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Steve Jobs Quotes

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Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.

I want to put a ding in the universe.

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.

But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.

Stay hungry, stay foolish.

We’re just enthusiastic about what we do.

I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.

War and Peace Quotes

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature.It is considered as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna Karenina.

The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869.Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books.In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

“A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.”

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”

“When one’s head is gone one doesn’t weep over one’s hair!”

“A man’s every action is inevitably conditioned by what surrounds him and by his own body.”

“Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.”

“You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.”

“We love people not so much for the good they’ve done us, as for the good we’ve done them.”

“The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, hope, light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness…”

“It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.”

“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”

“I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself.”

“We are asleep until we fall in Love!”

“Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself. ”

“Everything I know, I know because of love.”

“How often we sin, how much we deceive, and all for what?… All will end in death, all!”

“Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.”

“It’s all God’s will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle.”

“How can one be well…when one suffers morally?”

“Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it. ”

“Everything depends on upbringing. ”

“In order to understand, observe, deduce, man must first be conscious of himself as alive.”

“Each man lives for himself, uses his freedom to achieve his personal goals, and feels with his whole being that right now he can or cannot do such-and-such an action; but as soon as he does it, this action, committed at a certain moment in time, becomes irreversible, and makes itself the property of history, in which is has not a free but a predestined significance. ”

“Life is everything. Life is God. Everything shifts and moves, and this movement is God. And while there is life, there is delight in the self-awareness of the divinity. To love life is to love God. The hardest and most blissful thing is to love this life in one’s suffering, in the guiltlessness of suffering.”

“Here’s my advice to you: don’t marry until you can tell yourself that you’ve done all you could, and until you’ve stopped loving the women you’ve chosen, until you see her clearly, otherwise you’ll be cruelly and irremediably mistaken. Marry when you’re old and good for nothing…Otherwise all that’s good and lofty in you will be lost.”

“God is the same everywhere.”

“It’s too easy to criticize a man when he’s out of favour, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else’s mistakes.”

“He had the unlucky capacity many men have of seeing and believing in the possibility of goodness and truth, but of seeing the evil and falsehood of life too clearly to take any serious part in it.”

“Here I am alive, and it’s not my fault, so I have to try and get by as best I can without hurting anybody until death takes over.”

“In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning. ”

“You say: I am not free. But I have raised and lowered my arm. Everyone understands that this illogical answer is an irrefutable proof of freedom.”

“Life did not stop, and one had to live.”

“Man lives consciously for himself, but serves as an unconscious instrument for the achievement of historical, universally human goals. ”

“Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.”

“There will be today, there will be tomorrow, there will be always, and there was yesterday, and there was the day before…”

“Kings are the slaves of history.”

“A man on a thousand mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning, ‘Today I’m going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep.”

“This history of culture will explain to us the motives, the conditions of life, and the thought of the writer or reformer. ”

Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997.

He gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”.

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“Appearances matter — and remember to smile.”

“The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.”

“Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer.”

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

“ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

“I am the captain of my soul.”

“One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“Nothing is black or white.”

“You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”

“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”

“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”

“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires”

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

“It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.”

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

“Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

“The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.”

“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Socrates Quotes

Socrates

Socrates ( 470 BC – 399 BC) was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. Through his portrayal in Plato’s dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method, or elenchus. The latter remains a commonly used tool in a wide range of discussions, and is a type of pedagogy in which a series of questions is asked not only to draw individual answers, but also to encourage fundamental insight into the issue at hand.

“The mind is everything; what you think you become.”

“I only know that I know nothing.”

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

“Wisdom begins in wonder.”

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”

“Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.”

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”

“Know yourself.”

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”

“Let him who would move the world first move himself.”

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”

“I examined the poets, and I look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort.”

.“Every action has its pleasures and its price.”

“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”

“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”

“We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.”

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.”

“Envy is the ulcer of the soul.”

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

“understanding a question is half an answer”

“The hottest love has the coldest end.”

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

“Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.”

“Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.”

“From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.”

“The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”

“Be as you wish to seem.”

“If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all.”

“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”

“I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within. ”

“The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.”

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”

“Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.”

“In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.”

“If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.”

“One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.”

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

“The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves. ”

“The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift.”

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

“Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannise their teachers.”

“Be of good cheer about death, and know this of a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.”

“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”

“Virtue does not come from wealth, but. . . wealth, and every other good thing which men have. . . comes from virtue.”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”

“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. ”

“He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.”

“To move the world we must move ourselves.”

“The misuse of language induces evil in the soul”

“I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.”

