Suffolk County, Long Island
Shards of Truth
Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.
- Carl Bard
Posted December 29, 2013
I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other.
Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life -
whoever you are, whatever our differences.
- John Denver
Posted December 22, 2013
No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.
Posted December 15, 2013
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one.
- John Lennon
December 8, 2013
We each create rivulets of hope that spread out to merge with one another
until a raging river of hope overspills the banks of our world.
– Robert Kennedy
Posted December 1, 2013
Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good
wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.
– Alan Cohen
Posted November 24, 2013
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary
so that the necessary may speak.
– Hans Hofmann
Posted November 17, 2013
You may have expected that enlightenment would come ZAP! instantaneous and permanent.
This is unlikely. After the first “ah ha” experience,
it can be thought of as the thinning of a layer of clouds.
– Ram Dass
Posted November 10, 2013
How far you go in life depends upon your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong,
because some day in your life you will have been all of these.
– George Washington Carver
Posted October 27, 2013
We do not make harmony.
We do not achieve it or gain it.
It is there all the time.
– Maezumi Roshi
Posted October 20, 2013
We accept the graceful falling
of mountain cherry blossoms,
but it is much harder for us
to fall away from our own
attachment to the world.
Posted October 11, 2013
Beware of judgments of others. In this imperfect world in which we live, perfection is an illusion and so the standards by which we seek to measure it are also in themselves illusions. If perfection is measured by age, race, color of skin, color of hair, physical or mental prowess, then we are all lacking. It is well to remember that the harshest judgments are reserved for ourselves.
Posted October 6, 2013
The best things in life are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties in your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Posted September 29, 2013
Youth is like spring, an over-praised season
more remarkable for biting wings than genial breezes.
Autumn is the mellower season,
and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
– Samuel Butler
Posted September 22, 2013
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
– George Moore
Posted September 15, 2013
If you want to see the heroic, look at those that can return love in return for hatred.
If you want to see the brave, look for those who can forgive.
- Bhagavad Gita
Posted September 8, 2013
Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share,
and sought advantage over no one.
– Robert Brault
Posted September 1, 2013
In matters of style, swim with the currents; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
– Thomas Jefferson
Posted August 25, 2013
For yesterday is but a dream
and tomorrow is only a vision.
But today, well lived, makes every
Yesterday a dream of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
– Sanskrit Proverb
Posted August 18, 2013
Disciplinary control does not consist simply in teaching or imposing a series of particular gestures; it imposes the best relation between a gesture and the overall position of the body, which is a condition of efficiency and speed. In the correct use of the body, which makes possible a correct use of time, nothing must remain idle or useless: everything must be called upon to form the support of the act required. A well-disciplined body forms the operational context of the slightest gesture.
– Michel Foucault
Posted August 11, 2013
Each thought, each action in the sunlight of Awareness becomes sacred.
In this light, no boundary exists between the sacred and the profane.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Posted August 4, 2013
Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest;
it’s about who came and never left your side.
Posted July 28, 2013
I do not fear the 10,000 kicks that you have practiced once;
I fear the one kick you have practiced 10,000 times.
– Martial Arts Maxim
Posted July 21, 2013
We must learn to love those who think exactly opposite to us …
We must learn to love the man who differs from us in opinion.
- Swami Vivekananda
Posted July 14, 2013
The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.
- Antoine François Prévost
Posted July 7, 2013
To the world you may be just one person,
but to one person you may be the world.
- Brandi Snyder
Posted June 30, 2013
The word duty indicates compulsion.
The word responsibility indicates freedom.
- Maa Purnananda
Posted June 23, 2013
Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance.
Posted June 19, 2013
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
- Frank Herbert, Dune
Posted June 9, 2013
If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against.
Posted June 2, 2013
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Posted May 26, 2013
Taoist chanting, Confucian chanting, Christian chanting, Buddhist chanting don’t matter. Chanting “Coca Cola, Coca Cola, Coca Cola, …” can be just as good if you keep a clear mind. But if you don’t keep a clear mind, and are only following your thinking as you mouth the words,
even the Buddha cannot help you.
– Seung Sahn
Posted May 19, 2013
Your arms were always open when I needed a hug.
Your heart understood when I needed a friend.
Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson.
Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly.
- Sarah Malin
Posted May 12, 2013
Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.
- Margaret Fuller
Posted May 5, 2013
If I meet a hundred-year-old man and I have something to teach him, I will teach;
if I meet an eight-year-old boy and he has something to teach me, I will learn.
Posted April 28, 2013
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity.
We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand –
and melting like a snowflake.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Posted April 25, 2013
If you go hunting tigers,
be sure you’re prepared to find one.
– Highlander: The Series
Posted April 14, 2013
When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices.
When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.
- Ancient Tibetan Buddhist Saying
Posted April 7, 2013
Religion is a way of walking,
not a way of talking.
- Dean William R. Inge
Posted March 31, 2013
When you hate, the only one that suffers is you
because most of the people you hate don’t know it and the rest don’t care.
- Ghosts of Mississippi
Posted March 24, 2013
The seasons are what a symphony ought to be:
four perfect movements in harmony with each other.
- Arthur Rubenstein
Posted March 17, 2013
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities;
in the expert’s mind there are few.
- Shunryu Suzuki
Posted March 10, 2013
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed.
I want the cultures of all the lands to blow about my house as freely as possible.
But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Posted February 24, 2013
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence,
to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations.
They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.”
How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride!
How consoling in the depths of affliction!
- Abraham Lincoln
Posted February 17, 2013
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
- E. M. Forster
Posted February 10, 2013
Do not dwell in the past.
Do not dream of the future.
Concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Posted February 3, 2013
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity
in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
– Albert Einstein
Posted January 27, 2013
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability,
but comes through continuous struggle.
And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.
A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted January 20, 2013
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Posted January 13, 2013
There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
– Kenneth H. Blanchard
Posted January 6, 2013
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