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Vinculums of the Nexus
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.
First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again - and, moreover, give reasons why we believe.
~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it - what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.
By their openness, people dedicated to the truth live in the open, and through the exercise of their courage to live in the open, they become free from fear.
~M. Scott Peck
Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult - once we truly understand and accept it - then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.
~M. Scott Peck
I define love thus: "The will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth.
~M. Scott Peck
A nice definition of an awakened person: a person who no longer marches to the drums of society, a person who dances to the tune of the music that springs up from within.
~Anthony de Mello
Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
~Alfred North Whitehead
There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
~Marilyn vos Savant
That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
~Henry David Thoreau
There's nothing that keeps its youth,
So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
from The Deacon's Masterpiece, 1858
Hope is only the love of life.
Millions of words are written annually purporting to tell how to beat the races, whereas the best possible advice on the subject is found in the three monosyllables: 'Do not try.'
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
~Frank Lloyd Wright
ever again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or a path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.
from A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say "no" to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger "yes" burning inside. The enemy of the "best" is often the "good."
~Stephen R. Covey
from The Seven Habits of Highly Effctive People
Reshape yourself through the power of your will... Those who have conquered themselves...live in peace, alike in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, praise and blame... To such people a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same...Because they are impartial, they rise to great heights.
from Bagavad Gita
You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.
You cannot bring about prosperity
By discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak
By weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner
By pulling down the wage payer
You cannot further the brotherhood of man
By encouraging class hatred.
You cannot help the poor
By destroying the rich
You cannot establish sound security
On borrowed money.
Your cannot keep out of trouble
By spending more than you earn
You cannot build courage
By taking away initiative
You cannot help man permanently
By doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.