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You can use this page as an oracle.  Hold a question in your heart, and see what quote comes up for you when you scroll down.  It will be a response to your question.  Play with it.

Quotations act as little doorways into new worlds and new perceptions. They consist of distilled genius. 

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1)    Being young while old and old while young is agelessness.  -- Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

2)    This grand show is eternal.  It is always sunrise somewhere: the dew is never all dried at once: a shower is forever falling, vapor is ever rising.  Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.  -- John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914).

3)    The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.  Ernest Hemingway

4)    If creativity is a habit, then the best creativity is a result of good work habits.  They are the nuts and bolts of dreaming.  From dust jacket of The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

5)    The art of travel is learning to leave your little self at home.  -- William Wittmann

6)    Asking a question is the simplest way of focusing thinking... asking the right question may be the most important part of thinking.  -- Edward de Bono

7)    It is important than when death finds you, that he finds you alive.  - African Proverb.

8)    If not now, then when?  If not here, then where?  - Rabbi Hillel

9)    There is great compassion in everyone; a Buddha and a butcher do not have different minds. There is real enjoyment everywhere, whether in a gilded mansion or in a reed hut. -- --Huanchu Daoren; Reflections on the Tao trans. by Thomas Cleary

10)    The human condition: lost in thought.  Most people spend their entire life imprisoned within the confines of their own thoughts. They never go beyond a narrow, mind-made, personalized sense of self that is conditioned by the past.  In you, as in each human being, there is a immersion of consciousness far deeper than thought. It is the very essence of who you are.  We may call it presence, awareness, the unconditioned consciousness.  In the ancient teachings, it is the Christ within, or your Buddha nature.  - Eckhart Tolle

11)     Golf: it's a game that can't be won, only played.  - From the Legend of Bagger Vance.
12)    Beyond common sense lies a universe of utter chaos, unrelieved nonsense, and riotous freedoms of expression.  Under their influence, our universe is refreshed, and we begin to reinvent our relations to the world. - Mission Statement, Museum of Laughter, Montreal, Quebec.

13)    And a Zen the guy says. . .  A Buddhist approaches a hot dog vendor and says: "Make me one with everything."

He gives the vendor a $20 bill and waits. Finally he asks, "Where's my change?"

Says the vendor: "All change must come from within."

14)    When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. You connect with it at a very deep level.  You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive in and through stillness.  Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is true love.  - Eckhart Tolle

15)    Always forward, never straight.  From Bill Rudolph's friend.

16)    "The radio is nothing but a conduit through which pre-fabricated din can flow into our homes. And this din goes far deeper, of course, than the eardrums. It penetrates the mind, filling it with a babble of distractions, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually  repeated doses of drama that bring no catharsis, but usually create a craving for daily or even hourly emotional enemas." -- Aldous Huxley; On Silence; 1946.

17)    And all they that heard [it] wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered [them] in her heart. Luke 2:18,19

18)    The playfulness and joy of a dog, its unconditional love and readiness to celebrate life at any moment often contrast sharply with the inner state of the dog's owner -- depressed, anxious, burdened by problems, lost in thought, not present in the only place and only time there is: Here and Now.  One wonders: living with this person, how does the dog manage to remain so sane, so joyous?  Eckhart Tolle - Stillness Speaks

19)    You didn't create your body, nor are you able to control the body's functions.  An intelligence greater than the human mind is at work.  It is the same intelligence that sustains all of nature.  You cannot get any closer to that intelligence than by being aware of your own inner energy field -- by feeling the aliveness, the animating presence within the body.  Tolle - Stillness Speaks

20)    In the depths of meditation, sages
Saw within themselves the Lord of Love,
Who dwells in the heart of every creature.
Deep in the hearts of all he dwells, hidden
Behind the gunas of law, energy,
And inertia. He is One. He it is
Who rules over time, space, and causality.
-Shvetashvatara Upanishad

21)    The earth is crammed with heaven. - Sherrill's friend.

22)    Anyone who doesn't eat a leisurely breakfast at least five days per week is a fraud.  -- Ernie Zelinsky

23)    wake up neo…

the matrix has you.

24)    Bring awareness to the many subtle sounds of nature -- the rustling of leaves in the wind, raindrops falling, the humming of an insect, the first birdsong at dawn.  Give yourself completely to the act of listening.  Beyond the sounds, there is something greater: a sacredness that cannot be understood through thought.  -Eckhart Tolle

25)    You wouldn't think birds would be killed by baseballs, but it happens more often than you might suspect.  - Suzanne Wittmann, Alki Beach October 2003

26)    We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. - Teilhard de Chardin

27)    When you say, I can't be powerful, beautiful, healthy, prosperous, AND happy... ask yourself, why would you choose anything less?  -- Dr. Ruth Marcus

28)    We are what we are.
It is what it is.
We are what we it.
-- Tom Robbins -- Villa Incognito
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29)    Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.  To keep our face toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. -- Helen Keller.

30)    There are no bad trips in Rocky Mountain Time (Zone).  -- Timothy Leary?

31)    Always aim for achievement and forget about success.  -- Helen Hayes.

32)    The story goes that Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, decided to use a prop, a Zen tool, for one of his sermons.  Having gone up on a hillside to preach, he silently held up a flower.  Everyone in the crowd below awaited his words.  Everyone, that is, except one person, Kashyapa. Kashyapa smiled.  He had caught on to something.  Gautama walked down to the smiling Kashyapa, handed him the flower, and conferred upon him the honor, the power, and the task of being the first Zen patriarch. -- Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

33)    Beauty is the expression of the rapture of being alive.  -- Joseph Campbell

34)    Turn off your computer, Luke!  Use the force.  Obi Wan Kenobi

35)    If the doors of perception were cleansed, man would see everything as it is: Infinite.  - William Blake

36)    You never know to whom you're talking. --  Bertolt Brecht Three Penny Opera

37)    Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.  It's already tomorrow in Australia.  -- Charles Schultz

38)    Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  -- Harold Thurman Whitman

39)    Euphoria is cool but it doesn't bake the bread.  - William Wittmann

40)    I'm an orthodox eclectic. -- From The Secret Life of Bees.

41)    You can hear silent things on the other side of the everyday world.  --Secret Life of Bees

42)    Maps are a way of organizing wonder. -- Peter Steinhart

43)    The European writing I know rarely recognizes a power in the land that corresponds to a power of being, while one of the things that distinguishes American literature, especially in the West, is that you expect to see the land turn up in a powerful or a mysterious or an affecting way.  - Barry Lopez

44)    You can't learn less.  -- Marshal Thurber

45)    To confront a person with his own shadow is to show him his own light.  -Carl G. Jung, psychiatrist (1875-1961)

46)    Have high intention and low attachment.

