the mind has been stretched by a new idea,
it will never again return to its original size."
Born March 6, 1841 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr (d. 1935), Supreme Court justice
do not know what your destiny will be, but one thing I
know: the only ones among you who will be truly happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve."
lot of the many is to have as a profession,
for the earning of their living and the satisfaction
of society's claim on them, a more or less soulless labor
in which they can give out little or nothing of their human qualities,
because in that labor they have to be
little better than human machines.
;Yet no one finds himself in the position of having no possible
of giving himself to others as a human being.
...No fate can prevent a man from giving to others this
direct human service side by side with his lifework.
If so much of such service remains unrealized,
it is because the opportunities
of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography
world is not respectable: it is mortal,
tormented, confused, deluded forever;
but it is shot through with beauty,
with love, with glints of courage and laughter;
and in these, the Spirit blooms."
young man who has not wept is a savage,
and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
more I attempted to "be me" the more "me's" I found there
I now see that "being me" means acknowledging all that I feel at the
and then taking responsibility for my actions
by consciously choosing which level of my feelings
I am going to respond to.
Notes to Myself : My Struggle to Become a Person
trick is what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong.
The amount of work is the same."
"Was it something I will see in the future" I asked?
There's no future!" he exclaimed cuttingly.
The future is only a way of talking.
For a sorcerer there is only the here and now."
Castaneda from "Tales Of Power"
Dec.24,1925 -April 27,1998
worst prison would be a closed heart".
John Paul II
the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.
I think each one of us has a non-shirkable obligation
to figure out the world on our own as best we can.
The way we behave as a result of that investigation
is our real and practiced Religion.
key to the future is service.
Part of what made Kennedy great was the idea of the Peace Corps.
Part of Clinton's votes came from people who liked
the idea of repaying student loans with service.
As the world becomes more crowded,
each way of making money becomes precious and money is charged
for things that used to be given for free or for love.
Service becomes a revolutionary act."
"There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery.
You can't do any business from there."
the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into
fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection:
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost
its way into the dreary desert
sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action--
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
....Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize winner,Literature,1913
Gitanjali : A Collection of Indian Poems by the Nobel Laureate
admires us not for what we do but for how much love we put into what we do.
let us build a chain of love around the world."
the developed countries there is a poverty of intimacy,
a poverty of spirit,
of loneliness, of lack of love.
There is no greater sickness in the world today
than that one."
"We cannot all do great things.But we can do small things with great love."
Teresa Books, VHS, DVD
message is the practice of compassion, love, and kindness.
Compassion can be
put into practice if one recognizes the fact
that every human being is a member
of humanity and
the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture,
color, and creed.
Deep down there is no difference."
should try never to let our happy frame of mind be disturbed.
Whether we are
suffering at present or have suffered in the past,
there is no reason to be
unhappy. If we can remedy it, why be unhappy?
And if we cannot, what use is
there in being depressed about it?
That just adds more unhappiness and does
no good at all."
developing a sense of respect for others and a concern for their welfare,
reduce our own selfishness, which is the source of all problems,
our sense of kindness which is a natural source of goodness."
"This is my simple religion.
There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple;
the philosophy is kindness."
holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
The idea is that you have to WIN and be nonviolent
You've got to be nonviolent - and you've got to win with nonviolence. "
... Cesar Chavez
you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where -- " said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
" -- so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk
try not to drown, while the whole purpose of love is drowning."
The Illuminated Rumi
As selfishness and complaint pervert cloud the mind,
so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
Keller, My Religion, 1927.
is the answer, and you know that for sure."
am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!"
"I Am The Walrus"
must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve.
You don't have to have a college degree to serve.
You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love".
L. King, Jr.
more I study the world,The more I am convinced of the
inability of Brute
force to create anything durable.
people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices"
... William James
when you breathe,
Walk where you walk.
talk when you talk,
cry when you cry,
die when you die,
let go when you let go..."
cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men;
along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes,
come back to us as effects."
... Herman Melville
Moby Dick (Oxford World's Classics Hardcovers)
recognition of the life of every man as sacred is the first
and only basis of all ethics.
War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try
to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves."
The Kingdom of God Is Within You
"A human being is part of the whole, called by us the 'universe',
part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feelings,
as something separate from the rest
-a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to
our personal desires
and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves
from this prison by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living
and the whole of nature in its beauty."
has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
all my heart I believe the present system of sovereign nations
can lead only
to war, barbarism, inhumanity, and
only through world law can we assure progress toward civilization."
The ideals that lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage
to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth."
is not the result of the evolution of matter.
Life is of another kind.
alone can't produce life. I look to nature
and to the Spirit who is living in
...Marc Deneyer Photographic Artist
is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity."
The Oscar Wilde Collection
(The Importance of Being Earnest / The Picture of Dorian Gray
/ An Ideal Husband / Lady Windermere's Fan)
be completely honest with oneself is the very best effort a human being
have learnt through bitter experience
the one supreme lesson to conserve my
and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy,
even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a
power which can move the world."
must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Eye for an Eye makes the whole world blind."
Quotes by Gandhi
this internal storm and outward tide
We hear a promise, hard to understand:
From the compulsion that all creatures binds,
Who overcomes himself, his freedom finds.
Nothing is more revolting than the majority;
for it consists of few vigorous predecessors,
of knaves who accommodate themselves,
of weak people who assimilate themselves,
and the mass that toddles after them
without knowing the least what it wants.
... Johann von Goethe
Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity
of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation
itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that
self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.
... George Gurdjieff
be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing it's best,
night and day, to make you everybody else
means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight;
and never stop fighting."
are what your deep driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is,so is your deed. As your deed is,
so is your destiny. "
the impossible and whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
Internet is a vibration of where we're going now. Welcome to the next millennium
- you've got to get on it or you're going to be like the dinosaur."
the vigilant can maintain their liberties, and only those who are
and intelligently on the spot can hope to govern
themselves effectively by democratic
procedures. A society,
most of whose members spend a great part of their time,
not on the spot,
not here and now and in the calculable future, but somewhere
in the irrelevant other worlds of sport and soap opera,
of mythology and
metaphysical fantasy, will find it hard to resist
the encroachments of those
who would manipulate and control it."
Brave New World
courage of a life is often a less dramatic spectacle
than the courage of a final
but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
A man does what he must--in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures
--and that is the basis of all
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
his power to survey his life, man can transcend the immediate events
him. Whether he has tuberculosis or is a slave like the
Roman philosopher Epictetus
or a prisoner condemned to death,
he can still in his freedom choose how he
will relate to these facts.
And how he relates to a merciless realistic fact
can be more important for him than the fact of death itself. "
cannot separate the just from the unjust and the good from the wicked;
For they stand together before the face of the sun even as
the black thread and the white are woven together.
And when the black thread breaks, the weaver shall look into the whole cloth,
and he shall examine the loom also."
...Kahlil Gibran,The Prophet
can be no justice when laws are absolute.
Life itself is an exercise in exceptions."
one human being to love another:
that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks;
the ultimate, the last test and proof,
the work for which all other work is but preparation.
...Rainer Maria Rilke
Tender is Legal in The Eternal State of Love
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