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spire ::: poet. A structure or formation, such as a steeple, that tapers to a point at the top.

spired ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Spire ::: a. --> Having a spire; being in the form of a spire; as, a spired steeple.

spire ::: v. i. --> To breathe.
To shoot forth, or up in, or as if in, a spire. ::: n. --> A slender stalk or blade in vegetation; as, a spire grass or of wheat.
A tapering body that shoots up or out to a point in a

spired ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Spire ::: a. --> Having a spire; being in the form of a spire; as, a spired steeple.

spire ::: v. i. --> To breathe.
To shoot forth, or up in, or as if in, a spire. ::: n. --> A slender stalk or blade in vegetation; as, a spire grass or of wheat.
A tapering body that shoots up or out to a point in a

spire ::: poet. A structure or formation, such as a steeple, that tapers to a point at the top.


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1:What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me. ~ Robert Browning,
2:To aspire and to call for help are quite indispensable. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
3:What is God? God is the perfection that we must aspire to realise. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
4:Without indomitable Faith or inspired Wisdom no great cause can conquer. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Karmayogin In Either Case,
5:Daily we must aspire to conquer all mistakes, all obscurities, all ignorances. With my blessings ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
6:I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily. ~ Isaac Newton,
7:Let us constantly aspire to be a perfect instrument for the Divine's work. With my Blessings. ~ The Mother, Mantras Of The Mother 27 August,
8:Man, sole awake in an unconscious world,Aspires in vain to change the cosmic dream. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 03.04 - The Vision and the Boon,
9:Poet, who first with skill inspired did teachGreatness to our divine Bengali speech. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems Madhusudan Dutt,
10:When an institution, organization, or nation loses its capacity to inspire high individual performance, its great days are over. ~ Howard Gardner,
11:All souls who aspire are always under my direct care. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother I The Mother With Letters On The Mother,
12:We aspire for a knowledge truly knowing, for a power truly powerful, for a love that truly loves. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II 1.03 - The Divine and Man,
13:The Might that came upon the earth to bless,Has stayed on earth to suffer and aspire. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.04 - The Kingdoms of the Little Life,
14:The Might that came upon the earth to bless,Has stayed on earth to suffer and aspire. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.04 - The Kingdoms of the Little Life,
15:What is God? God is the perfection that we must aspire to realise. 8 November 1969 ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II "The Divine" and "Man" [17],
16:Friendship and love are indispensable notes in the harmony to which we aspire. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV Human Relations and the Spiritual Life,
17:Advance our standards, set upon our foes;Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint George,Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons! ~ William Shakespeare,
18:Spirits of darkness are going to inspire their human hosts to find a vaccine that will drive all inclination towards spirituality out of people's soul. ~ Rudolf Steiner,
19:Egoistic desire is not a law for the soul that seeks liberation or aspires to its own original god-nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 1.08 - The Supreme Will,
20:Mother, what is the difference between an ardent aspiration and a pulling down of force? It is the vital that pulls down and the psychic that aspires. ~ The Mother,
21:43. If God assigns to me my place in Hell, I do not know why I should aspire to Heaven. He knows best what is for my welfare. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human 4.1 - Jnana,
22:He heard the inspired sound of his own thoughtsRe-echoed in the vault of other minds; ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri The Yoga of the King,
23:All that transpires on earth and all beyondAre parts of an illimitable planThe One keeps in his heart and knows alone. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 01.04 - The Secret Knowledge,
24:An inspired Knowledge sat enthroned withinWhose seconds illumined more than reason’s years: ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri The Yoga of the King,
25:We ought to be in a constant state of aspiration, but when we cannot aspire let us pray with the simplcity of a child. With my blessings. ~ The Mother, Mantras Of The Mother 25 July,
26:Jnanam is more than philosophy, it is the inspired and direct knowledge which comes of what our ancients called drishti, spiritual sight. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Karmayogin In Either Case,
27:You are here to contact your soul, and that is why you live. Aspire persistently and try to silence your mind. The aspiration must come from the heart. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
28:Pain is the hand of Nature sculpturing menTo greatness: an inspired labour chiselsWith heavenly cruelty an unwilling mould. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 06.02 - The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain,
29:A veil is kept, something is still held back,Lest, captives of the beauty and the joy,Our souls forget to the Highest to aspire. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.02 - The Kingdom of Subtle Matter,
30:I aspire for the higher life from above the head; but I always feel strained in the middle part of the forehead. What should I do? Do not strain yourself. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
31:Everything good or true that the angels inspire in us is God's, so God is constantly talking to us. He talks very differently, though, to one person than to another. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg, Secrets of Heaven ,
32:Suffocated by the shallowness of the human nature we aspire to the knowledge that truly knows, the power that truly can, the love that truly loves. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II "The Divine" and "Man",
33:The Grace and the help are always there for all who aspire for them and their power is limitless when received with faith and confidence. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II Faith in the Divine Grace and Help,
34:Aspire for your will to be one with the Divine will, concentrate in the heart and be plastic to whatever experience comes, neither forcing nor resisting any spiritual experience ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - I ,
35:Turn your emotions towards the Divine, aspire for their purification; they will then become a help on the way and no longer a cause of suffering. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II Bhakti,
36:Turn your emotions towards the Divine, aspire for their purification; they will then become a help on the way and no longer a cause of suffering. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II Bhakti,
37:At the beginning of each far-spread planePervading with her power the cosmic sunsShe reigns, inspirer of its multiple worksAnd thinker of the symbol of its scene. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.14 - The World-Soul,
38:It is the conflict in you between what is attached to ordinary life and what aspires for the divine life. It is up to you to choose which is the strongest in you and to act accordingly. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
39:One has only to aspire sincerely and keep oneself as open as possible to the Mother's Force. Then whatever difficulties come, they will be overcome-it may take some time, but the result issue. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
40:Awaken the psychic in you, let the inner being come out and replace the ego, then the latent power also will become effective. You can then do the work and the service to which you aspire. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Himself And The Ashram ,
41:It is from the Divine that a sadhak receives peace, a peace quite independent from outward circumstances. Turn more towards the Divine, aspire for the real inner peace and you will get enough peace to carry on your work without disturbance. ~ SATM?,
42:Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born, against the past that seeks to endure, so that the new things may manifest and we be ready to receive them. ~ The Mother, On Education ,
43:In the region of politics faith is the result of imagination working in the light of history; it takes its stand on reason and experience and aspires into the future from the firm ground of the past. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram - I The Leverage of Faith,
44:But it is in itself a secondary aim[transcending the ego]; to find, know and possess the Divine existence, consciousness and nature and to live in it for the Divine is our true aim and the one perfection to which we must aspire. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
45:As climbs a storeyed temple-tower to heavenBuilt by the aspiring soul of man to liveNear to his dream of the Invisible.Infinity calls to it as it dreams and climbs;Its spire touches the apex of the world; ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.01 - The World-Stair,
46:New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment. ~ Max Planck,
47:our worth lies only in the measure of our effort to exceed ourselves, and to exceed ourselves is to attain the Divine. Human mediocrity is intolerable. We aspire for a knowledge truly knowing, for a power truly powerful, for a love that truly loves. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
48:To want to be a superman is a mistake, it only swells the ego. One can aspire for the Divine to bring about the supramental transformation, but that also should not be done till the being has become psychic and spiritualised by the descent of the Mother's peace, force, light and purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
49:But not the utter vision and delight.A veil is kept, something is still held back,Lest, captives of the beauty and the joy,Our souls forget to the Highest to aspire.In that fair subtle realm behind our ownThe form is all, and physical gods are kings. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.02 - The Kingdom of Subtle Matter,
50:To be a man, discipline is indispensable. Without discipline one is only an animal. One begins to be a man only when one aspires to a higher and truer life and when one accepts a discipline of transformation. For this one must start by mastering one's lower nature and its desires. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
51:The life you lead conceals the light you are.Immortal Powers sweep flaming past your doors;Far-off upon your tops the god-chant soundsWhile to exceed yourselves thought's trumpets call,Heard by a few, but fewer dare aspire,The nympholepts of the ecstasy and the blaze. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 04.03 - The Call to the Quest,
52:THOU whom we must know, understand, realise, absolute Consciousness, eternal Law, Thou who guidest and illuminest us, who movest and inspirest us, grant that these weak souls may be strengthened and those who fear be reassured. To Thee I entrust them, even as I entrust to Thee our entire destiny. ~ The Mother, Prayers And Meditations 127,
53:Be absolutely convinced that everything that happens, happens in order to give us precisely the lesson we needed, and if we are sincere in the sadhana, the lesson should be accepted with joy and gratitude. For one who aspires to the divine life, what can the actions of a blind and ignorant humanity matter to him? ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
54:Every soul is engaged in a great work-the labor of personal liberation from the state of ignorance. The world is a great prison; its bars are the Unknown. And each is a prisoner until, at last, he earns the right to tear these bars from their moldering sockets, and pass, illuminated and inspired into the darkness, which becomes lighted by that presence ~ Manly P Hall,
55:They say an elephant never forgets. Well, you are not an elephant. Take notes, constantly. Save interesting thoughts, quotations, films, technologies...the medium doesn't matter, so long as it inspires you. When you're stumped, go to your notes like a wizard to his spellbook. Mash those thoughts together. Extend them in every direction until they meet. ~ Aaron Koblin,
56:Who cares for your bhakti and mukti? Who cares what your scriptures say? I will go into a thousand hells cheerfully if I can rouse my countrymen, immersed in tamas, to stand on their own feet and be men inspired with the spirit of karma-yoga. I am a follower only of he or she who serves and helps others without caring for his own bhakti and mukti! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
57:Sincerity means more than mere honesty. It means that you mean what you say, feel what you profess, are earnest in your will. As the sadhak aspires to be an instrument of the Divine and one with the Divine, sincerity in him means that he is really in earnest in his aspiration and refuses all other will or impulse except the Divine's. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
58:Let us not believe that it is enough to read without unction, to speculate without devotion, to investigate without wonder, to observe without joy, to act without godly zeal, to know without love, to understand without humility, to strive without divine grace, or to reflect as a mirror without divinely inspired wisdom. ~ Saint Bonaventure, The Journey of the Mind into God / Feast Day July 15th ,
59:As one becomes proficient in the work of the Order and one's insight and understanding develops, it will become apparent that all of these methods may be tied together and unified to become a magical engine by means of which the Mountain of Initiation may be scaled and the Kingdom of Heaven reached, so that man aspires to God and God aspires to man. ~ Israel Regardie, The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic ,
60:All human beings are full of ego. If you want to change, you must be very quiet and always aspire for a higher consciousness to come down into you in which there is not the ego. When it comes down, the real change will come. But you must be quiet within, not worried and restless - you must open confidently to the Mother's Force and let it work in you. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV Ego and Its forms,
61:Some dislike prayer; if they entered deep into their heart, they would find it was pride — worse than that, vanity. And then there are those who have no aspiration, they try and they cannot aspire; it is because they do not have the flame of the will, it is because they do not have the flame of humility. Both are needed. There must be a very great humility and a very great will to change one’s Karma. ~ The Mother,
62:Every soul is engaged in a great work-the labor of personal liberation from the state of ignorance. The world is a great prison; its bars are the Unknown. And each is a prisoner until, at last, he earns the right to tear these bars from their moldering sockets, and pass, illuminated and inspired into the darkness, which becomes lighted by that presence ~ Manly P Hall, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: Or the Secret of Hiram Abiff ,
63:There is also a third kind of madness, which is possession by the Muses, enters into a delicate and virgin soul, and there inspiring frenzy, awakens lyric....But he, who, not being inspired and having no touch of madness in his soul, comes to the door and thinks he will get into the temple by the help of art--he, I say, and his poetry are not admitted; the sane man is nowhere at all when he enters into rivalry with the madman. ~ Plato,
64:As humans, we waste the shit out of our words. It's sad. We use words like "awesome" and "wonderful" like they're candy. It was awesome? Really? It inspired awe? It was wonderful? Are you serious? It was full of wonder? You use the word "amazing" to describe a goddamn sandwich at Wendy's. What's going to happen on your wedding day, or when your first child is born? How will you describe it? You already wasted "amazing" on a fucking sandwich. ~ Louis C K,
65:In your nature there are many obstacles, chiefly a great activity of the outward-going mind and a thick crust of the impure lower Prakriti that covers the heart and the vital being. Quieting of the mind and purification of the nature are what you must have before you can fulfil your aim. Aspire for these two things first; ask for them constantly from above. You will not be able to achieve them by your own unaided effort. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II Purity,
66:He points out that one of the really tough things is figuring out what questions to ask, Musk said. Once you figure out the question, then the answer is relatively easy. I came to the conclusion that really we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask. The teenage Musk then arrived at his ultralogical mission statement. The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment ~ ,
67:Death is not a way to succeed in sadhana. If you die in that way [suicide], you will only have the same difficulties again with probably less favourable circumstances.The way to succeed in sadhana is to refuse to be discouraged, to aspire simply and sincerely so that the Mother's force may work in you and bring down what is above. No man ever succeeded in this sadhana by his own merit. To become open and plastic to the Mother is the one thing needed. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV ,
68:As in a mystic and dynamic dance A priestess of immaculate ecstasies Inspired and ruled from Truth's revealing vault Moves in some prophet cavern of the gods A heart of silence in the hands of joy Inhabited with rich creative beats A body like a parable of dawn That seemed a niche for veiled divinity Or golden temple-door to things beyond. Immortal rhythms swayed in her time-born steps; Her look, her smile awoke celestial sense Even in earth-stuff, and their intense delight Poured a supernal beauty on men's lives. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 01.02 - The Issue,
69:the soul's seemingly magical influence ::: If you have within you a psychic being sufficiently awake to watch over you, to prepare your path, it can draw towards you things which help you, draw people, books, circumstances, all sorts of little coincidences which come to you as though brought by some benevolent will and give you an indication, a help, a support to take decisions and turn you in the right direction. But once you have taken this decision, once you have decided to find the truth of your being, once you start sincerely on the road, everything seems to conspire to help you to advance, ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1950-1951 ,
70:Mother, if there is a part in one's nature that does not open, what is the method of aspiring so that this part may open?You may aspire that this part may open - let the part that is open aspire for the other to open. It will open after a certain time; one must continue, persist. That is the only thing to do. There is something that does not want it, an acute resistance there, which does not want it. It is like a stubborn child: "I don't want it, I shall remain what I am, I won't move."... It does not say, "I am pleased with myself", because it does not dare. But the truth is it is quite self-satisfied, it does not budge. ~ The Mother, Question and Answers Volume-6,
71:Don't confuse having no violence in your heart with having no violence in the real world, if required. Your duty may or may not include violence, but let us not forget that there are indeed occasions where violence ends violence or, I should say, reflecting the messiness and microscopically incremental nature of Eros: there are occasions where violence replaces a grosser violence with a subtler violence, a lesser devil on the way to a vaguely greater good. The Zen-inspired code of the Samurai warrior is still as good a guide as any: the best fight is not to fight; the real sword is no sword-but if you think that means a Samurai warrior never used his sword, you are tad naive, I fear. ~ Ken Wilber?,
72:the essential conditions for the growth of the psychic ::: In order to strengthen the contact and aid, if possible, the development of the conscious psychic personality, one should, while concentrating, turn towards it, aspire to know it and feel it, open oneself to receive its influence, and take great care, each time that one receives an indication from it, to follow it very scrupulously and sincerely. To live in a great aspiration, to take care to become inwardly calm and remain so always as far as possible, to cultivate a perfect sincerity in all the activities of one's being - these are the essential conditions for the growth of the psychic being. ~ The Mother, Some Answers From The Mother ,
73:It is in the silence of the mind that the strongest and freest action can come, e.g. the writing of a book, poetry, inspired speech etc. When the mind is active it interferes with the inspiration, puts in its own small ideas which get mixed up with the inspiration or starts something from a lower level or simply stops the inspiration altogether by bubbling up with all sorts of mere mental suggestions. So also intuitions or action etc. can come more easily when the ordinary inferior movement of the mind is not there. It is also in the silence of the mind that it is easiest for knowledge to come from within or above, from the psychic or from the higher consciousness. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV ,
74:The highest truth, the integral self-knowledge is not to be gained by this self-blinded leap into the Absolute but by a patient transit beyond the mind into the Truth-consciousness where the Infinite can be known, felt, seen, experienced in all the fullness of its unending riches. And there we discover this Self that we are to be not only a static tenuous vacant Atman but a great dynamic Spirit individual, universal and transcendent. That Self and Spirit cannot be expressed by the mind's abstract generalisations; all the inspired descriptions of the seers and mystics cannot exhaust its contents and its splendours. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Integral Knowledge,
75:The vital can rise to the head in two ways - one to cloud the mind with the vital impulses, the other to aspire and join with the higher Consciousness. If you noticed the aspiration, it was evidently the latter movement. It is true that for the external vital an outer discipline is necessary for the purification, otherwise it remains restless and fanciful and at the mercy of its own impulses - so that no basis can be built there for a quiet and abiding higher consciousness to remain firmly. The attitude you have taken for the work is of course the best one and, applying it steadily, the progress you feel was bound to come and is sure to increase. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV The Vital Being and Sadhana,
76:As if from Matter's plinth and viewless base To a top as viewless, a carved sea of worlds Climbing with foam-maned waves to the Supreme Ascended towards breadths immeasurable; It hoped to soar into the Ineffable's reign: A hundred levels raised it to the Unknown. So it towered up to heights intangible And disappeared in the hushed conscious Vast As climbs a storeyed temple-tower to heaven Built by the aspiring soul of man to live Near to his dream of the Invisible. Infinity calls to it as it dreams and climbs; Its spire touches the apex of the world; Mounting into great voiceless stillnesses It marries the earth to screened eternities. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.01 - The World-Stair,
77:Although our fallen minds forget to climb, Although our human stuff resists or breaks, She keeps her will that hopes to divinise clay; Failure cannot repress, defeat o'erthrow; Time cannot weary her nor the Void subdue, The ages have not made her passion less; No victory she admits of Death or Fate. Always she drives the soul to new attempt; Always her magical infinitude Forces to aspire the inert brute elements; As one who has all infinity to waste, She scatters the seed of the Eternal's strength On a half-animate and crumbling mould, Plants heaven's delight in the heart's passionate mire, Pours godhead's seekings into a bare beast frame, Hides immortality in a mask of death. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri ,
78:Trump himself is a nothing, an empty vessel for cosmic forces to work through. Even on The Apprentice (which I used to enjoy) I remember he gave the guy who won a tour of his apartment, it was the tackiest thing you'd ever seen. Cluttered with gold furnishings so there was no space anywhere. The guy, who obviously worshipped Trump, asked who inspired him. So there he was, looking up to wait to hear some pearl of wisdom. And the Orange Clown just made some meaningless narcissistic comment about himself. It actually felt embarrassing (but not to Trump who simply isn't conscious of such things). It proves that even before his dementia he always was empty and vacuous. His ghost writer said Trump was the most evil human being he'd ever met. ~ M Alan Kazlev, ,
79:It is the Divine in the inconscient who aspires for the Divine in the consciousness. That is to say, without the Divine there would be no aspiration; without the consciousness hidden in the inconscient, there would be no possibility of changing the inconscience to consciousness. But because at the very heart of the inconscient there is the divine Consciousness, you aspire, and necessarily - this is what he says - automatically, mechanically, the sacrifice is made. And this is why when one says, "It is not you who aspire, it is the Divine, it is not you who make progress, it is the Divine, it is not you who are conscious, it is the Divine" - these are not mere words, it is a fact. And it is simply your ignorance and your unconsciousness which prevent you from realising it. (Meditation) ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1956 ,
80:Calm, even if it seems at first only a negative thing, is so difficult to attain, that to have it at all must be regarded as a great step in advance. "In reality, calm is not a negative thing, it is the very nature of the Sat-Purusha and the positive foundation of the divine consciousness. Whatever else is aspired for and gained, this must be kept. Even Knowledge, Power, Ananda, if they come and do not find this foundation, are unable to remain and have to withdraw until the divine purity and peace of the Sat-Purusha are permanently there. "Aspire for the rest of the divine consciousness, but with a calm and deep aspiration. It can be ardent as well as calm, but not impatient, restless or full of rajasic eagerness. "Only in the quiet mind and being can the supramental Truth build its true creation." ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1954 ,
