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Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear


-Mark Twain
 
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If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.
 
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"People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further." - pema chodron

 
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and this one...

"We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who's right and who's wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don't like about our associates or our society. It is a very common, ancient, well-perfected device for trying to feel better. Blame others. Blaming is a way to protect your heart, trying to protect what is soft and open and tender in yourself. Rather than own that pain, we scramble to find some comfortable ground." pema chodron
 
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I hate losing more than I love winning
 
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“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s there are few.”
- Suzuki Roshi from the prologue to "Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind"
 
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We are not physical being having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience.
 
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anyone here (old enough to) remember Marshall McLuhan? this is his son, and just as well spoken.....

"The body is everywhere assaulted by all of our new media, a state which has resulted in deep disorientation of intellect and destabilization of culture throughout the world. In the age of disembodied communication, the meaning and significance and experience of the body is utterly transformed and distorted."
-Eric McLuhan

http://marshallmcluhan.com/common-questions/
 
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"We can do it you know.  We can get there. We can have it all.  The Third Millennium AD can be the green millennium, the time in which we learn to live as responsible human beings at last.  There is no law, natural or divine, which demands that the world we live in become poorer, harsher, and more dangerous.  If it continues to become that way, it is only because we do it ourselves."  
-  Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl
 
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“Words do not express thoughts very well. they always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

 
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I feel like I'm spamming this thread.....I just can't let a good quote go.....

from Aldous Huxley's "Island", one of my favorite books.

"History is the record of what human beings have been impelled to do by their ignorance and the enormous bumptiousness that makes them canonize their ignorance as a political or religious dogma."
 
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Contemplating what I can get accomplished today, I am reminded of a quote from my dad:

"Do something....even if it's wrong."
 
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And one from my mom:

"If you're half as pretty on the outside as you are on the inside, then you're beautiful."
 
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The real work is
becoming native in your heart,
coming to understand
we really live here,
that this is really the continent we’re on,
and that our loyalties are here,
to these mountains and rivers,
to these plant zones,
to these creatures.
The real work involves loyalty
that goes back. . .
billions of years.
The real work is accepting citizenship
in the earth itself.

~Gary Snyder
(1930 to pres, American Poet
and Buddhist Teacher)
 
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This might be here already, I'm too lazy to look


"To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe."

Marilyn vos Savant
 
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I don't know if anyone's put it up yet, but my favourite quote is the one on my signature.

-CK

EDIT: I just realized that mobile users don't see signatures, so I will post it.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
 
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"Don't be there when it happens." -Morihei Ueshiba
 
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A funny excerpt from The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved by Sandor Ellix Katz:

"Perhaps other potentially dangerous manifestations of nature should be prohibited as well, such as excess sunlight, aging, or thinking lewd thoughts."
 
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From one of my favorite poems of all time, "Invictus", by William Ernest Henley,

"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul."  



I read a while back that the author of that poem was a middle aged victorian who had just gone into the hospital to have a leg removed and woke to find they had cut off the wrong leg.  Then they still had to remove the other leg.  He wrote the poem afterwards, while he was still in the hospital.  That makes the poem even more meaningful to me.
 
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Jenny kiss’d me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in;
Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!
Say I’m weary, say I’m sad,
Say that health and wealth have miss’d me,
Say I’m growing old, but add,
Jenny kiss’d me.
- Leigh Hunt

Life is like an ecosystem.  It's the relationships that make it rich, nourishing and feed the soul.
 
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The glass is half full, not half empty.
 
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NON ILLIGITIMUS CARBORUNDUM - don't let the bastards get you down.  (Maybe faux latin, looks ok by my very weak latin.  I enjoy the sentiment though)
 
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Contemplating what I can get accomplished today, I am reminded of a quote from my dad:

"Do something....even if it's wrong."



Karen,

My dad always said that too!  I thought it was unique to him.  Maybe our fathers knew each other?  My dad was from southern cal and was carreer Air Force.
 
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"fake it till you make it"
 
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"That's the way the pickle squirts" - my father in law
 
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Happy Halloween Weekend ...  since Halloween is on a Wednesday!









 
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I like gary snyder...I've read a few of his books of poems and was trying to find a quote where he spoke of walking the same path and getting to know the plants and rocks, etc...I've always felt like that on walks where I pass the same way repeatedly in all seasons...I start noticing more and more detail. ...anyway I couldn't find that quote but a few other interesting ones..........