“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.”

“It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.”

“May the inward and outward man be as one.”

“A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.”

“Those who are hardest to love need it the most.”

“Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.”

The Death of Socrates

Confucius Quotes

Confucius

Confucius

Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of Chinese history.

The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools.

Confucius’s principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor worship, respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives. He also recommended family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”, an early version of the Golden Rule.

One of the deepest teachings of Confucius may have been the superiority of personal exemplification over explicit rules of behavior. His moral teachings emphasized self-cultivation, emulation of moral exemplars, and the attainment of skilled judgment rather than knowledge of rules. Confucian ethics may be considered a type of virtue ethics.
Confucianism is an ethical and philosophical system, on occasion described as a religion, developed from the teachings of the Confucius.

The Analects are a collection of Confucius’s sayings brought together by his pupils shortly after his death in 497 BC. Together they express a philosophy, or a moral code, by which Confucius, one of the most humane thinkers of all time, believed everyone should live. Upholding the ideals of wisdom, self-knowledge, courage and love of one’s fellow man, he argued that the pursuit of virtue should be every individual’s supreme goal. And, while following the Way, or the truth, might not result in immediate or material gain, Confucius showed that it could nevertheless bring its own powerful and lasting spiritual rewards.

His best quotes are listed below.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

“The funniest people are the saddest once”

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

“Study the past if you would define the future.”

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”

“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.”

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”

“It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”

“The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.”

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”

“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”

“If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.”

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”

“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”

“To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”

“Time flows away like the water in the river. ”

“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. ”

“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”

“To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.”

“When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.”

“Courtesy, generosity, honesty, persistence, and kindness.
If you are courteous, you will not be disrespected;
if you are generous, you will gain everything.
If you are honest, people will rely on you.
If you are persistent you will get results.
If you are kind, you can employ people.”

“A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.”

“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”

“By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.”

“Roads were made for journeys not destinations.”

“A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.”

“The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.”

“Behind every smile there’s teeth.”

“Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.”

“The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct.”

“Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.”

“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.”

“Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. ”

“Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.”

“You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it’s drawn from its sheath”

“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

”The superior man is quiet and calm, waiting for the appointments of Heaven.”

”I am not bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others.”

”At fifteen my heart was set on learning; at thirty I stood firm; at forty I had no more doubts; at fifty I knew the mandate of heaven; at sixty my ear was obedient; at seventy I could follow my heart’s desire without transgressing the norm.”

”See a person’s means … Observe his motives. Examine that in which he rests. How can a person conceal his character?”

”The Superior Man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing.”

”If you see what is right and fail to act on it, you lack courage.”

”Being in humaneness is good. If we select other goodness and thus are far apart from humaneness, how can we be the wise?”

”When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”

Confucius

Confucius

”The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration: this may be called perfect virtue.”

”He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place when all the stars are rotating about it.”

”What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”

”What Heaven has conferred is called The Nature; an accordance with this nature is called The Path of duty; the regulation of this path is called Instruction. The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path.”

”The way which the superior man pursues, reaches wide and far, and yet is secret. Common men and women, however ignorant, may intermeddle with the knowledge of it; yet in its utmost reaches, there is that which even the sage does not know.”

”The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this.”

”In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.”

”His presenting himself with his institutions before spiritual beings, without any doubts arising about them, shows that he knows Heaven. His being prepared, without any misgivings, to wait for the rise of a sage a hundred ages after, shows that he knows men.”

”It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin.”

”Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard. When making a mistake, do not be afraid to correct it.”

”If you would govern a state of a thousand chariots , you must pay strict attention to business, be true to your word, be economical in expenditure and love the people. You should use them according to the seasons.”

”When the Superior Man eats he does not try to stuff himself; at rest he does not seek perfect comfort; he is diligent in his work and careful in speech. He avails himself to people of the Tao and thereby corrects himself. This is the kind of person of whom you can say, “he loves learning.”

”Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher.”

”The Superior Man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing.”

”To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.”

”To throw oneself into strange teachings is quite dangerous.”

”Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few. See much and get rid of what is dangerous and be careful in acting on the rest and your causes for regret will be few. Speaking without fault, acting without causing regret: ‘upgrading’ consists in this.”

”If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like? If a man has no humaneness what can his happiness be like?”

”When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.”

Confucius.

”The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”

”They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it.”

”When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn.”

”I do not open up the truth to one who is not eager to get knowledge, nor help out any one who is not anxious to explain himself. When I have presented one corner of a subject to any one, and he cannot from it learn the other three, I do not repeat my lesson.”

