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An anthology of quotations spanning five millennia, from Akhenaton to RuPaul, compiled and edited by Larry Chang

Winner - Non-Fiction Anthologies
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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
~ Buddha ~

11,600 quotations from 5000 years of spiritual heritage by 2,200 authors in 220 categories focusing on the inner life, on personal development and self-actualization. With extensive biographical index.

Field guide to mind states cross-indexed to help identify subjective realities: Related states, Syntonic support elements and Dystonic contraindications.

Random browsing and contemplation of selections.

Consult daily or as often as needed for answers to vexing questions.

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Random selection of a quotation from the collection by each member of a workshop or focus group could become a means of introduction, an ice-breaker, as that member shares with the rest of the group what that quotation means to her or him, and how it relates to them personally.

"This book is a treasure. Turn off the television a while each night and open it to where your fingers guide you. Read a few pages and then ask yourself, 'What is the better way to spend my time?' Wisdom for the Soul is a blessing for students of life and scholars of the soul. I enjoy it immensely ... beautiful and empowering book. I know it will benefit many."
- Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul and The Dancing Wu Li Masters

"The critical importance of mindful awareness in everything we do is underscored by an unexpectedly wide and diverse group of thinkers selected for this collection. Being aware of the moment in every activity is the key to life, presented eloquently and engagingly in these quotations. This is a wonderful resource and invaluable tool for awakening. Read it and reflect."
- Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening to the Sacred: Creating a Spiritual Life from Scratch

"What I like about this collection of insightful sayings is that it is drawn from a wide range of sources, many not often invoked for practical wisdom. You can live by the words in this book, and you can feel good that humanity has offered such profound reflections."
- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul

"At long last, an abundance of universal wisdom, beyond the boundaries of Euro-America, becomes easily accessible. The wisdom of the ages and of cultures past and present are as applicable here and now as they must have been there and then. Read and absorb, awake and attend."
- Malidoma Somé, author of Of Water and the Spirit and The Healing Wisdom of Africa

"As someone who has collected powerful, transformative quotations for over 30 years I am delighted by this book. The range and depth of this collection makes it an indispensable resource for anyone seeking easily accessible wisdom."
– Jack Canfield, Co-creator, #1 New York Times best selling Chicken Soup for the Soul ® series and Author, The Success Principles

“Wisdom is life's most precious gift. Studying Wisdom for the Soul will improve and expand and increase your wisdom equity… There's some great stuff here, some going way back, that speaks to us today about our unlimited potential, our limitless possibilities … I like and use Larry Chang's book.”
– Mark Victor Hansen, Co-creator, #1 New York Times best selling Chicken Soup for the Soul ® series and Co-author, Cracking the Millionaire Code and The One Minute Millionaire

“Painstakingly compiled, accessibly organized, and expertly edited ... A welcome reference for personal, seminary, academic, and community library 'Religion, Spirituality, and Metaphysical Studies' collections, Wisdom for the Soul is very strongly recommended for readers searching for encouraging and empathetic words of wisdom for the conduct and improvement of their lives.”
Midwest Book Review

“The book's excellent liner notes on the back cover do much to draw the reader in, promising thoughtful advice and direction on nearly every subject one could imagine. The detailed Table of Contents, in this case labeled "Table of Subjects" is well composed and thus quite useful in a book of this length. Likewise the index, which allows readers to search the lengthy text for a particular author. Much of the chosen material is unfamiliar (at least to this reader), and thus a fresh read in what is a terribly crowded field. Overall, this is a very solid effort and surely one of the most comprehensive of its genre ever written.”
Writer's Digest

“This enormous collection of quotes is one-stop shopping for anyone looking for progressive quotations. Chang’s collection includes hundreds of history’s radicals, rebels, masters, mystics, poets, and philosophers. The thoroughness of the collection is truly impressive, while the juxtapositions can be enlightening. In a chapter called “Oneness/Unity/Wholeness” there are quotes by the expected people, Emerson, Whitman, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, but we are also treated to Jose Marti (“There can be no racial hate because there are no races”) and Eugene Debs and his famous quote:
While there is a lower class I am in it;
While there is a criminal element I am of it;
While there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

– Don Allen, Busboys and Poets Books

"A must-have title for all spiritual seekers. This volume is incredible in scope, superbly edited and beautifully designed. Highly recommended.”

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"Wonderful for adding hope, inspiration and positive energy to anyone's life."
- Raina Montgomery, Denver, CO
"What a great anthology! ... I am very excited by this book."
- Genene Miller Cote, Palm Springs, CA
"The blessed book arrived! Or I could say, "the book of blessings". It arrived two days ago, and my husband and I first admired the beautiful cover with the gorgeous detail from your painting, and its very handsome, dignified inner design. And we wowed at the overwhelming riches that it contains inside ... it is a treasury of potent seeds ... spiritual seeds that vibrate, resonate within the awareness of the reader, enlivening living patterns of creative intelligence, that then take root and then flower out into fragrant blossoms, that then create more seeds ... wow!"
- Cynthia Johnson, Gaithersburg, MD
"There are three things I love about this book. The first is that the quotes are fully attributed, so if something really speaks to you, you can go back to the source material and read the whole work. The second is that contemporary authors are always included in each topic. The third is that the sources are so well balanced in terms of gender and background ... I've used this book almost every week preparing for my talks. There are always several quotes that really spark my imagination, and add some juice to my message. It's helping me stay fresh, and keeping me inspired and curious about Life. Every time I pick it up, I learn something new."
- Rev Jeffrey Proctor, Baltimore Church of Religious Science
"... this amazing and daunting undertaking, given the birth name, Wisdom for the Soul. Simply holding it my hands energizes my being."
- Vicki Burns, Chico, CA
"In addition to being an invaluable source of ideas and quotations for sermons, Sunday school lessons and public speeches, Larry Chang’s Wisdom for the Soul can be consulted as an inspiring and surprisingly accurate Oracle. I simply open this treasure trove at random while thinking, 'What does Spirit want me to know today?' The gem of wisdom thus revealed becomes the epigraph for my day’s journal entry and a Truth to ponder as I traverse my day ... Every minister, teacher and public speaker should own a copy of this book. To paraphrase Proverbs 4:7, 'Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get Wisdom For The Soul; and with thy getting get understanding.'"
- Rev John Scott, Temple of Light Church of Religious Science, Kingston, Jamaica

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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
~ Marcus Aurelius ~

That which we call destiny goes forth from within people, not from without into them.
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The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
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