Thursday, 31 May 2012

Quote Worthy

When chickens quit quarrelling over their food they often find that there is enough for all of them. I wonder if it might not be the same with the human race. - Don Marquis  

The most centred and happy among us are those who embrace life, love, people, food, music, art – even the challenges of frustrations, aging and death – with a passion. - Leo Buscaglia   

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. - Alexander Graham Bell  

There are three things necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. - St Thomas  

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance. - Akhnaton  

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Cosmos

The Cosmos is a body of chi. Chi has the properties of yin and yang. When chi is spread out, it permeates all things; when it coalesces it becomes nebulous. When this settles into form it becomes matter. When it disintegrates it returns to its original state. - Zhang Dai

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations - each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony. - Ruth Bernhard

We are the living links in a life force that moves and plays around and through us, binding the deepest soils with the farthest stars. - Alan Chadwick

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Food For Thought

Whenever I see an erring man, I say to myself I have also erred; when I see a lustful man I say to myself, so was I once; and in this way I feel kinship with everyone in the world and feel that I cannot be happy without the humblest of us being happy. - Mahatma Gandhi

The effects of our actions may be postponed but they are never lost. There is an inevitable reward for good deeds and an inescapable punishment for bad. Meditate upon this truth, and seek always to earn good wages from Destiny. - Wu Ming Fu

There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance. - Arthur Helps


Divorce is an embarrassing public admission of defeat. - Tracy Letts

Divorce is like cutting off a gangrened arm to save the rest of the body. - David Knox & Caroline Schacht

Divorce is one of the most stressful life events anyone goes through. Only the loss of a loved one and moving are even in its class, difficulty-wise – and divorcing generally involves both of those as well. Even when you are the one initiating the divorce, the enormous changes that result are bound to throw you off and leave you feeling, at the very least, a bit lost. - Emily Doskow

Divorce is the result of a lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as teammates in an intimate relationship. - Gary Chapman

Divorce isn't such a tragedy. A tragedy's staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce. - Jennifer Weiner

Divorce lawyers stoke anger and fear in their clients, knowing that as long as the conflicts remain unresolved the revenue stream will keep flowing. - Craig Ferguson

For a couple with young children, divorce seldom comes as a “solution” to stress, only as a way to end one form of pain and accept another. - Fred Rogers

Going through a divorce is like having every aspect of your life played back. Anything you have mishandled or regretted is talked about by everyone as they try to figure out who was right and who the innocent party really is. The comfort you once experienced is gone completely. There are many choices for new comfort, but most of them have no value except introducing new addictions or pounds of fat or guilt. - Kandace Cooper

Grown-ups are worried that they're going to ruin their children's lives, but divorce is just a life experience and you learn from it. - Evan Stern

In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find and continue to find grounds for marriage. - Robert Woodruff Anderson

I've been through divorce and will always be a "divorced kid".... For me, my parent's divorce was hard at first, but I overcame my sadness and my fears about it. I know that my parents are happier apart. And I'm happy with the way things are, too.... Divorce can sometimes be for the better. You may end up with happier parents, and you will definitely learn a lot about yourself! And that's the whole point of growing up. So if you think about it, there are reasons to be happy about this experience, if you can learn and grow from it. - Zoe Stern

Many divorces are not really the result of irreparable injury but involve, instead, a desire on the part of the man or woman to shatter the setup, start out from scratch alone, and make life work for them all over again. They want the risk of disaster, want to touch bottom, see where bottom is, and, coming up, to breathe the air with relief and relish again. - Edward Hoagland

No matter how you slice it, divorce is expensive and time-consuming. The most important variable is how well you and your spouse are able to put aside your anger and grief and cooperate on the big issues of money and children. The better you are at working together to make decisions for your changing family structure, the better for your bank account and for your chances of emerging from the divorce with a decent relationship with your ex. - Emily Doskow

The best advice I have for other parents going through a divorce is that the kids need to know that both of their parents are good people. It’s easy to set the example of kindness and love and respect when the things are good. So if you can do that when things are hard, and wholeheartedly support their relationship with the other parent – you're showing them a certain kind of resiliency. - Bradly Whitford

The divorced person is like a man with a black patch over one eye: He looks rather dashing but the fact is that he has been through a maiming experience. - Jo Coudert

The obvious effect of frivolous divorce will be frivolous marriage. If people can be separated for no reason they will feel it all the easier to be united for no reason. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, 28 May 2012


There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. 

One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to God without with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about. The letter read:
Dear God,
I am an 63 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension payment. Next week is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with, have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope.
Can you please help me?
The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. They all dug into their wallets and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman. The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Betty and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.
Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God. All the  workers gathered around while the letter was opened.
It read:
Dear God,
How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful Gift.
By the way, there was $4 missing. I think it might have been those bastards at the post office.

