Pain is not a sign of weakness, but bearing it alone is a choice to grow weak.

Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.

Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.

Feelings are real and legitimate.

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.

Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.

Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.

Suffering is not caused by pain but by resisting pain.

As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that.

Never apologize for showing feelings. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong—sometimes it’s letting go.

It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens.

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.