81:the central notion of the Veda ::: The sense of the first two verses is clear enough when we know Saraswati to be that power of the Truth which we call inspiration. Inspiration from the Truth purifies by getting rid of all falsehood, for all sin according to the Indian idea is merely falsehood, wrongly inspired emotion, wrongly directed will and action. The central idea of life and ourselves from which we start is a falsehood and all else is falsified by it. Truth comes to us as a light, a voice, compelling a change of thought, imposing a new discernment of ourselves and all around us. Truth of thought creates truth of vision and truth of vision forms in us truth of being, and out of truth of being (satyam) flows naturally truth of emotion, will and action. This is indeed the central notion of the Veda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Secret Of The Veda ,
82:The universe and the individual are necessary to each other in their ascent. Always indeed they exist for each other and profit by each other. Universe is a diffusion of the divine All in infinite Space and Time, the individual its concentration within limits of Space and Time. Universe seeks in infinite extension the divine totality it feels itself to be but cannot entirely realise; for in extension existence drives at a pluralistic sum of itself which can neither be the primal nor the final unit, but only a recurring decimal without end or beginning. Therefore it creates in itself a self-conscious concentration of the All through which it can aspire. In the conscious individual Prakriti turns back to perceive Purusha, World seeks after Self; God having entirely become Nature, Nature seeks to become progressively God. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 1.06 - Man in the Universe,
83:I have said that from a young age children should be taught to respect good health, physical strength and balance. The great importance of beauty must also be emphasised. A young child should aspire for beauty, not for the sake of pleasing others or winning their admiration, but for the love of beauty itself; for beauty is the ideal which all physical life must realise. Every human being has the possibility of establishing harmony among the different parts of his body and in the various movements of the body in action. Every human body that undergoes a rational method of culture from the very beginning of its existence can realise its own harmony and thus become fit to manifest beauty. When we speak of the other aspects of an integral education, we shall see what inner conditions are to be fulfilled so that this beauty can one day be manifested. ~ The Mother, On Education 1.03 - Physical Education,
84:My deepest debt in this book is to the General Semantics ('non-Aristotelian system') of Alfred Korzybski. I have also drawn heavily upon the works of other contributors to semantic thought: especially C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards, Thorstein Veblen, Edward Sapir, Leonard Bloomfield, Karl R. Popper, Thurman Arnold, Jerome Frank, Jean Piaget, Charles Morris, Wendell Johnson, Irving J. Lee, Ernst Cassirer, Anatol Rapoport, Stuart Chase. I am also deeply indebted to the writings of numerous psychologists and psychiatrists with one or another of the dynamic points of view inspired by Sigmund Freud: Karl Menninger, Trigant Burrow, Carl Rogers, Kurt Lewin, N. R. F. Maier, Jurgen Ruesch, Gregory Bateson, Rudolf Dreikurs, Milton Rokeach. I have also found extremely helpful the writings of cultural anthropologists, especially those of Benjamin Lee Whorf, Ruth Benedict, Clyde Kluckhohn, Leslie A. White, Margaret Mead, Weston La Barre. ~ S. I. Hayakawa,
85:Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend, the cold, obscure shelter where moult the wings which will bear it farther than suns and stars. He who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions. "In the morning, - solitude;" said Pythagoras; that Nature may speak to the imagination, as she does never in company, and that her favorite may make acquaintance with those divine strengths which disclose themselves to serious and abstracted thought. 'Tis very certain that Plato, Plotinus, Archimedes, Hermes, Newton, Milton, Wordsworth, did not live in a crowd, but descended into it from time to time as benefactors: and the wise instructor will press this point of securing to the young soul in the disposition of time and the arrangements of living, periods and habits of solitude. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
86:Turn your thoughts now, and lift up your thoughts to a devout and joyous contemplation on sage Vyasa and Vasishtha, on Narda and Valmiki. Contemplate on the glorious Lord Buddha, Jesus the Christ, prophet Mohammed, the noble Zoroaster (Zarathushtra), Lord Mahavira, the holy Guru Nanak. Think of the great saints and sages of all ages, like Yajnavalkya, Dattatreya, Sulabha and Gargi, Anasooya and Sabari, Lord Gauranga, Mirabai, Saint Theresa and Francis of Assisi. Remember St. Augustine, Jallaludin Rumi, Kabir, Tukaram, Ramdas, Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Vivekananda and Rama Tirtha. Adore in thy heart the sacred memory of Mahatma Gandhi, sage Ramana Maharishi, Aurobindo Ghosh, Gurudev Sivananda and Swami Ramdas. They verily are the inspirers of humanity towards a life of purity, goodness and godliness. Their lives, their lofty examples, their great teachings constitute the real wealth and greatest treasure of mankind today. ~ Sri Chidananda, Advices On Spiritual Living ,
87:The Vedic poets regarded their poetry as mantras, they were the vehicles of their own realisations and could become vehicles of realisation for others. Naturally, these mostly would be illuminations, not the settled and permanent realisation that is the goal of Yoga - but they could be steps on the way or at least lights on the way. Many have such illuminations, even initial realisations while meditating on verses of the Upanishads or the Gita. Anything that carries the Word, the Light in it, spoken or written, can light this fire within, open a sky, as it were, bring the effective vision of which the Word is the body. In all ages spiritual seekers have expressed their aspirations or their experiences in poetry or inspired language and it has helped themselves and others. Therefore there is nothing absurd in my assigning to such poetry a spiritual or psychic value and effectiveness to poetry of a psychic or spiritual character. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
88:an all-inclusive concentration is required for an Integral Yoga ::: Concentration is indeed the first condition of any Yoga, but it is an all-receiving concentration that is the very nature of the integral Yoga. A separate strong fixing of the thought, of the emotions or of the will on a single idea, object, state, inner movement or principle is no doubt a frequent need here also; but this is only a subsidiary helpful process. A wide massive opening, a harmonised concentration of the whole being in all its parts and through all its powers upon the One who is the All is the larger action of this Yoga without which it cannot achieve its purpose. For it is the consciousness that rests in the One and that acts in the All to which we aspire; it is this that we seek to impose on every element of our being and on every movement of our nature. This wide and concentrated totality is the essential character of the sadhana and its character must determine its practice. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
89:fruits of the release ::: For even before complete purification, if the strings of the egoistic heart and mind are already sufficiently frayed and loosened, the Jiva can by a sudden snapping of the main cords escape, ascending like a bird freed into the spaces or widening like a liberated flood into the One and Infinite. There is first a sudden sense of a cosmic consciousness, a casting of oneself into the universal; from that universality one can aspire more easily to the Transcendent. There is a pushing back and rending or a rushing down of the walls that imprisoned our conscious being; there is a loss of all sense of individuality and personality, of all placement in ego, a person definite and definable, but only consciousness, only existence, only peace or bliss; one becomes immortatlity, becomes eternity, becomes infinity. All that is left of the personal soul is a hymn of peace and freedom and bliss vibrating somewhere in the Eternal. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.09 - The Release from the Ego,
90:There is nothing unintelligible in what I say about strength and Grace. Strength has a value for spiritual realisation, but to say that it can be done by strength only and by no other means is a violent exaggeration. Grace is not an invention, it is a face of spiritual experience. Many who would be considered as mere nothings by the wise and strong have attained by Grace; illiterate, without mental power or training, without "strength" of character or will, they have yet aspired and suddenly or rapidly grown into spiritual realisation, because they had faith or because they were sincere. ... Strength, if it is spiritual, is a power for spiritual realisation; a greater power is sincerity; the greatest power of all is Grace. I have said times without number that if a man is sincere, he will go through in spite of long delay and overwhelming difficulties. I have repeatedly spoken of the Divine Grace. I have referred any number of times to the line of the Gita: "I will deliver thee from all sin and evil, do not grieve." ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
91:But a time will come when you will feel more and more that you are the instrument and not the worker. For first by the force of your devotion your contact with the Divine Mother will become so intimate that at all times you will have only to concentrate and to put everything into her hands to have her present guidance, her direct command or impulse, the sure indication of the thing to be done and the way to do it and the result. And afterwards you will realise that the divine Shakti not only inspires and guides, but initiates and carries out your works; all your movements are originated by her, all your powers are hers, mind, life and body are conscious and joyful instruments of her action, means for her play, moulds for her manifestation in the physical universe. There can be no more happy condition than this union and dependence; for this step carries you back beyond the border-line from the life of stress and suffering in the ignorance into the truth of your spiritual being, into its deep peace and its intense Ananda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother 12,
92:It is necessary to observe and know the wrong movements in you; for they are the source of your trouble and have to be persistently rejected if you are to be free.But do not be always thinking of your defects and wrong movements. Concentrate more upon what you are to be, on the ideal, with the faith that, since it is the goal before you, it must and will come.To be always observing faults and wrong movements brings depression and discourages the faith. Turn your eyes more to the coming Light and less to any immediate darkness. Faith, cheerfulness, confidence in the ultimate victory are the things that help, - they make the progress easier and swifter. Make more of the good experiences that come to you; one experience of the kind is more important than the lapses and failures. When it ceases, do not repine or allow yourself to be discouraged, but be quiet within and aspire for its renewal in a stronger form leading to still deeper and fuller experience. Aspire always, but with more quietude, opening yourself to the Divine simply and wholly. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV ,
93:Do not be over-eager for experience, - for experiences you can always get, having once broken the barrier between the physical mind and the subtle planes. What you have to aspire for most is the improved quality of the recipient consciousness in you - discrimination in the mind, the unattached impersonal Witness look on all that goes on in you and around you, purity in the vital, calm equanimity, enduring patience, absence of pride and the sense of greatness - and more especially, the development of the psychic being in you - surrender, self-giving, psychic humility, devotion. It is a consciousness made up of these things, cast in this mould that can bear without breaking, stumbling or deviation into error the rush of lights, powers and experiences from the supraphysical planes. An entire perfection in these respects is hardly possible until the whole nature from the highest mind to the subconscient physical is made one in the light that is greater than Mind; but a sufficient foundation and a consciousness always self-observant, vigilant and growing in these things is indispensable - for perfect purification is the basis of the perfect siddhi. ~ ,
94:Find That Something ::: We can, simply by a sincere aspiration, open a sealed door in us and find... that Something which will change the whole significance of life, reply to all our questions, solve all our problems and lead us to the perfection we aspire for without knowing it, to that Reality which alone can satisfy us and give us lasting joy, equilibrium, strength, life. All have heard it - Oh! there are even some here who are so used to it that for them it seems to be the same thing as drinking a glass of water or opening a window to let in the sunlight.... We have tried a little, but now we are going to try seriously! The starting-point: to want it, truly want it, to need it. The next step: to think, above all, of that. A day comes, very quickly, when one is unable to think of anything else. That is the one thing which counts. And then... One formulates one's aspiration, lets the true prayer spring up from one's heart, the prayer which expresses the sincerity of the need. And then... well, one will see what happens. Something will happen. Surely something will happen. For each one it will take a different form. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1957-1958 ,
95:Therefore the age of intuitive knowledge, represented by the early Vedantic thinking of the Upanishads, had to give place to the age of rational knowledge; inspired Scripture made room for metaphysical philosophy, even as afterwards metaphysical philosophy had to give place to experimental Science. Intuitive thought which is a messenger from the superconscient and therefore our highest faculty, was supplanted by the pure reason which is only a sort of deputy and belongs to the middle heights of our being; pure reason in its turn was supplanted for a time by the mixed action of the reason which lives on our plains and lower elevations and does not in its view exceed the horizon of the experience that the physical mind and senses or such aids as we can invent for them can bring to us. And this process which seems to be a descent, is really a circle of progress. For in each case the lower faculty is compelled to take up as much as it can assimilate of what the higher had already given and to attempt to re-establish it by its own methods. By the attempt it is itself enlarged in its scope and arrives eventually at a more supple and a more ample selfaccommodation to the higher faculties. ~ Sri Aurobindo, TLD 1.08-13 ,
96:Aspiration in everyone, no matter who it is, has the same poweR But the effect of this aspiration is different. For aspiration is aspiration: if you have aspiration, in itself it has a power. Only, this aspiration calls down an answer, and this answer, the effect, which is the result of the aspiration, depends upon each one, for it depends upon his receptivity. I know many people of this kind: they say, "Oh! but I aspire all the time and still I receive nothing." It is impossible that they should receive nothing, in the sense that the answer is sure to come. But it is they who do not receive. The answer comes but they are not receptive, so they receive nothing.. . . When you have an aspiration, a very active aspiration, your aspiration is going to do its work. It is going to call down the answer to what you aspire foR But if, later, you begin to think of something else or are not attentive or receptive, you do not even notice that your aspiration has received an answer. This happens very frequently. So people tell you: "I aspire and I don't receive anything, I get no answer!" Yes, you do have an answer but you are not aware of it, because you continue to be active in this way, like a mill turning all the time. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1954 ,
97:Raise Your StandardsAny time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming.Think of the far-reaching consequences set in motion by men and women who raised their standards and acted in accordance with them, deciding they would tolerate no less. History chronicles the inspiring examples of people like Leonardo da Vinci, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Albeit Einstein, Cesar Chavez, Soichiro Honda, and many others who took the magnificently powerful step of raising their standards. The same power that was available to them is available to you, if you have the courage to claim it. Changing an organization, acompany, a country-or a world-begins with the simple step of changing yourself.STEP TWOChange Your Limiting Beliefs ~ Anthony Robbins, How to take Immediate Control of Your Mental Emotional Physical and Financial Destiny ,
98:Sweet Mother, Just as there is a methodical progression of exercises for mental and physical education, isn't there a similar method to progress towards Sri Aurobindo's yoga? It should vary with each individual. Could you make a step-by-step programme for me to follow daily?The mechanical regularity of a fixed programme is indispensable for physical, mental and vital development; but this mechanical rigidity has little or no effect on spiritual development where the spontaneity of an absolute sincerity is indispensable. Sri Aurobindo has written very clearly on this subject. And what he has written on it has appeared in The Synthesis Of Yoga. However, as an initial help to set you on the path, I can tell you: (1) that on getting up, before starting the day, it is good to make an offering of this day to the Divine, an offering of all that one thinks, all that one is, all that one will do; (2) and at night, before going to sleep, it is good to review the day, taking note of all the times one has forgotten or neglected to make an offering of one's self or one's action, and to aspire or pray that these lapses do not recur. This is a minimum, a very small beginning - and it should increase with the sincerity of your consecration. 31 March 1965 ~ The Mother, Some Answers From The Mother ,
99:the joy of progress ::: It is the will for progress and self-purification which lights the [psychic] fire. The will for progress. Those who have a strong will, when they turn it towards spiritual progress and purification, automatically light the fire within themselves. And each defect one wants to cure or each progress one wants to make - if all that is thrown into the fire, it burns with a new intensity. And this is not an image, it is a fact in the subtle physical. One can feel the warmth of the flame, one can see in the subtle physical the light of the flame. And when there is something in the nature which prevents one from advancing and one throws it into this fire, it begins to burn and the flame becomes more intense....How can one feel sweetness and joy when one is in difficulty?Exactly, when the difficulty is egoistic or personal, if one makes an offering of it and throws it into the fire of purification, one immediately feels the joy of progress. If one does it sincerely, at once there is a welling up of joy. That is obviously what ought to be done instead of despairing and lamenting. If one offers it up and aspires sincerely for transformation and purification, one immediately feels joy springing up in the depths of the heart. Even when the difficulty is a great sorrow, one may do this with much success. One realises that behind the sorrow, no matter how intense it may be, there is divine joy. ~ The Mother,
100:It is, then, in the highest mind of thought and light and will or it is in the inner heart of deepest feeling and emotion that we must first centre our consciousness, -in either of them or, if we are capable, in both together,- and use that as our leverage to lift the nature wholly towards the Divine. The concentration of an enlightened thought, will and heart turned in unison towards one vast goal of our knowledge, one luminous and infinite source of our action, one imperishable object of our emotion is the starting-point of the Yoga. And the object of our seeking must be the very fount of the Light which is growing in us, the very origin of the Force which we are calling to move our members. our one objective must be the Divine himself to whom, knowingly or unknowingly, something always aspires in our secret nature. There must be a large, many-sided yet single concentration of the thought on the idea, the perception, the vision, the awakening touch, the souls realisation of the one Divine. There must be a flaming concentration of the heart on the All and Eternal -and, when once we have found him, a deep plunging and immersion in the possession and ecstasy of the All-Beautiful. There must be a strong and immovable concentration of the will on the attainment and fulfilment of all that the Divine is and a free and plastic opening of it to all that he intends to manifest in us. This is the triple way of the Yoga. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Yoga of Divine Works,
101:the aim of our yoga ::: The aim set before our Yoga is nothing less than to hasten this supreme object of our existence here. Its process leaves behind the ordinary tardy method of slow and confused growth through the evolution of Nature. For the natural evolution is at its best an uncertain growth under cover, partly by the pressure of the environment, partly by a groping education and an ill-lighted purposeful effort, an only partially illumined and half-automatic use of opportunities with many blunders and lapses and relapses; a great portion of it is made up of apparent accidents and circumstances and vicissitudes, - though veiling a secret divine intervention and guidance. In Yoga we replace this confused crooked crab-motion by a rapid, conscious and self-directed evolution which is planned to carry us, as far as can be, in a straight line towards the goal set before us. In a certain sense it may be an error to speak of a goal anywhere in a progression which may well be infinite. Still we can conceive of an immediate goal, an ulterior objective beyond our present achievement towards which the soul in man can aspire. There lies before him the possibility of a new birth; there can be an ascent into a higher and wider plane of being and its descent to transform his members. An enlarged and illumined consciousness is possible that shall make of him a liberated spirit and a perfected force - and, if spread beyond the individual, it might even constitute a divine humanity or else a new, a supramental and therefore a superhuman race. It is this new birth that we make our aim: a growth into a divine consciousness is the whole meaning of our Yoga, an integral conversion to divinity not only of the soul but of all the parts of our nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita,
102:mastering the lower self and leverage for the march towards the Divine ::: In proportion as he can thus master and enlighten his lower self, he is man and no longer an animal. When he can begin to replace desire altogether by a still greater enlightened thought and sight and will in touch with the Infinite, consciously subject to a diviner will than his own, linked to a more universal and transcendent knowledge, he has commenced the ascent towards tile superman; he is on his upward march towards the Divine. It is, then, in the highest mind of thought and light and will or it is in the inner heart of deepest feeling and emotion that we must first centre our consciousness, -- in either of them or, if we are capable, in both together, -- and use that as our leverage to lift the nature wholly towards the Divine. The concentration of an enlightened thought, will and heart turned in unison towards one vast goal of our knowledge, one luminous and infinite source of our action, one imperishable object of our emotion is the starting-point of the Yoga. And the object of our seeking must be the very fount of the Light which is growing in us, the very origin of the Force which we are calling to move our members. Our one objective must be the Divine himself to whom, knowingly or unknowingly, something always aspires in our secret nature. There must be a large, many-sided yet single concentration of the thought on the idea, the perception, the vision, the awakening touch, the soul's realisation of the one Divine. There must be a flaming concentration of the heart on the All and Eternal and, when once we have found him, a deep plunging and immersion in the possession and ecstasy of the All-Beautiful. There must be a strong and immovable concentration of the will on the attainment and fulfilment of all that the Divine is and a free and plastic opening of it to all that he intends to manifest in us. This is the triple way of the Yoga. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 1.02 - Self-Consecration,
103:... The first opening is effected by a concentration in the heart, a call to the Divine to manifest within us and through the psychic to take up and lead the whole nature. Aspiration, prayer, bhakti, love, surrender are the main supports of this part of the sadhana - accompanied by a rejection of all that stands in the way of what we aspire for. The second opening is effected by a concentration of the consciousness in the head (afterwards, above it) and an aspiration and call and a sustained will for the descent of the divine Peace, Power, Light, Knowledge, Ananda into the being - the Peace first or the Peace and Force together. Some indeed receive Light first or Ananda first or some sudden pouring down of knowledge. With some there is first an opening which reveals to them a vast infinite Silence, Force, Light or Bliss above them and afterwards either they ascend to that or these things begin to descend into the lower nature. With others there is either the descent, first into the head, then down to the heart level, then to the navel and below and through the whole body, or else an inexplicable opening - without any sense of descent - of peace, light, wideness or power or else a horizontal opening into the cosmic consciousness or, in a suddenly widened mind, an outburst of knowledge. Whatever comes has to be welcomed - for there is no absolute rule for all, - but if the peace has not come first, care must be taken not to swell oneself in exultation or lose the balance. The capital movement however is when the Divine Force or Shakti, the power of the Mother comes down and takes hold, for then the organisation of the consciousness begins and the larger foundation of the Yoga. The result of the concentration is not usually immediate - though to some there comes a swift and sudden outflowering; but with most there is a time longer or shorter of adaptation or preparation, especially if the nature has not been prepared already to some extent by aspiration and tapasya. ... ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother ,
