Phrases of the Year:
the World in a Phrase

photo: Sharon Lasher
Collected by Dilia Suriel

Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance and your universe expands exponentially.

Action, not abstraction, is what changes everything.

Art is a line around your dreams.

Blessed are the hearts that bend, they shall never be broken.

Busy with the ugliness of the expensive success, we forget the easiness of free beauty

Confusion expands when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie. S. L. Alder

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.

Don’t fall in love with someone who says the right things; fall in love with someone who does the right things.

Don't live to be judged for what you haven't done. Live to be judged for what you have done.

If we seek for the best times to act, we may missed some opportunities. We must seize every moment and make it surprising.

Don't look to society to give you permission to be yourself.

Don't lose yourself holding on to someone who is not afraid of losing you.

Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years, and every moment is a window on all time.

Each of us is all the sums she has not counted.

Even when in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary. Stephen Richards

Forgetting isn't enough. You can paddle away from the memories and think they are gone. But they will keep floating back, again and again and again. They circle you, like sharks. Until, unless, something, someone? Can do more than just cover the wound. Sara Zarr

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.

Getting older is transcended the minute you align your time with your dreams.

Happy people produce. Bored people consume. Stephen Richards

How do you know when a relationship is over? When you feel more in love with your memories than with the person standing in front of you. Gunnar Ardelius

I can last two months on a good compliment. Mark Twain

I had not yet learned that one cannot really be superior without humility and tolerance and human understanding. I did not yet know that in order to belong to a rare and higher breed one must first develop the true power and talent of selfless immolation.

I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once.

I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.

If you don't build your own dreams someone will hire you to build theirs.

If you keep waiting for the right time, it may never happen. Your only power is to make the most of the time you have.

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.

It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't elect psychotics into higher office and that would solve the problem. Thomas Wolfe

It is your vibrational thoughts that give life to the goals you wish for. Stephen Richards

Keep people in your life that truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, inspire you, enhance you, and make you happy. If you have people who do none of the above, let them go.

Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly you're not crippled by your own limitations.

Dull people filled me with terror.

Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious person we meet, every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. C.J. Beck

Life is too short to be living someone else's dreams.

Loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.

Music is the representation of invisible things. Da Vinci

No matter what your history has been, your destiny is what you create today.

Nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself. Hermann Hesse

Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind. David G. Allen

Rebellion is when you look society in the face and say I understand who you want me to be, but I’m going to show you who I actually am.

The world we perceive is a dream we learn to have from a script we have not written

There are no colors in the physical world, there are only patterns of light and dark. These patterns are a sensation produced by our very souls.

Remember that you own what happened to you. If your childhood was less than ideal, you may have been raised thinking that if you told the truth about what really went on in your family, a long bony white finger would emerge from a cloud and point to you, while a chilling voice thundered, We *told* you not to tell. But that was then. Just put down on paper everything you can remember now about your parents and siblings and relatives and neighbors, and we will deal with libel later on. Anne Lamott

The dream is to keep surprising yourself.


photo: Sharon Lasher

The dreams I chased took me on a journey, a journey more rewarding than the goals.

The essence of belief is doubt, the essence of reality is questioning.

The highest goal is Self-realization. But what does that mean? It means to feel your Self as a living reality in this moment, and always there is only this moment.

The highest perfection that anyone of us can achieve is the genuine acceptance of our humanity.

The longing you seek is not in front of you, it's behind you!

There are only two kinds of people: Those who believe they are victims of the world and those who understand they are the world.

There is a God part in you. The consciousness. The pure Self. Learn to listen the voice of that Power. Amit Ray

There is no wrong time to do the right thing.

This place just doesn't suit my life. You’re confused, it's your life that doesn't suit this place.

Those who are wise won't be busy, and those who are too busy can't be wise.

Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land. Joseph B. Wirthlin

We all have two lives. The second one begins when you realize that you have only one. Confucius

We are not the same person this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy change if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.

When someone tells you they are too 'busy’, it’s not a reflection of their schedule; it’s a reflection of YOUR spot on their schedule.

When we spend a lifetime trying to distance ourselves from the parts of our lives that don’t fit with who we think we’re supposed to be, we stand outside of our story and hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving.

Write it on your heart, you are a unique soul in the Universe. Realize it, honor it and celebrate the life. Amit Ray

You are only insecure about losing a lover when you know that someone can treat them better.

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. R. Buckminster Fuller

The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. E. Kübler-Ross

Your expectation of something unique and dramatic, of some wonderful explosion, is merely hindering and delaying your Self Realization.

You are not to expect an explosion, for the explosion has already happened – at the moment when you were born, when you realized yourself as Being-Knowing-Feeling.

There is only one mistake you are making: you take the inner for the outer and the outer for the inner. What is in you, you take to be outside you and what is outside, you take to be in you.

The mind and feelings are external, but you take them to be intimate. You believe the world to be objective, while it is entirely a projection of your psyche. That is the basic confusion and no new explosion will set it right! You have to think yourself out of it.

There is no other way. N. Maharaj

Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. R. Maharshi

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Dilia Suriel love quotes. She has been collecting them for the past 35 years. Nineteen years ago she started publishing a best of the bunch each year. She would mail those laminated, double-sided pages to friends as Christmas presents. Now, with less expense of time and money, she emails them out on Christmas Day. "I believe that the quotes are a better reflection of my internal life than any Christmas letter I could write describing my world travels or exciting adventures. For me the journey is emotional and spiritual."

"For those who love quotes, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not, no explanation is possible."

Dilia moved to San Miguel from Hawaii and is currently under "house arrest" until she finishes her fifth book "The Thin Woman's Brains", a follow up to her 2013 book of the same title.

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