"What is truth? You can see where there is truth and where there isn't, but I seem to have lost my sight, I see nothing. You boldly settle all the important questions, but tell me, my dear boy, isn't it because you are young and the questions of the world haven't hurt you yet?"
Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard, as cited by Cynthia Bourgeault, in The Wisdom Way of Knowing

"I want to beg you, as much as I can, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

"Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled."
a Tibetan Buddhist prayer

"Aus der Kriegsschule des Lebens. Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker."
Friedrich Nietzsche
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