104:Many men think and write through inspiration. From where does it come?Many! That is indeed a wonderful thing. I did not think there have been so many.... So?Poets, when they write poems...Ah! Inspirations come from very many different places. There are inspirations that may be very material, there are inspirations that may be vital, there are inspirations that come from all kinds of mental planes, and there are very, very rare inspirations that come from the higher mind or from a still higher region. All inspirations do not come from the same place. Hence, to be inspired does not necessarily mean that one is a higher be- ing.... One may be inspired also to do and say many stupid things!What does "inspired" mean?It means receiving something which is beyond you, which was not within you; to open yourself to an influence which is outside your individual conscious being.Indeed, one can have also an inspiration to commit a murder! In countries where they decapitate murderers, cut off their heads, this causes a very brutal death which throws out the vital being, not allowing it the time to decompose for coming out of the body; the vital being is violently thrown out of the body, with all its impulses; and generally it goes and lodges itself in one of those present there, men half horrified, half with a kind of unhealthy curiosity. That makes the opening and it enters within. Statistics have proved that most young murderers admit that the impulse came to them when they were present at the death of another murderer. It was an "inspiration", but of a detestable kind.Fundamentally it is a moment of openness to something which was not within your personal consciousness, which comes from outside and rushes into you and makes you do something. This is the widest formula that can be given.Now, generally, when people say: "Oh! he is an inspired poet", it means he has received something from high above and expressed it in a remarkable manneR But one should rather say that his inspiration is of a high quality. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953 ,
105:There I waited day and night for the voice of God within me, to know what He had to say to me, to learn what I had to do. In this seclusion the earliest realisation, the first lesson came to me. I remembered then that a month or more before my arrest, a call had come to me to put aside all activity, to go in seclusion and to look into myself, so that I might enter into closer communion with Him. I was weak and could not accept the call. My work was very dear to me and in the pride of my heart I thought that unless I was there, it would suffer or even fail and cease; therefore I would not leave it. It seemed to me that He spoke to me again and said, The bonds you had not the strength to break, I have broken for you, because it is not my will nor was it ever my intention that that should continue. I have had another thing for you to do and it is for that I have brought you here, to teach you what you could not learn for yourself and to train you for my work. Then He placed the Gita in my hands. His strength entered into me and I was able to do the sadhana of the Gita. I was not only to understand intellectually but to realise what Sri Krishna demanded of Arjuna and what He demands of those who aspire to do His work, to be free from repulsion and desire, to do work for Him without the demand for fruit, to renounce self-will and become a passive and faithful instrument in His hands, to have an equal heart for high and low, friend and opponent, success andfailure, yet not to do His work negligently. I realised what the Hindu religion meant. We speak often of the Hindureligion, of the Sanatan Dharma, but few of us really know what that religion is. Other religions are preponderatingly religions of faith and profession, but the Sanatan Dharma is life itself; it is a thing that has not so much to be believed as lived. This is the Dharma that for the salvation of humanity was cherished in the seclusion of this peninsula from of old. It is to give this religion that India is rising. She does not rise as other countries do, for self or when she is strong, to trample on the weak. She is rising to shed the eternal light entrusted to her over the world. India has always existed for humanity and not for herself and it is for humanity and not for herself that she must be great. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Karmayogin ,
106:Thus the eternal paradox and eternal truth of a divine life in an animal body, an immortal aspiration or reality inhabiting a mortal tenement, a single and universal consciousness representing itself in limited minds and divided egos, a transcendent, indefinable, timeless and spaceless Being who alone renders time and space and cosmos possible, and in all these the higher truth realisable by the lower term, justify themselves to the deliberate reason as well as to the persistent instinct or intuition of mankind. Attempts are sometimes made to have done finally with questionings which have so often been declared insoluble by logical thought and to persuade men to limit their mental activities to the practical and immediate problems of their material existence in the universe; but such evasions are never permanent in their effect. Mankind returns from them with a more vehement impulse of inquiry or a more violent hunger for an immediate solution. By that hunger mysticism profits and new religions arise to replace the old that have been destroyed or stripped of significance by a scepticism which itself could not satisfy because, although its business was inquiry, it was unwilling sufficiently to inquire. The attempt to deny or stifle a truth because it is yet obscure in its outward workings and too often represented by obscurantist superstition or a crude faith, is itself a kind of obscurantism. The will to escape from a cosmic necessity because it is arduous, difficult to justify by immediate tangible results, slow in regulating its operations, must turn out eventually to have been no acceptance of the truth of Nature but a revolt against the secret, mightier will of the great Mother. It is better and more rational to accept what she will not allow us as a race to reject and lift it from the sphere of blind instinct, obscure intuition and random aspiration into the light of reason and an instructed and consciously self-guiding will. And if there is any higher light of illumined intuition or self-revealing truth which is now in man either obstructed and inoperative or works with intermittent glancings as if from behind a veil or with occasional displays as of the northern lights in our material skies, then there also we need not fear to aspire. For it is likely that such is the next higher state of consciousness of which Mind is only a form and veil, and through the splendours of that light may lie the path of our progressive self-enlargement into whatever highest state is humanity's ultimate resting-place. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 1.01 - The Human Aspiration,
107:How can one become conscious of Divine Love and an instrument of its expression? First, to become conscious of anything whatever, you must will it. And when I say "will it", I don't mean saying one day, "Oh! I would like it very much", then two days later completely forgetting it. To will it is a constant, sustained, concentrated aspiration, an almost exclusive occupation of the consciousness. This is the first step. There are many others: a very attentive observation, a very persistent analysis, a very keen discernment of what is pure in the movement and what is not. If you have an imaginative faculty, you may try to imagine and see if your imagination tallies with reality. There are people who believe that it is enough to wake up one day in a particular mood and say, "Ah! How I wish to be conscious of divine Love, how I wish to manifest divine Love...." Note, I don't know how many millions of times one feels within a little stirring up of human instinct and imagines that if one had at one's disposal divine Love, great things could be accomplished, and one says, "I am going to try and find divine Love and we shall see the result." This is the worst possible way. Because, before having even touched the very beginning of realisation you have spoilt the result. You must take up your search with a purity of aspiration and surrender which in themselves are already difficult to acquire. You must have worked much on yourself only to be ready to aspire to this Love. If you look at yourself very sincerely, very straight, you will see that as soon as you begin to think of Love it is always your little inner tumult which starts whirling. All that aspires in you wants certain vibrations. It is almost impossible, without being far advanced on the yogic path, to separate the vital essence, the vital vibration from your conception of Love. What I say is founded on an assiduous experience of human beings. Well, for you, in the state in which you are, as you are, if you had a contact with pure divine Love, it would seem to you colder than ice, or so far-off, so high that you would not be able to breathe; it would be like the mountain-top where you would feel frozen and find it difficult to breathe, so very far would it be from what you normally feel. Divine Love, if not clothed with a psychic or vital vibration, is difficult for a human being to perceive. One can have an impression of grace, of a grace which is something so far, so high, so pure, so impersonal that... yes, one can have the feeling of grace, but it is with difficulty that one feels Love. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1950-1951 ,
108:10000 ::: The Only Way Out:... Once you have no more desires, no more attachments, once you have given up all necessity of receiving a reward from human beings, whoever they are - knowing that the only reward that is worth getting is the one that comes from the Supreme and that never fails - once you give up attachment to all exterior beings and things, you at once feel in your heart this Presence, this Force, this Grace that is always with you. And there is no other remedy. It's the only remedy, for everybody without exception. To all those who suffer, for the same thing that has to be said: all suffering is the sign that the surrender is not total. Then, when you feel in you a 'bang' like that, instead of saying, 'Oh, this is bad' or 'This circumstance is difficult,' you say, 'My surrender is not perfect.' Then it's all right. And then you feel the Grace that helps you and leads you, and you go on. And one day you emerge into that peace that nothing can trouble.You answer to all the contrary forces, the contrary movements, the attacks, the misunderstandings, the bad wills, with the same smile that comes from full confidence in the Divine Grace. And that is the only way out, there is no other.But where to get such a strength? Within you. The Divine Presence is in you. It is in you. You look for it outside; look inside. It is in you. The Presence is there. You want the appreciation of others to get strength - you will never get it. The strength is in you. If you want, you can aspire for what seems to you the supreme goal, supreme light, supreme knowledge, supreme love. But it is in you - otherwise you would never be able to contact it. If you go deep enough inside you, you will find it there, like a flame that is always burning straight up. And don't believe that it is difficult to do. It is because the look is always turned outside that you don't feel the Presence. But if, instead of looking outside for support, you concentrate and you pray - inside, to the supreme knowledge - to know at each moment what is to be done, the way to do it, and if you give all you are, all you do in order to acquire perfection, you will feel that the support is always there, always guiding, showing the way. And if there is a difficulty, then instead of wanting to fight, you hand it over, hand it over to the supreme wisdom to deal with it - to deal with all the bad wills, all the misunderstandings, all the bad reactions. If you surrender completely, it is no more your concern: it's the concern of the Supreme who takes it up and knows better than anybody else what is to be done. That is the only way out, only way out. There, my child ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III ,
109:To Know How To Suffer IF AT any time a deep sorrow, a searing doubt or an intense pain overwhelms you and drives you to despair, there is an infallible way to regain calm and peace. In the depths of our being there shines a light whose brilliance is equalled only by its purity; a light, a living and conscious portion of a universal godhead who animates and nourishes and illumines Matter, a powerful and unfailing guide for those who are willing to heed his law, a helper full of solace and loving forbearance towards all who aspire to see and hear and obey him. No sincere and lasting aspiration towards him can be in vain; no strong and respectful trust can be disappointed, no expectation ever deceived. My heart has suffered and lamented, almost breaking beneath a sorrow too heavy, almost sinking beneath a pain too strong.... But I have called to thee, O divine comforter, I have prayed ardently to thee, and the splendour of thy dazzling light has appeared to me and revived me. As the rays of thy glory penetrated and illumined all my being, I clearly perceived the path to follow, the use that can be made of suffering; I understood that the sorrow that held me in its grip was but a pale reflection of the sorrow of the earth, of this abysm of suffering and anguish. Only those who have suffered can understand the suffering of others; understand it, commune with it and relieve it. And I understood, O divine comforter, sublime Holocaust, that in order to sustain us in all our troubles, to soothe all our pangs, thou must have known and felt all the sufferings of earth and man, all without exception. How is it that among those who claim to be thy worshippers, some regard thee as a cruel torturer, as an inexorable judge witnessing the torments that are tolerated by thee or even created by thy own will? No, I now perceive that these sufferings come from the very imperfection of Matter which, in its disorder and crudeness, is unfit to manifest thee; and thou art the very first to suffer from it, to bewail it, thou art the first to toil and strive in thy ardent desire to change disorder into order, suffering into happiness, discord into harmony. Suffering is not something inevitable or even desirable, but when it comes to us, how helpful it can be! Each time we feel that our heart is breaking, a deeper door opens within us, revealing new horizons, ever richer in hidden treasures, whose golden influx brings once more a new and intenser life to the organism on the brink of destruction. And when, by these successive descents, we reach the veil that reveals thee as it is lifted, O Lord, who can describe the intensity of Life that penetrates the whole being, the radiance of the Light that floods it, the sublimity of the Love that transforms it for ever! ~ The Mother, Words Of Long Ago 1.05 - To Know How To Suffer,
110:How can one awaken his Yoga-shakti?It depends on this: when one thinks that it is the most important thing in his life. That's all.Some people sit in meditation, concentrate on the base of the vertebral column and want it very much to awake, but that's not enough. It is when truly it becomes the most important thing in one's life, when all the rest seems to have lost all taste, all interest, all importance, when one feels within that one is born for this, that one is here upon earth for this, and that it is the only thing that truly counts, then that's enough.One can concentrate on the different centres; but sometimes one concentrates for so long, with so much effort, and has no result. And then one day something shakes you, you feel that you are going to lose your footing, you have to cling on to something; then you cling within yourself to the idea of union with the Divine, the idea of the divine Presence, the idea of the transformation of the consciousness, and you aspire, you want, you try to organise your feelings, movements, impulses around this. And it comes.Some people have recommended all kinds of methods; probably these were methods which had succeeded in their case; but to tell the truth, one must find one's own method, it is only after having done the thing that one knows how it should be done, not before.If one knows it beforehand, one makes a mental construction and risks greatly living in his mental construction, which is an illusion; because when the mind builds certain conditions and then they are realised, there are many chances of there being mostly pure mental construction which is not the experience itself but its image. So for all these truly spiritual experiences I think it is wiser to have them before knowing them. If one knows them, one imitates them, one doesn't have them, one imagines oneself having them; whereas if one knows nothing - how things are and how they ought to happen, what should happen and how it will come about - if one knows nothing about all this, then by keeping very still and making a kind of inner sorting out within one's being, one can suddenly have the experience, and then later knows what one has had. It is over, and one knows how it has to be done when one has done it - afterwards. Like that it is sure.One may obviously make use of his imagination, imagine the Kundalini and try to pull it upwards. But one can also tell himself tales like this. I have had so many instances of people who described their experiences to me exactly as they are described in books, knowing all the words and putting down all the details, and then I asked them just a little question like that, casually: that if they had had the experience they should have known or felt a certain thing, and as this was not in the books, they could not answer. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1955 211-212,
111:The modern distinction is that the poet appeals to the imagination and not to the intellect. But there are many kinds of imagination; the objective imagination which visualises strongly the outward aspects of life and things; the subjective imagination which visualises strongly the mental and emotional impressions they have the power to start in the mind; the imagination which deals in the play of mental fictions and to which we give the name of poetic fancy; the aesthetic imagination which delights in the beauty of words and images for their own sake and sees no farther. All these have their place in poetry, but they only give the poet his materials, they are only the first instruments in the creation of poetic style. The essential poetic imagination does not stop short with even the most subtle reproductions of things external or internal, with the richest or delicatest play of fancy or with the most beautiful colouring of word or image. It is creative, not of either the actual or the fictitious, but of the more and the most real; it sees the spiritual truth of things, - of this truth too there are many gradations, - which may take either the actual or the ideal for its starting-point. The aim of poetry, as of all true art, is neither a photographic or otherwise realistic imitation of Nature, nor a romantic furbishing and painting or idealistic improvement of her image, but an interpretation by the images she herself affords us, not on one but on many planes of her creation, of that which she conceals from us, but is ready, when rightly approached, to reveal. This is the true, because the highest and essential aim of poetry; but the human mind arrives at it only by a succession of steps, the first of which seems far enough from its object. It begins by stringing its most obvious and external ideas, feelings and sensations of things on a thread of verse in a sufficient language of no very high quality. But even when it gets to a greater adequacy and effectiveness, it is often no more than a vital, an emotional or an intellectual adequacy and effectiveness. There is a strong vital poetry which powerfully appeals to our sensations and our sense of life, like much of Byron or the less inspired mass of the Elizabethan drama; a strong emotional poetry which stirs our feelings and gives us the sense and active image of the passions; a strong intellectual poetry which satisfies our curiosity about life and its mechanism, or deals with its psychological and other "problems", or shapes for us our thoughts in an effective, striking and often quite resistlessly quotable fashion. All this has its pleasures for the mind and the surface soul in us, and it is certainly quite legitimate to enjoy them and to enjoy them strongly and vividly on our way upward; but if we rest content with these only, we shall never get very high up the hill of the Muses. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry ,
112:Something happened to you before you were born, and this is what it was: STAGE ONE: THE CHIKHAI The events of the 49-day Bardo period are divided into three major stages, the Chikhai, the Chonyid, and the Sidpa (in that order). Immediately following physical death, the soul enters the Chikhai, which is simply the state of the immaculate and luminous Dharmakaya, the ultimate Consciousness, the BrahmanAtman. This ultimate state is given, as a gift, to all individuals: they are plunged straight into ultimate reality and exist as the ultimate Dharmakaya. "At this moment," says the Bardo Thotrol, "the first glimpsing of the Bardo of the Clear Light of Reality, which is the Infallible Mind of the Dharmakaya, is experienced by all sentient beings.''110 Or, to put it a different way, the Thotrol tells us that "Thine own consciousness, shining, void, and inseparable from the Great Body of Radiance, hath no birth, nor death, and is the Immutable Light-Buddha Amitabha. Knowing this is sufficient. Recognizing the voidness of thine own intellect to be Buddhahood ... is to keep thyself in the Divine Mind."110 In short, immediately following physical death, the soul is absorbed in and as the ultimate-causal body (if we may treat them together). Interspersed with this brief summary of the Bardo Thotrol, I will add my commentaries on involution and on the nature of the Atman project in involution. And we begin by noting that at the start of the Bardo experience, the soul is elevated to the utter heights of Being, to the ultimate state of Oneness-that is, he starts his Bardo career at the top. But, at the top is usually not where he remains, and the Thotrol tells us why. In Evans-Wentz's words, "In the realm of the Clear Light [the highest Chikhai stage] the mentality of a person . . . momentarily enjoys a condition of balance, of perfect equilibrium, and of [ultimate] oneness. Owing to unfamiliarity with such a state, which is an ecstatic state of non-ego, of [causal] consciousness, the . . . average human being lacks the power to function in it; karmic propensities becloud the consciousness-principle with thoughts of personality, of individualized being, of dualism, and, losing equilibrium, the consciousness-principle falls away from the Clear Light." The soul falls away from the ultimate Oneness because "karmic propensities cloud consciousness"-"karmic propensities'' means seeking, grasping, desiring; means, in fact, Eros. And as this Erosseeking develops, the state of perfect Oneness starts to "break down" (illusorily). Or, from a different angle, because the individual cannot stand the intensity of pure Oneness ("owing to unfamiliarity with such a state"), he contracts away from it, tries to ''dilute it," tries to extricate himself from Perfect Intensity in Atman. Contracting in the face of infinity, he turns instead to forms of seeking, desire, karma, and grasping, trying to "search out" a state of equilibrium. Contraction and Eros-these karmic propensities couple and conspire to drive the soul away from pure consciousness and downwards into multiplicity, into less intense and less real states of being. ~ Ken Wilber, The Atman Project ,
113:At it's narrowest (although this is a common and perhaps the official position; need to find ref in What is Enlightenment) "integral", "turquois" (Spiral Dynamics), and "second tier" (ditto) are all synonms, and in turn are equivalent to Wilber IV / AQAL/Wilber V "Post-metaphysical" AQAL. This is the position that "Integral = Ken Wilber". It constitutes a new philosophical school or meme-set, in the tradition of charismatic spiritual teachers of all ages, in which an articulate, brilliant, and popular figure would arise, and gather a following around him- or her-self. After the teacher passes on, their teaching remains through books and organisations dedicated to perpetuating that teaching; although without the brilliant light of the Founder, things generally become pretty stultifying, and there is often little or no original development. Even so, the books themselves continue to inspire, and many people benefit greatly from these tecahings, and can contact the original Light of the founders to be inspired by them on the subtle planes. Some late 19th, 20th, and early 21st century examples of such teachers, known and less well-known, are Blavatsky, Theon, Steiner, Aurobindo, Gurdjieff, Crowley, Alice Bailey, Carl Jung, Ann Ree Colton, and now Ken Wilber. Also, many popular gurus belong in this category. It could plausibly be suggested that the founders of the great world religions started out no different, but their teaching really caught on n a big way....At its broadest then, the Integral Community includes not only Wilber but those he cites as his influences and hold universal and evolutionary views or teachings, as well as those who, while influenced by him also differ somewhat, and even those like Arthur M Young that Wilber has apparently never heard of. Nevertheless, all share a common, evolutionary, "theory of everything" position, and, whilst they may differ on many details and even on many major points, taken together they could be considered a wave front for a new paradigm, a memetic revolution. I use the term Daimon of the Integral Movement to refer to the spiritual being or personality of light that is behind and working through this broader movement.Now, this doesn't mean that this daimon is necessarily a negative entity. I see a lot of promise, a lot of potential, in the Integral Approach. From what I feel at the moment, the Integral Deva is a force and power of good.But, as with any new spiritual or evolutionary development, there is duality, in that there are forces that hinder and oppose and distort, as well as forces that help and aid in the evolution and ultimate divinisation of the Earth and the cosmos. Thus even where a guru does give in the dark side (as very often happens with many gurus today) there still remains an element of Mixed Light that remains (one finds this ambiguity with Sai Baba, with Da Free John, and with Rajneesh); and we find this same ambiguity with the Integral Community regarding what seems to me a certain offputting devotional attitude towards Wilber himself. The light will find its way, regardless. However, an Intregral Movement that is caught up in worship of and obedience to an authority figure, will not be able to achieve what a movement unfettered by such shackles could. ~ M Alan Kazlev, Kheper Ken Wilber,
