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

Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

Suffolk County, Long Island

NY USA

Shards of Truth

2007

Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.

- Christina Baldwin

posted December 30, 2007

 

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

posted December 23, 2007

 

There is no shame in not knowing, the shame lies in not finding out.

- Russian Proverb

posted December 16, 2007

 

In order to find your way you sometimes have to get lost. So you might as well enjoy the view.

- Unknown

posted December 9, 2007

 

If you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. Itís that simple. What you see is what you get.

- Annie Dillard

posted December 2, 2007

 

What will happen will happen; whether one is afraid, or not.

- Caine-ism

posted November 25, 2007

 

May the sun bring you new energy by day,

May the moon softly restore you by night,

May the rain wash away your worries,

May the breeze blow new strength into your being,

May you walk gently through the world and know

its beauty all the days of your life.

- Apache Blessing

posted November 18, 2007

 

Habit, laziness, and fear conspire to keep us comfortably within the familiar.

- Jane Hirschfield

posted November 11, 2007

 

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation,

it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.

- Charles M. Schulz

posted November 4, 2007

 

If Taoism isn't fun, it isn't Taoism.

- Unknown

posted October 28, 2007

 

You think wisdom is a flower for you to pluck. It is a mountain, and it must be climbed.

- Caine-ism

posted October 21, 2007

 

Even though you are alone in a dark room

Conduct yourself as though you were facing a noble guest .

- Zen-Getsu

posted October 14, 2007

 

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events not of words. Trust movement.

- Alfred Adler

posted October 7, 2007

 

Life is not a struggle. Itís a wiggle.

- Fortune Cookie Fortune

posted September 23, 2007

 

Freedom and discipline are flip sides of the same coin.

- Unknown

posted September 16, 2007

 

Where there is hatred, let me sow Love. Where there is injury, Pardon. Were there is error, Truth. Where there is discord, Harmony. Where there is doubt, Faith. Where there is despair, Hope. Where there is darkness, Light. Where there is sorrow, Joy.

- St. Francis of Assisi

posted September 9, 2007

 

Man is buffeted by circumstance so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow,

he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

- James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

posted September 2, 2007

 

There is no disgrace in losing; only in winning without honor.

- Caine-ism

posted August 26, 2007

 

Those who serve life adapt to changes as they act. Changes arise from the times, those who know the times do not have fixed ways. Therefore I say,

"Ways can be guides, but not fixed paths; names can be designated, but not fixed labels."

- Wen-Tzu

posted August 19, 2007

 

Whatever you can do,

Or dream you can do,

Begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Begin it now.

- Goethe

posted August 12, 2007

 

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

- Jack Kornfield

posted August 5, 2007

 

A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it,

keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.

- Arabian Proverb

posted July 29, 2007

 

It is never too late in fiction or in life to revise.

- Nancy Thayer

posted July 22, 2007

 

Evey Hammond: [reads] Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.

V: [translates] By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.

- V is for Vendetta

posted July 15, 2007

 

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

- Mencius

posted July 8, 2007

 

One should be just as careful in choosing oneís pleasures as in avoiding calamities.

- Chinese Proverb

posted July 1, 2007

 

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there,

lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid.

She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again;

and that is well; but she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

- Mark Twain

posted June 24, 2007

 

Happiness is when you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

- Mohandas Gandhi

posted June 17, 2007

 

A man should be as afraid of fame as a pig is afraid of being fat.

- Chinese Folk Saying

posted June 10, 2007

 

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you suddenly know everything there is to be known.

- A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

posted June 3, 2007

 

All those who suffer in the world do so

Because of their desire for their own happiness.

All those happy in the world are so

Because of their desire for the happiness of others.

- Santideva

posted May 27, 2007

 

Ancora imparo (I am still learning).

- Michelangelo (at age 87)

posted May 20, 2007

 

But inevitably, the further you run from your sins,

the more exhausted you are when they catch up to you. And they do. Certain. It will not fail.

- Inside Man

posted May 13, 2007

 

The most important thing in music is what is not the notes.

- Pablo Casals

posted May 6, 2007

 

Progress, not perfection.

- Unknown

posted April 29, 2007

 

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.

- Anne Frank

posted April 22, 2007

 

No one ever does it right. It has never been done perfectly.

If there even is such a possibility as perfection, we have yet to taste it.

Practice now, for it is only through the practice that we discover the direction of perfection.

- Stephen Watson

posted April 15, 2007

 

It is not enough to be busy. The question is, what are we busy about?

- Thoreau

posted April 8, 2007

 

A fool sees not the same tree that wise man sees.

- William Blake

posted April 1, 2007

 

If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together.

- African Proverb

posted March 25, 2007

 

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

- Benjamin Franklin

posted March 18, 2007

 

To be a fool at the right time is also an art.

- Swedish Proverb

posted March 11, 2007

 

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.

- Meister Eckhart

posted March 7, 2007

 

A king may move a man; a father may claim a son. But remember that, even when those who move you be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God you cannot say "but I was told by others to do thus" or that "virtue was not convenient at the time."

This will not suffice.

- King Baldwin IV, Kingdom of Heaven

posted February 25, 2007

 

Is it not better to see yourself, truly, than to care how others see you?

- Caine-ism

posted February 18, 2007

 

Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much the heart can hold.

- Zelda Fitzgerald

posted February 11, 2007

 

One may explain water but the mouth will not get wet.

- Takuan

posted February 4, 2007

 

Give up all questions except one: "Who am I?" After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The "I am" is certain. The "I am this" is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality.

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

posted January 28, 2007

 

It doesn't matter where you watch life from if your gaze takes in the whole world.

- Verlyn Klinkenborg

posted January 21, 2007

 

Peace is the only battle worth waging.

- Albert Camus

posted January 14, 2007

 

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth... Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.

- Noela Evans

posted January 7, 2007

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