I died from minerality and became vegetable;
And from vegetativeness I died and became animal.
I died from animality and became man.
Then why fear disappearance through death?
Next time I shall die
Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels;
After that, soaring higher than angels
What you cannot imagine,
I shall be that.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.
Life leads the thoughtful man on
a path of many windings.
Now the course is checked,
now it runs straight again.
Here winged thoughts may pour
freely forth in words,
There the heavy burden of knowledge
must be shut away in
But when two people are at one
in their inmost hearts,
They shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze.
And when two people understand
each other in their inmost hearts,
Their words are sweet and strong,
like the fragrance of orchids.
To know how little one knows is to have genuine knowledge
Not to know how little one knows is to be deluded.
Only he who knows when he is deluded can free himself from such delusion. The intelligent man is not deluded, because he knows and accepts his ignorance as ignorance, and thereby has genuine knowledge.