Sunday, 27 May 2012


Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if, at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle, he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things. - William Golding 

Except for some rather vague, broad and nebulous guidelines, none of us is ever taught how to live. We are not told the value of life nor what it means to be fully alive. We have no idea of the wonders we can take from life or of the responsibility we have to give it something in return. We are born into our world, educated to adjust to it according to the dominant and accepted mores and then pretty much left to sink or swim. -  Leo Buscaglia

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. -  Henry Miller

Friday, 25 May 2012


A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. - Washington Irving 

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. - Josh Billings

A dog wags its tail with its heart. - Unknown

A hungry dog will eat dirty puddings. - Latin Proverb

A living dog is better than a dead lion. - Unknown

A man may smile and bid you hail, yet wish you to the devil; But when a good dog wags his tail, you know he’s on the level. - Unknown

Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. - Franklin P. Jones

Barking dogs seldom bite. - Unknown

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Caras

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate. -Sigmund Freud

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. - Ann Landers

Dumb dogs are dangerous. - Unknown

Every dog must have his day. - Jonathan Swift

He is very imprudent, a dog; he never makes it his business to inquire whether you are in the right or the wrong, never asks whether you are rich or poor, silly or wise, sinner or saint. You are his pal. That is enough for him. - Jerome Klapka Jerome

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends. - Alexander Pope

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven – and very, very few persons. - James Thurber

If our dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise. - Unknown

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. - Mark Twain

My Goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am. - Unknown

No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich. - Louis Sabin

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why. - Unknown

Properly trained, a Man can be Dog’s best friend. - Corey Ford

Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job. - Franklin P. Jones

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. - Andy Rooney
The dog that trots about finds a bone. - Golda Meir

The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend. - Lord Bryon

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. - Unknown

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. - Ben Williams

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare, and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made. - M. Facklam

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, what counts is the size of the fight in the dog. - Mark Twain

When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news. - Charles Anderson Dana

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Quote Worthy

At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. - Ralph Waldo Emerson  

If you wish to make a man your enemy, tell him simply, 'You are wrong.' This method works every time. - Henry C. Link  

In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought. - Gilbert Chesterton  

It is enough that I am of value to someone today. It is enough that I make a difference now. - Hugh Prather   

No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately. - Michel De Montaigne   
Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one. -  William Penn  

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart. - Saint Jerome  

Preventives of evil are far better than remedies; cheaper and easier of application, and surer in result. - Tryon Edwards  

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


The person, the individual, the ego, is but an object of perception, it is only habit or error that we identify ourselves with our perceptions and this is itself the cause of all our suffering. - Jean Klein

If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It's very important to be aware of them every time they come up. - Deepak Chopra

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Food For Thought

If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life, that we give to the question of what to do with two weeks vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days. - Dorothy Canfield Fisher 

Its not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely. - Leo Buscaglia

To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. - Helena Petrova Blavatsky

Monday, 21 May 2012


              Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
              A: No.
              Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
              A: No.
              Q: Did you check for breathing?
              A: No.
              Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
              A: No.
              Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
              A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
              Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
              A: It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

Sunday, 20 May 2012


I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret. - Tony Robbins

Three rules of life:
(1) Out of clutter, find simplicity;
(2) From discord, find harmony;
(3) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

Three facts in life:
1. If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
3. If you don not step forward, you’ll always be in the same place.

Friday, 18 May 2012


A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. - Arthur Golden

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. - Ambrose Bierce

By doubting, we come at the truth. - Cicero

Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door. - Benjamin Jowett

Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leadeth the way. - Hosea Ballou

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. - George Iles

Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass, before they can enter into the temple of truth. - Charles Caleb Colton

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. - Christian Bovee

Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth. - Ambrose Bierce

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. - Thomas Carlyle

Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any, but keep your doubts to yourself, for I have enough of my own. - Johann Von Goethe

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. - Wilson Mizner 

If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done. - John Lubbock

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. - Rene Descartes

It is by doubting that we come to investigate, and by investigating that we recognize the truth - Peter Abelard

Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way. - Unknown

Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt. - Shakespeare

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. - Lewis Cass

The best way is to forget doubts and set about the task in hand. - Robert Silliman Hillyer

The great experimental principle, then, is doubt, that philosophic doubt which leaves to the mind its freedom and initiative, and from which the virtues most valuable to investigators in physiology and medicine are derived. - Claude Bernard

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills. - The Buddha

We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge doubt increases. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When in doubt, back out on a technicality. - Walter Shapiro

