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


For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.

And to make an end is to make a beginning.

- T. S. Eliot

posted December 31, 2006


The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much;

it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

- Franklin Roosevelt, Second Inaugural Address

posted December 24, 2006


Let your life speak.

- John Woolman

posted December 17, 2006


Be yourself and never fear thus to be naked to the eyes of others.

Yet know that sometimes men so often mask themselves that what is simple is rarely understood.

The dust of truth swirls and seeks its own cracks of entry.

And a tree falling in the forest without ears to hear makes no sound, yet — it falls.

- Caine-ism

posted December 10, 2006


There is more to life than increasing its speed.

- Gandhi

posted December 3, 2006


All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.

- Kabir

posted November 26, 2006


The hottest places in hell are reserved

for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

- President John F. Kennedy

posted November 12, 2006


Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

- Anonymous

posted November 12, 2006


If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.

- Anonymous

posted November 5, 2006


Our plans miscarry if they have no aim.

When man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

- Seneca

posted October 29, 2006


We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference,

ignore the small daily differences we can make which over time,

add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.

- Marion Wright Edelman

posted October 22, 2006


The world is but a canvas to the imagination.

- Henry David Thoreau

posted October 15, 2006


We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

- Ram Dass

posted October 8, 2006


Student: "Your second life never really like your first, is it?

Teacher: "Sometimes, it's even better."

  - Elektra

posted October 1, 2006


Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

posted September 24, 2006


To hate is like drinking salt water; the thirst grows worse.

- Caine-ism

posted September 17, 2006


I look through the darkness of today's sadness into the bright sunshine of tomorrow's happiness.

- A Sign in a Chinatown Shop after 11 September 2001

posted September 10, 2006


It is no longer enough to cry peace - we must act peace, live peace, and live in peace.

- Leon Shenandoah

posted September 3, 2006


By doubting we come to inquiry, and by inquiring we perceive the truth.

- Pierre Abelard

posted August 27, 2006


Calm in quietude is not real calm;

when you can be calm in the midst of activity,

this is the true state of nature.

Happiness in comfort is not real happiness;

when you can be happy in the midst of hardship,

then you see the true potential of the mind.

- Huanchu Daoren

posted August 20, 2006


The world is what you make of it … if it doesn't fit, you make alterations.

- Silverado

posted August 13, 2006


There is no absolute truth for all people.

Whenever I look at a coin, I always want to look at the other side.

- Peter Jennings

posted August 6, 2006


Do not permit the events of your daily lives to bind you,

but never withdraw yourselves from them.

Only by acting thus can you earn the title "A Liberated One."

- Huang Po

posted July 30, 2006


Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing that you will not understand.

- Seng Ts'an

posted July 23, 2006


If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water.

Still, be a mirror. Respond like an echo.

- Bruce Lee

posted July 16, 2006


There's a hero in all of us — that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble;

and, finally, to die with pride. Even though sometimes we have to remain steady

and give up the thing we want the most — even our dreams.

- Spiderman II

posted July 9, 2006


So be sure when you step.

Step with care and great tact

and remember that Life's

a Great Balancing Act.

Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.

And never mix up your right foot with your left.

- Oh the Places You'll Go, Dr. Seuss

posted July 2, 2006


Grass is always greener on the other side, so why not stay home and water it.

- roxanneout

posted June 25, 2006


At first you will think of practice as a limited part of your life.

In time you will realize that everything you do is part of your practice.

- Baba Ram Dass

posted June 18, 2006


As evening draws near, you regret that you did not practice early in the morning.

The worldly pleasure, which you enjoy, now becomes suffering in the future.

Why then are you attached to this pleasure? One moment of practice becomes lasting pleasure.

Why then do you not practice?

- Won Hyo.

posted June 11, 2006


If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it,

then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying.

There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

posted June 4, 2006


One is not rich by what one owns, but more by what one is able to do without with dignity.

- Immanuel Kant

posted May 28, 2006


Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people — your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.

- Barbara Bush

posted May 21, 2006


To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

- Lao-tzu

posted May 14, 2006


For mind obsessed by compulsive thinking and grasping,

you simplify your meditation practices to just two words - "let go."

- Ajahn Sumedho

posted May 7, 2006


Seek not to contend. We know that where there is no contention there is neither defeat nor victory. The supple willow does not contend against the storm, yet it survives.

- Caine-ism

posted April 30, 2006


Perceive the way of nature and no force of man can harm you. Do not meet a wave head on; avoid it. You do not have to stop force; it is easier to redirect it.

Learn more ways to preserve rather than destroy, avoid rather than check, check rather than hurt, hurt rather than maim, maim rather than kill. All life is precious. Nor can any be replaced.

- Caine-ism

posted April 23, 2006


Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.

- Ralph W. Sockman

posted April 16, 2006


Wisdom begins with wonder.

- Socrates

posted April 9, 2006


Truth comes between breaths.

- The Buddha

posted April 2, 2006


I believe in the essential unity of all that lives. Therefore I believe that if one person gains spirituality the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the whole world falls.

- Mohandas K. Gandhi

posted March 26, 2006


A warrior's ultimate act is to lay down his sword.

- Hero

posted March 19, 2006


Those that are bound by desires can see only what they hold in their hands.

- Caine-ism

posted March 12, 2006


Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes it obstructs your vision.

- His-Tang

posted March 5, 2006


Fame and fortune to me are just floating clouds.

Only martial power and artistry lead the way to my cultivation.

- Buddhist Saying

posted February 26, 2006


The true measure of an individual is not whether one is superior to others,

but whether one is superior to one's previous self.

- Hindu Proverb

posted February 19, 2006


To affect the quality of the day — that is the Art of Life.

- Adapted from Henry David Thoreau

posted February 12, 2006


Don't wait until you're thirsty to dig a well.

- Chinese Saying

posted February 5, 2006


Chance favors only the prepared mind.

- Louis Pasteur

posted January 29, 2006


The wise farmer puts back into the land at least as much as he has taken out of it;

so must you give back to others what you have taken for yourself.

- Caine-ism

posted January 22, 2006


We're all handed an empty sketchpad, and a box of Crayolas, and we're told to draw.

What we choose to put on that paper, however, is up to us.

- Randall Riese

posted January 15, 2006


Although, at times, our hands may return empty, it is, sometimes, enough we reach out.

- Caine-ism

posted January 8, 2006


The Great Spirit held the Diamond of Truth in His hand. He held it over the Mother Earth. When he allowed it to drop, it shattered into a thousand pieces, all of which landed on the Mother. These shards - Truth in Life, Truth in Nature, Truth in Spirit, Truth in Creation — can be found if only we seek.

- Native American Parable

posted January 1, 2006

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