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The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wakefulness is a recurring state of awareness in which an individual is alert and engages in coherent cognitive communication, behavior and responses with events, objects, and other living beings in the common external world. Awakening is the process of emerging from sleep into wakefulness. Awakening and wakefulness are both often used metaphorically to designate progress from states of ignorance and confusion into those of knowledge, understanding, wisdom and enlightenment.

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Despondency becomes not the dignity of our cause, nor the character of those who are its supporters. Let us awaken then, and evince a different spirit, — a spirit that shall inspire the people with confidence in themselves and in us, — a spirit that will encourage them to persevere in this glorious struggle, until their rights and liberties shall be established on a rock. ~ Samuel Adams
  • Despondency becomes not the dignity of our cause, nor the character of those who are its supporters. Let us awaken then, and evince a different spirit, — a spirit that shall inspire the people with confidence in themselves and in us, — a spirit that will encourage them to persevere in this glorious struggle, until their rights and liberties shall be established on a rock.
    • Samuel Adams, addressing a meeting of delegates to the Continental Congress, assembled at Yorktown, Pennsylvania (September 1777), as quoted in The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams (1865), by William Vincent Wells, Vol. 2, p. 492

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I have come not to teach but to awaken. Understand therefore that I lay down no precepts. ~ Meher Baba
The Union will awaken. It always has. We always will. ~ David Brin
...The simpleton who guards his mind
And fears the waywardness of his thoughts Burns through every bond
With the fire of his vigilance. The simpleton who guards his mind And
fears his own confusion
Cannot fall. He had found his way to peace. ~ Gautama Buddha
  • When the One who has realized God says, “I am God. You are God, and we are all one,” and also awakens this feeling of Oneness in his illusion-bound selves, then the question of the lowly and the great, the poor and the rich, the humble and the modest, the good and the bad, simply vanishes. It is his false awareness of duality that misleads man into making illusory distinctions and filing them into separate categories.
    • Meher Baba, in Meher Baba’s Call (12 September 1954)
  • Awaken from your ignorance and try at least to understand that, in the uncompromisingly Indivisible Oneness, not only is the Avatar God, but also the ant and the sparrow, just as one and all of you are nothing but God. The only apparent difference is in the states of consciousness. The Avatar knows that that which is a sparrow is not a sparrow, whereas the sparrow does not realize this and, being ignorant of its ignorance, identifies itself as a sparrow.
    • Meher Baba, in Meher Baba’s Call (12 September 1954)
  • Being the Avatar, I have come to awaken mankind, and would like the entire world to come to me. Real saints are dearest and nearest to my heart. Perfect Ones and lovers of God adorn the world, and will ever do so.
    • Meher Baba, in Life Circulars (20 July 1957), p. 77
  • I have come not to teach but to awaken. Understand therefore that I lay down no precepts.
    • Meher Baba, in "The Universal Message" (10 July 1958)
  • Wakefulness
    Wakefulness is the way to life. The fool sleeps. As if he were already dead,
    But the Master is awake. And he lives forever.

    He that watches with a clear mind. How happy he is For he sees that wakefulness is life.
    How happy he is! That goes in the path of the awakened with great perseverance
    For he sees that wakefulness is life.
    He meditates, seeking Freedom and happiness.
    So be awake, reflect, watch. Work with care and attention.
    Live in the way and the light will grow in you.
    By watching and working The Master makes for himself an island Which the flood cannot overwhelm
    The fool is careless But the Master guards his watching. It is his most precious treasure
    He never gives in to desire
    He meditates. And in the strength of his resolve
    He discovers true happiness. He overcomes desire-
    And from the tower of his wisdom
    He looks down with dispassion
    Upon the sorrowing crowd.
    from the mountain top He looks down at those
    Who live close to the ground. Mindful among the mindless
    Awake while others dream.
    Swift as the race horse He outstrips the field.
    How wonderful it is to watch. How foolish to sleep.
    The simpleton who guards his mind
    And fears the waywardness of his thoughts Burns through every bond
    With the fire of his vigilance. The simpleton who guards his mind And
    fears his own confusion
    Cannot fall. He had found his way to peace.

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Everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. ~ James Branch Cabell
  • If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is reckless, they will not only be reckless likewise, but also eat into his works. Besides, a reckless king will easily fall into the hands of his enemies. Hence the king shall ever be wakeful.
  • We need not war to awaken human energy. There is at least equal scope for courage and magnanimity in blessing, as in destroying mankind.
  • It was religion, which, by teaching men their near relation to God, awakened in them the consciousness of their importance as individuals. It was the struggle for religious rights, which opened their eyes to all their rights. It was resistance to religious usurpation, which led men to withstand political oppression. It was religious discussion, which roused the minds of all classes to free and vigorous thought.