When in doubt, do without. - Hofni Samuel

When in doubt, Don’t. - Unknown

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap. - Cynthia Heimel

When in doubt, strategize; if it doesn't work, reorganize. - Srini Rangan

When in doubt, take it as a compliment. - Angie Lyman

When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing. - Joseph Roux

Who knows most, doubts most. - Robert Browning

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow. - Ambrose Bierce

You cannot be a man of faith unless you know how to doubt. - Thomas Merton

Your own doubt is your opponent’s greatest strength. - Unknown

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Quote Worthy

We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice. - Arthur Helps 

Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost. - John Babsone Soule 

A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package. - Harry Emerson Fosdick 

Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore. - Benjamin Franklin 

Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change. - Johann Friedrich Von Schiller 

For the resolute and determined there is time and opportunity. - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men to do. -
Marquis De Vauvenargues 

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. - Samuel Johnson 

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. - James Howell 

You can make yourself happy or miserable – it's the same amount of effort. - Ray Bradbury 

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bodhidharma On Looking for the Buddha

Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th/6th century and is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Zen to China.

To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the Buddha. And the Buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares. If you don't see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you'll never find a Buddha. The truth is, there's nothing to find. But to reach such an understanding you need a teacher and you need to struggle to make yourself understand. . . . If you don't find a teacher soon, you'll live this life in vain. It's true, you have the Buddha-nature. But without the help of a teacher you'll never know it. Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help. If, though, by the conjunction of conditions, someone understands what the Buddha meant, that person doesn't need a teacher. Such a person has a natural awareness superior to anything taught. But unless you're so blessed, study hard, and by means of instruction you'll understand. - Bodhidharma

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Food For Thought

One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is, you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve. -  George Allen 

Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime! -  Lawrence G. Lovasik

Look at the stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two and I know it was not the last blow that did it but all that had gone before. -  Jacob August Riis

Monday, 14 May 2012

The Mafia’s Bookkeeper

              A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper has cheated him out of ten million bucks. His bookkeeper is deaf.
              That was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that a deaf bookkeeper would not hear anything that he might have to testify about in court.
              When the Godfather goes to confront the bookkeeper about his missing $10 million, he brings along his attorney, who knows sign language.
              The Godfather tells the lawyer, “Ask him where the 10 million bucks he embezzled from me is.”
              The attorney, using sign language, asks the bookkeeper where the money is.
              The attorney tells the Godfather: “He says he doesn’t know what you’re talking about.”
              The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to the bookkeeper’s temple and says, “Ask him  again!”
              The attorney signs to the bookkeeper: “He’ll kill you if you don’t tell him!”
              The bookkeeper signs back: “OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Enzo’s backyard in Queens!”
              The Godfather asks the attorney: “Well, what’d he say?”
              The attorney replies: “He says you don’t have the balls to pull the trigger.”

Sunday, 13 May 2012

The Optimist Creed

Originally published in 1912 in a book titled Your Forces and How to Use Them, this famous creed by Christian D. Larson is worth reading every morning and evening.

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are bout your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.
To give so much time to improving yourself that  you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Friday, 11 May 2012


Looking for a quote on a particular subject? I have categorized the quotes to make the search easier. This 'label' - ZQuotesC - has all the quotes on subjects beginning with the Alphabet C. You might want to search the labels on the right hand side of the page too.


Calmness comes from within. It is the peace and restfulness of the depths of our nature. The fury of storm and of wind agitate only the surface of the sea; they penetrate only two or three hundred feet; below that is the calm, unruffled deep. To be ready for the great crises of life we must learn serenity in our daily living. Calmness is the crown of self-control. - William Jordan

Calmness is the cradle of power. - Josiah Gilbert Holland

Calmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-centered, self-reliant, and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute confidence, and conscious power, ready to be focused in an instant to meet any crises. - William Jordan

Calmness is not weakness. A calm attitude at all times shows a man of culture. It is not too hard for man to be calm when things are favourable, but to be composed when things are wrong is hard indeed, and it is this difficult quality that is worth achieving; for by such calm and control he builds up strength of character. K. Sri Dhammananda

Remaining calm in the midst of the storm can help you through the tempest. - Sherri Bishop

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. - James Allen

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Quote Worthy

Expect the best, prepare for the worst and don't be surprised when you get what you deserve. -  Lionel Goulet  

There is a difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him. -  Benjamin Franklin  

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. - Albert Einstein  

Experience is how life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other. -  Judy Collins  

I have made mistakes but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I have never made one. -  James Gordon Bennett  

Resentment is one burden that is incompatible with your success. Always be the first to forgive; and forgive yourself first always. -  Dan Zadra   

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. -  Robert Heinlein  

People learn something every day, and a lot of times its that what they learned the day before was wrong. -  Bill Vaughan  

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Bodhidharma On Worshipping The Buddha

Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th/6th century and is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Zen to China.

