ENLIGHTEN YOUR DAYS

with quotes from Realized Masters

If you have your sights set on attaining the highest goal humanly possible – Enlightenment – then daily, meditate, contemplate on the words of those who have been there and have returned with the knowledge that can set you free.

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11/23/2020 -TODAY’S QUOTE:

“Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.” – Corita Kent

TODAY’S DAOIST DAILY NOTE comes from the Zhuangzi, Chapter 2, Leveling Things, Section 2…

“Great understanding is broad and unhurried; little understanding is cramped and busy. Great words are clear and limpid;3 little words are shrill and quarrelsome. In sleep, men’s spirits go visiting; in waking hours, their bodies hustle. With everything they meet they become entangled. Day after day they use their minds in strife, sometimes grandiose, sometimes sly, sometimes petty. Their little fears are mean and trembly; their great fears are stunned and overwhelming. They bound off like an arrow or a crossbow pellet, certain that they are the arbiters of right and wrong. They cling to their position as though they had sworn before the gods, sure that they are holding on to victory. They fade like fall and winter – such is the way they dwindle day by day. They drown in what they do – you cannot make them turn back. They grow dark, as though sealed with seals – such are the excesses of their old age. And when their minds draw near to death, nothing can restore them to the light.”

But as we see from TODAY’S QUOTE by Corita Kent, bright,  beautiful, and colorful flowers grow out of dark places, and thus each moment, no matter how dark must be lived and experienced for our lives to expand and become joyful and give joy to others.

11/22/2020

“Power is the ability to do good things for others.” – Brooke Astor

 

11/21/2020

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” – Rumi

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11/20/2020

“If you want to meet someone who can fix any situation you don’t like, who can bring you happiness in spite of what other people say or believe, look in a mirror, then say this magic word: ‘Hello.'” ~ Richard Bach

 

11/19/2020

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

11/18/2020

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

11/17/2020

“I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I’ve enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other.” – Sean O’Casey

 

11/16/2020

Plants grow most in the darkest hours preceding dawn; so do human souls. Nature always pays for a brave fight. Sometimes she pays in strengthened moral muscle, sometimes in deepened spiritual insight, sometimes in a broadening, mellowing, sweetening of the fibres of character,—but she always pays.” – William George Jordan

 

11/15/2020

“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.” – Horace

 

11/14/2020

“Sit all together in meditation. Become peacefully calm and quiet, without motion, without stillness, without birth, without destruction, without coming or going, with no judgments of right or wrong, neither staying nor going. This, then, is the Great Way.” – Huineng

 

11/13/2020

“The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

11/12/2020

“When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package.” – John Ruskin

 

11/11/2020

“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.” – Arthur Rimbaud

 

11/10/2020

“It is not what you think should be, but what is, that is interesting. When you have the expectation that something should be such and such a way, you will never learn what your nature wants.” – Charlotte Selver

 

11/09/2020

“After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.” – Richard Dawkins

11/08/2020

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” – Nhat Hanh

11/07/2020

“Be The Peace You Wish To See In The World!” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

11/06/2020

“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.” – Albert Camus

 

11/05/2020

“I had so long been troubled by official hat and robe
That I am glad to be an exile here in this wild southland.
I am a neighbour now of planters and reapers.
I am a guest of the mountains and woods.
I plough in the morning, turning dewy grasses,
And at evening tie my fisher-boat, breaking the quiet stream.
Back and forth I go, scarcely meeting anyone,
And sing a long poem and gaze at the blue sky.”
– Liu Zongyuan (773-819) “Dwelling By a Stream”

 

11/04/2020

“Gone is the guest from the Chamber of Rank,
And petals, confused in my little garden,
Zigzagging down my crooked path,
Escort like dancers the setting sun.
Oh, how can I bear to sweep them away?
To a sad-eyed watcher they never return.
Heart’s fragrance is spent with the ending of spring
And nothing left but a tear-stained robe.
– “Li Shangyin “Falling Petals”

 

11/03/2020

“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H. L. Mencken

11/02/2020

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

11/01/2020

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” – Thomas Sowell

10/31/2020

“The most dangerous error is failure to recognize our own tendency to error.” – B. H. Liddell Hart

10/30/2020

“The moon, grown full now over the sea,
Brightening the whole of heaven,
Brings to separated hearts
The long thoughtfulness of night….
It is no darker tough I blow out my candle.
It is no warmer though I put on my coat.
So I leave my message with the moon
And turn to my bed, hoping for dreams.”
Zhang Jiuling (张九龄, 675-740 AD)
“Looking At The Moon And Thinking Of One Far Away” 

 

10/29/2020

“Who lies for you will lie against you.” – John Locke

 

10/28/2020

“Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist.” – Lise Meitner

 

10/27/2020

“There is a close relationship between a house full of possessions and a heart full of desires, between a cluttered closet and a crowded schedule, between having no place to put possessions and having no priorities for our life. These are precious clues. They remind us to slow down, to live in the present, to reduce the desires that drain our vitality, to clarify priorities so we can give our time and attention to what matters most. Tragically, in the press of modern life, we have managed to get backwards one of life’s most vital truths: people are to be loved; things are to be used.” – Eknath Easwaran

 

10/26/2020

“If you knew yourself for even one moment,
if you could just glimpse
your most beautiful face,
maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply
in that house of clay.

Why not move into your house of joy
and shine into every crevice!
For you are the secret
Treasure-bearer,
and always have been.

Didn’t you know?”

Rumi, “Move Into Your House of Joy”

 

10/25/2020

The Swing of Consciousness – Kabir
BETWEEN THE pillars of spirit and matter
the mind has put up a swing.

There swings the bound soul and all the worlds
with not even the slightest rest.

The sun and moon also swing,
and there is no end to it.

The soul swings through millions of births
like the endless circling of the sun and moon.

Billions of ages have passed
with no sigh of relief.

The earth and sky swing,
Wind and water swing,
Taking a body, God Himself swings.

Kabir, the servant of God,
has seen it all.”

 

10/24/2020

“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.” – Gene Roddenberry

 

10/23/2020

“Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence on things unreasonable.” – Henri Bergson

 

10/22/2020

“There, what form or shape is there to describe? What second, what “other,” is there to see?
In the beginning, there is no Aum, or Veda. Who can trace His birth?
There, no sky exists, no moon or Sun; no father’s seed, no air, fire, water, or earth.
Who can name Him, or know His will? Who can say from whence He comes?
Remembering the Void, the simple One, a light burst forth [within me]; I offer myself to that Existence who is non-existence.” – Kabir

 

10/21/2020

“In Each Moment
Oh, teach me in each moment
of every Now to know that

You are the Here in all my
wandering and the Yes in
all my wondering and the Love
in nothing less than everything.”
~ Meister Eckhart

 

10/20/2020

“They say to find Chrysanthemum River,
go trace the waters of Green Creek,
follow ten thousand mountain turns
and a course of almost a hundred miles
splashing and crashing over riprap.
Deep calm color under the pines,
water chestnut and floating-heart ripple,
reeds reflect in limpid pools.
My heart remains plain and calm
and it’s as pure as the river.
I only ask to stay on this flat rock
lingering with my fishing pole”
– Wang Wei “Green Creek”

 

10/19/20

Last Day to Register to Vote in L.A. County. If you’re not registered yet, use this link…
 
https://plan.lavote.net/start/?uid=1601871668878&at=1601871668#step-7

10/19/2020 

“Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect.” – Jonathan Swift

10/18/2020

“I will never know how you see red and you will never know how I see it. But this separation of consciousness is recognized only after a failure of communication, and our first movement is to believe in an undivided being between us.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty

 

10/17/2020

“Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon then from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins the journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of the crowd, and by choosing knowledge over veils of ignorance.” – Henri Bergson

 

 

10/16/2020

“Imagination is a tree. It has the integrative virtues of a tree. It is root and boughs. It lives between earth and sky. It lives in the earth and the wind. The imagined tree imperceptibly becomes a cosmological tree, the tree which epitomises a universe, which makes a universe.” – Gaston Bachelard

 

10/15/2020

Year’s end, the flowers now rest
The season of the fleeting Fire Star
On the Frontier, the mighty frost is early and
Autumn’s colorful clouds have crossed the River
Dreams circle the city’s walls
In autumn my heart flies homeward
My thoughts returning south, like the Fen River
Everyday, all day long” – Li Bai

 

 

10/14/2020

“All water is forgettable when you’ve seen the vast blue sea
No clouds so wondrous as those at Mt. Wushan
Idly, I pass by some flowers without looking back
Partly to study Tao, partly to think of you” – Yuan Zhen

 

10/13/2020

“Summoning up the courage to take action is always the same regardless of how seemingly big or small the challenge. What may look like a small act of courage is courage nonetheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.” – Nichiren

10/12/2020

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh

10/11/2020

“When a rainbow appears vividly in the sky, you can see its beautiful colors, yet you could not wear as clothing or put it on as an ornament. It arises through the conjunction of various factors, but there is nothing about it that can be grasped. Likewise, thoughts that arise in the mind have no tangible existence or intrinsic solidity. There is no logical reason why thoughts, which have no substance, should have so much power over you, nor is there any reason why you should become their slave.” – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

 

10/10/2020

“I wish we could be trees deep in the mountains,
touching, twining limb around limb.” –Po Chu-I

10/09/2020

“The washing of dishes does seem to me the most absurd and unsatisfactory business that I ever undertook. If, when once washed, they would remain clean for ever and ever (which they ought in all reason to do, considering how much trouble it is), there would be less occasion to grumble; but no sooner is it done, than it requires to be done again. On the whole, I have come to the resolution not to use more than one dish at each meal.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

10/08/2020

“I walked a single path to where you lived,
and found a footprint in the moss.
White mists surround a quiet island.
The idle gate is overgrown with spring grass.
After the rain, the pines are a deeper green.
Following the mountain, I reach the water source.
Creek flowers for a meditative mind:
facing them, I have no need for words.”
“Searching Nanxi for the Reclusive Changshan Taoist,”
Liu Changqing (710?–789)

 

10/07/2020

“A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the oneself that there is no self left to die.
Bernard Berenson

10/06/2020

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.” – Tecumseh

 

10/05/2020

“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.” – Max Planck

 

10/04/2020

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – John Milton

 

10/03/2020

“At Stone Gate there is snow, no trace of travel.
Pine Valley’s mists, so full of fragrances.
To the crumbs of our meal in the court, cold birds come down.
A tattered robe hangs on the tree, the old monk’s dead.”
– Wei Ying-wu, “On Mount Lang-ya”

 

10/02/2020

“Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately.” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

10/01/2020

(My ole friend, Willy, had a quote befitting the first Presidential Debate, 2020…)
“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” – William Shakespeare

09/30/2020

“When a man begins to feel that he is the only one who can lead in this republic, he is guilty of treason to the spirit of our institutions.” – Calvin Coolidge

 

09/29/2020

“Treason is a strong word, but not too strong to characterize the situation in which the Senate is the eager, resourceful, and indefatigable agent of interests as hostile to the American people as any invading army could be.” –David Graham Phillips

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

09/28/2020

“Danger arises when a man feels secure in his position. Destruction threatens when a man seeks to preserve his worldly estate. Confusion develops when a man has put everything in order. Therefore the superior man does not forget danger in his security, not ruin when he is well established, nor confusion when his affairs are in order. In this way he gains personal safety and is able to protect the empire.” Confucius, Commentary on the Fifth Place in Hexagram 12, P’i, Stagnation, I-Ching

09/27/2020

“Alone, for love of hidden herbs, which flourish by the stream.
Above, the yellow oriole sings deep among the trees.
Spring’s flood tides, and rain, together, to this evening come.
No man at the ferry: a boat drifts there, on its own.”
– Wei Ying-wu, “The West River at Chu-chou”

09/24/2020

“Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come… Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed, to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder.” – Wangari Maathai

09/23/2020

“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” – Alden Nowlan

09/22/2020

“I discovered for myself and by myself that there is no self to realize — that’s the realization I am talking about. It comes as a shattering blow. It hits you like a thunderbolt. You have invested everything in one basket, self-realization, and, in the end, suddenly you discover that there is no self to discover, no self to realize — and you say to yourself “What the hell have I been doing all my life?!” That blasts you.” – U.G. Krishnamurti

 

09/20-21/2020

“We shall awaken from our dullness and rise vigorously toward justice. If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion.” – Hildegard of Bingen

(03/15/1933 – 09/18/2020)
 

09/19/2020

In case Trump asks again…
“Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.” – William Butler Yeats
(U.S. Marine gravesites at Belleau Woods, France)

09/12/2020 -TODAY’S QUOTE: “When we look at a child, we see that sense of fullness, of intrinsic aliveness, of joy in being, is not the result of something else. There is value in just being oneself, it is not because of something one does or doesn’t do. It is there in the beginning, when we are children, but slowly it gets lost.” – A. H. Almaas

09/11/2020

“Thus the Hexagram counsels turning away from the confusion of external things, turning back to one’s inner light. There in the depths of the soul, one sees the Divine, the One…To know this One means to know oneself in relation to the cosmic forces. For this One is the ascending force of life in nature and in man.” – Commentary on Hexagram 24, Fu, Return, translation by Richard Wilhelm and Cary Baynes

09/10/2020

“No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.” – James K. Polk

09/09/2020

“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.” – William Blake

09/08/2020

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan

09/07/2020

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

09/06/2020

“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.” – e. e. cummings


09/05/2020

“What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you.” – Anthony de Mello, “Awareness: Conversations with the Masters”, p.71

09/04/2020

“The greatest threat to America is not foreign terrorists, its domestic morons.” John Fugelsang

09/03/2020

“A true noun, an isolated thing, does not exit in nature. Things are only the terminal points, or rather the meeting points of actions, cross sections cut through actions, snapshots. Neither can a pure verb, an abstract motion, be possible in nature. The eye sees noun and verb as one, things in motion, motion in things.” – Ernest Fenollosa

09/02/2020

“Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.” – Okakura Kakuzo

09/01/2020

“All the best have something in common, a regard for reality, an agreement to its primacy over the imagination. Even the richest, most surprising and wild imagination is not as rich, wild and surprising as reality. The task of the poet is to pick singular threads from this dense, colorful fabric.” – Wislawa Szymborska

08/31/2020

“To combat death you don’t need much of a life, just one that isn’t yet finished.” – Herta Muller

08/30/2020

“Knowledge is not gained, it is there all the time. It is the “veils” which have to be dissolved in the mind.” – Idries Shah

08/29/2020

“We are not separate. Our sense of separateness is superficial and exist only in the physical dimension. In our human element, we are not separate; we’re very much connected. Every other human being is just as precious as we are, and worthy of as much respect and love and consideration. This understanding needs to manifest in our conduct in each moment. This is the part of the Work that will transform you.” – A. H. Almaas

08/28/2020

“The Tao is infinite, eternal. Why is it eternal? It was never born; thus it can never die. Why is it infinite? It has no desires for itself; thus it is present for all beings. The Master stays behind; that is why she is ahead. She is detached from all things; that is why she is one with them. Because she has let go of herself, she is perfectly fulfilled.” – Laozi

08/27/2020

“As regards the quietude of the sage, he is not quiet because quietness is said to be good. He is quiet because the multitude of things cannot disturb his quietude. When water is still, one’s beard and eyelashes are reflected in it. A skilled carpenter uses it in a level to obtain a measurement. If still water is so clear, how much more are the mental faculties! The mind of the sage is the mirror of heaven and earth in which all things are reflected.” – Zhuangzi

08/26/2020

“So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the [slave] trade’s wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition. Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition.” – William Wilberforce

08/25/2020

“The idea that each of us can be directly spiritual is radical. Most religions are based not on teaching adherents to be directly spiritual, but in persuading them to trust in the intercession of ministers or priests. The problem with this approach is that we cannot gain access to spirituality except through the medium of a fallible human being. If we want to see Tao, we need only open our eyes and trust what we see.” – Ming-Dao Deng, “Everyday Dao: Living with Balance and Harmony”

08/24/2020

“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between a causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality.” – Alan Watts

08/23/2020

“These are burning times. And they call for Burning Women. Women embodied in their passion. Woman feeling in their bodies. Creative women. Courageous women. Women who have learned to run on a different power source to the world which is falling into flames around her. She has already disentangled herself from the wreckage of the patriarchal culture, so she will not be dazed, confused and disorientated by the systemic changes happening around her. Centered within herself, receptive to the Earth beyond her, she knows how to cultivate from the ashes, she knows how to find the embers to fuel the new fire.” – Lucy H. Pearce, Burning Women

<> on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.

