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Ghanaian Proverbs

It is easy to become a monk in one's old age.

Lord Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

I had a dream which was not all a dream.

Xenophanes, aka Xenophanes of Colophon

No human being will ever know the truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even know they had done so.

Eric Temple Bell

The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry.

Simonides, aka Simonedes of Ceos

There's no joy even in beautiful Wisdom, unless one have holy Health.

Amos Bronson Alcott

The surest sign of age is loneliness. While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot be old, whatever his years may be.

Pema Chödrön, born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown

An analogy for bodhichitta is the rawness of a broken heart. Sometimes this broken heart gives birth to anxiety and panic, sometimes to anger, resentment, and blame. But under the hardness of that armor there is the tenderness of genuine sadness. This is our link with all those who have ever loved. This genuine heart of sadness can teach us great compassion. It can humble us when we’re arrogant and soften us when we are unkind. It awakens us when we prefer to sleep and pierces through our indifference. This continual ache of the heart is a blessing that when accepted fully can be shared with all.

Rudolf Bultmann, fully Rudolf Karl Bultmann

All that historical criticism can establish is the fact that the first disciples came to believe in the resurrection.

Helen Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller

If we spend the time we waste in sighing for the perfect golden fruit in fulfilling the conditions of its growth, happiness will come, must come. It is guaranteed in the very laws of the universe. If it involves some chastening and renunciation, well, the fruit will be all the sweeter for this touch of holiness.

Vivekananda, fully Sri or Swami Vivekananda, born Narendra Nath Datta

Three things are necessary to make every man great, every nation great: 1. Conviction of the powers of goodness. 2. Absence of jealousy and suspicion. 3. Helping all who are trying to be and do good.

Lord Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

Mark! where his carnage and his conquests cease! He makes a solitude, and calls it — peace!

William Shakespeare

This time of year you can see me, when yellow leaves, no, little leaves, the branches hanging trembling in the cold, where sweet birds sang, naked choir damage. Twilight of thine eyes on me to reveal, when the sun goes down in the west, a night they slowly absorb, absorb - twin death - by sealing all. Faint glow you see in me, the flame, which youth dies in ashes on his deathbed, where he goes out in the shade, for it devoured you ever ate.

Gordon Brown, fully James Gordon Brown

It is absolutely critical that we take the actions having agreed that action is necessary,

John Steinbeck

But now, by saying what his future was going to be like, he had created it. A plan is a real thing, and things projected are experienced. A plan once made and visualized becomes a along with other realities-never to be destroyed but easily to be attacked.

Rollo May, fully Rollo Reese May

Recall how often in human history the saint and the rebel have be the same person.

James Surowiecki, fully James Michael Surowiecki

When Americans are asked to rank professions in terms of honesty and ethics, insurance agents routinely end up near the bottom of the list - somewhere between politicians and car salesmen. Generally, insurers are seen as clever hucksters who prey on insecurity and ignorance to sell people what they don't need at prices they shouldn't have to pay.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.

Martin Amis, fully Martin Louis Amis

This (writing) is the love of your life. It's what I want to do when I wake up. Nothing feels so absorbing, so fulfilling.

Finnish Proverbs

Love blinds your eyes, marriage opens them wide.

Thorstein Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen

Here occurs a curious inversion...in this lower middle class there is no pretense of leisure on the part of the head of the household...It is by no means an uncommon spectacle to find a man applying himself to work with the utmost assiduity, in order that his wife may in due form render for him that degree of vicarious leisure...the housewife's efforts are under the guidance of traditions that have been shaped by the law of conspicuously wasteful expenditure of time and substance. If beauty or comfort is achieved... they must be achieved by means and methods that commend themselves to the great economic law of wasted effort. The more reputable, "presentable" portion of middle-class household paraphernalia are... items of conspicuous consumption, and... apparatus for putting in evidence the vicarious leisure rendered by the housewife.

Matt Ridley, formally Matthew White Ridley, 5th Viscount Ridley

If people are all the same underneath, how has society changed so fast and so radically? Life now is completely different to how it was 32,000 years ago. It's changed like that of no other species has. What's made that difference?

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Prayer is not a need but an ontological necessity, an act that expresses the very essence of man. Prayer is for human beings, by virtue of our being human. He who has never prayed is not fully human. Ontology, not psychology or sociology, explains prayer.

Steven Pinker, fully Steven Arthur Pinker

The case against bigotry is not a factual claim that humans are biologically indistinguishable. It is a moral stance that condemns judging an individual according to the average traits of certain groups to which the individual belongs.

Steven Pinker, fully Steven Arthur Pinker

I think that if you were to probe a lot of people's religious opinions, they would not be as religious as the numbers would suggest.

Zohar or The Zohar, literally "Splendor or Radiance"

The voice is not prayer... It behooves us to pray silently.