Bodhidharma: Even if a buddha or bodhisattva should suddenly appear before you, there's no need for reverence. This mind of ours is empty and contains no such form. Those who hold onto appearances are devils. They fall from the Path. Why worship illusions born of the mind? . . . The basic nature of a buddha has no such form. Keep this in mind, even if something unusual should appear. Don't embrace it, and don't fear it, and don't doubt that your mind is basically pure. . . . Also at the appearance of spirits, demons, or divine beings, conceive neither respect nor fear. Your mind is basically empty. All appearances are illusions. Don't hold on to appearances. If you envision a buddha, a dharma, or a bodhisattva and conceive respect for them, you relegate yourself to the realm of mortals. If you seek direct understanding, don't hold on to any appearance whatsoever, and you'll succeed. . . . The sutras say, "That which is free of all form is the buddha."

Disciple: But why shouldn't we worship buddhas and bodhisattvas? Bodhidharma: Devils and demons possess the power of manifestation. They can create the appearance of bodhisattvas in all sorts of guises. But they're false. None of them are buddhas. The buddha is your own mind. Don't misdirect your worship.

Disciple: But the Bathhouse Sutra says, "By contributing to the bathing of monks, people receive limitless blessings." This would appear to be an instance of external practice achieving merit. How does this relate to beholding the mind?
Bodhidharma: . . . Our true buddha-nature has no shape. And the dust of affliction has no form. How can people use ordinary water to wash an intangible body? It won't work. . . . To clean such a body you have to behold it. Once impurities and filth arise from desire, they multiply until they cover you inside and out. But if you try to wash this body of yours, you'll have to scrub until it's nearly gone before it's clean.

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Food For Thought

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance. -  Karl A. Menninger

Mans first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and next to escape the censures of the world. There cannot be a greater satisfaction to an honest mind than to see its own approbation seconded by the applause of the public. - Joseph Addison

Facts, when combined with ideas, constitute the greatest force in the world. They are greater than armaments, greater than finance, greater than science, business and law because they constitute the common denominator of all of them. -  Carl W. Ackerman

Monday, 7 May 2012

Some Old Men Can Still Think Fast

              An elderly man in the Atherton Tablelands had owned a large farm for several years.
              He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some mango and lychee trees.
              One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over.
              He grabbed a twenty litre bucket to bring back some fruit.
              As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond.
              He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, 'we're not coming out until you leave!'
              The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.' Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the crocodile...' !
              Some old men can still think fast.

Sunday, 6 May 2012


It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words, ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’ How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! -  Abraham Lincoln

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible. There is some place where your specialties can shine. Somewhere that difference can be expressed. Its up to you to find it, and you can. - David Viscott

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today? -  Mary Manin Morrissey

Friday, 4 May 2012

Cats / Mice

It does not matter if the cat is black or white; the cat that catches the mouse is a good cat. - Deng Xiaoping

Who among us hasn't envied a cat's ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely? - Karen Brademeyer

Scalded cats fear even cold water. - Thomas Fuller

The cat in gloves catches no mice. - Benjamin Franklin

When a mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby. - Unknown

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Quote Worthy

Every now and then you run across radiantly attractive people and youre delighted to find they adore you, till you realize that they adore just about everybody – and thats whats made them radiantly attractive. -  Mignon McLaughlin   

If you try to avoid or remove the awkward quality, it will pursue you. The only effective way to still its unease is to transfigure it, to let it become something creative and positive that contributes to who you are. - John O'Donohue  

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didnt learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didnt learn a little, at least we didnt get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didnt die; so, let us all be thankful. -  The Buddha  

Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your Thoughts, your Vision, your Ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration. - James Allen  

There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honours too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience. -  Jean De La Bruyere  

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Bodhidharma On Enlightenment

Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th/6th century and is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Zen to China.

If, as in a dream, you see a light brighter than the sun, your remaining attachments will suddenly come to an end and the nature of reality will be revealed. Such an occurrence serves as the basis for enlightenment. But this is something only you know. You can't explain it to others. Or if, while you're walking, standing, sitting, or lying in a quiet grove, you see a light, regardless of whether it's bright or dim, don't tell others and don't focus on it. It's the light of your own nature. Or if, while you're walking, standing, sitting, or lying in the stillness and darkness of night, everything appears as though in daylight, don't be startled. It's your own mind about to reveal itself. Or if, while you're dreaming at night, you see the moon and stars in all their clarity, it means the workings of your mind are about to end. But don't tell others. - Bodhidharma

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Food For Thought

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. -  Theodore Roosevelt

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands: your own. - Mark Victor Hansen

Many are always praising the bygone time, for it is natural that the old should extol the days of their youth; the weak, the time of their strength; the sick, the season of their vigor; and the disappointed, the spring-tide of their hopes. - Caleb Bingham