47)    I am not my body.

48)    I am not what I produce.

49)    I am not my job etc.

50)    I am more than …

51)    Step One: Wake Up

52)    To begin with, we never start to be grateful unless we wake up.  Wake up to what?  To surprise. As long as nothing surprises us, we walk through life in a daze.  We need to practice waking up to surprise.

I suggest using this simple question as a kind of alarm clock: "Isn't this surprising?"

"Yes, indeed!" will be the correct answer, no matter when and where and under what circumstances you ask this question.  After all, isn't it surprising that there is anything at all rather than nothing?

Ask yourself at least twice a day, "Isn't this surprising?" and you will soon be more awake to the surprising world in which we live.

Surprise may provide a jolt, enough to wake us up and to stop taking everything for granted.  But we may not at all like that surprise. "How can I be grateful for something like this?" we may howl in the midst of a sudden calamity.  And why? Because we are not aware of the real gift in this given situation: opportunity. -- Brother David Steindl-Rast from Heart of Gratefulness.

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53)    Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
-- W. H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1951)

54)    A single conversation across a table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books. -- Chinese proverb

55)    If you can tell me who your heroes are, I can tell you how you're going to turn out in life. -- Warren Buffett

56)    Most people's lives are a direct reflection of their peer groups.  --Anthony Robbins.

Here lie short head twisters by Steven Wright.  If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the guy who once said: "I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen...and  replaced by exact duplicates."

His mind sees things differently than we do - to our amazement and amusement.  He can help us to break into new perspectives and perceptions.

57)    Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back. - Steven Wright

58)    Half the people you know are below average. - Steven Wright

59)    99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name. - Steven Wright

60)    42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.- Steven Wright

61)    A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. - Steven Wright

62)    A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. - Steven Wright

63)    If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. - Steven Wright

64)    All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand. - Steven Wright

65)    The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. - Steven Wright

66)    OK, so what's the speed of dark? - Steven Wright

67)    How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink? - Steven Wright

68)    If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something. - Steven Wright

69)    Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. - Steven Wright

70)    When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. - Steven Wright

71)    Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now. - Steven Wright

72)    I intend to live forever - so far, so good. - Steven Wright

73)    If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends? - Steven Wright

74)    Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engine. - Steven Wright

Back to other writers.

75)    Want to know the best way to make your dreams come true?  WAKE UP! -- From Excess Baggage.

76)    Ready Fire Aim. --  Tom Peters

77)    What, then, is the right way of living?  Life must be lived as play. - Plato

78)    Don't ask a naked man for the shirt off his back.

79)    Don't go to Radio Shack for bread.

80)    Play is what I do for a living.  The work comes in organizing the results of the play.  - Anonymous wise person, computer architect.

81)    How wonderful that we've met with a paradox.  Now we have hope of making some progress. --  Niels Bohr.

82)    Indeed, the very act of "seeing the paradox" is a the crux of creative thinking - the ability to entertain two different, often contradictory, notions at the same time.  - Roger von Oech

83)    If not now, when?  Zen (Note: Some of the quotations get attributed to multiple traditions.  That just means they carry extra power.)

84)    What in this moment is lacking.  -- Rinzai

85)    There is no-where to go, and no-thing to do. -- Zen saying.

86)    You don't even have to leave your room.  Sit at your table and wait.  Don't even wait.  Be still, be quiet, and the universe will reveal itself to you, it has no choice, it roll at your feet in ecstasy.  --  Kafka

87)    "Sir," said Caspian, "will you tell us how to undo the enchantment that hold (these people) asleep?"

"I will gladly tell you that my son," said the Old Man.  "To break this enchantment you must sail to the World's End, or as near to it as you can come to it, and you must come back leaving at least one of your company behind."

"And what is to happen to that one?" asked Reepicheep.

"He must go on into the utter east and never return into the world."

"That is my heart's desire," said Reepicheep.
-- CS Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader

88)    People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life....I think what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.  --Joseph Campbell.

89)    There must be more to life than having everything!  --Maurice Sendak

90)    A monk once asked Yun-men, "what teachings goes beyond the Buddhas and the patriarchs?"  Yun-men said, "Sesame cake."

91)    Do you feel your hairs standing on end?  --Blue Cliff Record.

92)    Lovely snow flakes,
They fall nowhere else.--Zen saying.

93)    Among twenty snowy mountains
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.  -- Wallace Stevens.

94)    How can you think and hit at the same time?  --Yogi Berra.

95)    Focus your attention on the now and tell me what problems you have at this moment.  - Eckhart Tolle.

96)    People have to be responsible for their thoughts, so they have to learn to control them.  It may not be easy, but it can be done.  First of all, if we don't want to think certain things we don't say them.  We don't have to eat everything we see, and we don't have to say everything we think.  So, we begin by watching our words and speaking with good purpose only.  -- Rolling Thunder

97)    The pursuit of happiness is wisdom and the pursuit of wisdom is happiness

98)    The body's direct wisdom supersedes the rules.  - William

99)    The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there!  For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.  -- Luke 17:20-21

100)    If they say to you, 'Look, the kingdom of heaven is in the sky' then the birds will get there before you. If they say 'It's in the sea' then the fishes will get there first!  The kingdom of heaven is within you and outside you, spread across the land... -- Version 2

101)    If your guides claim
That the Kingdom is in the sky,
The birds of the sky will be there before you.
If they say it is in the sea,
The fishes of the sea will be there before you.
The Kingdom is within you and without you.
When you know yourselves, you will be known.
Then you shall know that you are
Sons of the Living Father.
But, if you do not know yourselves
You are in poverty, and you are poverty.
a.    Attributed to Jesus, Gospel of Thomas

102)    This very earth is the Lotus Land of purity,
And this very body is the Body of Buddha.
-- Zen Master Hakuin

103)    I am not a PhD. philosopher, I am a pirate philosopher cruising for golden ideas I can bring home to share.

104)    Things are not as they seem, nor are they otherwise. -- Lankavatara Sutra

105)    If you understand, things are just as they are.  If you do not understand, things are just as they are.  - Zen Saying

106)    Mythology breaks the whole of life into a vast, horrendous Divine Comedy.  - Joseph Campbell

107)    If you are depressed, you are too high up in your mind.  -- Carl Jung

108)    We know that the moon is demonstrably not there when nobody looks.  - N. David Mermin

109)    To study Buddhism is to study ourselves.  To study ourselves is to forget ourselves. -- Zen Master Dogen.

110)    Do what you will, this Life's a Fiction,
And is made up of Contradiction.
-- William Blake.

