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


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.

- Unknown

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.

– Rengetsu

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.

– Unknown

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.

- Osho

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.      

- Seng-Ts’an

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.

– Chai-Chou

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.

– Buddha

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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