Quotations: Karma

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, scientist and philosopher (1749-1832)

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
— John Locke, English philosopher (1632-1704)

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
— Peter de Vries, American novelist (1910-1993)

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
— Dennis Wholey, 20th/21st-century self-help author and journalist

When a man hangs from a tree it doesn’t spell justice unless he helped write the law that hanged him.
— E. B. White, American essayist (1899-1985)

We drive into the future using only our rear view mirror.
— (Herbert) Marshall McLuhan, Canadian educator and media philosopher (1911-1980)

The future enters into us, in order to transform us, long before it happens.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet (1875-1926)

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
— Arthur Rubinstein, Polish-American classical pianist (1887-1982)

Be happy. Talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours…. never doubt the excellence and permanence of what is yet to be. Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness…. Your success and happiness lie in you…. The great enduring realities are love and service…. Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

I believe… that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and third president (1743-1826), in a letter to John Adams, 1816

Welcome everything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.
— Andre Gide, French author (1869-1951)

See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
— James Freeman Clarke

Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; Take honour from me, and my life is done.
— William Shakespeare, English dramatist (1564-1616), from King Richard II

We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.
— Thich Nhat Hanh, French-based Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and author (b. 1926)

Such is the moral construction of the world that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run… Were present oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own countries the penalties on their present wrongs which will be inflicted on them in future times. The seeds of hatred and revenge which they with a large hand will not fail to produce their fruits in time. Like their brother robbers on the highway, they suppose the escape of the moment a final escape and deem infamy and future risk countervailed by present gain.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and U.S. president (1743-1826), letter to Francois de Marbois, 1817

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
— Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.
— Proverbs

The liars punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
— George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit (1856-1950)

Everybody comes from the same source. If you hate another human being, you’re hating part of yourself.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

The jealous are troublesome to others, but torment to themselves.
— William Penn, American colonial leader (1644-1718)

By a divine paradox, wherever there is one slave there are two. So in the wonderful reciprocities of being, we can never reach the higher levels until all our fellows ascend with us.
— Edwin Markham, American poet (1852-1940)

No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is left long without proper reward.
— Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915)

Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them — that it was a vain endeavor?
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good.
— William Penn, American colonial leader (1644-1718)

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
— Unknown

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
— Unknown

They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.
— Hindu proverb

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
— Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.)

No man is more cheated than a selfish man.
— Henry Ward Beecher, American preacher (1813-1887)

Our life is what our thoughts make it.
— Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher (121-180 A.D.)

People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.
— Edith Wharton, American novelist (1862-1937), from The Age of Innocence

Luck is a word devoid of sense. Nothing can exist without a cause.
— Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French author, wit and philosopher (1694-1778)

We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
— Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)

Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself.
— Felix Adler, American educator and reformer (1851-1933)

Doubt breeds doubt.
— Franz Grillparzer, Austrian dramatist and poet (1791-1872)

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German statesman, poet, novelist, dramatist and scientist (1749-1832)

Any man will usually get from other men just what he is expecting of them. If he is looking for friendship he will likely receive it. If his attitude is that of indifference, it will beget indifference. And if a man is looking for a fight, he will in all likelihood be accommodated in that.
— John Richelsen

If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet.
— Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish-American writer (1904-1991)

Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.
— Adlai Stevenson, American politician and presidential candidate (1900-1965)

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think…
— Lord Byron, English poet (1788-1824), from Don Juan, Canto III

The words you speak today should be soft and tender … for tomorrow you may have to eat them.
— Unknown

Hatred is blind, anger is foolhardy, and he who pours out vengeance risks having to drink a bitter draft.
— Alexandre Dumas, French novelist and playwright (1802-1870), from The Count of Monte-Cristo, 1844

All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
— Alexander Pope, English poet (1688-1744)

Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose.
— Anonymous

When the Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game.
— Grantland Rice, sportswriter

To sensible men, every day is a day of reckoning.
— John W. Gardner, American nonprofit leader, founder of Common Cause (1912-2002)

Let no man be sorry he has done good because others have done evil. If a man has acted right he has done well, though alone. If wrong, the sanction of all mankind will not justify him.
— Henry Fielding, English novelist (1707-1754)

Cheat the earth and the earth will cheat you.
— Chinese proverb

A slave shows his true character, not while he is enslaved, but when he becomes a master.
— Jewish proverb