114:There walled apart by its own innernessIn a mystical barrage of dynamic lightHe saw a lone immense high-curved world-pileErect like a mountain-chariot of the GodsMotionless under an inscrutable sky.As if from Matter's plinth and viewless baseTo a top as viewless, a carved sea of worldsClimbing with foam-maned waves to the SupremeAscended towards breadths immeasurable;It hoped to soar into the Ineffable's reign:A hundred levels raised it to the Unknown.So it towered up to heights intangibleAnd disappeared in the hushed conscious VastAs climbs a storeyed temple-tower to heavenBuilt by the aspiring soul of man to liveNear to his dream of the Invisible.Infinity calls to it as it dreams and climbs;Its spire touches the apex of the world;Mounting into great voiceless stillnessesIt marries the earth to screened eternities.Amid the many systems of the OneMade by an interpreting creative joyAlone it points us to our journey backOut of our long self-loss in Nature's deeps;Planted on earth it holds in it all realms:It is a brief compendium of the Vast.This was the single stair to being's goal.A summary of the stages of the spirit,Its copy of the cosmic hierarchiesRefashioned in our secret air of selfA subtle pattern of the universe.It is within, below, without, above.Acting upon this visible Nature's schemeIt wakens our earth-matter's heavy dozeTo think and feel and to react to joy;It models in us our diviner parts,Lifts mortal mind into a greater air,Makes yearn this life of flesh to intangible aims,Links the body's death with immortality's call:Out of the swoon of the InconscienceIt labours towards a superconscient Light.If earth were all and this were not in her,Thought could not be nor life-delight's response:Only material forms could then be her guestsDriven by an inanimate world-force.Earth by this golden superfluityBore thinking man and more than man shall bear;This higher scheme of being is our causeAnd holds the key to our ascending fate;It calls out of our dense mortalityThe conscious spirit nursed in Matter's house.The living symbol of these conscious planes,Its influences and godheads of the unseen,Its unthought logic of Reality's actsArisen from the unspoken truth in things,Have fixed our inner life's slow-scaled degrees.Its steps are paces of the soul's returnFrom the deep adventure of material birth,A ladder of delivering ascentAnd rungs that Nature climbs to deity.Once in the vigil of a deathless gazeThese grades had marked her giant downward plunge,The wide and prone leap of a godhead's fall.Our life is a holocaust of the Supreme.The great World-Mother by her sacrificeHas made her soul the body of our state;Accepting sorrow and unconsciousnessDivinity's lapse from its own splendours woveThe many-patterned ground of all we are.An idol of self is our mortality.Our earth is a fragment and a residue;Her power is packed with the stuff of greater worldsAnd steeped in their colour-lustres dimmed by her drowse;An atavism of higher births is hers,Her sleep is stirred by their buried memoriesRecalling the lost spheres from which they fell.Unsatisfied forces in her bosom move;They are partners of her greater growing fateAnd her return to immortality;They consent to share her doom of birth and death;They kindle partial gleams of the All and driveHer blind laborious spirit to composeA meagre image of the mighty Whole.The calm and luminous Intimacy within ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.01 - The World-Stair,
115: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,
116:The perfect supramental action will not follow any single principle or limited rule.It is not likely to satisfy the standard either of the individual egoist or of any organised group-mind. It will conform to the demand neither of the positive practical man of the world nor of the formal moralist nor of the patriot nor of the sentimental philanthropist nor of the idealising philosopher. It will proceed by a spontaneous outflowing from the summits in the totality of an illumined and uplifted being, will and knowledge and not by the selected, calculated and standardised action which is all that the intellectual reason or ethical will can achieve. Its sole aim will be the expression of the divine in us and the keeping together of the world and its progress towards the Manifestation that is to be. This even will not be so much an aim and purpose as a spontaneous law of the being and an intuitive determination of the action by the Light of the divine Truth and its automatic influence. It will proceed like the action of Nature from a total will and knowledge behind her, but a will and knowledge enlightened in a conscious supreme Nature and no longer obscure in this ignorant Prakriti. It will be an action not bound by the dualities but full and large in the spirit's impartial joy of existence. The happy and inspired movement of a divine Power and Wisdom guiding and impelling us will replace the perplexities and stumblings of the suffering and ignorant ego. If by some miracle of divine intervention all mankind at once could be raised to this level, we should have something on earth like the Golden Age of the traditions, Satya Yuga, the Age of Truth or true existence. For the sign of the Satya Yuga is that the Law is spontaneous and conscious in each creature and does its own works in a perfect harmony and freedom. Unity and universality, not separative division, would be the foundation of the consciousness of the race; love would be absolute; equality would be consistent with hierarchy and perfect in difference; absolute justice would be secured by the spontaneous action of the being in harmony with the truth of things and the truth of himself and others and therefore sure of true and right result; right reason, no longer mental but supramental, would be satisfied not by the observation of artificial standards but by the free automatic perception of right relations and their inevitable execution in the act. The quarrel between the individual and society or disastrous struggle between one community and another could not exist: the cosmic consciousness imbedded in embodied beings would assure a harmonious diversity in oneness. In the actual state of humanity, it is the individual who must climb to this height as a pioneer and precursor. His isolation will necessarily give a determination and a form to his outward activities that must be quite other than those of a consciously divine collective action. The inner state, the root of his acts, will be the same; but the acts themselves may well be very different from what they would be on an earth liberated from ignorance. Nevertheless his consciousness and the divine mechanism of his conduct, if such a word can be used of so free a thing, would be such as has been described, free from that subjection to vital impurity and desire and wrong impulse which we call sin, unbound by that rule of prescribed moral formulas which we call virtue, spontaneously sure and pure and perfect in a greater consciousness than the mind's, governed in all its steps by the light and truth of the Spirit. But if a collectivity or group could be formed of those who had reached the supramental perfection, there indeed some divine creation could take shape; a new earth could descend that would be a new heaven, a world of supramental light could be created here amidst the receding darkness of this terrestrial ignorance. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 1.07 - Standards of Conduct and Spiritual Freedom,
117:What is the exact way of feeling that we belong to the Divine and that the Divine is acting in us? You must not feel with your head (because you may think so, but that's something vague); you must feel with your sense-feeling. Naturally one begins by wanting it with the mind, because that is the first thing that understands. And then one has an aspiration here (pointing to the heart), with a flame which pushes you to realise it. But if you want it to be truly the thing, well, you must feel it. You are doing something, suppose, for example, you are doing exercises, weight-lifting. Now suddenly without your knowing how it happened, suddenly you have the feeling that there is a force infinitely greater than you, greater, more powerful, a force that does the lifting for you. Your body becomes something almost non-existent and there is this Something that lifts. And then you will see; when that happens to you, you will no longer ask how it should be done, you will know. That does happen. It depends upon people, depends upon what dominates in their being. Those who think have suddenly the feeling that it is no longer they who think, that there is something which knows much better, sees much more clearly, which is infinitely more luminous, more conscious in them, which organises the thoughts and words; and then they write. But if the experience is complete, it is even no longer they who write, it is that same Thing that takes hold of their hand and makes it write. Well, one knows at that moment that the little physical person is just a tiny insignificant tool trying to remain as quiet as possible in order not to disturb the experience. Yes, at no cost must the experience be disturbed. If suddenly you say: "Oh, look, how strange it is!"... How can we reach that state? Aspire for it, want it. Try to be less and less selfish, but not in the sense of becoming nice to other people or forgetting yourself, not that: have less and less the feeling that you are a person, a separate entity, something existing in itself, isolated from the rest. And then, above all, above all, it is that inner flame, that aspiration, that need for the light. It is a kind of - how to put it? - luminous enthusiasm that seizes you. It is an irresistible need to melt away, to give oneself, to exist only in the Divine. At that moment you have the experience of your aspiration. But that moment should be absolutely sincere and as integral as possible; and all this must occur not only in the head, not only here, but must take place everywhere, in all the cells of the body. The consciousness integrally must have this irresistible need.... The thing lasts for some time, then diminishes, gets extinguished. You cannot keep these things for very long. But then it so happens that a moment later or the next day or some time later, suddenly you have the opposite experience. Instead of feeling this ascent, and all that, this is no longer there and you have the feeling of the Descent, the Answer. And nothing but the Answer exists. Nothing but the divine thought, the divine will, the divine energy, the divine action exists any longer. And you too, you are no longer there. That is to say, it is the answer to our aspiration. It may happen immediately afterwards - that is very rare but may happen. If you have both simultaneously, then the state is perfect; usually they alternate; they alternate more and more closely until the moment there is a total fusion. Then there is no more distinction. I heard a Sufi mystic, who was besides a great musician, an Indian, saying that for the Sufis there was a state higher than that of adoration and surrender to the Divine, than that of devotion, that this was not the last stage; the last stage of the progress is when there is no longer any distinction; you have no longer this kind of adoration or surrender or consecration; it is a very simple state in which one makes no distinction between the Divine and oneself. They know this. It is even written in their books. It is a commonly known condition in which everything becomes quite simple. There is no longer any difference. There is no longer that kind of ecstatic surrender to "Something" which is beyond you in every way, which you do not understand, which is merely the result of your aspiration, your devotion. There is no difference any longer. When the union is perfect, there is no longer any difference. Is this the end of self-progress? There is never any end to progress - never any end, you can never put a full stop there. ~ The Mother,
118:It is natural from the point of view of the Yoga to divide into two categories the activities of the human mind in its pursuit of knowledge. There is the supreme supra-intellectual knowledge which concentrates itself on the discovery of the One and Infinite in its transcendence or tries to penetrate by intuition, contemplation, direct inner contact into the ultimate truths behind the appearances of Nature; there is the lower science which diffuses itself in an outward knowledge of phenomena, the disguises of the One and Infinite as it appears to us in or through the more exterior forms of the world-manifestation around us. These two, an upper and a lower hemisphere, in the form of them constructed or conceived by men within the mind's ignorant limits, have even there separated themselves, as they developed, with some sharpness.... Philosophy, sometimes spiritual or at least intuitive, sometimes abstract and intellectual, sometimes intellectualising spiritual experience or supporting with a logical apparatus the discoveries of the spirit, has claimed always to take the fixation of ultimate Truth as its province. But even when it did not separate itself on rarefied metaphysical heights from the knowledge that belongs to the practical world and the pursuit of ephemeral objects, intellectual Philosophy by its habit of abstraction has seldom been a power for life. It has been sometimes powerful for high speculation, pursuing mental Truth for its own sake without any ulterior utility or object, sometimes for a subtle gymnastic of the mind in a mistily bright cloud-land of words and ideas, but it has walked or acrobatised far from the more tangible realities of existence. Ancient Philosophy in Europe was more dynamic, but only for the few; in India in its more spiritualised forms, it strongly influenced but without transforming the life of the race.... Religion did not attempt, like Philosophy, to live alone on the heights; its aim was rather to take hold of man's parts of life even more than his parts of mind and draw them Godwards; it professed to build a bridge between spiritual Truth and the vital and material human existence; it strove to subordinate and reconcile the lower to the higher, make life serviceable to God, Earth obedient to Heaven. It has to be admitted that too often this necessary effort had the opposite result of making Heaven a sanction for Earth's desires; for, continually, the religious idea has been turned into an excuse for the worship and service of the human ego. Religion, leaving constantly its little shining core of spiritual experience, has lost itself in the obscure mass of its ever extending ambiguous compromises with life: in attempting to satisfy the thinking mind, it more often succeeded in oppressing or fettering it with a mass of theological dogmas; while seeking to net the human heart, it fell itself into pits of pietistic emotionalism and sensationalism; in the act of annexing the vital nature of man to dominate it, it grew itself vitiated and fell a prey to all the fanaticism, homicidal fury, savage or harsh turn for oppression, pullulating falsehood, obstinate attachment to ignorance to which that vital nature is prone; its desire to draw the physical in man towards God betrayed it into chaining itself to ecclesiastic mechanism, hollow ceremony and lifeless ritual. The corruption of the best produced the worst by that strange chemistry of the power of life which generates evil out of good even as it can also generate good out of evil. At the same time in a vain effort at self-defence against this downward gravitation, Religion was driven to cut existence into two by a division of knowledge, works, art, life itself into two opposite categories, the spiritual and the worldly, religious and mundane, sacred and profane; but this defensive distinction itself became conventional and artificial and aggravated rather than healed the disease.... On their side Science and Art and the knowledge of Life, although at first they served or lived in the shadow of Religion, ended by emancipating themselves, became estranged or hostile, or have even recoiled with indifference, contempt or scepticism from what seem to them the cold, barren and distant or unsubstantial and illusory heights of unreality to which metaphysical Philosophy and Religion aspire. For a time the divorce has been as complete as the one-sided intolerance of the human mind could make it and threatened even to end in a complete extinction of all attempt at a higher or a more spiritual knowledge. Yet even in the earthward life a higher knowledge is indeed the one thing that is throughout needful, and without it the lower sciences and pursuits, however fruitful, however rich, free, miraculous in the abundance of their results, become easily a sacrifice offered without due order and to false gods; corrupting, hardening in the end the heart of man, limiting his mind's horizons, they confine in a stony material imprisonment or lead to a final baffling incertitude and disillusionment. A sterile agnosticism awaits us above the brilliant phosphorescence of a half-knowledge that is still the Ignorance. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 1,
119:Mother, how to change one's consciousness? Naturally, there are many ways, but each person must do it by the means accessible to him; and the indication of the way usually comes spontaneously, through something like an unexpected experience. And for each one, it appears a little differently. For instance, one may have the perception of the ordinary consciousness which is extended on the surface, horizontally, and works on a plane which is simultaneously the surface of things and has a contact with the superficial outer side of things, people, circumstances; and then, suddenly, for some reason or other - as I say for each one it is different - there is a shifting upwards, and instead of seeing things horizontally, of being at the same level as they are, you suddenly dominate them and see them from above, in their totality, instead of seeing a small number of things immediately next to yourself; it is as though something were drawing you above and making you see as from a mountain-top or an aeroplane. And instead of seeing each detail and seeing it on its own level, you see the whole as one unity, and from far above. There are many ways of having this experience, but it usually comes to you as if by chance, one fine day. Or else, one may have an experience which is almost its very opposite but which comes to the same thing. Suddenly one plunges into a depth, one moves away from the thing one perceived, it seems distant, superficial, unimportant; one enters an inner silence or an inner calm or an inward vision of things, a profound feeling, a more intimate perception of circumstances and things, in which all values change. And one becomes aware of a sort of unity, a deep identity which is one in spite of the diverse appearances. Or else, suddenly also, the sense of limitation disappears and one enters the perception of a kind of indefinite duration beginningless and endless, of something which has always been and always will be. These experiences come to you suddenly in a flash, for a second, a moment in your life, you don't know why or how.... There are other ways, other experiences - they are innumerable, they vary according to people; but with this, with one minute, one second of such an existence, one catches the tail of the thing. So one must remember that, try to relive it, go to the depths of the experience, recall it, aspire, concentrate. This is the startingpoint, the end of the guiding thread, the clue. For all those who are destined to find their inner being, the truth of their being, there is always at least one moment in life when they were no longer the same, perhaps just like a lightning-flash - but that is enough. It indicates the road one should take, it is the door that opens on this path. And so you must pass through the door, and with perseverance and an unfailing steadfastness seek to renew the state which will lead you to something more real and more total. Many ways have always been given, but a way you have been taught, a way you have read about in books or heard from a teacher, does not have the effective value of a spontaneous experience which has come without any apparent reason, and which is simply the blossoming of the soul's awakening, one second of contact with your psychic being which shows you the best way for you, the one most within your reach, which you will then have to follow with perseverance to reach the goal - one second which shows you how to start, the beginning.... Some have this in dreams at night; some have it at any odd time: something one sees which awakens in one this new consciousness, something one hears, a beautiful landscape, beautiful music, or else simply a few words one reads, or else the intensity of concentration in some effort - anything at all, there are a thousand reasons and thousands of ways of having it. But, I repeat, all those who are destined to realise have had this at least once in their life. It may be very fleeting, it may have come when they were very young, but always at least once in one's life one has the experience of what true consciousness is. Well, that is the best indication of the path to be followed. One may seek within oneself, one may remember, may observe; one must notice what is going on, one must pay attention, that's all. Sometimes, when one sees a generous act, hears of something exceptional, when one witnesses heroism or generosity or greatness of soul, meets someone who shows a special talent or acts in an exceptional and beautiful way, there is a kind of enthusiasm or admiration or gratitude which suddenly awakens in the being and opens the door to a state, a new state of consciousness, a light, a warmth, a joy one did not know before. That too is a way of catching the guiding thread. There are a thousand ways, one has only to be awake and to watch. First of all, you must feel the necessity for this change of consciousness, accept the idea that it is this, the path which must lead to the goal; and once you admit the principle, you must be watchful. And you will find, you do find it. And once you have found it, you must start walking without any hesitation. Indeed, the starting-point is to observe oneself, not to live in a perpetual nonchalance, a perpetual apathy; one must be attentive. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1956 ,