111)    Start a huge foolish project,
like Noah.
It makes absolutely no difference,
What people think of you.
-- Rumi

112)    Everything we do is futile, but we must do it anyway. -- Gandhi.

113)    Art is frozen Zen. -- R. H. Blyth.

114)    There is the poet to whom the muse dictates his chants, there is the artist whose hand is guided by the unknown using him as an instrument.  Their reason cannot impede them, they never struggle, and their work shows no sign of strain.  They are not divine and can do without their selves.  They are like prolongation of nature, and their works do not pass through the intellect.  - Guillaume Apollinaire

115)    Theater takes place all the time, wherever one is, and art simply facilitates persuading one that this is the case.  - John Cage

116)    My favorite piece of music is the one we hear all the time if we are quiet.  -- John Cage.

117)    That the world is, is the mystical.  - Ludwig Wittgenstein

118)    Of all the mindfulness meditations, that on death is supreme.  -Buddha, The Parinirvana Sutra

119)    How marvelous the creator is!  What is he going to make out of you next?  Where is he going to send you?  Will he make you into a rat's liver?  Will he make you into a bugs arm?  - Chuang-tzu

120)    While living
Be a dead man
Be thoroughly dead -
And Behave as you like,
And all's well.
-- Bunan, Zen Master

121)    Since death alone is certain and the time of death uncertain, what should I do?  -- Stephen Batchelor

122)    The meaning of life is that it ends.  -- Franz Kafka

123)    Who is it that is dragging this corpse around? - Zen Koan.

124)    "The thing to do when you are impatient," he proceeded, "is to turn to your left and ask advice from your death.  An immense amount of pettiness is dropped if your death makes a gesture to you, or if you catch a glimpse of it, of if you just have the feeling that your companion is there watching you."
-- Don Juan tells Carlos Castaneda to keep death over his left shoulder, Journey to Ixtlan.

125)    Another holy fool of the Himalayas was the rascal Tibetan saint Drukpa Kunley. Through his outrageous behavior, Kunley taught people how to let go of religious formality and be open to all of life.  Once, it is told, Kunley came to a village where the people were being very devout, bowing to this virtue or that deity.  Kunley chimed in with his own litany, which included:

I bow to fornicators discontented with their wives;
I bow to crooked speech and lying talk;
I bow to ungrateful children;
I bow to wearers of the cloth who break their vows;
I bow to professors attached to their words;
I bow to tramps who reject a home;
I bow to the bums of insatiate whores.

-- From Crazy Wisdom by Wes Nisker

126)    We are caught in a traffic jam of discursive thought.  - Chogyam Trungpa

127)    The more critical reason dominates, the more impoverished life becomes…  Overvalued reason has this in common with political absolutism: under its domination, the individual is pauperized.  - Carl Jung.

128)    Be humble you are made of dung.
Be noble you are made of stars.
-- Siberian Proverb

129)    Life is a game with rule, obstacles and goals.  And a time limit.

130)    All scarcity is self imposed.  -- Mark Victor Hansen

131)    We create, promote and allow all the events in our lives. --  Jack Canfield

132)    The Zen student asks the teacher, who am I?"
The teacher responds with, "Who's asking."

133)    Another version, "Do I exist?" 
"Who wants to know?"

134)    Religion is the defense against the experience of God.  - Carl Jung.

135)    True life has no need to call itself spiritual - Mel Ash

136)    Don't worry; please, please.
How many times do I have to say it?
There is no way not to be who you are and where. - Zen Master Ikkyu.

137)    If I try to be like him, who will be like me? - Yiddish proverb.

138)    The virtue most in demand by society is conformity.  -- Emerson

139)    List three beliefs you find that humans have that seem completely alien to you and that they consider normal.

140)    We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us.  Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them.  And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful.  How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.  Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.    -- Rainer Maria Rilke

141)    You only have need for two loves.  The love of God and the love of the person standing in front of you now.  Paraphrased from Jimmy Carter's Our Endangered Values.

142)    A cable from Robert Benchly to his editor at The New Yorker.  (Benchly's first trip to Venice, Italy.) 
Wonderful city.  Streets full of water.  Please advise.

143) When did your first realize you are the rains teacher? -- Pronoia

144)  The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.  But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -- Neils Bohr

145)  Do you treat this moment as if it were an obstacle to be overcome? Do you feel you have a future moment to get to that is more important? -- Eckhart Tolle from Stillness Speaks.

146) The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. - Albert Einstein

147)      Among twenty snowy mountains,
            The only moving thing
            Was the eye of a blackbird.

                                                                        -- Wallace Stevens

148)  Just being low down in a room tends to clear the mind. Maybe it's because being on the floor is so foreign to us that it breaks up our habitual neurological patterning and invites us to enter into this moment through a sudden opening in what we might call the body door. --Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are!
149)  It's also helpful to realize that this body that we have, this very body that's sitting here right now in this room, this very body that perhaps aches, and this mind that we have at this very moment, are exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, and fully alive. --Pema Chodron, From the Wisdom of No Escape
150) Research shows that a kindergartner laughs 300 times a day; adult only 17.  Holy Moly we have some catching up to do.
 151) “If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper.” – Thich Nhat Hanh from Peace Is Every Step – The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life 
152) You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose. - Dr. Seuss
153)  Strolling along the edge of the sea, a man catches sight of a young woman who appears to be engaged in a ritual dance. She stoops down, then straightens to her full height, casting her arm out in an arc. Drawing closer, he sees that the beach around her is littered with starfish, and she is throwing them one by one into the sea. He lightly mocks her: "There are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see, for miles up the beach. What difference can saving a few of them possibly make?” Smiling, she bends down and once more tosses a starfish out over the water, saying serenely "It certainly makes a difference to this one."

154)  Two prime ministers are sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The resident prime minister admonishes him: "Peter," he says, "kindly remem­ber Rule Number 6," whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologizes, and withdraws. The politicians return to their conversation, only to be interrupted yet again twenty minutes later by an hysterical woman gesticulating wildly, her hair flying. Again, the intruder is greeted with the words: "Marie, please remember Rule Number 6.” Complete calm descends once more, and she too withdraws with a bow and an apology. When the scene is repeated for a third time, the visiting prime minister addresses his colleague: My dear friend, I ye seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of Rule Number 6? .... Very simple," replies the resident prime minister. "Rule Number 6 is 'Don't take yourself so goddamn seriously.'" "Ah," says his visitor, "that is a fine rule.” After a moment of pondering, he inquires, "And what, may I ask, are the other rules?"
"There aren't any."
155)  There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. - MARTHA GRAHAM, quoted by Agnes DeMille, Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness; that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented,
    and fabulous --                              
Actually, who are you not to be?          
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
Won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some of us: it is in everyone,
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
Give other people permission to do the same.
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
158) There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

160) The real issue holding hunger in place is the subjugation, marginalization, and disempowerment of women. Wherever you have abject hunger, you will see low status of women. But when there are resources in the hands of women, the kids eat. -- Valerie Harper for the Hunger Project
161) "Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows." - Henry David Thoreau
162) You can't learn any younger.  -- Joelle's mother 

163) Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. - John Lennon

164)  I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow of life . . .

