"Life... a paradox...a paradigm... or, at least, a pair of dimes?"
Asha Ariel Aleia, Asha of Antares
"Never let anyone take your wind."
"Wind," The Movie.
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It is too clear and so it is hard to see. A dunce once searched for a fire with a lighted lantern. Had he known what fire was, He could have cooked his rice much sooner. Joshu Washes the Bowl, The Gateless Gate #7 Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, p. 176 Translated by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki
The reverse side also has a reverse side....Japanese Proverb.
Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them....Zen Quotes by Alan Watts.
He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no place by ties of flesh; who accepts good and evil alike, neither welcoming the one nor shrinking from the other,,, take it that such a one has attained Perfection. "Bhagavad-Gita"
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. John Quincy Adams US diplomat & politician (1767 - 1848)
Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive! Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832), Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. Robert Fritz
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. John Lennon (1940 - 1980), "Beautiful Boy"
Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd. Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964), Taken Care Of,1965
And from our favorite angel, John Travolta's "Michael," here are his words of wisdom concerning attempts at coersion versus warmth and an open friendly way:
"The Sun had an argument with the North Wind. Who was smarter? Stronger? The North Wind pointed out a man walking down the street. "I can make that man take his coat off and you can't." "I'll take that bet," said the Sun. The North Wind blew and the more... ...that wind blew, the tighter that man held that coat around himself. And then the Sun... ...came out and smiled... ...and it became warmer, and... ...the man took off his coat."
"...Gather the pieces, so I can show you what is. That's what talking is for, to help us be one. Many-ness is having sixty different emotions. Unity is peace and silence." Rumi, Excerpt from Book IV.
"As you start on the way, the way appears. When you cease to be, real being becomes." Rumi
"Any investigation into the political beliefs of the individual is contrary to the basic principles of our democracy; Any attempt to curb freedom of expression and to set arbitrary standards of Americanism is in itself disloyal to both the spirit and the letter of our Constitution." Quote from the petition to Washington, D.C., in response to the hearings by the House Un-American Activities Committee, ("McCarthyism"), 1947, signed by 500 citizens, including Lauren Bacall and many other prominant Hollywood actors.
"...I am an outraged and angry citizen who feels that my civil liberties are being taken away from me and that the Bill of Rights is being abused and who feels that nobody in this country has any right to kick around the Constitution of the United States, not even the Un-American Activities Committee," Humphrey Bogart in his response, 1947, to the committees actions. For thinkers: 1947-2007 is two Saturn cycles. We are going over the same lesson. Did we not learn it the first time?
"Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever." Horace Mann Aphorism
"Is it not worthy of tears that, when the number of worlds is infinite, we have not yet become lords of a single one?" Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC
"Everyone's quick to blame the alien." Aeschylus, 525-456 BC
""If Ganesh had not been so unappreciated as a schoolteacher, he would never have become a masseur. If he had not lacked talent as an ordinary masseur, he would never have blossomed into a mystic one; and, of course, if he had not lived in Trinidad, at first an obscure member and finally an ornament of the Hindu community there, none of the things that happened to him would have happened in quite that way, for Trinidad, seen with the eye of humor, is a most surprising place.
This is a story of success..." Inside cover: The Mystic Masseur, by V.S. Naipaul
"...by the side of the everlasting Why there is a Yes - a transitory Yes if you like, but a Yes." E.M. Forster.
Indirectly, by means of tact and a spotless name, a lady could accomplish much. But if she rushed into the fray herself she would be first censured, then despised, and finally ignored." E.M. Forster.
"I am swathed in cant and it is good for me to be stripped of it." E.M. Forster
"Balance and prayer are self-confrontational. Behind the muscular and spiritual exertion there must be a point of effortless calm. At that point you meet yourself." Peter Hoeg
"It may be that friendship is nourished on observation and conversation, but love is born from and nourished on silent interpretation... The beloved expresses a possible world unknown to us... that must be deciphered." Gilles Deleuze, Proust and Signs
"Where there's life, there's hope." Marcus Tullius Cicero
"As long as space enduresAs long as sentient beings remain May I too abide And dispel the miseries of the world." Prayer by Shantideva, quoted by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Oslo, Accepting Nobel Peace Prize.
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