indeed in these movements, but it casts its deep roots also in the thinking mind and its will and it is there that it becomes fully self conscious. These are the twin obscure powers of the obsessing world-wide Ignorance that we have to enlighten and eliminate. In the field of action desire takes many forms, but the most powerful of all is the vital selfs craving or seeking after the fruit of our works. The fruit we covet may be a reward of internal pleasure; it may be the accomplishment of some preferred idea or some cherished will or the satisfaction of the egoistic emotions, or else the pride of success of our highest hopes and ambitions. Or it may be an external reward, a recompense entirely material, -wealth, position, honour, victory, good fortune or any other fulfilment of vital or physical desire. But all alike are lures by which egoism holds us. Always these satisfactions delude us with the sense of mastery and the idea of freedom, while really we are harnessed and guided or ridden and whipped by some gross or subtle, some noble or ignoble, figure of the blind Desire that drives the world. Therefore the first rule of action laid down by the Gita is to do the work that should be done without any desire for the fruit, niskama karma. ... The test it lays down is an absolute equality of the mind and the heart to all results, to all reactions, to all happenings. If good fortune and ill fortune, if respect and insult, if reputation and obloquy, if victory and defeat, if pleasant event and sorrowful event leave us not only unshaken but untouched, free in the emotions, free in the nervous reactions, free in the mental view, not responding with the least disturbance or vibration in any spot of the nature, then we have the absolute liberation to which the Gita points us, but not otherwise. The tiniest reaction is a proof that the discipline is imperfect and that some part of us accepts ignorance and bondage as its law and clings still to the old nature. Our self-conquest is only partially accomplished; it is still imperfect or unreal in some stretch or part or smallest spot of the ground of our nature. And that little pebble of imperfection may throw down the whole achievement of the Yoga ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Yoga of Divine Works,
50:It is thus by an integralisation of our divided being that the Divine Shakti in the Yoga will proceed to its object; for liberation, perfection, mastery are dependent on this integralisation, since the little wave on the surface cannot control its own movement, much less have any true control over the vast life around it. The Shakti, the power of the Infinite and the Eternal descends within us, works, breaks up our present psychological formations, shatters every wall, widens, liberates, presents us with always newer and greater powers of vision, ideation, perception and newer and greater life-motives, enlarges and newmodels increasingly the soul and its instruments, confronts us with every imperfection in order to convict and destroy it, opens to a greater perfection, does in a brief period the work of many lives or ages so that new births and new vistas open constantly within us. Expansive in her action, she frees the consciousness from confinement in the body; it can go out in trance or sleep or even waking and enter into worlds or other regions of this world and act there or carry back its experience. It spreads out, feeling the body only as a small part of itself, and begins to contain what before contained it; it achieves the cosmic consciousness and extends itself to be commensurate with the universe. It begins to know inwardly and directly and not merely by external observation and contact the forces at play in the world, feels their movement, distinguishes their functioning and can operate immediately upon them as the scientist operates upon physical forces, accept their action and results in our mind, life, body or reject them or modify, change, reshape, create immense new powers and movements in place of the old small functionings of the nature. We begin to perceive the working of the forces of universal Mind and to know how our thoughts are created by that working, separate from within the truth and falsehood of our perceptions, enlarge their field, extend and illumine their significance, become master of our own minds and active to shape the movements of Mind in the world around us. We begin to perceive the flow and surge of the universal life-forces, detect the origin and law of our feelings, emotions, sensations, passions, are free to accept, reject, new-create, open to wider, rise to higher planes of Life-Power. We begin to perceive too the key to the enigma of Matter, follow the interplay of Mind and Life and Consciousness upon it, discover more and more its instrumental and resultant function and detect ultimately the last secret of Matter as a form not merely of Energy but of involved and arrested or unstably fixed and restricted consciousness and begin to see too the possibility of its liberation and plasticity of response to higher Powers, its possibilities for the conscious and no longer the more than half-inconscient incarnation and self-expression of the Spirit. All this and more becomes more and more possible as the working of the Divine Shakti increases in us and, against much resistance or labour to respond of our obscure consciousness, through much struggle and movement of progress and regression and renewed progress necessitated by the work of intensive transformation of a half-inconscient into a conscious substance, moves to a greater purity, truth, height, range. All depends on the psychic awakening in us, the completeness of our response to her and our growing surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2,
51:In the process of this change there must be by the very necessity of the effort two stages of its working. First, there will be the personal endeavour of the human being, as soon as he becomes aware by his soul, mind, heart of this divine possibility and turns towards it as the true object of life, to prepare himself for it and to get rid of all in him that belongs to a lower working, of all that stands in the way of his opening to the spiritual truth and its power, so as to possess by this liberation his spiritual being and turn all his natural movements into free means of its self-expression. It is by this turn that the self-conscious Yoga aware of its aim begins: there is a new awakening and an upward change of the life motive. So long as there is only an intellectual, ethical and other self-training for the now normal purposes of life which does not travel beyond the ordinary circle of working of mind, life and body, we are still only in the obscure and yet unillumined preparatory Yoga of Nature; we are still in pursuit of only an ordinary human perfection. A spiritual desire of the Divine and of the divine perfection, of a unity with him in all our being and a spiritual perfection in all our nature, is the effective sign of this change, the precursory power of a great integral conversion of our being and living. By personal effort a precursory change, a preliminary conversion can be effected; it amounts to a greater or less spiritualising of our mental motives, our character and temperament, and a mastery, stilling or changed action of the vital and physical life. This converted subjectivity can be made the base of some communion or unity of the soul in mind with the Divine and some partial reflection of the divine nature in the mentality of the human being. That is as far as man can go by his unaided or indirectly aided effort, because that is an effort of mind and mind cannot climb beyond itself permanently: at most it arises to a spiritualised and idealised mentality. If it shoots up beyond that border, it loses hold of itself, loses hold of life, and arrives either at a trance of absorption or a passivity. A greater perfection can only be arrived at by a higher power entering in and taking up the whole action of the being. The second stage of this Yoga will therefore be a persistent giving up of all the action of the nature into the hands of this greater Power, a substitution of its influence, possession and working for the personal effort, until the Divine to whom we aspire becomes the direct master of the Yoga and effects the entire spiritual and ideal conversion of the being. Two rules there are that will diminish the difficulty and obviate the danger. One must reject all that comes from the ego, from vital desire, from the mere mind and its presumptuous reasoning incompetence, all that ministers to these agents of the Ignorance. One must learn to hear and follow the voice of the inmost soul, the direction of the Guru, the command of the Master, the working of the Divine Mother. Whoever clings to the desires and weaknesses of the flesh, the cravings and passions of the vital in its turbulent ignorance, the dictates of his personal mind unsilenced and unillumined by a greater knowledge, cannot find the true inner law and is heaping obstacles in the way of the divine fulfilment. Whoever is able to detect and renounce those obscuring agencies and to discern and follow the true Guide within and without will discover the spiritual law and reach the goal of the Yoga. A radical and total change of consciousness is not only the whole meaning but, in an increasing force and by progressive stages, the whole method of the integral Yoga. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Yoga of Self-Perfection,
52:Mental EducationOF ALL lines of education, mental education is the most widely known and practised, yet except in a few rare cases there are gaps which make it something very incomplete and in the end quite insufficient. Generally speaking, schooling is considered to be all the mental education that is necessary. And when a child has been made to undergo, for a number of years, a methodical training which is more like cramming than true schooling, it is considered that whatever is necessary for his mental development has been done. Nothing of the kind. Even conceding that the training is given with due measure and discrimination and does not permanently damage the brain, it cannot impart to the human mind the faculties it needs to become a good and useful instrument. The schooling that is usually given can, at the most, serve as a system of gymnastics to increase the suppleness of the brain. From this standpoint, each branch of human learning represents a special kind of mental gymnastics, and the verbal formulations given to these various branches each constitute a special and well-defined language. A true mental education, which will prepare man for a higher life, has five principal phases. Normally these phases follow one after another, but in exceptional individuals they may alternate or even proceed simultaneously. These five phases, in brief, are: (1) Development of the power of concentration, the capacity of attention. (2) Development of the capacities of expansion, widening, complexity and richness. (3) Organisation of one's ideas around a central idea, a higher ideal or a supremely luminous idea that will serve as a guide in life. (4) Thought-control, rejection of undesirable thoughts, to become able to think only what one wants and when one wants. (5) Development of mental silence, perfect calm and a more and more total receptivity to inspirations coming from the higher regions of the being. It is not possible to give here all the details concerning the methods to be employed in the application of these five phases of education to different individuals. Still, a few explanations on points of detail can be given. Undeniably, what most impedes mental progress in children is the constant dispersion of their thoughts. Their thoughts flutter hither and thither like butterflies and they have to make a great effort to fix them. Yet this capacity is latent in them, for when you succeed in arousing their interest, they are capable of a good deal of attention. By his ingenuity, therefore, the educator will gradually help the child to become capable of a sustained effort of attention and a faculty of more and more complete absorption in the work in hand. All methods that can develop this faculty of attention from games to rewards are good and can all be utilised according to the need and the circumstances. But it is the psychological action that is most important and the sovereign method is to arouse in the child an interest in what you want to teach him, a