120:It does not matter if you do not understand it - Savitri, read it always. You will see that every time you read it, something new will be revealed to you. Each time you will get a new glimpse, each time a new experience; things which were not there, things you did not understand arise and suddenly become clear. Always an unexpected vision comes up through the words and lines. Every time you try to read and understand, you will see that something is added, something which was hidden behind is revealed clearly and vividly. I tell you the very verses you have read once before, will appear to you in a different light each time you re-read them. This is what happens invariably. Always your experience is enriched, it is a revelation at each step. But you must not read it as you read other books or newspapers. You must read with an empty head, a blank and vacant mind, without there being any other thought; you must concentrate much, remain empty, calm and open; then the words, rhythms, vibrations will penetrate directly to this white page, will put their stamp upon the brain, will explain themselves without your making any effort. Savitri alone is sufficient to make you climb to the highest peaks. If truly one knows how to meditate on Savitri, one will receive all the help one needs. For him who wishes to follow this path, it is a concrete help as though the Lord himself were taking you by the hand and leading you to the destined goal. And then, every question, however personal it may be, has its answer here, every difficulty finds its solution herein; indeed there is everything that is necessary for doing the Yoga.*He has crammed the whole universe in a single book.* It is a marvellous work, magnificent and of an incomparable perfection. You know, before writing Savitri Sri Aurobindo said to me, WIKI am impelled to launch on a new adventure; I was hesitant in the beginning, but now I am decided. Still, I do not know how far I shall succeed. I pray for help.* And you know what it was? It was - before beginning, I warn you in advance - it was His way of speaking, so full of divine humility and modesty. He never... *asserted Himself*. And the day He actually began it, He told me: WIKI have launched myself in a rudderless boat upon the vastness of the Infinite.* And once having started, He wrote page after page without intermission, as though it were a thing already complete up there and He had only to transcribe it in ink down here on these pages. In truth, the entire form of Savitri has descended "en masse" from the highest region and Sri Aurobindo with His genius only arranged the lines - in a superb and magnificent style. Sometimes entire lines were revealed and He has left them intact; He worked hard, untiringly, so that the inspiration could come from the highest possible summit. And what a work He has created! Yes, it is a true creation in itself. It is an unequalled work. Everything is there, and it is put in such a simple, such a clear form; verses perfectly harmonious, limpid and eternally true. My child, I have read so many things, but I have never come across anything which could be compared with Savitri. I have studied the best works in Greek, Latin, English and of course French literature, also in German and all the great creations of the West and the East, including the great epics; but I repeat it, I have not found anywhere anything comparable with Savitri. All these literary works seems to me empty, flat, hollow, without any deep reality - apart from a few rare exceptions, and these too represent only a small fraction of what Savitri is. What grandeur, what amplitude, what reality: it is something immortal and eternal He has created. I tell you once again there is nothing like in it the whole world. Even if one puts aside the vision of the reality, that is, the essential substance which is the heart of the inspiration, and considers only the lines in themselves, one will find them unique, of the highest classical kind. What He has created is something man cannot imagine. For, everything is there, everything. It may then be said that Savitri is a revelation, it is a meditation, it is a quest of the Infinite, the Eternal. If it is read with this aspiration for Immortality, the reading itself will serve as a guide to Immortality. To read Savitri is indeed to practice Yoga, spiritual concentration; one can find there all that is needed to realise the Divine. Each step of Yoga is noted here, including the secret of all other Yogas. Surely, if one sincerely follows what is revealed here in each line one will reach finally the transformation of the Supramental Yoga. It is truly the infallible guide who never abandons you; its support is always there for him who wants to follow the path. Each verse of Savitri is like a revealed Mantra which surpasses all that man possessed by way of knowledge, and I repeat this, the words are expressed and arranged in such a way that the sonority of the rhythm leads you to the origin of sound, which is OM. My child, yes, everything is there: mysticism, occultism, philosophy, the history of evolution, the history of man, of the gods, of creation, of Nature. How the universe was created, why, for what purpose, what destiny - all is there. You can find all the answers to all your questions there. Everything is explained, even the future of man and of the evolution, all that nobody yet knows. He has described it all in beautiful and clear words so that spiritual adventurers who wish to solve the mysteries of the world may understand it more easily. But this mystery is well hidden behind the words and lines and one must rise to the required level of true consciousness to discover it. All prophesies, all that is going to come is presented with the precise and wonderful clarity. Sri Aurobindo gives you here the key to find the Truth, to discover the Consciousness, to solve the problem of what the universe is. He has also indicated how to open the door of the Inconscience so that the light may penetrate there and transform it. He has shown the path, the way to liberate oneself from the ignorance and climb up to the superconscience; each stage, each plane of consciousness, how they can be scaled, how one can cross even the barrier of death and attain immortality. You will find the whole journey in detail, and as you go forward you can discover things altogether unknown to man. That is Savitri and much more yet. It is a real experience - reading Savitri. All the secrets that man possessed, He has revealed, - as well as all that awaits him in the future; all this is found in the depth of Savitri. But one must have the knowledge to discover it all, the experience of the planes of consciousness, the experience of the Supermind, even the experience of the conquest of Death. He has noted all the stages, marked each step in order to advance integrally in the integral Yoga. All this is His own experience, and what is most surprising is that it is my own experience also. It is my sadhana which He has worked out. Each object, each event, each realisation, all the descriptions, even the colours are exactly what I saw and the words, phrases are also exactly what I heard. And all this before having read the book. I read Savitri many times afterwards, but earlier, when He was writing He used to read it to me. Every morning I used to hear Him read Savitri. During the night He would write and in the morning read it to me. And I observed something curious, that day after day the experiences He read out to me in the morning were those I had had the previous night, word by word. Yes, all the descriptions, the colours, the pictures I had seen, the words I had heard, all, all, I heard it all, put by Him into poetry, into miraculous poetry. Yes, they were exactly my experiences of the previous night which He read out to me the following morning. And it was not just one day by chance, but for days and days together. And every time I used to compare what He said with my previous experiences and they were always the same. I repeat, it was not that I had told Him my experiences and that He had noted them down afterwards, no, He knew already what I had seen. It is my experiences He has presented at length and they were His experiences also. It is, moreover, the picture of Our joint adventure into the unknown or rather into the Supermind. These are experiences lived by Him, realities, supracosmic truths. He experienced all these as one experiences joy or sorrow, physically. He walked in the darkness of inconscience, even in the neighborhood of death, endured the sufferings of perdition, and emerged from the mud, the world-misery to breathe the sovereign plenitude and enter the supreme Ananda. He crossed all these realms, went through the consequences, suffered and endured physically what one cannot imagine. Nobody till today has suffered like Him. He accepted suffering to transform suffering into the joy of union with the Supreme. It is something unique and incomparable in the history of the world. It is something that has never happened before, He is the first to have traced the path in the Unknown, so that we may be able to walk with certitude towards the Supermind. He has made the work easy for us. Savitri is His whole Yoga of transformation, and this Yoga appears now for the first time in the earth-consciousness. And I think that man is not yet ready to receive it. It is too high and too vast for him. He cannot understand it, grasp it, for it is not by the mind that one can understand Savitri. One needs spiritual experiences in order to understand and assimilate it. The farther one advances on the path of Yoga, the more does one assimilate and the better. No, it is something which will be appreciated only in the future, it is the poetry of tomorrow of which He has spoken in The Future Poetry. It is too subtle, too refined, - it is not in the mind or through the mind, it is in meditation that Savitri is revealed. And men have the audacity to compare it with the work of Virgil or Homer and to find it inferior. They do not understand, they cannot understand. What do they know? Nothing at all. And it is useless to try to make them understand. Men will know what it is, but in a distant future. It is only the new race with a new consciousness which will be able to understand. I assure you there is nothing under the blue sky to compare with Savitri. It is the mystery of mysteries. It is a *super-epic,* it is super-literature, super-poetry, super-vision, it is a super-work even if one considers the number of lines He has written. No, these human words are not adequate to describe Savitri. Yes, one needs superlatives, hyperboles to describe it. It is a hyper-epic. No, words express nothing of what Savitri is, at least I do not find them. It is of immense value - spiritual value and all other values; it is eternal in its subject, and infinite in its appeal, miraculous in its mode and power of execution; it is a unique thing, the more you come into contact with it, the higher will you be uplifted. Ah, truly it is something! It is the most beautiful thing He has left for man, the highest possible. What is it? When will man know it? When is he going to lead a life of truth? When is he going to accept this in his life? This yet remains to be seen. My child, every day you are going to read Savitri; read properly, with the right attitude, concentrating a little before opening the pages and trying to keep the mind as empty as possible, absolutely without a thought. The direct road is through the heart. I tell you, if you try to really concentrate with this aspiration you can light the flame, the psychic flame, the flame of purification in a very short time, perhaps in a few days. What you cannot do normally, you can do with the help of Savitri. Try and you will see how very different it is, how new, if you read with this attitude, with this something at the back of your consciousness; as though it were an offering to Sri Aurobindo. You know it is charged, fully charged with consciousness; as if Savitri were a being, a real guide. I tell you, whoever, wanting to practice Yoga, tries sincerely and feels the necessity for it, will be able to climb with the help of Savitri to the highest rung of the ladder of Yoga, will be able to find the secret that Savitri represents. And this without the help of a Guru. And he will be able to practice it anywhere. For him Savitri alone will be the guide, for all that he needs he will find Savitri. If he remains very quiet when before a difficulty, or when he does not know where to turn to go forward and how to overcome obstacles, for all these hesitations and incertitudes which overwhelm us at every moment, he will have the necessary indications, and the necessary concrete help. If he remains very calm, open, if he aspires sincerely, always he will be as if lead by the hand. If he has faith, the will to give himself and essential sincerity he will reach the final goal. Indeed, Savitri is something concrete, living, it is all replete, packed with consciousness, it is the supreme knowledge above all human philosophies and religions. It is the spiritual path, it is Yoga, Tapasya, Sadhana, in its single body. Savitri has an extraordinary power, it gives out vibrations for him who can receive them, the true vibrations of each stage of consciousness. It is incomparable, it is truth in its plenitude, the Truth Sri Aurobindo brought down on the earth. My child, one must try to find the secret that Savitri represents, the prophetic message Sri Aurobindo reveals there for us. This is the work before you, it is hard but it is worth the trouble. - 5 November 1967 ~ The Mother, Sweet Mother The Mother to Mona Sarkar,
121:One little picture in this book, the Magic Locket, was drawn by 'Miss Alice Havers.' I did not state this on the title-page, since it seemed only due, to the artist of all these (to my mind) wonderful pictures, that his name should stand there alone.The descriptions, of Sunday as spent by children of the last generation, are quoted verbatim from a speech made to me by a child-friend and a letter written to me by a lady-friend.The Chapters, headed 'Fairy Sylvie' and 'Bruno's Revenge,' are a reprint, with a few alterations, of a little fairy-tale which I wrote in the year 1867, at the request of the late Mrs. Gatty, for 'Aunt Judy's Magazine,' which she was then editing.It was in 1874, I believe, that the idea first occurred to me of making it the nucleus of a longer story.As the years went on, I jotted down, at odd moments, all sorts of odd ideas, and fragments of dialogue, that occurred to me--who knows how?--with a transitory suddenness that left me no choice but either to record them then and there, or to abandon them to oblivion. Sometimes one could trace to their source these random flashes of thought--as being suggested by the book one was reading, or struck out from the 'flint' of one's own mind by the 'steel' of a friend's chance remark but they had also a way of their own, of occurring, a propos of nothing --specimens of that hopelessly illogical phenomenon, 'an effect without a cause.' Such, for example, was the last line of 'The Hunting of the Snark,' which came into my head (as I have already related in 'The Theatre' for April, 1887) quite suddenly, during a solitary walk: and such, again, have been passages which occurred in dreams, and which I cannot trace to any antecedent cause whatever. There are at least two instances of such dream-suggestions in this book--one, my Lady's remark, 'it often runs in families, just as a love for pastry does', the other, Eric Lindon's badinage about having been in domestic service.And thus it came to pass that I found myself at last in possession of a huge unwieldy mass of litterature--if the reader will kindly excuse the spelling --which only needed stringing together, upon the thread of a consecutive story, to constitute the book I hoped to write. Only! The task, at first, seemed absolutely hopeless, and gave me a far clearer idea, than I ever had before, of the meaning of the word 'chaos': and I think it must have been ten years, or more, before I had succeeded in classifying these odds-and-ends sufficiently to see what sort of a story they indicated: for the story had to grow out of the incidents, not the incidents out of the story I am telling all this, in no spirit of egoism, but because I really believe that some of my readers will be interested in these details of the 'genesis' of a book, which looks so simple and straight-forward a matter, when completed, that they might suppose it to have been written straight off, page by page, as one would write a letter, beginning at the beginning; and ending at the end.It is, no doubt, possible to write a story in that way: and, if it be not vanity to say so, I believe that I could, myself,--if I were in the unfortunate position (for I do hold it to be a real misfortune) of being obliged to produce a given amount of fiction in a given time,--that I could 'fulfil my task,' and produce my 'tale of bricks,' as other slaves have done. One thing, at any rate, I could guarantee as to the story so produced--that it should be utterly commonplace, should contain no new ideas whatever, and should be very very weary reading!This species of literature has received the very appropriate name of 'padding' which might fitly be defined as 'that which all can write and none can read.' That the present volume contains no such writing I dare not avow: sometimes, in order to bring a picture into its proper place, it has been necessary to eke out a page with two or three extra lines : but I can honestly say I have put in no more than I was absolutely compelled to do.My readers may perhaps like to amuse themselves by trying to detect, in a given passage, the one piece of 'padding' it contains. While arranging the 'slips' into pages, I found that the passage was 3 lines too short. I supplied the deficiency, not by interpolating a word here and a word there, but by writing in 3 consecutive lines. Now can my readers guess which they are?A harder puzzle if a harder be desired would be to determine, as to the Gardener's Song, in which cases (if any) the stanza was adapted to the surrounding text, and in which (if any) the text was adapted to the stanza.Perhaps the hardest thing in all literature--at least I have found it so: by no voluntary effort can I accomplish it: I have to take it as it come's is to write anything original. And perhaps the easiest is, when once an original line has been struck out, to follow it up, and to write any amount more to the same tune. I do not know if 'Alice in Wonderland' was an original story--I was, at least, no conscious imitator in writing it--but I do know that, since it came out, something like a dozen storybooks have appeared, on identically the same pattern. The path I timidly explored believing myself to be 'the first that ever burst into that silent sea'--is now a beaten high-road: all the way-side flowers have long ago been trampled into the dust: and it would be courting disaster for me to attempt that style again.Hence it is that, in 'Sylvie and Bruno,' I have striven with I know not what success to strike out yet another new path: be it bad or good, it is the best I can do. It is written, not for money, and not for fame, but in the hope of supplying, for the children whom I love, some thoughts that may suit those hours of innocent merriment which are the very life of Childhood; and also in the hope of suggesting, to them and to others, some thoughts that may prove, I would fain hope, not wholly out of harmony with the graver cadences of Life.If I have not already exhausted the patience of my readers, I would like to seize this opportunity perhaps the last I shall have of addressing so many friends at once of putting on record some ideas that have occurred to me, as to books desirable to be written--which I should much like to attempt, but may not ever have the time or power to carry through--in the hope that, if I should fail (and the years are gliding away very fast) to finish the task I have set myself, other hands may take it up.First, a Child's Bible. The only real essentials of this would be, carefully selected passages, suitable for a child's reading, and pictures. One principle of selection, which I would adopt, would be that Religion should be put before a child as a revelation of love--no need to pain and puzzle the young mind with the history of crime and punishment. (On such a principle I should, for example, omit the history of the Flood.) The supplying of the pictures would involve no great difficulty: no new ones would be needed : hundreds of excellent pictures already exist, the copyright of which has long ago expired, and which simply need photo-zincography, or some similar process, for their successful reproduction. The book should be handy in size with a pretty attractive looking cover--in a clear legible type--and, above all, with abundance of pictures, pictures, pictures!Secondly, a book of pieces selected from the Bible--not single texts, but passages of from 10 to 20 verses each--to be committed to memory. Such passages would be found useful, to repeat to one's self and to ponder over, on many occasions when reading is difficult, if not impossible: for instance, when lying awake at night--on a railway-journey --when taking a solitary walk-in old age, when eyesight is failing or wholly lost--and, best of all, when illness, while incapacitating us for reading or any other occupation, condemns us to lie awake through many weary silent hours: at such a time how keenly one may realise the truth of David's rapturous cry "O how sweet are thy words unto my throat: yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!"I have said 'passages,' rather than single texts, because we have no means of recalling single texts: memory needs links, and here are none: one may have a hundred texts stored in the memory, and not be able to recall, at will, more than half-a-dozen--and those by mere chance: whereas, once get hold of any portion of a chapter that has been committed to memory, and the whole can be recovered: all hangs together.Thirdly, a collection of passages, both prose and verse, from books other than the Bible. There is not perhaps much, in what is called 'un-inspired' literature (a misnomer, I hold: if Shakespeare was not inspired, one may well doubt if any man ever was), that will bear the process of being pondered over, a hundred times: still there are such passages--enough, I think, to make a goodly store for the memory.These two books of sacred, and secular, passages for memory--will serve other good purposes besides merely occupying vacant hours: they will help to keep at bay many anxious thoughts, worrying thoughts, uncharitable thoughts, unholy thoughts. Let me say this, in better words than my own, by copying a passage from that most interesting book, Robertson's Lectures on the Epistles to the Corinthians, Lecture XLIX. "If a man finds himself haunted by evil desires and unholy images, which will generally be at periodical hours, let him commit to memory passages of Scripture, or passages from the best writers in verse or prose. Let him store his mind with these, as safeguards to repeat when he lies awake in some restless night, or when despairing imaginations, or gloomy, suicidal thoughts, beset him. Let these be to him the sword, turning everywhere to keep the way of the Garden of Life from the intrusion of profaner footsteps."Fourthly, a "Shakespeare" for girls: that is, an edition in which everything, not suitable for the perusal of girls of (say) from 10 to 17, should be omitted. Few children under 10 would be likely to understand or enjoy the greatest of poets: and those, who have passed out of girlhood, may safely be left to read Shakespeare, in any edition, 'expurgated' or not, that they may prefer: but it seems a pity that so many children, in the intermediate stage, should be debarred from a great pleasure for want of an edition suitable to them. Neither Bowdler's, Chambers's, Brandram's, nor Cundell's 'Boudoir' Shakespeare, seems to me to meet the want: they are not sufficiently 'expurgated.' Bowdler's is the most extraordinary of all: looking through it, I am filled with a deep sense of wonder, considering what he has left in, that he should have cut anything out! Besides relentlessly erasing all that is unsuitable on the score of reverence or decency, I should be inclined to omit also all that seems too difficult, or not likely to interest young readers. The resulting book might be slightly fragmentary: but it would be a real treasure to all British maidens who have any taste for poetry.If it be needful to apologize to any one for the new departure I have taken in this story--by introducing, along with what will, I hope, prove to be acceptable nonsense for children, some of the graver thoughts of human life--it must be to one who has learned the Art of keeping such thoughts wholly at a distance in hours of mirth and careless ease. To him such a mixture will seem, no doubt, ill-judged and repulsive. And that such an Art exists I do not dispute: with youth, good health, and sufficient money, it seems quite possible to lead, for years together, a life of unmixed gaiety--with the exception of one solemn fact, with which we are liable to be confronted at any moment, even in the midst of the most brilliant company or the most sparkling entertainment. A man may fix his own times for admitting serious thought, for attending public worship, for prayer, for reading the Bible: all such matters he can defer to that 'convenient season', which is so apt never to occur at all: but he cannot defer, for one single moment, the necessity of attending to a message, which may come before he has finished reading this page,' this night shalt thy soul be required of thee.'The ever-present sense of this grim possibility has been, in all ages, 1 an incubus that men have striven to shake off. Few more interesting subjects of enquiry could be found, by a student of history, than the various weapons that have been used against this shadowy foe. Saddest of all must have been the thoughts of those who saw indeed an existence beyond the grave, but an existence far more terrible than annihilation--an existence as filmy, impalpable, all but invisible spectres, drifting about, through endless ages, in a world of shadows, with nothing to do, nothing to hope for, nothing to love! In the midst of the gay verses of that genial 'bon vivant' Horace, there stands one dreary word whose utter sadness goes to one's heart. It is the word 'exilium' in the well-known passageOmnes eodem cogimur, omniumVersatur urna serius ociusSors exitura et nos in aeternumExilium impositura cymbae.Yes, to him this present life--spite of all its weariness and all its sorrow--was the only life worth having: all else was 'exile'! Does it not seem almost incredible that one, holding such a creed, should ever have smiled?And many in this day, I fear, even though believing in an existence beyond the grave far more real than Horace ever dreamed of, yet regard it as a sort of 'exile' from all the joys of life, and so adopt Horace's theory, and say 'let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.'We go to entertainments, such as the theatre--I say 'we', for I also go to the play, whenever I get a chance of seeing a really good one and keep at arm's length, if possible, the thought that we may not return alive. Yet how do you know--dear friend, whose patience has carried you through this garrulous preface that it may not be your lot, when mirth is fastest and most furious, to feel the sharp pang, or the deadly faintness, which heralds the final crisis--to see, with vague wonder, anxious friends bending over you to hear their troubled whispers perhaps yourself to shape the question, with trembling lips, "Is it serious?", and to be told "Yes: the end is near" (and oh, how different all Life will look when those words are said!)--how do you know, I say, that all this may not happen to you, this night?And dare you, knowing this, say to yourself "Well, perhaps it is an immoral play: perhaps the situations are a little too 'risky', the dialogue a little too strong, the 'business' a little too suggestive.I don't say that conscience is quite easy: but the piece is so clever, I must see it this once! I'll begin a stricter life to-morrow." To-morrow, and to-morrow, and tomorrow!"Who sins in hope, who, sinning, says,'Sorrow for sin God's judgement stays!'Against God's Spirit he lies; quite stops Mercy with insult; dares, and drops,Like a scorch'd fly, that spins in vainUpon the axis of its pain,Then takes its doom, to limp and crawl,Blind and forgot, from fall to fall."Let me pause for a moment to say that I believe this thought, of the possibility of death--if calmly realised, and steadily faced would be one of the best possible tests as to our going to any scene of amusement being right or wrong. If the thought of sudden death acquires, for you, a special horror when imagined as happening in a theatre, then be very sure the theatre is harmful for you, however harmless it may be for others; and that you are incurring a deadly peril in going. Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die.But, once realise what the true object is in life--that it is not pleasure, not knowledge, not even fame itself, 'that last infirmity of noble minds'--but that it is the development of character, the rising to a higher, nobler, purer standard, the building-up of the perfect Man--and then, so long as we feel that this is going on, and will (we trust) go on for evermore, death has for us no terror; it is not a shadow, but a light; not an end, but a beginning!One other matter may perhaps seem to call for apology--that I should have treated with such entire want of sympathy the British passion for 'Sport', which no doubt has been in by-gone days, and is still, in some forms of it, an excellent school for hardihood and for coolness in moments of danger.But I am not entirely without sympathy for genuine 'Sport': I can heartily admire the courage of the man who, with severe bodily toil, and at the risk of his life, hunts down some 'man-eating' tiger: and I can heartily sympathize with him when he exults in the glorious excitement of the chase and the hand-to-hand struggle with the monster brought to bay. But I can but look with deep wonder and sorrow on the hunter who, at his ease and in safety, can find pleasure in what involves, for some defenceless creature, wild terror and a death of agony: deeper, if the hunter be one who has pledged himself to preach to men the Religion of universal Love: deepest of all, if it be one of those 'tender and delicate' beings, whose very name serves as a symbol of Love--'thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women'--whose mission here is surely to help and comfort all that are in pain or sorrow!'Farewell, farewell! but this I tellTo thee, thou Wedding-Guest!He prayeth well, who loveth wellBoth man and bird and beast.He prayeth best, who loveth bestAll things both great and small;For the dear God who loveth us,He made and loveth all.' ~ Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno ,