08/22/2020

“It’s time for us, we the people, to come together. And make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America. We’ll choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege.” – Joe Biden

08/21/2020

“We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.”— Hildegard of Bingen

08/20/2020

“I am the fiery life of the essence of God; I am the flame above the beauty in the fields; I shine in the waters; I burn in the sun, the moon, and the stars. And with the airy wind, I quicken all things vitally by an unseen, all-sustaining life.” – Hildegard of Bingen

08/19/2020

“At our most elemental, we are not a chemical reaction, but an energetic charge. Human beings and all living things are a coalescence of energy in a field of energy connected to every other thing in the world. This pulsating energy field is the central engine of our being and our consciousness, the alpha and the omega of our existence.” – Lynne McTaggart

08/18/2020

“When we form heart-centered beliefs within our bodies, in the language of physics we’re creating the electrical and magnetic expression of them as waves of energy, which aren’t confined to our hearts or limited by the physical barrier of our skin and bones. So clearly we’re speaking to the world around us in each moment of every day through a language that has no words: the belief-waves of our hearts.” – Gregg Braden

08/17/2020

“We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies, tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments, and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.” – Albert Einstein

08/16/2020

“The Psalm tells us that ‘weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.’ “There’s no question about that. The night feels endless right now — exhausting, heartbreaking, impossible to endure. When the words, ‘I can’t breathe,’ echo in our national conscience. When the brunt of every crisis — of illness, violence, injustice, economic hardship — falls once more hardest on Black shoulders. The night is long, but joy cometh in the morning, and it’s up to us to make sure it does. That’s our charge: deliver America a new dawn.” – Joe Biden

08/15/2020

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere They’re in each other all along.” – Rumi

08/14/2020

“I found that I could not climb my way up to God in a blaze of doing and performing. Rather, I had to descend into the depths of myself and find God there in the darkness of troubled waters.” – Sue Monk Kidd

08/13/2020

“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.” – Carl Jung

08/12/2020

“What’s important for my daughter to know is that… if you are fortunate to have opportunity, it is your duty to make sure other people have those opportunities as well.” –Kamala Harris

“There is a lot of work to be done to make sure our leaders reflect the people they are supposed to represent. The more diverse a group of decision makers is, the more informed the decision will be. Until we achieve full representation, we all should understand we are falling short of the ideals of our country.” – Kamala Harris

08/11/2020

“My loving children, my children who were created with God’s beauty, my wise children, whatever difficulty you may have, do not ever leave His charge. Just as the prophets of God kept their faith firm and were tolerant in spite of the problems they had, no matter what difficulties you may experience, be tolerant, be forbearant and embrace all living things as your own life.” – Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

08/10/2020

“We are free when we are not the slave of our impulses, but rather their master. Taking inward distance, we thus become the authors of our own dramas rather than characters in them.” – Huston Smith

08/09/2020

“It may be that when we no longer know… which way to go we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” – Wendell Berry

08/08/2020

“The action of Heaven is strong and dynamic.
Thus the noble one makes himself strong and untiring.”
Yijing, Image of Hexagram 1, Heaven, Ch’ien

08/07/2020

“Before my bed the bright moon’s glow,
seems like frost on the ground.
I raise my head and gaze at the bright moon,
I lower my head and think of my hometown.”
– Li Bai (Tang Dynasty) “Quiet Night Thought”

chuáng床qián前 míngyuè明月 guāng光,
yí疑shì是 dìshang地上 shuāng霜。
jǔ举tóu头 wàng望 míngyuè明月,
dītóu低头 sī思 gùxiāng故乡。

08/06/2020

“Who will free me from hurry, flurry, the feeling of a crowd pushing behind me, of being hustled and crushed? How can I regain even for a minute the feeling of ample leisure I had during my early, my creative years? Then I seldom felt fussed, or hurried. There was time for work, for play, for love, the confidence that if a task was not done at the appointed time, I easily could fit it into another hour. I used to take leisure for granted, as I did time itself.” – Bernard Berenson

08/05/2020

“It remained for the twentieth century to discover that locked within the atom is the energy of the sun itself. For this energy to be released, however, the atom must be bombarded from without. So too, locked in every human being is a store of love that partakes of the divine-the imago dei-image of God, it is sometimes called. And it too can be activated only through bombardment, in its case love’s bombardment” – Huston Smith

08/04/2020

“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.” – Paulo Coelho

08/03/2020

“In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.” – Wangari Maathai

08/02/2020

“When we are shown scenes of starving children in Africa, with a call for us to do something to help them, the underlying ideological message is something like: “Don’t think, don’t politicize, forget about the true causes of their poverty, just act, contribute money, so that you will not have to think!” – Slavoj Žižek

08/01/2020

“A child is a child in any country, whatever the politics. Let’s get down to basics. That’s what a child forces you to do. Nothing else much matters, there is no complicated diplomacy, when a child is starving. It’s simple. And we’d better do something about it. For our sakes, too. That is, if we want to continue to call ourselves human.” – Audrey Hepburn

07/31/2020

“Our struggle is a struggle to redeem the soul of America. It’s not a struggle that lasts for a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or a few years. It is the struggle of a lifetime, more than one lifetime.- John Lewis (1940 – 2020)

07/30/2020

“When a child is starving, a family may not be able to think about long-term sustainability or damage to ecosystems that support endangered species.” – Helene D. Gayle

07/29/2020

“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.” – Benjamin Harrison

07/28/2020

“I guess I so desperately want to see us put this planet right. It’s so horrifying to me that a fifth of us are starving every night, and that forty thousand children die every single day.” – Ann Druyan

07/27/2020

“By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility. We can let fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us.” – Alan Watts

07/26/2020

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness’s of other people. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

07/25/2020

“As a breathing being, you are part of organic life on earth interconnected with everything that exists.” – Dennis Lewis, “Breathe into Being,” p. 66

07/24/2020

“Every man should view himself as equally balanced: half good and half evil. Likewise, he should see the entire world as half good and half evil…. With a single good deed he will tip the scales for himself, and for the entire world, to the side of good” – Maimonides

07/23/2020

“It’s my belief that history is a wheel. ‘Inconstancy is my very essence,’? says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don’t complain when you’re cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it’s also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away.” – Boethius

07/22/2020

“If the truth were to be known, everyone would be wearing a scarlet letter of one form or another.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

07/21/2020

“From childhood on I have had the dream of life lived as a sacrament… the dream implied taking life ritually as something holy.” – Bernard Berenson

07/20/2020

“Every social system is more or less against nature, and at every moment nature is at work to reclaim her rights.” Paul Valery

07/19/2020

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” – Plutarch

07/18/2020

“Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.” – Alexander Hamilton

07/17/2020

“Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.” – Paulo Coelho

07/16/2020

“We each decide whether to make ourselves learned or ignorant, compassionate or cruel, generous or miserly. No one forces us. No one decides for us, no one drags us along one path or the other. We are responsible for what we are.” – Maimonides

07/15/2020

“Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.” – Boethius

07/14/2020

“Happiness is not found in things you possess, but in what you have the courage to release.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

07/13/2020

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.” – Rudolf Steiner

07/12/2020

“That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.” – Paulo Coelho

07/11/2020

“A thousand hills, but no birds in flight,
Ten thousand paths, with no person’s tracks.
A lonely boat, a straw-hatted old man,
Fishing alone in the cold river snow.”

– Liu Zongyuan

07/10/2020

“No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

07/09/2020

“It was a morning in early summer. A silver haze shimmered and trembled over the lime trees. The air was laden with their fragrance. The temperature was like a caress. I remember – I need not recall – that I climbed up a tree stump and felt suddenly immersed in Itness. I did not call it by that name. I had no need for words. It and I were one.” – Bernard Berenson

07/08/2020

“The blindness that opens the eye is not the one that darkens vision. Tears and not sight are the essence of the eye.” – Jacques Derrida

07/07/2020

“The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?” – Gilles Deleuze

07/06/2020

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner

07/05/2020

“The real treasure, that which we all seek, is never very far; there is no real need to seek it in a distant place, for it lies buried within our own hearts. And yet, there is this strange and persistent fact that it is only after a journey in a distant region, in a new land, that the way to that treasure becomes clear.” – Heinrich Zimmer

07/04/2020

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, born on July 4, 1804

07/03/2020

“We now should be able to see cosmos and individual joined in a relationship. We should see that macrocosm and microcosm are, as it were, only far-flung parts of one unified energy center.” – Richard Wilhelm

07/02/2020

“I slumbered spring’s morning and missed the dawn from everywhere, I heard the cry of birds. That night the sound of wind and rain came. Who knows how many petals had fallen?” – Meng Haoran

07/01/2020

“Walking on willow tree roads by a river dappled with peach blossoms, I look for spring light, but am everywhere lost. Birds fly up and scatter floating catkins. A ponderous wave of flowers sags the branches.” – Wang Wei

06/30/2020
“It makes me happy to encounter goodness, love of work, humane intelligence, and people no matter at what kind of job, be it ever so humble, or ever so exalted, who do it well and con amore.” – Bernard Berenson

06/29/2020

“Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man’s lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one’s self.” – Max Stirner


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06/28/2020

“The only life I know is a life of making. Acting based on ideas that come from a trusted source. Making things according to a vision. Shaping oneself to be one’s most vital. That is the life of making.” – Deng, Ming-Dao

06/27/2020

“Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one’s training.”Bernard Berenson

06/26/2020

“The State calls its own violence, law; but that of the individual, crime.” – Max Stirner

06/25/2020

“A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the oneself that there is no self left to die.” – Bernard Berenson, “Sketch For A Self Portrait”, p.15

06/24/2020

“ALL things in Nature work silently. They come into being and possess nothing. They fulfil their functions and make no claim.” – Laozi

06/23/2020

“A tree uses what comes its way to nurture itself. By sinking its roots deeply into the earth, by accepting the rain that flows towards it, by reaching out to the sun, the tree perfects its character and becomes great. … Absorb, absorb, absorb. That is the secret of the tree.” – Deng, Ming-Dao

06/22/2020

“So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.” – Hermann Hesse

06/21/2020

“It is almost impossible to overestimate the value of true humility and its power in the spiritual life. For the beginning of humility is the beginning of blessedness and the consummation of humility is the perfection of all joy. Humility contains in itself the answer to all the great problems of the life of the soul. It is the only key to faith, with which the spiritual life begins: for faith and humility are inseparable. In perfect humility all selfishness disappears and your soul no longer lives for itself or in itself for God: and it is lost and submerged in Him and transformed into Him.” – Thomas Merton

06/20/2020

“Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.” – Eckhart Tolle

06/19/2020

“In time, the arrogant personality becomes brittle and heavy. The tides of each day bring change; the closed person fights the waves. The current ebbs and flows and moves with its rhythm; closed personx throw their limbs against the current. They do not look at the tide; they think only of what they want, even if they are swamped and confused. The humble person accepts whatever change sends, improvising and creating accordingly.” – Deng Ming Dao, The Living I Ching, from Commentary on Hexagram 15, Fu, Humility

06/18/2020

“A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.” – Hermann Hesse

06/17/2020

“True humility-the basis of the Christian system-is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues.” – Edmund Burke

06/16/2020

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” – Martin Luther

06/15/2020

“Those who are humble will gradually  discover other advantages. They will not hisetate to go beyond themselves. With nothing to prove, they are willing to explore new situations. True, they might make mistakes. They may even suffer embarrassment. But the humble person acknowledges and accepts that. The immodest make mistakes too – but being without shame, they try to hide their errors and deny their fallibility. That worsens their mistakes and increases their isolation.” – Deng Ming Dao, The Living I Ching, from Commentary on Hexagram 15, Fu, Humility

06/14/2020

“When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.” – Hermann Hesse

06/13/2020

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” – Saint Augustine

06/12/2020

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” – Rabindranath Tagore

06/11/2020

“Remaining humble even when you are under great duress, staying self-possessed in the face of insults, and refusing to bully others with your position and power are all examples of humility from the vantage of great strength.” – Deng Ming Dao, The Living I Ching, from Commentary on Hexagram 15, Fu, Humility

06/10/2020

“A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.” – Hermann Hesse

06/09/2020

“Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self.” – T. S. Eliot

06/08/2020

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

06/07/2020

“Humility is akin to compassion – at least in the sense that true compassion means extending one’s energy and talents on behalf of others. One cannot be merciful from a position of weakness.” – Deng Ming Dao, The Living I Ching, from Commentary on Hexagram 15, Fu, Humility.”

06/06/2020

“A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.” – Hermann Hesse

06/05/2020

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden

06/04/2020

“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our ” – Kalil Gibran 

06/03/2020

“Arrogance and anger are often the choices we try first because they seem to take less effort. True, they are not effectiave, but they seem easier. By contrast, even after we renounce our arrogance, we will fince that being humble is not easy. True humility is a choice we make each time tere is a confrontation and unless a person is supremely comfortable, self-assured, and safe, he or she cannot be humble.” – Deng Ming Dao, The Living I Ching, from Commentary on Hexagram 15, Fu, Humility.