liking for work, a will to progress. To love to learn is the most precious gift that one can give to a child: to love to learn always and everywhere, so that all circumstances, all happenings in life may be constantly renewed opportunities for learning more and always more. For that, to attention and concentration should be added observation, precise recording and faithfulness of memory. This faculty of observation can be developed by varied and spontaneous exercises, making use of every opportunity that presents itself to keep the child's thought wakeful, alert and prompt. The growth of the understanding should be stressed much more than that of memory. One knows well only what one has understood. Things learnt by heart, mechanically, fade away little by little and finally disappear; what is understood is never forgotten. Moreover, you must never refuse to explain to a child the how and the why of things. If you cannot do it yourself, you must direct the child to those who are qualified to answer or point out to him some books that deal with the question. In this way you will progressively awaken in the child the taste for true study and the habit of making a persistent effort to know. This will bring us quite naturally to the second phase of development in which the mind should be widened and enriched. You will gradually show the child that everything can become an interesting subject for study if it is approached in the right way. The life of every day, of every moment, is the best school of all, varied, complex, full of unexpected experiences, problems to be solved, clear and striking examples and obvious consequences. It is so easy to arouse healthy curiosity in children, if you answer with intelligence and clarity the numerous questions they ask. An interesting reply to one readily brings others in its train and so the attentive child learns without effort much more than he usually does in the classroom. By a choice made with care and insight, you should also teach him to enjoy good reading-matter which is both instructive and attractive. Do not be afraid of anything that awakens and pleases his imagination; imagination develops the creative mental faculty and through it study becomes living and the mind develops in joy. In order to increase the suppleness and comprehensiveness of his mind, one should see not only that he studies many varied topics, but above all that a single subject is approached in various ways, so that the child understands in a practical manner that there are many ways of facing the same intellectual problem, of considering it and solving it. This will remove all rigidity from his brain and at the same time it will make his thinking richer and more supple and prepare it for a more complex and comprehensive synthesis. In this way also the child will be imbued with the sense of the extreme relativity of mental learning and, little by little, an aspiration for a truer source of knowledge will awaken in him. Indeed, as the child grows older and progresses in his studies, his mind too ripens and becomes more and more capable of forming general ideas, and with them almost always comes a need for certitude, for a knowledge that is stable enough to form the basis of a mental construction which will permit all the diverse and scattered and often contradictory ideas accumulated in his brain to be organised and put in order. This ordering is indeed very necessary if one is to avoid chaos in one's thoughts. All contradictions can be transformed into complements, but for that one must discover the higher idea that will have the power to bring them harmoniously together. It is always good to consider every problem from all possible standpoints so as to avoid partiality and exclusiveness; but if the thought is to be active and creative, it must, in every case, be the natural and logical synthesis of all the points of view adopted. And if you want to make the totality of your thoughts into a dynamic and constructive force, you must also take great care as to the choice of the central idea of your mental synthesis; for upon that will depend the value of this synthesis. The higher and larger the central idea and the more universal it is, rising above time and space, the more numerous and the more complex will be the ideas, notions and thoughts which it will be able to organise and harmonise. It goes without saying that this work of organisation cannot be done once and for all. The mind, if it is to keep its vigour and youth, must progress constantly, revise its notions in the light of new knowledge, enlarge its frame-work to include fresh notions and constantly reclassify and reorganise its thoughts, so that each of them may find its true place in relation to the others and the whole remain harmonious and orderly. All that has just been said concerns the speculative mind, the mind that learns. But learning is only one aspect of mental activity; the other, which is at least equally important, is the constructive faculty, the capacity to form and thus prepare action. This very important part of mental activity has rarely been the subject of any special study or discipline. Only those who want, for some reason, to exercise a strict control over their mental activities think of observing and disciplining this faculty of formation; and as soon as they try it, they have to face difficulties so great that they appear almost insurmountable. And yet control over this formative activity of the mind is one of the most important aspects of self-education; one can say that without it no mental mastery is possible. As far as study is concerned, all ideas are acceptable and should be included in the synthesis, whose very function is to become more and more rich and complex; but where action is concerned, it is just the opposite. The ideas that are accepted for translation into action should be strictly controlled and only those that agree with the general trend of the central idea forming the basis of the mental synthesis should be permitted to express themselves in action. This means that every thought entering the mental consciousness should be set before the central idea; if it finds a logical place among the thoughts already grouped, it will be admitted into the synthesis; if not, it will be rejected so that it can have no influence on the action. This work of mental purification should be done very regularly in order to secure a complete control over one's actions. For this purpose, it is good to set apart some time every day when one can quietly go over one's thoughts and put one's synthesis in order. Once the habit is acquired, you can maintain control over your thoughts even during work and action, allowing only those which are useful for what you are doing to come to the surface. Particularly, if you have continued to cultivate the power of concentration and attention, only the thoughts that are needed will be allowed to enter the active external consciousness and they then become all the more dynamic and effective. And if, in the intensity of concentration, it becomes necessary not to think at all, all mental vibration can be stilled and an almost total silence secured. In this silence one can gradually open to the higher regions of the mind and learn to record the inspirations that come from there. But even before reaching this point, silence in itself is supremely useful, because in most people who have a somewhat developed and active mind, the mind is never at rest. During the day, its activity is kept under a certain control, but at night, during the sleep of the body, the control of the waking state is almost completely removed and the mind indulges in activities which are sometimes excessive and often incoherent. This creates a great stress which leads to fatigue and the diminution of the intellectual faculties. The fact is that like all the other parts of the human being, the mind too needs rest and it will not have this rest unless we know how to provide it. The art of resting one's mind is something to be acquired. Changing one's mental activity is certainly one way of resting; but the greatest possible rest is silence. And as far as the mental faculties are concerned a few minutes passed in the calm of silence are a more effective rest than hours of sleep. When one has learned to silence the mind at will and to concentrate it in receptive silence, then there will be no problem that cannot be solved, no mental difficulty whose solution cannot be found. When it is agitated, thought becomes confused and impotent; in an attentive tranquillity, the light can manifest itself and open up new horizons to man's capacity. Bulletin, November 1951 ~ The Mother, On Education ,

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1:Clarity breeds mastery. ~ Robin Sharma
2:Mastery requires feedback. ~ Bren Brown
3:Clarity proceeds Mastery! ~ Robin Sharma
4:habits are what enable mastery. ~ Gene Kim
5:time mastery is life mastery ~ Robin S Sharma
6:Consistency is the DNA of mastery ~ Robin Sharma
7:Practice is the path of mastery. ~ George Leonard
8:Constantly strive for mastery and grace. ~ Dan John
9:Love is a practice of self-mastery. ~ Bryant McGill
10:Patience is real self-mastery. ~ Richelle E Goodrich
11:The secret of joy is the mastery of pain. ~ Anais Nin
12:The secret of joy is the mastery of pain. ~ Ana s Nin
13:Detachment is the beginning of mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo
14:Mastery of craft frees the subconscious. ~ Robert McKee
15:At the heart of mastery lives consistency ~ Robin Sharma
16:is self-mastery—the rule of the self, by ~ Tara Westover
17:Mastery is the natural result of mindfulness. ~ Ron Kurtz
18:Self-mastery is the DNA of life mastery. ~ Robin S Sharma
19:Mastery begins when formal education ends. ~ James Altucher
20:Only inner-mastery can bring outer-mastery. ~ Bryant McGill
21:Mastery of language affords remarkable power. ~ Frantz Fanon
22:The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz. 12. ~ Vishen Lakhiani
23:After mastery comes artistry and not before. ~ Gregory Bateson
24:Concentration is at the root of mental mastery. ~ Robin Sharma
25:Mastery is in the reaching, not in the arriving. ~ Sarah Lewis
26:Mastery itself was the prize of the venture.”1 ~ Daniel Yergin
27:Mastery passes often for egotism. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
28:The pursuit of mastery is an ever-onward almost. ~ Sarah Lewis
29:Conclusion #3: Passion Is a Side Effect of Mastery ~ Cal Newport
30:Mastery is often taken for egotism. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
31:Mastery is often taken for egotism. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
32:There is no escape from metre; there is only mastery. ~ T S Eliot
33:Mastery is proven only in limitation, ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
34:On the path to mastery, everything will go wrong. ~ James Altucher
35:The human spirit craves mastery over its carnal shell. ~ Anonymous
36:Self knowledge is the stepping stop to self mastery. ~ Robin Sharma
37:Each person seeks mastery over a world of slaves. ~ James M Buchanan
38:Fear is a powerful beast, if it is allowed the mastery. ~ Mary Balogh
39:Manhood is patience. Mastery is nine time patience ~ Ursula K Le Guin
40:Mastery is the art of setting your foot on the path. ~ George Leonard
41:For him, mastery of the game world is a source of joy. ~ Sherry Turkle
42:Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it. ~ Mark Twain
43:Manhood is patience. Mastery is nine times patience. ~ Ursula K Le Guin
44:Mastery is revealed in limitation. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
45:Violence is not confidence, and terror is not mastery. ~ Timothy Snyder
46:Teaching peers is one of the best ways to develop mastery. ~ Jeff Atwood
47:repetition creates habits, and habits are what enable mastery. ~ Gene Kim
48:repetition creates habits, and habits are what enable mastery. ~ Anonymous
49:Do a few things at mastery versus many things at mediocrity. ~ Robin Sharma
50:Mastery of language affords one remarkable opportunities. ~ Alexandre Dumas
51:Only in the crucible of self-mastery can freedom be smelted ~ Tariq Ramadan
52:Self-knowledge is the stepping stone to self-mastery. Step ~ Robin S Sharma
53:The most beautiful form of mastery is the art of letting go. ~ Claudia Gray
54:This is the nature of mastery: Mastery is an asymptote. You ~ Daniel H Pink
55:...mastery of the emotions is fundamental to a virtuous life. ~ A C Grayling
56:The cornerstone of effective leadership is self-mastery. ~ Patricia Aburdene
