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.”

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Roll the Dice by Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer.

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
that.
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with
fire.

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.

Moral Codes of Buddhism

Gautama buddha

Gautama Buddha (563BC-483BC) was born at Lumbini at Nepal. The origin of sorrow and suffering in human life was a thought that made him restless. He left his home and family in pursuit of the solution to this problem. He attained enlightenment or divine knowledge while he was seated in deep meditation under a tree at Gaya in Bihar, India. The tree under which Buddha attained the divine knowledge came to be known as Bodhi vriksha or the ‘Tree of enlightenment’ . Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon at Sarnath near Varanasi, India after attaining divine knowledge.

Buddhism possesses an excellent code of morals suitable to everyone.
They are:
1)The five precepts:
not to kill,
not to steal,
not to commit adultery,
not to lie and
not to take intoxicants.

2)The four sublime states:
loving-kindness,
compassion,
appreciative joy and
equanimity.

3)The ten transcendental virtues:
generosity,
morality,
renunciation,
wisdom,
energy,
patience,
truthfulness,
resolution,
loving-kindness and
equanimity.

4)The noble eightfold path:
right understanding.
right thoughts,
right speech,
right action,
right livelihood,
right effort,
right mindfulness and
right concentration.

Moving Water by Rumi

Rumi

Rumi

Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.Everyone have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy. Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. He has been described as the “most popular poet in America” and the “best selling poet in the US”.

Rumi’s works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia, and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language.

The words of Rumi are so deep, so perfect, so touching, that when one man repeats them hundreds and thousands of people are moved to tears. They cannot help penetrating the heart.

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When you do things from your soul, you feel a river
moving in you, a joy.

When actions come from another section, the feeling
disappears.

Don’t let others lead you. They may be blind or, worse, vultures.

Reach for the rope of God. And what is that? Putting aside self-will.

Because of willfulness people sit in jail, the trapped bird’s wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.

The anger of police is willfulness. You’ve seen a magistrate
inflict visible punishment.

Now see the invisible. If you could leave your selfishness, you
would see how you’ve been torturing your soul. We are born and live inside black water in a well.

How could we know what an open field of sunlight is?

Don’t insist on going where you think you want to go. Ask the way to the spring. Your living pieces will form a harmony.

There is a moving palace that floats in the air with balconies and clear water flowing through, infinity everywhere, yet contained under a single tent.

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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.”

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”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.

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Lao Tzu

A Short poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

Born: 7 May 1861, Calcutta, India

Died: 7 August 1941, Calcutta, India

Notable award(s): Nobel Prize in Literature(1913)

Residence at the time of the award: India

Prize motivation: “because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West”

Occupation: Poet, short story writer, song composer, novelist, playwright, essayist, painter.

Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian polymath. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. He receive noble prize for his work Gtanjali.

He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of modern South Asia.

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;

Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by

narrow domestic walls;

Where words come out from the depth of truth;

Where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection;

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the

dreary desert sand of dead habit;

Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening

thought and action;

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country

awake!”

RABINDRANATH TAGORE

Rabindranath Tagore with Albert Einstein

Rabindranath Tagore with Albert Einstein

Rabindranath Tagore with Mahatma Gandhi.

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BRAHMA by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet.He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature.

Emerson’s work not only influenced his contemporaries, such as Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau, but would continue to influence thinkers and writers in the United States and around the world down to the present. Notable thinkers who recognize Emerson’s influence include Nietzsche and William James, Emerson’s godson.

In the poem, “Brahma”, the overall theme is the divine relationship and continuity of life and the unity of the universe.

IF the red slayer think he slays,

Or if the slain think he is slain,

They know not well the subtle ways

I keep, and pass, and turn again.

Far or forgot to me is near;

Shadow and sunlight are the same;

The vanished gods to me appear;

And one to me are shame and fame.

They reckon ill who leave me out;

When me they fly, I am the wings;

I am the doubter and the doubt,

And I the hymn the Brahmin sings

The strong gods pine for my abode,

And pine in vain the sacred Seven;

But thou, meek lover of the good!

Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.

Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson quote