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


Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

- George Bernard, Shaw

posted December 28, 2008


Peace is our gift to each other.

- Elie Wiesel

posted December 21, 2008


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

- Alfred Adler

posted December 14, 2008


Even though you are alone in a dark room

Conduct yourself as though you were facing a noble guest.

- Zen-Getsu

posted December 7, 2008


Joy is a subtle elf; I think one’s happiest when he forgets himself.

- Cyril Tourneur

posted November 30, 2008


Take up one thing and do it, and see the end of it, and before you have seen the end, do not give up. Those who only take a nibble here and a nibble there will never attain anything.

- Swami Vivekananda

posted November 23, 2008


Ninety percent accuracy is not as good as silence.

- Yueh-lin

posted November 16, 2008


There is no master,

there is no instructor,

there is no person to tell

you what you must do.

- Krishnamurti

posted November 9, 2008


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;

indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead

posted November 2, 2008


No man can step on the same river twice.

- Caine-ism

posted October 26, 2008


One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

- André Gide

posted October 19, 2008


It is better to be in chains with friends, than to be in a garden with strangers.

- Persian Proverb

posted October 12, 2008


Changes in the times do not allow for rest in the intervals:

if you act in advance, that is going too far; if you act to late, you cannot catch up.

- Wen-tzu

posted October 5, 2008


You can be on a peak with just about anyone.

You have to find someone you can be in a valley with.

- Unknown

posted September 28, 2008


I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.

- Lin Yutang

posted September 21, 2008


[Discipline is] the ability to obey yourself.

- Mike Gentile

posted September 14, 2008


The highest way is not to fight and win in every battle;

The highest way is to win in every battle without fighting.

- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

posted September 7, 2008


If you can’t do something smart, do something right.

- Serenity

posted August 31, 2008


Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.

- Professor Randy Pausch

posted August 24, 2008


Doubt everything at least once, even that two times two equals four.

- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

posted August 17, 2008


In me are tides no less than the sea. I would have a mind and spirit like water.

Water never resists, yet it wears away the most resistant things.

- Unknown

posted August 10, 2008


It’s not what I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.

- Batman Begins

posted August 3, 2008


Love is Harmony, even in discord.

- Caine-ism

posted July 27, 2008


With all the things I know, one could write a book …

Although, one might also say that, considering all that I don’t know, one could create a library.

- Sacha Guitry

posted July 20, 2008


A kitten is life’s way of telling you to always enjoy the simplest pleasures to their fullest.

- Unknown

posted July 13, 2008


No human relation gives one possession in another … every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship and in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone. - Kahlil Gibran

posted July 6, 2008


Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding is the third.

- Marge Piercy

posted June 29, 2008


The diamond cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.

- Confucius

posted June 22, 2008


Forget not that the earth likes to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

- Kahlil Gibran

posted June 15, 2008


Fall seven times, stand up eight.

- Japanese Proverb

posted June 8, 2008


Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced.

 Denied or feared, it grows in perception if not in reality.

- Dean Koontz

posted June 1, 2008


Life is a game — play it.

Life is a challenge — meet it.

Life is a dream — realize it.

Life is a sacrifice — offer it.

Life is love — enjoy it.

- Sai Baba

posted May 25, 2008


If while building a house a carpenter strikes a nail which proves faulty by bending,

does the carpenter lose faith in all nails and stop building his house?

- Caine-ism

posted May 18, 2008


It is easy to shield our bodies against poisoned arrows from without

but difficult to shield our minds against poisoned darts from within.

- Shakyamuni

posted May 11, 2008


To understand the currents of a river, he who wishes to know the truth must enter the water.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

posted May 4, 2008


The fruit drops when it is ripe.

- Zen Saying

posted April 27, 2008


Why do we fall? So that we might better learn to pick ourselves up.

- Batman Begins

posted April 20, 2008


All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One.

- Black Elk

posted April 13, 2008


When you can’t run anymore, you crawl;

and when you can’t do that anymore, you find someone to carry you.

- Firefly

posted April 6, 2008


Our aspirations are our possibilities.

- Robert Browning

posted March 30, 2008


The bird in the forest can perch but on one bough. And this should be the wise man’s pattern.

- Tso Ssu

posted March 23, 2008


A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.

- Will Durant

posted March 16, 2008


And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

posted March 9, 2008


Help your neighbor’s boat across, and lo! your own has reached the shore.

- Hindu Proverb

posted March 2, 2008


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

- Oscar Wilde

posted February 24, 2008


Each waking moment is as a rung on an endless ladder;

each step we take is built upon the one before.

- Caine-ism

posted February 17, 2008


I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

- Thomas Edison

posted February 10, 2008


We cannot direct the winds, but we can adjust our sails.

- Bertha Calloway

posted February 3, 2008


Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.

- Thomas Carlyle

posted January 27, 2008


An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly understood;

an inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

- G. K. Chesterton

posted January 20, 2008


He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted January 13, 2008


The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is “look under foot.”

You are nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.

The great opportunity is where you are.

Do not despise your own place and hour.

Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.

- John Burroughs

posted January 6, 2008

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