57:Love is not about others; love is a practice of self-mastery. ~ Bryant McGill
58:Mastery is a product of consistently going beyond our limits. ~ Stewart Emery
59:Most of us can make ourselves more free through self-mastery. ~ Eric Greitens
60:Those times in life when you're terrified are the mastery times. ~ Jim Carrey
61:True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. ~ Wayne W Dyer
62:Not mastery but service,” will lead people in the right way. ~ Albert Einstein
63:Love is not about others; love is a practice of self-mastery. ~ Bryant H McGill
64:rewards of the self—mastery, completion, competency, or consistency. ~ Nir Eyal
65:Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. ~ Mark Twain
66:True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. ~ Stephen Mitchell
67:Ultimately, mastery is about connecting the dots of many fields. ~ James Altucher
68:Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. ~ Mark Twain
69:Rulers are not anointed. They are created by the void of self-mastery. ~ T F Hodge
70:Mastery of awareness requires that you never take personal offense. ~ Deepak Chopra
71:No one has mastery, Before he is at the end, Of his art and his life. ~ Michelangelo
72:Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. ~ James Allen
73:Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. ~ James Allen
74:ingredients of genuine motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose—they ~ Daniel H Pink
75:Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. ~ James Allen
76:She handled it (her trade) with all the grace that belongs to mastery. ~ George Eliot
77:Skill without self-mastery is hollow. A set of clever tricks, no more. ~ Victor Mil n
78:Practice creates habits, and habits create mastery of any process or skill. ~ Gene Kim
79:MOVING TOWARD MASTERY Don’t Stop Yourself Honor How You Learn Practice ~ Erika Andersen
80:One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
81:Order and simplification are the first steps towards mastery of a subject ~ Thomas Mann
82:Practice creates habits, and habits create mastery of any process or skill. ~ Anonymous
83:Observation and study are necessary to achieve mastery of light and form ~ Andrew Loomis
84:Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say ~ James Allen
85:A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships. ~ Helen Keller
86:A startup is the largest endeavor over which you can have definite mastery. ~ Peter Thiel
87:At the heart of it, mastery is practice. Mastery is staying on the path. ~ George Leonard
88:To observe morality is to attain mastery over our mind and our passions. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
89:A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action. ~ Gogen Yamaguchi
90:Do you give up? Or do you push through the pain and make your way to mastery? ~ Jeff Goins
91:One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
   ~ Leonardo da Vinci,
92:The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus. ~ Robert Greene
93:Braveness is resistance to concern, mastery of panic - not absense of anxiety. ~ Mark Twain
94:Clarity breeds mastery. And the goals you set drive the actions you'll take. ~ Robin Sharma
95:Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. ~ Thomas Mann
96:To seize control over the laws of Mother Nature one must attain self-mastery. ~ Yehuda Berg
97:true mastery can only be gained by freeing yourself of attachments to things ~ Wayne W Dyer
98:Knowledge is power and mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, The Ego and the Dualities,
99:The three things that motivate creative people - autonomy, mastery, purpose! ~ Daniel H Pink
100:We try not to encourage demonstrations of his mastery of the gaseous arts. ~ James Patterson
101:Happily, the benefits of training in meditation arrive long before mastery does. ~ Sam Harris
102:He does not dare (by continuing his operations) to assert and complete his mastery. ~ Lao Tzu
103:It’s not in having things, but in having mastery, having victory over self. ~ Stephen R Covey
104:The ability to think for one's self depends upon one's mastery of the language. ~ Joan Didion
105:Chess mastery essentially consists of analyzing Chess positions accurately ~ Mikhail Botvinnik
106:Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. —MARK TWAIN ~ Jack Kilborn
107:Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery. ~ Julia Cameron
108:Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. Rather, it's the mastery of fear ~ Arianna Huffington
109:Self-mastery is the greatest conquest, it is the basis of all enduring happiness. ~ The Mother
110:When the soul has not self-mastery, one looks and sees not, listens and hears not. ~ Theng-tse
111:Devote yourself to learning something new about your field of mastery every day. ~ Robin Sharma
112:Genius is a gift we are given; mastery is the stewardship of our gifts. ~ Erwin Raphael McManus
113:Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. – Mark Twain ~ Dean Koontz
114:It pays to know humility, lest the delusion of control, of mastery, overwhelms. ~ Steven Erikson
115:Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. —MARK TWAIN ~ Virginia Prodan
116:Mastery is a journey, and that the master must have the courage to risk failure. ~ George Leonard
117:Mastery is playing whatever you're capable of playing-every time-WITHOUT THINKING. ~ Kenny Werner
118:One can have no more mastery over the environment, than one has over himself. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
119:The true treasure is self-mastery; it is the secret wealth which cannot perish. ~ Nidhikama Sutta
120:the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. ~ Steven Pressfield
121:Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul. ~ Bruce Lee
122:Courage is not absence of fear; it is control of fear, mastery of fear.” —MARK TWAIN ~ Brian Tracy
123:It is your own habits of thinking which give you mastery in any field of achievement ~ David Wolfe
124:It's easy to get on the path of mastery. The real challenge lies in staying on it. ~ George Leonard
125:Never allow technology to be your master, and never use it to gain mastery over others. ~ Anonymous
126:Self-mastery and self-discipline are the roots of good relationships with others. ~ Stephen R Covey
127:The aphorism offers a momentary sense of mastery over some confusion or unhappiness. ~ Mason Cooley
128:Willfulness must give way to willingness and surrender. Mastery must yield to mystery. ~ Gerald May
129:Charles Portis shows his mastery of place and the more complicated subtleties of time. ~ Donna Tartt
130:Mastery means making progress at a task that matters to you and is challenging. ~ Edward M Hallowell
131:Unless a man is master of his soul all other kinds of mastery amount to little. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
132:Excessive use of external motivation can slow and even stop your journey to mastery. ~ George Leonard
133:I can slay a devil when I see one, Steady practice mastery of self so not to be one ~ Jay Electronica
134:The time will come when human intelligence will rise to the mastery of property. ~ Lewis Henry Morgan
135:What is mastery? At the heart of it, mastery is practice. Mastery is staying on the path. ~ Anonymous
136:Mastery comes via a monomaniacal focus on simplicity versus an addiction to complexity. ~ Robin Sharma
137:One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. —LEONARDO DA VINCI ~ Robert Greene
138:Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others. ~ Stephen Covey
139:Unless the man is master of his soul all other kinds of mastery amount to little. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
140:wealthy givers and mastery of making donors happy have made Ms. Bonner, 48, among the most ~ Anonymous
141:You can’t be content with mastery; you have to push yourself to become a student again. ~ Austin Kleon
142:I beg you, help me, in angelic charity,
Pray my efforts will reflect your mastery! ~ E A Bucchianeri
143:Mailbox delivers something other email clients do not — a feeling of completion and mastery. ~ Nir Eyal
144:Success is a label that the world confers on you, but mastery is an ever-onward 'almost.' ~ Sarah Lewis
145:The whole creation is so tenderly balanced - this manifests the mastery of the Creator. ~ Jaggi Vasudev
146:Fear must be challenged, I have found. It is a powerful beat if it is allowed the mastery. ~ Mary Balogh
147:If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all. ~ Michelangelo
148:Nous sommes faits pour être ensemble, toi et moi. We are made for each other, you and I. ~ Lingo Mastery
149:The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery ~ Thorstein Veblen
150:Creativity follows mastery, so mastery of skills is the first priority for young talent. ~ Benjamin Bloom
151:One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. —LEONARDO DA VINCI In ~ Robert Greene
152:Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity. ~ Christopher Zeeman
153:Je ne crois pas que tu aies fait le bon choix. I do not believe you made the right choice. ~ Lingo Mastery
154:The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
155:It is not abstinence from pleasures that is best, but mastery over them without being worsted. ~ Aristippus
156:Successful assimilation depends on mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine and Human, On Original Thinking,
157:True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. It cannot be gained by interfering ~ Lao Tzu
158:Without an unreserved surrender to His grace, complete mastery over thought is impossible. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
159:Take a moment to catch your breath and revel in your rhetorical mastery and achievement. ~ Christopher Moore
160:Without an unreserved surrender to His grace, complete mastery over thoughts is impossible. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
161:Demonstration of mastery gives a feeling of power and that feeling of power is a good feeling. ~ Siri Hustvedt
162:Knowledge of the name gives him who knows it mastery even over the being and will of the god. ~ Ernst Cassirer
163:Names have power. In certain cultures, just speaking a man's name gives you mastery over him. ~ Bentley Little
164:That was one of the advantages of his age, that he could be sure of his mastery in every moment. ~ Thomas Mann
165:Mastery is in constantly wanting to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be. ~ Sarah Lewis
166:Personal freedom comes from embodying intent, love, and gratitude... this is the mastery of life. ~ Miguel Ruiz
167:The path of the Warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path. ~ Richard Strozzi Heckler
168:You are a seeker. Delight in the mastery of your hands and feet, of your words and thoughts. ~ Buddhist proverb
169:If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery. ~ John Paul Jones
170:If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. ~ Michelangelo,
171:Mastery is the rudder, Mystery is the sail and Magic the wind to move you in your chosen direction. ~ Jack White
172:Mastery.- We have reached mastery when we neither mistake nor hesitate in the achievement. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
173:Pacing doesn’t matter if you are sacrificing mastery and love for truth, goodness, and beauty. ~ Sarah Mackenzie
174:Mastery of creative tension brings out the capacity for perseverance and patience. Time is an ally. ~ Peter Senge
175:"You are a seeker. Delight in the mastery of your hands and feet, of your words and thoughts." ~ Buddhist proverb
176:Mastery generally requires the ability to not only tolerate but also enjoy your own company. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
177:Mastery has been achieved when one neither makes a mistake nor hesitates in the performance. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
178:Yoga demands mastery over the nature, not subjection to the nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV, Desire,
179:You don’t become a good writer overnight. It takes persistence and repetition to gain mastery. ~ Israelmore Ayivor
180:Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
181:Mastery of creative tension brings out the capacity for perseverance and patience. Time is an ally. ~ Peter M Senge
182:Whatever liberates our spirit without giving us mastery over ourselves is destructive. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
