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


It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert. 

- Jacques Yves Cousteau

Posted December 22, 2012


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;

if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

- Anne Bradstreet

Posted December 16, 2012


We should never try to follow another’s path for that is his way, not yours. 

When that path is found, you have nothing to do but fold your arms

and the tide will carry you to freedom.

- Swami Vivekananda

Posted December 9, 2012


Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

- John Lennon

Posted December 2, 2012


You can blow out a candle

But you can't blow out a fire

Once the flames begin to catch

The wind will blow it higher  

- Peter Gabriel, Biko

Posted November 25, 2012


I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. - Henry David Thoreau

Posted November 18, 2012


Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.

It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

- G. K. Chesterton

Posted November 11, 2012


Decisions are made by those who show up.

– Aaron Sorkin

Posted November 4, 2012


Life is a storm. You will bask in the sun one moment and will be shattered against the rocks in the next. What makes you who you are is what you do when the storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout “Do your worst for I shall do mine.”  Then the fates will know you and who you are.

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002).

Posted October 28, 2012


The perfect man has no self;

the spiritual man has no achievement;

the sage has no name.

– Chuang Tzu

Posted October 21, 2012


Chasing after fantasies is always a bad idea. Stick with reality.

Reality’s all you’ve got. But here is the real secret, the real miracle: It’s enough.

- Brad Warner

Posted October 14, 2012


Pearls lie not on the seashore.

If thou desirest one

thou must dive for it.

– Chinese Saying

Posted September 30, 2012


To imitate the four seasons means to grow in the spring, develop in summer,

harvest in autumn, and store in winter, giving and taking in moderation,

dispensing and collecting with measure.

- Wen-tzu

Posted September 23, 2012


Our minds are continually active, fabricating an anxious, usually self-preoccupied veil

which partially conceals the world.

- Iris Murdoch

Posted September 16, 2012


Even our enemy is useful to us because, in order to practice compassion,

we need to practice tolerance, forgiveness, and patience, the antidotes to anger.      

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Posted September 9, 2012


No matter how insignificant a thing you have to do, give it as much of your care and attention as you would give to the thing you regard as most important.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Posted September 2, 2012


It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.

I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.

- Neil Armstrong

Posted August 26, 2012


Those who shun the whimsy of things will experience rigor mortis before death.

- Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

Posted August 18, 2012


It’s life that matters, nothing but life — the process of discovering,

the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Posted August 12, 2012


Have a sense of humor about life — you will need it. And be courteous.       

- Peter Jennings

Posted August 5, 2012


The practice of cherishing can be taken very deeply if done wordlessly,

allowing yourself to feel the love and appreciation that already exists in your heart.  

- His Holiness the Dali Lama

Posted July 29, 2012


There is a comfort in the strength of love;

'Twill make a thing endurable, which else

Would overset the brain or break the heart ...

- William Wordsworth

Posted July 22, 2012


A saint is not ashamed of being despised, but saddened to see good counsel spurned. That life be brief does not depress him but avoidable suffering distresses him. He keeps his mind free of vain endeavors and embraces wisdom. By becoming one with the Great Unity the saint avoids the whirlpool of the mundane vanities.

- Wen-tzu

Posted July 15, 2012


The unconscious mind is decidedly simple, unaffected, straightforward, and honest.

It hasn’t got all of this façade, this veneer of what we call adult culture.

It’s rather simple, rather childish. It’s direct and free.

– Milton H. Erikson

Posted July 8, 2012


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

- Zelda Fitzgerald

Posted July 1, 2012


There is a road from the eye to the heart

that does not go through the intellect.

- G. K. Chesterton

Posted June 24, 2012


The mind of a holy person is like a mirror,

Which neither grasps nor resists;

It receives and lets go

That is why the sage encompasses

The world without hurt.

– Chuang-tzu

Posted June 17, 2012


The very essence … is that man is a spirit, and has a body,

and not that man is a body and may have a spirit also.

- Swami Vivekananda

Posted June 10, 2012


The satiated man and the hungry man do not see the same thing

when they look upon a loaf of bread.

- Rumi

Posted June 3, 2012


What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;

what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

- Albert Pike

Posted May 27, 2012


Silence is a friend who will never betray.

- Confucius

Posted May 20, 2012


My mother gave me a bumblebee pin when I started work. She said:

“Aerodynamically, bees shouldn't be able to fly. But they do. Remember that.”

- Jill E. Barad

Posted May 13, 2012


You’ve got to practice meditation when you walk, stand, lie down, sit, and work,

while washing your hands, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, drinking tea,

talking to friends, or whatever you are doing.

– Thich Nhat Hahn

Posted May 6, 2012


Vengeance is a water vessel with a hole;

the only promise it holds is empty.     

- Caine-ism

Posted April 29, 2012


If we want to make something truly spectacular of our world,

there is nothing whatsoever that can stop us.

- Ranier Maria Rilke

Posted April 22, 2012


Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.

- Cyril Connolly

Posted April 15, 2012


Fear is man’s greatest enemy, and it manifests itself in forms as diverse as shame, jealousy, anger, insolence, arrogance … What causes fear? Lack of confidence in onself.

- Swami Prajnanpad

Posted April 8, 2012


The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.   

- Aldous Huxley

Posted April 1, 2012


Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you.

- Sheng-Yen

Posted March 25, 2012


A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes.

- Mark Twain

Posted March 18, 2012


When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell, leap.

- Cynthia Heimel

Posted March 11, 2012


Trust shows the way.

– Hildegard of Bingen

Posted March 4, 2012


Cultivation of tolerance for other faiths will impart to us a truer understanding of our own.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Posted February 26, 2012


I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.

- Abraham Lincoln

Posted February 19. 2012


Keep your words sweet, you may have to eat them.

- Stephen Grellet

Posted February 12, 2012


You can acquire knowledge, but you cannot acquire wisdom. 

You can’t know wisdom. Wisdom you have to “be.”         

- Ram Dass

Posted February 5, 2012


Nature is a painting for us, day after day;

pictures of infinite beauty if we only have the eyes to see them.

– John Ruskin

Posted January 29, 2012


You see, life is a battlefield. Life is survival of the fittest. How many healthy people do you know? How many happy people do you know? Think about it. People work at dying, they don't work at living.

My workout is my obligation to life. It's my tranquilizer.

- Jack LaLanne

Posted January 22, 2012


It really boils down to this: that all of life is interrelated. We are caught

in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 15, 2012


Students of today get nowhere because they base their understanding upon the acknowledgment of names. They inscribe words of some dead old guy in a great big notebook, wrap it up in four or five squares of cloth, and won’t let anyone look at it. “This is the Mysterious Principle,” they aver, and safeguard it with care. That’s all wrong. Blind idiots! What kind of juice are you looking for in such dried up bones!

- Rinzai

Posted January 8, 2012


The most important thing is, only do it. When you only do something 100 percent,

then there is no subject, no object. There is no inside or outside.  Inside and outside

already become one. That you and the universe are never separate.

There is no thinking.

- Seung Sahn

Posted January 1, 2012

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