"How wondorous this, how mysterious! I carry wood, I draw water."
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
"Forget about likes and dislikes, they are of no consequence. Just do what needs to be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness."
-George Benard Shaw
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
"When I had journeyed half of our life's way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray. Ah, it was hard to speak of what it was, that savage forest, so dense and difficult, which even in recall renews my fear: so bitter- death is hardly more severe! But to retell the good discovered there, I'll also tell of other things I saw."
-Dante, Inferno, Canto I
"There was a child went forth every day, and the first object he look'd upon, that object he became, and that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day, or for many years or stretching cycles of years."
-Walt Whitman, There was a Child went Forth
"If you're going through Hell, keep going."
-Sir Winston Churchill
"Your worst enemy is your closest friend when it comes to a test of compassion."
"I think over again my small adventures, my fears. Those small ones that seemed so big. For all the vital things I had to get and reach. And yet there is only one great thing. To live and see the great day that dawns and the light that fills the world."
-Invik Eskimo Song
"If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently. And even if you did nothing but bring it back, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be well employed."
-St. Francis de Sales
"There is nothing to save, now all is lost, but a tiny core of stillness in the heart like the eye of a violet."
-D.H. Lawrence, Nothing to Save
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy."
-Jesus Gospel of Thomas
"A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders."
A visitor to Dutch physicist Niels Bohr's country cottage asked him about a horseshoe nailed above the front door. "Surely, Professor Bohr, you do not really believe that a horseshoe above the entrance to a home brings good luck?" "No", answered Bohr, "I certainly don't believe in this superstition. But you know," he added, "they say it brings you luck whether you believe in it or not."
"For all anyone knows, nothing is. Everything has to be taken on trust; truth is only that which is taken to be true. It's the currency of living. There may be nothing behind it, but it doesn't make any difference so long as it is honoured. One acts on assumptions. What do you assume?"
"For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky."
Star Trek episode #65 title
"He who controls the past, controls the future. He who controls the present, controls the past."
"Taedet caeli tueri" (It becomes dispiriting to constantly watch the arch of Heaven)"
-Virgil Aeneid, Book IX
"In Buddhism, we express our willingness to be realistic through the practice of meditation. Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquility, nor is it attempting to become a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. We provide space by the simple discipline of doing nothing. Actually, doing nothing is very difficult. At first, we must begin by approximating doing nothing, and gradually our practice will develop. So meditation is a way of churning out the neuroses of mind and using them as a part of our practice. Like manure, we do not throw our neuroses away, but we spread them on our garden; they become part of our richness."
-Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
"The secret of zen is just two words: not... always... so."
-Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
"Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, A cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, This is the best season of your life."
-Wu-men, Chinese 1183-1260
"Nobody knew my rose of the world but me... I had too much glory. They don't want glory like that in nobody's heart."
-Toni Morrison, Sula
"When one is willing and eager, the gods join in."
-Aeschylus 525-456 BC
"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and melt into the sun?"
"Brother stand the pain; Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do. Learn to light the candle. Rise with the sun. Turn away from the cave of your sleeping. That way a thorn expands to a rose. A particular glows with the universal."
"A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you about himself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself."
"How much longer are you going to be a pupil? From now on do some teaching as well."
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
"If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)"
"People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering."
"A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: 'As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It's not as wide as you think.'"
"An Italian poet said, 'We live in a flash of light; evening comes and it is night forever." It's only a flash and we waste it. We waste it with our anxiety, our worries, our concerns, our burdens.'"
-Anthony de Mello
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."
-Sir Winston Churchill
There is a vietnamese folk song that says: "Hardest of all is to practice the Way at home, second in the crowd and third in the pagoda."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
"Though hidden, the jewel [of life] is always present- but we will never see it unless we are willing to pay the price. The uncovering of the jewel is what our life is about. How willing are you to pay the price?"
-Charlotte Joko Beck
"Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."
"May not you and I be confluent in a higher consciousness, and confluently active there, though we now know it not? We finite minds may simultaneously be co-conscious with one another in a super-human intelligence."
-William James A Pluralistic Universe
"The Master keeps her mind always at one with the Tao; that is what gives her radiance. The Tao is ungraspable. How can her mind be at one with it? Because she doesn't cling to ideas. The Tao is dark and unfathomable. How can it make her radiant? Because she lets it. Since before time and space were, the Tao is. It is beyond is and is not. How do I know this is true? I look inside myself and see."
-Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell translation), Chapter 21
You only live twice
Once when you are born
And once when you look death in the face
-Basho aka Matsuo Munefusa 1644-1694
"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."
"I've tried running from my pain. It doesn't work. You don't ease pain, you overcome it."