183:Unsuccessful people get jealous when they watch the Mastery of others. Successful people get inspired. ~ Robin Sharma
184:A good sadhaka, after having gained mastery over manipura, can examine their fears without feeling anxious. ~ Om Swami
185:Also he saw one dog, that would neither conciliate nor obey, finally killed in the struggle for mastery. ~ Jack London
186:First is the Mastery of Awareness. This is to be aware of who we really are, with all the possibilities. ~ Miguel Ruiz
187:Khadi work without the mastery of the science of khadi will be love's labour lost in terms of Swaraj. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
188:Mastery begins when formal education ends. Find the topic that sets your heart on fire. Then combust. ~ James Altucher
189:My weight is not enough and strength is not enough either, so I have to take the fight by mastery. ~ Fedor Emelianenko
190:Clarity precedes mastery. Craft clear and precise plans/goals/deliverables. And then block out all else. ~ Robin Sharma
191:two souls, alas, are housed within my breast, and each will wrestle for the mastery there. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
192:We are all lone souls. It pays to know humility, lest the delusion of control, of mastery, overwhelms. ~ Steven Erikson
193:Mastery doesn't come from an infographic. What you know doesn't mean shit. What do yo do consistently? ~ Timothy Ferriss
194:Prizes and medals. Excessive use of external motivation can slow and even stop your journey to mastery. ~ George Leonard
195:The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery, of his passions. ~ Jenn LeBlanc
196:The Arabs have an expression for trenchant prose: no skill to understand it, mastery to write it. ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb
197:The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but on the mastery of his passions. ~ Alfred Tennyson
198:If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti
199:In Mastery author Robert Greene argues that we all have the ability to push the limits of human potential. ~ Carmine Gallo
200:Mastery... is to work toward simplicity; replace complex technology with knowledge, hard work, and skill. ~ Yvon Chouinard
201:Order and simplification are the first steps toward mastery of a subject -- the actual enemy is the unknown. ~ Thomas Mann
202:To achieve great things we must be self-confined...mastery is revealed in limitation. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
203:Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast,
And each will wrestle for the mastery there. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
204:Whatever liberates our spirit, without also giving us mastery over ourselves, is destructive. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
205:Fun from games arises out of mastery. It arises out of comprehension.... With games, learning is the drug. ~ Jane McGonigal
206:If you aspire to self-mastery, [286] apply the antidotes to pride; If you aspire to overcome all obstacles, ~ Thupten Jinpa
207:Mastery, on the other hand, is being present with what is occurring, staying with it from beginning to end. ~ Peter Ralston
208:Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, "Peace, be still! ~ James Allen
209:The will to mastery becomes all the more urgent the more technology threatens to slip from human control ~ Martin Heidegger
210:When Numa died, Rome by the twin disciplines of peace and war was as eminent for self-mastery as for military power. ~ Livy
211:Photography promises an enhanced mastery of nature, but photography also threatens conflagration and anarchy. ~ Allan Sekula
212:Real success is success with self. It's not in having things, but in having mastery, having victory over self. ~ Anwar Sadat
213:Watch anyone enter their arena of real mastery and you see it, the growing bigger than themselves. Love that. ~ Peter Heller
214:The number of people who could deliver a kick to the balls with Aomame’s mastery must have been few indeed. ~ Haruki Murakami
215:Individuals who structure their careers around autonomy, mastery, and purpose will have a powerful body of work. ~ Pamela Slim
216:The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
217:We can save ourselves, but only if we let go of the myth of dominance and mastery and learn to work with nature. ~ Naomi Klein
218:"What is malleable is always superior to that which is immovable.This is mastery through adaptation." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching|
219:An updated notion of genius would have to center around one's mastery of information and its dissemination. ~ Kenneth Goldsmith
220:The ethos of redemption is realied in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires. ~ Pope John Paul II
221:The instrument of leadership is the self, and mastery of the art of leadership comes from mastery of the self. ~ James M Kouzes
222:...to see was not to control, that self-understanding was far short of self-mastery. He was afraid of himself. ~ Richard Wright
223:Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
224:Half of your mastery of power comes from what you do NOT do, what you do not ALLOW yourself to get dragged into. ~ Robert Greene
225:I like people who possess either deep mastery or deep empathy, but not as much as I like those who possess both. ~ Sarah Manguso
226:Michelangelo who said, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. ~ Ronda Rousey
227:real success is success with self. It’s not in having things, but in having mastery, having victory over self. ~ Stephen R Covey
228:The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves. ~ Rachel Carson
229:True genius, in strategy or anywhere, lies in self-control, self-mastery, presence of mind, fluidity of thought. ~ Robert Greene
230:A strong, authentic, compelling voice is the expression of identity, guided by vision, and achieved through mastery. ~ Todd Henry
231:first step in Yogi development consists of the mastery of the physical body and its care and attention. ~ William Walker Atkinson
232:The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give a man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his own inner self. ~ Novalis
233:His mastery of the hard-luck story was of a kind never achieved by persons not wholly concentrated on themselves. ~ Anthony Powell
234:If you intend to take the journey of mastery, the best thing you can do is to arrange for first-rate instruction. ~ George Leonard
235:The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery. ~ Erik Erikson
236:Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine. ~ Gautama Buddha
237:You think we’re hiding our secret mastery of the galaxy. In reality, we’re hiding something else. Something much worse. ~ Tim Pratt
238:learn the nature of self, accept all aspects of self, then the mastery can begin. Denial of self is denial of all. ~ Raymond E Feist
239:Champions realise that defeat - and learning from it even more than from winning - is part of the path to mastery. ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
240:Freedom and not a skilful subjection is the true means of mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Three Steps of Nature,
241:I also think when it comes to delivering on Brexit, we need someone with a passion but also the mastery of the detail. ~ Dominic Raab
242:Mastery is great, but even that is not enough. You have to be able to change course without a bead of sweat, or remorse. ~ Tom Peters
243:The galaxy belonged to them, and as terror was communicated to our children, I saw mastery communicated to theirs. ~ Ta Nehisi Coates
244:The progressive development of man [has as its] ultimate purpose the complete mastery of mind over the material world. ~ Nikola Tesla
245:Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. ~ Steven Pressfield
246:Gratitude drives happiness. Happiness boosts Productivity. Productivity reveals mastery. And mastery inspires the world. ~ Robin Sharma
247:It is a pity that Elizabeth and I cannot marry each other. Our children would have gained mastery over the whole world. ~ Pope Sixtus V
248:What's the good of having mastery over cosmic balance and knowing the secrets of fate if you can't blow something up? ~ Terry Pratchett
249:And, mastery is an asymptote: It's impossible to fully realize, which makes it simultaneously frustrating and alluring ~ Sharan B Merriam
250:To not say the unkind or critical thing, particularly when provoked and/or fatigued, is a supreme kind of self-mastery. ~ Stephen R Covey
251:Tranquillity is a sign of increasing self-mastery and purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Higher and the Lower Knowledge,
252:and winning at Go are so elaborate that it takes significant human mastery to properly appreciate how skilled they are. When ~ Max Tegmark
253:By neglecting the ingredients of genuine motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose—they limit what each of us can achieve. ~ Daniel H Pink
254:If you can win complete mastery over self, you will easily master all else. To triumph over self is the perfect victory. ~ Thomas a Kempis
255:informal system of mastery and apprenticeship over which was laid the more recent system of the European graduate school. ~ Richard Rhodes
256:people want to escape the evils of boredom, vice, and need and instead find mastery, autonomy, and purpose by working. ~ Erik Brynjolfsson
257:self-mastery is the goal of life, and controlling, bullying, or needing to fix others is a distraction from our true purpose. ~ Alan Cohen
258:Practice creates habits, and habits create mastery of any process or skill. Whether it’s calisthenics, sports training, playing ~ Anonymous
259:Michelangelo once said, “If the people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.” His ~ Gary Keller
260:...mastery of the art and spirit of the Germanic language enables a man to travel all day in one sentence without changing cars. ~ Mark Twain
261:Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. It's the mastery of fear. It's about getting up one more time than we fall down. ~ Arianna Huffington
262:Flow is an alternative path toward mastery, but, like any path, not without its pitfalls. There’s a serious dark side to flow, ~ Steven Kotler
263:From having nursed alongside a variety of women, Lib knew that self-mastery counted for more than almost any other talent. She ~ Emma Donoghue
264:It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to develop mastery and excellence. How many hours have you clocked today on your passion? ~ John Assaraf
265:Mastery of the German language and the acceptance of our legal system has to become part of the criteria for naturalization. ~ Alice Schwarzer
266:Their mastery of technology was their greatest strength. But their utter reliance on it was, ironically, their greatest weakness. ~ Kyle Mills
267:We talk of our mastery of nature, which sounds very grand; but the fact is we respectfully adapt ourselves, first, to her ways. ~ Clarence Day
268:There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. ~ Robin S Sharma
269:It is possible to achieve mastery of a problem or a skill without hurting another person or even without attempting to conquer. ~ Elliot Aronson
270:So to make sure we don't get off on that foot, courage is resistance to fear or mastery of it, but it is not the absence of fear. ~ Andy Andrews
271:Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” and one traveler chose the path to mastery while the other was called toward passion’s glow. ~ Cal Newport
272:Good is mastery of the body, good the mastery of the speech, good too the mastery of the thought, good the perfect self-mastery. ~ Maggima Nikaya
273:he realized that real success is success with self. It’s not in having things, but in having mastery, having victory over self. ~ Stephen R Covey
274:I also maintain that clear knowledge of natural science must be acquired, in the first instance, through mastery of medicine alone. ~ Hippocrates
275:when you can see mastery as a path you go down instead of a destination you arrive at, it starts to feel accessible and attainable. ~ Gary Keller
276:As it happens, I am still committed to the idea that the ability to think for one's self depends upon one's mastery of the language. ~ Joan Didion
277:Carrots & sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery & purpose. ~ Daniel H Pink
278:Jacques voudrait plus de salade de fruit, mais il n’en reste plus. Jacques would want more fruit salad, but there is no more left. ~ Lingo Mastery
279:Meditate.
