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Pearls of wisdom

by Fethullah Gülen on . Posted in Pearls of Wisdom

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Opposing the majority is a mistake. This is true if the majority represents the truth, otherwise consent is a mistake. It is alright to oppose an engineer in matters of medicine, just as it is alright not to consult with a doctor on a construction project.

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Helplessness is not always only a lack of strength and power. Many strong and talented people are seen as helpless because nobody has ever thought to have recourse to them to benefit from them.

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Neither “darkness” nor another light can defeat those whose light comes from them. Such sources of light will burn on throughout their natural lifespan in spite of everything, and will illuminate their surroundings.

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Those who act according to what they have seen are not as successful as those who act according to what they know. Those who act according to what they know are not as successful as those who act according to the judgment and guidance of their conscience.

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Poverty is not only the lack of money, for it can assume the form of a lack of knowledge, thought, and talent. In this respect, wealthy people who lack knowledge, thought, and talent can be considered poor.

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Glasses are a vehicle for the eyes to see, and the eyes are a vehicle for the mind, the mind is a vehicle for insight, and insight is a vehicle for the conscience. The conscience is an outlet through which the spirit can observe, and a vehicle through which it can see.

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The most pitiable one in an insane asylum is a sane one. An insane one is pitied among those who are sane.

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Humanity is a tree, and nations are its branches. Events that appear as heavy winds hurl them against each other and cause them to clash. Of course, the resulting harm is felt by the tree. This is the meaning of: “Whatever we do, we do it to ourselves.”

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Nights are like arenas in which people discover, develop, and prepare for human happiness and serenity. Great ideas and works have always developed in the womb’s darkness and been offered for the benefit of humanity.

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Those who are called to the journey beyond the heavens have almost always been chosen from among those who have set off at dawn.

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The stomach expels food that cannot be digested and has no benefit, and then spits in its face. Time and history does the same to useless people...

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Rust is the enemy of iron, lead the enemy of diamonds, and dissipation the enemy of the spirit. If it does not cause its decay and ruin today, it will definitely do so tomorrow.

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Every yellow thing is not gold; every shining thing is not light; and every fluid is not water.

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Every flood comes from tiny drops whose existence and size are neglected. Gradually, it reaches a level that cannot be resisted. A society’s body is always open to such types of flood. It sometimes occurs that those floods take away those who attempt to form barriers before them.

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Even if explaining knowledge and truth to those ill-mannered and inexperienced is as difficult as dealing with crazy people, people of guidance and enlightenment must do this duty eagerly.

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Since everyone cannot understand clear truths on the same level, abstract description has been abandoned in favor of demonstration, representation, and personification.

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People usually complain of time and space, whereas the fault always lies in ignorance. Time and fate are innocent, whereas humanity is ungrateful and ignorant.

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Some sunny, grassy, bright roads adorned with flowers eventually lead to valleys of death, while other steep, thorny paths intersect with the edge of Heaven.

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One of the wisest sayings is: “Each person is hidden under his or her tongue.” An even greater one is: “If you want a friend, God is enough; if you want a companion, the Qur’an...”

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We know the act and object of perception but not the perceiver. The spirit knows; the mind is a vehicle or means. The spirit sees; the eye is a vehicle or means.

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If an action results from the mental or natural instincts, it is animalistic; if it results from the will or the conscience, it is spiritual or human.

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Non-existence is a dreadful nothingness, such an infinite and mind-boggling field that not even one atom of existence can be found there.

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Today, people label as “fanatical” those who are devout. Fanaticism means insisting on false and blind persistence. Insistence on what is right is a virtue, and such behavior by a believer cannot be considered fanaticism.

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A huge tree grows from a tiny seed; that honorable human being is created from a microscopic living thing; the sun is formed of atoms, and a sea of drops. What amazing results from minutest nuclei or means..!

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The pen is a golden channel for the light of thought. This light descends from the mind to the arm, and therefrom to the finger, and finally comes out from the pen.

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Even if the number of blind people increases, they still cannot determine an item’s color. Two sound eyes destroy their consensus.

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Every tree is made up of wood. A tree is differentiated by its fruit, and people are differentiated by their knowledge and piety.

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Every mind is like a separate knife made from the same steel. Any difference among them derives from their sharpness.

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In great and magnificent nations, dervish lodges and even gravestones are ornamented. One can read a nation’s concept of beauty and art on its places of worship and its tombstones.

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Matter has no comprehension, consciousness, feeling, or will. It is comprised only of some laws and particles (used to form things). What an embarrassing mistake it is to count it as the essence of existence.

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True philosophy is only a spiritual and mental trouble (trial, suffering) that appears when God arouses us to seek wisdom.