Dan Millman – Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Dan MillmanThe world was peopled with minds, whirling faster than any wind, in search of distraction and escape from the predicament of change, the dilemma of life and death-seeking purpose, security, enjoyment; trying to make sense of the mystery.  Everyone everywhere lived in a confused, bitter search.  Reality never matched their dreams; happiness was just around the corner- a corner they never turned.  And the source of it all was the human mind.”


“”If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even if you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold onto it forever.””


“…the man said, his voice as smooth as salad oil.”


“”When a baby is upset it expresses itself with banshee wails- pure crying.  It doesn’t wonder about whether it should be crying.  Hold it or feed it and within seconds, no more tears. If the baby is angry, then it very definitely lets you know.  But this too, it lets go of very quickly; can you imagine a baby’s feeling guilty about its anger?  Babies let it flow, then let it go.  They express themselves fully and then shut up.  Infants are fine teachers.  And they demonstrate the right use of energy.  Learn that, and you can transform any habit.””


“”There is a saying: ‘When you sit, sit; when you stand, stand; whatever you do, don’t wobble.'””


“”Death is not sad; the sad thing is that most people don’t ever really live at all.””


“”The birth of the mind is the death of our senses.””


“”If you have enough money to satisfy your desires, Dan, you are rich.  But there are two ways to be rich:  You can earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet expensive desires; or, you can cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have more than enough money.””


“”The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.””


“”Why worry.  Better to live until you die.””


“”A fool is ‘happy’ when his cravings are satisfied.  A warrior is happy without reason…  Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world.  Then you can love, and do what you will.””


“”Wake up!  Wake up! Soon the person that you believe you are will die-so now, wake up and be content with this knowledge: There is no need to search; achievements leads to nowhere.  It makes no difference at all, so be happy now!  Love is the only reality of the world…Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns and relax into the world.  No need to resist life; just do your best.”


“I knew the wisdom of silence.”