Live purely. Be quiet.
Do your work with mastery.
Like the moon, come out
from behind the clouds!
Shine ~ Gautama Buddha
280:I take my fundamental cue from John Coltrane that says there must be a priority of integrity, honesty, decency, and mastery of craft. ~ Cornel West
281:It is rarely a mysterious technique that drives us to the top, but rather a profound mastery of what may well be a basic skill set. ~ Josh Waitzkin
282:You must be able to write. You must have a sense of form, of pattern, of design. You must have a respect for and a mastery over words. ~ Ngaio Marsh
283:It is rarely a mysterious technique that drives us to the top, but rather a profound mastery of what may well be a basic skill set. ~ Joshua Waitzkin
284:Mastery is not a function of genius or talent. It is a function of time and intense focus applied to a particular field of knowledge. ~ Robert Greene
285:He had complete mastery of her, a mastery she welcomed as the tiny tremors low in her belly started, signaling her impending climax. ~ Danielle Monsch
286:humility in the face of the unattainable, as well as unease in the face of achievement, are both prerequisites for any mastery in life. ~ Franz Werfel
287:if you don’t know yourself, if you don’t control yourself, if you don’t have mastery over yourself, it’s very hard to like yourself, ~ Stephen R Covey
288:Most assume mastery is an end result, but at its core, mastery is a way of thinking, a way of acting, and a journey you experience. When ~ Gary Keller
289:The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning. ~ Wassily Kandinsky
290:Your ability to negotiate determines whether you can or can’t influence your environment. It gives you a sense of mastery over your life. ~ Herb Cohen
291:Being a Sith was not just about feeling hatred and anger; it was finding a way to focus those feelings toward the attainment of mastery. ~ Sean Williams
292:The mastery of any subject requires that one identify himself with the particular state of consciousness appropriate to that subject. ~ Swami Kriyananda
293:Those who are patient in the trivial things in life and control themselves will one day have the same mastery in great and important things. ~ Joe Hyams
294:Mastery is a commitment to becoming your best, so to achieve extraordinary results you must embrace the extraordinary effort it represents. ~ Gary Keller
295:Never stop working on your statue until the divine glory of virtue shines out on you, until you see self-mastery enthroned upon its holy seat. ~ Plotinus
296:Personal mastery teaches us to choose. Choosing is a courageous act: picking the results and actions which you will make into your destiny. ~ Peter Senge
297:whether one has an innate aptitude for an activity or not, mastery of it takes around ten thousand hours of focused, intentional practice. ~ Sean Patrick
298:Flying alone! Nothing gives such a sense of mastery over time over mechanism, mastery indeed over space, time, and life itself, as this. ~ Cecil Day Lewis
299:Mastery is not a question of genetics of luck, but of following your natural inclinations and the deep desires that stirs you from within. ~ Robert Greene
300:So long as he was personally present, [Alcibiades] had the perfect mastery of his political adversaries; calumny only succeeded in his absence. ~ Plutarch
301:The mastery of any subject requires that one identify himself with the particular state of consciousness appropriate to that subject. ~ Goswami Kriyananda
302:All practical teachers know that education is a patient process of mastery of details, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. ~ Alfred North Whitehead
303:nonsense? Yet as it collapsed, it did not take the calm or sense of mastery with it; they remained. They had built a boat, crossed a river, and ~ Greg Bear
304:You can lose the material things, but you can never lose your mastery—what you learn and who you become in the process of achieving your goals. ~ Anonymous
305:The mind is incredible. Once you've gained mastery over it, channelling its powers positively, for your purpose you can do anything. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
306:To be happy with your loved ones. To be satisfied for every gift in your life, for every moment, not rushing to the next moment of mastery. ~ James Altucher
307:When your entire life is focused around one goal and one goal only, and you have no other pursuits, it enables you to achieve enormous mastery. ~ Liz Garbus
308:Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer. ~ Edsger Dijkstra
309:Good decisions require far more than factual knowledge. They are made using self-knowledge and emotional mastery when they’re needed most. ~ Travis Bradberry
310:Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like weather. ~ John Gardner
311:A person with power controls their life and their destiny. They have a mastery. Their moments are aware moments in this world, never wasted. ~ Frederick Lenz
312:A symbol from the first, of mastery, experiments such as Hippocrates made and substituted for vague speculation stayed the ravages of plague. ~ Marianne Moore
313:Culture and collars had gone together, to him, and he had been deceived into believing that college educations and mastery were the same things. ~ Jack London
314:The Divine in life is Power possessed of self-mastery, but also of mastery of His world. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, The Suprarational Ultimate of Life,
315:Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer. ~ Edsger W Dijkstra
316:Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like weather. ~ John W Gardner
317:When folks get to the best of their profession, people are like, "Who am I to give a critique to this individual who's reached mastery?". ~ Bryce Dallas Howard
318:Clarity precedes mastery and the more clear you can get on what you want to create in life, the more focused you will be in your daily behaviors. ~ Robin Sharma
319:How do you best move toward mastery? To put it simply, you practice diligently, but you practice primarily for the sake of the practice itself. ~ George Leonard
320:humans obtained mastery over one of those other forces, the world might be vaporized in a moment. In the face of madness, rationality was powerless. ~ Liu Cixin
321:Never stop working on your statue until the divine glory of virtue shines out on you, until you see self-mastery enthroned upon its holy seat. ~ Plotinus, [T5],
322:The process of learning an art can be divided conveniently into two parts: one, the mastery of the theory; the other, the mastery of the practice. ~ Erich Fromm
323:Bottom line: If you lack an underlying commitment to self-mastery and growth, even the best theory won’t help you lead yourself or a team to success. ~ Anonymous
324:Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person. ~ Albert Einstein
325:positive liberty is self-mastery—the rule of the self, by the self. To have positive liberty, he explained, is to take control of one’s own mind; ~ Tara Westover
326:Remarkable people are priority-driven. This is the secret of time mastery. Build your days around your priorities and you will play in rare air. ~ Robin S Sharma
327:All your scholarship would be in vain if at the same time you do not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
328:Creating a company with autonomy, mastery, and purpose as key values means creating a company built for speed. And this is no longer optional. ~ Peter H Diamandis
329:Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology, relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today. ~ Arthur Erickson
330:The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. ~ Steven Pressfield
331:There's no mastery to be had. You love the attempt. You don't master a story any more than you master a river. You feel lucky to canoe down it. ~ Garrison Keillor
332:What use is it to endure the Dutch Rubs and Indian Rope Burns that are politics if you can't obtain mastery over people and give them noogies back? ~ P J O Rourke
333:When you shift your focus from getting grades to gaining understanding, you set yourself on the road to mastery. You begin learning how to learn. ~ Marty Neumeier
334:Why refuse to investigate, when knowledge of reality enables mastery of reality (and if not mastery, at least the stature of an honest amateur)? ~ Jordan Peterson
335:You become a master in what you repeatedly do in consistency. Mastery is not born; it is acquired. It is not blood-linked; it is skill-learnt! ~ Israelmore Ayivor
336:Autonomy is the desire to steer our own ship. Mastery is the desire to steer it well. And purpose is the need for the journey to mean something. ~ Peter H Diamandis
337:In the plays of Shakespeare man appears as he is, made up of a crowd of passions which contend for the mastery over him, and govern him in turn. ~ Thomas B Macaulay
338:The Jews have always been waiting for a Messiah, but their Messiah is for them only, not for us, a Messiah ho will give them mastery over the Christians. ~ Voltaire
339:Whatever your discipline, become a student of excellence in all things. Take every opportunity to observe people who manifest the qualities of mastery. ~ Tony Buzan
340:Why refuse to investigate, when knowledge of reality enables mastery of reality (and if not mastery, at least the stature of an honest amateur)? ~ Jordan B Peterson
341:Without self-mastery, we are slaves to fear. With it, greatness and transcendence are ours. For this, we now declare: WE SHALL DEFEAT OUR DEMONS. ~ Brendon Burchard
342:In the long run, the war against mastery, the path of patient, dedicated effort without attachment to immediate results, is a war that can’t be won. ~ George Leonard
343:The sure way to success is so simple, but it requires character, guts, persistence, the mastery of lower jobs to be ready for the better ones. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
