Water Tiger School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan Patchogue Long Island New York

Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

Suffolk County, Long Island


Shards of Truth


And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

posted December 25, 2005


Life is no more than a dewdrop balancing on the end of a blade grass.

- Buddhist Saying from Sri Lanka (26 December 2004)

posted December 18, 2005


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;

they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

- Marcel Proust

posted December 11, 2005


A lost inch of gold may be found; a lost inch of time, never.

- Chinese Proverb

posted December 4, 2005


What is more fluid, more yielding than water? Yet back it comes again,

wearing down the rigid strength which cannot yield to withstand it.

So it is that the strong are overcome by the weak, the haughty by the humble.

- Lao Tzu

posted November 27, 2005


The farmer hopes for rain, the traveler for fine weather.

- Chinese Proverb

posted November 20, 2005


If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

- Chinese Proverb

posted November 13, 2005


Shape clay into a vessel; it is the space within that makes it useful.

- Lao Tzu

posted November 6, 2005


Learning is a treasure, which follows its owner everywhere.

- Chinese Proverb

posted October 30, 2005


The only devils in the world are the ones running around in our hearts;

it is there that is the only place we should fight our battles.

- Gandhi

posted October 23, 2005


The difference between a fool and a wise man is that a fool does not learn from his mistakes.

- Highlander

posted October 16, 2005


Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

- Erica Mann Yong

posted October 9, 2005


Consider a man traveling in a stream.

If he chooses to float on the current, he travels without difficulty.

If he chooses to turn and swim upstream against the current, he will soon tire and may well drown.

- Caine-ism

posted October 2, 2005


One should learn how to exercise from nature by observing the fact that flowing water never stagnates and a busy door with active hinges never rusts nor rots.

- Sun Ssumo

posted September 25, 2005


Humanity's survival depends on the health of the community in the same way that ants and bees coexist. Such small insects create communities without any religion, any constitution, or any law. People can do the same if they develop compassion so they feel responsible for others.

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

posted September 18, 2005


Sometimes the highest form of action is inaction.

- Jerry Brown

posted September 11, 2005


To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.

- Chinese Proverb

posted September 4, 2005


It's not the lines you draw that make an illustration good, it's the ones you leave out.

- Illustrators' Adage

posted August 28, 2005


I seek not to know all the answers, but to understand the questions.

- Caine-ism

posted August 21, 2005


When heating water to its boiling point, it does not boil up gradually,

but slowly accumulates heat and then suddenly begins to boil after reaching the proper temperature.

- Waysun Liao, T'ai Chi Classics

posted August 14, 2005


Teachers open doors, but it is up to the individual to enter.

- Chinese Proverb

posted August 7, 2005


What is impossible today may suddenly become possible tomorrow.

What is good and pleasant today may, tomorrow, become evil and odious.

What seems right from one point of view may, when seen from a different aspect,

manifest itself as completely wrong.

- Herakleitos

posted July 31, 2005


Tasting is one thing and swallowing is another, especially when, having only tasted,

once precedes to identify the thing tasted with something else which it seems to resemble.

- Thomas Merton

posted July 24, 2005


You stay alive two ways: You breathe and you learn.

- Caine-ism

posted July 19, 2005


Fear should warn us of danger, not make us afraid of it.

- Highlander

posted July 10, 2005


One of my uncles, a cabinetmaker,

says many things that have fewer than ten parts can take a lifetime to master.

- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

posted July 3, 2005


Lies are like the desert sand. It may take time,

but eventually the Truth will work its way through the grains of deception to be exposed in the light.

- X-Files

posted June 26, 2005


Only after the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught; will people realize they cannot eat money.

- 19th century Native American Saying

posted June 19, 2005


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

- Marcel Proust

posted June 12, 2005


We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

- George Bernard Shaw

posted June 6, 2005


One of the things that makes a dead leaf fall to the ground

is the bud of the new leaf that pushes it off the limb.

- Jan Karon

posted May 29, 2005


Fine are the rewards of the generous, profound the calamities of the bitter.

Those who give little but expect much accumulate bitterness and cannot but have trouble.

Observe how they go, and you know how they come.

- Wen-Tzu

posted May 22, 2005


There is wisdom in all traditions; every ritual has power.

- Caine-ism

posted May 15, 2005


In setting myself up as a teacher, I do not go after anyone who leaves,

nor do I refuse anyone who comes.

So long as he comes with the right attitude of mind, I accept him. That is all.

- Mencius

posted May 8, 2005


If you can't get it together, take it apart.

- Francesca DeStefano

posted May 1, 2005


There is no limit to better.

- Harrison Ford

posted April 24, 2005


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

posted April 17, 2005


I went on a journey. The journey was to be long and full of many challenges. I searched and found a worthy guide. There were many paths leading to our destination; and, at times, the journey was made more difficult by my desire to take a path not chosen by my guide. Although he did not merely lead nor did I merely follow, I could not seem to understand that he knew the best way in which he could show me the way.

- Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

posted April 10, 2005


Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you.

But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and softly sits on your shoulder.

- L. Richard Lessor

posted April 3, 2005


The butterfly will not light on a hand that is closed.

- Caine-ism

posted March 27, 2005


He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief.

- German Proverb

posted March 25, 2005

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