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1:Choose To Be Inspired. ~ Joe Rogan
2:Creativity inspires me. ~ Tasha Smith
3:I aspire to be useful. ~ Anthony Foxx
4:Love really inspires me. ~ Erica Tazel
5:To a dusty shelf we aspire. ~ A S Byatt
6:I'm always being inspired . ~ Boy George
7:Sacredness inspires respect. ~ Toba Beta
8:Be inspired but not proud. ~ B K S Iyengar
9:Constraint inspires creativity ~ Biz Stone
10:Every woman inspires me. ~ Roberto Cavalli
11:Sunshine always inspires me. ~ Judith Hill
12:Who aspires must down as low ~ John Milton
13:Wordsworth-inspired painting, ~ Ella James
14:O execrable son! so to aspire ~ John Milton
15:I'm inspired to inspire others. ~ Tito Ortiz
16:Write when inspired, write to inspire ~ Ollie
17:Ambition aspires to descend ~ Pierre Corneille
18:Happiness inspires productivity. ~ Shawn Achor
19:I like men-inspired outfits. ~ Elizabeth Olsen
20:Live well - respire frequently. ~ Gene Simmons
21:WE SHALL INSPIRE GREATNESS. ~ Brendon Burchard
22:I'm very inspired by past music. ~ Adam Lambert
23:Inspire the Vocal Brass, Inspire; ~ John Dryden
24:I refuse to make uninspired music. ~ Ben Harper
25:Beauty can inspire miracles. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
26:It's been up to me to inspire me. ~ Eric Clapton
27:I want to inspire, and be inspired. ~ Sam Mendes
28:One is inspired only in solitude. ~ Gary Gilmore
29:To make art you need to be inspired. ~ Greg Lake
30:Meanness does not inspire loyalty. ~ John Grisham
31:Whatever inspires you fires you. ~ Geoff Thompson
32:Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts. ~ Charles Lamb
33:Fill ev'ry glass, for wine inspires us, ~ John Gay
34:Only poetry inspires poetry. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
35:Respirer Paris, cela conserve l'âme. ~ Victor Hugo
36:The Bible is common-sense inspired. ~ Rees Howells
37:My family and my friends inspire me. ~ Italia Ricci
38:Apple inspires. Apple starts with Why. ~ Simon Sinek
39:Blank paper has always inspired me. ~ Daniel Handler
40:Like Zidane I want to inspire the kids ~ Eden Hazard
41:Vampires inspire screams, not squees. ~ Kevin Hearne
42:Blank pages inspire me with terror. ~ Margaret Atwood
43:Desire inspires us to be our very best. ~ Lynn Cullen
44:Energy motivates but charisma inspires. ~ Simon Sinek
45:I aspired to be extremely sophisticated. ~ Linda Hunt
46:I was definitely inspired by Madonna. ~ Ariana Grande
47:It is the heart which inspires eloquence. ~ Quintilian
48:I've always been inspired by Japanese style. ~ Rihanna
49:Wisdom ain't a virtue I ever aspired to. ~ Moira Young
50:一部大疆Inspire1原本可以续航25分钟,但在刮风天气为了抗风就只能飞15分钟。 ~ Anonymous
51:A lot of things inspire me - especially pain. ~ Yoshiki
52:Aspire not to have more, but to be more. ~ Oscar Romero
53:Do more than just exist; create to inspire! ~ T F Hodge
54:I aspired to be the better me of my future. ~ Toba Beta
55:I was very, very inspired [by movies]. ~ Sergei Polunin
56:The best practice is inspired by theory. ~ Donald Knuth
57:The best theory is inspired by practice. ~ Donald Knuth
58:Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired. ~ Homer
59:I’m honored if I can inspire somebody else. ~ Demi Moore
60:Necessity inspires the fatal thought. ~ Vittorio Alfieri
61:The human condition itself inspires me. ~ Nathan Parsons
62:When you're inspired you attract abundance. ~ Wayne Dyer
63:Ah Love! could you and I with him conspire ~ Omar Khayyam
64:and keep only those things that inspire joy. ~ Marie Kond
65:Do I inspire you?"
"Every single day. ~ Colleen Hoover
66:Exploration by real people inspires us. ~ Stephen Hawking
67:Great leaders inspire greatness in others. ~ Lolly Daskal
68:I don't want to impress, I want to inspire. ~ Keith Urban
69:I hope I inspire children to make films. ~ Martin Freeman
70:I think that just being alive inspires me. ~ Laura Ramsey
71:Music: what so many sentences aspire to be. ~ Mary Oliver
72:Teaching is the ability to inspire learning. ~ Nick Saban
73:The great ambition of women is to inspire love. ~ Moliere
74:The universe conspires to help the dreamer ~ Paulo Coelho
75:And thou my minde aspire to higher things; ~ Philip Sidney
76:Any moment now, China was about to perspire. ~ Derek Landy
77:Books are for nothing but to inspire ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
78:DIG Deep—get deliberate, inspired, and going. ~ Bren Brown
79:Every day I am inspired by what's possible. ~ Maynard Webb
80:What man has done, man can aspire to do. ~ Jerry Pournelle
81:Artists are inspired by blank canvases. ~ Stephanie Perkins
82:Don't write to impress. Write to inspire. ~ Giuseppe Bianco
83:I want to do stories that inspire people. ~ Naturi Naughton
84:I agree to, or rather aspire to, my doom. ~ Pierre Corneille
85:I went to glam shows and was inspired by Bowie. ~ Jay Gordon
86:Some people inspire us more than others do. ~ John C Maxwell
87:To Desire is to Obtain to Aspire is to Achieve ~ James Allen
88:All great men are partially inspired. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
89:Genius inspires resentment. A sad fact of life. ~ Eoin Colfer
90:Leadership is the ability to lift and inspire. ~ Paul Dietzel
91:All tedious research is worth one inspired moment. ~ Uta Hagen
92:Aspire o perfume do café fresco que invade a casa, ~ Anonymous
93:Aspire to be a hero than merely appear one. ~ Baltasar Graci n
94:Death inspires me like a dog inspires a rabbit. ~ Tyler Joseph
95:Don't cater to the audience. Inspire the audience. ~ Ken Danby
96:I am easily inspired by measurable progress... ~ Conor Grennan
97:Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge. ~ Scott Adams
98:Quality storytelling inspires quality dialogue. ~ Robert McKee
99:Shall he who soars, inspired by loftier views, ~ George Crabbe
100:To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve. ~ James Allen
101:A leader must inspire or his team will expire. ~ Orrin Woodward
102:Art challenges technology, technology inspires art. ~ Anonymous
103:I’m not really a nerd; I only aspire to be one. ~ Gillian Flynn
104:I wanted to inspire fear and fearful admiration. ~ Katie Heaney
105:Lasting change cannot be forced, only inspired ~ Kao Kalia Yang
106:People who are following their dreams inspire me. ~ Dayna Devon
107:True leaders inspire people to a bigger vision. ~ Carmine Gallo
108:Who taught that heaven-directed spire to rise? ~ Alexander Pope
109:Words may inspire but only action creates change. ~ Simon Sinek
110:a visiting congressman from Ohio. Inspired by the ~ Daniel Silva
111:Don't give to get. Give to inspire others to give. ~ Simon Sinek
112:I've always been inspired by beautiful interiors. ~ Aerin Lauder
113:Seize the day. Well, I aspire to that anyway. ~ Joely Richardson
114:That little green drink inspired hallucination is right! ~ Rocko
115:The universe has always conspired to fuck me up. ~ Tom Spanbauer
116:What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me. ~ Robert Browning
117:Don't bury your failures, let them inspire you. ~ Robert Kiyosaki
118:I could never leave my home.... It inspires me a lot. ~ Fela Kuti
119:It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me. ~ Ho Chi Minh
120:Music definitely inspires my design all the time. ~ Lenny Kravitz
121:The presence of real love in the world inspires me. ~ Krishna Das
122:What inspires a poem for me is usually a moment. ~ Sherman Alexie
123:When I'm learning something, I am truly inspired. ~ Ruthie Foster
124:I am inspired when I see goodness in other people. ~ Tricia Helfer
125:I can turn on the radio right now and be inspired. ~ Courtney Love
126:I get to know my regular fans, and they inspire me. ~ Paloma Faith
127:It's nice when they say I inspire them, it inspires me ~ Lita Ford
128:My team and I live by 3 words: RELATE. LOVE. INSPIRE ~ Mike Posner
129:Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill. ~ Ray Bradbury
130:Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago, ~ William Shakespeare
131:To Inspire People to Do the Things That Inspire Them ~ Simon Sinek
132:Change, create, inspire. Dreams really do work. ~ John Paul DeJoria
133:Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners. ~ Robert Kiyosaki
134:Gracious behavior can inspire others to do the same. ~ James Runcie
135:I'm inspired by challenges. My life was always like this. ~ Romario
136:Not all people who inspire devotion are monsters. ~ Kristin Cashore
137:People who have little, but much joy, inspire me. ~ Candace Cameron
138:son, do not aspire for wealth and labor not only to be ~ Og Mandino
139:Spires whose "silent finger points to heaven." ~ William Wordsworth
140:Strange things conspire when one tries to cheat fate ~ Rick Riordan
141:to inspire people to do the things that inspire them— ~ Simon Sinek
142:What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.
   ~ Robert Browning,
143:When you can inspire a muse, you've got it going on. ~ Lisa Kessler
144:You should work your hardest to inspire your inspirations ~ Mod Sun
145:ASPIRE TO INSPIRE BEFORE YOU EXPIRE. —MRS. MIRACLE ~ Debbie Macomber
146:Don’t worry about being good…. Aspire to be authentic. ~ Yann Martel
147:Follow the dream, work hard, inspire and be inspired. ~ Nathan Sykes
148:I make a movie because it's something that inspires me. ~ Tony Scott
149:Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired ~ Richard Kemp
150:Strange things conspire when one tries to cheat fate. ~ Rick Riordan
151:The movie I end up with is the movie I aspired to make. ~ Doug Liman
152:To aspire and to call for help are quite indispensable. ~ The Mother
153:We do not aspire to communal life but to a life apart. ~ Max Stirner
154:What is life but a series of inspired follies. ~ George Bernard Shaw
155:Women never cease to impress and inspire me. ~ Diane von Furstenberg
156:You will get no where if you do not inspire people. ~ Georges Doriot
157:Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. ~ Baltasar Gracian
158:Courage is a scorner of things which inspire fear. ~ Seneca the Elder
159:Envisioning perfection inhibits more than it inspires. ~ Dana K White
160:Everyone has the power to inspire and serve the world. ~ Lolly Daskal
161:Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners. ~ Robert T Kiyosaki
162:Failure inspires winners. Failure defeats losers. ~ Robert T Kiyosaki
163:Get informed. Get outraged. Get inspired. Get active. ~ Anita Roddick
164:I don't need to be inspired any longer, just supported. ~ Kurt Cobain
165:If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated? ~ Henry David Thoreau
166:If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated. ~ Henry David Thoreau
167:I guess I'm inspired by other people who are successful. ~ April Rose
168:I know the Bible is inspired because it inspires me. ~ Dwight L Moody
169:I'm inspired by music. Sometimes more than I want to be. ~ Ben Savage
170:I would say music, film, and talented people inspire me. ~ Mpho Koaho
171:Leaders inspire the people around them to become better. ~ Jim George
172:My passion for music has always inspired my designs. ~ Tommy Hilfiger
173:New York is a great place to feel inspired all the time. ~ Dave Gahan
174:Some disappointments honor those who inspire them ~ Carlos Ruiz Zaf n
175:The more you inspire, the more people will inspire you. ~ Simon Sinek
176:There is no zeal blinder than that which is inspired ~ Henry Fielding
177:The Universe Conspires....to get what you truly desire ~ Paulo Coelho
178:When wombats do inspire/I strike my disused lyre ~ Christina Rossetti
179:Whilst some people inspire, others conspire! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
180:@ All souls who aspire are always under my direct care. - ~ The Mother
181:Always aspire to become the next you, not someone else ~ Prabal Gurung
182:Arrête toi. Lève la tête. Regarde par la fenêtre. Respire. ~ Anonymous
183:Basketball is just a platform for me to inspire people. ~ Kevin Durant
184:Boxing is the sport to which all other sports aspire. ~ George Foreman
185:Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief ~ Napoleon Hill
186:Conspiracy is always inspired by conspirators ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
187:Genius is not inspired. Inspiration is perspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison
188:I aspire to be that, to be a voice of reason one day. ~ Drew Barrymore
189:I'm inspired by having fun; I'm inspired by people. ~ Laura Bell Bundy
190:I'm inspired by my family, especially my mother. ~ LaDainian Tomlinson
191:I've never really [written] something that was inspired. ~ Wyclef Jean
192:When people are inspired, they don't need motivation. ~ Thomas Leonard
193:Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
194:A movement only exists when people are inspired to move, ~ Simon Sinek
195:If I see something that inspires me, I'll dress like it. ~ Paloma Faith
196:I'm not the kind of guy that inspires madness in people. ~ Ryan Kwanten
197:Inspire them to want so much more than what's normal. ~ Craig Groeschel
198:Leaders inspire us because they bring out the best in us. ~ Umair Haque
199:The Rosary is a priceless treasure inspired by God. ~ Louis de Montfort
200:To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired. ~ George Santayana
201:We’re all just trying to live the lives we aspire to. ~ Jenna Woginrich
202:What was the duty of the teacher if not to inspire? ~ Bharati Mukherjee
203:When I'm inspired, I jot things down and put them in a pile. ~ Yoko Ono
204:You need to be able to SHARE IDEAS, INSPIRE and MOTIVATE ~ Vivek Wadhwa
205:But the pursuit of wealth would not inspire passion. ~ Mary Alice Monroe
206:Death is as light as a feather, duty heavier than a spire. ~ Jim Butcher
207:Every virtuous act is inspired by a dark secret. ~ Gregory David Roberts
208:Excellence is praised.” “Praise inspires excellence. ~ Kristen Heitzmann
209:I don't aspire to be a good man. I aspire to be a whole man. ~ Carl Jung
210:If you don't dance, for heaven's sake, you cannot aspire. ~ Mimi Weddell
211:I haven't got one or two people that I aspired to be like. ~ Ruth Wilson
212:Muses had a way of killing those whom they inspired. ~ Katherine Neville
213:panic inspires gross errors in judgement (Kinsey Millhone) ~ Sue Grafton
214:Physical pain inspires the worst kind of helplessness. ~ Hiromi Kawakami
215:Simple and intuitive design is what inspires and drives me. ~ Dave Morin
216:The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. ~ John C Maxwell
217:Time, it transpires, is not so good at telling after all. ~ Claire North
218:All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music. ~ Walter Pater
219:Art strives for structure, and aspires for magnificence. ~ George Bellows
220:Half truths were a wonderful way to inspire credibility. ~ David Baldacci
221:He aspires to rule my Barony, yet he cannot rule himself. ~ Frank Herbert
222:I am not a designer that buys vintage to be inspired. ~ Olivier Theyskens
223:If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
224:If you want to inspire the world, first inspire yourself. ~ Scooter Braun
225:I'm inspired by the resilience of people around the world. ~ Kathy Calvin
226:I suppose I love this life, in spire of my clenched fist. ~ Andrea Gibson
227:Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them. ~ Winston Churchill
228:No one is so cowardly that Love could not inspire him to heroism. ~ Plato
229:Nothing inspires people more than reckless acts of courage. ~ Bear Grylls
230:Positively Inspired Man of Purpose; my style is P.I.M.P.'ish. ~ T F Hodge
231:Right now, musically I'm inspired by everyday people. ~ Pharrell Williams
232:Shall Earth no more inspire thee, Thou lonely dreamer now? ~ Emily Bronte
233:Society indeed conspires to keep you ball and chained. ~ Douglas Coupland
234:The good God would not inspire unattainable desires. ~ Therese of Lisieux
235:The world turns because Man is inspired to better himself ~ Wayne Wignall
236:Vivienne Westwood really inspires me. I love her punk ethos. ~ Charli XCX
237:We give advice, we do not inspire conduct. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld
238:Words can INSPIRE and words can DESTROY. Choose YOURS well ~ Robin Sharma
239:You aspire to great things? Begin with the little ones. ~ Saint Augustine
240:A girl should have two things: a smile, and a guy who inspires it. ~ Drake
241:Crow is C++ microframework for web. (inspired by Python Flask) ~ Anonymous
242:Had he already inspired a passion in some stranger’s heart? ~ Edmund White
243:"I don’t aspire to be a good man. I aspire to be a whole man." ~ Carl Jung
244:If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear! ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
245:If men of genius only knew what love their works inspire! ~ Hector Berlioz
246:I love working with people who are inspired and obsessive. ~ Nicole Kidman
247:it is better to inspire a reform than to enforce it. ~ Catherine the Great
248:Kind? How boring that would be. I aspire to be wicked. ~ George R R Martin
249:Love inspires, illummines, designates and leads the way. ~ Mary Baker Eddy
250:My first love was reading, which inspired me to write. ~ Joyce Carol Oates
251:My grandmother is the person who inspires me the most. ~ Victoria Azarenka
252:My music, my songs are 100 percent inspired by girl power. ~ Paulina Rubio
253:The events of the day inspired me to become a lawyer. ~ Christopher Darden
254:The poet is he who inspires, rather than he who is inspired. ~ Paul Eluard
255:This is the kind of work I've aspired to my whole career. ~ Treat Williams
256:we must inspire innovation, rather than demand compliance. ~ George Couros
257:We're inspired by groups who always try to change and get better. ~ Eyedea
258:You can’t command commitment; you have to inspire it. You ~ James M Kouzes
259:I get inspired at different times and in different ways. ~ Rick Springfield
260:I think that's the whole point of music - to inspire people. ~ Reeve Carney
261:Laurent could inspire homicidal tendencies simply by breathing. ~ C S Pacat
262:Show enough regret, and your refusal will inspire gratitude. ~ Mason Cooley
263:The person who aspires to be a Bhakta must be cheerful. ~ Swami Vivekananda
264:You can't inspire people if you are going to be uninspiring. ~ Robert Reich
265:Children with special needs inspire a very, very special love. ~ Sarah Palin
266:Great leaders, in contrast, are able to inspire people to act. ~ Simon Sinek
267:...he inspired women to want to cuddle him and then lick him. ~ Mia Sheridan
268:I do believe God inspired and worked on everyone's heart. ~ Laurieann Gibson
269:If becoming your most extraordinary self doesn't inspire you, ~ Debbie Ford
270:If you aspire to be a sparrow you will never be an eagle! ~ Stephen Richards
271:I should be so lucky to be a misfit. I aspire to be a misfit. ~ Claire Danes
272:Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire. ~ J K Rowling
273:Listening to great music and art inspires me and recharges me. ~ Alicia Keys
274:Misfortune, no less than happiness, inspires us to dream. ~ Honore de Balzac
275:My imagination has always been inspired by nature’s vision ~ Gregory Colbert
276:Nothing really came, everything was like inspired by something. ~ Jhene Aiko
277:Osho's books inspire me to meditate. They give me peace of mind. ~ Kapil Dev