“Three-fourths of philosophy and literature is the talk of people trying to convince themselves that they really like the cage they were tricked into entering.”
― Gary Snyder

Meditation is not just a rest or retreat from the turmoil of the
stream or the impurity of the world. It is a way of being the stream,
so that one can be at home in both the white water and the eddies.
Meditation may take one out of the world, but it also puts one totally
into it.”
― Gary Snyder

“True affluence is not needing anything.”
― Gary Snyder
 
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I loved the spiritual and social aspect of Sepp Holzer's writing in Desert or Paradise a lot:

"There is no separation. This is nature's mandate to us: paradise in our hearts, souls, and spirits. Our intuition leads us to knowledge, to have the experiences we need in order to be whole. When you have the intuition to do something, just do it! That is why we have intuition."

And from the short story A "Lovebird" For You by Xing Qingjie, which is part of the collection of short stories in the book The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories- Flash Fiction from Contemporary China:

"You sent flowers to your own sister?" ...
"Otherwise, what excuse do I have to come and see you?
 
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After reading the $50 and Up Underground House Book, my favorite quotes comes from the introduction and chapter 1, because of how powerfully worded it is and how meaningful it is:

-From the introduction:

"My dislikes may offend you. Tisk. Tisk. So that you may brace yourself, or so that we may start off on the wrong foot- which ever- I'll list a few here. I dislike businessmen, the American medical profession, 'liberated' women, most architecture, agri-business, 90 percent of industry, cities, pavement, the American philosophy of self-indulgence, strip-mining, clear-cutting, nuclear reactors, anything having to do with recombinant DNA research and development. I consider televeision and the automobile to be two of the nation's greatest curses; the former because it rots the mind, the latter because it rots the body and destroys the land."

-From Chapter 1:

"Chance itself has absolutely no meaning. Because it has no meaning, a deeper meaning can come into it. By utilizing chance you can receive a direct answer to a question asked of God."

-Ok, well, there was another quote that greatly reflects Mike Oheler's attitude that I really enjoyed, as well, from later in the book:

"Never noted for great cerebral activity, the commissioners were aghast."
 
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Here are some quotes from the Humanure Handbook that I really like:

"The answer, if I may wildly speculate, is neither- we will destroy neither the Earth nor ourselves. Instead, we will learn to live in a symbiotic relationship with our planet... We can continue to follow the way fo disease-causing pathogens, or we can chart a new course as dependent and respectful inhabitants on this galactic speck of dust we call Earth. The former requires onyl an egocentric lack of concern for anything but ourselves... The latter, on the other hand, requires an awareness of ourselves as a dependent part of a Greater Being. This may require a hefty dose of humility, which we can either muster up ourselves, or wait until it's meted out of us, however tragically, by the greater world around us."

"Hmmm, Where can a large animal like a human being find manure?... Where is that mirror, anyway? Might be a clue there."

"That person is a separate entity, with an awareness of an individual self, an ego. That person is also totally part of, and completely dependent upon, the surrounding natural world, the eco. When the ego and eco are balanced, the person lives in harmony with the planet... When too much emphasis is placed on the self, the ego, an imbalance occurs and problems result,"
 
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Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes.
That way, when you critisiize him, you're a mile away. And you've got his shoes.....
 
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"If the workers are out playing golf, the revolution will never occur".
 
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Cooking with love provides food for the soul.

Cooking is love made visible.
 
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“The moment one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass,
it becomes a mysterious, awesome,
indescribably magnificent world in itself. “

-Henry Miller
 
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I loved the ending of this short story from Flash Fiction International.

This is a quote from A Sailor by Randa Jarrar:

"And she also understood that this, his lack of passion, his sense of logic, is one of the reasons she fucked the Turkish sailor, and it is also the reason she came home."
 
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wow... this is the first time I read this thread... and it bears out the fact that there are unknown numbers of wise sayings because wisdom itself is infinite. I love sayings because they are like cut gems... tiny and precise in their insightful beauty.

All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

--Blaise Pascal
 
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From all this we may learn that there are two races of men in this world, but only these two — the “race” of the decent man and the “race” of the indecent man.

--Viktor Frankl
(holocaust survivor)
 
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Studies either confirm what you already know by your own common sense... or they're wrong.

--Dennis Prager
 
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