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Nisargadatta Maharaj, fully Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli

When I pleased my ‘I amness’ by understanding it, only then did I come to know this ‘I amness’ and in the process also discovered that ‘I’ the Absolute, am not that ‘I am’. Stay put at one place. Having collected all the knowledge, ponder over it in seclusion.

William Bennett, fully William John "Bill" Bennett

A falsehood can run around the world while the truth is still putting its shoes on.

Chinese Proverbs

When parents die old, dutiful children may be merry.

Douglas Adams, fully Douglas Noel Adams

One always overcompensates for disabilities. I'm thinking of having my entire body surgically removed.

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.

Author Unknown

Happiness is the engine of progress. All progress starts with dissatisfaction.

Hélène Cixous

Reading is not as insignificant as we claim. First we must steal the key to the library. Reading is a provocation, a rebellion: we open the book?s door, pretending it is a simple paperback cover, and in broad daylight escape! We are no longer there: this is what real reading is. If we haven?t left the room, if we haven?t gone over the wall, we?re not reading.

English Proverbs

Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.

Donald Trump

I'm the No. 1 developer in New York, I'm the biggest in Atlantic City, and maybe we'll keep it that way.

Sivananda, formally Swami Sivananda Saraswati, born Kuppuswami

Strength is life, weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal. Weakness is constant strain and misery; weakness is death.

Willa Cather, fully Willa Sibert Cather

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. I feel as if this tree knows everything I ever think of when I sit here. When I come back to it, I never have to remind it of anything; I begin just where I left off.

Richard Nixon, fully Richard Milhous Nixon

I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction.

Robert Ernest Hume

What, now, is the nature of that single all-encompassing pantheistic Being that has been discovered? It must possess as many qualities as there are in the whole of the real world which it constitutes. This attribution of all possible qualities to the Being of the. . . He who consists of mind, whose body is life, whose form is light, whose conception is truth, whose soul (?tman) is space, containing all works, containing all desires, containing all odors, containing all tastes, encompassing this whole world, the unspeaking, the unconcerned . . . smaller than a grain of rice, or a barley-corn, or a mustard-seed, or a grain of millet, or the kernel of a grain of millet . . . [yet] greater than the earth, greater than the atmosphere, greater than the sky, greater than these worlds.? It must also be capable of all contraries.

Marshall McLuhan, fully Herbert Marshall McLuhan

When we invent a new technology, we become cannibals. We eat ourselves alive since these technologies are merely extensions of ourselves. The new environment shaped by electric technology is a cannibalistic one that eats people. To survive one must study the habits of cannibals. (p. 261)

Italian Proverbs

To have luck needs little wit.

Theodor W. Adorno, born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund

Vulgar concepts as entertainment are much more appropriate than pretentious consideration of a fact of a writer be representative of the petty bourgeoisie and the other, the high bourgeoisie.

Billy Graham, formally William Franklin "Billy" Graham

The problems of peace are greater than the problems of war.

Marsilio Ficino

Law it is ... which hears without ears, sees without eyes, moves without feet and seizes without hands.

Rashi, born Shlomo ben Yitzchok, aka Salomon Isaacides, Rabbi Shlomo Itzhaki

The Torah begins with an account of the Creation so that if there ever comes a time when the nations of the world accuse the Jewish people of having stolen the Land of Israel, the Jews can respond:

Joseph Addison

The Pagan converts mention this great reformation of those who had been the greatest sinners, with that sudden and surprising change which the Christian religion made in the lives of the most profligate.

Rinzai, aka Lin- Chi Yi-Sen, Lin-chi I-hsuan, Rinzai Gigen, Venerable Master Lin Chi

In the Zen schools they say there were a way to be practiced, and a truth to be realized. Tell me, which truth is there realized, which way practiced? What are you missing in the way you are currently functioning? What do you want to correct?

Chinese Proverbs

The tawny cur barks behind one?s back.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, fully Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein

Idealism leads to realism if it is strictly thought out.

Rachel Carson, fully Rachel Louise Carson

After Roger was asleep I took Jeffie [Carson?s cat] into the study and played the Beethoven violin concerto ? one of my favorites, you know. And suddenly the tensions of four years were broken and I got down and put my arms around Jeffie and let the tears come. With his little warm, rough tongue he told me that he understood. I think I let you see last summer what my deeper feelings are about this when I said I could never again listen happily to a thrush song if I had not done all I could. And last night the thoughts of all the birds and other creatures and the loveliness that is in nature came to me with such a surge of deep happiness, that now I had done what I could ? I had been able to complete it ? now it had its own life!

Scottish Proverbs

As sair fechts the wren as the crane.