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


We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.

- Ellen Goodman

Posted December 31, 2017


A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

- Benjamin Franklin

Posted December 27, 2017


To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind

than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

- George Santayana

Posted December 17, 2017


Think with the whole body.

- Taisen Deshimaru

Posted December 10, 2017


Everybody counts, or nobody counts.

- Michael Connelly

Posted December 3, 2017


The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered

by the still, small voice of conscience.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Posted November 26, 2017


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,

and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

- G. K. Chesterton

Posted November 19, 2017


No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.

- George Bernard Shaw

Posted November 12, 2017


Divide and rule, the politician cries;

unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted November 5, 2017


One’s work may be finished some day, but one's education never.

- Alexander Dumas

Posted October 29, 2017


Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

- Henry David Thoreau

Posted October 22, 2017


Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.

- Frank Leahy

Posted October 15, 2017


Our lives … are but a little while, so let them run as sweetly as you can, and give no thought to grief from day to day. For time is not concerned to keep our hopes, but hurries on its business, and is gone.

- Euripides

Posted October 8, 2017


An individual is a separate entity without connection. 

A person is an individual connected.

- Swami Prajnanpad

Posted October 1, 2017


The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

- John Locke

Posted September 24, 2017


We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage.

We will welcome summer's ghost.

- Henry Rollins

Posted September 17, 2017


I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy…

I will never forget seeing what love can heal…

- Steve Maraboli

Posted September 10, 2017


Labor is the fabled magician’s wand,

the philosophers stone,

and the cap of good fortune.

- James Weldon Johnson

Posted September 3, 2017


The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts; they alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be very uncomfortable if you are one of the facts that need altering.       

- Dr. Who

Posted August 27, 2017


Eminent posts make great men greater,

and little men less.

- Jean de La Bruyere

Posted August 18, 2017


There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.

That will be the beginning.

- Louis L’Amour

Posted August 13, 2017


May all living beings have happiness

and the cause of happiness;

May all be free from sorrow

and the cause of sorrow;

May all never be separated

from the Bliss that is sorrowless;

May all live in equanimity,

free from attachment and aversion.

- The Four Immeasurable Minds Prayer

Posted August 6, 2017


To study the Way

   is to study the self.

To study the self

   is to forget the self.

To forget the self

   is to be enlightened

   by all things.

– Dōgen

Posted July 30, 2017


You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience

in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted July 23, 2017


Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.

- Krishnamurti

Posted July 16, 2017


In matters concerning truth and justice there can be no distinction between big problems and small;

for the general principles which determine the conduct of men are indivisible.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.

- Albert Einstein

July 9, 2017


It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority,

keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.

- Samuel Adams

July 2, 2017


The need for friends is imperative. It is not good for us to be friendless. We were made to give and to receive, to help and to be helped, to encourage and to be encouraged. Our nature requires a tie to faithful others. We call it friendship.

- Leroy Brownlow.

June 25, 2017


Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.

- Ruth E. Renkel

June 18, 2017


Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.

– Soren Kierkegaard

June 11, 2017


Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect.

There is some work that will never be done if you don’t do it.

There is someone who would miss you if you were gone.

There is a place that you alone can fill.

- Jacob M. Braude

June 4, 2017


The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them,

glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.

- Thucydides

May 28, 2017


You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How?

By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.

Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today,

but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.

- Dale Carnegie

May 21, 2017


The greatest heroes in life are those that never give up on someone. They stick it out and make it work. They sacrifice things in their life, in order to help others grow. They give up what they want because someone needs it more. They work hard and overcome adversity. They fail for a moment, but get back up on their feet to show others they don’t have to stay down. They show their loved ones that love is not “proved” by conformity. They teach others that having a voice is a sign of courage, and they will not stay silent to make people feel comfortable. They are fearless and will do whatever it takes to bring about the greatness in the ones they love because doing so brings them peace. Their name is - MOM.   

- Shannon L. Alder

May 14, 2017


The proud do not succeed, the extravagant do not last, the powerful die, and those who fill their days perish. A gusty wind or violent storm does not last all day; a ravine cannot be filled in an instant. Gusty winds and violent storms act forcefully, so they cannot last long before they die out. Ravines are in positions of power, so they cannot be drained.

- Wen-tzu

May 7, 2017


Every thought is a seed.

If you plant crab apples,

don’t count on harvesting golden delicious.

- Bill Meyer

April 30, 2017


In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight.

He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

April 23, 2017


The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength,

not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

- Vince Lombardi

April 16, 2017


Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you think.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

April 9, 2017


Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.

- Henry Ford

April 2, 2017


If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.

- Taisen Deshimaru

March 26, 2017


Of all strategies, to know when to quit may be the best.

- Chinese Proverb

March 19, 2017


Humaneness without intelligence is like having a field but not plowing it.

Intelligence without courage is like having sprouts but not weeding.

Courage without humaneness is like knowing how to reap but not how to sow.

- Fushan

March 12, 2017


In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight.

He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

March 1, 2017


We are already exactly peaceful and harmonious. But still, when we [meditate],

we want to try to be peaceful. Trying to be peaceful is no longer to be peaceful. Just sit down.

- Dainin Katagiri

February 26, 2017


Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

- Abraham Lincoln

February 19, 2017


The best out is always through.

- Robert Frost

February 12, 2017


How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

– Coco Chanel

February 5, 2017


No matter what you are doing, keep the undercurrent of happiness.

Learn to be secretly happy within your heart in spite of all circumstances.

- Paramahansa Yogananda

January 29, 2017


Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add '“within the limits of the law“ because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

- Thomas Jefferson

Posted January 22, 2017


All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance

and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted January 15, 2017


Without staring death in the eye,

as the perpetually reverse side of life,

we cannot live fully and completely.

- Soko Morinaga

Posted January 8. 2017


This is the moment of embarking. All auspicious signs are in place.

- Deng Ming-Dao

Posted January 1, 2017

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