Being

1092 – “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

-Sirius Black in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“We have all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the power we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

Sirius Black (Played by Gary Oldman) in Warner Bros Pictures’ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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582 – “Self-knowledge is the beginning of understanding. And as we are – the world is. That is, if we are greedy, envious, competitive, our society will be competitive, envious, greedy, which brings misery and war. The state is what we are. To bring about order and peace, we must begin with ourselves and not with society, not with the state, for the world is ourselves. And it is not selfish to think that each one must first understand and change himself to help the world. You cannot help another unless you know yourself. Through self-awareness one will find that in oneself is the whole.”

–Jiddu Krishnamurti (more…)

68 – “I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.”

– Rubeus Hagrid in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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67 – “Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking & pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with sensuality, abandoning thinking imbued with renunciation, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with sensuality. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with ill will, abandoning thinking imbued with non-ill will, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with ill will. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with harmfulness, abandoning thinking imbued with harmlessness, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with harmfulness.”

– Siddhartha Gautama, The Buddha

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