-- Henry David Thoreau

165) The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. – Albert Einstein

166) There is only one success -- to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not give others absurd maddening claims upon it.  -- Christopher Morley

 167) If the only prayer you say in your life is: thank you, that would suffice.  -- Meister Eckhart.

168) Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge

 169) The real fun is just outside your comfort zone - Pat O'Bryan

170) Find people to pay you for doing what you love. -- Pat O'Bryan

171) From Julian of Norwich--in the 14th century!

Our good Lord answered all my questions and doubts by saying with full energy:

I can make all things well,
I know how to make all things well,
I desire to make all things well,
I will make all things well.
And you will see with your own eyes
that every kind of thing will be well.

172) Since all the world is but a story, it were well for thee to buy the more enduring story, rather than the story that is less enduring.  St. Colum Cille (St. Columba of Scotland)

173) Listen to your life.  All moments are key moments. -- Fredrick Buechner

174) People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of fear of the unknown they prefer suffering that is familiar. - Thich Nhat Hanh

175) Foolish ignorant people indulge in careless lives, whereas a clever man guards his attention as him most prized possession. - Buddha

176) Always we hope someone else has the answer.  Some other place will be better, it will all turn out.  This is it.  No one else has the answer.  No other place will be better, and it has already turned out. - Lao-tzu

177) It is for us to make the effort.  The result is always in God's hands. - Gandhi.

178) We cannot put of living until we are ready.  The most salient characteristic of life is its urgency,  "here and now" without any possible postponement.  Life is fired at us point-blank. - Jose Ortega y Gasset

179) Happiness... not in another place, but this place... not for another hour, but this hour. -- Walt Whitman

180) Taking off your shoes is a scared ritual.  It is a hallowed moment of remembering the goodness of space and time.  It is a way of celebrating the holy ground on which you stand. - Macrina Wiederkehr

181) To the one who knows how to look and feel, every moment of this free wandering life is an enchantment. - Alexandra David-Noel.

182) Everybody asks me what I'm think about when I'm dropping in.  You don't hear anything.  You don't think anything.  It just naturally happens. -Shaun White, Olympic Gold Medal Snowboarder


It doesn’t matter to which god you pray.
Precious time is slipping away. 
Precious time is slipping away.  – Van Morrison

 184) Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing pieces, possess the power of kings.  Heraclitus of Ephesus an ancient Greek philosopher 500 BCE

and a related one: 

It's simple.  You just take something, and then you do something to it.  Then you do something else to it.  And then something else.  Keep this up and pretty soon you've got something?  Jasper Johns, 20th C American Artist answering the question of what's involved in the creative process.

185) Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. --Roger von Oech

186)  From Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh

I dwell
in the present MOMENT.
I feel it is a wonderful MOMENT.

187) The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. – Bruce Lee, Martial Artist Icon
188) Listen closely… the eternal hush of silence goes on and on throughout all this, and has been going on, and will go on and on. This is because the world is nothing but a dream and is just thought of and the everlasting eternity pays no attention to it. – Jack Kerouac
189) From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, and enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on earth. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily merrily merrily
Life is but a dream.
191) If there is any peace it will come through being, not having. – Henry Miller
192) Wherever my travels may lead, paradise is where I am. -- Voltaire
193) Zen Master says, “The trouble you have is that you think you have time.” 

194) We think that in the process of so-called mastery, we’re going to become someone we’re not, or that we’ll realize something that will change us. 

We may believe that we will in some permanent way transcend our monkey mind, get forever past personal history, or never make a mistake again.  And, of course, all this is impossible!  We’ll never be without our childhood, our monkey mind, or what we call our bumpkin nature.

