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Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.

Edward Said, fully Edward Wadie Said

The just response to this terrible event should be to go immediately to the world community, the United Nations. The rule of international law should be marshaled, but it's probably too late because the United States has never done that; it's always gone it alone.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers

San Francisco? the city that never was a town.

P.W. Singer, fully Peter Warren Singer

IBM president Thomas Watson famously said in 1943, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

Louisa May Alcott

Presently, out from the wrappings came a teapot, which caused her to clasp her hands with delight, for it was made in the likeness of a plump little Chinaman... Two pretty cups with covers, and a fine scarlet tray, completed the set, and made one long to have a dish of tea, even in Chinese style, without cream or sugar.

Feisal Abdul Rauf

The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians, but it was Christians in World War II who bombed innocent civilians in Dresden and dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.

Richard Jefferies, fully John Richard Jefferies

I realize a soul-life illimitable; I realize the existence of a Cosmos of thought.

Estonian Proverbs

Who starts with small will end up with big.

Thomas Carlyle

In no time whatever can small critics entirely eradicate out of living men's hearts a certain altogether peculiar collar reverence for Great Men--genuine admiration, loyalty, adora-tion.

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Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet

The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.

Robert Fulghum, fully Robert Lee Fulghum

1. Children are not pets. 2. The life they actually live and the life you perceive them to be living is not the same life. 3. Don?t take what your children do too personally. 4. Don?t keep score cards on them ? a short memory is useful. 5. Dirt and mess are a breeding ground for well-being. 6. Stay out of their rooms after puberty. 7. Stay out of their friendships and love-life unless invited in. 8. Don?t worry that they never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. 9. Learn from them; they have much to teach you. 10. Love them long; let them go early. Finally. You will never really know what kind of parent you were or if you did it right or wrong. Never. And you will worry about this and them as long as you live. But when your children have children and you watch them do what they do, you will have part of an answer.

Gustave Flaubert

Happy are they whose pens fly across the page; I myself hesitate, I falter. I become angry and fearful. My drive diminishes as my taste improves. I brood more over an ill-suited word than I rejoice over a well-proportioned paragraph.

Xenophon, aka Xenophon of Athens

The divine nature is perfection; and to be nearest to the divine nature is to be nearest to perfection.

Claude Bernard

Speaking concretely, when we say ?making experiments or making observations,? we mean that we devote ourselves to investigation and to research, that we make attempts and trials in order to gain facts from which the mind, through reasoning, may draw knowledge or instruction.

Chinese Proverbs

Joy is not a horse. You cannot harness it.

Les Brown

Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.

John Cage

Remove God from the world of ideas. Remove government, politics from society. Keep sex, humor, utilities. Let private property go.

Rainer Maria Rilke, full name René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.

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The worth of a thing is known by its want.

Robin Sharma


Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Religion worships God, while superstition profanes that worship.

George S. Patton, fully George Smith Patton, Jr.

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

Wayne Dyer, fully Wayne Walter Dyer

The power of intention manifests as an expression of expanding creativity, kindness, love, and beauty.

William Shakespeare

'Tis not due yet: I would be loath to pay him before his day. What need I be so forward with him that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matter; honor pricks me on. Yea, but how if honor prick me off when I come on? How then? Can honor set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a wound? No. Honor hath no skill in surgery them? No. What is honor? A word. What is that word honor? Air--a trim reckoning! Who hath it? He that died a Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. 'Tis insensible then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it. Therefore I'll none of it. Honor is a mere scutcheon--and so ends my catechism.