06/02/2020

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” – Hermann Hesse

06/01/2020

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – C. S. Lewis

05/31/2020

“A tree is a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food, warmth and protection to all living things. It even gives shade to those who wield an axe to cut it down” – Gautama Buddha

05/30/2020

“Like it or not, humility exists only in the wake of arrogance. Few people know humility for itself or opt for it right away. Most of us have fallen into arrogance and egotism and have failed. We come to humility after having thoroughly testing the alternative.” – Deng Ming Dao, “The Living I Ching,” from Commentary on Hexagram 15, Fu, Humility.

05/29/2020

“Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.” – Hermann Hesse

05/28/2020

“Humility is the core virtue of the Changes (I Ching, Book of Changes). It is a virtue that is valuable for its own sake, and it is a virtue with great usefulness as well. The modest make fewer mistakes because they are not undone by arrogance, and their lack of dogma is no impediment to change.” –  Deng Ming Dao, The Living I Ching, from Commentary on Hexagram 15, Fu, Humility.

05/27/2020

“Outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary, but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread.” – Wendell Berry

05/26/2020

“Prayer is the best answer to all of the trials that face us, because without prayer, even if we succeed in accomplishing some great goal in the eyes of men, we have failed in our sacred responsibilities, and thus we have failed in what is truly important.” – Thomas Yellowtail, Crow Medicine Man

05/25/2020

“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves.” – Hermann Hesse

05/24/2020

A Song Unsung

“A song without lyrics.
A melody without sound.
Arising from within,
Heard from without.
No instruments played,
No voices lilting,
A Song of the Spirit
Sung on the Wind.
Erupting from caverns,
Bursting through fissures,
It chills the body
and warms the Soul.
Emptying the full,
Filling the empty,
Rising it descends,
Descending it rises.
From wence it came
and whither it goes?
Whose song it is
no one knows.
A mystery unsolved
A song unsung,
it gives rise to itself
from a place unknown.
If by chance, you should
catch its Air,
Stay with it, my friend,
or you’ll end in despair.”
Anonynous

05/23/2020

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” – Hermann Hesse

05/22/2020

“What is clear is that the earth is mandating that the human community assume a responsibility never assigned to any previous generation…Our task at this critical moment is to awaken the energies needed to create the new world and to evoke a universal communion of all parts of life.” – Thomas Berry

05/21/2020

“Intelligence is an extremely subtle concept. It’s a kind of understanding that flourishes if it’s combined with a good memory, but exists anyway even in the absence of good memory. It’s the ability to draw consequences from causes, to make correct inferences, to foresee what might be the result, to work out logical problems, to be reasonable, rational, to have the ability to understand the solution from perhaps insufficient information. You know when a person is intelligent, but you can be easily fooled if you are not yourself intelligent.” – Isaac Asimov

05/20/2020

“What is Zen? Simple, simple, so simple. Infinite gratitude toward all things past; infinite service to all things present; infinite responsibility to all things future.” – Huston Smith

05/19/2020

“People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.” – Wendell Berry

05/18/2020

“Spiritual realization is theoretically the easiest thing and in practice the most difficult thing there is. It is the easiest because it is enough to think of God. It is the most difficult because human nature is forgetfulness of God.” – Frithjof Schuon

05/17/2020

“The Universe story is the quintessence of reality. We perceive the story. We put it in our language, the birds put it in theirs, and the trees put it in theirs. We can read the story of the Universe in the trees. Everything tells the story of the Universe. The winds tell the story, literally, not just imaginatively. The story has its imprint everywhere, and that is why it is so important to know the story. If you do not know the story, in a sense you do not know yourself; you do not know anything.” – Thomas Berry

05/16/2020

“Once, when a religionist denounced me in unmeasured terms, I sent him a card saying, “I am sure you believe that I will go to hell when I die, and that once there I will suffer all the pains and tortures the sadistic ingenuity of your deity can devise and that this torture will continue forever. Isn’t that enough for you? Do you have to call me bad names in addition?” – Isaac Asimov

05/15/2020

“A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees.” – Anton Chekhov

05/14/2020

“We all carry it within us: supreme strength, the fullness of wisdom, unquenchable joy. It is never thwarted, and cannot be destroyed.” – Huston Smith

05/13/2020

“Sit and be still
until in the time
of no rain you hear
beneath the dry wind’s
commotion in the trees
the sound of flowing
water among the rocks,
a stream unheard before,
and you are where
breathing is prayer.”
– Wendell Berry

05/12/2020

“…Blessed be the heart who finds its way to the eternal summer. – where grateful happiness is found through understanding that whatever your situation is, it could always be worse, but isn’t… and the thought that things could always be better and the bitter unhappiness this creates is discarded!” – Frithjof Schuon

05/11/2020

“The universe must be experienced as the Great Self. Each is fulfilled in the other: the Great Self is fulfilled in the individual self, the individual self is fulfilled in the Great Self. Alienation is overcome as soon as we experience this surge of energy from the source that has brought the universe through the centuries. New fields of energy become available to support the human venture. These new energies find expression and support in celebration. For in the end the universe can only be explained in terms of celebration. It is all an exuberant expression of existence itself.”-Thomas Berry

05/10/2020

“Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you-and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.” – Isaac Asimov

05/09/2020

“If human life is to survive on this planet, the old dualistic worldview, with people on one side and the environment on the other, must yield to a new vision that connects us with everything else and leads us to care for and take responsibility for it.” – Huston Smith

05/08/2020

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” – Wendell Berry

05/07/2020

“Ungrateful are those on this earthly road, Who do complain that life is made of tears, That happiness on earth one cannot find, That we are made of sorrows and of fears.” – Frithjof Schuon

05/06/2020

“The time has come to lower our voices, to cease imposing our mechanistic patterns on the biological processes of the earth, to resist the impulse to control, to command, to force, to oppress, and to begin quite humbly to follow the guidance of the larger community on which all life depends.” – Thomas Berry

05/05/2020

“The manifestation of Truth is a mystery of Love, just as, conversely, the content of Love is a mystery of Truth.” – Frithjof Schuon

05/04/2020

“I discovered, to my amazement, that all through history there had been resistance … and bitter, exaggerated, last-stitch resistance … to every significant technological change that had taken place on earth. Usually the resistance came from those groups who stood to lose influence, status, money…as a result of the change. Although they never advanced this as their reason for resisting it. It was always the good of humanity that rested upon their hearts.” Isaac Asimov

05/03/2020

“The human venture depends absolutely on this quality of awe and reverence and joy in the Earth and all that lives and grows upon the Earth. As soon as we isolate ourselves from these currents of life and from the profound mood that these engender within us, then our basic life-satisfactions are diminished. None of our machine-made products, none of our computer-based achievements can evoke that total commitment to life.” – Thomas Berry

05/02/2020

“He always pictured himself a libertarian, which to my way of thinking means “I want the liberty to grow rich and you can have the liberty to starve”. It’s easy to believe that no one should depend on society for help when you yourself happen not to need such help.” – Isaac Asimov

05/01/2020

“Wildness we might consider as the root of the authentic spontaneities of any being. It is that wellspring of creativity whence comes the instinctive activities that enable all living beings to obtain their food, to find shelter, to bring forth their young: to sing and dance and fly through the air and swim through the depths of the sea. This is the same inner tendency that evokes the insight of the poet, the skill of the artist and the power of the shaman.” – Thomas Berry

04/30/2020

“Isn’t it sad that you can tell people that the ozone layer is being depleted, the forests are being cut down, the deserts are advancing steadily, that the greenhouse effect will raise the sea level 200 feet, that overpopulation is choking us, that pollution is killing us, that nuclear war may destroy us – and they yawn and settle back for a comfortable nap. But tell them that the Martians are landing, and they scream and run.” – Isaac Asimov

04/29/2020

“What is clear is that the earth is mandating that the human community assume a responsibility never assigned to any previous generation…Our task at this critical moment is to awaken the energies needed to create the new world and to evoke a universal communion of all parts of life.” – Thomas Berry

04/28/2020

“I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.” – Isaac Asimov

04/27/2020

“Our fulfillment is not in our isolated human grandeur, but in our intimacy with the larger earth community, for this is also the larger dimension of our being.” – Thomas Berry

04/26/2020

“Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.” – Isaac Asimov

04/25/2020

(What is clear about what Nature is mandating in regard to the coronavirus?)

“What is clear is that the earth is mandating that the human community assume a responsibility never assigned to any previous generation…Our task at this critical moment is to awaken the energies needed to create the new world and to evoke a universal communion of all parts of life.” – Thomas Berry

04/24/2020

“The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” – Isaac Asimov

04/23/2020

“We need to move: from a spirituality of alienation from the natural world to a spirituality of intimacy with the natural world from a spirituality of the divine as revealed in words to a spirituality of the divine as revealed in the visible world about us.” – Thomas Berry

04/22/2020

“We can break the mountains apart; we can drain the rivers and flood the valleys. We can turn the most luxuriant forests into throw-away paper products. We can tear apart the great grass cover of the western plains and pour toxic chemicals into the soil and pesticides onto the fields until the soil is dead and blows away in the wind. We can pollute the air with acids, the rivers with sewage, the seas with oil – all this in a kind of intoxication with our power for devastation at an order of magnitude beyond all reckoning.” – Thomas Berry

04/21/2020

“If I am right, then (religious fundamentalists) will not go to Heaven, because there is no Heaven. If they are right, then they will not go to Heaven, because they are hypocrites.” – Isaac Asimov

04/20/2020

“If the outer world is diminished in its grandeur, then the emotional, imaginative, intellectual, and spiritual life of the human is diminished or extinguished. Without the soaring birds, the great forests, the sounds and coloration of the insects, the free-flowing streams, the flowering fields, the sight of clouds by day and the stars at night, we become impoverished in all that makes us human.” – Thomas Berry

04/19/2020

“Increasingly, our leaders must deal with dangers that threaten the entire world, where an understanding of those dangers and the possible solutions depends on a good grasp of science. The ozone layer, the greenhouse effect, acid rain, questions of diet and heredity. All require scientific literacy. Can Americans choose the proper leaders and support the proper programs if they themselves are scientifically illiterate? The whole premise of democracy is that it is safe to leave important questions to the court of public opinion – but is it safe to leave them to the court of public ignorance?” – Isaac Asimov

04/18/2020

“What does the Earth Desire? I will put it in just a few short sentences… To be admired in her loveliness, To be tasted in her delicious fruits, To be listened to in her teaching, To be endured in the severity of her discipline, To be cared for as a maternal source from whence we come, a destiny to which we return. It’s very simple.” – Thomas Berry

04/17/2020

“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.” – Isaac Asimov

04/16/2020

“We must now understand that our own well-being can be achieved only through the well-being of the entire natural world around us.” – Thomas Berry

04/15/2020

“There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don’t come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.” – Isaac Asimov

04/14/2020

“In reality, there is a single integral community of the Earth that includes all its component members whether human or other than human. In this community every being has its own role to fulfill, its own dignity, its own inner spontaneity. Every being has its own voice. Every being declares itself to the entire universe. Every being enters into communion with other beings…
In every phase of our imaginative, aesthetic, and emotional lives we are profoundly dependent on this larger context of the surrounding world.” – Thomas Berry

04/13/2020

“Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.” – Isaac Asimov

04/12/2020

“We lose our souls if we lose the experience of the forest, the butterflies, the song of the birds, if we can’t see the stars at night.” – Thomas Berry

04/11/2020

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” – Isaac Asimov

04/10/2020

“The divine communicates to us primarily through the language of the natural world. Not to hear the natural world is not to hear the divine.” – Thomas Berry

04/09/2020

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov

04/08/2020

“The universe is composed of subjects to be communed with, not objects to be exploited. Everything has its own voice. Thunder and lightening and stars and planets, flowers, birds, animals, trees, ~~ all these have voices, and they constitute a community of existence that is profoundly related.” – Thomas Berry

04/07/2020

“Such is human psychology that if we don’t express our joy, we soon cease to feel it.” – Lin Yutang

04/06/2020

“When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.” – Isaac Asimov

04/05/2020

“The human being is that space in which the comprehensive compassion that pervades the universe from the very beginning now begins to surface –within consciousness. (As compared with the natural displays of compassion by other creatures that is not necessarily ‘within consciousness. ‘) That’s the only difference. We didn’t create compassion, but it’s flowing through us-or it could. The phase change that we’re in seems, to me, to depend upon that comprehensive compassion unfurling in the human species.” – Brian Swimme

04/04/2020

“It’s strange. You never start out life with the intention of becoming a bankrupt or an alcoholic or a cheat and a thief. Or a liar.” – Raymond Carver

04/03/2020

“Above all we must realize that each of us makes a difference with our life. Each of us impacts the world around us every single day. We have a choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place – or not to bother” – Jane Goodall

(In this time of adversity, will you make a difference?)

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04/02/2020

(In this time of adversity, remember this thought…)

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami

04/01/2020

“You may be capable of great things, But life consists of small things.” – Ming-Dao Deng

03/31/2020

“The wind comes creeping, it calls to me to come go exploring. It sings of the things that are to be found under the leaves. It whispers the dreams of the tall fir trees. It does pipe the gentle song the forest sings on gray days. I hear all the voices calling me. I listen. But I cannot go.” – Opal Whiteley

03/30/2020

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” – Lin Yutang

03/29/2020

“It is such a comfort to nestle up to Michael Angelo Sanzio Raphael when one is in trouble. He is such a grand tree. He has an understanding soul. After I talked with him and listened unto his voice, I slipped down out of his arms.” – Opal Whiteley

03/28/2020

“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” – Lin Yutang

03/27/2020

“And this I have learned, grown-ups do not know the language of shadows.” – Opal Whiteley

03/26/2020

“When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.” – Lin Yutang

03/25/2020

“A collection of errors does not make a truth: quality cannot stem from quantity – a value is not a weight. The reasons of the majority cannot be taken as good reasons.” – Alain de Benoist

03/24/2020

“All of Chinese thinking – Confucianism, Taoism, as well as Buddhism – contains the idea that in the course of life, man will shape harmoniously those psychic and physical predispositions that he received as capital assets by unifying them and giving them form from within a center.” – Richard Wilhelm

03/23/2020

“And all the times I was picking up potatoes, I did have conversations with them. Too, I did have thinks of all their growing days there in the ground, and all the things they did hear. Earth-voices are glad voices, and earth-songs come up from the ground through the plants; and in their flowering, and in the days before these days are come, they do tell the earth-songs to the wind … I have thinks these potatoes growing here did have knowings of star-songs.” – Opal Whiteley

03/22/2020

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.” – Ming-Dao Deng

03/21/2020

“The real treasure, that which we all seek, is never very far; there is no real need to seek it in a distant place, for it lies buried within our own hearts. And yet, there is this strange and persistent fact that it is only after a journey in a distant region, in a new land, that the way to that treasure becomes clear.” – Heinrich Zimmer

03/20/2020

“There is a saying in China that the nature of man is found there, in the center, where emotions are not yet manifest. In this center is the potentiality of everything to come.” – Richard Wilhelm

While this is a special time during the coronavirus outbreak to look after ourselves and our families, it is especially important not to forget those in need and provide them with whatever support you can, either with financial or personal assistance.