What our Zen practice does do for us is help us realize that we are some much more than our bumpkin nature.  In the readiness of time, we begin to come to terms with the vastness of our true Nature. – Genjo Marinello 
195) Harmony, balance, rhythm.  There you have it. That's what life's all about.  -- George Pocock (1891-1976) who came to Seattle from England with the art of rowing.
196) If you slow down and take a look, you’ll find that there is always a particular thought that triggers any stressful feeling. 
Any feeling of discomfort or stress is an alarm that lets you know you’re believing an untrue thought. -- Byron Katie from I Need Your Love – Is That True?
197) It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. The story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story. – Patrick Rothfuss, from The Name of the Wind
198)  The wise man knows it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world. – Zhang Tzi
199)  As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life. – Buddha
200) If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama
201) We must be the change we wish to see in the world. – Gandhi
202) The lure of the distant and difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every places is the center of the world – John Burroughs
203) …The sacred is in the ordinary… it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s own backyard… travel may be a flight from confronting the sacred—this lesson can be easily lost. To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous. – Abraham Maslow
204) The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there. – Yasutani Roshi
205) One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest. – T.S. Eliot,
206) Good artists copy; great artists steal. – Picasso
207) Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us. – Picasso
208) A long, long time is needed to be young. -- Picasso 
209) I like to live poor... but with a lot of money. -- Picasso
It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. -- Picasso
210) Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Picasso
211) There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who transform a yellow spot into the sun. – Picasso
212)  We painted like children in the face of nature. – Henri Matisse
213)  When I started to paint, I felt transported into a kind of paradise. – Henri Matisse
214) My advice is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate. — Thornton Wilder.
215) If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Buddha
216)  In one of the spate of dance movies of a few years ago, the beautiful woman asks the gorgeous man, “Do you know how to dance?”
“I’m Cuban, of course, I know how to dance,” he says.
This response reminds me of something I read about Bali. They have no word for artist. And that is because, like the Cubans and dancing, they presume that if you are Balinese, of course, you are an artist. – Reflections from William
217) From your happy, relaxed state, you can model real success, which is all that so many people in the world really want. They may buy endless cars and houses and furs and gobble up all the attention and space they can manage, or barely manage, but this is because it is not yet clear to them that success is truly an inside job. That it is within the reach of almost everyone. -- Alice Walker Nov. 5, 2008 in a letter to Barak Obama.
218) Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson
219) No matter how insignificant what you do may seem, it is important that you do it. -- Gandhi
220) You’re never too old to go to Space Camp, Dude. – from the excellent film, Stranger than Fiction
221) Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
– Rumi
Please, recall that Rumi was a Muslim, so kneeling and bowing five times a day was part of his day.
222) Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways. -- Neal Stephenson from Anathem
223) “Wealth is what you have left after you’ve lost all your money.” Bruce Muzik.  Wealth is what you have left without all your money.
224) Simplicity requires ruthlessness. – Tim Ferriss
225) Eliminate before you delegate. – Tim Ferriss
226) I do into cut my life up into days but my day into lives: Each day, each hour, an entire life. –Juan Ramon Jimenez
227) "The best time to plant a tree was always 20 years ago. The second best time is always today."
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
229) Terrible or not, difficult or not
The only thing that is beautiful,
noble, religious and mystical is to be happy. Arnaud Desjardin
230) Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. – Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister under Queen Victoria
231) Now today, moment by moment, realize that each person and event that happens is life for you. Life is not somewhere else. See how fully you can accept the life that presents itself to you. – Brenda Shoshanna
232) When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.-- Rumi
233)  "Healthy Neural Map" = one that makes me experience the greatest possible joy while simultaneously protecting my survival and the survival of others. – Mark Joyner
234) If there was an event that was so super-extraordinary, so rare, and so fantastically incredible that it only happened ONCE every 7 to 10 BILLION years, it would still be infinitely more ordinary, routine, and credible than the passage of today. -- The Universe
235) The butterfly counts not months but moment, and has time enough. — Rabindranath Tagore
236) In prayer come empty, do nothing – St. John of the Cross
Spring has its hundred flowers,
Autumn its many moons,
Summer has cool winds,
Winter its snow,
If useless thoughts do not
Cloud your mind,
Each day is the best of your life.
Realizing this each day is one of my life goals.  ; )
238) If you understand, things are just as they are. 
If you do not understand, things are just as they are. – Zen proverb.
239) When you have the choice to be right or to be kind, always pick kind. Wayne Dyer
240) If you need to visualize the soul, think of it as a cross between a wolf howl, a photon, and a dribble of dark molasses. But what it really is, as near as I can tell, is a packet of information. It’s a program, a piece of hyperspatial software designed explicitly to interface with the Mystery. Not a mystery, mind you – the Mystery. The one that can never be solved – Tom Robbins
241) "Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." Brian Tracey
I see the moon,
And the moon sees me.
God bless the moon,
And God bless me.
-Wisdom from the Parchute Girls
243) Worrying about your legacy in life is like worrying about your legacy at the bowling alley. – Robert Wise
244) "I never let a thought linger in my mind without my explicit permission."
Paramahansa Yogananda
245) Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
246)  “You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it.” -Benjamin Mee
247) When love touches pain, it becomes compassion. – Jack Kornfield
You can’t teach disbelief
to a child
only wonderful stories. – Stephen Dunn
249) The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both --- Masters is the Art of Living - Zen Buddhist Text
250) Forgiveness is giving up your hope for a better past.
251) For so many instead of looking for “cause of death” when they expire, we should be looking for “cause of life” when they’re still around.  -- Nassim Taleb

252) You want to be yourself, idiosyncratic; the collective (school, rules, jobs, technology) wants you generic to the point of castration. -- Nassim Taleb

253) The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary. -- Nassim Taleb

254) My only measure of success is how much time you have to kill. -- Nassim Taleb

255) Only in recent history has “working hard” signaled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse, and mostly sprezzatura. -- Nassim Taleb

256) The role of the media is best seen in the journey from Kato the Elder to a modern politician.  Do some extrapolation if you want to be scared. -- Nassim Taleb

257) When conflicted between two choices, take neither. -- Nassim Taleb

258) Work destroys your soul by stealthily invading your brain during the hours not officially spent working; be selective about professions. -- Nassim Taleb

259) Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee. -- Nassim Taleb

260) The fastest way to become rich as to socialize with the poor; the fastest way to the become poor is to socialize with the rich. -- Nassim Taleb

261) You’ll be civilized on the day you can spend along period doing nothing, learning nothing, and improving nothing, without feeling this latest amount of guilt. -- Nassim Taleb

262) The difference between slaves in Rome and Ottoman days and today’s employees is that slaves did not need to flatter their boss.  -- Nassim Taleb

263) People focus on role models; it is more effective to find anti models -- people you do not want to resemble when you grow up.  -- Nassim Taleb

264) Those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed. -- Nassim Taleb
265) This is the real secret of life: to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now.  And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. – Alan Watts
266) The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.
267) As Buddha said “There is a path, there is walking, but there is no traveler. Deeds are being done but there is no doer.”
268) There is a soul force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results – Gandhi 

269) The most important thing about quests, he decided, was not finding what you went looking for, but in finding what you never could have imagined before you ventured forth.  By Lois Bujold from Passage
270) There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. -- Sir Ranulph Fiennes
271) "True intelligence, Vance declared, does not reside in the brain, but in
the hands."  The Legend of Bagger Vance
272) I went to see Nuri. I saw him sitting in meditation so motionless that not even one hair moved. I asked, “From whom did you learn such deep meditation?”
“I learned it from a cat waiting by a mouse hole. The cat was much stiller than I.” Al-Shibli
273) Storytelling reveals meaning  without committing the error of defining it. - Hannah Arendt
274) “If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”  - Australian aboriginal woman
275) Do something good to your body, so that your soul becomes thrilled to live in it. - Teresa von Avila
276) When partridge then partridge, when prayer then prayer. - Teresa von Avila
Since you , like me, have always been
and always will be
now ease into your duty
and be that which you must be for this time,
at this place, right now.
             - Bhagavad-Gita
278) Sometimes we are afraid to question because we confuse it with doubt, at times when doubt cannot be indulged. Questioning is not the same thing as doubting.... Living he questions requires a willingness to live with paradox, to endure confusion in our rational minds that only the intuitive mind can entertain: intuition accepts the paradox instead of changing it. - Christina Baldwin
279) It might be that all I can trust in the end is my integrity to keep asking such questions as: Since death alone is certain and the time of death uncertain, what should I do? And then to act on them. - Stephen Batchelor
280) Life is neither meaningful nor meaningless. Meaning and its absence are given to life by language and imagination. - Stephen Batchelor
281) For life to make sense it needs purpose. - Stephen Batchelor
282) There is a magical moment when we recognize that the point is not to search outside ourselves. The more we suffer, the clearer it becomes: Everything we are in search of will disappoint us. There are no perfect beings, no perfect jobs, no perfect apartments. As thus search always ends at the same place, and the name of this place is disappointment. A good place. - Charlotte Joko Beck

