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If a man is free from greed, he will not quarrel with the world,
He will not kill, nor steal, nor cheat, nor abuse, nor lose his temper, nor flatter, nor envy, nor will he be unjust.
They will be able to guide and support others in this bewildering world, and they will be worthy of trust.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
( Socrates )
Try not to get upset or annoyed with other people or situations.
They are both powerless without your reaction.
Sometimes you just have to shut the world out, close your eyes, and turn up the music.
The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.
( Rabindranath Tagore )
Your eyesight may deteriorate as you get older, but you will be able to see through people much better.
Here’s hoping the days come easy and the moments pass slow.
And each road you travel leads you to where you want to go.
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
( Alexander the Great )
The human mind, in it’s never-ending changes, is like the flowing water of river or the burning flame of a candle.
Like an ape, it is forever jumping about, not ceasing for even a moment.
A wise man, seeing and hearing such, should break away from any attachment to body or mind.
Human kind are not always the good kind.
When it comes to money, everybody is of the same religion.
( Voltaire )
All living beings rise from ignorance.
All objects of desire are impermanent, uncertain and suffering.
All existing things are impermanent, uncertain and suffering.
There is no such thing as ‘mine’ in all the world.
No matter how good a person you are, you are the bad guy in someone’s mind.
Everyone gets scared at times.
It’s only the fools who won’t admit it.
( Jennifer A. Nielsen )
An unenlightened life rises from a mind that is bewildered by its own world of delusion.
If we learn that there is no world of delusion outside the mind, the bewildered mind becomes clear.
And because we cease to create impure surroundings..
We attain enlightenment.
If you are fortunate enough to be different from everyone else, don’t change.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that don’t have brains enough to be honest.
( Benjamin Franklin )
One who is to enjoy the purity of both body and mind walks the path to enlightenment.
Breaking the net of selfish, impure thoughts and evil desires.
He who is calm in mind acquires peacefulness and thus is able to cultivate his mind day and night with more diligence.
You often learn much about people when they don’t get what they desire.
The fools among us are presented to be wise and the wise among us are presented to be fools.
( Santosh Kalwar )
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs.
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you.
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting.
If you can dream and not make dreams your master.
If you can think and not make thoughts your aim.
If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat then just the same.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken twisted by knaves to make
a trap for fools.
If you can watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and build them up
with worn-out tools.
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue.
If you can walk with kings and not lose the common touch.
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you…
You are a wise man.
Foolish men always believe that a little knowledge will give them control over the world.
But it is no more than a display of their vanity.
( J. P. Vinluca )
Surely God would not have created such a being as man to exist only for a day?
No, man was made for immortality.
I’m never shocked when people let me down.
I just get upset that I put myself in a position to be let down in the first place.
The ordinary, hard-working folk don’t get enough to eat.
And those who rule and are responsible for the welfare of these folk, eat too much.
( Rose Winfold )
Blessed are those who endure when they are tested.
When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
I’m only responsible for what I say.
Not for what you understand.
We all know we’re one day closer to the end when we wake up in the morning.
We just kid ourselves that it’s not happening.
( Rachel Ward )
Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgement seat of God.
In God’s eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are not those who achieve prosperity, success, and power in this life, but those who treat this life as a temporary assignment and serve faithfully expecting their promised reward in eternity.
Everyone is my teacher.
Some I seek.
Some I learn from simply by observing them.
I am grateful to both.
The problem with the wise is they are so filled with doubts and questions while fools are so certain about things.
( Shannon L. Alder )
What we do affects others.
Kindness brings happiness to other people,
While selfishness will result in misery and pain.
The Bible wisely says that whatever we sow we will also reap.
The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.
Honour all your relations.
Do what needs to be done for the good of all.
Speak the truth but only for the good in others.
( Native American Indians )
Since everything in this world is brought about by causes and conditions, there can be no fundamental distinctions among things.
The apparent distinctions exist because of people’s absurd and discriminating thoughts.
In the sky there is no distinction of east and west.
People create the distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.
( Albert Einstein )
There are causes for all human suffering.
And there is a way in which they may be ended.
Because everything in the world is the result of a vast concurrence of causes and conditions.
And everything disappears as these causes and conditions change and pass away.
Rain falls, wind blows, plants bloom, leaves mature and are blown away.
These phenomena are all inter-related with causes and conditions, and are brought about by them.
And disappear as the causes and conditions change.
One is born through the conditions of parentage.