278:She didn’t hate cussing, she hated uninspired cussing. She ~ Michael Anderle
279:The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge ~ Bertrand Russell
280:Vision animates, inspires, transforms purpose into action. ~ Warren G Bennis
281:What you aspire to on a sitcom is the feeling of live comedy. ~ John Lithgow
282:When you are in-spirit (inspired) you have no need for the ego. ~ Wayne Dyer
283:Aspire to the regions where oneness has its dominion. ~ Fo-shu-hing-tsan-king
284:Franklin said once in one of his inspired flights of malignity-- ~ Mark Twain
285:Il est des déceptions qui honorent celui qui les inspire. ~ Carlos Ruiz Zaf n
286:I still believe in the power of the word, that words inspire. ~ Joni Mitchell
287:Jet was very busy. I've been inspired by a lot of his movies. ~ Jason Statham
288:Leinster House does not inspire the brightest ideas. ~ Lord Edward FitzGerald
289:My lies were as hideous as the monster that had inspired them ~ Gaston Leroux
290:PITY, n. A failing sense of exemption, inspired by contrast. ~ Ambrose Bierce
291:Pun: A form of wit, to which wise men stoop and fools aspire ~ Ambrose Bierce
292:Real inspired acting is never DOING, it is always HAPPENING ~ Michael Chekhov
293:Small ideas that turn into big ideas - that really inspires me. ~ Wiz Khalifa
294:Something about Christmas decorations inspired delinquency. ~ Rafael Yglesias
295:They say love inspires. Guess what inspires more? An enemy. ~ Donna Lynn Hope
296:To be inspired is the ultimate antidote to existential despair. ~ Jason Silva
297:When you're on your path, the universe will conspire to help you ~ Bren Brown
298:While victims condemn change, leaders grow inspired by change. ~ Robin Sharma
299:All the people who knock me down, only inspire me to do better. ~ Selena Gomez
300:Desperate men are easy to inspire but difficult to reassure. ~ Barry S Strauss
301:Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking. ~ Griffin Dunne
302:doesn’t inspire a great deal of interest. The Grandspire was our ~ Ed McDonald
303:I'm constantly exposing myself to art and that inspires me. ~ Dominic Monaghan
304:I'm just inspired by different people, friends around me. ~ Nicola Formichetti
305:I seem to always inspire a strong reaction one way or the other. ~ Nathan Lane
306:It's very exciting to work with people who inspire you. ~ Jennifer Jason Leigh
307:I want women to have all the opportunities that they aspire to. ~ Nancy Pelosi
308:My vision is to inspire others to find purpose and happiness. ~ Tiffany Alvord
309:Nature is made to conspire with spirit to emancipate us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
310:Poetry is the work of the bard and of the people who inspire him. ~ Jose Marti
311:Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
312:The quality of wit inspires more admiration than confidence ~ George Santayana
313:There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence. ~ Julie Taymor
314:When you are homeless, the whole world conspires against you... ~ Jos N Harris
315:when you’re on your path, the universe will conspire to help you. ~ Bren Brown
316:You get one life. Live it in a way that it inspires someone. ~ Robert Kiyosaki
317:ANTIPATHY, n. The sentiment inspired by one's friend's friend. ~ Ambrose Bierce
318:Christian love must be chased after, aspired to, and practiced. ~ Gary L Thomas
319:Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
320:...discovering Antarctica, its penguin kings and icy spires... ~ Marianne Moore
321:Don't aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference. ~ Denzel Washington
322:Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies. ~ J K Rowling
323:He who aspires to be a serious wine drinker must drink claret. ~ Samuel Johnson
324:He who is highly esteemed is not easily conspired against; ~ Niccol Machiavelli
325:Inspired intellect must endure all kinds of ghastly education. ~ Paul Delaroche
326:I've always been inspired by a lot of work coming out of the UK ~ Saul Williams
327:Nothing gets me more excited and inspired than something new. ~ Annie Wersching
328:Our culture is revered and it inspires people all around the globe. ~ Pam Grier
329:Paper remains the standard to which digital media can only aspire. ~ Leah Price
330:People doing what they love and doing it well always inspires me. ~ Mateus Ward
331:Shift your perspective ... customize a mirror quote to inspire! ~ Bobbie Thomas
332:sometimes feeling like an empty room is what inspires u to fill it. ~ Jomny Sun
333:The good God would not inspire unattainable desires. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
334:The two things that constantly inspired me were books and travel. ~ Patti Smith
335:To all the boys who inspired this album: You should've known. ;) ~ Taylor Swift
336:When writing, aspire to sell your words by weight, not by volume. ~ Al Boudreau
337:Why can’t our job here on earth be simply to inspire each other? ~ Graham Joyce
338:You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home. ~ Og Mandino
339:All beings aspire to happiness, therefore envelop all in thy love. ~ Mahavantara
340:Everything we release with Tool is inspired by our music. ~ Maynard James Keenan
341:Faith is loyalty to some inspired teacher, some spiritual hero. ~ Thomas Carlyle
342:I did not aspire to become the world's only virgin with pubic lice. ~ John Green
343:I do not aspire to advise my sovereign in her choice of servants. ~ Evelyn Waugh
344:I think honesty is the most heroic quality one can aspire to. ~ Daniel Radcliffe
345:I think what inspires me or what keeps me inspired is my curiosity. ~ Lela Loren
346:Jay-Z's my favorite rapper, but why can't I aspire to be better than him? ~ Wale
347:Laughter is what spills over the edge of an inspired life. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
348:Leaders inspire. They aren't assigned leadership. They command it. ~ Phil McGraw
349:Learning was the only distinction to which she thought to aspire. ~ D H Lawrence
350:Mighty to inspire new hopes, and able to drown the bitterness of cares. ~ Horace
351:No man not inspired can make a good speech without preparation. ~ Daniel Webster
352:People inspire me. Curiosity inspires me. Mystery inspires me. ~ Mariana Klaveno
353:The mission statement provides the WHY that inspires the HOW. ~ Charles Garfield
354:The purpose of society is to inspire humanity, not tame them ~ Devdutt Pattanaik
355:This lifestyle is not about deprivation. It's about living inspired. ~ Gene Baur
356:what we love should inspire us who we love should inspire our strength ~ R H Sin
357:Any book which inspires us to lead a better life is a good book. ~ Fulton J Sheen
358:Because I move around among people I get inspired by the people. ~ Junaid Jamshed
359:Bernie Sanders has inspired millions of people in this country. ~ Viggo Mortensen
360:Good actions can strengthen ourselves and inspire good actions to others. ~ Plato
361:I never aspired to be anything. What I've done is beyond my wildest. ~ Clive Owen
362:I urge you to be challenged and inspired by what you do not know. ~ Michael J Fox
363:Live a Lie' is inspired by recent combinations found in dubstep. ~ Dhani Harrison
364:Opinions which justify cruelty are inspired by cruel impulses. ~ Bertrand Russell
365:The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. ~ Bertrand Russell
366:... the grand tour is just the inspired man's way of heading home. ~ Paul Theroux
367:Well…Shit.” They were, as last words go, not terribly inspired. But ~ Ari Marmell
368:when you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you. ~ Paulo Coelho
369:who as though inspired with divine utterance sings salutary verses: Life ~ Seneca
370:Words can inspire and words can destroy. Choose your words well. ~ Robin S Sharma
371:All the effort in the world won't matter if you're not inspired. ~ Chuck Palahniuk
372:Although all poets aspire to be birds, no bird aspires to be a poet. ~ Mary Ruefle
373:Aspire to be the man you pretend to be when you're trying to get laid. ~ Joe Rogan
374:But KISS inspired me personally to pick up a guitar and go for it. ~ Mike McCready
375:By turns our purity inspires and our impurity casts us down. ~ Henry David Thoreau
376:Employees represent an opportunity to inspire not a burden to carry. ~ Simon Sinek
377:English sense has toiled, but Hindoo wisdom never perspired. ~ Henry David Thoreau
378:Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
379:I don’t aspire to rule the world. I just want to rule my world. ~ G J Walker Smith
380:I'm continuing to do what I can to empower and inspire other women. ~ Camila Alves
381:It's amazing how life conspires to set you up with what you need. ~ Rachel Kushner
382:I would like to inspire a lot of people to be active and give back. ~ Bonnie Raitt
383:Just wanted to inspire my teammates. Obviously, I didn't do enough. ~ LeBron James
384:Man matures through work which inspires him to difficult good. ~ Pope John Paul II
385:My role is to coach, encourage, inspire, motivate, and help people. ~ Debbi Fields
386:Sometimes it's the people you can't help who inspire you the most. ~ Melinda Gates
387:The dead can only inspire; it is the living who must aspire. ~ Syed Hussein Alatas
388:The drummer; he inspired me to play like no one else I have ever met. ~ Chet Baker
389:The truth-that love is the highest goal to which man can aspire. ~ Viktor E Frankl
390:We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
391:We need to become energy independent or at least aspire to that. ~ Thomas Friedman
392:When I see a beautiful piece of art, it inspires me to be creative. ~ Laura Prepon
393:When you have an inspired thought, you must trust it and act on it. ~ Rhonda Byrne
394:Be Inspired. . .Life is One Big Possibility--Make It Happen! ~ Kimberly Ranee Hicks
395:Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. ~ Plato
396:If you wanna help, inspire, uplift, don't point the blame and talk down. ~ Kid Cudi
397:I think people are learning to actually aspire to be objectified. ~ Christina Ricci
398:It’s OK to be envious – but only of the person you aspire to become. ~ Rolf Dobelli
399:Let gratitude for the past inspire us with trust for the future. ~ Francois Fenelon
400:Let us not aspire to four-year goals but rather forty-year goals. ~ Michael Skolnik
401:Mr. Persichetti was a night nurse at the state hospital, inspired ~ Alice McDermott
402:The Muses inspire art and pretend not to notice when Mammon buys it. ~ Mason Cooley
403:The things that inspire people to think are what keeps a film alive. ~ Ben Wheatley
404:We will never outrun the nagging of original divinely inspired purpose. ~ T F Hodge
405:When you breathe, you inspire, and when you do not breathe, you expire. ~ Confucius
406:When you have a steady job you're more inspired to broaden yourself. ~ Bette Midler
407:A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
408:All-powerful god, who am I but the fear that I inspire in others? ~ Jean Paul Sartre
409:Aspire, break bounds. Endeavor to be good, and better still, best. ~ Robert Browning
410:A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself. ~ Anatole France
411:Everything inspires me; sometimes I think I see things others don’t. ~ Norman Foster
412:Forgiveness does not mean I approve of or condone what transpired. ~ Sharon E Rainey
413:Goals. There's not telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. ~ Jim Rohn
414:If I'm inspired and music inspires me, then I will continue to play it. ~ Ben Harper
415:I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you. ~ Paulo Coelho
416:India must learn to live before she can aspire to die for humanity. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
417:Individual self-transcendence collectively inspires humanity at large. ~ Sri Chinmoy
418:Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
419:Love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. ~ Viktor E Frankl
420:Love should be that person that inspires you to be a better person. ~ Angelina Jolie
421:the best education consists not in being taught but in being inspired, ~ Neel Burton
422:The ocean inspires me because there's the energy of the water moving. ~ Brett Dennen
423:Tibetan Buddhism, has inspired me and accelerated my understanding of life. ~ Jet Li
424:We lived in Chicago, but the music we were inspired by was from D. C. ~ Fred Armisen
425:When you're a fashion photographer, you must inspire a dream. ~ Patrick Demarchelier
426:You know why conductors live so long? Because we perspire so much. ~ John Barbirolli
427:You're a strong guy."
He shot her a crooked grin. "You inspire me. ~ Lisa Kessler
428:A lot of my friends inspire my style, and they dont even know it. ~ Theophilus London
429:ANES  (ANES)  AWNS  (AWNS)  n.s. The spires or beards of corn. Dict. ~ Samuel Johnson
430:A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. ~ Salvador Dal
431:For winners, losing inspires them. For losers, losing defeats them. ~ Robert Kiyosaki
432:Growing up, I got inspired by the history of the place,” Jobs said. ~ Walter Isaacson
433:I am inspired by the appearance of a bohemian of the new millennium. ~ John Malkovich
434:I believe the universe conspires to give you everything you desire. ~ Phylicia Rashad
435:It's okay to be envious - but only of the person you aspire to become. ~ Rolf Dobelli
436:I've never been motivated by money. My peers and colleagues inspire me. ~ Robin Chase
437:Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it. ~ Emily Dickinson
438:Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from. ~ Jodie Foster
439:People tell us they have been inspired by our music to do great things. ~ James Young
440:There's something about an underdog that really inspires the unexceptional. ~ Unknown
441:There wasn't much as a kid that inspired me in what I did as an adult. ~ George Lucas
442:Today is a great day to make amazing things happen,’ or ‘Aspire Higher. ~ Dan Skinner
443:You have to aspire to everything to have hopes of doing something. ~ Jean Paul Sartre
444:Young girls giggle with nervous delight at the erections they inspire. ~ Mason Cooley
445:A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. ~ Salvador Dali
446:don't perspire while conducting - only the audience should get warm. ~ Richard Strauss
447:Friendship inspires and enriches the lives of those who come together. ~ Vimala Thakar
448:Heaven and earth, advantages and obstacles, conspire to educate genius. ~ Henry Fuseli
449:I don't shop. I buy things that inspire me, that give me emotion. ~ Giambattista Valli
450:Inspire (from the Latin inspirare) means to breathe life into another. ~ Stephen Covey
451:La littérature ne permet pas de marcher mais elle permet de respirer. ~ Roland Barthes
452:Let us constantly aspire to be a perfect instrument for the Divine's work ~ The Mother
453:Man may aspire to virtue, but he cannot reasonably aspire to truth. ~ Nicolas Chamfort
454:Network Spinal Analysis inspires us to trust the healing power within. ~ Deepak Chopra
455:New York has inspired more remarkable music than any other city I can think of. ~ Moby
456:The actor in me always wants to link himself to a leader who's inspired. ~ Chris Bauer
457:We are most often inspired and motivated by fallacy rather than logic. ~ M F Moonzajer
458:Young people want someone to tell them the truth. They want to be inspired. ~ Ted Cruz
459:Add energy, inspire hope, and blow the coals into a useful flame. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
460:A smile, like the poet's muse,
Inspires passion in the lover's heart ~ Alex Z Moores
461:assisting others to stay inspired and have contented and peaceful lives. ~ Wayne W Dyer
462:Can’t help it. You inspire the naughty. You’re that kind of beautiful. ~ Laurelin Paige
463:Companies with a strong sense of WHY are able to inspire their employees. ~ Simon Sinek
464:Fashion isn't interesting when it comes from an uninspired place. ~ Christian Louboutin
465:For winners, losing inspires them. For losers, losing defeats them. ~ Robert T Kiyosaki
466:I am not a yogi yet, but I aspire to have more balance in my life. ~ Baratunde Thurston
467:La littérature ne permet pas de marcher, mais elle permet de respirer. ~ Roland Barthes
468:So much of the art of film is to do less. To aspire to do less. ~ Francis Ford Coppola
469:The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art. ~ John Lasseter
470:Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, labor in vain. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
471:What inspires you, what excites you when you wake up in the morning? ~ Jennifer Aniston
472:which traditionally aspires to advance virtue by laying vice bare. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
473:Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning. ~ Mickey Hart
474:Frumious. Anything that inspires its own adjective is a force to be feared. ~ A G Howard
475:I know I want to help people and inspire people. That's my purpose in life. ~ Ethan Zohn
476:I'm inspired by my faith of course, and all the different people around me. ~ Laura Bush
477:I think I was always inspired by seeing a problem, and finding a solution. ~ Donna Karan
478:I was inspired by [Michelangelo] Antonioni's Red Desert - very big and moody. ~ Lykke Li
479:I was inspired to write children's books, but without blood and gore. ~ Stanley Williams
480:I would worry if I wasn't coming up with ideas, if I wasn't inspired. ~ Lucinda Williams
481:Once you make a decision, the whole universe conspires to make it happen. ~ Paulo Coelho
482:Scouting rises within you and inspires you to put forth your best. ~ Juliette Gordon Low
483:So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you. ~ Paulo Coelho
484:Teachers inspire the smallest hearts to grow big enough to change the world. ~ Paula Fox
485:True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it. ~ Alexandre Dumas
486:What inspires me is when I see something and I say, "I can do that too!" ~ Signe Baumane
487:America needs young people to be inspired to choose sacrifice over greed. ~ Jesse Jackson
488:Be Inspired not just within your heart & mind - but, also within your Soul. ~ Eleesha
489:create space for others to be inspired and to achieve their own greatness. ~ Wayne W Dyer
490:Goethe: “At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you. ~ Aspen Matis
491:good writing inspires me to write and bad writing provokes me to write. ~ Scott Nicholson
492:Great minds against themselves conspire, and shun the cure they most desire. ~ Nahum Tate
493:I guess, there are always people that you latch onto that really inspire you. ~ Kate Nash
494:Love will be an impulse that will inspire and ruin in equal measure. ~ Neil Gaiman
495:NYC, You Inspire Me to never stop exploring the endless possibilities of food. ~ Mike Lee
496:Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
497:One of my goals is to inspire everyone I meet to become a better person. ~ George Foreman
498:She's an amazing dog and really inspired everything that's in this book. ~ Gloria Estefan
499:Success is causing the world around you to aspire to your inspiration. ~ Chris Oyakhilome
500:The Columbia is lost, but the dreams that inspired its crew remain with us. ~ Dick Cheney

