"Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future. Both are now present. Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. Whenever we fight, hate, we are in hell."
— Shams Tabrizi
Persian Muslim, spiritual instructor of Rumi, born 1185
"One should not appoint a leader over a community unless he has a basket of reptiles hanging behind him (i.e.: shameful things in his past), so that if he becomes arrogant, people may say to him: look behind you."