Your body is nourished by food..
Your spirit is nurtured by teaching and experience.
Therefore, both flesh and spirit are related to conditions and are changed as conditions change.
Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine in standardised tests because they do not have standardised minds.
( Diane Ravitch )
Following the right path in life is like entering a dark room with a light in the hand.
The darkness will all be cleared away and the room will be filled with light.
People who have learned to follow the right path are in possession of the light of wisdom that will clear away the darkness of ignorance.
The whole world of delusion is nothing but a shadow caused by the mind.
And yet, it is also from this same mind that the world of enlightenment appears.
I find war detestable, but those who praise it without participating in it even more so.
( Romain Rolland )
As a net is made up by a series of knots.
So everything in this world is connected by a series of knots.
If anyone thinks that the mesh of a net is an independent, isolated thing, he is mistaken.
God cannot change the past, but historians can.
( Samuel Butler )
Men are unaware of the true reason for succession of things.
From ignorance and greed there spring impure desires for things that are, in fact, unobtainable, but for which men restlessly and blindly search.
Ignorance is manifested in greed that fills the human mind.
The only hope of socialism resides in those who have already brought about in themselves, as far as is possible in the society of today, that union between manual and intellectual labour which characterises the society we are aiming at.
( Simone Weil )
Never apologise for telling the truth.
It’s only uncomfortable for those who choose not to seek it.
Don’t study because you need to.
Study because knowledge is power.
Study because you want to learn and know more.
Study because it makes you grow.
Nothing is more honourable than a grateful heart.
( Seneca )
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher, if he is indeed wise, does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
( Bruce Lee )
All existence and phenomena in this world do not, ultimately, have any substantial reality.
All existence and phenomena in this world are changing constantly and do not remain the same for even a single moment.
Everything has to die or end someday in its future.
And such prospect is the very cause of suffering.
Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place.
It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment.
( Albert Einstein )
We know next to nothing about virtually everything.
It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe.
It is necessary to want to know.
Civilisation depends not on any particular knowledge.
But on the disposition to crave knowledge.
A politician divides mankind into two classes.
Tools and enemies.
( Friedrich Nietzsche )
Those who foresee the future and recognise it as tragic are often seized by a madness which forces them to commit the very acts which makes it certain that what they dread shall happen.
Let your crazy light shine bright.
So other crazies know where to find you.
The foolish race of mankind are swarming below in the night.
They shriek and rage and quarrel – and all of them are right.
( Heinrich Heine )
It is the everlasting and unchanging rule of this world that everything is created by a series of causes and conditions and everything disappears by the same rule.
Everything changes, nothing remains constant.
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom.
The music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
( Walter Lippmann )
Some say that all human experience is based on destiny.
If all has been decided by destiny, both good deeds and evil deeds are predetermined.
Nothing would exist that has not been foreordained.
Then all human plans and efforts for improvement and progress would be in vain and humanity would be without hope.
It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace.
When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.
( Harry S. Truman )
Our own and other people’s.
Is always all around us, waiting for us to listen to it.
It influences what we do and reminds us of who we are.
Of what we might have been and of where we went wrong.
As we always do.
The closer we stay to it, the wiser we grow.
A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.
( Sir Isaac newton )
The World Is Full Of Suffering ..
Birth is suffering.
Old age is suffering.
Sickness and death are sufferings.
To meet a man whom one hates is suffering.
To be separated from a beloved one is suffering.
To be vainly struggling to satisfy one’s needs is suffering.
Life that is not free from desire and passion is always involved with distress.
The cause of human suffering is found in the thirsts of the physical body and in the illusions of worldly passion.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
( Mahatma Gandhi )
People cling obstinately to lives of wealth, comfort and pleasure, excitement and self indulgence.
Ignorant of the fact that the desire for these very things is the source of both human and animal suffering.
Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is.
( G. C. Lichtenberg )
Both life and death arise from the mind.
And exist within the mind.
Hence, when the mind that concerns itself with life and death passes on, the world of life and death passes with it.
All in all, punishment hardens and renders people more insensible.
It increases the feeling of estrangement.
It strengthens the power of resistance.
( Friedrich Nietzsche )
The world of life and death is created by the mind.
Is in bondage to the mind.
Is ruled by the mind.
The mind is the master of every situation.
Enjoy this day.
Every day is a gift, a blessing.
Some saw yesterday but will never see another day.
Tomorrow is promised to no one.
Enjoy this day.
The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.
( Simone Weil )