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Patience and perserverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas.If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress.
Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought
without accepting it.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
One day you're doing fine, the next day an animal comes along and bites off your head. Go Figure!
A bird sitting on the ground won't crap on your head.
When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other wordly goods, than the way he distributes these,and the sort of men who are most amply provided
Jean De La Bruyere
Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
No bird soars too high if he soars on his own wings.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.
If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already
found truth without it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces
you to grow beyond what you were.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
There are two kinds of men who never amount to much:
those who cannot do
what they are told, and those who can do nothing
Cyrus H. Curtis
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Sir Winston Churchill
You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.
It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.
To be resolute in the Way means
from the beginning never to
lose sight of it, whether in a
place of calm or in a place of strife;
to not cling to quiet places nor
shun places where there is disturbance.
Do not practice buddha-dharma with the thought that it is to benefit others.
Eihei Dogen/Dogen Zenji
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
When you are what you do, when you don't, you aren't.
Life is a rip-off when you expect to get what you want.Life works when you choose what you got. Actually what you got is what you chose. To move on, choose it.
Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wisdom is like electricity. There is no permanently wise man,
But men capable of wisdom,who, being put into certain company,
or other favorable conditions, become wise for a short time,
as glasses rubbed acquire electric power for a while.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you're not all right the way you are it takes a lot of effort to get better. Realize you're all right the way you are,and you'll get better naturally.
Men are not disturbed by things, but the view they take of things.
Epictetus (55-135 A.D.)
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.
Not everything that can be counted counts,
and not everything that counts can be counted.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.
Frederick (II) the Great
I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.
Albert Giacometti (sculptor)
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.
Sacha Guitry (1885-1957)
The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What does not kill me makes me stronger.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The purpose of life is to discover True Love; The secret is to discover the Present Moment.
The true profession of person is to find their way to themself.
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.
Grace Murray Hopper
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.
I am quite content with my disposition.
The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.
David Starr Jordan
Act as though what you do makes a difference. It does.
When you reliquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
The central benefit of Zen, in the context of ordinary ups and downs of life,is not in preventing the minus and promoting the plus,but in directing people to the fundamental reality that is not under the sway of ups and downs.
Muso Kokushi (1275-1351)
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
A single day is enough to make us a little larger.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
We desire to understand the world by giving names to the things we see,
but these things are only the effects of something subtle.
Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
Knowing others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment.
There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.
General Douglas MacArthur
One can make a day of any size, and regulate the rising and the setting of his own sun and the brightness of its shining.
You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.
Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Mary Manin Morrissey
We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance,the wise grows it under his feet.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Plato (427-347 B.C.)
Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Gretta Brooker Palmer
Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.
We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?
If you think you're free, there's no escape
- Nothing is ever the way it's supposed to be. Everything is the way it is.
Whatever you think you're waiting for has already started.
Everyone loves democracy till it becomes inconvenient.
The purpose of thinking is to convince ourselves that we know what we are talking about.
You do not meditate to heal yourself. You meditate to discover that you are well.
If you wish to save the world, you must first find it.
The scholar divides the universe into small boxes. The sage smiles in amusement.
The songbird sits still on the telephone cable, singing it's sweet song, and marking my place in eternity.
Everything has been figured out except how to live.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed.Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
C. P. Snow
Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten
B. F. Skinner
Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are the gateways to power.
In the very ultimate,
Rules and standards do not exist.
Develop a mind of equanimity,
And all deeds are put to rest.
Anxious doubts are completely cleared.
- Seng T�san
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you've imagined.
Henry David Thoreau
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities,
but in the expert's there are few.
- Shunryu Suzuki
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ''What's in it for me?''
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
We cannot become who we need to be, by remaining who we are. Invent yourself everyday.
As long as you don't try to accomplish something, you'll get by.
Reality is for those who can't handle Science Fiction.
If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will not use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.
Life is too important to be taken seriously.
There are 3 kinds of people in this world... Those who can count, and those who can't.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
A positive attitude will not solve all the problems in the world, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
So many people tiptoe carefully through life, only to arrive safely at death.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!
We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
Umbrella, light, landscape, sky
There is no language of the holy.
The sacred lies in the ordinary.
Enlightenment means seeing into
your own essential nature,
and this at the same time means
seeing through to the essential