“When you rest in quietness and your image of yourself fades,
and your image of the world fades, and your ideas of others fade,
what’s left? A brightness, a radiant emptiness that is simply what you are.”—
“If you think that people should be nice to one another, then by all means be nice. But when you project that belief onto the people and the world around you as if it were an objective reality, or worse still, as if it were their job to be nice to you, you put yourself at odds with what is, and suffering will surely follow.”—
“Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity — but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our ‘biography,’ our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards… It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are?
Without our familiar props, we are faced with just ourselves, a person we do not know, an unnerving stranger with whom we have been living all the time but we never really wanted to meet. Isn’t that why we have tried to fill every moment of time with noise and activity, however boring or trivial, to ensure that we are never left in silence with this stranger on our own?”—
How do you nowadays deal with a society that does not respect an actor’s private life?
“I try to take it with dignity. You always hope that people won’t climb over garden walls to take a picture of you when you are walking into the kitchen naked. I count on every person I meet to be at least reasonably respectful.”
"I love it. I love the soliloquies. I read Shakespeare and I love to speak it. I love acting Shakespeare, and it was Don John! And what was it he says?" Reeves begins to reenact his role in the film under his breath, before coming out with his favored line, at which point he comes to life: “‘In this, though I may not be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied that I am a plain-dealing villain!’ I love that: ‘I am a plain-dealing villain!’"
“The whole idea of spiritual life is to awaken now to your own reality.
Not wait until you die and go to heaven or to try to find some secret works
that will make you feel better.
Now is the only time, there is no other time.
You’re either there or you’re not.
If you’re not you’re nowhere and if you’re there you’re nowhere.
You’re always nowhere because there is nowhere to go.
You’re looking to go somewhere.
This is what brings misery and unhappiness.
When you’re looking to become something to be somebody, to be somewhere.
But if you’re nobody, nowhere, then you are the eternal mystery itself.”—
“When you look upon another human being and feel great love toward them, or when you contemplate beauty in nature and something within you responds deeply to it, close your eyes for a moment and feel the essence of that love or that beauty within you, inseparable from who you are, your true nature. The outer form is a temporary reflection of what you are within, in your essence. That is why love and beauty can never leave you, although all outer forms will.”—
“There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it. You recognize it, you smile to it, and you invite something nicer to come up and replace it; you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music, you go somewhere in nature, or you do some walking meditation.”—
“The sweetness of God’s presence
is not tasted through the self-centred mind.
It is not the fruit of personal effort.
It is the fragrance that arises from the hearts
of those whose minds are centred in Truth.”—
“When we change, the world changes. The key to all change is in our inner transformation—a change of our hearts and minds. This is human revolution. We all have the power to change. When we realize this truth, we can bring forth that power anywhere, anytime, and in any situation.”—