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Every man's way seems right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.--Proverbs 21:2
 
As unnecessary as a well is to a village on the banks of a river, so unnecessary are all scriptures to someone who has seen the truth.--Bhavagad Gita 2:46
 
Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise.  Why should you ruin yourself?  Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool.  Why should you die before your time?--Ecclesiastes 7:16,17 
 
Force is followed by loss of strength.  This is not the way of the Tao.  That which goes against the Tao comes to an early end.--Tao Te Ching 30c
 
It's not what you see that is suspect, but how you interpret what you see.--Isaac Asimov
 
Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, and the night is as bright as the day.  Darkness and light are alike to Thee.--Psalms 139:12
 
... Rather, the kingdom of God is inside of you, and it is outside of you.  When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father.  But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that proverty.--Gospel of Thomas 3
 
Look within.  Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.--Marcus Aurelius, Book 7:59
If philosophy is to serve a positive purpose, it must not teach mere skepticism, for, while the dogmatist is harmful, the skeptic is useless.  Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing.--Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays.
 
No way is hard where there is a simple heart, nor is there any wound where the thoughts are upright:  nor is their any storm in the depths of the illuminated thought:  where one is surrounded by beauty, there is nothing divided.  The likeness of what is below is that which is above; for everything is above:  what is below is nothing but the imagination of those that are without knowledge.--Odes of Solomon 34:1-5
 
Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.--Ecclesiastes 1:18
 
Therefore, when Tao is lost, there is goodness.  When goodness is lost, there is kindness.  When kindness is lost, there is justice.  When justice is lost, there is ritual.  Now ritual is the husk of faith and loyalty, the beginning of confusion.--Tao Te Ching 38d
 
My words are easy to understand and perform, yet no man under heaven knows them or practices them.--Tao Te Ching 70
Whatever your hands find to do, verily, do it with all your might; for their is no activity or planning or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.--Ecclesiastes 9:10
 
For note, we inevitably think of the Soul, though one and undivided in the All, as being present to bodies in division:  in so far as any bodies are Animates, the Soul has given itself to each of the separate material masses; or rather it appears to be present in the bodies by the fact that it shines into them:  it makes them living beings not by merging into body but by giving forth, without any change in itself, images of likenesses of itself like one face caught in many mirrors.--Plotinus, First Ennead 1:8
 
Among the animals which have not reason one life is distributed; but among reasonable animals one intelligent soul is distributed:  just as there is one earth of all things which are of an earthy nature, and we see by one light, and breathe one air, all of us that have the faculty of vision and all that have life.--Marcus Aurelius, Book 9:8
 
Why sleepest thou, O my soul. blessest not the Lord?  Sing a new song unto God who is worthy to be praised.  Sing and be wakeful against His [God's] awaking, for good is a psalm sung to God from a glad heart.--Psalms of Solomon 3
 
... As when before the darkness falls, the rays of the setting sun seem all to become one in its circle of light, though at the hour of sunrise they all spread out again, even so all the powers of the senses become one in a higher power of the mind.  Then a person does not see, hear, smell, taste or touch; does not speak, receive or give, move or enjoy joys of love.  Then people say "he sleeps".--Prasna Upanishad (Fourth Question)
 
... most of the mass of an atom is in its nucleus; the electrons are by comparison just clouds of moving fluff.  Atoms are mainly empty space.  Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.--Carl Sagan, Cosmos
 
Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub; it is the center hole that makes it useful.  Shape clay into a vessel; it is the space within that makes it useful.  Cut doors and windows for a room; it is the holes which make it useful.  Therefore, benefit comes from what is there; usefulness from what is not there.--Tao Te Ching 11
 
Why art thou disturbed?  What is there new in this?  What unsettles thee?  Is it the form of the thing?  Look at it.  Or is it the matter?  Look at it.  But besides these there is nothing.--Marcus Aurelius, Book 9:37
 
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.  The name that can be named is not the eternal name.--Lao-tzu, Tao Te Ching 1
The Spirit brought me forth before the face of the Lord:  and although a son of man, I was named the Illuminate, the Son of God.--Odes of Solomon 36:3
 
For the devil tries the servants of God and if he finds them empty, he destroys them.--2 Hermas 12:27c
 
The inner voice brings the evil before us in a very tempting and convincing way in order to make us succumb.  If we do not partially succumb, nothing of this apparent evil enters into us, and no regeneration of healing can take place (I say "apparent". though this may sound too optimistic).  If we succumb completely, then the contents expressed by the inner voice act as so many devils, and a catastrophe ensues.  But if we succumb only in part, and if by self-assertion the ego can save itself from being completely swallowed, then it can assimilate the voice, and we realize the evil was only a semblance of evil, but in reality a bringer of healing and illumination.--C.G. Jung
 
To develop the Personality is a gamble, and the tragedy is that the daemon of the inner voice is at once our greatest danger and an indispensable help.--C.G. Jung
 
Be sober and vigilant.  Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour.  Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.--1 Peter 5:8,9
 
Therefore, I [i.e. God] will be like a lion to them [i.e. Israel], like a panther by the road I will keep watch.  I will attack them like a bear robbed of its young, and tear their hearts from their breasts; I will devour them on the spot like a lion, as though a wild beast were to rend them.--Hosea 13:7,8
 
They shall follow the LORD, who roars like a lion; when he roars his sons [i.e. Israel] shall be frightened from the west .... --Hosea 11:10