“You are perfect as you are, and you could use a little work.” This is something Pema Chödrön says she learned from her mentor, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Whatever you might be thinking, this really isn’t just a polite way of saying “You’re good, but you’re not perfect.”
A zen monk asked: “If there is one lesson I should learn in life, which one would that be?” The zen master replied: “Life is not a school. You’re not here to learn lessons.” (John Weeren)
Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. (Pema Chödrön)
What we resist persists. (used by Sonia Johnson, CG Jung, et al)
What you resist, persists and what you fight, you strengthen. (see Godlike Productions)
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
A book has but one voice, but it does not instruct everyone alike. (Thomas à Kempis)
The same words from a different mouth sound different.