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    , , , , Maturity, Mourning, Quote, Termination   


    “It was too perfect to last,’ so I am tempted to say of our marriage.

    But it can be meant in two ways. It may be grimly pessimistic – as if God no sooner saw two of His creatures happy than He stopped it (‘None of that here!’). As if He were like the Hostess at the sherry-party who separates two guests the moment they show signs of having got into a real conversation.

    But it could also mean ‘This had reached its proper perfection. This had become what it had in it to be. Therefore, of course, it would not be prolonged.’ As if God said, ‘Good; you have mastered that exercise. I am very pleased with it. And now you are ready to go on to the next.”

    -C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed



     
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    , , Quote, Thomas Merton   


    “For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be.”

    ―Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island



     
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    George MacDonald, , Quote   


    “Doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”

    -George MacDonald



     
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    Christianity, Elisabeth Elliot, , , , Priorities, Quote   


    “The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.”

    -Elisabeth Elliot



     
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    Norman Augustine, , Quote   


    It costs a lot to build bad products.

    -Norman R. Augustine



     
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    , , Franklin Veaux, , Quote   


    Just as courage is not absence of fear but rather the willingness to do what you want even though you’re afraid, morality is not the absence of desire to do wrong but rather the choice to do right despite your desire.

    -Franklin Veaux, From Quora



     
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    He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.

    -Francis Bacon



     
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    , Quote, Rene Descartes,   


    Doubt is the origin of wisdom.

    ―René Descartes



     
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    satyam bruyat priyam bruyat na bruyat satyam apriyam
    priyam ca nanrutam bruyat esha dharmah sanatanah

    -Manusmriti

    Speak truth in such a way that it should be pleasing to others. Never speak truth, which is unpleasant to others. Never speak untruth, which might be pleasant. This is the path of eternal morality, sanatana dharma.



     
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    Christopher Hitchens, Evidence, Quote,   


    That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.

    ―Christopher Hitchens



     
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    , Hitopadesa, , Quote, ,   


    Twofold is the life we live in
    Fate and Will together run
    Two wheels bear life’s chariot onward
    Will it move on only one?

    -Hitopadesa



     
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    , , Quote, , Yin Yang   


    That which lets now the dark, now the light appear is Tao.

    -Chuang Tzu, op. cit., Ch.17



     
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    , Quote, Soul. Purpose of life, Terry W. Benton   


    The soul needs real purpose. Money cannot buy the real purpose for which we have been created. The soul was not designed to take with it an accumulation of material wealth. The soul will not be happy until it can latch on to its real purpose.

    -Terry W. Benton, The Futility of Life, Truth Magazine



     
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    , Fulke Greville, , Quote   


    The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens.

    -Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke (1554-1628)



     
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    Beauty is the promise of happiness.

    -Stendhal (1783-1842)



     
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    , , Quote, Shame   


    Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.

    -Benjamin Franklin



     
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    We see then how far the monuments of wit and learning are more durable than the monuments of power, or of the hands. For have not some books continued twenty-five hundred years or more, without the loss of a syllable or letter; during which time infinite palaces, temples, castles, and cities have been decayed and demolished?

    -Francis Bacon (1561-1626)



     
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    , Hwadu, Quote,   


    Q : What is your most profound place, Zen Master?
    A : Nothing conceals it, but not even one in a million can see it.

    -DaeWon Hwadu: Zen Questions and Answers from Korea



     
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    If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.

    -Albert Einstein



     
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    God does not play dice with the universe.

    -Albert Einstein



     
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    E. B. Hall, , , , Quote   


    I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

    -E.B Hall



     
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    Calvin and Hobbes, Quote, ,   


    “Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world’s problems?”

    ―Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995: An Exhibition Catalogue



     
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    Chiang Kai-shek, , , , Quote,   


    The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.

    -Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975)



     
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    I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

    -Martin Luther King, Jr.



     
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    Quote, Sun Tzu,   


    The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

    -Sun Tzu



     
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    , Quote, , Tolstoy,   


    The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
    -Leo Tolstoy



     
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    Svarüpa of the Ätmä

    Lord Yama then describes the svarüpa of the Ätmä,

    Tr. – That is not comprehensible by sound, touch, is form-less, un-decaying, tasteless, not subject to time, odourless, beginning less and without end. It is distinct from Mahat and is ever constant. Knowing this one becomes free from the jaws of death. (I.3.15)

    -Katha Upanishad, Chapter 1, Verse 3.15



     
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    If it could be talked about, everyone would have told their brother.

    -Chuang Tzu



     
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    The ultimate abstraction takes place in mathematics where words are replaced by symbols and where the operations of connecting the symbols are rigorously defined. In this way, scientists can condense information into one equation, i.e. into one single line of symbols, for which they would need several pages of ordinary writing.

    ―Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics



     
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    Atom, , 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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    , , Quote, Seneca,   


    Adversities strengthen the mind, as labour does the body.

    -Seneca



     
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    Diligence, , , Quote,   


    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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    , , , Paul Kalanidhi, Quote, , Verification   


    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, When Breath Becomes Air



     
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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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    , Quote, , Sannyasi,   


    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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    , , , Quote, Tecumseh,   


    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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    , Kathopanishad, Quote,   


    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, Quote, Technology   


    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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    , Quote, Walking   


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

    -Henry David Thoreau



     
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