Many seek an area to accomplish something, but the best of achievements is inside of one's own mind: "The eyes of the fool are upon the end of the earth" (Mishlei 17:24). Turn your gaze inward, for here is the area of true achievement: to train oneself in the duties of the mind, and to accustom the thoughts to dwell on Hashem. — Awake, My Glory
So many people pray and yet are negligent, so Hashem says, “You’re not sincere. If you want Me to make you successful in business, why don’t you try to be successful? If you want to become a baal teshuvah, a real person of repentance, why don’t you … go to teachers or learn those sefarim that teach you how to repent? If you want to become a Torah scholar, why don’t you put in time?” — Asking Hashem
"AND HE MADE THE LAVER OF COPPER AND ITS FOOT OF COPPER, FROM THE MIRRORS OF (THE WOMEN)" (Shemos 38:8). We are taught here that just as the laver is essential as preparation for the service of Hashem, so also (and even more fundamentally) is the institution of marriage and of begetting children and rearing them to adulthood a most essential preparation for Hashem’s service. Actually, marriage and children are in themselves the major forms of service to Hashem. — A Nation Is Born
Pray for a healthy heart when you don’t even know you have a heart, when it’s functioning so perfectly you’re not aware that it’s there. If you do that, then you are calling out to Hashem b’emes (in truth), that’s the best heart medicine. — Prayer in Prosperity (#60)
Why is Man never satisfied, despite all that he eats and possesses? The body attempts to console the Soul with the poor consolation of earth-comforts. But the Soul is thereby not filled, for it yearns for the place from whence it came. And therefore Man finds no alleviation for his longing, despite pleasures and possessions. — Sing, You Righteous
The Gemara says sleep is a mashal (analogy) for death. It should make you realize how precious life is. So when you go to sleep, it’s a reminder not to waste your life. It’ll end someday. Waking up is a mashal for techiyas hamaisim (the Revival of the Dead). If you think these thoughts, you’re a different person. Life is transformed by understanding these things. — Five Minutes a Day
In the true Jewish home, there must always be an atmosphere of cheer. “The exterior stimulates a reaction in the interior” (Mesillas Yesharim 7), and those who assume an attitude of good cheer and confidence actually generate such attitudes within themselves; and surely this is the effect upon others. — Career of Happiness
One doesn’t need to be a great scholar or scientist to easily see the great wisdom of Hashem. Even superficially it is easy to see the great wisdom in the design of our world so that all people can be aware of the presence of the Great Designer Who planned all this with the intent of creating a place on this earth for mankind to live. — Ohr Avigdor Shaar Habechinah
“A man will never see Me as long as he’s alive” (Shemos 33:20). This world is not a place to realize the ambition of seeing Hashem. It’ll make us happier as we come closer and closer, but we’ll never fully realize that until we come into the next world.
No matter what man accomplishes — even if he comes into the Holy of Holies like the kohen gadol — it won’t quench the fire in his soul until he sees Hashem with his own eyes. That’s what he really wants. That’s his only true happiness. — Most Beautiful Nation
Wisdom doesn’t just mean knowing things; it means being Aware of the presence of Hashem in the world. As David Hamelech says, "Reishis Chachma yiras Hashem — The highest of wisdom is the fear of Hashem" (Tehilim 111:10). This doesn’t mean we have to be in a state of fear. It means that we have to be Aware that the presence of Hashem is everywhere. That realization is the pinnacle of wisdom. — Ohr Avigdor Hakdama
Everybody has the love of Hashem in his heart. Hashem breathed it into you: "Vayipach b’apo nishmas chaim," He breathed into you the love of Hashem. Most people let it remain dormant; it sleeps all their lives inside of them. When you think about it, it comes to the front part of your mind instead of being hidden somewhere in the background. If you talk about it, much better. — Learning to Love Hashem (#675)
It’s a [great] perfection to come to love Hashem and recognize Him through the quality of kindness... The more effort and expense one puts into it, the more he can recognize Hashem more intensely through happiness — because Hashem wants us to be happy in this world. He made the world just because of acts of kindness. That’s the foundation of all the principles of belief. — Asking Hashem
The prime function of mankind even today is not to avoid evil...