344:In the end, mastery involves discovering the most resonant information and integrating it so deeply and fully it disappears and allows us to fly free. ~ Josh Waitzkin
345:Knowledge is not power, it’s what you do with what you know that leads to mastery. Action is the only thing that will ultimately determine your success. ~ Peter Voogd
346:Skill in the digital age is confused with mastery of digital tools, masking the importance of understanding materials and mastering the elements of form. ~ John Maeda
347:We need to create a culture that reinforces the value of taking risks and learning from failure and the need for repetition and practice to create mastery. ~ Gene Kim
348:Persistence is often more important than intelligence. Approaching material with a goal of learning it on your own gives you a unique path to mastery. ~ Barbara Oakley
349:regardless of whether one has an innate aptitude for an activity or not, mastery of it takes around ten thousand hours of focused, intentional practice. ~ Sean Patrick
350:To become masters of love, we have to practice love. The art of relationship is also a whole mastery, and the only way to reach mastery is with practice. ~ Miguel Ruiz
351:Assuming that his talent can survive the increasing strain, there is one scarcely avoidable danger that lies ahead of the pupil on his road to mastery. ~ Eugen Herrigel
352:and to whose unsurpassable mastery of ballistics and biomass energetics we owe our third sun that now shines above us with its own famous on-off switch.... ~ Terry Jones
353:It ["The Ancient Mariner"] is marvellous in its mastery over that delightfully fortuitous inconsequence that is the adamantine logic of dreamland. ~ James Russell Lowell
354:The excellent fail more often than the mediocre. They begin more. They attempt more. They attack more. Mastery lives quietly atop a mountain of mistakes. ~ Eric Greitens
355:The mastery of the turn is the story of how aviation became practical as a means of transportation. It is the story of how the world became small. ~ William Langewiesche
356:Without the most humble and sedulous grappling with the inner defects there can never be any real mastery—and the most beautiful efforts will come to nought. ~ Ana s Nin
357:Courage was mine, and I had mystery, Wisdom was mine, and I had mastery: To miss the march of this retreating world Into vain citadels that are not walled. ~ Wilfred Owen
358:in the long run optimal experiences add up to a sense of mastery—or perhaps better, a sense of participation in determining the content of life— ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
359:Self-control is like quietly walking through the trees and calmly trying to find your way out of the forest. Self-mastery is like being okay in the forest. ~ Joan Marques
360:Mastery of design, empathy, play, and other seemingly “soft” aptitudes is now the main way for individuals and firms to stand out in a crowded marketplace. ~ Daniel H Pink
361:Tattoos, after all, are a passionate, usually doomed assertion of mastery of your own destiny, or at least a defiant embrace of one that you cannot control. ~ Mark Simpson
362:Mastery does not come from dabbling. We have to be prepared to pay the price. We need to have the sustained enthusiasm that motivates us to give our best. ~ Eknath Easwaran
363:Mastery is not measured by the number of terrible things you eliminate from your life, but by the number of times you eliminate calling them terrible. ~ Neale Donald Walsch
364:People who are committed to mastery don’t freak out (as much) when they hit an obstacle. They reassess and then get going again, thinking they can get better. ~ Henry Cloud
365:Consciousness of error is, to a certain extent, a consciousness of understanding; and correction of error is the plainest proof of energy and mastery. ~ Walter Savage Landor
366:Education is not filling the mind with a lot of facts. Perfecting the instrument and getting complete mastery of my own mind [is the ideal of education]. ~ Swami Vivekananda
367:success in life is internal and comes from developing mastery over yourself, and using this mastery so you can serve others in the fulfillment of your purpose. ~ Mark Divine
368:There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. ~ Robin S Sharma
369:Uno non può possedere capacità più grande o più piccola della padronanza di se stesso."
(One can have no greater or lesser mastery than of oneself.) ~ Leonardo da Vinci
370:Beauty is not only a terrible thing, it is also a mysterious thing. There God and the Devil strive for mastery, and the battleground is the heart of men. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
371:If we talk about literacy, we have to talk about how to enhance our children's mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent, creative, and involved lives. ~ Danny Glover
372:Peter Senge, a professor at MIT, describes mastery as something that “goes beyond competence and skills . . . It means approaching one’s life as a creative work. ~ Jeff Goins
373:And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire. ~ Charles Dickens
374:Even those who have the weakest souls could acquire absolute mastery over all their passions if we employed sufficient ingenuity in training and guiding them. ~ Rene Descartes
375:Grace is the mastery of truth, the teacher of discipline, the light of the heart, the comforter of affliction, the banisher of sorrow, the nurse of devotion. ~ Thomas a Kempis
376:Let neither tear nor reproach besmirch this declaration of the mastery of God who, with magnificent irony, granted me both the gift of books and the night. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
377:Mastery of yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind. ~ T K V Desikachar
378:The discipline of personal mastery...starts with clarifying the things that really matter to us (and) living our lives in the service of our highest aspirations. ~ Peter Senge
379:the mastery of transformation is the process of unlearning what you have already learned. You learn by making agreements, and you unlearn by breaking agreements. ~ Miguel Ruiz
380:We need to be willing to lean into uncertainty, to take risks, and to move quickly when we make mistakes, recognizing failure happens along the way to mastery. ~ Satya Nadella
381:Whatever the dictates of fashion, it seems that those who take the trouble to gain mastery over what happens in consciousness do lead a happier life. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
382:Modern politics today requires a mastery of television. I've never really warmed up to television and, in fairness to television, it's never warmed up to me. ~ Walter F Mondale
383:The Dip is the long slog between starting and mastery. A long slog that’s actually a shortcut, because it gets you where you want to go faster than any other path. ~ Seth Godin
384:Intercourse is an assertion of mastery, one that announces his own higher caste and proves it upon a victim who is expected to surrender, serve, and be satisfied. ~ Kate Millett
385:Recover the source of all strength in yourself, and all else will be added to you ... political freedom, the mastery of human thought, the hegemony of the world. ~ Sri Aurobindo
386:Diane Cluck is a virtuosic talent with an emotionality that feels at once ancient and alien. Her mastery of her voice as an ecstatic instrument is so compelling. ~ Antony Hegarty
387:The Way of Mastery is to break all the rules—but you have to know them perfectly before you can do this; otherwise you are not in a position to transcend them. ~ Aleister Crowley
388:‎And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire. ~ Charles Dickens
389:Courage was mine, and I had mystery,
Wisdom was mine, and I had mastery:
To miss the march of this retreating world
Into vain citadels that are not walled. ~ Wilfred Owen
390:Entertainers wrongly assume that their fame, money, and influence arise from broad knowledge rather than natural talent, looks, or mastery of a narrow skill. ~ Victor Davis Hanson
391:The liberation from an externalised ego sense is the first step towards the soul’s freedom and mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Perfection of the Mental Being,
392:Essentially qualitative, like life itself, the Mind does not occupy space. For that very reason it has no bounds in its mastery of space. ~ Rabindranath Tagore, The Religion of Man
393:lecturer tried to clarify. He said positive liberty is self-mastery—the rule of the self, by the self. To have positive liberty, he explained, is to take control of ~ Tara Westover
394:Achieving mastery requires breaking through the shell of your own limitations—both actual and imagined—and struggling up to the freedom and enjoyment of real skill. ~ Erika Andersen
395:Seward appreciated the honest and open way that Stanton lied; it was the hallmark of the truly great lawyer, and demonstrated a professional mastery not unlike his own. ~ Gore Vidal
396:Love will not be constrain'd by mastery. When mast'ry comes, the god of love anon Beateth his wings, and, farewell, he is gone. Love is a thing as any spirit free. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
397:May the partisans of all doctrines in all countries unite and live in a common fellowship. For all alike profess mastery to be attained over oneself and purity of the heart. ~ Ashoka
398:Nihilism is a natural consequence of a culture (or civilization) ruled and regulated by categories that mask manipulation, mastery and domination of peoples and nature. ~ Cornel West
399:Mastery is a journey, not a destination. True masters never believe they have attained mastery. There is always more to be learned and greater skill to be developed. ~ Timothy Ferriss
400:One of the odd things about being a writer is that you never reach a point of certainty, a point of mastery where you can say, Right. Now I understand how this is done. ~ Jenny Offill
