Man is afraid of the centipede and the latter likes to be indoors with people.
A house filled with guests is eaten up and ill spoken of.
The capacity to act upon the hidden realities of a situation is spite of appearances is the essence of statesmanship. It consists in giving the people not what they want but what they will learn to want. It requires due courage which is possible only in a mind that is detached from the agitations of the moment. It requires the insight which comes only from an objective and discerning knowledge of the facts, and a high and imperturbable disinterestedness.
|Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi||
To Love is to be God. Never will a Lover's chest feel any sorrow. Never will a Lover's robe be touched by mortals. Never will a Lover's body be found buried in the earth. To Love is to be God.
To pray loudly is not a necessity of devotion; when we pray we must direct our hearts towards heaven.
|Niccolò Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli||
For, besides what has been said, it should be borne in mind that the temper of the multitude is fickle, and that while it is easy to persuade them of a thing, it is hard to fix them in that persuasion. Wherefore, matters should be so ordered that when men no longer believe of their own accord, they may be compelled to believe by force.
The less tenderness a man has in his nature, the more he requires from others.
|Steven Pinker, fully Steven Arthur Pinker||
The real medium of artists, whatever their genre, is human mental representations.
|Sen T’Sen, aka Seng T'San, Jianzhi Sengcan, Kanchi Sosan, Third Chinese Patriarch of Zen||
The Perfect Way knows no difficulties,
A tenth of an inch's difference,
To set up what you like against what you dislike -
Pursue not the outer entanglements,
When you strive to gain quiescence by stopping motion,
And when oneness is not thoroughly grasped,
Transformations going on in the empty world that confronts us
The two exist because of the One;
If an eye never falls asleep,
When the deep mystery of Suchness is fathomed,
One in all,
When Mind and each believing mind are not divided,
The East bow'd low before the blast, In patient, deep disdain. She let the legions thunder past, And plunged in thought again.
|Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers||
San Francisco? the city that never was a town.
|Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca||
It is not the man who has too little who is poor, but the one who craves more.
Provoke the years to bring the inevitable yoke.
You who read me, are You sure of understanding my language?
|Nachman of Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Bratslav, Nachman from Uman||
Don't be old! True, there are pious, righteous elders. But to be old is not good. Stay young - renew yourself every day and make a fresh start.
|Maitri Upanishad or Maitrayaniya Upanishad||
The mind should be kept in the heart as long as it has not reached the Highest End. This is wisdom, and this is liberation. Everything else is only words.
|Ronald Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan||
We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
|Bruce Lee, stage name for Lee Jun-fa||
Flow in the living moment. ? We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you?ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
He that mischief hatches, mischief catches.
Psychiatry is a system of arbitrary definitions. When you get past all the pseudo-technical nonsense, you're looking at mind control---the attempt to make people believe consciousness is composed of about 300 disorders.
|Walter Scott, fully Sir Walter Scott,1st Baronet||
But with morning cool repentance came.
|Desmond John Morris||
We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.
|Margaret Atwood, fully Margaret Eleanor Atwood||
My red skirt is hitched up to my waist, though no higher. Below it the Commander is fucking. What he is fucking is the lower part of my body.
Love was something I would not have to worry about - the whole mystery of love, heartbreak songs, and family legends. Women who pined, men who went mad, people who forgot who they were and shamed themselves with need, wanting only to be loved by the one they loved. Love was a mystery. Love was a calamity. Love was a curse that had somehow skipped me, which was no doubt why I was so good at multiple-choice tests and memorizing poetry. Sex was a country I been dragged into as an unwilling girl - sex, and the madness of the body. For all that it could terrify and confuse me, sex was something I had assimilated. Sex was a game or a weapon or an addiction. Sex was familiar. But love - love was another country.
|Tony Judt, fully Tony Robert Judt||
The more equal a society, the greater the trust. And it is not just a question of income: where people have similar lives and similar prospects, it is likely that what we might call their ?moral outlook? is also shared.