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“No one drinks the mud of the well; even animals do not do. If your mind is clouded by desires and attachments, friends will not come to help.” –from The I-ching
doesn’t matter how smart you are if you don’t have the sense to honor your
teachers and cherish your responsibilities.”
‘Tao Te Ching’ by Lao Tzu
birds I know that they have wings to fly with, of fish that they have fins to
swim with, of wild beasts that they have feet to run with. For feet there are
traps, for fins nets, for wings arrows. But who knows how dragons surmount the
wind and cloud into heaven? This day I have seen Lao Tzu and he is a dragon.”
–account of Confucius’s meeting with
Lao Tzu from the ‘Tao Te Ching’
praise is lavished upon the famous,
the people contend and compete with
exotic goods are traded and treasured,
the compulsion to steal is felt.
desires are constantly stimulated,
people become disturbed and
the wise person sets an example by
emptying her mind,
opening her heart,
relaxing her ambitions,
relinquishing her desires,
cultivating her character.
conquered her own cunning and cravings,
she can’t be manipulated by
the ‘Tao Te Ching’ by Lao Tzu
under heaven is as
and yielding as water.
for attacking the hard and strong
nothing can compare with it.” –from the ‘Tao Te Ching’ by Lao Tzu
the student is ready, the master appears.”
“To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.” –from ‘Tao of Jeet Kune Do’ by Bruce Lee
direct the endless rhythm. Whoever hears this melody will join me.”
–from Zen poem
“When the opponent moves fast, I move fast;
When the opponent moves slowly, then I follow slowly.
Although the variations are infinite,
the principle remains the same.” –from ‘Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient‘ Masters by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
“Superiority is not just a matter of secret techniques.” –from ‘The Hagakure’
laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
reach out is to risk involvement.
expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
place your ideas and dreams in front of the crowd is to risk their love.
love is to risk not being loved in return.
live is to risk dying.
hope is to risk despair.
try is to risk failure.
the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
one who risks nothing does nothing and has nothing - and finally is nothing.
may avoid sufferings and sorrow, but he simply can not learn, feel, change,
grow, or love.
by his certitude, he is a slave; he has forfeited freedom.
Only one who risks is free.” –unknown
narrowest hinge of my hand puts to scorn all machinery.”
–Walt Whitman, poet
“The purpose of poetry is like the purpose of sex. It’s to get it over with as slowly as possible.” –from a PBS special on poetry
you can keep your head when all about you
losing theirs, and blaming it on you,
you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
make allowance for their doubting, too;
you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
being hated, don’t give way to hating,
yet don’t look too good or talk too wise…
you can dream and not make dreams your master,
you can think, and not make thoughts your aim,
you can meet with triumph and disaster,
treat those two imposters just the same;
you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
by knaves to make a trap for fools,
watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools;
you can make one heap of all your winnings,
risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
lose, and start again at your beginnings,
never breathe a word about your loss;
you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
serve your turn long after they are gone,
so hold on when there is nothing in you
the will which says to them: “Hold on!”
you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
walk with kings—nor lose the common touch,
neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
all men count with you, but none too much;
you can fill the unforgiving minute
sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my Son!” –‘IF’ by Rudyard Kipling
“A man who has faith must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool.” –G.K. Chesterton, writer and poet
who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only
by night.” –from
‘Eleonara’ by Edgar allan Poe
do not have any place in mind to go,
are just driving. If I closed my eyes for a minute
would be lost, yet
could gladly lie down and sleep forever
Any minute now, something will happen.” –‘Drinking
While Driving’ by Raymond Carver
“Tell him I've been too fucking busy — or vice versa.” –Dorothy Parker, poet
who binds to himself a joy
the winged life destroy;
he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.” –William Blake, poet and painter