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George Herbert

Water, fire, and soldiers quickly make room.

Paul Cézanne

Optics, developing in us through study, teach us to see.

Chinese Proverbs

If there are no clouds there will be no rain.

Sri Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

An unaspiring person believes according to what he achieves. An aspiring person achieves according to what he believes.

Allan Bloom, fully Allan David Bloom

History and the study of cultures do not teach or prove that values or cultures are relative. All to the contrary, that is a philosophical premise that we now bring to our study of them. This premise is unproven and dogmatically asserted for what are largely political reasons. History and culture are interpreted in the light of it, and then are said to prove the premise. Yet the fact that there have been different opinions about good and bad in different times and places in no way proves that none is true or superior to others. To say that it does so prove is as absurd as to say that the diversity of points of view expressed in a college bull session proves there is no truth. On the face of it, the difference of opinion would seem to raise the question as to which is true or right rather than to banish it. The natural reaction is to try to resolve the difference, to examine the claims and reasons for each opinion.

Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, aka Gurudeva and Satguru

The whole path is a total surrendering. All four sects of Hinduism meet in surrender, prapatti, to the Divine.

Arthur Conan Doyle, fully Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

A study in scarlet, eh? Why shouldn't we use a little art jargon? There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colorless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.

Robert M. Pirsig

He comments on how amazing it is that everything in the universe can be described by the twenty-six written characters with which they have been working. His (Korean) friends nod and smile and eat the food they've taken from tins and say no pleasantly.

Russian Proverbs

Good deeds travel far; bad ones farther.

Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

Hysteria is impossible without an audience. Panicking by yourself is the same as laughing alone in an empty room. You feel really silly.

Mary Anne Radmacher

Even from a dark night songs of beauty can be born.

Brené Brown

In our moments of most intense joy, we realize how vulnerable we are.

Xenophanes, aka Xenophanes of Colophon

Whole he sees, whole he thinks, and whole he hears.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Self-respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

Chinese Proverbs

Time passes easily to those fully employed.

William James

The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess Success is our national disease.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Freedom is not being a slave to any circumstance, to any constraint, to any chance; it means compelling fortune to enter the lists on equal terms.

William Shakespeare

I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at. I am not what I am. Othello

Nellie McClung

Never complain, never explain, get the thing done and let them howl.

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

Believe a woman or an epitaph, or any other thing that's false.

Fritjof Capra

Rutherford’s experiments had shown that atoms, instead of being hard and indestructible, consisted of vast regions of space in which extremely small particles moved, and now quantum theory made it clear that even these particles were nothing like the solid objects of classical physics. The subatomic units of matter are very abstract entities which have a dual aspect. Depending on how we look at them, they appear sometimes as particles, sometimes as waves; and this dual nature is also exhibited by light which can take the form of electromagnetic waves or of particles. This property of matter and of light is very strange. It seems impossible to accept that something can be, at the same time, a particle- i.e. an entity confined to a very small volume- and a wave, which is spread out over a large region of space.

Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi

Revile those who flatter you.

Mary Oliver

It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of my wits. Reluctantly I rise, I answer the phone or I open the door. And the thought which I had in hand, or almost in hand, is gone. Creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration, without interruptions. It needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainty which it aspires to, but does not necessarily have at once. Privacy, then. A place apart ? to pace, to chew pencils, to scribble and erase and scribble again.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Nevertheless, it is with the help of these metaphysical toys that governments have been established since the beginning of the world, and it is with their help that we shall come to resolve the enigma of politics, if we are willing to make the slightest effort to do so. I hope I will be forgiven, then, for laboring this point, as one does in teaching the rudiments of grammar to children.

Berber Proverbs

It isn't every kind of wood a whistle can be made from.