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


With each turn of the wheel you go further. With each turn of the wheel you free yourself from the mire of ignorance. With each turn of the wheel comes continuation. Turn the wheel of your life. Make complete revolutions. Celebrate every turning. And persevere with joy.

- Deng Ming-Dao

Posted December 27, 2016


What good is the warmth of summer,

without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?

- John Steinbeck

Posted December 18, 2016


If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy,

not only we, but everyone will profit from it. 

This is the most basic kind of peace work.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted December 11, 2016


Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.

- Bradley Miller

Posted December 4, 2016


Your way is the best for you, but that is no sign that it is the best for another.

- Swami Vivekananda

Posted November 27, 2016


One of life’s gifts is that each of us, no matter how tired and downtrodden, finds reasons for thankfulness: for the crops carried in from the fields and the grapes from the vineyard.

- J. Robert Moskin

Posted November 20, 2016


Cultivate hope and it will become part of your being.

Cultivate despair and it will become part of your destiny.

- Caine-ism

Posted November 13, 2016


He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.

- Lao-tzu

Posted November 6, 2016


The purpose of a superior person is as clear as the blue sky or as bright as the white sun; it must not be kept from being known. But the talent of a superior person is like the jade hidden in a rock or the pearl covered with a shell; it must not become easily known.

- Hung Ying-ming

Posted October 30, 2016


May the long time sun

Shine upon you,

And the pure light within you

Guide your way on.

- Traditional Kundalini Yoga Farewell Blessing

Posted October 23, 2016


Life without [stillness] is like winding your clock without setting it.

It runs perfectly well, but it doesn’t tell time.

- Shunryu Suzuki

Posted October 14, 2016


Eliminate something superfluous from your life.

Break a habit.

Do something that makes you feel insecure.

Carry out an action with complete attention and intensity,

     as if it were your last.

- Piero Ferrucci

Posted on October 9, 2016


Always give the attacker what he wants, with a little bit more.

Let him have the battlefield – now you move the earth.

- George Simcox

Posted on October 2, 2016


In this very breath that we take now

lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us.

- Peter Matthiessen

Posted on September 25, 2016


I attribute my success to this: I never gave nor took an excuse.

- Florence Nightingale

Posted on September 18, 2016


Whether we remain ash or become the phoenix is up to us.

- Deng Ming-Dao

Posted on September 11, 2016


Holding himself good, one loses one’s goodness.

- Shu Ching

Posted on September 4, 2016


Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again.

- Chinese Saying

Posted on August 28, 2016


If luck be not found, let it be made.

- Unknown

Posted on August 21, 2016


Do not follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

- Bashō

Posted on August 14, 2016


I have never spent a day in my adult life where I didn't learn something,

and if there is a born-again quality to me, that's it.

- Peter Jennings

(July 29, 1938 - August 7, 2005)

Posted on August 7, 2016


The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows; and, the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.

- Audrey Hepburn

Posted on July 31, 2016


... the Sage knows himself,

But makes no show of himself;

Loves himself,

But does not exalt himself.

He prefers what is within to what is without.

- Lao Tzu (t. John C. H. Wu), Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 72

Posted on July 24, 2016


A state of harmony with nature, with all beings of creation,

itself leads to our harmony with humans.

- Krishnamurti

Posted on July 17, 2016


Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.

You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted July 10, 2016


Years ago, a group of good, wise, brave, God-fearing men stood up to claim and defend the human right for independence. Those men are now dead. Their work is not. But if good, wise, brave,

God-fearing men fail to stand up in their stead, that independence will cease to exist.

- Richelle E. Goodrich

Posted July 3, 2016


A man who fears nothing is a man who loves nothing;

and if you love nothing, what joy is there in your life?

- First Knight

Posted June 26, 2016


My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.

Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.”

“We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”

- Harmon Killebrew

Posted June 19, 2016


Before we waken, we cannot know that what we see in a dream does not exist.

Before we die, we cannot know that death is not the greatest joy.

- Caine-ism

Posted June 12, 2016


Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -

a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will.

But the will must be stronger than the skill.

- Muhammad Ali

(January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016)

Posted June 5, 2016


A craven can be as brave as any man, when there is nothing to fear. And we all do our duty, when there is no cost to it. How easy it seems then, to walk the path of honor. Yet soon or late in every man's life comes a day when it is not easy,

a day when he must choose.

- George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones (Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire)

Posted May 29, 2016


When the wind blows through the scattered bamboos, they do not hold its sound after it has gone. When the wild geese fly over a cold lake, it does not retain their shadows after they have passed. So the mind of the superior person begins to work only when an event occurs;

and it becomes a void again when the matter ends.        

- Hung Ying-ming

Posted May 22, 2016


Enlightenment is for sissies. Living ethically and morally is what really matters.

- Brad Warner

Posted May 15, 2016


God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.

- Jewish Proverb

Posted May 8, 2016


 ... if you have a house with several doors through which you can enter or leave, anyone who wants to enter the house only has to go through one door.  Although only one door is needed, if you don’t reach this door, you will never have a way to enter the house.  We should also understand that among these doors there is no distinction with regard to high or low, good or bad.  From the east, we enter the eastern door.  From the west, we enter the western door.

- Xiang Kai Zhang

Posted May 1, 2016


In every human heart, there is a Book of Truth, bound with worn-out strings and torn bamboo-papers. In every human heart, there is also a Symphony of Nature, drowned out by sensual song and voluptuous dance. One must sweep away all externals and search inward in order to experience joy.

- Hung Ying-ming

Posted April 24, 2016


I am an artist …

It’s self-evident that what that word implies is: looking for something all the time without ever finding it in full. It is the opposite of saying, “I know all about it.  I’ve already found it.” As far as I’m concerned, the word means, “I am looking. I am hunting for it, I am deeply involved.”

- Vincent van Gogh

Posted April 17, 2016


The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.

- Japanese Proverb

Posted April 10, 2016


It does not require many words to speak the truth.

- Chief Joseph

Posted April 3, 2016


Only a vessel that is half-full can be shaken.

- Chinese Proverb

Posted March 27, 2016


It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Posted March 20, 2016


Every concept grasped by the mind becomes an obstacle in the quest to those who search.

- Gregory of Nyssa

Posted March 13, 2016


There is a difference between wisdom and intelligence.

Intelligence is knowing how to do something, wisdom is knowing why to do something.

- Clayton Cubitt

Posted March 6, 2016


Life is too short to be in a hurry.

- Henry David Thoreau

Posted February 24, 2016


When you see people who are thin from lack of food, beg them to accept your help;

remember that you may need their friendship in times to come.

- Rig Veda

Posted February 21, 2016


Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital,

and deserves much the higher consideration.

- Abraham Lincoln

Posted February 14, 2016


A man needs a little madness,

or else he never dares cut the rope and be free.

- Nikos Kazantzakis

Posted February 7, 2016


One may conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men,

yet he is the best of conquerors who conquers himself.

- The Dhammapada

Posted January 31, 2016


Between me and the smallest animal, the difference is only in manifestation,

but as a principle he is the same as I am, he is my brother, he has the same soul as I have.

- Swami Vivekananda

Posted January 24, 2016


If a man is called to be a street sweeper,

he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted,

or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 17, 2016


Hope is the dream of a soul awake.

- French Proverb

Posted January 10, 2016


A beginning ends what an end begins.

- James Robinson

Posted January 3, 2016

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