283) When I came to my first lesson I saw that he was teaching with two pianos. He didn’t even say hello. He just sat to his piano and played five notes and then said, “Do the same”.
I was supposed to simply play what he had been playing. I played – and he said, “No”. Again he played the same notes and I repeated. Again he said, “No”. This went on for an hour. And every time he said, “No.”
During the next three months I played about three bars of music which lasted perhaps 30 seconds. Of course I had been thinking that I wasn’t too bad as I had already been playing as a soloist with smaller symphony orchestras. Nevertheless this went on for three months and I was crying almost all the time. He had all that’s needed to be a good teacher, an incredible intensity and determination to make the student recognize. That’s what made him so good. And after those three months, one day, he said, “Good”.
What happened? I had finally learned how to listen. And, as he put it, “If you can listen, you can also play.”
                                - Charlotte Joko Beck
284) Teaching is an art and a science wherein the material presented goes behind a curtain and allows the student to become a beholder, developing his own understanding from within. - Rollin Becker
Doing something to a problem is technique; working with an inherent mechanism within the problem is an application of principle, not a technique. - Rollin Becker
285) How wonderful that we've met with a paradox.  Now we have hope of making some progress.  - Niels Bohr.
Wanting nothing
With all your Heart
Stop the stream.
When the world dissolves
Everything becomes clear.
Go beyond this way or that way.
To the farther shore, where the world dissolves
And everything becomes clear.
Beyond this shore and the farther shore
Beyond the beyond where there is no beginning.
No end. Without fear, go.
Meditate, live purely. Be quiet.
Do your work, with mastery.
By the day, the sun shines,
And the warrior in his armor shines.
By the night the moon shines,
And the master shines in meditation.
But by day and night,
The one who is awake
Shines in the radiance of the spirit.
        - Buddha
The way is not in the sky
The way is in the heart
              - Buddha
288) Follow  your bliss. - Joseph Campbell
289) I don't have faith, I have experience. I have experience of the wonder of life. - Joseph Campbell
290) In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. - Albert Camus
291)“Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.”  - Pablo Casals
292) We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. - Teilhard de Chardin
293) A teacher will always try to put you in confusion. - David Chadwick
294) There is a limit to physical pain, but there is no limit to mental pain. - David Chadwick
295) A more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that hoes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is. - Pema Chodron
296) We cannot confine the mind to the brain anymore. It has escaped, it is in every cell of our body. We cannot confine it to the body either. It is non-local, it exists everywhere in the body… The body is a printout of consciousness. …
The new paradigms’ insight extends also to the nature of connection and apparent oppositions. Causes and effects, characteristic of old paradigm thinking, are linear and take place in time. Time, however is created by the mind and is therefore also subjective. It is a creation of the brain’s left hemisphere, asymmetrically overdeveloped in most of us today. The brain’s right hemisphere, by contrast, knows no causes: it thinks solely in analogical terms. Analogous thinking is the alternative to causal (left hemispherical) perception, its complement as it were. It is only when we employ both perspectives – both cerebral hemispheres – that we become capable of seeing the whole of reality, that totality of being which Greek philosophers called hyparxis. Quantum physics knows neither past nor future; it recognizes only the present, in which all is contained. This is the sense of Heraclitus’ famous statement “In thee circle, the beginning and end are one’.
           - Deepak Chopra

cruelty, don't talk to me about cruelty
or what i am capable of
when i wanted the roaches dead i wanted them dead
and i killed them. i took a broom to their country
and smashed and sliced without warning
without stopping and i smiled all the time i was doing it.
it was a holocaust of roaches, bodies
parts of bodies, red all over the ground.
i didn't ask their names,
they had no names worth knowing.
now i watch myself whenever i enter a room,
i never know what i might do.
      - Lucille Clifton

298) The data of techniques are fascinating, but not for the sake of themselves. The are important only insofar as they enable us to dive into the well of being, only insofar as they create access to being alive, only insofar as they support and forward our being home, our journey to ourselves. - Dianne M. Connelly
since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
Wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
my blood approves
and kisses are a better fate than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. don’t cry
- the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says
we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph
and death i think is no parenthesis
          - E.E. Cummings
as long as you and i have
lips and tongues to smile
and kiss and sing with
who cares if some one-eyed
sonofabitch invents
a machine to measure spring with
 - E.E. Cummings
301) My religion is very simple - my religion is kindness. - The Dalai Lama
To study Buddhism is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be one with others.
         - Zen master Dogen
303) If the only prayer you say in your life is ”thank you”, that would suffice. - Meister Eckehart
304) I didn’t achieve anything through my rational mind. - Albert Einstein
305) Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein
306) The fish will be the last to discover water. - Albert Einstein
307)  If you are waiting for anything in order to live and love without holding back, then you suffer. – David Deida
308) Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone…  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. – Lin Yutang
309) If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. – Buddha
Our mind is like a clear glass of water.  If we put salt into the water, it becomes salt water; sugar, it becomes sugar water.  But originally the water is clear.  No thinking, no mind.  No mind, no problem. – Seung Sahn

310) Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour. – Stephen Leacock
311) Only those concerned with the problem of life and death should enter here.  Those not completely concerned with this problem have no reason to pass this gate. – Plaques inside main gate, Eihei-ji temple, Japan
312) Life is like music for its own sake.  We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, war are listening to an expanded present. – Alan Watts
313) Things are as they are.  Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations. – Alan Watts

314) Right thoughts produce right actions and right actins produce work that will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all. – Robert M. Pirsig
315) You cannot understand life and its mysteries as long as you try to grasp it.  Indeed, you cannot grasp it just as you cannot walk off with a river in a bucket.  If you try to capture running water in a bucket, it is clear that you do not understand it and that you will always be disappointed, for in the bucket the water does not run.  To “have” running water you must let go of it and let it run. – Alan Watts
316) Our true home is in the present moment.  To live in the present moment is a miracle.  The miracle is not to walk on water.  The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. – Thich Nhat Hanh
317) The only devils in the world are those in our own hearts.  That is where the battle should be fought. – Gandhi
318) The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust
319) The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment.  And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within. – Gandhi
320) Each act of our lives can contain simplicity and precision and thus can have tremendous beauty and dignity. – Chogyam Trungpa
321) Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. – Native American proverb
322) How could drops of water know themselves to be a river?  Yet the river flows on. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
323) Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm. – Robert Louis Stevenson