401:Wherever this idea, that the religious predicates are only anthropomorphisms, has taken possession of man, there has doubt, has unbelief, obtained mastery of faith. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
402:Erik’s Third Way. We need to create a culture that reinforces the value of taking risks and learning from failure and the need for repetition and practice to create mastery. ~ Gene Kim
403:Let neither tear nor reproach besmirch
this declaration of the mastery
of God who, with magnificent irony,
granted me both the gift of books and the night. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
404:Happiness is not the whole aim of education. A man must be independent in his powers and character; able to work and assert his mastery over all that depends on him. ~ Maria Montessori
405:Intellectual curiosity about one's own illness is certainly born of a desire for mastery. If I couldn't cure myself, perhaps I could at least begin to understand myself. ~ Siri Hustvedt
406:A complete self-knowledge in all things and at all moments is the gift of the supramental gnosis and with it a complete self-mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, The Gnostic Being,
407:All mythology masters and dominates and shapes the forces of nature in and through the imagination; hence it disappears as soon as man gains mastery over the forces of nature ~ Karl Marx
408:For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank. ~ Winston Churchill
409:It is not always possible to do away with negative thinking, but with persistence and practice, one can gain mastery over them so that they do not take the upper hand. ~ Stephen Richards
410:Learning to deal with setbacks, and maintaining the persistence and optimism necessary for childhood's long road to mastery are the real foundations of lasting self-esteem. ~ Lilian Katz
411:With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph will be complete. This is the method of attacking by stratagem. 8. ~ Sun Tzu
412:But I have learned that self-mastery and the consistent care of one’s mind, body and soul are essential to finding one’s highest self and living the life of one’s dreams. ~ Robin S Sharma
413:if-then” rewards usually do more harm than good. By neglecting the ingredients of genuine motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose—they limit what each of us can achieve. ~ Daniel H Pink
414:What is more malleable is always superior over that which is immovable. This is the principle of controlling things by going along with them, of mastery through adaptation. ~ Jaimal Yogis
415:What makes authentic disciples is not visions, ecstasies, biblical mastery of chapter and verse, or spectacular success in the ministry, but a capacity for faithfulness. ~ Brennan Manning
416:Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions. Only in the conduct of our action can we find the sense of mastery over the Fates. ~ Joseph Conrad
417:And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire. . . . The ~ Cassandra Clare
418:In social life we hardly stop to consider how much of that daring spirit which gives mastery comes from hardness of heart rather than from high purpose, or true courage. ~ Anthony Trollope
419:Philosophy believes she has not made a bad use of her resources when she has bestowed on Reason sovereign mastery over our soul and authority to bridle our appetites. ~ Michel de Montaigne
420:The challenge is not so much learning to accept the terrible things that have happened but learning how to gain mastery over one’s internal sensations and emotions. ~ Bessel A van der Kolk
421:There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. ~ Robin S Sharma
422:Contrary to popular wisdom, knowledge is not power-it's potential power. Knowledge is not mastery. Execution is mastery. Execution will trump knowledge every day of the week. ~ Tony Robbins
423:One pays dearly for any kind of mastery on earth, where perhaps one pays too dearly for everything; one is master of one's trade at the price of also being its victim. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
424:Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds. ~ Dorothy L Sayers
425:Instinct of love toward an object demands a mastery to obtain it, and if a person feels they can't control the object or feel threatened by it, they act negatively toward it. ~ Sigmund Freud
426:Love will not be constrain'd by mastery.
When mast'ry comes, the god of love anon
Beateth his wings, and, farewell, he is gone.
Love is a thing as any spirit free. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
427:No fearless fool now fronts thee. I own thy speechless, placeless power; but to the last gasp of my earthquake life will dispute its unconditional, unintegral mastery in me. ~ Herman Melville
428:Contrary to popular wisdom, knowledge is not power—it’s potential power. Knowledge is not mastery. Execution is mastery. Execution will trump knowledge every day of the week. ~ Anthony Robbins
429:Enthusiasm is more important to mastery than innate ability, it turns out, because the single most important element in developing an expertise is your willingness to practice. ~ Gretchen Rubin
430:In the end, the money and success that truly last come not to those who focus on such things as goals, but rather to those who focus on mastery and fulfilling their Life’s Task. ~ Robert Greene
431:The secret for mastery is concentration; the success of concentration is in elimination. Avoid everything in general and focus one thing in particular. You will be a master! ~ Israelmore Ayivor
432:Future strong is adventurous self-mastery. Unlocking your future by running toward the unknown, with the wondrous soul of a child and the drive of a force that will not be stopped. ~ Bill Jensen
433:Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively. ~ Peter Senge
434:Whatever liberates our spirit without giving us mastery over ourselves is destructive.” And whatever liberates our spirit while giving us mastery over ourselves is constructive. ~ Gretchen Rubin
435:I have often asked myself, “What would it look like if the characters in a movie were animatronic puppets created by aliens with an imperfect mastery of human behavior?” Now I know. ~ Roger Ebert
436:Mastery of life is not a question of control, but of finding a balance between human and being...Human is form. Being is formless. Human and Being are not separate but interwoven. ~ Eckhart Tolle
437:The rule’s premise is that, regardless of whether one has an innate aptitude for an activity or not, mastery of it takes around ten thousand hours of focused, intentional practice. ~ Sean Patrick
438:Male mastery in marriage is a social illusion, nurtured by women exhorting their creations to play and walk. At the emotional heart of every marriage is a pietà of mother and son. ~ Camille Paglia
439:Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively. ~ Peter M Senge
440:Achieving mastery in any area requires repetition - being exposed to certain ideas, strategies, or techniques over and over again, until they become engrained in your subconscious mind. ~ Hal Elrod
441:An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language. ~ Henri Matisse
442:Considered mystically, the story of the Flood is the wise man's mastery of adversity. It is the philosopher surviving the onslaughts of ignorance. It is ... ~ Manly P Hall?, Understand your Bible?,
443:I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself. ~ George Eliot
444:May the partisans of all doctrines in all countries unite and live in a common fellowship. For all alike profess mastery to be attained over oneself and purity of the heart. ~ Inscriptions of Asoka
445:We will always need to work toward self-mastery and social prowess so that we can authentically express who we are and joyously seek what we desire of life. Let that be our work. ~ Brendon Burchard
446:Only by understanding the wisdom of natural foods and their effects on the body, shall we attain mastery of disease and pain, which shall enable us to relieve the burden of mankind. ~ William Harvey
447:She jerked her hand back and shot me what could only be described as a 'bitch' look. Frankly, it was a fucking work of art and I was sort of jealous of that level of mastery. ~ Jennifer L Armentrout
448:Social media companies must combine their mastery of the latest in real-time, location based or augmented reality technologies in the service of clear and consistent storytelling. ~ Simon Mainwaring
449:The overcoming of the sex instinct and impulse is indeed binding on all who would attain to self-mastery and lead the spiritual life. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays in Philosophy and Yoga, The Divine Body,
450:College. Owning a home. Marriage. Children. Having a cushy job. Postponing our dreams for when there will be money. “Work hard and succeed!” Ten thousand hours to mastery. And so on. ~ James Altucher
451:“It is not always possible to do away with negative thinking, but with persistence and practice, one can gain mastery over them so that they do not take the upper hand.” ~ ~ Stephen Richards #mastery
452:Bureaucracy is ever desirous of spreading its influence and its power. You cannot extend the mastery of the government over the daily working life of a people without at the same time ~ Herbert Hoover
453:Accumulation is actively seeking and learning new sports, lifts, moves, ideas and games. One literally accumulates a number of new training moves and attempts a low level of mastery of each. ~ Dan John
454:All work and no play doesn't just make Jill and Jack dull, it kills the potential of discovery, mastery, and openness to change and flexibility and it hinders innovation and invention. ~ Joline Godfrey
455:A fugitive paradise smiles at him from her eyes: He dreams of her beauty made for ever his, He dreams of his mastery her limbs shall bear, He dreams of the magic of her breasts of bliss. ~ Sri Aurobindo
456:All that we have gained, the machine threatens-
once a tool assumes a force of its own.