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  • Doctor: Don't challenge me, Harriet Jones, because I'm a completely new man. I could bring down your Government with a single word.
Harriet: You're the most remarkable man I've ever met, but I don't think you're quite capable of that.
Doctor: No, you're right. Not a single word, just six.
Harriet: I don't think so.
Doctor: Six words.
Harriet: Stop it!
Doctor: Six.
(The Doctor goes over to Alex and whispers in his ear.)
Doctor: Don't you think she looks tired?
  • There are only two choices: A police state in which all dissent is suppressed or rigidly controlled; or a society where law is responsive to human needs. If society is to be responsive to human needs, a vast restructuring of our laws is essential.
    Realization of this need means adults must awaken to the urgency of the young people’s unrest—in other words there must be created an adult unrest against the inequities and injustices in the present system.
  • William O. Douglas, in Points of Rebellion (1970), p. 92

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  • The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance.

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  • Honorable beginnings should serve to awaken curiosity, not to heighten people's expectations. We are much better off when reality surpasses our expectations, and something turns out better than we thought it would.
  • Jesse: Man, some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, all of a sudden at age, what, 60, he's just gonna break bad?
Walter: I'm 50.
Jesse: It's weird is all, okay? It doesn't compute. Listen, if you've gone crazy or something I mean, if you've gone crazy or depressed, I'm just saying that's something I need to know about. Okay? I mean, that affects me.
Walter: I am awake.

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  • The whole system of symbolism impressed on the art and the life of the Middle Ages must awaken the admiration of poets in all times. In reality, what colossal unity there is in Christian art, especially in its architecture! These Gothic cathedrals, how harmoniously they accord with the worship of which they are the temples, and how the idea of the Church reveals itself in them! Everything about them strives upwards, everything transubstantiates itself; the stone buds forth into branches and foliage, and becomes a tree ; the fruit of the vine and the ears of corn become blood and flesh; the man becomes God; God becomes a pure spirit.
    • Heinrich Heine, in Religion and Philosophy in Germany, A fragment (1835) as translated by John Snodgrass (1882), p. 26
  • All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you’ve always known.
    • Frank Herbert, in Dune (1965), Conclusion of the "Commentaries" in "Appendix II: The Religion of Dune"
  • Our awakening is touched with dismay; we must come to terms with this world or it will terminate us. When we speak of defending the environment, we are speaking of defending our own lives.
    • Frank Herbert, in "Introduction" to New World or No World (1970)
  • By the time we awaken faintly to the awareness that we have been socially conditioned, we find ourselves so indoctrinated that it's difficult, if not impossible, to break the old patterns. ... Survival pressures demanding that we evolve, grow, and change, however, continue to proliferate. We don't want to change, but the floodgates open abruptly and we are overwhelmed.
    Crisis!
    • Frank Herbert, in "Science Fiction and a World in Crisis" in Science Fiction: Today and Tomorrow (1974) edited by Reginald Bretnor.
  • I am the choice of their awakening. My samhadi is their samhadi. Their experiences are mine! Their knowledge distilled is my inheritance. Those billions are my one.
    • Frank Herbert, in God Emperor of Dune (1981), The Stolen Journals
  • If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?
    • David Hilbert, as quoted in Mathematical Mysteries : The Beauty and Magic of Numbers (1999) by Calvin C. Clawson, p. 258

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When you meet the true Guru, He will awaken your heart;
He will tell you the secret of love and detachment, and then you will know indeed that He transcends this universe. ~ Kabir
  • When you meet the true Guru, He will awaken your heart;
    He will tell you the secret of love and detachment, and then you will know indeed that He transcends this universe.
  • Sleep is a curious condition to be in, yet it is so common and so natural that it is seldom thought of any more than a state of wakefulness. While one is asleep he is of no more use, can do no more good than he could if he were dead;...The difference, however, between sleep and death is very great.
  • In the life of the individual when love awakens it is older than everything else, because when it exists it seems as if it has existed for a long time; it presupposes itself back into the distant past until all searching ends in the inexplicable origin. Whereas all beginnings are ordinarily said to be difficult, this does not hold true of love’s beginning. Its happy awakening is unacquainted with work, and there is no advance preparation. Even if love can give birth to pain, it is not brought forth in pain; lightly, jubilantly, it bursts forth in its enigmatic coming into existence. What a wonderful beginning.
  • What the age needs is not a genius — it has had geniuses enough, but a martyr, who in order to teach men to obey would himself be obedient unto death. What the age needs is awakening. And therefore someday, not only my writings but my whole life, all the intriguing mystery of the machine will be studied and studied. I never forget how God helps me and it is therefore my last wish that everything may be to his honour.
  • We can, of course, be deceived in many ways. We can be deceived by believing what is untrue, but we certainly are also deceived by not believing what is true. We can be deceived by appearances, but we certainly are also deceived by the sagacious appearance, by the flattering conceit that considers itself absolutely secure against being deceived. Which deception is more dangerous? Whose recovery is more doubtful, that of the one who does not see, or that of the person who sees and yet does not see? What is more difficult—to awaken someone who is sleeping or to awaken someone who, awake, is dreaming that he is awake?
    • Søren Kierkegaard, in Works of Love: Some Christian Deliberations in the Form of Discourses (1847)
  • Father in heaven, when the thought of thee awakens in our soul, let it not waken as an agitated bird which flutters confusedly about, but as a child waking from sleep with a celestial smile.