324) The intellect has little to do on the read to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.
Albert Einstein
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope,
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing.
Wait without love, for love would be love for the wrong thing.
Yet there is faith,
But the hope and the love and the faith 
Are all in the waiting
             - T.S. Eliot
We shall not cease from exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children of the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick, now, here, now, always--
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned know of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
    - T.S. Eliot from "Little Gidding", in the book Four Quartets
At this still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered.
Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline.
Except for this point, this still point,
There would be no dance,
And there is only the dance.
    - T.S. Eliot
328) We cannot find our enlightened minds while continuing to be estranged from our neurotic one’s.
Marc Epstein
329) If aspects of the person remain undigested - cut off, denied, projected, rejected, indulged or otherwise unassimilated - they become the points around which the core forces of greed, hatred and delusion attach themselves.  (or illness, up) .. We tense up around that which we are denying, and we experience ourselves through our tension. - Marc Epstein
330) “... the most difficult task of all is to think the thoughts of the angels, to speak the words of the angels, and to do as angels do. - The Essene Gospel of Peace
Let me arise and open the gate,
to breathe the wild warm air of the heath,
And to let in Love, and to let out Hate,
And anger at living and scorn of Fate,
To let in Life, and to let out Death.
        - Violet Fane
332) It is easy to love others
The challenge is to love those who have seen our anger, seen us in our rage, and our nakedness; our challenge is to love ourselves as we love our families. - The Essene Gospel of Peace
333) “Honesty” without compassion and understanding is not honesty, but subtle hostility.
Rose N. Franzblau
When I am hungry, send me someone to feed;
When I am thirsty, send me someone who needs a drink;
When I am cold, send me someone to warm;
When I am sad, send me someone to cheer;
When I need understanding, send me someone who needs mine;
When I need to be looked after, send me someone to care for;
And When I think only of myself, draw my thoughts to another.
         - An adaptation of the Prayer of St. Francis
335) Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. - Sigmund Freud
336) Unconditional love corresponds to one of the deepest longings not only of the child but of every human being. - Erich Fromm
337) “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall—think of it, always!”  - Mahatma Gandhi
If you bring forth that which is within you,
Then that which is within you
Will be your salvation.
If you do not bring forth that which is within you
Then that which is within you
Will destroy you.
         - Gnostic Gospel
339) Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power. Begin now.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe
340) As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Not mine are the years
which have been taken by the time
not mine are the years
which might want to come
the moment is mine
and am I present in this one
mine is the one that has made years and eternity
     - Andreas Gryphius
Light will someday split you open
Even if your life is now a cage,
For a Divine seed, the crown of destiny
Is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain
You hold title to.
Love will surely bust you open
Into an unfettered, blooming new galaxy
Even if your mind is now a spoiled mule.
A life-giving radiance will come –
O look again within yourself,
For I know you were once the elegant host
To all the marvels in creation.
From a sacred crevice in your body
A bow rises each night
And shoots your soul into God.
Behold the beautiful drunk singing One
From the lunar vantage point of love.
He is conducting the affairs
Of the whole universe
While throwing wild parties
In a tree house – on a limb
In your heart.
            - Hafiz

How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its
beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being, otherwise
we all remain too frightened. - Hafiz
344) When you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself.  - Herman Hesse
345) I learned how to listen, to listen, to listen with a still heart with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions. - Herman Hesse
Sometimes, when a bird cries out
Or the wind sweeps through a tree
Or a dog howls in far-off farm (or back yard)
I hold still and listen a long time.
My world turns and goes back to the place
Where, a thousand forgotten years  ago,
The bird and the blowing wind
Were like me, and were my brothers.
My soul turns into a tree
and an animal, and a cloud bank.
Then changed and odd it comes home
And asks me questions. What should I reply?

            - Hermann Hesse
The man pulling radishes
pointed the way with a radish.
        - Issa
348) It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. - Eugene Ionesco
349) One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. - C.G. Jung
350) Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside awakens. - C.G. Jung
351) Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. - C.G. Jung
352) When the wrong man uses the right technique, the right technique works the wrong way, when the right man uses the wrong technique, the wrong technique works the right way. - C.G. Jung
Inside this clay jug
There are canyons and pine mountains
And the maker of canyons and pine mountains
All seven oceans are inside
And hundreds of millions of stars.
The acid that tests gold is there
And the one who judges jewels.
And the music from the strings no one touches,
and the sources of all water.
If you want the truth
I’ll tell you the truth:
Friend, listn;
The god whom I love is inside.
      - Kabir (1440 – 1518) translated by Robert Bly
Don’t go outside your house to see flowers.
My friend, don’t bother with that excursion.
Inside your body there are flowers.
One flower has a thousand petals.
That will do for a place to sit.
Sitting there you will have a glimps of beauty
inside the body and out of it,
before hardens and after gardens.
       - Kabir (1440 – 1518) translated by Robert Bly
There’s a moon in my body, but I can’t see it!
A moon and a sun.
A drum never touched by hands, beating, and I can’t hear it!
As long as a human being worries about when he will die,
and what he has that is his,
all of his works are zero.
When affection for the I-creature and what it owns is dead,
then the work of the Teacher is over.
The purpose of labor is to learn;
when you know it, the labor is over
The apple blossom exists to create fruit:
when that comes, the petals fall.
The music is inside the deer,
but the deer does not look for it:
it wanders around looking for grass.
            - Kabir (1440 – 1518) translated by Robert Bly
Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
You will not find me in stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms,
nor in Synagogues, nor in cathedrals:
not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck,
nor in eating nothing but vegetables.
When you really look for me, you will see me instantly –
you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.
            - Kabir (1440 – 1518) translated by Robert Bly
You don’t even need to leave your room, just sit at your table and wait
Don’t even wait, just listen.
Be quiet, be still, be solitary.
The world will fully offer itself to you, to be unmasked, it has no choice.
It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
            - Franz Kafka
358) We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. - Helen Keller
359) The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even toughed, they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller
360) With meditative concentration we can become aware of the movement of the skin and under the skin. Then we have a different outlook on ourselves and the rest of the world, because now we know with direct knowledge that there is nothing solid or static, least off all this body. - Ayya Khema
361) Above all, do not loose your desire to walk. - Soeren Kierkegaard
362) In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in a inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality. - Martin Luther King
363) I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor. - D.H. Lawrence
Wisdom tells me that I am nothing.
Love tells me that I am everything.
Between the two, my life flows.
           - Nisargadatte Maharaji
The opening of your heart never ceases
It comes in on the tide of breath
It goes out on the tide of breath
The whisperings of a lover
A chant, a song, a prayer
To your wholeness
To the sacred awakening of the heart
             -  Marcelina Martin
366) When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. - Abraham Maslow
367) Gratitude is the memory of the heart. - Jean Baptiste Massieu
368) Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart do not know how to laugh either. - Golda Meir
369) Humility is the surest sign of strength. - Thomas Merton
370) The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit one self to many projects, to want to help in everything is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes work for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful. - Thomas Merton
371) When your tongue is silent, you can rest in the silence of the forest.  When your imagination is silent, the forest speaks to you, tells you of its unreality and the Reality of God.  But when your mind is silent, then the forest suddenly becomes magnificently real and blazes transparently with the Reality of God...this is prayer, and this is glory. - Thomas Merton
372) It’s not only what we do, but also what we do not do for which we are accountable. - Moliere
373) We can only learn to love by loving. - Iris Murdoch
374) The way cannot be taught in detail, but it can be grasped intuitively. - Miyamoto Mushashi
375) There is a deep-seated misconception that being intuitive is a gift. It’s not. There is no such thing as a gift for intuition. I have finally realized that courage is the true gift, and intuition is sharpened as a result. Either you develop the ability to respond physically to what you are hearing, feeling, and sensing on the inside – or you don’t. Responding to others takes guts. What determines whether or not you have those guts is self-esteem. It is a strong sense of self. It is a willingness and ability to take charge of yourself.
You don’t need a lot of self-esteem. A little bit goes a long way; suddenly you are generous enough to give up the need to control other people. You don’t need to become 100% empowered. A 51% to 49% ratio will do this trick. Just get to the point where you’re conscious enough to hold yourself accountable for your own feelings. Just admit that you’re jealous, or embarrassed, or that you could betray a friend. Just get a little bit honest with your shadow. The moment you arrive there, you can really start dealing with your life. - Caroline Myss: Invisible Acts of Power, Healing the Heart of the World
376) There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. - Friedrich Nietzsche "Amen!" says William.
377) We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
Friedrich Nietzsche
378) Indeed, the very act of "seeing the paradox" is at the crux of creative thinking - the ability to entertain two different, often contradictory, notions at the same time. – Roger von Oech
379) In one day the Amazon River discharges into the Atlantic the equivalent of New York City’s water supply for nine years. New York Times
The birds have vanished into the sky
And now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me,
Until only the mountain remains.
     - Li Po (701 – 762)
381) The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
John Powell
382) We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness, which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. - Marcel Proust
Work of sight is done.
Now do heart work
on the pictures within you.
      - Rainer Maria Rilke
I believe in all that has never been spoken.
I want to free whatever waits within me,
So that which no one has dared to wish for,
May for once spring clear,
Without my contriving.
      - Rainer Maria Rilke
I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I’ve been circling for thousands of years
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great sound?
         - Rainer Maria Rilke: The Book of Hours