”The virtuous is frank and open; the non-virtuous is secretive and worrying.”

”When you serve your mother and father it is okay to try to correct them once in a while. But if you see that they are not going to listen to you, keep your respect for them and don’t distance yourself from them. Work without complaining.”

”A young man should serve his parents at home and be respectful to elders outside his home. He should be earnest and truthful, loving all, but become intimate with humaneness. After doing this, if he has energy to spare, he can study literature and the arts.”

”If the Superior Man is not serious, then he will not inspire awe in others. If he is not learned, then he will not be on firm ground. He takes loyalty and good faith to be of primary importance, and has no friends who are not of equal (moral) caliber. When he makes a mistake, he doesn’t hesitate to correct it.”

”The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.”

”A man living without conflicts, as if he never lives at all.”

”Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.”

”A scholar who loves comfort is not worthy of the name.”

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.

Confucius and his students.

Confucius and his students

”When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”

”The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
Guide the people by law, subdue them by punishment; they may shun crime, but will be void of shame. Guide them by example, subdue them by courtesy; they will learn shame, and come to be good.”

”Only after Winter comes do we know that the pine and the cypress are the last to fade.”

”There is nothing more visible than what is secret, and nothing more manifest than what is minute. Therefore the superior man is watchful over himself, when he is alone.”

”Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish.”

”There is no body but eats and drinks. But they are few who can distinguish flavors.”

”Men all say, “We are wise”; but being driven forward and taken in a net, a trap, or a pitfall, they know not how to escape. Men all say, “We are wise”; but happening to choose the course of the Mean, they are not able to keep it for a round month.”

”The kingdom, its states, and its families, may be perfectly ruled; dignities and emoluments may be declined; naked weapons may be trampled under the feet; but the course of the Mean cannot be attained to.”

”The superior man governs men, according to their nature, with what is proper to them, and as soon as they change what is wrong, he stops.”

”How abundantly do spiritual beings display the powers that belong to them! We look for them, but do not see them; we listen to, but do not hear them; yet they enter into all things, and there is nothing without them.”

”Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity.”

”In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure.”

”Sincerity is the way of Heaven. The attainment of sincerity is the way of men.
Sincerity is the end and beginning of things; without sincerity there would be nothing.”

“Only by perfect virtue can the perfect path, in all its courses, be made a fact.”

”The superior man, even when he is not moving, has a feeling of reverence, and while he speaks not, he has the feeling of truthfulness.”

“In silence is the offering presented, and the spirit approached to; there is not the slightest contention.”

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kahlil Gibran on Children

Kahlil gibran on children

The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923. It is Gibran’s best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over forty different languages and has never been out of print. In this book a Prophet who is about to board a ship is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition.

This book has a way of speaking to people at different stages in their lives. It has a magical quality, the more you read it the more you come to understand the words and it’s not filled with any kind of dogma and is available to anyone.

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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Lao Tzu Quotes

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

Lao-Tzu (also spelled Laozi; Lao-tze) was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. He is best known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, but he is also revered as a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.

He believed that human life is constantly influenced by outside forces. He believed ‘simplicity’ to be the key to truth and freedom. He encouraged his followers to observe, and seek to understand the laws of nature; to develop intuition and build up personal power; to use that power to lead life with love, and without force.

Lao Tzu set off into the desert on a water buffalo leaving civilization behind. When he arrived at the final gate at the great wall protecting the kingdom, the gatekeeper persuaded him to record the principles of his philosophy for posterity. The ancient Chinese text is the world’s most translated classic next to the Bible.

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Some of Lao Tzu’s famous sayings include:

“When goodness is lost, it is replaced by morality.”

“The usefulness of a pot comes from its emptiness.”

Only those who are not ambitious for achievements in life,
Are truly capable of appreciating life.

“The best people are like water, which benefits all things and does not compete with them. It stays in lowly places that others reject. This is why it is so similar to the Way.”

“When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad.”

“Try to change it and you will ruin it. Try to hold it and you will lose it.”
“The more that laws and regulations are given prominence, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”

”He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.”

”Discard conventional doctrines and be relieved from anxieties.”

”Less spoken, words speak for themselves naturally.”

”A journey of a thousand miles started with a first step.”

To attain knowledge, add things every day.
To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

”By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.”

”He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.”

”The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”

Ones who reach do not stand,
Ones who stride do not pace,
Ones self-seeing are not enlightened,
Ones self-possessed are not established.
Ones self-asserted are without accomplishments,
Ones self-esteemed are without respect.

