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    Atom, Frijtof Capra, Physics, Quote,   


    “Subatomic particles do not exist but rather show ‘tendencies to exist’, and atomic events do not occur with certainty at definite times and in definite ways, but rather show ‘tendencies to occur’.”

    ―Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics



     
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    Adversities strengthen the mind, as labour does the body.

    -Seneca



     
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    I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

    -Helen Keller



     
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    Struggle toward the capital-T Truth, but recognize that the task is impossible—or that if a correct answer is possible, verification certainly is impossible.

    In the end, it cannot be doubted that each of us can only see part of the picture. The doctor sees one, the patient another, the engineer a third, the economist a fourth, the pearl diver a fifth, the alcoholic a sixth, the cable guy a seventh, the sheep farmer an eighth, the Indian beggar a ninth, the pastor a tenth. Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete. And truth comes somewhere above all of them, where, as at the end of that Sunday’s reading: the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of that work.

    ―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air



     
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    The problem, however, eventually became evident: to make science the arbiter of metaphysics is to banish not only God from the world but also love, hate, meaning—to consider a world that is self-evidently not the world we live in. That’s not to say that if you believe in meaning, you must also believe in God. It is to say, though, that if you believe that science provides no basis for God, then you are almost obligated to conclude that science provides no basis for meaning and, therefore, life itself doesn’t have any. In other words, existential claims have no weight; all knowledge is scientific knowledge.

    ―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air



     
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    There is a tension in the Bible between justice and mercy, between the Old Testament and the New Testament. And the New Testament says you can never be good enough: goodness is the thing, and you can never live up to it. The main message of Jesus, I believed, is that mercy trumps justice every time.

    ―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air



     
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    At those critical junctures, the question is not simply whether to live or die but what kind of life is worth living. Would you trade your ability–or your mother’s–to talk for a few extra months of mute life? The expansion of your visual blind spot in exchange for the small possibility of a fatal brain hemorrhage? Your right hand’s function to stop seizures? How much neurological suffering would you let your child endure before saying that death is preferable? Because the brain mediates our experience of the world, any neurosurgical problem forces a patient, and family, ideally with a doctor as a guide, to answer this question: What makes life meaningful enough to go on living?

    ―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air



     
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    If the unexamined life was not worth living, was the unlived life worth examining?

    ―Paul Kalanithi



     
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    Years ago, it had occurred to me that Darwin and Nietzsche agreed on one thing: the defining characteristic of the organism is striving.

    ―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air



     
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    The physician’s duty is not to stave off death or return patients to their old lives, but to take into our arms a patient and family whose lives have disintegrated and work until they can stand back up and face, and make sense of, their own existence.

    ―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air



     
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    Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.

    ―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air



     
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    Never forget and teach to your children that as is the difference between a firefly and the blazing sun, between the infinite ocean and a little pond, between a mustard seed and the mountain Meru, such is the difference between the householder and the sannyasin!

    Swami Vivekananda of the Puri order



     
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    When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

    ―Tecumseh



     
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    Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.

    ―Albert Einstein



     
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    Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

    ―Marcus Aurelius



     
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    Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned, fools go aimlessly hither and thither, like blind led by the blind.

    -Kathopanishad Chapter 2, v. 5



     
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    Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

    -Henry David Thoreau



     
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    Men have become the tools of their tools.

    -Henry David Thoreau



     
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    If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

    -Henry David Thoreau



     
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    Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

    -Henry David Thoreau



     
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    An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

    -Henry David Thoreau



     
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    The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

    -Bertrand Russell



     
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    If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.

    ―John Piper, A Hunger For God



     
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    Desire is merely the fixation of the mind on an idea. Get it out of its groove by denying it attention.

    -Nisargadatta Maharaj



     
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    Buddha passes through the village of Kesaputta and is greeted by its inhabitants, a clan called the Kalamas. They ask for his advice: they say that many wandering holy men and ascetics pass through, expounding their teachings and criticizing the teachings of others. So whose teachings should they follow? He delivers in response a sermon that serves as an entry point to the Dhamma.

    Kalama Sutta

    Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.’ Kalamas, when you yourselves know: ‘These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,’ enter on and abide in them.