03/19/2020

“Happiness pursued eludes, happiness given returns.” – John Templeton

03/18/2020

“To triumph fully, evil needs two victories, not one. The first victory happens when an evil deed is perpetrated; the second victory, when evil is returned. After the first victory, evil would die if the second victory did not infuse it with new life.” – Miroslav Volf

03/17/2020

“To be whole is to be part;
true voyage is return.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

03/16/2020

“If we look at the world with a deluded body and mind, we will think that our self is permanent. But if we practice correctly and return to our true self, we will realize that nothing is permanent.” Dogen

03/15/2020

“Of course, he who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

03/14/2020

He who, conscious of being strong, is content to be weak, he shall be the paragon of mankind. Being the paragon of mankind, Virtue will never desert him. He returns to the state of a little child
Laozi

03/13/2020

“As we live through thousands of dreams in our present life, so is our present life only one of many thousands of such lives which we enter from the other more real life and then return after death. Our life is but one of the dreams of that more real life, and so it is endlessly, until the very last one, the very real the life of God.” – Leo Tolstoy

03/12/2020

“Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand. Return to the root and you will find Meaning.” – Sengcan

03/11/2020

“The transcendent and the numinous can be accessible to the most materialistic of scientists, without positing the supernatural. At the same time, there is no reason to mistrust the same experiences in believers simply because they posit a supernatural source. The question is not, “Does God exist?” It’s irrelevant. The question is whether believers and nonbelievers can rejoice in the same experiences and not denigrate the other’s explanation as to the origins of very powerful human responses.” Norman Cota

03/10/2020

“For Thomas Traherne (c. 1636-1674), one of the sanest men who ever lived, to see the world with the eyes of innocence, and to see it pervaded by a numinous glory, is to see things as they truly are, and to recognize creation as the mirror of God’s infinite beauty.” – David Bentley

03/09/2020

“Both education and religion need to ground themselves within the story of the universe as we now understand this story through empirical knowledge. Within this functional cosmology, we can overcome our alienation and begin the renewal of life on a sustainable basis. This story is a numinous revelatory story that could evoke the vision and the energy required to bring not only ourselves but the entire planet into a new order of magnificence.” – Thomas Berry

03/08/2020

“Human language has a vocabulary suited to our daily needs and functions: the shape of any human language maps approximately to the needs and activities of our mundane lives. But few would deny that there is another dimension of human existence which transcends the mundane: call it the soul, the spirit: it is that part of the human frame which sees the shimmer of the numinous.” – Julian Burnside

03/07/2020

“If our shallow, self-critical culture sometimes seems to lack a sense of the numinous or spiritual it’s only in the same way a fish lacks a sense of the ocean.” – Grant Morrison

03/06/2020

Every now and then we enter the presence of the numinous and deduce for an instant how we’re formed, in what detail the force that infuses every petal might specifically run through us, wishing only to lure us into our full potential.
Mary Karr

03/05/2020

“We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. All the disasters that are happening now are a consequence of that spiritual ‘autism.'” – Thomas Berry

03/04/2020

“Every being has its own interior, its self, its mystery, its numinous aspect. To deprive any being of this sacred quality is to disrupt the total order of the universe. Reverence will be total or it will not be at all. The universe does not come to us in pieces any more than a human individual stands before us with some part of his/her being.” – Thomas Berry

03/03/2020

“A tree is a self: it is ‘unseen shaping’ more than it is leaves or bark, roots or cellulose or fruit … What this means is that we must address trees as we must address all things, confronting them in the awareness that we are in the presence of numinous mystery.” – Brian Swimme

03/02/2020

“The years… when I pursued the inner images were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, the scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything was then.” – Carl Jung

03/01/2020

“That Krishna himself was a historical figure is indeed quite indubitable.” – Rudolf Otto

02/29/2020

“The main interest of my work is not concerned with the treatment of neuroses but rather with the approach to the numinous. But the fact that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy, and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experience you are released from the curse of pathology. Even the very disease takes on a numinous character.” – Carl Jung

02/28/2020

“The feeling of it may at times come sweeping like a gentle tide pervading the mind with a tranquil mood of deepest worship. It may pass over into a more set and lasting attitude of the soul, continuing, as it were, thrillingly vibrant and resonant, until at last it dies away and the soul resumes its “profane,” non-religious mood of everyday experience…It has its crude, barbaric antecedents and early manifestations, and again it may be developed into something beautiful and pure and glorious. It may become the hushed, trembling, and speechless humility of the creature in the presence of – whom or what? In the presence of that which is a Mystery inexpressible and above all creatures” – Rudolf Otto, from DasHeilige, which appeared in English as “The Idea of the Holy.

02/27/2020

“If one enslaves his capacity for thought and deliberation just so he can seek ways to put things to use and if he disregards the need to make his person secure (intenify, elevate his virtue) just so he can sacrifice himself to achievement and fine reputation, then the more the spurious arises, the more principles will be lost, and the finer his reputation grows, the more obvious his entanglements will become.” – Wang Bi, from Part II, Commentary on the I Ching

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02/26/2020

“If one returns to the root of things, he would find quiescence there and discover all the world’s principles available to him” – Wang Bi, from Part II, Commentary on the I Ching.

02/25/2020

“I sit at my window gazing
The world passes by, nods to me
And is gone.”
Tagore, a poem entitled “Change” 

02/24/2020

“Down below the broad, roaring waves of the sea break against the deep foundation of the rock. But high above the mountain, the sea, and the peaks of rock the eternal ornamentation blooms silently from the dark depths of the universe.” – Rudolf Otto

02/23/2020

“As his criminal actions have built walls around a prisoner, so your forgetfulness and refusal to let light in keep your soul from traveling.”
Bahauddin, from “Fumes” 2:75 of “The Drowned Book: Ecstatic and Earthy Reflections of the Father of Rumi”

02/22/2020

“Look carefully around you and recognize
the luminosity of souls. Sit beside those
who draw you to that.
Rumi, from a work entitled “Joy at Sudden Disappointment”

02/21/2020

“If you weep because the sun has gone out
Your tears may blind you to the stars.
Tagore, a poem entitled “Resurrection”

02/20/2020

“Having nothing produces provisions.
Ask a difficult question,
and the marvelous answer appears.”
Rumi, from a work entitled “Joy at Sudden Disappointment”

02/19/2020

“Clean clothes and expensive accessories will not cover a blackened core. The smoldering sends out smoke through the crevices. You brush the fumes away, but they keep coming.” – Bahauddin, from “Fumes” 2:74 of “The Drowned Book: Ecstatic and Earthy Reflections of the Father of Rumi”

02/18/2020

“Let life be as beautiful as summer flowers
And death as beautiful as autumn leaves”
Tagore, poem entitled “Beauty”

02/17/2020

“Every part of you has a secret language.
Your hands and your feet say what you’ve done.
And every need brings in what’s needed.
Pain bears its cure like a child.”
Rumi, from a poem entitled “Joy at Sudden Disappointment”

02/16/2020

“When I think of ages past
That have floated down the stream
Of life and love and death,
I feel how free it makes us
to pass away”
– Tagore, poem entitled “Understanding”

02/15/2020

“What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people’s faces as unfinished as their minds.” – Eric Hoffer

02/14/2020

“Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.” – Eric Hoffer

02/13/2020

“Self-righteousness is a loud din raised to drown the voice of guilt within us.” – Eric Hoffer

02/12/2020

“Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.” – Eric Hoffer

02/11/2020

“The frustrated follow a leader less because of their faith that he is leading them to a promised land than because of their immediate feeling that he is leading them away from their unwanted selves. Surrender to a leader is not a means to an end but a fulfillment. Whither they are led is of secondary importance.” – Eric Hoffer

02/10/2020 

“All mass movements strive, therefore, to interpose a fact-proof screen between the faithful and the realities of the world. They do this by claiming that the ultimate and absolute truth is already embodied in their doctrine and that there is no truth nor certitude outside it. The facts on which the true believer bases his conclusions must not be derived from his experience or observation but from holy writ.” – Eric Hoffer

02/09/2020

“Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.” – Eric Hoffer

02/08/2020

“When watching men of power in action it must be always kept in mind that, whether they know it or not, their main purpose is the elimination or neutralization of the independent individual- the independent voter, consumer, worker, owner, thinker- and that every device they employ aims at turning men into a manipulable animated instrument which is Aristotle’s definition of a slave.” – Eric Hoffer

This is what slaves in America look like today

02/07/2020

“No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion; it is an evil government.” – Eric Hoffer

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02/06/2020

“Someone who cannot stop his outer flow of words will soon be unable to communicate with other human beings at all.” –Thomas Metzinger

02/05/2020

“At 19, I basically held the position that if you were intellectually honest and really wanted to get in touch with political reality then you had to smell tear-gas.” – Thomas Metzinger

02/04/2020

“The conscious experience of being a subject arises when a single organism learns to enslave itself.” – Thomas Metzinger

02/03/2020

“Most liars can fool most people most of the time.” – Paul Ekman

02/02/2020

“Lying is a deliberate choice to mislead a target without giving any notification of the intent to do so. There are two major forms of lying: concealment, leaving out true information; and falsification, or presenting false information as if it were true.” – Pul Ekman

02/01/2020

The One and what I said about it make two, and two and the original One make three. If we go on this way, then even the cleverest mathematician can’t tell where we will end, much less the ordinary man….” – Chuangzi

More of Chuangzi, Laozi and the I Ching, in the Commentary for January, 2020 just posted in the Commentaries page.

01/31/2020

“Foolish, selfish people are always thinking of themselves and the result is always negative. Wise persons think of others, helping them as much as they can, and the result is happiness. Love and compassion are beneficial both for you and others. Through your kindness to others, your mind and heart will open to peace.” – Dalai Lama

01/30/2020

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”- Dalai Lama

01/29/2020

“Follow the three R’s: – Respect for self. – Respect for others. – Responsibility for all your actions.” – Dalai Lama

01/28/2020

“To be kind, honest and have positive thoughts; to forgive those who harm us and treat everyone as a friend; to help those who are suffering and never to consider ourselves superior to anyone else: even if this advice seems rather simplistic, make the effort of seeing whether by following it you can find greater happiness.” – Dalai Lama

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01/27/2020

“Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.”

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”

“I’ve pretty much done all I can here and, you know, God will carry me the rest of the way, so I’m pretty comfortable with that.”

– Kobe Bryant

R.I.P.

Kobe and Gianna

01-26-2020

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01/26/2020

Daily Prayer that’s Perfect for Trump…
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – Dalai Lama

01/25/2020

“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – Dalai Lama

01/24/2020

“The American Constitution is a written instrument full and complete in itself. No Court in America, no Congress, no President, can add a single word thereto, or take a single word threreto. It is a great national enactment done by the people, and can only be altered, amended, or added to by the people.” – Frederick Douglass

01/23/2020

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” – John Adams

01/22/2020

“A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.” – Alexander Hamilton

01/21/2020

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln

01/20/2020

“Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.” – William Beveridge

01/19/2020

“Every dictator is a mystic, and every mystic is a potential dictator. A mystic craves obedience from men, not their agreement. He wants them to surrender their consciousness to his assertions, his edicts, his wishes, his whims – as his consciousness is surrendered to theirs. He wants to deal with men by means of faith and force – he finds no satisfaction in their consent if he must earn it by means of facts and reason.” Ayn Rand

01/18/2020

“Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism.” – Aldous Huxley

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01/17/2020

“A dictator must fool all the people all the time and there’s only one way to do that, he must also fool himself.” – W. Somerset Maugham

01/16/2020

“Who says I am not under the special protection of God?” Adolf Hitler

“I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews, I am fighting for the Lord’s work.” – Adolf Hitler, Speech, Reichstag, 1936

Trump Shares Claim He is ‘Heaven Sent’

01/15/2020

“Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law. – Demosthenes

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01/14/2020

“Although we have no actual written communications from the world of emptiness, we have some hints or suggestions about what is going on in that world, and that is, you might say, enlightenment. When you see plum blossoms or hear the sound of a small stone hitting bamboo, that is a letter from the world of emptiness.” – Shunryu Suzuki

01/13/2020″

I speak without exaggeration when I say that I have constructed 3,000 different theories in connection with the electric light, each one of them reasonable and apparently likely to be true. Yet only in two cases did my experiments prove the truth of my theory. My chief difficulty was in constructing the carbon filament… Every quarter of the globe was ransacked by my agents, and all sorts of the queerest materials used, until finally the shred of bamboo, now utilized by us, was settled upon.” – Thomas A. Edison

01/12/2020

“Once a century, all of a certain kind of bamboo flower on the same day. Whether they are in Malaysia or in a greenhouse in Minnesota makes no difference, nor does the age or size of the plant. They flower. Some current of an inner language passes between them, through space and separation, in ways we cannot explain in our language. They are all, somehow, one plant, each with a share of communal knowledge.” – Linda Hogan

01/11/2020

“Heat lingers
As days are still long;
Early mornings are cool
While autumn is still young.
Dew on the lotus
Scatters pure perfume;
Wind on the bamboos
Gives off a gentle tinkling.
I am idle and lonely,
Lying down all day,
Sick and decayed;
No one asks for me;
Thin dusk before my gates,
Cassia blossoms inch deep.”
Bai Juyi

01/10/2020

“The Japanese are virtuosos. They make just the little accent that makes all the difference. So much there is so beautiful – just a shop window display is a work of art. Just the way they make all kinds of things out of bamboo that are so ingenious. Just the way this little bamboo drain or latch is so beautiful. The masonry around the streams to hold the bank are beautiful – and not all one kind and not just cement.” – Jane Jacobs

01/09/2020

“You can learn from an ordinary bamboo leaf what ought to happen. It bends lower and lower under the weight of snow. Suddenly the snow slips to the ground without the leaf having stirred. Stay like that at the point of highest tension until the shot falls from you. So, indeed, it is: when the tension is fulfilled, the shot must fall, it must fall from the archer like snow from a bamboo leaf, before he even thinks it.” – Eugen Herrigel, Author of Zen and the Art of Archery

01/08/2020

“Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountins are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.” – Okakura Kakuzo, author  of Teaof The Book

01/07/2020

“Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom. The pine is evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, and elegant.” – Morihei Ueshiba

01/06/2020

God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.” – Ramakrishna

01/05/2020

“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” – Jodi Picoult

 01/04/2020

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee

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01/03/2020

“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.” Ping Fu

01/02/2020

“For nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.” – Charles Dickens

01/01/2020

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”- Rainer Maria Rilke

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!