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   51 Poetry
   27 Fiction
   5 Mythology
   3 Occultism
   2 Philsophy
   1 Philosophy
   1 Mysticism
   1 Alchemy


   24 H P Lovecraft
   10 Percy Bysshe Shelley
   9 William Wordsworth
   8 Robert Browning
   5 Ovid
   3 Walt Whitman
   3 Sri Aurobindo
   3 John Keats
   2 Ralph Waldo Emerson
   2 Edgar Allan Poe


   10 Shelley - Poems
   9 Wordsworth - Poems
   8 Browning - Poems
   7 Lovecraft - Poems
   5 Metamorphoses
   3 Whitman - Poems
   3 Keats - Poems
   2 Savitri
   2 Poe - Poems
   2 Emerson - Poems


02.01_-_The_World-Stair, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
      Infinity calls to it as it dreams and climbs;
    Its spire touches the apex of the world;
    Mounting into great voiceless stillnesses

03.02_-_The_Adoration_of_the_Divine_Mother, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  All aims in her were lost, then found in her;
  His base was gathered to one pointing spire.
  This was a seed cast into endless Time.

1.00_-_Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  
  The temple garden stands directly on the east bank of the Ganges. The northern section of the land and a portion to the east contain an orchard, flower gardens, and two small reservoirs. The southern section is paved with brick and mortar. The visitor arriving by boat ascends the steps of an imposing bathing-Ght, which leads to the Chndni, a roofed terrace, on either side of which stand in a row six temples of iva. East of the terrace and the iva temples is a large court, paved, rectangular in shape, and running north and south. Two temples stand in the centre of this court, the larger one, to the south and facing south, being dedicated to Kli, and the smaller one, facing the Ganges, to Radhknta, that is, Krishna, the Consort of Rdh. Nine domes with spires surmount the temple of Kli, and before it stands the spacious Natmandir, or music hall, the terrace of which is supported by stately pillars. At the northwest and southwest corners of the temple compound are two Nahabats, or music towers, from which music flows at different times of day, especially at sunup, noon, and sundown, when the worship is performed in the temples. Three sides of the paved courtyard -all except the west - are lined with rooms set apart for kitchens, store-rooms, dining-rooms, and quarters for the temple staff and guests. The chamber in the northwest angle, just beyond the last of the iva temples, is of special interest to us; for here Sri Ramakrishna was to spend a considerable part of his life. To the west of this chamber is a semicircular porch overlooking the river. In front of the porch runs a footpath, north and south, and beyond the path is a large garden and, below the garden, the Ganges. The orchard to the north of the buildings contains the Panchavati, the banyan, and the bel-tree, associated with Sri Ramakrishna's spiritual practices. Outside and to the north of the temple compound proper is the Kuthi, or bungalow, used by members of Rni Rsmani's family visiting the garden. And north of the temple garden, separated from it by a high wall, is a powder-magazine belonging to the British Government.
  

1.01_-_The_King_of_the_Wood, #The Golden Bough, #James George Frazer, #Occultism
  on that beautiful, almost landlocked bay, where groves of oranges
  and lemons, with tall cypresses soaring like dark spires above the
  garden of Hesperides, now clo the the strip of fertile shore at the

1.03_-_BOOK_THE_THIRD, #Metamorphoses, #Ovid, #Poetry
  All pale and trembling at the hideous sight.
   spire above spire uprear'd in air he stood,
  And gazing round him over-look'd the wood:

1.07_-_TRUTH, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  Didst thou ever descry a glorious eternity in a winged moment of time? Didst thou ever see a bright infinite in the narrow point of an object? Then thou knowest what spirit means the spire-top, whither all things ascend harmoniously, where they meet and sit contented in an unfathomed Depth of Life.
  

1.08_-_BOOK_THE_EIGHTH, #Metamorphoses, #Ovid, #Poetry
  The pavement polish'd marble they behold,
  The gates with sculpture grac'd, the spires and tiles of gold.
  
  --
  Oft a fierce lion, or a furious boar:
  With glist'ning spires now seem'd an hissing snake,
  The bold would tremble in his hands to take:

1.09_-_BOOK_THE_NINTH, #Metamorphoses, #Ovid, #Poetry
  And slip his hold, in form of speckled snake;
  Who, when I wreath'd in spires my body round,
  Or show'd my forky tongue with hissing sound,

1.10_-_BOOK_THE_TENTH, #Metamorphoses, #Ovid, #Poetry
  Which stiffning by degrees, its stem extends,
  'Till to the starry skies the spire ascends.
  

1.12_-_BOOK_THE_TWELFTH, #Metamorphoses, #Ovid, #Poetry
  The branches in his curl'd embraces held:
  But, as in spires he stood, he turn'd to stone:
  The stony snake retain'd the figure still his own.

--- WEBGEN

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3 Idiots (2009) ::: 8.4/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 50min | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 2009 (India) -- Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots". Director: Rajkumar Hirani Writers:
50/50 (2011) ::: 7.6/10 -- R | 1h 40min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 September 2011 (USA) -- Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. Director: Jonathan Levine Writer:
A Man Called Horse (1970) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 1h 54min | Adventure, Drama, Western | 1 May 1970 (USA) -- In 1825, an English aristocrat is captured by Native Americans. He lives with them and begins to understand their way of life. Eventually, he is accepted as part of the tribe and aspires to become their leader. Director: Elliot Silverstein Writers: Jack DeWitt (screenplay) (as Jack De Witt), Dorothy M. Johnson (story) | 1 more credit
American Gangster (2007) ::: 7.8/10 -- R | 2h 37min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 2 November 2007 (USA) -- An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film. Director: Ridley Scott Writers:
Babylon 5: In the Beginning (1998) ::: 7.7/10 -- Unrated | 1h 34min | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Movie 4 January 1998 -- Emperor Londo Mollari of the Centauri Republic tells the story of the Earth-Minbari War that almost destroyed humanity and later inspired its last best, hope for peace. Director: Michael Vejar Writers: J. Michael Straczynski (creator), J. Michael Straczynski Stars:
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Black Narcissus (1947) ::: 7.8/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 41min | Drama | December 1947 (USA) -- A group of nuns struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad. Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger Writers:
Boogie Nights (1997) ::: 7.9/10 -- R | 2h 35min | Drama | 31 October 1997 (USA) -- Back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art when he discovers a hot young talent. Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Writer:
Brother (2000) ::: 7.1/10 -- R | 1h 54min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 27 January 2001 (Japan) -- A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence. Director: Takeshi Kitano Writer:
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Bully (2001) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 1h 48min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 1 January 2001 (Canada) -- A pack of nave teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much. Director: Larry Clark
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Chuck (2016) ::: 6.5/10 -- The Bleeder (original title) -- Chuck Poster -- A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, who had a once-in-a-lifetime bout with Muhammad Ali that would inspire the film Rocky (1976). Director: Philippe Falardeau Writers:
Cloud Atlas (2012) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 52min | Action, Drama, Mystery | 26 October 2012 (USA) -- An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski | 1 more credit » Writers:
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Crazy Heart (2009) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 1h 52min | Drama, Music, Romance | 5 February 2010 (USA) -- A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him. Director: Scott Cooper Writers: Scott Cooper, Thomas Cobb (novel)
Creepshow (1982) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 2h | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 12 November 1982 (USA) -- An anthology which tells five terrifying tales inspired by the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s. Director: George A. Romero Writer: Stephen King (original screenplay by)
Criss Cross (1949) ::: 7.5/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 24min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 February 1949 (USA) -- An armored truck driver and his ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route. Director: Robert Siodmak Writers: Daniel Fuchs (screenplay), Don Tracy (novel)
Dreamer (2005) ::: 6.8/10 -- Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (original title) -- Dreamer Poster -- Cale Crane catalyzes the rescue and rehabilitation of Sonador, a race horse with a broken leg. Director: John Gatins Writer:
Excalibur (1981) ::: 7.4/10 -- PG | 2h 20min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 10 April 1981 (USA) -- Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart. Director: John Boorman Writers: Thomas Malory (book), Rospo Pallenberg (adaptation) | 2 more credits
Fastlane ::: TV-14 | 1h | Action, Comedy, Crime | TV Series (20022003) Two hotshot undercover cops and their equally tough female handler take down the highest and lowest criminals in L.A. in this pop-culture-heavy, dark, flashy, over-the-top action crime dramedy inspired by Bad Boys and Miami Vice. Creators: McG, John McNamara
Father Brown ::: TV-PG | 52min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (2013 ) Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village. Creators: Rachel Flowerday, Tahsin Guner Stars:
Field of Dreams (1989) ::: 7.5/10 -- PG | 1h 47min | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 5 May 1989 (USA) -- Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife, Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can come true. Director: Phil Alden Robinson Writers:
Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 1h 57min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 21 August 2009 (USA) -- Martin McGartland joins the I.R.A. and feeds information to Britain's Special Branch Agent Fergus. Director: Kari Skogland Writers: Martin McGartland (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking"),
Finding Neverland (2004) ::: 7.6/10 -- PG | 1h 46min | Biography, Drama, Family | 17 December 2004 (USA) -- The story of Sir J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. Director: Marc Forster Writers: Allan Knee (play), David Magee (screenplay)
Force (2011) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 2h 17min | Action, Crime, Drama | 30 September 2011 (India) -- A vengeful gangster targets and terrorizes an entire police unit and their families. Director: Nishikant Kamat Writer: Ritesh Shah (inspired from the Tamil film "Kaakha Kaakha")
Freedom Writers (2007) ::: 7.6/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 3min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 5 January 2007 (USA) -- A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school. Director: Richard LaGravenese Writers: Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Freedom Writers (book) | 1 more
Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 1h 30min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 April 2016 (USA) -- A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger co-worker. Director: Michael Showalter Writers: Laura Terruso (screenplay), Michael Showalter (screenplay) | 1 more
Horrible Bosses (2011) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 1h 38min | Comedy, Crime | 8 July 2011 (USA) -- Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. Director: Seth Gordon Writers: Michael Markowitz (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay) | 2
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) ::: 8.1/10 -- PG | 1h 38min | Animation, Action, Adventure | 26 March 2010 (USA) -- A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders Writers:
Hunter x Hunter ::: TV-14 | 24min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2011-2014) Episode Guide 148 episodes Hunter x Hunter Poster -- Gon Freecss aspires to become a Hunter, an exceptional being capable of greatness. With his friends and his potential, he seeks for his father who left him when he was younger. Creator:
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Hustlers (2019) ::: 6.3/10 -- R | 1h 50min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 13 September 2019 (USA) -- Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Director: Lorene Scafaria Writers:
In the Heart of the Sea (2015) ::: 6.9/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 2min | Action, Adventure, Biography | 11 December 2015 (USA) -- A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick. Director: Ron Howard Writers: Charles Leavitt (screenplay), Charles Leavitt (story) | 3 more
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Jakob the Liar (1999) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG-13 | 2h | Drama, War | 24 September 1999 (USA) -- During World War II, an ordinary inhabitant of a ghetto fakes news about Allied offensives to inspire hope for other victims of the Nazi regime. Director: Peter Kassovitz Writers:
Justice League (2017) ::: 6.3/10 -- PG-13 | 2h | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 17 November 2017 (USA) -- Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his new-found ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Director: Zack Snyder Writers:
Kick-Ass 2 (2013) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 43min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 16 August 2013 (USA) -- Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for. Director: Jeff Wadlow Writers:
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil ::: TV-Y7 | 23min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (20102012) A satirical look at an 8 year old boy that aspires to be the most hardcore daredevil in existence. Creator: Sandro Corsaro Stars:
Listen to Your Heart (2010) ::: 7.1/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 42min | Drama, Music, Romance | 4 May 2011 (South Korea) -- A singer/songwriter falls in love with a girl who can't hear the music she inspires him to write. Director: Matt Thompson Writer: Kent Moran
Monica Z (2013) ::: 6.9/10 -- 1h 51min | Biography, Drama, Music | 13 September 2013 (Sweden) -- The world famous Swedish jazz singer, actress and icon Monica Zetterlund's life through stardom and hardship. Director: Per Fly Writers: Monica Zetterlund (inspired by the life of), Peter Birro (scenario) | 2 more credits Stars:
Much Ado About Nothing (1993) ::: 7.3/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 51min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 July 1993 (USA) -- Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. Director: Kenneth Branagh Writers:
Never Have I Ever ::: TV-14 | 30min | Comedy | TV Series (2020 ) -- The complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Mindy Kaling's own childhood. Creators: Lang Fisher, Mindy Kaling
October Sky (1999) ::: 7.8/10 -- PG | 1h 48min | Biography, Drama, Family | 19 February 1999 (USA) -- The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes. Director: Joe Johnston Writers: Homer H. Hickam Jr. (book), Lewis Colick (screenplay) Stars:
Operation Mekong (2016) ::: 6.6/10 -- Mei Gong he xing dong (original title) -- (USA) Operation Mekong Poster -- Inspired by the true story known as the Mekong Massacre--two Chinese commercial vessels are ambushed while traveling down the Mekong River in the waters of the Golden Triangle, one of the largest drug-manufacturing regions in the world. 13 sailors are executed at gunpoint, and 900,000 methamphetamine pills are recovered at the scene. Upon discovery, the Chinese government immediately sends a band... See full summary
Papillon (1973) ::: 8.0/10 -- R | 2h 31min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 19 December 1973 (USA) -- A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape. Director: Franklin J. Schaffner Writers:
Poison (1991) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 25min | Drama, Horror, Romance | 16 August 1991 (Sweden) -- A boy shoots his father and flies out the window. A man falls in love with a fellow inmate in prison. A doctor accidentally ingests his experimental sex serum, wreaking havoc on the community. Director: Todd Haynes Writers: Jean Genet (inspired by the novels of Jean Genet with quotations from "Miracle of the Rose", "Our Lady of the Flowers" and "Thief's Journal"), Todd Haynes
Portrait of Jennie (1948) ::: 7.7/10 -- Approved | 1h 26min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 22 April 1949 (USA) -- A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist. Director: William Dieterle Writers: Robert Nathan (from the book by), Paul Osborn (screen play) | 2 more credits Stars:
Prancer (1989) ::: 6.4/10 -- G | 1h 43min | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 17 November 1989 (USA) -- A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding. Director: John D. Hancock (as John Hancock) Writer:
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) ::: 7.1/10 -- Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (original title) -- Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Poster -- The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman. Director: Angela Robinson Writer:
Redbelt (2008) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 39min | Drama, Sport | 9 May 2008 (USA) -- A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition. Director: David Mamet Writer:
Shakespeare in Love (1998) ::: 7.1/10 -- R | 2h 3min | Comedy, Drama, History | 8 January 1999 (USA) -- The world's greatest ever playwright, William Shakespeare, is young, out of ideas and short of cash, but meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. Director: John Madden Writers:
Sightseers (2012) ::: 6.5/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 28min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 10 May 2013 (USA) -- Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. Director: Ben Wheatley Writers:
Son of Rambow (2007) ::: 7.0/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 36min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 23 May 2008 (USA) -- During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood (1982). Director: Garth Jennings Writer:
Spies in Disguise (2019) ::: 6.8/10 -- PG | 1h 42min | Animation, Action, Adventure | 25 December 2019 (USA) -- When the world's best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. Directors: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane Writers: Lucas Martell (inspired by: the animated short film "Pigeon:
Stand and Deliver (1988) ::: 7.3/10 -- PG | 1h 43min | Biography, Drama | 11 March 1988 (USA) -- The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout-prone students to learn calculus. Director: Ramn Menndez (as Ramon Menendez) Writers: Ramn Menndez, Tom Musca
Tale of Tales (2015) ::: 6.4/10 -- Il racconto dei racconti - Tale of Tales (original title) -- Tale of Tales Poster -- From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile. Director: Matteo Garrone
The Aeronauts (2019) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 40min | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 December 2019 (USA) -- A balloon pilot and a scientist find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s. Director: Tom Harper Writers: Richard Holmes (inspired by the book 'Falling Upwards' by), Tom Harper
The Angels' Share (2012) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 41min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 31 May 2013 (Canada) -- Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives. Director: Ken Loach Writer:
The Color of Money (1986) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 59min | Drama, Sport | 17 October 1986 (USA) -- Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protg the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback. Director: Martin Scorsese Writers:
The Danish Girl (2015) ::: 7.1/10 -- R | 1h 59min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 22 January 2016 (USA) -- A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Director: Tom Hooper Writers:
The Dirty Picture (2011) ::: 6.6/10 -- Not Rated | 2h 25min | Biography, Drama, Musical | 2 December 2011 -- The Dirty Picture Poster -- The love story between an actress and a director, inspired by the life of the late south Indian actress Silk Smitha. Director: Milan Luthria Writers:
The Great Debaters (2007) ::: 7.5/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 6min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 25 December 2007 (USA) -- A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Director: Denzel Washington Writers:
The Michael J. Fox Show -- 30min | Comedy | TV Series (20132014) ::: A comedy inspired by the life of Michael J. Fox. Creators: Will Gluck, Sam Laybourne
The Mule (2018) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 56min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 December 2018 (USA) -- A ninety-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel. Director: Clint Eastwood Writers: Nick Schenk, Sam Dolnick (inspired by the New York Times Magazine
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 2h 2min | Crime, Drama, Romance | 20 March 1981 (USA) -- The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband. Director: Bob Rafelson Writers:
The Raven (2012) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 50min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 27 April 2012 (USA) -- When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality. Director: James McTeigue Writers:
The Red Violin (1998) ::: 7.6/10 -- Le violon rouge (original title) -- The Red Violin Poster A red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner. Director: Franois Girard Writers: Don McKellar, Franois Girard
The Selfish Giant (2013) ::: 7.3/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 31min | Drama | 25 October 2013 (UK) -- Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal. Director: Clio Barnard Writers: Clio Barnard, Oscar Wilde (inspired by 'The Selfish Giant')
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 38min | Fantasy, Horror | 5 February 1988 (USA) -- An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies. Director: Wes Craven Writers: Wade Davis (inspired by the book), Richard Maxwell (screenplay) | 1
The Terror ::: TV-14 | 1h | Adventure, Drama, History | TV Series (2018- ) Episode Guide 20 episodes The Terror Poster -- Supernatural, semihistorical, horror anthology series, where each season is inspired by a different infamous or mysterious real life historical tragedy. Creators:
The Terror ::: TV-14 | 1h | Adventure, Drama, History | TV Series (2018 ) -- Supernatural, semihistorical, horror anthology series, where each season is inspired by a different infamous or mysterious real life historical tragedy. Creators:
The White Crow (2018) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 2h 7min | Biography, Drama | 22 March 2019 (UK) -- The story of Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West. Director: Ralph Fiennes Writers: David Hare (screenplay), Julie Kavanagh (Inspired by her book: "Rudolf Nureyev: The Life")
Think Like a Man (2012) ::: 6.5/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 2min | Comedy, Romance | 20 April 2012 (USA) -- Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them. Director: Tim Story Writers:
Widows (2018) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 2h 9min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 16 November 2018 (USA) -- Four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Director: Steve McQueen Writers:
Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) ::: 7.0/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 50min | Drama, Romance | 21 August 2020 (USA) -- Diagnosed with a mental illness halfway through his senior year of high school, a witty, introspective teen struggles to keep it a secret while falling in love with a brilliant classmate who inspires him to not be defined by his condition. Director: Thor Freudenthal Writers:
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