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Born: 1926-07-08
Profession: Psychologist
Nation: American
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People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Tags: Beauty, Sun, True

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.

Tags: Learning, Life, Yourself

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.

Tags: Knowing, Time, Understand

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.

Tags: Learning, Love, Others

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.

Tags: Accept, Thought, Word

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.

Tags: Death, End, Spiritual

We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.

Tags: Fear, Greatest, Love

I've told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.

Tags: Children, Death, Graduation

Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.

Tags: Death, Love, Strength

I say to people who care for people who are dying, if you really love that person and want to help them, be with them when their end comes close. Sit with them - you don't even have to talk. You don't have to do anything but really be there with them.

Tags: Care, End, Love

As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do.

Tags: Free, Life, Working

Live, so you do not have to look back and say: 'God, how I have wasted my life.'

Tags: God, Life, Wasted

Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.

Tags: Death, Human, Night

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

Tags: Beauty, Nature, True

It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it.

Tags: Death, Society, Time

Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.

Tags: End, Human, Lives

I didn't fully realize it at the time, but the goal of my life was profoundly molded by this experience - to help produce, in the next generation, more Mother Teresas and less Hitlers.

Tags: Experience, Life, Time

For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.

Tags: Death, Life, Spiritual