Favorite quotes ?
I was just wondering what are (some of) everyones favorite quotes...
here are my 2 favorites:
"All the joy the world contains
Has come through wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
Has come through wanting pleasure for oneself"
-Shantideva, from The Way of the Bohisattva
"UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
-Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax
Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. - Joe Louis.
A Zen-related quote I recently reread, from Suzuki Roshi's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind:
"So in love there should be hate, or non-attachment. And in hate there should be love, or acceptance. Love and hate are one thing." from the Attachment, Non-Attachment chapter
That one hit me hard when I read it again a few weeks ago. I'm a Suzuki fan, though.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition
--Dr Carl Sagan
A human being is part of a whole called by us "Universe", a part limited in space and time. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison to us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
A clever saying proves nothing
I believe this one is attributed to Suzuki Roshi --
There is no such thing as an elightened being, only enlightened action.
Thank you all, these are all great!
Thanks Martin for the wonderful Einstein quote that I've never seen!
"I've constructed dozens of Buddhist temples, supported hundreds of monks and nuns, and sponsored countless religious ceremonies," the proud emperor informed Daruma. "How great is my merit?"
"No merit at all," Daruma replied bluntly.
"Tell me then," the emperor wanted to know, "What is the first principle of Buddhism?"
"Vast emptiness, nothing holy!" Daruma shot back.
On a bit of a Hayden kick lately. Hope song quotes are ok:
Just up ahead;
It doesn't matter what;
any of us, is looking for;
we'll never find it because;
It's not even there
When we wish to teach and enlighten all things by ourselves, we are deluded; when all things teach and enlighten us, we are enlightened.
"But as I see it, there is nothing that is not profound, nothing that is not deliverance." ~Lin-chi
"You should never have your best trousers on when you turn out to fight for freedom and truth." ~Henrik Ibsen :)
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."
-- Helen Adams Keller
I think this is a good one regarding Samu.
"Myyyy boyfriend does not have to go to a hooker!"
A young prostitute in Hamburg’s famous red light district while I was putting my pants on. Kept me baffled for 23 years now.
"The danger in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished."
George Bernard Shaw
The Four Spiritual Principles of Open Space Technology
1. Whoever shows up are the right people.
2. It starts when it starts.
3. Whatever happens is the only thing that could happen.
4. When it's over, it's over.
Just watch children playing.
Eat vegetable soup instead of duck stew.
~Basho's advice to poets