Good traveling leaves no tracks;
Good speech is without reproach;
Good strategies need no plotting.

The good people are the teachers of the bad;
The bad people are resources for the good.

A time to gust; a time to gape,
A time to vigor; a time to vice,
A time to carry; a time to ride.

Accomplish and refrain glorification,
Accomplish and restrain aggression,
Accomplish and relinquish pride,
Accomplish and take no credit,
Accomplish and refuse domination.

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.

Thus the Master is available to all people
and doesn’t reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations
and doesn’t waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.

That about to wither, must have bloomed;
That about to falter, must have dominated;
That about to be abandoned, must have been promoted;
That about to be taken away, must have been given to.

Truthful words are not pleasant,
Pleasant words are not trustworthy;
Those who are good do not dispute,
Those who are disputatious are not good;
Those who know are not learned,
Those who are learned do not know.
The Sage does not store up things,
The more he does for people, the more he has;
The more he gives, the more he gains.

People are born gentle and fragile,
They die stiff and tough.
The myriad things, plants and trees, are born tender and crisp,
They die dried and withered.
Therefore those who are stiff and tough are followers of death,
Those who are gentle and fragile are followers of life.

Contest not and master winning,
Speak not and master oration,
Summon not and it comes naturally,
Be honest and master intrigue.

Words make legends,
Feats make heroes.

There is no greater fault than underestimating one’s opponent,
To underestimate one’s opponent is to lose one’s reservation.

Great gladiators are not violent,
Great warriors are not enraged,
Great champions remain uncontested,
Great leaders act with humility.

I have three precious things, that I hold onto and cherish.
The first is called mercy,
The second is called prudence,
The third is not daring to be on top of the world.

Lakes and oceans can be the master of all streams,
Because they are good at staying low,
Therefore they can be master of all streams.
Hence one who desires to be honoured,
Must speak humbly of one’s self;
One who desires to lead, must keep one’s self behind.
Hence the master is on top yet the people does not feel the weight.

Use intelligence to govern a nation, and be the traitor of a nation;
Not use intelligence to govern a nation, and be the blessing of a nation.
Understand these two, and set them as standards.

Act on it before it materializes,
Manage it before it becomes chaotic.

A strapping tree is grown from a tiny sprout;
A sky-scraping tower is built from a modest mound,
A far-reaching journey is begun from a small step.

Those who act upon will fail,
Those who hold on will lose.
The master acts not, therefore fails not;
Holds not on, therefore loses not.

Act without act,
Work without work,
Taste without taste.

Light minded promises draws few believers,
The more simplifications, the more complicated it will become,
Hence the master addresses the complexity.
Therefore may continually avoid complications.

The biggest mistake for a big nation is being obsessed with domination,
The critical mistake for a small nation is being obsessed with dominance.
Greatness is achieved only when the desires from both are fulfilled,
Therefore the superior best stay low.

When the governance is idly,
The people is mellow;
When the governance is vigilant.

Be righteous in governance,
Be unpredictable on the battlefield,
Be unoccupied to master the universe.

Understanding harmony is being eternal,
Understanding eternity is being enlightened,
Promoting life is being gracious,
Channelling your energies internally is being strong.

Behold one’s self to see self,
Behold one’s family to see family,
Behold one’s community to see community,
Behold one’s nation to see nationality,
Behold the universe to see the universe.

Battling between life and death:
Three of ten believe they will live,
Three of ten believe they will die,
There are also three of ten who believe that being born,
Is the beginning of the journey towards death.

Those kind, be kind to them,
Those unkind, be kind to them also.
Virtuous is being kind.
Those faithful, have faith in them,
Those unfaithful, have faith in them also.
Virtuous is having faith.

There is no greater sin than seduction,
No greater fault than discontentment,
No greater guilt than yearning.
Therefore know what is enough,
and you will always have enough.

Fame and honour, which is more associable?
Health and wealth, which is more vital?
Success and failure, which is more harmful?

Those enlightened by the Dao seem confused,
Those progressing towards the Dao seem to fall behind,
Those who discredit the Dao seem honourable,
Those Virtuous seem desolate,
Those honest seem humiliated,
Those with noble Virtue seem lacking,
Those building on Virtue seem fraudulent,
Those of principled character seem to waver,
Great squareness is without turning corners,
Great instruments are deliberately constructed,
Great vocalists seldom raise their voices,
Great icons are shapeless.
The Dao is a master of provisioning and empowerment.

