QUOTES FROM 777 by John Peniel
The inferior man always seeks to change the world.
The superior man seeks to change himself.
No man has ever suffered from an illness for which he was not directly responsible.
Every truly wise and virtuous man could move the mountains and calm the seas if it
were necessary, but such men choose to leave these matters to their own courses
because in the understanding that gave them the power of movement they also came to
know their place in the natural order of creation.
It is true that a man can have nothing of value in this world until
he is willing to do without it.
If a man gives himself so naturally that never is he aware of the act of giving,
he has gone beyond the deed itself and has become the embodiment of charity.
And thus it can truly be said that he is charity.
Any question that man is capable of formulating, he is also capable of answering.
To the man who seeks to love unselfishly, God will give the ability to know when his
fellows are in turmoil, and in what manner he can render aid.
Every time man tries to help God through the construction of a plan to control or
rearrange nature, we end up with another disaster.
In conversation, the wise man speaks, listens and then speaks again.
The inferior man speaks,and then waits impatiently to speak again.
The fool hears nothing and says nothing, and is forever interrupting.
That animals do not answer a man in his native language does not mean that
they do not understand every word that he speaks.
Man cannot get into more trouble than he deserves.
The man who does not reach out in loving kindness in the worst of times deludes
himself when he believes that he would aid his fellows if his circumstances
were to improve.
Ambition is that which man would have for himself. Destiny is that which God would
have for man. Life does not truly begin until ambition and destiny become as one.
Neither move too soon, nor move too late. Ask that the Divine force move You into
proper action, for each second of eternity is a moment for planting and a
moment for harvest.
Even when man has rejected God, still he proceeds along the path
to enlightenment through a series of disgusts with his own being.
God exists in every moment of a man's life, and to think otherwise
is as foolish as thinking that the world has vanished simply because
we have closed our eyes to it. Closing our eyes does not change the
reality of the path, it only makes the journey take longer.
In fact, for some beings it may never end.
God does not ask that man save his fellows, only that he treat them with loving
kindness. Man is only charged with the responsibility of saving himself,
and in that he will need the grace of God.
All beings are eternal by their very nature. Thus, the question becomes,
"How will I spend eternity?"