We have to fight against all the wickedness of the colleges. We have to oppose the wickedness of the radio and television, of the non-Jewish culture... But that’s not our prime function. Our prime function is still the same as it was with Adam [before the Sin]. And what is that? To make more rapid progress in our journey towards Hashem. To come closer and closer to him. That’s our function in life. — Adam's Ordeal (#28)
Whatever is done in this world is for the benefit of the tzadikim. Tzadikim mean the Jewish people. That is lesson number one. The lesson of Haman’s wealth was NOT lost from Mordechai and his people. When Mordechai finally inherited all the estate of Haman, it was to impress on us the teaching that EVERYTHING in the world was created for us. — Preface to Purim 2 (#112)
"AND I SHALL RESIDE IN THEIR MIDST" (Shemos 25:8).
A most outstanding function of the Mishkan was the demonstration that Hashem had chosen Israel from all the nations. They became the center of the Universe, for Hashem here declared that He dwelt in their midst. Of all those that must learn this principle, Israel is most obligated. In order that this great generation be ever mindful that they were the chief interest of Hashem, the dwelling-place of Hashem was set up in their midst. — A Nation is Born
When we read the different introductions that the sages gave to the Megilas Esther, we should understand that there is a common denominator with all of them. Which is the common denominator of everything that happens in history? It is the common denominator of all the phenomena that we see in nature: Hashem is G-d. — Preface to Purim 2 (#112)
The yetzer hara (inclination for evil) is misunderstood. Hashem is all goodness. Therefore, if He made a yetzer hara, it’s a tremendous chesed. But it’s a perilous form of chesed. If you know how to utilize the yetzer hara, you can become great. But if you don’t think about it, you can’t even try to protect yourself, and it’ll conquer you. — Five Minutes a Day
It’s one of the biggest gifts in the world that the gentiles are numerous than we are. Because one of the three reasons we are in this world, the Chovos Halevavos says, is laamod b’nisayon, we are in this world to stand tests. And one of the biggest tests is to go against the majority. That’s our success and our happiness. — Real Emunah (#E-104)
If you love Hashem because you don’t have tzaros (suffering) in your life, it’s still the love of Hashem. Is it better not to love Hashem [because of your suffering] and to postpone loving Him until who knows when? Such a time will never come, so you might as well start loving Him because of what He’s doing for you. You’re able to walk, you’re not in a wheelchair; you're able to see, you’re not tapping away with a white cane. Right away get busy thinking about it and talking about it. — Learning to Love Hashem (#675)
To exist without free will means a wasted life, because the entire existence of a man in this world is solely for the purpose of exercising his free will. We’re here in this world to choose between right and wrong. We’re not here just to exist, just to enjoy, just to propagate and then to die. We are in this world for one purpose, and that is in order to be tested by the ordeals of virtue. — Adam's Ordeal (#28)
We pray not only with our thoughts, but also with our lips, and also with harp and drum and lyre and with trumpets, with offerings and even with the vestments of the Cohanim. The house [Mikdash] itself, by its mere existence, constituted a prayer. — A Nation Is Born
“Greater is the assurance which the Holy One blessed be He gave to women, more than to the men” (Brachos 17A).
Men have more tests to undergo, and more complicated responsibilities. In addition, men are more readily motivated by the desire for glory, whereas “the tranquil women and the trusting daughters” (ibid.) seek no fame and compete with no one. The Jewish wife and mother can more readily achieve her destiny through her home, and she can most successfully find favor in G-d's sight by cherishing the womanly virtues of humility, patience, peace and trust in G-d’s providence. — Awake, My Glory
When you start thinking into everything in the world, it’s amazing how you’ll see the greatness and chesed (kindness of ) Hashem, all testifying to the Creator. Thinking this way leads you to emuna (knowledge of Hashem). Not only in Hashem, but also in Olam Haba (the World to Come). If you use your mind, you’ll be amazed what a little thought will lead to. — Five Minutes A Day
When He gives us the orange, it’s true He wants us to enjoy the orange. But there’s a bigger gift: The greatest benefit that we can gain in this world is the benefit of learning who Hashem is. That’s the greatest goodness there is. There’s no bigger benefit a man can learn in this world than emunah to believe and understand who Hashem is. – A Happy World (#371)
A person can’t be a truly frum Jew if he hates another frum Jew. Such a person inevitably starts looking for faults in his fellow Jews. That leads to thinking that frum Jews are no good in general, resulting in the seeds of apikorsus (heresy) being planted in his mind... A person who harbors ill-will towards people who serve Hashem should know that he himself is not really a frum Jew. — Ohr Avigdor Hakdama