Instead of letting us get used to mastery, for buildings more severe it cuts the stone. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
457:But man as a person, the same man, gains mastery over egocentric self-confinement by disclosing a universe in himself...Personality is a universe, it is filled with universal content. ~ Nikolai Berdyaev
458:If you don't know yourself, if you don't control yourself, if you don't have mastery over yourself, it's very hard to like yourself, except in some short-term, psych-up, superficial way. ~ Stephen Covey
459:stars of what I like to call the New New Left, a conglomerate of internet-age liberals who had managed to steal a share of the controls via their mastery of developing technologies. ~ Jared Yates Sexton
460:Mastery means responsibility, ability to respond in real time to the need of the moment. Intuitive or inspired living means not just passively hearing the voice, but acting on it. ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch
461:Moving towards mastery will naturally bring you a more global outlook, but it is always wise to expedite the process by training yourself early on to continually enlarge your perspective. ~ Robert Greene
462:The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita’s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage if he or she is to emerge from life victorious. ~ Anonymous
463:Ultimately, nothing in this life is “commonplace,” nothing is “in between.” The threads that join your every act, your every thought, are infinite. All paths of mastery eventually merge. ~ George Leonard
464:When the impulses which stir us to profound emotion are integrated with the medium of expression, every interview of the soul may become art. This is contingent upon mastery of the medium. ~ Hans Hofmann
465:Invention is the most important product of man's creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs. ~ Nikola Tesla
466:People with high levels of personal mastery...cannot afford to choose between reason and intuition, or head and heart, any more than they would choose to walk on one leg or see with one eye. ~ Peter Senge
467:the goal of an apprenticeship is not money, a good position, a title, or a diploma, but rather the transformation of your mind and character—the first transformation on the way to mastery. ~ Robert Greene
468:The transformation toward eternal life is gradual. The heavy gross energy of body, mind, and spirit must first be purified and uplifted. When the energy ascends... then self mastery can be sought. ~ Laozi
469:All your scholarship, all your study of Shakespeare and Wordsworth would be in vain, if at the same time you do not build your character, and attain mastery over your thoughts and actions. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
470:Use the technology which the engineer as developed, but use it with a humble and questioning spirit. Never allow technology to be your master, and never use it to gain mastery over others. ~ Marina Lewycka
471:It is misleading to imagine that we are developed in spite of our circumstances, for we are developed because of them. It is mastery in circumstances that is needed, not mastery over them. ~ Oswald Chambers
472:People with high levels of personal mastery...cannot afford to choose between reason and intuition, or head and heart, any more than they would choose to walk on one leg or see with one eye. ~ Peter M Senge
473:We often mistakenly assume that because someone has genuine understanding in one particular area, this mastery necessarily extends to all other areas of life. That may or may not be true. ~ Joseph Goldstein
474:You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don’t pay the price day in and day out, you never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind. ~ Stephen R Covey
475:Finally, if you are aware that no one else can make you happy, and that happiness is the result of love coming out of you, this becomes the greatest mastery of the Toltecs, the Mastery of Love. ~ Miguel Ruiz
476:Sexist language, racist language, theistic language - all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not, permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas. ~ Toni Morrison
477:Real mastery consists in refuting the prejudices of the time, initially the deepest and most malignant of
them, which would reduce man, after his deliverance from excess, to a barren wisdom. ~ Albert Camus
478:the goal of an apprenticeship is not money, a good position, a title, or a diploma, but rather the transformation of your mind and character—the first transformation on the way to mastery. You ~ Robert Greene
479:Mere physical growing up, mere mastery of the bare necessities of subsistence will not suffice to reproduce the life of the group. Deliberate effort and the taking of thoughtful pains are required. ~ John Dewey
480:The knowledge of God, the formation of ideas, the mastery of desire and passion, the distinction between that which is to be chosen and that which is to be rejected, all these man owes to his form. ~ Maimonides
481:Ah, Mastery of the Five Elements!" "Is that the one we want?" I asked. "No, but a good one. How to tame the five essential elements of the universe - earth, air, water, fire, and cheese!" "Cheese? ~ Rick Riordan
482:The central task of science is to arrive, stage by stage, at a clearer comprehension of nature, but this does not at all mean, as it is sometimes claimed to mean, a search for mastery over nature. ~ Lewis Thomas
483:A turbulent history has taught Chinese leaders that not every problem has a solution and that too great an emphasis on total mastery over specific events could upset the harmony of the universe. ~ Henry Kissinger
484:Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its won unhurried pace. ~ Brian Weiss
485:Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward. ~ Napoleon Hill
486:Blessed the one who has kept the mastery of his eyelids and has not deceived himself with either mind or sense with regard to the skin of the flesh that after a little while oozes putrefaction. ~ Ephrem the Syrian
487:The best martial artist doesn't win fights, but avoids fights. Martial arts is a way of gaining basic self-mastery of your mind, body and emotions. It can also be very useful in combat situations. ~ Frederick Lenz
488:The number of people who could deliver a kick to the balls with Aomame's mastery must have been few indeed. She had studied kick patterns with great diligence and never missed her daily practice. ~ Haruki Murakami
489:10,000 hour” rule. The rule’s premise is that, regardless of whether one has an innate aptitude for an activity or not, mastery of it takes around ten thousand hours of focused, intentional practice. ~ Sean Patrick
490:An interesting piece of work, freely chosen, which has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue, adds to the child's energies and mental capacities, and leads him to self-mastery. ~ Maria Montessori
491:Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its won unhurried pace. ~ Brian L Weiss
492:Property and mastery: nothing else counts. Earth will be monetized until all trees grow in straight lines, three people own all seven continents, and every large organism is bred to be slaughtered. ~ Richard Powers
493:There was no doubt about it: the City was the culmination of man’s mastery over the environment. Not space travel, not the fifty colonized worlds that were now so haughtily independent, but the City. ~ Isaac Asimov
494:We are all lone souls. It pays to know humility, lest the delusion of control, of mastery, overwhelms. And, indeed, we seem a species prone to that delusion, again and ever again." ~Fiddler, pg. 558 ~ Steven Erikson
495:... Odette seemed a fascinating and desirable woman, the attraction which her body held for him had aroused a painful longing to secure the absolute mastery of even the tiniest particles of her heart. ~ Marcel Proust
496:The power to concentrate exists in everyone, but few people can concentrate sufficiently to drive a motor car with complete mastery in all circumstances.
Roadcraft The Police Driver's Manual, 1960 ~ Lesley Thomson
497:There’s no class offered in school called Habit Mastery. There should be. Such a course would probably be more important to your success and overall quality of life than all of the other courses combined. ~ Hal Elrod
498:Who is the Wise man? Whosoever is constantly learning something from one man or another. Who is the rich man? Whosoever is contented with his lot. Who is the strong man? Whosoever is capable of self-mastery. ~ Talmud
499:You ask what is the use of classification, arrangement, and systemization? I answer you: order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject - the actual enemy is the unknown. ~ Thomas E Mann
500:For those few minutes I experienced a feeling of complete mastery, a perfect, unstable equilibrium. The kind of perfection that belongs only to things that are temporary, destined to end shortly. ~ Gianrico Carofiglio

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  156 Integral Yoga
   27 Poetry
   17 Christianity
   15 Philosophy
   14 Occultism
   9 Yoga
   7 Fiction
   6 Science
   4 Psychology
   2 Mysticism
   2 Integral Theory
   2 Hinduism
   2 Education
   1 Alchemy


  194 Sri Aurobindo
   57 The Mother
   42 Satprem
   23 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   10 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   7 Aleister Crowley
   6 Swami Krishnananda
   6 H P Lovecraft
   5 William Wordsworth
   5 Robert Browning
   5 A B Purani
   4 Rudolf Steiner
   3 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   3 Plotinus
   3 Plato
   3 Hafiz
   3 Friedrich Nietzsche
   3 Carl Jung
   2 William Butler Yeats
   2 Swami Vivekananda
   2 Sri Ramakrishna
   2 Saint Teresa of Avila
   2 Nirodbaran
   2 Lucretius
   2 Jordan Peterson
   2 John Keats
   2 Aldous Huxley


   40 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   26 The Life Divine
   18 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   16 Record of Yoga
   14 Letters On Yoga IV
   10 Essays On The Gita
   9 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   8 The Human Cycle
   7 Agenda Vol 02
   6 The Study and Practice of Yoga
   6 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
   6 Essays Divine And Human
   5 Wordsworth - Poems
   5 Savitri
   5 Questions And Answers 1956
   5 Magick Without Tears
   5 Letters On Yoga II
   5 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   5 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   5 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01
   5 Browning - Poems
   4 Questions And Answers 1950-1951
   4 On the Way to Supermanhood
   4 Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
   4 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
   4 Agenda Vol 04
   3 Twilight of the Idols
   3 The Secret Doctrine
   3 The Future of Man
   3 Questions And Answers 1954
   3 Let Me Explain
   3 Isha Upanishad
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 08
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
   3 Agenda Vol 03
   2 Yeats - Poems
   2 Words Of The Mother II
   2 Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo
   2 The Phenomenon of Man
   2 The Perennial Philosophy
   2 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   2 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
   2 Raja-Yoga
   2 Questions And Answers 1955
   2 Questions And Answers 1953
   2 On Education
   2 Of The Nature Of Things
   2 Maps of Meaning
   2 Liber ABA
   2 Letters On Yoga I
   2 Letters On Poetry And Art
   2 Kena and Other Upanishads
   2 Keats - Poems
   2 Hymn of the Universe
   2 Hafiz - Poems
   2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
   2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02
   2 Collected Poems
   2 Agenda Vol 12
   2 Agenda Vol 11
   2 Agenda Vol 10
   2 Agenda Vol 08
   2 Agenda Vol 07
   2 Agenda Vol 06
   2 Agenda Vol 01


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