    -Buddha, Anguttara Nikaya Vol 1, 188-193 P.T.S. Ed



     
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    Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

    -Rumi



     
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    Alexis de Tocqueville, , , , Quote   


    Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: “Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I.”

    There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.

    —Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy In America



     
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    As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

    ―Henry David Thoreau



     
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    Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.

    ―William Faulkner, Mosquitoes



     
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    Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.

    ―Margaret Atwood, Surfacing



     
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    When practitioners of Zen fail to transcend the world of their senses and thoughts, all they do has no value. Yet, when senses and thoughts are obliterated all the roads to universal mind are blocked and there is no entrance. The primal mind has to be recognised along with the senses and thoughts. It neither belongs to them nor is independent of them. Don’t build your understanding on your senses and thoughts, yet don’t look for the mind separate from your senses and thoughts. Don’t attempt to grasp Reality by pushing away your senses and thoughts. Unobstructed freedom is to be neither attached nor detached. This is enlightenment.

    Huang-Po



     
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    I have returned to the root and effort is over. From the first there has been no one to see or hear anything. There is nothing outside of my true home. Rivers quietly flow and red flowers bloom.

    Kuo-An Shih-Yuan



     
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    Unfettered like a wafting mist I give myself up to where the wind wants me to be.

    Ryokan



     
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    I haven’t got any Buddhism. I live by letting things happen.

    Dogen



     
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    Buddhism has no room for special effort. Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat and drink, then move your bowels and pass water, and when you’re tired go to sleep. Fools will find me ridiculous, but the wise will understand.

    Lin-Chi



     
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    Here it is – right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it.

    Huang-Po



     
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    You can’t prevent time passing. When something has passed, why do thoughts still loiter?

    Ryokan



     
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    All verbal teachings are just to cure an illness. Different illnesses require different cures. This is why sometimes it is said there is only Buddha and sometimes that there is no Buddha. True teachings cure the illness. If the cure works, the teachings are true. If they don’t cure the illness, the teachings are false. True teachings are false it they create opinions. False teachings are true if they destroy delusions. The illness is an illusion anyway, so all the cures are also illusions.

    Baizhang



     
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    Buddha-babble blocks the Way.

    Ikkyu



     
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    Don’t search for truth. Just stop having opinions.

    Seng-T’san



     
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    If you use your mind to try and understand reality, you will understand neither your mind nor reality. If you try and understand reality without using your mind, you will understand both your mind and reality.

    Bodhidharma



     
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    I’d love to give you something helpful, but in Zen we don’t have anything.

    Ikkyu



     
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    Consider the trees that allow the birds to perch and fly away withouut calling them to come or longing for them not to leave. If your heart can be like a tree you will be close to the Way.

    Langya



     
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    The way is not difficult, for those without preferences.

    Seng-T’san



     
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    Ahmad Ibd Ata Allah, , , Quote   


    Saying ‘Allahu Akbar ‘- ‘God is Most Great’ – doesn’t mean he is greater than something else, because there is nothing else for Him to be greater than. It means that he is too great to be perceived by the senses and too deep to be understood by the intellect. Too great, indeed, to be known by anything other than Him. Only God knows God.

    Ahmad Ibd Ata Allah



     
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    , Hermes Trismegistus, Quote   


    Birth is not the beginning of life – only of an individual awareness.

    Change into another state is not death – only the ending of this awareness.

    Most people are ignorant of the Truth, and therefore afraid of death, believing it to be the greatest of all evils. But death is only the dissolution of a worn out body.

    Our term of service as guardians of the world is ended when we are freed from the bonds of this mortal frame and restored, cleansed, and purified, to the primal condition of our higher nature.

    Hermes Trismegistus



     
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    The best life is spent preparing for death.

    Plato



     
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    Don’t live by your own rules, but in harmony with Nature.

    Epictetus



     
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    Do not pray for anything in particular for yourselves. How do you know what is good for you?

    Pythagoras



     
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    Accept all that happens, even that which is unpleasant, because everything is a part of the health of the universe and the wealth of God.

    Marcus Aurelius



     
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