Richard G. Petty, MD

If You Cannot Know Yourself…

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“I have never for one instant seen clearly within myself; how then would you have me judge the deeds of others?”

–Maurice Maeterlinck (Belgian Poet Writer and, in 1911, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1862-1949)   

“Pélléas and Mélisande” (Maurice Maeterlinck)

Self Observation


“Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an in….”    

–George Gurdjieff (Armenian-born Adept, Teacher and Writer, c.1873-1949)

The Wonder and Glory of Who You Are


“All [masters] live today even as they did then, in the days of what you call your past. And all the masters and all the messengers – Buddha, Abraham, Baha’u’liah, Jesus, Krishna, Moses, Muhammad, and all the others – love you today as they did then, and invite you today as they did then to accept and embrace the wonder and the glory of Who You Are.”           

–Neale Donald Walsch (American Writer, 1943-)

“Tomorrow’s God : Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge” (Neale Donald Walsch)

Knowing Yourself

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“There are… things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.”     

–Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russian Writer, 1821-1881


“Notes from the Underground (Dover Thrift Editions)” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)   

Finding Happiness

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“If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her nose all the time.”

–Josh Billings (a.k.a. Henry Wheeler Shaw, American Humorist, Essayist and Lecturer, 1818-1885)

True Humility


“To be humble is to accept the truth about oneself; this means accepting our talents as well as facing up to our deficiencies.”        

–Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (French Cistercian Monk, Mystic, Theologian, Monastic Reformer and Political Figure, 1090-1153)

“Bernard of Clairvaux: Essential Writings (The Crossroad Spiritual Legacy Series)” (Dennis E. Tamburello)


Self Knowledge

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“Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”         

–George Gurdjieff (Armenian-born Adept, Teacher and Writer, c.1873-1949)



“The exploration of oneself is usually also an exploration of the world at large, of other writers, a process of comparison with oneself with others, discoveries of kinships, gradual illumination of one’s own potentialities.”           

–Colin Wilson (English Novelist and Writer on Philosophy, Sociology and the Occult, 1931-)   

“The Outsider” (Colin Wilson)

Knowing What You Want


“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.”        

–Ben Stein

 (American Attorney, Professor, Writer and Game Show Host, 1944-)   

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