12/31/2019

“We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.” – Charlotte Bronte

12/30/2019

“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

12/29/2019

“Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden-in all the places.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

12/28/2019

“You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin , or even vagueness – ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things.” – Walt Whitman

12/27/2019

“Nothing in nature is as simple as it sometimes seems when reduced to words.” – Hal Borland

12/26/2019

“Our Children no longer learn how to read the great book of Nature from their own direct experience, or how to interact creatively with the seasonal transformations of the planet. They seldom learn where their water come from or where it goes. We no longer coordinate our human celebration with the great liturgy of the heavens.” – Wendell Berry

12/25/2019 

“Thus there are two books from whence I collect my Divinity; besides that written one of God, another of his servant Nature, that universal and public Manuscript, that lies expans’d unto the eyes of all; those that never saw him in the one, have discovered him in the other.” – Thomas Browne

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All

12/24/2019

“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.” – Khalil Gibran

12/23/2019 

“In nature, everything has a job. The job of the fog is to beautify further the existing beauties!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

12/22/2019

“Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower-but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, all in all,
I should know what God and man is.”
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

12/21/2019

“Every Night and Every Morn
Some to Misery are Born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are Born to sweet delight.
Some are Born to sweet delight,
Some are Born to Endless Night.”
– William Blake (from his famous poem “To See a World)

12/20/2019

“A Truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the Lies you can invent.
It is right it should be so;
Man was made for Joy and Woe;
And when this we rightly know,
Thro’ the World we safely go.”
– William Blake (from his famous poem “To See a World)

12/19/2019

“The Gnat the sings his Summer song
Poison get from Slander’s tongue.
The poison of the Snake and Newt
Is the sweat of Envy’s Foot.”
– William Blake (from his famous poem “To See a World)

 

12/18/2019

“He who shall train the Horse to War
Shall never pass the Polar Bar.
The Beggar’s Dog and Widow’s Cat,
Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.”
– William Blake (from his famous poem “To See a World)

12/17/2019

“A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State.
A Horse misus’d upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.
Each outcry from the hunted Hare
A fiber from the Brain does tear”
William Blake (from his famous poem “To See a World)

12/16/2019

“A Robin Redbreast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage
A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons
Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.”
– William Blake (from his famous poem “To See a World)

12/15/2019

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
– William Blake (from his famous poem “To See a World)

12/14/2019

“Look after the root of the tree, and the fragrant flower and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of the spirit will follow.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

12/13/2019

“The strong experience of nature… is the necessary basis for all conception of art on which rests the grandeur and beauty of all future work. – Paul Cezanne

12/12/2019 

‘No tribal rite has yet been recorded which attempts to keep winter from descending; on the contrary: the rites all prepare the community to endure, together with the rest of nature, the season of the terrible cold.” – Joseph Campbell

12/11/2019

“There are no idealists in the plant world and no compassion. The rose and the morning glory know no mercy. Bindweed, the morning glory, will quickly choke its competitors to death, and the fencerow rose will just as quietly crowd out any other plant that tried to share its roothold. Idealism and mercy are human terms and human concepts. – Hal Borland

12/10/2019

“I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.” – Henry David Thoreau

12/09/2019

“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.” – Walt Whitman

12/08/2019

“If Nature put not forth her power About the opening of the flower, Who is it that could live an hour?” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

12/07/2019

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson

12/06/2019

“Natura nihil agit frustra [Nature does nothing in vain] is the only indisputable axiom in philosophy. There are no grotesques in nature; not any thing framed to fill up empty cantons, and unnecessary spaces.” – Thomas Browne

12/05/2019

“Give and Take…
For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.”
– Khalil Gibran

12/04/2019

“A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.” – Saadi

12/03/2019

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” – Hal Borland

12/02/2019

“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” – Aeschylus

12/01/2019

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh

11/30/2019

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

11/28/2019

“Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labor when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.” – Alexander Pope

“Happy Thanksgiving to One and All”

11/27/2019

“Earth smiles in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

11/26/2019

“One touch in Nature makes the whole world Kin.” – Shakespeare

11/25/2019

“Friendship is a sheltering tree.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

11/24/2019

“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” – John Burroughs

11/23/2019

“The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours.” – William Wordsworth

11/22/2019

 “Persons of genius, and those who are most capable of art, are always most fond of nature: as such are chiefly sensible, that all art consists in the imitation and study of nature.” – Alexander Pope

11/21/2019

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.” – Rabindranath Tagore

11/20/2019

“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

11/19/2019

“The roaring of the wind is my wife and the stars through the window pane are my children.” John Keats

11/18/2019

“It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.” – Oscar Wilde

11/17/2019

“We consider the beauty of nature and art with pleasure and satisfaction, without the slightest movement of desire. Instead, it appears to be a particular mark of beauty that it is considered with tranquil satisfaction; that it pleases if we also do not possess it and we are still far removed from demanding to possess it” – Moses Mendelssohn

11/16/2019

“Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.” – William Cowper

11/15/2019

“All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.” – Thomas Browne

11/14/2019

“I love not man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron

11/13/2019

“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 

11/12/2019

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

11/11/2019

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore.” – James F. Cooper

11/10/2019

“You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

11/09/2019

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” – Hal Borland

11/08/2019

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” – Jimmy Carter

11/07/2019

“Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.” – Auguste Rodin

11/06/2019

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson

11/05/2019

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

11/04/2019

 “Sit and be still
until in the time
of no rain you hear
beneath the dry wind’s
commotion in the trees
the sound of flowing
water among the rocks,
a stream unheard before,
and you are where
breathing is prayer.” ~ Wendell Berry

11/03/2019

“An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.” – Henri Matisse

11/02/2019

“What more felicitie can fall to creature
Than to enjoy delight with libertie,
And to be lord of all the workes of Nature,
To raine in th’ aire from earth to highest skie,
To feed on flowres and weeds of glorious feature.”
– Edmund Spenser

11/01/2019

“The glorious lamp of heaven, the radiant sun, Is Nature’s eye.” – John Dryden

10/31/2019

“Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth
With such a full and unwithdrawing hand,
Covering the earth with odours, fruits, flocks,
Thronging the seas with spawn innumerable,
But all to please and sate the curious taste?”
John Milton

10/30/2019

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” – Joseph Campbell

10/29/2019

“When a man looks at the stars, he grows calm and forgets small things. They answer his questions and show him that his earth is only one of the million worlds. Hold your soul still and look upward often, and you will understand their speech. Never forget the stars.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

10/28/2019

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

10/27/2019

“But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature – Chapter 1, 1836)

10/26/2019

“A sensitive plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan
like leaves to the light,
and closed them beneath the kisses of night.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

10/25/2019

“Give and Take…
For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.”
Khalil Gibran



10/24/2019

“The rocks are where they are- and this is their will. The rivers flow- and this is their will. The birds fly- this is their will. Human beings talk- this is their will. The seasons change, heaven sends down rain or snow, the earth occasionally shakes, the waves roll, the stars shine- each of them follows its own will. To be is to will and so is to become.” — D.T. Suzuki

10/23/2019

“The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events–that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies–and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.” – Alan Watts

10/22/2019

“I am progressing very slowly, for nature reveals herself to me in very complex forms; and the progress needed is incessant.” – Paul Cezanne

10/21/2019

“The smoke of my own breath,
Echoes, ripples, buzz’d whispers, love-root, silk-thread, crotch and vine,
My respiration and inspiration, the beating of my heart, the passing of blood and air through my lungs,
The sniff of green leaves and dry leaves, and of the shore and dark-color’d sea-rocks, and of hay in the barn,
The sound of the belch’d words of my voice loos’d to the eddies of the wind,
A few light kisses, a few embraces, a reaching around of arms,
The play of shine and shade on the trees as the supple boughs wag,
The delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and hill-sides,
The feeling of health, the full-noon trill, the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun.”
Walt Whitman, excerpt from “Song of Myself”

10/20/2019

“The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.” – John Burroughs

10/19/2019

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth

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10/18/2019

“Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but it impairs what it would improve.” – Alexander Pope

10/17/2019

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake

10/16/2019

“In contemplation of created things, by steps we may ascend to God.” John Milton

10/15/2019

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau

10/14/2019

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” – Rabindranath Tagore

10/13/2019

“Blessed is the healthy nature; it is the coherent, sweetly co-operative, not incoherent, self-distracting, self-destructive one!” – John Keats

10/12/2019

“From a human point of view, the difference between the mind of a human and that of a mountain goat is wonderful; from the point of view of the infinite ignorance that surrounds us, the difference is not impressive. Indeed, from that point of view, the goat may have the better mind, for he is more congenially adapted to his place, and he would not endanger his species or his planet for the sake of an idea.” – Wendell Berry

10/11/2019

“Nature never deserts the wise and pure; no plot so narrow, be but nature there; no waste so vacant, but may well employ each faculty of sense, and keep the heart awake to love and beauty.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

10/10/2019

“Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep’d in the morning dews.”
– Robert Burns

10/09/2019

“Any man that walks the mead
In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find,
According as his humors lead,
A meaning suited to his mind.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

10/08/2019

“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.” – Robert Browning

10/07/2019

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron

10/06/2019

“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

10/05/2019

“In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.” – John Milton

10/04/2019

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

10/03/2019

“Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

10/02/2019

“Therefore am I still a lover of the meadows and the woods, and mountains; and of all that we behold from this green earth.” – William Wordsworth

10/01/2019

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau

09/30/2019

“They who wander widest lift No more of beauties’ jealous veils, Than they who from their doorways see The miracle of flowers and trees.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

09/29/2019

“No stir of air was there, Not so much life as on a summer’s day Robs not one light seed from the feather’d grass, But where the dead leaf fell, there did it rest.” – John Keats

09/28/2019

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” – Wendell Berry

09/27/2019

“Only the intelligent knows how to identify all things as one. . . . When one is at ease with himself, one is near Tao. This is to let Nature take its own course.” – Zhuangzi

09/26/2019

“I went to the little window and inhaled the country air. One could hear the breathing of the night, feminine, enormous.” – Octavio Paz

09/25/2019

“I never knew how soothing trees are-many trees and patches of open sunlight, and tree presences; it is almost like having another being.” – D. H. Lawrence

09/24/2019

“[T]hro’ this Air, this Ocean, and this Earth, All Nature quick, and bursting into birth. Above, how high progressive life may go? Around how wide? how deep extend below? Vast Chain of Being! which from God began, Ethereal Essence, Spirit, Substance, Man, Beast, Bird, Fish, Insect! what no Eye can see, No Glass can reach! from Infinite to Thee! From Thee to Nothing…. From Nature’s Chain whatever Link you strike, Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike…. All are but parts of one stupendous Whole: Whose Body Nature is, and God the Soul.” – Alexander Pope

09/23/2019

“The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrace of the grass, they speak to me. The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea, speaks to me. The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me. The strength of the fire, the taste of the salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me. And my heart soars.” ~ Chief Dan George

09/22/2019

“Let the moon shine on thee in thy solitary walk; and let the misty mountain-winds be free to blow against thee.” – William Wordsworth

09/21/2019

“Coming, going, the waterbirds, don’t leave a trace, don’t follow a path.” ~ Dogen

09/20/2019

“The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged – keep on – there are divine things, well envelop’d; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.” – Walt Whitman

09/19/2019

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.” – Rabindranath Tagore

09/18/2019

“There is religion in everything around us, – a calm and holy religion in the unbreathing things of Nature, which man would do well to imitate.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

09/17/2019

“Let us leave a splendid legacy for our children…let us turn to them and say, this you inherit: guard it well, for it is far more precious than money…and once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.” ~ Ansel Adams

09/16/2019

“Outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary, but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread.” ~ Wendell Berry

09/15/2019

“To one who has been long in city pent, ’Tis very sweet to look into the fair And open face of heaven, — to breathe a prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament.” – John Keats

09/14/2019

“The natural alone is permanent. Fantastic idols may be worshipped for a while; but at length they are overturned by the continual and silent progress of Truth, as the grim statues of Copan have been pushed from their pedestals by the growth of forest-trees, whose seeds were sown by the wind in the ruined walls.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

09/13/2019

“First follow Nature, and your judgment frame
By her just standard, which is still the same:
Unerring nature, still divinely bright,
One clear, unchanged, and universal light,
Life, force, and beauty must to all impart,
At once the source, and end, and test of art.”
– Alexander Pope

09/12/2019

“. . .this prayer I make, Knowing that Nature never did betray The heart that loved her; ‘t is her privilege, Through all the years of this our life, to lead From joy to joy: for she can so inform The mind that is within us, so impress With quietness and beauty, and so feed With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tongues, Rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men, Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all The dreary intercourse of daily life, Shall e’er prevail against us, or disturb Our cheerful faith, that all which we behold Is full of blessings.” – William Wordsworth

09/11/2019

“Nature eschews regular lines; she does not shape her lines by a common model. Not one of Eve’s numerous progeny in all respects resembles her who first culled the flowers of Eden. To the infinite variety and picturesque inequality of nature we owe the great charm of her uncloying beauty.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

09/10/2019

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

09/09/2019

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~ Khalil Gibran

09/08/2019

“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.” ~ Jack Kerouac

09/07/2019

“In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.” ~ John Milton

09/06/2019

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

09/05/2019

“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.” ~ Rajneesh

09/04/2019

“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

09/03/2019

“Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.” ~ Michel de Montaigne

09/02/2019

“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” ~ Okakura Kakuzo

09/01/2019

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” ~ Edward Abbey

08/31/2019

“Nature always springs to the surface and manages to show what she is. It is vain to stop or try to drive her back. She breaks through every obstacle, pushes forward, and at last makes for herself a way.” ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

08/30/2019

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

08/29/2019

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~ e. e. cummings

08/28/2019

“A monk asks:Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature? The master answers:Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature.” ~ Angelus Silesius

08/27/2019

“Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.” ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz

08/26/2019

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” ~ Jimmy Carter

08/25/2019

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” ~ Lord Byron

08/24/2019

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” ~ William Shakespeare

08/23/2019

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~ John Burroughs

08/22/2019

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.” ~ Crowfoot

08/21/2019

“The pursuit of science has often been compared to the scaling of mountains, high and not so high. But who amongst us can hope, even in imagination, to scale the Everest and reach its summit when the sky is blue and the air is still, and in the stillness of the air survey the entire Himalayan range in the dazzling white of the snow stretching to infinity? None of us can hope for a comparable vision of nature and of the universe around us. But there is nothing mean or lowly in standing in the valley below and awaiting the sun to rise over Kinchinjunga.” ~ Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

08/20/2019

“Nature is beneficent. I praise her and all her works. She is silent and wise. She is cunning, but for good ends. She has brought me here and will also lead me away. She may scold me, but she will not hate her work. I trust her.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

08/19/2019

“The Universe is circles within circles, and everything is one circle, and all the circles are connected to each other. Each family is a circle, and those family circles connect together and make a community, and the community makes its circle where it lives on the Earth. It (the community) cares for that part (of the Earth) but cares for it as a circle – which is to say in a cooperative and egalitarian way, where everybody is cared for, and everybody is respected.” ~ Black Elk

08/18/2019

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” ~ E. B. White

08/17/2019

“Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

08/16/2019

“I long for wildness, a nature which I cannot put my foot through, woods where the wood thrush forever sings, where the hours are early morning ones, and there is dew on the grass, and the day is forever unproved, where I might have a fertile unknown for a soil about me.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