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  • There are some men whom a staggering emotional shock, so far from making them mental invalids for life, seems, on the other hand, to awaken, to galvanize, to arouse into an almost incredible activity of soul.
    • William McFee, in "On a Balcony", First lines, in The Atlantic Monthly (January 1920), p. 27
  • Set you intention to awaken from dreams. As you fall asleep for the night, assert to yourself that you will awaken after dreams during the night. Remind yourself that want to recall your dreams clearly and do the MILD Exercise
    Awaken from a dream and recall it. When you awaken from a dream in the night, first recall it in as much detail as you can, and then write out enough of it to describe the basic events and scenes of the dream.
    Increase your wakefulness. Get out of bed, go to the bathroom, wash your face with cool water. Carefully test reality to make sure you are actually awake. Do some stretches to increase your circulation and alertness.
    Get back in bed, and read your dream report, noting any important recurring dream images you find in it.
  • Life is a waste of wearisome hours,
    Which seldom the rose of enjoyment adorns,
    And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers,
    Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.
    • Thomas Moore, Oh! Think not My Spirits are always as Light, as quoted in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922)

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  • Existence is a mystery, and one should accept it as a mystery and not pretend to have any explanation. No, explanation is not needed – only exclamation, a wondering heart, awakened, surprised, feeling the mystery of life each moment. Then, and only then, you know what truth is. And truth liberates.

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  • "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;" and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty.
  • There are hours for rest, and hours for wakefulness; nights for sobriety and nights for drunkenness—if only so that possession of the former allows us to discern the latter when we have it; for sad as it is, no human body can be happily drunk all the time.

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Though we seem to be sleeping,
there is an inner wakefulness
that directs the dream,
and will eventually startle us back
to the truth of who we are. ~ Jalalu'l-Din Rumi
  • [By 1939] Simone Weil had developed a social and political awareness which it took the war and the German occupation to awaken in many French intellectuals and beyond which many of them, including Sartre, have never progressed.
    • Sir Richard Rees, as quoted in Between the Human and the Divine: The Political Thought of Simone Weil (1988) by Mary G. Dietz, Introduction, p. xiii

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The goddess awakens in infinite forms and a thousand disguises. She is found where she is least expected, appears out of nowhere and everywhere to illumine the open heart. ~ Starhawk
  • Nobody grasped you by the shoulder while there was still time. Now the clay of which you were shaped has dried and hardened, and naught in you will ever awaken the sleeping musician, the poet, the astronomer that possibly inhabited you in the beginning.
  • I intend to do what little one man can do to awaken the public conscience, and in the meantime I am not frightened by your menaces. … I have a conscience and a religious faith, and I know that our liberties were not won without suffering, and may be lost again through our cowardice. I intend to do my duty to my country.
    • Upton Sinclair, in a letter to the Louis D. Oaks, Los Angeles Chief of Police (17 May 1923)
  • Goe to my Love where she is carelesse layd
    Yet in her winter's bowere not well awake;
    Tell her the joyous time will not be staid
    Unlesse she doe him by the forelock take.
  • The heritage, the culture, the knowledge of the ancient priestesses, healers, poets, singers, and seers were nearly lost, but a seed survived the flames that will blossom in a new age into thousands of flowers. The long sleep of Mother Goddess is ended. May She awaken in each of our hearts — Merry meet, merry part, and blessed be.
    • Starhawk, as quoted in Womanspirit Rising : A Feminist Reader in Religion (1979) by Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow
  • He who dreamed of democracy, far back in a world of absolutism, was indeed heroic, and we of today awaken to the wonder of his dream.
    • Louis Sullivan, in "Education" an address to the Architectural League of America, Toronto (1902), later published in Kindergarten Chats (revised 1918) and Other Writings (1947)

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Among those in whom the supernatural part of themselves has not been awakened, the atheists are right and the believers wrong. ~ Simone Weil
If you say to someone who has ears to hear: "What you are doing to me is not just," you may touch and awaken at its source the spirit of attention and love... ~ Simone Weil
  • If you say to someone who has ears to hear: "What you are doing to me is not just," you may touch and awaken at its source the spirit of attention and love. But it is not the same with words like, "I have the right..." or "you have no right to..." They evoke a latent war and awaken the spirit of contention.
    • Simone Weil, in "Human Personality" (1943); written c. 1933; published in Selected Essays 1934-1943 (1957), p. 63
  • Religion in so far as it is a source of consolation is a hindrance to true faith; and in this sense atheism is a purification. I have to be an atheist with that part of myself which is not made for God. Among those in whom the supernatural part of themselves has not been awakened, the atheists are right and the believers wrong.
    • Simone Weil, in "Faiths of Meditation; Contemplation of the divine" as translated in The Simone Weil Reader (1957) edited by George A. Panichas, p. 417
  • One by one objects are defined —
    It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf

    But now the stark dignity of
    entrance — Still, the profound change
    has come upon them: rooted, they
    grip down and begin to awaken.

  • Man has to awaken to wonder — and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.
    • Ludwig Wittgenstein, notes from 1930, in Culture and Value (1984), translated by Peter Winch, p. 5

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