I want to mirror your immensity
I want to unfold.
Let no place in me hold itself closed
for where I am closed, I am false.
I want to stay clear in your sight.
If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
But this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
The way it is with children.
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
These deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
Streaming though widening channels
Into the open sea.
                   - Rainer Maria Rilke
God speaks to each of us as he makes us
Then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.
Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror
Just keep going. No felling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
                - Rainer Maria Rilke: The Book of Hours
388) I want to be you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answers. - Rainer Maria Rilke.
389) What is necessary, after all, is only this; solitude, vast inner solitude. Walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours - that is what you must be able to attain. - Rainer Maria Rilke
The leaves are falling, falling as from far
And yet, it is as if one holds them very gently in his hands.
              - Rainer Maria Rilke
391) Do not imagine that he who seeks to comfort you now lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much more difficulties and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find these words.  - Rainer Maria Rilke 
A thinker collects and links up proofs
A mystic does just the opposite.
He lays his head on a person’s chest
And sinks into the answer
               - Jallal al-Din Rumi
The cure for pain is in the pain
Good and bad are mixed. If you don’t have both,
You don’t belong with us.
                 - Jallal al-Din Rumi
Keep walking although
There is no place
to get to.
Don’t try to see through the distances.
That’s not
For human beings.
Move within
But not the way
Fear makes you move.
Move as the earth moves,
And moon move,
Circling what they love.
Whatever circles
Comes from the center
              - Jallal al-Din Rumi
Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong during
there is a field. I’ll meet your there.
When the soul lies down in that long grass
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
does not make any sense.
        - Jallal al-Din Rumi
395) What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the whole universe. - Jallal al-Din Rumi
Let the beauty we love
be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel
and kiss the ground.
      - Rumi
Come, whoever you are!
Wanderer, worshipper, Lover of Learning.
This is not a caravan of despair.
It doesn't matter if you've broken your vow a thousand times, still
And yet again
            - Rumi

398) Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.  - Margaret Lee Runbeck
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
What is essential is invisible to the eye.
The eyes are blind
One must look with the heart
        - Antoine St. Exupery
400) We think work with the brain is more worthy than work with the hands. Nobody who thinks with his hands could ever fall for this. - E.F. Schumacher  "Yep, " says William, although it took me years to dispel the lie."
401) It is the primary role of the physician, whether the African witch doctor or the modern doctor, to entertain the patient while secretly waiting for nature to heal the disease. -- Albert Schweitzer
402) To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action.  Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course.  Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you.  Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude. -  Albert Schweitzer
403) Stop, where are you running to, Heaven is within you
if you are looking for God elsewhere, you miss him entirely. - Angelus Silesius, 1624 - 1677,
404) To find health should be the object of the physician. Anyone can find disease. - Andrew Taylor Still
You never bow too often
You never bow too low
Suzuki Roshi
The true purpose of Zen is to see things as they really are.
… there we have poetry, and
there we have human life
good and bad are only in your mind.
           - Suzuki Roshi
The same stream of life that runs through my veins
Runs through the world, and dances in rhythmic measure.
It is the same life that shoots in joy
Through the dust of the earth
Into numberless blades of grass
And breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean cradle
Of life and death in ebb and flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch
Of this world of life
And my pride is from the life throb of ages
Dancing in my blood this moment.
                - Rabindranath Tagore
A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.
Thus the Master is available to all people
and doesn't reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations
and doesn't waste anything.
This is called embodying the light
What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.
       - Tao The King, Lao Tzu, 571 b.c.
409) Do you have the patience to wait
Till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself? Lao Tzu
Some say that my teaching is nonsense,
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
This nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
This loftiness has roots that go deep.
I have just 3 things to teach:
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in action and in thoughts,
You return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
You accord with the way things are.
Compassionate towards yourself,
You reconcile all beings in the world.
        - Lao Tzu
411) The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not our circumstances. – Martha Washington  
Leave the familiar for a while
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
Open to the roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon your intimate assembly.
Change rooms i your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.
Greet yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.
All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire, Chatting
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of You.
           - Hafiz


Events and hopes seldom agree.
Who can step back does not worry.
We blossom and fade like flowers,
Gather and part like clouds.
Worldly thoughts I forgot long ago,
Relaxing all day on a peak.
            - Stonehouse
If you fail to achieve freedom in this life, when do you expect to achieve it?  - Wu-hsin







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