08/15/2019

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” ~ Galileo Galilei

08/14/2019

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” ~ John Burroughs

08/13/2019

“I never thought anything about age. I believed sincerely and still do, that there’s nothing I cannot do. I believe that all the power in the universe is right inside me.” ~ Tao Porchon-Lynch

08/12/2019

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

08/11/2019

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

08/10/2019

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

08/09/2019

“When we pay attention to nature’s music, we find that everything on the Earth contributes to its harmony.” ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

08/08/2019

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein


08/07/2019

“The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

08/06/2019

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” – Rumi

08/05/2019

“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” ~ Wendell Berry

08/04/2019

“If you want to meet someone who can fix any situation you don’t like, who can bring you happiness in spite of what other people say or believe, look in a mirror, then say this magic word: ‘Hello.'” ~ Richard Bach

08/03/2019

“Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

08/02/2019

“I thought how utterly we have forsaken the Earth, in the sense of excluding it from our thoughts. There are but few who consider its physical hugeness, its rough enormity. It is still a disparate monstrosity, full of solitudes, barrens, wilds. It still dwarfs, terrifies, crushes. The rivers still roar, the mountains still crash, the winds still shatter. Man is an affair of cities. His gardens, orchards and fields are mere scrapings. Somehow, however, he has managed to shut out the face of the giant from his windows. But the giant is there, nevertheless.” ~ Wallace Stevens

08/01/2019

“The self says, I am; The heart says, I am less; The spirit says, you are Nothing.” ~ Theodore Roethke

07/31/2019

“We make a space inside ourselves, so that being can speak.” – Martin Heidegger

07/30/2019

“Perfect happiness knows no happiness, perfect praise knows no praise. The world can’t decide what is right and what is wrong. And yet inaction can decide this. Perfect happiness, keeping alive – only inaction gets you close to this!” – Zhuangzi

07/29/2019

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” ~ John Muir

07/28/2019

“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be a mere rushing on.” ~ D. H. Lawrence

07/27/2019

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” – Walt Whitman

07/26/2019

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness’s of other people. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ Carl Jung

07/25/2019

“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.” ~ Joseph Campbell

07/24/2019

“Can we talk of integration until there is integration of hearts and minds? Unless you have this, you only have a physical presence, and the walls between us are as high as the mountain range.” ~ Chief Dan George

07/23/2019 

“No form of love is wrong, so long as it is love, and you yourself honour what you are doing. Love has an extraordinary variety of forms! And that is all there is in life, it seems to me. But I grant you, if you deny the variety of love you deny love altogether. If you try to specialize love into one set of accepted feelings, you wound the very soul of love. Love must be multi-form, else it is just tyranny, just death” ~ D. H. Lawrence

07/22/2019

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.” ~ Richard Bach

07/21/2019

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.” – Rumi

07/20/2019

“Be quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and also quiet in your body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state truth will reveal itself to you.” ~ Kabir

07/19/2019

“The most important lesson that man can learn from life, is not that there is pain in this world, but that it is possible for him to transmute it into joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

07/18/2019

“If you want to realize the truth, don’t be for or against. The struggle between good and evil is the primal disease of the mind.” ~ Sengcan

07/17/2019

“So, when the shoe fits,
the foot is forgotten.
When the belt fits,
the belly is forgotten.
When the heart is right,
‘For’ and ‘Against’ are forgotten
Chuang Tzu, The Way of Chuang Tzu, Thomas Merton

07/16/2019   

“To quell anger nothing is better than the Poetry.
To dismiss cares, nothing is better than music.
To moderate joy, nothing is better than li.
To observe li, nothing is better than attentiveness.
To maintain attentiveness, nothing is better than tranquility.”
Guan Zhong, (c. 720-645 BC)

07/15/2019

“Therefore if we realize that our nature and destiny are what they should be, we will have no anxiety and will be at ease with ourselves in the face of life or death, prominence or obscurity, or an infinite amount of changes and variations, and will be in accord with principle.” ~ Guo Xiang

07/14/2019

“Loving kindness towards ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. It means we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.” ~ Pema Chodron

07/13/2019

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” ~ Pablo Neruda

07/12/2019

“Simplify your life. Don’t waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don’t burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don’t destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!” ~ Henry David Thoreau

07/11/2019

“To someone who can maintain an empty mind and nonaction, even without wishing for Dao, Dao will return of itself” – The Neiguan Jing

07/10/2019

“Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now.” ~ Marcel Proust

07/09/2019

“Human beings always lose Dao; Dao never loses them. Human beings constantly reject life, life never rejects them. Nourishing life therefore means being careful not to lose Dao. Practicing Dao means being careful not to lose life. This way one causes life and Dao to guard and preserve each other, making sure the two never get separated. Thus one can live long” – The Miaozhen jing 妙真經 (Scripture of Wondrous Perfection)

07/08/2019

“Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace”. Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place”.” ~ Marianne Williamson

07/07/2019

“America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land of men absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life’s sacred spontaneity. They can’t trust life until they can control it.” ~ D. H. Lawrence

07/06/2019

“The most powerful prayer, one well-nigh omnipotent, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of a quiet mind. The quieter it is the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible. What is a quiet mind? A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own.” – Meister Eckhart

07/05/2019

“Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery. Injustice sustained at the exact degree of necessary tension to turn the cogs of the huge machine-for-the-making-of-rich-men, without bursting the boiler.” – Georges Bernanos

07/04/2019

“This is what you should do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men … re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.” – Walt Whitman

07/03/2019

“The ambitious run day and night in pursuit of honors, constantly in anguish about the success of their plans, dreading the miscalculation that may wreck everything. Thus they are alienated from themselves, exhausting their real life in service of the shadow created by their insatiable hope.” – Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu.

07/02/2019

“If [America] forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution.” – Carl Sandburg

07/01/2019

“You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe. The significance of you will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all you experience to highest advantage to others. Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

06/30/2019

“Beyond myself, somewhere, I wait for my arrival.” – Octavio Paz

06/29/2019

“Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand. Return to the root and you will find Meaning.” – Sengcan

06/28/2019

“In fighting nature, man can win every battle except the last. If he should win that too, he will perish, like an embryo cutting its own umbilical cord.” – Thor Heyerdahl

06/27/2019

“Keep to your Path, and nothing else will matter. When you lose your desire for things that do not matter, you will be free” – Morihei Ueshiba

06/26/2019

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it. Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom. Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone; but let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.” – Rabindranath Tagore

06/25/2019

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

06/24/2019

“The world values books and thinks in so doing it is valuing Tao. But books contain words only. And yet there is something else that gives value to books. Not the words only or the thought in the words, but something else within the thought, swinging it in a certain direction that words cannot apprehend. But it is the words themselves that the world values when it commits them to books: and though the world values them, these words are worthless as long as that which gives them value is not held in honor.” – Thomas Merton, “The Way of Chuang Tzu”

06/23/2019

“I think the source of our sorrow and the source of our joy are intimately entwined. Our sorrow is that we have forgotten who we are, we have forgotten we are one with that source of all life – absolutely indestructible, perfect, joyful. The source of our joy is when we remember that.” ~ Richard Bach

06/22/2019

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” – John Muir

06/21/2019

“A narrow vision is divisive, a broad vision expansive. But a divine vision is all-inclusive.” – Swami Tejomayananda 

06/20/2019

“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together … Speech is too often … the act of quite stifling and suspending thought, so that there is none to conceal … Speech is of Time, silence is of Eternity … It is idle to think that, by means of words, any real communication can ever pass from one man to another.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

06/19/2019

“Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.” – Martin Heidegger

06/18/2019

“When you feel the desire for power, you should stay in solitude for some time.” – Leo Tolstoy

06/17/2019

“The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing. It receives but does not keep.”— Zhuangzi

06/16/2019

“This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

06/15/2019

“If you have Life in you, you have access to the secret of the ages, for the truth of the universe resides in each and every human being.” – Morihei Ueshiba

06/14/2019

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

06/13/2019

“The mind-is not the heart. I may yet live, as I know others live, To wish in vain to let go with the mind- Of cares, at night, to sleep; but nothing tells me That I need learn to let go with the heart.” – Robert Frost

06/12/2019

“Where the fountains of passion
Lie deep,
The heavenly springs
Are soon dry.”
– Zhuangzi

06/11/2019

“Sunlight fell upon the wall;
the wall received a borrowed splendor.
Why set your heart on a piece of earth,
O simple one? Seek out the source
which shines forever.”
Rumi

06/10/2019

“When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear, and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness. What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations?” – Sengcan

06/09/2019

“Every language having a structure, by the very nature of language, reflects in its own structure that of the world as assumed by those who evolved the language. In other words, we read unconsciously into the world the structure of the language we use.” – Alfred Korzybski

06/08/2019

“Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.” – Rumi

06/07/2019

“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.” – E. M. Forster

06/06/2019

“Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill… I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together.” – Marcus Aurelius

06/05/2019

“When evil acts in the world it always manages to find instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable.” – Max Lerner

06/04/2019

“Nothing threatens freedom of the personality and the meaning of life like war, poverty, terror. But there are also indirect and only slightly more remote dangers. One of these is the stupefaction of man (the “gray mass,” to use the cynical term of bourgeois prognosticators) by mass culture with its intentional or commercially motivated lowering of intellectual level and content, with its stress on entertainment or utilitarianism, and with its carefully protective censorship.’ – Andrei Sakharov

06/03/2019

“Aikido is not an art to fight with enemies and defeat them. It is a way to lead all human beings to live in harmony with each other as though everyone were one family. The secret of aikido is to make yourself become one with the universe and to go along with its natural movements. One who has attained this secret holds the universe in him/herself and can say, ‘I am the universe.” – Morihei Ueshiba

06/02/2019

“Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens, When I have no engagements written on my block, When no one comes to disturb my inward peace, When no one comes to take me away from myself And turn me into a patchwork, a jig-saw puzzle, A broken mirror that once gave a whole reflection, Being so contrived that it takes too long a time To get myself back to myself when they have gone.” – Vita Sackville-West

06/01/2019

“He who dreams … does not know he is dreaming… . Only when he awakens does he know he has dreamt. But there is also the great awakening (ta-chiao), and then we see that [everything] here is nothing but a great dream. Of course, the fools believe that they are already awake-what foolishness! Confucius and you, both of you, are dreams; and I, who tell you this, am also a dream.” – Zhuangzi

05/31/2019

“As for me, I know nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under the trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love,
Or sleep in bed at night with any one I love,
Or watch honey bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon…
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown,
Or of stars shining so quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring…
What stranger miracles are there?”
Walt Whitman

05/30/2019

“Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.
A white flower grows in the quietness.
Let your tongue become that flower.”
Rumi

05/29/2019

“The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of contemporary violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activity neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” – Thomas Merton

05/28/2019

“Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop saying it.
If I could taste one sip of the answer.
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn’t come here on my own accord, and I can’t leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.”
– Rumi, The Tavern: Whoever Brought Me Here Will Have To Take Me Home

05/27/2019

“We make a space inside ourselves, so that being can speak.” – Martin Heidegger

05/26/2019

“A person is neither a thing nor a process but an opening through which the Absolute can manifest.” – Martin Heidegger

05/25/2019

“The supreme value is not the future but the present. The future is a deceitful time that always says to us, ‘Not Yet,’ and thus denies us… Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present.” – Octavio Paz

05/24/2019

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” – Thomas Merton

05/23/2019

“In fact ‘Just Being’ [in silence] without verbal thought is your demonstrating who and what you really are.” – Alfred Korzybski

05/22/2019

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers . . . we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

05/21/2019

“Intellectual freedom is essential — freedom to obtain and distribute information, freedom for open-minded and unfearing debate and freedom from pressure by officialdom and prejudices. Such freedom of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of people by mass myths, which, in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can be transformed into bloody dictatorship.” – Andrei Sakharov

05/20/2019

“Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon then from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins the journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of the crowd, and by choosing knowledge over veils of ignorance.” – Henri Bergson

05/19/2019

“As straightening cannot make people sincere, there appear those who turn cultural institutions and ceremonial etiquette into superficial ornamentation. Because those who esteem cultivation and etiquette interact by wrangling and faultfinding, anger arises where opinions conflict. Thus it is ‘when a person of superior propriety takes action and no one responds, he pushes up his sleeves and leads them to it.’ ” Wang Bi, commenting on Chapter 38 of the Tao De Ching, trans. by Richard John Lynn

05/18/2019

“Body is not stiff, mind is stiff.” – K. Pattabhi Jois

05/17/2019

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” – Rumi

05/16/2019

“At every crossroad on the way that leads to the future, each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand men appointed to guard the past.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

05/15/2019

“True victory does not come from defeating an enemy, true victory comes from giving love and changing an enemies heart.” – Morihei Ueshiba

05/14/2019

“A German officer visited Picasso in his Paris studio during the Second World War. There he saw Guernica and, shocked at the modernist «chaos» of the painting, asked Picasso: «Did you do this?» Picasso calmly replied: ‘No, you did this!’ ” – Slavoj Žižek

 

05/13/2019

“And all this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country`s pride.” – Bertrand Russell

05/12/22019

“When heart speaks and heart listens, harmony is produced. When head talks and head listens, argument is produced.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

05/11/2019

“Humanity has been sleeping-and still sleeps-lulled within the narrowly confining joys of its little closed loves. In the depths of the human multitude there slumbers an immense spiritual power which will manifest itself only when we have learnt how to break through the dividing walls of our egoism and raise ourselves up to an entirely new perspective, so that habitually and in a practical fashion we fix our gaze on the universal realities.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

05/10/2019

“It is always difficult to give oneself up; few persons anywhere ever succeed in doing so, and even fewer transcend the possessive stage to know love for what it actually is: a perpetual discovery, and immersion in the waters of reality, an unending re-creation.” – Octavio Paz

05/09/2019

“Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.” – Thomas Merton

05/08/2019

“To regard human beings as tools – as instruments – for the use of other human beings is not only unscientific but it is repugnant, stupid and short sighted. Tools are made by man but have not the autonomy of their maker – they have not man’s time-binding capacity for initiation, for self-direction, and self-improvement.” – Alfred Korzybski

05/07/2019

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore

05/06/2019

“Happiness is rarely absent; it is we that know not of its presence.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

05/05/2019

“The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.” – Morihei Ueshiba

05/04/2019

“Walk a single path, becoming neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat, without forgetting caution when all is quiet or becoming frightened when danger threatens.” – Kano Jigoro

05/03/2019

“It is always difficult to give oneself up; few persons anywhere ever succeed in doing so, and even fewer transcend the possessive stage to know love for what it actually is: a perpetual discovery, and immersion in the waters of reality, an unending re-creation.” – Octavio Paz

05/02/2019

“Often, the worst way to become prisoner of a system is to have a dream that things may turn better, there is always the possibility of change. Because it is precisely this secret dream that keeps you enslaved to the system.” – Slavoj Žižek

05/01/2019

“Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

04/30/2019

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. In effect, the people who change our lives the most begin to sing to us while we are still in darkness. If we listen to their song, we will see the dawning of a new part of ourselves.” – Rabindranath Tagore

04/29/2019

“Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.” – Bertrand Russell

04/28/2019

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of… We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart.” – Blaise Pascal

04/27/2019

“American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.” – Edward R. Murrow

04/26/2019

“The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world, because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.” – Morihei Ueshiba

04/25/2019

“It becomes necessary to learn how to clear the mind of all clouds, to free it of all useless ballast and debris by dismissing the burden of too much concern with material things.” – Indra Devi

04/24/2019

“A quiet mind does not mean that there will be no thoughts or mental movements at all, but that these will be on the surface, and you will feel your true being within, separate from them, observing but not carried away” – Sri Aurobindo

04/23/019

“That which especially distinguishes a high order of man from a low order of man, that which constitutes human goodness, human nobleness, is surely not the degree of enlightenment with which men pursue their own advantage; but it is self-forgetfulness; it is self-sacrifice; it is the disregard of personal pleasure, personal indulgence, personal advantage, remote or present, because some other line of conduct is more right.” – James Anthony Froude

04/22/2019

“Loneliness as a situation can be corrected, but as a state of mind it is an incurable illness.” – Vladimir Nabokov

04/21/2019

“Hiking – I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.” – John Muir

04/20/2019

“The Sage does not accumulate (for himself).
He lives for other people,
And grows richer himself;
He gives to other people,
And has greater abundance.

