Ameen Rihani Quotes | Quotes by Ameen Rihani

1Mutual tolerance is the stepping stone to mutual respect. A hospitable mind is the key to a neighboring or an alien spirit, looked by dogma and guarded by tradition.

2I give priority to up-bringing over education because the ultimate goal of up-bringing is morals, and we have a more urgent need for morals than for knowledge.

3No boundaries exist in our breast: We are free .

4The heart yields spontaneity; the mind bends to understanding.

5The religious fanatic drew a small circle and left me, the infidel, outside it. However, I, with the help of love, won over him - I drew a large circle and included him.

6I renounce falsehood, whatsoever be the guise it assumes, and I embrace truth, wheresoever I find it.

7Virtue, once bragged about, once you pride yourself upon it, ceases to be such.

8We must strive to form a comprehensive sublime nationalism whose first principal is national geographic unity and must strengthen this unity with deeds not with words.

9We can not understand each other, if every time we venture out we stick the feather of cocksureness in our caps. No, we can never wholly understand each other, and rise to the level of mutual esteem at least, if we do not invest in that fellow feeling that triumphs over class and creed and race and color.

10Foreign culture is as necessary to the spirit of a nation as is foreign commerce to its industries.

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11You teacher, teach your pupils freedom in thought and deed, honesty in thought and deed, and tolerance in thought and deed.

12The West for me means ambition, the East contentment. My heart is ever in one, my soul in the other.

13Light, Love, and Will - the one is as necessary as the other; the one is dangerous without the others. Light, Love, and Will are the three eternal, vital sources of the higher, truer, purer cosmic life.

14I state the threefold purpose of my travels in Arabia: to see the country, to write about it and to be of some service to its people and their cause - that is what brought me from beyond the seas, from America.

15The will is the spirit of perseverance, and perseverance holds clear success.

16To us all, life is a gift, liberty is a right, and the pursuit of happiness is the object supreme. But our conduct in the pursuit differs in accordance with the measure of justice we uphold. A common measure is only possible when we begin to understand and learn to appreciate each other's point of view and point of direction.

17If I had in me something that inspires people towards the good and raises them one step on the ladder of mental and spiritual progress, I want to show it by example, indication, and deduction, not by preaching, threatening, and conspiring.

18My first wish is to be simple in my actions, truthful in my speech, honest in my opinions, and natural in my behavior. In other words, I want to be clean in mind, heart, and body.

19True up-bringing is restricted to two types of welfare; the welfare of the body and that of the mind.

20I am the East. I have philosophies, I have religions, who would exchange them for airplanes?

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21Like the seasons of the year, like history, truth always repeats itself.

22I want to accept all the difficulties that face me in life with perseverance and patience.

23In the desert you become a discoverer. You discover your soul, which had been submerged in vain pursuits, which had been lost in the coils and toils of modern life. You discover your kinship with nature and man, which is evoked by the naturalness and the gentle humanity of the natives of the desert, and you will also discover God.

24True knowledge is power; but in order to feel at home with it, we must be constitutionally qualified. And if we are not, it is likely to give the soul such a twist as to deform it forever.

25My American walking shoes are new, and my Oriental eyes are old.

26We have to dissolve all the denominations in order to form from them the greater denomination of the homeland.

27At this moment, my soul is in Lebanon, my heart in Paris, and my body in New York.

28Breathless and unharmed, we emerge from the mazes of metaphysics and psychology where man and the soul are playing hide-and-seek.

29... However, there is another method, other than revolution, which is that of natural evolution, or rather the intellectual method with all its modes of education and up-bringing.

30An object is great in proportion to its power of resistance to time and the elements. That is why we think the pyramids are great. But see, the desert is greater than the pyramids, and the sea is greater than the desert, and the heavens are greater than the sea.

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31Our Phoenician ancestors never left anything they undertook unfinished. Consider what they accomplished in their days, and the degree of culture they attained.

32I deposit in many banks including the bank of wisdom. The more I draw on my accounts, no matter how big the sum, the bigger my balance becomes

33We can not understand each other, if our sympathies are always safely tucked away; we can not understand each other, if our approaches are always academic or conventional; we can not understand each other, if we crawl back into our shells every time we see a worm across our path.

34Genius everywhere is one. In the Orient and in the Occident the deep thinkers are kin, the poets are cousins, the pioneers of the spirit are the messengers of peace and good will to the world. Their works are the open highways between nations, and they themselves are the ever living guardians and guides.

35Training the will in trivial and grave matters increases its strength and flexibility, and enables man to constantly strive and persevere.

36Freedom of the Spirit is the cornerstone of all freedom.

37When we go deep enough or high enough, we meet. It is only on the surface that we differ and sometimes clash. True, we do not always find our way to the depth or the height, or we do not take the trouble to do so.

38Had courage, wisdom, and reason always prevailed in people, there would not have been oppressions and oppressors.

39... And if Europe gives Arabia a railway, Arabia gives Europe an idea - which I think balances the account.

40In the Lakes of Light, Love and Will, I would baptize all mankind.

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41I am for reformation by emigration. The emigration of the mind before the revolution of the state. The soul and mind must be free before one has a right to be a member of a free government.

42Like matter itself, an ideal is mutable, but indestructible. It does not die; it only undergoes a change.

43The broader and higher aspects of life are international.... There is a goal towards which all nations gravitate, and there is a common ground upon which all nations meet.

44The footsteps of a pioneer become ultimately the highway of a nation.

45Whether you were Moslem, Christian, Druze, or Israeli, remember, God protect thee, that religious fanaticism for political goals or political fanaticism for religious purposes is the worst kind of fanaticism.

46If I were capable of assisting someone, I would do it in a manner that would cause the person seeking assistance to work, so he assists himself.

47Ignorance and fear are twins whose mother is slavery and whose father is oppression, and the mentality of the whole family is that of slaves.

48The duties I ask of myself are obligatory for absolutely every individual, everywhere. Moreover, just as I recognize these rights and duties of others, I would like the others to recognize them form me as well.

49Self-reliance leads to intellectual independence. Each man must think for himself, must train the mind to think, must habituate the soul to observe and analyze.

50Knowledge is one of our direst needs. But it is insufficient on its own. If knowledge was stripped from true up-bringing, it would increase man's strength, but not his morals.

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51A poet is a poet, whether he rides in a Ford or on a donkey; a sage is a sage, whether he plays golf in New Jersey or bathes in the Ganges, or prays in the desert; and a fool is a fool, whether he be a maharaja or a president of a post-war republic.

52What is life without its angles of difficulty and defeat, and its tip of triumph and power?

53I proceeded in my national mission, seeking to pave the way for an understanding between His Majesty and the other ruling princes of Arabia.

54Truth breeds power, and truth never perishes.

55Yes, I am calling for an intellectual revolution that sweeps away the corruption, absurdity and error, which prevail in morals, customs, traditions, and doctrines.

56Fire and light compete today in the East. But there is a lot of green firewood in this fire, and there is a lot of smoke in that light.