Practical Meditation

 

 

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ABOUT LIFE AND LIVING

 

 

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them.

--T. S. Eliot

 

Our way is not soft grass, it's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upward, forward, toward the sun.

--Ruth Westheimer

 

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

--Bertrand Russell

 

Sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality.

--C. J. Jung

 

A cult is a religion with no political power.

--Tom Wolfe

 

One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.

--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

--Orson Welles, The Third Man, 1949

 

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

--Jawaharlal Nehru

 

When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.

--Lao Tse

 

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

--Edmond Burke

 

A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

--Unknown

 

Happiness is as a butterfly which when pursued is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly may alight upon you.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

Ideals are like stars. You will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But, like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides and following them you will reach your destiny.

--Unknown

 

Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings.

--Alice Miller

 

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.

--John G. Riefenbaker

 

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

--Albert Schweitzer

 

The service you do for others is the rent you pay for the time you spend on earth.

--Mohammed Ali

 

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.

--Herman Melville

 

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.

--Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

 

What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.

--Unknown

 

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

--Scott Adams

 

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

--Leo Tolstoy

 

What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.

--Unknown

 

There are no facts, only interpretations.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.

--Margaret Young