The Tao of Heaven
Blesses, but does not harm.
The Way of the Sage
Accomplishes, but does not contend.”
– Chap. 81, Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu’s final advice to mankind, trans. Lin Yutang

04/19/2019

“Believing ourselves to be possessors of absolute truth degrades us: we regard every person whose way of thinking is different from ours as a monster and a threat and by so doing turn our own selves into monsters and threats to our fellows.” – Octavio Paz

04/18/2019

“It is a fallacy of the old schools to divide man into parcels, elements, thoughts, emotions, intuitions, etc. All human faculties consist of an interconnected whole.” – Alfred Korzybski

04/17/2019

“The people of the United States are one of the people I most admire in the world. The only thing I don’t understand is why a country that manages to do so well cannot do better in choosing its president.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

04/16/2019

“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.” – Hermann Hesse

04/15/2019 (U.S. Tax Deadline Day)

“Once Confucius was walking in the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a grave. He asked the woman what her sorrow was, and she replied, We are a family of hunters. My father was eaten by a tiger. My husband was bitten by a tiger and died. And now my only son! Why don’t you move down and live in the valley? Why do you continue to live up here? asked Confucius. And the woman replied, But sir, there are no tax collectors here! Confucius added to his disciples, You see, a bad government is more to be feared than tigers.” – Lin Yutang

04/14/2019

“When obscure, it is through principles (li) that things achieve distinctness, when turbid, it is by stilling that things achieve clarity, and, when quiet, it is by stirring that things come alive. This is the Dao of nature (ziran)” – Wang Bi, commenting on Tao Te Ching, ch. 15, trans. Richard John Lynn

04/13/2019

“Who can take his turbidity and, by stilling it, gradually become clear? Who can take his quietude and, by stirring it long, gradually (with meticulousness and caution) come alive?” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, ch. 15

04/12/2019

“In antiquity, he who was adept at following the Way was perfectly in step with the mystery in all its subtlety and profundity; so recondite was he that it was impossible to understand him.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, ch. 15

04/11/2019

Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The sun is simply bright. It doesn’t correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world. ~ Ramana Maharshi

04/10/2019

Inaction may be the highest form of action. ~Jerry Brown

04/09/2019

“The real “doing nothing” implies inner non-resistance and intense alertness. ~Eckhart Tolle

04/08/2019

“When you finally awake, you don’t try to make good things happen; they just happen.” ~ Anthony de Mello

04/07/2019

“Joy does all things without concern:
For emptiness, stillness, tranquility, tastelessness,
Silence, and non-action
Are the root of all things.”

– Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu

04/06/2019

“From emptiness comes the unconditioned,
From this the conditioned, the individual things.
So from the sage’s emptiness, stillness arises;
From stillness, action. From action, attainment.
From their stillness comes their non-action, which is also action
And is, therefore, their attainment.
For stillness is joy. Joy is free from care
Fruitful in long years.”

– Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu

04/05/2019

The non-action of the wise man is not inaction.
It is not studied. It is not shaken by anything.
The sage is quiet because he is not moved,
Not because he wills to be quiet . . .

  • Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu

04/04/2019

“Heaven and Earth follow the way of naturalness without taking an arbitrary action. Yet, they incessantly generate one thing after the other. Similarly, the sage keeps to the way of naturalness without taking blind action; yet, he enables people to maintain their genuine selves and become what they should be.” Keping Wang, commenting on the Tao Te Ching.

04/03/019

If we face a situation without any intention, free from fear and desire, this openness paves the way for an intuition that will lead to a decision or an action in total harmony with that situation. Such a decision may bring about an apparent change, but this change is not an escape from or an avoidance of the situation; it doesn’t originate from the person; it emanates from intelligence. ~Francis Lucille

4/02/2019

“In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. ~Nisagardatta Maharaj

04/01/2019

“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds” – Thomas Merton

03/31/2019

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” – John Donne

03/30/2019

“There is nothing that making men rich and strong but that which they carry inside of them. True wealth is of the heart, not of the hand.” – John Milton

03/29/2019

“Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.” – Emanuel Swedenborg

03/28/2019

“The chakras or force-centers are points of connection at which energy flows from one body of a man to another…all these wheels are perpetually rotating, and into the hub or open mouth of each a force from a higher world is always flowing. – Charles Webster Leadbeater

03/27/2019

“If we set out on it as that which nothing fails to follow, we call it the Dao (Way), and, if we seek it as that from which absolutely no subtlety fails to emerge, we call it Mystery. Mystery is what we name the utterly deep, and Dao is what we designate as utterly great.” Wang Bi commenting on the Tao Te Ching.

03/26/2019

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” – Lin Yutang

03/25/2019

“Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” – Albert Camus

03/24/2019

“Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

03/23/2019

“To use words to sense reality is like going with a lamp to search for darkness.” – Alfred Korzybski

03/22/2019

“Nature does not suffer her veil to be taken from her, and what she does not choose to reveal to the spirit, thou wilt not wrest from her by levers and screws.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

03/21/2019

“You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe. The significance of you will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all you experience to highest advantage to others. Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

03/20/2019

“Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.” – Hermann Hesse

03/19/2019

“Now I am going to make a statement here. I don’t know whether it fits into the category of other people’s statements or not. But whether it fits into their category or whether it doesn’t, it obviously fits into some category. So in that respect it is no different from their statements. However, let me try making my statement:
“There is a beginning. There is a not yet beginning to be a beginning. There is a not yet beginning to be a not yet beginning to be a beginning. There is being. There is nonbeing. There is a not yet beginning to be nonbeing. There is a not yet beginning to be a not yet beginning to be nonbeing. Suddenly there is nonbeing. But I do not know, when it comes to nonbeing, which is really being and which is nonbeing. Now I have just said something. But I don’t know whether what I have said has really said something or whether it hasn’t said something.” – Zhuangzi, Chapter 2

03/18/2019

“If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life.” – Leo Tolstoy

03/17/2019

“Think of all the years passed by in which you said to yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow,” and how the gods have again and again granted you periods of grace of which you have not availed yourself. It is time to realize that you are a member of the Universe, that you are born of Nature itself, and to know that a limit has been set to your time. Use every moment wisely, to perceive your inner refulgence, or ’twill be gone and nevermore within your reach.” – Marcus Aurelius

03/16/2019

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

03/15/2019

“You have to do your best to face every moment, because this moment will never come again. The moment that you are living right now is a very important opportunity to make your life vividly alive. If you want to live with spiritual security in the midst of constant change, you have to burn the flame of your life force in everything you do.” – Dainin Katagiri, “Each Moment Is the Universe: Zen and the Way of Being Time”, p.24.

03/14/2019

“The only laws of matter are those that our minds must fabricate and the only laws of mind are fabricated for it by matter.” – James Clerk Maxwell

03/13/2019

“Do not interrupt the flight of your soul; do not distress what is best in you; do not enfeeble your spirit with half wishes and half thoughts. Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it – and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart’s indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you – for only the truth that builds up is truth for you.” – Soren Kierkegaard

03/12/019

“Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.” – Bertrand Russell

03/11/2019

“If all people learned to think in the non Aristotelian manner of quantum mechanics, the world would change so radically that most of what we call “stupidity” and even a great deal of what we consider “insanity” might disappear, and the “intractable” problems of war, poverty and injustice would suddenly seem a great deal closer to solution.” – Alfred Korzybski

03/10/2019

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

03/09/2019

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does. By poetry I mean the imagining of what has been lost and what can be found – the imagining of who we are and the slow realization of it.” – Allen Ginsberg

03/08/2019

“Welcome, Disappointment! Thy hand is cold and hard, but it is the hand of a friend. Thy voice is stern and harsh, but it is the voice of a friend. Oh, there is something sublime in calm endurance, something sublime in the resolute, fixed purpose of suffering without complaining, which makes disappointment oftentimes better than success!” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

03/07/2019

“I believe that ideas such as absolute certitude, absolute exactness, final truth, etc. are figments of the imagination which should not be admissible in any field of science… This loosening of thinking seems to me to be the greatest blessing which modern science has given to us. For the belief in a single truth and in being the possessor thereof is the root cause of all evil in the world.” – Max Born, Physicist

03/06/2019

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner

03/05/2019

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

03/04/2019

“There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.” – Hermann Hesse

03/03/2019

“All things issue from it; all things return to it. To find the origin, trace back the manifestations. When you recognize the children and find the mother, you will be free of sorrow. If you close your mind in judgements and traffic with desires, your heart will be troubled. If you keep your mind from judging and aren’t led by the senses, your heart will find peace. Seeing into darkness is clarity. Knowing how to yield is strength. Use your own light and return to the source of light. This is called practicing eternity.” – Laozi

03/02/2019

“We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and winding streams with tangled growth as wild. Earth was beautiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.” – Luther Standing Bear

03/01/2019

“The nature of ignorance is to lack deep communication with nature or with the universe. It is to separate, to isolate, to create discrimination and differences, so that finally we cannot communicate as a harmonious whole. These differences we create appear as fighting, anger, hatred, and war.” – Dainin Katagiri

02/28/2019

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” – Nhat Hanh

02/27/2019

“Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled – thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty.” – Rudolf Steiner

02/26/2019

“Our surroundings are not contained by name and form. You are neither the body nor the mind, these are limits you identify with through a lack of clear-sightedness. When you are attentive to a tree or flower, the perception, shape, name and concept are not the only things present. There is also the All-presence that you share with them and that you are both part of. The very name and form spring forth from this eternal background, the All-presence. This is instantaneous awareness that cannot be reached by thought.” – Jean Klein

02/25/2019

“The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.” – Anthony Burgess

02/24/2019

“One makes a gift of one’s life and endeavors by sanctifying it with love, and devotion and selfless service. When seeking to uplift others, we are uplifted in the process. Every kind thought or smile therefore benefits oneself as well as all the world.” – David Hawkins

02/23/2019

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard

02/22/2019

“Freedom is not overcoming what you think stands in your way. It is understanding that what is in your way is part of the way.” – Guy Finley

02/21/2019

“Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

02/20/2019

“The task is not to see what has never been seen before, but to think what has never been thought before about what you see everyday.” – Erwin Schrodinger

02/19/2019

“The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization.” – Luther Standing Bear

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02/18/2019

“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” (quoting the Bhagavad-Gita after witnessing the first Nuclear explosion.) “I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer

02/17/2019

“I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom. It is a timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you’ll feel good no matter what.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

02/16/2019

“At the back of the mind is a doorway with the words ‘I am’ written above it. First, turn towards that doorway; then walk through it. Turning towards it is an activity of the mind; walking through it is the dissolution of the mind. That dissolution is the revelation of our essential nature of ever-present, unlimited Awareness, the abode of peace, happiness and love.” – Rupert Spira

02/15/2019

“It doesn’t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil – which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.” – Richard P. Feynman

02/14/2019

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” – Pablo Neruda 

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

02/13/2019

“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.” – Dalai Lama

02/12/2019

“The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.” –

“Nations do not die from invasion; they die from internal rottenness.” –

Abraham Lincoln

02/11/2019

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…”

“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.” –

“[Let] the poor the needy and oppressed of the Earth, and those who want Land, resort to the fertile lands of our western country, the second land of Promise, and there dwell in peace, fulfilling the first and great commandment.” –

George Washington

(How do you like them apples from a Real Commander-in-Chief, Mr. Draft Dodger President?)

