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

Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

Suffolk County, Long Island

New York USA

Shards of Truth


There is no end.

There is no beginning.

There is only the infinite passion of life.

- Federico Fellini

Posted December 20, 2015


Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.

Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.

Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.

Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.

- Yoko Ono

Posted December 20, 2015


Love all, serve all.

Help ever, hurt never.

- Sathya Sai Baba

Posted December 13, 2015


Before you speak, ask yourself:

is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve the silence.

– Shirdi Sai Baba

Posted December 6, 2015


Light and darkness create an opposition,

Yet depend on each other just as the step

Taken by the right leg depends on the step

Taken by the left.

- Sekito

Posted November 29, 2015


When drinking water,

remember its source.

- Chinese Proverb

Posted November 22, 2015


Even if you are on the right track,

you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

- Will Rogers

Posted November 15, 2015


Try to be a sheet of paper with nothing on it. 

Be a spot on the ground where nothing is growing,

where a seed might be planted.

- Rumi

Posted November 8, 2015


Criticism is always useful.

When it’s constructive it tells me about my work.

When it’s destructive it tells me about the critic.

– Clayton Cubitt

Posted November 1, 2015


The water a cow laps turns into milk. The water a snake licks changes into poison.

- Zen Saying

Posted October 25, 2015


A lame cat is better than a swift horse when rats infest the palace.

- Chinese Proverb

Posted October 18, 2015


Meditation is to be aware of every thought and every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong, but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence.

- Krishnamurti

Posted October 11, 2015


What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments,

but what is woven into the lives of others.

- Pericles

Posted October 4, 2015


Our greatest glory consists not in never falling,

but in rising every time we fall.

- Oliver Goldsmith

Posted September 25, 2015


Winter is an etching, spring a water color, summer an oil painting,

and autumn a mosaic of them all.

- Stanley Horowitz

Posted September 20, 2015


The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor; to sketch out the map of possibilities; and then to treat them as probabilities.

- Christian Bovee

Posted September 13, 2015


Fear and insecurity are dangerous: it is human nature to want to destroy the object or source of anxiety and fear, which are uncomfortable emotions. Most wars are fought in the name of peace, but in reality, they are actually fought in the pursuit of comfort. Instead of dealing with the fears or their root causes, they attempt to destroy their external source. If we clearly see these emotions that sweep through the social atmosphere, then we can take responsibility for them, take care of them, and not allow them to lead to needless death.

- Stephen Fulder

Posted September 6, 2015


There is no safety this side of the grave.

- Robert A Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Posted August 30, 2015


The fact is, the universe has chosen you as the vehicle through which to experience the uncanny thrill of cutting up cabbage for dinner, the wonder that is inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, the fabulous spectacle of watching your clothes dry at a coin-op laundry where the radio is stuck on an E-Z listening station and an old lady keeps staring at you for no discernible reason.

The universe has demanded that you be you. Ain’t no avoidin’ it.

- Brad Warner

Posted August 23, 2015


I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.

- Jorge Luis Borges

Posted August 16, 2015


What we are doing to the forests of the world

is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Posted August 9, 2015


Seems like yesterday; seems like forever — all at the same time.

- Peter Jennings

Posted August 2, 2015


Love will find a way though paths that wolves fear to prey.

- Lord Byron

Posted July 26, 2015


To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you’re overdoing it.

- Josh Jenkins

Posted July 19, 2015


The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write,

but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

- Alvin Toffler

Posted July 12, 2015


Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.

- Nolan Bushnell

Posted July 5, 2015


To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.

- C. S. Lewis.

Posted June 28, 2015


[My father] didn’t tell me how to live;

he lived, and let me watch him do it.

- Clarence B. Kelland

Posted June 21, 2015


A vision without action is called a daydream;

but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare.

- Jim Sorensen

Posted June 14, 2015


Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted June 7, 2015


If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt,

it means you never take any chances.

- Julia Sorel

Posted May 31, 2015


Courage is not the absence of fear,

but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

- Ambrose Redmoon

Posted May 25, 2015


To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace;

to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

- William A. Ward

Posted May 17, 2015


Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while,

but their hearts forever.

- Unknown

Posted May 10, 2015


The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped.

It is our future in which we will find our greatness.

- Pierre Trudeau

Posted May 3, 2015


I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments,

when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.

- Umberto Eco

Posted April 26, 2015


Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

- Helen Keller

Posted April 19, 2015


Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.

- Frances Moore Lappe

Posted April 12, 2015


Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving,

make every day a holiday and celebrate just living.

- Amanda Bradley

Posted April 5, 2015


Forever is a word for children. The tallest candle burns to an end. Even the stones which form our temple walls – built to last a thousand years – will grind down under the attrition of time.

- Caine-ism.

Posted March 29, 2015


Sitting quietly,

doing nothing,

Spring comes and

the grass grows by itself.

- Zenrin

Posted March 22, 2015


When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition it breeds violence.

- Krishnamurti

Posted March 15, 2015


He who ties the knot should untie it.

- Chinese Saying

Posted March 4, 2015


By looking deeply at things just as they are, in this moment, here and now,

the seeker lives calmly and freely.

– Bhaddekaratta Sutra

Posted March 1, 2015


In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering,

the fourth practicing, the fifth — teaching others.

- Ibn Gabirol

Posted February 22, 2015


Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

- Abraham Lincoln

Posted February 15, 2015


Your spirit is stronger than the flesh. It can defeat the power of another, no matter how great. There is no failure, no defeat, no weakness within you – only that which you allow to settle in you own mind.

- Caine-ism

Posted February 8, 2015


In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control.

In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

- Lao-tzu

Posted February 1, 2015


The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein;

it rejects it.

- Peter B. Mewar

January 25, 2015


Cowardice asks the question “Is it safe?” Expedience asks the question “Is it politic?”  Vanity asks the question “Is it popular?” But conscience asks the question “Is it right?”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 18, 2015


The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.

- Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted January 11, 2015


I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

- Mary Oliver

Posted January 4, 2015

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