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Swahili Proverbs

Man is afraid of the centipede and the latter likes to be indoors with people.

Spanish Proverbs

A house filled with guests is eaten up and ill spoken of.

Walter Lippmann

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.

Rabbinical Proverbs

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.

Ibn Rahel

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,
Except that it refuses to make preferences.
Only when freed from hate and love
Does it reveal itself fully and without disguise.

A tenth of an inch's difference,
And heaven and earth are set apart.
If you wish to see it before your own eyes,
Have no fixed thoughts either for or against it.

To set up what you like against what you dislike -
This is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of the Way is not understood,
Peace of mind is disturbed to no purpose...

Pursue not the outer entanglements,
Dwell not in the inner void;
Be serene in the oneness of things,
And dualism vanishes of itself.

When you strive to gain quiescence by stopping motion,
The quiescence so gained is ever in motion.
So long as you tarry in such dualism,
How can you realize oneness?

And when oneness is not thoroughly grasped,
Loss is sustained in two ways:
The denying of external reality is the assertion of it,
And the assertion of Emptiness (the Absolute) is the denying of it...

Transformations going on in the empty world that confronts us
Appear to be real because of Ignorance.
Do not strive to seek after the True,
Only cease to cherish opinions.

The two exist because of the One;
But hot not even to this One.
When a mind is not disturbed,
The ten thousand things offer no offense...

If an eye never falls asleep,
All dreams will cease of themselves;
If the Mind retains its absoluteness,
The ten thousand things are of one substance.

When the deep mystery of Suchness is fathomed,
All of a sudden we forget the external entanglements;
When the ten thousand things are viewed in their oneness,
We return to the origin and remain where we have always been...

One in all,
All in One -
If only this is realized,
No more worry about not being perfect!

When Mind and each believing mind are not divided,
And undivided are each believing mind and Mind,
This is where words fail,
For it is not of the past, present or future.

Matthew Arnold

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.

William Wordsworth

Provoke the years to bring the inevitable yoke.

Author 237599

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.

Romanian Proverbs

He that mischief hatches, mischief catches.

Jon Rappoport

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.

Dorothy Allison

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.