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“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”
–  Joseph Campbell


“The universe is transformation: life is opinion.”
–  Marcus Aurelius


"For the first time in human evolution, the individual life is long enough, and the cultural transformation swift enough, that the individual mind is now a constituent player in the global transformation of human culture."
-  William Irwin Thompson


“Research has shown that it takes 31 days of conscious effort to make or break a habit.  That means, if one practices something consistently for 31 days, on the 32nd day it does become a habit.  Information has been internalized into behavioral change, which is called transformation.”
–  Shiv Khera


"The reality of getting married, it really changed things into something beautiful.  There was transformation."
-  Peter Scolari


"Really changing might make you dissatisfied with yourself and many others also dissatisfied with you.
Changing can be risky, can be dangerous, can be disastrous; not changing might be the same.
Transformation tests the mettle of free will."
-   Mike Garofalo,
Pulling Onions


"Changing is not just changing the things outside of us.  First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit.  That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing."
-  Thich Nhat Hanh


"Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people."
-  Michael W. Smith


"It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory.  That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory."
-  Edgar Degas


"Be a loner.  That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth.  Have holy curiosity.  Make your life worth living."
-  Albert Einstein


"The Edwardian Apostles [an advanced and select discussion group at Cambridge University in England in 1905] were ambitious men who wanted their work to endure in memory.  They even had a code-word, 'footprints', for the guiding-marks which they hoped to leave for posterity.  The best test of the value of work, they believed, is that it continues to please or impress future ages.  Bertrand Russell once recounted to G. H. Hardy a distressing dream in which he stood among the book stacks of Cambridge University two centuries in the future.  A librarian was winnowing the shelves, taking down books in turn, glancing at them, restoring them to their places or dumping them into an enormous bucket.  Finally, he reached three volumes which Russell recognized as the last surviving copy of his Principia Mathematica.  He took down one of the volumes, turned over a few pages, seemed puzzled by what he saw, shut the volume, balanced it in his hand and hesitated: Russell presumably awoke with a shuddering cry, for the devaluation of their work, or the absence of footprints, was the Apostles' nightmare."
-  Richard Davenport-Hines, Universal Man: The Lives of John Maynard Keynes, 2015, p.52 




The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 1915




"Men have to descend from their pedestal and learn how to be more broadminded and spiritual."
-   Indra Devi 



"Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success."
-   Martha Stewart 



"It is increasingly important to be open-minded."
-  Tucker Carlson



"The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.  Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind."
-   Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus



"If the individual is to be happy in the contemporary order, he must be open-minded with respect to new values and new arrangements."
-   Thomas Cochrane



"Truth is, I'll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully.  So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour."
-   Tom Hanks



"There will always be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand."
-   Charles Kettering



"An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration.
You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany."
-   Nick Cave




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"People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones."
-   Charles Kettering 



"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."
-   Terry Pratchett



"Dogmatists are less useful than dogs."
-   Mike Garofalo,
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"I try to keep an open mind but I'm so tired of the mediocrity."
-   Clea Duvall



"A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."
-   Robert Frost



"The narrow-minded who undertake any work will never be satisfied.  They cannot understand the actions of those who are large hearted and broad-minded."
-   Sri Sathya Sai Baba



"By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out."
-   Richard Dawkins



"I have a very open mind.  I believe that there's a spirit world.  I believe that there's a lot of stuff out there that we don't know about, don't want to understand, and sometimes we don't want to understand it."
-   Anthony Head



"As scientists, we keep an open mind, but we have to base our ideas about the past on archaeological evidence."
-   Zahi Hawass



"Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow is too lazy to form and opinion."
-   Will Rogers 



"You have to be willing to accept the information, you have to be willing to work hard.  You have to be motivated to go to practice with an open mind.  You have to be willing to be criticized.  Only you can do those things."
-   Brandi Chastain 



"And now what is the result of all these considerations and quotations?  It is negative in one sense, but positive in another.  It absolutely forbids us to be forward in pronouncing on the meaningless of forms of existence other than our own; and it commands us to tolerate, respect and indulge those whom we see harmlessly interested and happy in their own ways, however unintelligible these may be to use.  Hands off: neither the whole of truth, nor the whole of good, is revealed to any single observer, although each observer gains a partial superior insight for the peculiar position in which he stands.  Even prisons and sick rooms have their special revelations.  It is enough to ask of each of us that he should be faithful to his own opportunities and make the most of his own blessings, without presuming to regulate the rest of the vast field."
-  William James, On a Certain Blindness, 1891



"Believe in yourself, not only in swimming, but in life itself.  You always have to have fun.  You have to have an open mind.  If you're not enjoying it, don't do it.  Life's too short."
-   Debbie Meyer



"The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind."
-   E. B. White



"The broad-minded see the truth in different religions; the narrow-minded see only the differences."
-  A Chinese Proverb 



"Nothing makes a man more broad-minded than adversity."
-   Will Rogers 



"If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it."
-   Natalie Clifford Barney 



"Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart."
-   Phil Jackson



"You've got to keep an open mind."
-   Chris Wallace 



"The human body and mind are tremendous forces that are continually amazing scientists and society.  Therefore, we have no choice but to keep an open mind as to what the human being can achieve."
-   Evelyn Glennie



"There exist limitless opportunities in every industry.  Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier."
-   Charles Kettering





Nothing is meant to be.  There is no predestination.

In ancient texts, the idea of predestination is very strong, but the usage of the term is purely metaphorical. People in the past used the word to express feelings of affinity for a place, a time, or for others. But nothing of the future is set.  There is no cosmic puppeteer at work. We are solely responsible for our own actions. It is true that we can become mired in circumstances so strong and so far-reaching that they will continue to have ramifications far into the future. For example, if we construct circumstances right, such as starting an organization to help others, then the good will last for a long time. However, if we fall far into debt and do nothing to help ourselves, then the bad will also last a long time. Yet in both cases, our lasting situations are results of our own actions. This is not destiny. It is causality.

Causality is from the past, and nothing is acting from the future.  There is no script, no pattern to walk into. Everything has to be
created, and we are the artists.

Those who follow Tao endeavor to have as few restrictions placed upon them as possible. By completing each action, they minimize causality. By living fully in the present, they absorb the best of what each day has to offer. By understanding that there is no literal destiny, fate, or predestination, they keep the future as free and open as possible. That is truly the openness of life.

-  By Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations, April 30 




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