02/10/2019

“People try so hard to let go of their negative behaviors and thoughts, and it doesn’t work, or it works only for a short time. I didn’t let go of my negative thoughts; I questioned them, and then they let go of me, and so did my addictions and depression.” – Byron Katie

022/10/2019

02/09/2019

“Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.” – Thomas Paine

02/08/2019

“Try to understand what I am saying: everything is dependent on everything else, everything is connected, nothing is separate. Therefore everything is going in the only way it can go. If people were different everything would be different. They are what they are, so everything is as it is.” – G. I. Gurdjieff

02/07/2019

“The greatest discovery in life is to discover that our essential nature does not share the limits nor the destiny of the body and mind.” – Rupert Spira

02/06/2019

“In existing criminology there are concepts: a criminal man, a criminal profession, a criminal society, a criminal sect, and a criminal tribe, but there is no concept of a criminal state, or a criminal government, or criminal legislation. Consequently what is often regarded as “political” activity is in fact a criminal activity.” – P.D. Ouspensky

02/05/2019

“Where the heart is full of kindness which seeks no injury to another, either in act or thought or wish, this full love creates an atmosphere of harmony, whose benign power touches with healing all who come within its influence. Peace in the heart radiates peace to other hearts, even more surely than contention breeds contention.” – Patanjali

02/04/2019

“A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.” – G. I. Gurdjieff

02/03/20199

“Our self – luminous, open, empty Awareness – cannot be enlightened. It is already the light that illuminates all experience. Nor can a separate self be enlightened, for when the separate self faces the light of Awareness, it vanishes, just as a shadow does when exposed to the sun.” – Rupert Spira

02/02/2019

“The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.” – Bertrand Russell

02/01/2019

“I think that modern physics has definitely decided in favor of Plato. In fact the smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which can be expressed unambiguously only in mathematical language.” – Werner Heisenberg

01/31/2019

“There are very few things in the mind which eat up as much energy as worry. It is one of the most difficult things not to worry about anything. Worry is experienced when things go wrong, but in relation to past happenings it is idle merely to wish that they might have been otherwise. The frozen past is what it is, and no amount of worrying is going to make it other than what it has been. But the limited ego-mind identifies itself with its past, gets entangled with it and keeps alive the pangs of frustrated desires.” – Meher Baba

01/30/2019

“When I got enough confidence, the stage was gone. When I was sure of losing, I won. When I needed people the most, they left me. When I learnt to dry my tears, I found a shoulder to cry on. And when I mastered the art of hating, somebody started loving me.” – William Shakespeare

01/29/2019

“One should say before sleeping: I have lived many lives. I have been a slave and a prince. Many a beloved has sat upon my knee and I have sat upon the knees of many a beloved. Everything that has been shall be again.” – William Butler Yeats

01/28/22019

“And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

01/27/2019

“There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

01/26/2019

“You are more than you think you are. There are dimensions of your being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in your concept of yourself. Your life is much deeper and broader than you conceive it to be here. What you are living is but a fractional inkling of what is really within you, what gives you life, breadth, and depth.” – Joseph Campbell

01/25/2019

“This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

01/24/2019

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is: infinite.” – William Blake

01/23/2019

“perfectionism is a slow death. if everything were to turn out just like i would want it to, just like i would plan for it to, then i would never experience anything new; my life would be an endless repetition of stale successes. when i make a mistake i experience something unexpected…. when i have listened to my mistakes i have grown.” – Hugh Prather

01/22/220199

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/21/2019

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

“It’s frightful that people who are so ignorant should have so much influence.” – George Orwell

01/20/2019

“Never do I argue with a man with a desire to hear him say what is wrong, or to expose him and win victory over him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently pray – O Lord, help him so that truth may flow from his heart and on his tongue, and so that if truth is on my side, he may follow me; and if truth be on his side, I may follow him.” – Al-Shafi‘i

01/19/2019

“He is the real Guru Who can reveal the form of the formless before your eyes; who teaches the simple path, without rites or ceremonies; Who does not make you close your doors, and hold your breath, and renounce the world; Who makes you perceive the Supreme Spirit whenever the mind attaches itself; Who teaches you to be still in the midst of all your activities. Fearless, always immersed in bliss, he keeps the spirit of yoga in the midst of enjoyments.” – Kabir

01/18/2019

“In our time we have come to the stage where the real work of humanity begins. It is the time where we partner Creation in the creation of ourselves, in the restoration of the biosphere, the regenesis of society and in the assuming of a new type of culture; the culture of Kindness. Herein, we live daily life reconnected and recharged by the Source, so as to become liberated and engaged in the world and in our tasks.” – Jean Houston

01/17/2019

“Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown. There is only one thing and that which seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing, produced by a deception, the Indian maya, as in a gallery of mirrors.’ – Erwin Schrodinger

01/16/2019

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

01/15/2019

“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between a causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality.” – Alan Watts

01/14/20199

“After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense.’ – Werner Heisenberg

01/13/2019

“We are internally related to everything, not [just] externally related. Consciousness is an internal relationship to the whole, we take in the whole, and we act toward the whole. Whatever we have taken in determines basically what we are. Wholeness is a kind of attitude or approach to the whole of life. If we can have a coherent approach to reality then reality will respond coherently to us.” – David Bohm

01/12/2019

“An adult is one who has lost the grace, the freshness, the innocence of the child, who is no longer capable of feeling pure joy, who makes everything complicated, who spreads suffering everywhere, who is afraid of being happy, and who, because it is easier to bear, has gone back to sleep. The wise man is a happy child.” – Arnaud Desjardins

01/11/2019

“Animals are, like us, endangered species on an endangered planet, and we are the ones who are endangering them, it, and ourselves. They are innocent sufferers in a hell of our making.” – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

01/10/2018

“Each of our cells is a living entity, and the main thing that influences them is our blood. If I open my eyes in the morning and my beautiful partner is in front of me, my perception causes a release of oxytocin, dopamine, growth hormones – all of which encourage the growth and health of my cells. But if I see a saber tooth tiger, I’m going to release stress hormones which change the cells to a protection mode. People need to realize that their thoughts are more primary than their genes, because the environment, which is influenced by our thoughts, controls the genes.” – Bruce H. Lipton

01/09/2019

“The seeker after stillness should be told that the stillness is always there. Indeed it is in every man. But he has to learn, first, to let it in and, second, how to do so. The first beginning of this is to remember. The second is to recognize the inward pull. For the rest, the stillness itself will guide and lead him to itself.” – Paul Brunton

01/08/2019

“We are completely unaware of our true nature because we identify ourselves with our body, our emotions and our thoughts, thus losing sight of our unchanging centre, which is pure consciousness. When we return to our true nature, our thoughts and perceptions no longer appear as modifications of a single substance, they come into being and subside like waves of the ocean.” – Jean Klein

01/07/2019

There is a Reality which is Indivisible, One, Alone, the Source and Being of all; not a thing, nor even a mind, but pure Spirit or clear Consciousness; and we are That and nothing but That, for That is our true Nature; and the only way to find It is to look steadily within, where are to be found utmost peace, unfading joy, and eternal life itself.” – Douglas Harding

01/06/2019

“Truth is like the stars; it does not appear except from behind obscurity of the night. Truth is like all beautiful things in the world; it does not disclose its desirability except to those who first feel the influence of falsehood. Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.” – Khalil Gibran

01/05/2019

“Genius is by definition a style of consciousness characterized by the ability to access high energy attractor patterns. It is not a personality characteristic. It is not something that a person has, nor even something that someone is. Those in whom we recognize genius commonly disclaim it. A universal characteristic of genius is humility. The genius has always attributed his insights to some higher influence.” – David R. Hawkins

01/04/2019

“The fact that modern physics, the manifestation of an extreme specialization of the rational mind, is now making contact with mysticism, the essence of religion and manifestation of an extreme specialization of the intuitive mind, shows very beautifully the unity and complementary nature of the rational and intuitive modes of consciousness; of the yang and the yin.” – Fritjof Capra

 

01/03/2018

“Your Self, Aware Presence, knows no resistance to any appearance and, as such, is happiness itself; like the empty space of a room it cannot be disturbed and is, therefore, peace itself; like this page, it is intimately one with whatever appears on it and is thus love itself; and like water that is not affected by the shape of a wave, it is pure freedom. Causeless joy, imperturbable peace, love that knows no opposite and freedom at the heart of all experience….this is your ever-present nature under all circumstances.” – Rupert Spira

01/02/2019

“The depth, breadth and flexibility of the ancient obfuscated mind may represent a huge and untapped potential in every human being; a resource anchored much closer to the primordial truths of nature … than the later-evolved intellect. … Could we ease our modern anxieties and rediscover the meaning of life by tapping into this ancient umbilical-chord that keeps us connected to the ground of existence?” – Bernardo Kastrup, from “More Than Allegory”

01/01/2019

“To experience thinking outside the brain is to enter a world of instantaneous connections that make ordinary thinking (i.e those aspects limited by the physical brain and the speed of light_ seem like some hopelessly sleepy and plodding event. Our truest, deepest self is completely free. It is not crippled or compromised by past actions or concerned with identity or status. It comprehends that it has no need to fear the earthly world, and therefore, it has no need to build itself up through fame or wealth or conquest.” – Eben Alexander

12/31/2018

“What if consciousness is the ground of being? What if the possibilities discovered by quantum physics are the possibilities of consciousness itself? Remember there is already a class of people who think in this way. They are called mystics, and they say it is all God. Finally, a few scientists dared to say that some of the characteristics attributed to God are similar to what we describe as consciousness.” – Amit Goswami

12/30/2018

“Concentration is not thinking of one thing. On the contrary, it is excluding all thoughts, since all thoughts obstruct the sense of one’s true being. All efforts are to be directed simply to removing the veil of ignorance. Concentrating the mind solely on the Self will lead to happiness or bliss. Drawing in the thoughts, restraining them and preventing them from straying outwards is called detachment (vairagya). Fixing them in the Self is spiritual practice (sadhana). Concentrating on the heart is the same as concentrating on the Self. Heart is another name for Self.” – Ramana Maharshi

12/29/2018

“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.” – Aldous Huxley

12/28/2018

“We are beginning to see the entire universe as a holographically interlinked network of energy and information, organically whole and self referential at all scales of its existence. We, and all things in the universe, are non-locally connected with each other and with all other things in ways that are unfettered by the hitherto known limitations of space and time.” – Ervin Laszlo

12/27/2018

“The cognitive structure does not generate consciousness; it simply reflects it; and in the process limits and embellishes it. In a fundamental sense, consciousness is the source of our awareness. In other words, consciousness is not merely awareness as manifest in different forms but it is also what makes awareness possible.” – Larry Dossey

12/26/2018

“Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

12/25/2018

“We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion. Many refuse to admit it: I feel a mystery exists. There are certain times, when, as on the whisper of the wind, there comes a clear and quiet realization that there is indeed a presence in the world, a nonhuman entity that is not necessarily inhuman.” – Ansel Adams

12/24/2018

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” – John Muir

122/23/2018

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this, or the like of this. I wish to live ever as to derive my satisfactions and inspirations from the commonest events, everyday phenomena, so that what my senses hourly perceive, my daily walk, the conversation of my neighbors, may inspire me, and I may dream of no heaven but that which lies about me.” – Henry David Thoreau

12/22/2018

“There is nothing dictators hate so much as that unassailable, eternally elusive, eternally provoking gleam. One of the main reasons why the very gallant Russian poet Gumilev was put to death by Lenin’s ruffians thirty odd years ago was that during the whole ordeal, in the prosecutor’s dim office, in the torture house, in the winding corridors that led to the truck, in the truck that took him to the place of execution, and at that place itself, full of the shuffling feet of the clumsy and gloomy shooting squad, the poet kept smiling.” – Vladimir Nabokov

12/21/2018

“When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign is solitude.” – William Wordsworth

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12/20/2018

“Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it.” – Kurt Vonnegut

12/19/2018

“The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things.” – Franz Kafka

12/18/2018

“The question is wholly other, deeper and equally relevant to all: whether we shall, by whatever means, succeed in reconstituting the natural world as the true terrain of politics, rehabilitating the personal experience of human beings as the initial measure of things, placing morality above politics and responsibility above our desires, in making human community meaningful, in returning content to human speech, in reconstituting, as the focus of all social action, the autonomous, integral, and dignified human “I.” – Vaclav Havel

12/17/2018

“There is a close relationship between a house full of possessions and a heart full of desires, between a cluttered closet and a crowded schedule, between having no place to put possessions and having no priorities for our life. These are precious clues. They remind us to slow down, to live in the present, to reduce the desires that drain our vitality, to clarify priorities so we can give our time and attention to what matters most. Tragically, in the press of modern life, we have managed to get backwards one of life’s most vital truths: people are to be loved; things are to be used.” – Eknath Easwaran

12/16/2018

“You know I hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies – which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world – what I want to forget.” – Joseph Conrad

12/15/2018

“I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything. There are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask “Why are we here?” I might think about it a little bit, and if I can’t figure it out then I go on to something else. But I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose – which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell.” – Richard P. Feynman, Physicist

12/14/2018

“The oneness of the universe, and the oneness of each element of the universe, repeat themselves to the crack of doom in the creative advance from creature to creature, each creature including in itself the whole of history and exemplifying the self-identity of things and their mutual diversities.” – Alfred North Whitehead

12/13/2018

“Beware of overconcern for money, or position, or glory. Someday you will meet a man who cares for none of these things. Then you will know how poor you are.” – Rudyard Kipling

12/12/2018

“At times the truth shines so brilliantly that we perceive it as clear as day. Our nature and habit then draw a veil over our perception, and we return to a darkness almost as dense as before. We are like those who, though beholding frequent flashes of lightning, still find themselves in the thickest darkness of the night.” – Maimonides

12/11/2018

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.” – John Steinbeck

12/10/2018

“The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” – Isaac Asimov

12/09/2018

“We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns.” – Tom Waits

12/08/2018

“As I thought of these things, I drew aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labour continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labour my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, as so many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams.” – William Butler Yeats

12/07/2018

“The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” – Leonard Cohen

12/06/2018

“The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” – Leonard Cohen

12/05/2018

“If we allow our thoughts to arise and dissolve by themselves,
they will pass through our mind as a bird flies through the sky,
without leaving a trace.” – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

12/4/2018

“Realise this: one day your soul will depart from your body and you will be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us
and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy, because you don’t know where you came from and you don’t know where you will be going.” – Omar Khayyam

11/03/2018

“Since things neither exist nor do not exist, are neither real nor unreal, are utterly beyond adopting and rejecting – one might as well burst out laughing.” – Longchenpa

 
12/02/2018

“Realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself and stop finding fault with the reflection. Attend to yourself, set yourself right; mentally and emotionally. The physical self will follow automatically.” – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

12/01/2018

“We should understand well that all things are the work of the Great Spirit. We should know the Great Spirit is within all things: the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains, and the four-legged and winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that the Great Spirit is also above all these things and peoples. When we do understand all this deeply in our hearts, then we will fear, and love, and know the Great Spirit, and then we will be and act and live as the Spirit intends.” – Black Elk

11/30/2018

“There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.” – Oscar Wilde

11/29/2018

“To me it seems that to give happiness is a far nobler goal that to attain it: and that what we exist for is much more a matter of relations to others than a matter of individual progress: much more a matter of helping others to heaven than of getting there ourselves.” – Lewis Carroll

11/28/2018

“Let us have love and more love; a love that melts all opposition, a love that conquers all foes, a love that sweeps away all barriers, a love that aboundeth in charity, a large-heartedness, tolerance, forgiveness and noble striving, a love that triumphs over all obstacles.” – Abdu’l-Bahá

“The crowd neither wants nor seeks knowledge, and the leaders of the crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its fear and dislike of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives is based upon this fear.” – G. I. Gurdjieff

11/26/2018

“If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life.” – Leo Tolstoy

11/25/2018

“When everyone is trying to be something, be nothing. Range with emptiness. Human should be like a pot. As the pot is held by its emptiness inside, the human is held by the awareness of his nothingness.” – Shams Tabrizi

11/24/2018

“The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure….you are above everything distressing.” – Baruch Spinoza

11/23/2018

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
“No responsibility of government is more fundamental than the responsibility of maintaining the highest standard of ethical behavior for those who conduct the public business.”
– John F. Kennedy, May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963

11/22/2018

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh

11/21/2018

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” – Winston Churchill

11/20/2018

“Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.” – Robert Kennedy

11/19/2018

“The true strength of rulers and empires lies not in armies or emotions, but in the belief of men that they are inflexibly open and truthful and legal. As soon as a government departs from that standard it ceases to be anything more than ‘the gang in possession,’ and its days are numbered.” – H. G. Wells

11/18/2018

“When searching for harmony in life one must never forget that in the drama of existence we are ourselves both actors and spectators.” – Niels Bohr

11/17/2018

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

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