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    Quote, , , , Talking, William Faulkner,   


    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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    , Kuo-An Shih-Yuan, , Quote, ,   


    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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    Enlughtenment, Lin-Chi, Ordinary, Quote,   


    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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    Bodhidharma, , , Quote, ,   


    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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    , Nothingness, Quote,   


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

    Ikkyu



     
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    , Langya, Observation, Quote, Tao,   


    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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    Look closely. Know yourself. Question your genius. Do nothing without God, whether He teaches you by making you great or greatly plaguing you. This is the philosopher’s way; to be flogged like an ass and to love those who beat him, to be the father and brother of all humility.

    Epictetus



     
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    Happiness comes from understanding one basic principle. Some things are within our control and some things are not. Our opinions, ambitions, desires, and aversions are in our control. We can change the contents of our inner character. Our body, wealth, fame, and social status are not in our control. They are external to us and not our concern.

    Epictetus



     
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    We always revolve about the One, but we do not always pay attention to it. Like a chorus singing harmoniously around its conductor becomes discordant when it turns away from him, but sings beautifully when turned inward and fully attentive – we similarly revolve around the Oneness of God, but do not always look to him. Yet when we do, we find our home and resting place. Around him we dance the true dance; God inspired and no longer dissonant.

    Plotinus



     
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    , , , Quote, Tim Freke,   


    The Pagan philosophers teach that by cultivating goodness we can purify ourselves of our selfishness. This breaks the chains that bind us to our illusionary ego-self, freeing us to experience our true divine nature. Central to the Pagan path is accepting whatever life brings us as our divinely decreed fate; surrendering the illusion of personal power and recognising ourselves as ‘puppets of God’. This is not passive resignation, but actively engaging with the things as they are by being a willing vehicle of God’s unfolding purpose in the universe.

    Tim Freke



     
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    You are a soul carrying about a corpse.

    Epictetus



     
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    Man as he is has ceased to be the All. But when he ceases to be a separate individual, he raises himself again and permeates the universe.

    Plotinus



     
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    To simply love God in thought with singleness of heart, and to follow the Goodness of his will – this is philosophy, unsullied by intrusive cravings for pointless opinions.

    Hermes Trismegistus



     
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    Is it possible to live abundantly with nothing, no home, a beggar without a country? Look, God has sent you someone to show you by his example that is possible. I have no home, country, wife, or children, but only earth and heaven and a simple blanket. But I am happy. I am not anxious. I am free. Look friends, how I have nothing and need nothing. See, I am a homeless, landless exile; and yet I live more free from troubles than all the rich and powerful.

    Epictetus



     
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    Why will you not admit that the universe is a conscious intelligence since conscious intelligences are born from it

    Cicero



     
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    Anaxagoras, , , , , Quote, Space,   


    Every thing contains a portions of all things, but Consciousness is infinite, free, alone, and mixed with nothing else. Consciousness is pure and sublime. It has knowledge of everything. It controls all life, great and small. It governs the spinning wheel of separateness that divides things off one from the other. It knows all that is, and things that are not, and things that have been, and things that shall be. Consciousness arranges all things as they are, including the rotating stars, the sun, the moon, the air, and the ether.

    Anaxagoras



     
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    There are two sides to this tale. On the one hand the many unite to become the Oneness, and on the other hand the Oneness divides to become the many. Things continually shift between being united by love and and divided by strife.

    Empedocles



     
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    Abhinava Gupta, , , , Jeevatma, Paramatma, Quote   


    Brahman creates the game of life by breaking Himself into parts that undergo transformation and extinction. Yet while he takes on all the roles required by the game, He also always remains free of the game and intact as Brahman.

    Abhinava Gupta



     
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    One cannot see God as long as one feels ‘I am the doer’. Fully awakened souls are beyond virtue and vice. They realize that it is God who does everything.

    Ramakrishna



     
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    , , , Quote, Ramesh Balsekar,   


    Whatever decision we think we are making is actually being made for us, because the decision is the end result of a thought and we have no control over the arising of the thought.

    Ramesh Balsekar



     
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    A man’s character is his fate.

    -Heraclitus



     
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    , , , Kena Upanishad, Quote,   


    That which speech does not illumine, but Which illumines speech:
    know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    That which cannot be thought by mind, but by Which, they say, mind is able to think:
    know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    That which is not seen by the eye, but by Which the eye is able to see:
    know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    That which cannot be heard by the ear, but by Which the ear is able to hear:
    know that alone to be Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    That which none breathes with the breath, but by Which breath is in–breathed:
    know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    Kena Updanishad



     
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    The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.

    -Zig Ziglar



     
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    Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.

    -Joe Clark



     
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    You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

    -Abraham Lincoln



     
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    A life is not important except in the impact that it has on other lives.

    -Jackie Robinson



     
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    Those who joyfully leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s hand in everything.

    -Shammi Sukh, Today Tears Tomorrow Cheers



     
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    Every moment is a fresh beginning.
    -T.S. Eliot



     
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    Quotes from Hsin Hsin Ming 

    If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

    In the landscape of spring, there is neither better nor worse. The flowering branches grow naturally, some long, some short.

    Knock on the sky and listen to the sound.

    The ten thousand questions are one question. If you cut through the one question, then the ten thousand questions disappear.

    The ways to the One are as many as the lives of men.

    Though the bamboo forest is dense, water flows through it freely.

    To do a certain kind of thing, you have to be a certain kind of person.

    To follow the path, look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.

    When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.

    At first, I saw mountains as mountains and rivers as rivers. Then, I saw mountains were not mountains and rivers were not rivers. Finally, I see mountains again as mountains, and rivers again as rivers.

    If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless, in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can’t be solved.

    Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

    Before enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water. After enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water.



     
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    , , Help, Quote, , William J. H. Boetcker   


    The ten cannots 

    1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
    4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
    5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
    7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
    9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
    10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

    -William J. H. Boetcker



     
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    Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.

    -Yoda



     
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    Anne Frank, , Quote,   


    How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
    -Anne Frank



     
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    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
    -Carl Sagan



     
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    I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
    -Og Mandino (Ten Scrolls)

    Light lets you act and Darkness lets you rest.



     
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