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, “We did this ourselves.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”

The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.
Tolerant like the sky,
all-pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way.

Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to
carry it when it is full. If you keep feeling a point that has been
sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness.

When gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them
safe. When wealth and honours lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil
on itself. When the work is done, and one’s name is becoming
distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.

Ordinary men look bright and intelligent, while I alone seem to be
benighted. They look full of discrimination, while I alone am dull
and confused. I seem to be carried about as on the sea, drifting as
if I had nowhere to rest. All men have their spheres of action, while
I alone seem dull and incapable, like a rude borderer. (Thus) I alone
am different from other men, but I value the nursing-mother (the Tao).

It’s good to be/live on the ground,
to deepen a heart,
to love people while associating with them.
to keep one’s word while talking,
to be peace while governing,
to do what one is capable of,
to act at a fit time.
Because of the non-fighting-over,
there will be no problem.

The beautiful colours make people’s eyes blind,
The appealing music makes people’s ears deaf,
The delicious flavours make people’s mouth numb,
To indulge in hunting makes people’s heart wild,
To pursue rare treasures makes people’s behavior improper.
So, as the sage attends to the inner world, not the outer world,
Throw away the latter and adopt the former.

Fractured, one asserts unity,
Crooked, one acts straight,
Depressed, one appears fulfilled,
Exhausted, one exhibit freshness,
Ignorant, one expresses intelligence,
Excessive, one becomes delusive,
Hence, the master maintains integrity,
And sets an example for the people.

Lao_Tzu

Lao Tzu

Kahlil Gibran on love

kahlil gibran

The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923. It is Gibran’s best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over forty different languages and has never been out of print. In this book a Prophet who is about to board a ship is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition.

This book has a way of speaking to people at different stages in their lives. It has a magical quality, the more you read it the more you come to understand the words and it’s not filled with any kind of dogma and is available to anyone.

When love beckons to you follow him,

Though his ways are hard and steep.

And when his wings enfold you yield to him,

Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

And when he speaks to you believe in him,

Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,

So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.

He threshes you to make you naked.

He sifts you to free you from your husks.

He grinds you to whiteness.

He kneads you until you are pliant;

And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,

Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,

Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;

For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, I am in the heart of God.”

And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;

To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

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Kahlil Gibran on pain

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Khalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.Born in the town of Bsharri in the north of modern-day Lebanon.He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923. It is Gibran’s best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over forty different languages and has never been out of print. In this book a Prophet who is about to board a ship is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition.

This book has a way of speaking to people at different stages in their lives. It has a magical quality, the more you read it the more you come to understand the words and it’s not filled with any kind of dogma and is available to anyone.

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break,

that its heart may stand in the sun,

so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life,

your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart,

even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity,

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips,

has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.”

Strange, the desire for certain pleasures is a part of my pain.

“Hearts united in pain and sorrow
will not be separated by joy and happiness.
Bonds that are woven in sadness
are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure.
Love that is washed by tears
will remain eternally pure and faithful.”

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Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.Born in the town of Bsharri in the north of modern-day Lebanon.He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923. It is Gibran’s best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over forty different languages and has never been out of print. In this book a Prophet who is about to board a ship is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition.

This book has a way of speaking to people at different stages in their lives. It has a magical quality, the more you read it the more you come to understand the words and it’s not filled with any kind of dogma and is available to anyone.

“One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.”

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”

“It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone… but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.”

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”

“Hearts united in pain and sorrow
will not be separated by joy and happiness.
Bonds that are woven in sadness
are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure.
Love that is washed by tears
will remain eternally pure and faithful.”

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“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.”

“joy and sorrow are inseparable. . . together they come and when one sits alone with you . . remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

“We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.”

“It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.”

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”

“You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept. ”

“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit. ”

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“Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.”

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind,
you should not blame the wind for
revealing them to the trees.”

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.”

“They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price. ”

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

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“My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.”

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion.”

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.”

“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”

“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”

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“Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.”

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”

“An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.”

“Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand.”

“I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.”

“Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation”

“We are all prisoners but some of us are in cells with windows and some without.”

“Do not fear the thorns in your path, for they draw only corrupt blood.”

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“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”

“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.”

“When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind.”

“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”

“Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy”

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“Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.”

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”

“He who seeks ecstasy in love should not complain of suffering.”

“Strange, the desire for certain pleasures is a part of my pain.”

“You cannot laugh and be unkind at the same time”

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”

“Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.”

“He who is more mindful of one, loses the love and the faith of both.”

“Remembrance is a form of meeting.”

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“So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.”

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