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Quotations about Karma



How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours. ~Wayne W. Dyer (1940–2015)


...and thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges. ~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, c.1599  [V, 1, Feste]


Karma is another name for the conditions that we have ourselves created. ~Lilian Whiting, The Spiritual Significance, or, Death as an Event in Life, 1900


When people... become selfish... automatically the law of Karma is set in action. ~Florence Scovel Shinn, The Game of Life and How To Play It, 1925


When you do good things, good things happen; when you do bad things, it will come back to get you. ~My Name Is Earl, "Bad Karma," 2006, written by Greg Garcia  [S1, E"25" — Randy]


Many Buddhist practitioners recite the Five Remembrances daily. The fifth is, "My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand." ~Thich Nhat Hanh


My karma ran over your dogma. ~Author unknown


There is not only a karma of the individual, but of his social affiliations, his attractions and magnetisms, and there is, too, the karma of the human race, which no one can fully or entirely escape. ~Lilian Whiting, The Spiritual Significance, or, Death as an Event in Life, 1900


Karma. You gotta love it! ~My Name Is Earl, "Randy's Touchdown," 2005, written by J.B. Cook  [S1, E3, Earl]


O youth or young man, who fancy that you are neglected by the Gods, know that if you become worse you shall go to the worse souls, or if better to the better, and in every succession of life and death you will do and suffer what like may fitly suffer at the hands of like. This is the justice of heaven, which neither you nor any other unfortunate will ever glory in escaping, and which the ordaining powers have specially ordained; take good heed thereof, for it will be sure to take heed of you. ~Plato, translated by B. Jowett, 1892


There is a destiny that makes us brothers:
      None goes his way alone:
All that we send into the lives of others
      Comes back into our own.
I care not what his temples or his creeds,
      One thing holds firm and fast —
That into his fateful heap of days and deeds
      The soul of a man is cast.
~Edwin Markham, "A Creed" (To Mr. David Lubin), Lincoln & Other Poems, 1901


Randy:  Maybe if you call Karma it'll come and save us...
Earl:  ...it doesn't work like that. It's Karma, not Lassie.
~My Name Is Earl, "Teacher Earl," 2005, written by Victor Fresco  [S1, E5]


Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven. ~Mary Baker Glover Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 1875


Men are not punished for their sins, but by them. ~Elbert Hubbard, 1899


Every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. ~Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814–1880), "Address to the Young"


Such is an outline of the great Law of Karma and of its workings, by a knowledge of which a man may accelerate his evolution, by the utilisation of which a man may free himself from bondage, and become long ere his race has trodden its course, one of the Helpers and Saviours of the World. A deep and steady conviction of the truth of this Law gives to life an immovable serenity and a perfect fearlessness: nothing can touch us that we have not wrought, nothing can injure us that we have not merited. And as everything that we have sown must be reaped, it is idle to lament over the reaping when it is painful; it may as well be done now as at any future time, since it cannot be evaded, and once done, it cannot return to trouble us again. Painful Karma may therefore well be faced with a joyful heart, as a thing to be gladly worked through and done with; it is better to have it behind us than before us, and every debt paid leaves us with less to pay. Would that the world knew and could feel the strength that comes from this resting on the Law. Unfortunately to most in the Western world it is a mere chimæra, and even among Theosophists belief in Karma is more an intellectual assent than a living and fruitful conviction in the light of which the life is lived. The strength of a belief, says Professor Bain, is measured by its influence on conduct, and belief in Karma ought to make the life pure, strong, serene and glad. Only our own deeds can hinder us; only our own will can fetter us. Once let man recognise this truth, and the hour of their liberation has struck. Nature cannot enslave the Soul that by Wisdom has gained Power, and uses both in Love. ~Annie Besant, Karma, 1895


The long term value of reciprocity. That's a subject we tackle a lot on this blog — the practice of giving without an ulterior motive and allowing the goodwill to make its way back to us. We believe open resources will accomplish that. This is an ongoing experiment that I'd love to update you on, but the gut feeling is that the love comes back tenfold when you give and ask for nothing in return... ~Gregory Ciotti, "Why We're Opting Out of Opt-in Resources," HelpScout.com, accessed 2014


Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein. ~Proverb


The time has now come when humanity is to grasp the principles of right living; when it is to learn the science and nature of the soul. Spirit is the one most potent force; and so far as one learns to live in the spirit, he learns to control the conditions of his life. Karma is not blind, irresistible fate, but is one factor only, which a stronger spiritual force may counteract and change. "Self-control and pleasant speech" — the radiant faith that grasps ideal conditions, realizes them also in outward living. Spirituality is not a luxury or a decorative appendage of life, to be occasionally displayed. It is the practical power of daily living. It is the force that achieves, the force that succeeds. Nothing is more disastrous than to fall into the habit of complaint and grievances. If things go wrong, bridge over the defect by laying hold resolutely on higher states. Transmute falsehood to truth, irritability to pleasant speech, doubt and distrust to faith. So shall one "feed on happiness." Only that life is rich which never misses an opportunity to do a kindness. ~Lilian Whiting, "Self-Control and Pleasant Speech," The World Beautiful, Second Series, 1896


Treat people as you would like to be treated. Karma's only a [b!#@%] if you are. ~Author unknown


O Karma, Where Art Thou? ~My Name Is Earl, 2006, episode title, written by Barbie Adler  [S1, E12]





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