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William Shakespeare

O let my books be then the eloquence and dumb presagers of my speaking breast.

Ramana Maharshi, fully Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

The final obstacle in meditation is ecstasy; you feel great bliss and happiness and want to stay in that ecstasy. Do not yield to it but pass on to the next stage which is great calm. The calm is higher than ecstasy and it merges into samadhi.

Winston Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

I'm bored with it all.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, born Doris Helen Kearns

And as for the final sphere of love and friendship, I can only say it gets harder once the natural communities of college and home town are gone. It takes work and commitment, demands toleration for human frailties, forgiveness for the inevitable disappointment and betrayals that come even with the best of relationships.

Fritjhof Schuon

From the standpoint of a piety nourished by anthropomorphism, the question of predestination and the question of evil are the two great problems. But from the standpoint of metaphysical knowledge, the only problem is that of expression through language; the difficulty therefore lies in the fact that the heaviness of language requires almost endless prolixities. Be that as it may: on the principial plane, there are no unsolvable questions, for all that "is" can in principle be known, the human spirit being total — not partial as is animal intelligence. The real and the knowable coincide, not for the rational faculty to be sure, but for the Intellect, whose presence — actual or purely potential — constitutes the reason for being of the human condition.

Paul Feyerabend, fully Paul Karl Feyerabend

Unanimity of opinion may be fitting for a church, for the frightened or greedy victims of some (ancient, or modern) myth, or for the weak and willing followers of some tyrant. Variety of opinion is necessary for objective knowledge. And a method that encourages variety is also the only method that is comparable with a humanitarian outlook.

George Leonard, fully George Burr Leonard

There is a human striving for self-transcendence. It's part of what makes us human. With all of our flaws we want to go a little bit further than we've gone before and maybe even further than anyone else has gone before.

Swahili Proverbs

Thanks to the honourable's car.

Swedish Proverbs

You never wait too long, when you wait for something good.

Swahili Proverbs

A wife's beauty is in her character, not her looks.

Sayings of the Fathers (Pirkei Avot or Pirqe Aboth)

There are four types of temperaments. One who is easily angered and easily appeased--his virtue cancels his flaw. One whom it is difficult to anger and difficult to appease--his flaw cancels his virtue. One whom it is difficult to anger and is easily appeased, is a chassid. One who is easily angered and is difficult to appease, is wicked.

Alan Watts, fully Alan Wilson Watts

The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.


All things happen by virtue of necessity.

Guy de Maupassant, fully Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant

We breathe, sleep, drink, eat, work and then die! The end of life is death. What do you long for? Love? A few kisses and you will be powerless. Money? What for? To gratify your desires. Glory? What comes after it all? Death! Death alone is certain.

Native American Proverbs

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. ? Navajo Proverb

William Shakespeare

We at time of year Do wound the bark, the skin of our fruit trees, Lest, being overproud in sap and blood, With too much riches it confound itself. Had he done so to great and growing men, They might have lived to bear, and he to taste Their fruits of duty. Superfluous branches We lop a way, that bearing boughs may live.

Zelig Pliskin

The Torah forbids us to harm or cause suffering to others. Even from a selfish perspective, we should be careful not to harm others, since we will ultimately suffer because of it. Some guidelines: -- Refrain from causing others pain or unpleasantness through actions or words. -- Refrain from insulting others. -- Refrain from talking negatively about others, unless it is necessary for a practical and constructive purpose. -- Refrain from lying to others. -- Refrain from deceiving others in financial matters. -- Refrain from causing others financial losses. The money of others should be as dear as our own. [The Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated]

Nisargadatta Maharaj, fully Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli

Do nothing, absolutely nothing! Just be, be the knowledge ‘I am’ only and abide there. To imbibe this, meditate on beingness only. Catch hold of the knowledge ‘I am’ in meditation. In this process, the realization occurs that ‘I’ the Absolute am not the ‘guna’ ‘I am’; therefore in meditation nothing is to be retained in memory. Nevertheless something will appear on the memory screen, but be unconcerned, just be, do nothing. Refrain from grasping anything in meditation; the moment you do, otherness begins, and so does duality. Nothing is to be done. Then all your riddles will be solved and dissolved. ‘Moolmaya’ – that is, the primary illusion – will release her stranglehold on you and will get lost.

Wendell Berry

After World War II, we hoped the world might be united for the sake of peacemaking. Now the world is being “globalized” for the sake of trade and the so-called free market—for the sake, that is, of plundering the world for cheap labor, cheap energy, and cheap materials. How nations, let alone regions and communities, are to shape and protect themselves within this “global economy” is far from clear.

Murray Rothbard, fully Murray Newton Rothbard

If we look around, then, at the crucial problem areas of our society - the areas of crisis and failure - we find in each and every case a red thread marking and uniting them all: the thread of government. In every one of these cases, government either has totally run or heavily influenced the activity.

Jamaican Proverbs

Pit inna de sky, it fall inna yuh y'eye.

William Shakespeare

O sir, to wilful men the injuries that they themselves procure must be their schoolmasters.

William Morris

So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last forever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die.

Mao Tse-tung, alternatively Zedong, Ze dong, aka Chairman Mao

While we recognize that in the general development of history the material determines the mental and social being determines social consciousness, we also - and indeed must - recognize the reaction of mental on material things, of social consciousness on social being and of the superstructure on the economic base. This does not go against materialism; on the contrary, it avoids mechanical materialism and firmly upholds dialectical materialism.

William Shakespeare

I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety. King Henry V. Act iii. Scene 2.