He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. -Abraham Lincoln
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams
Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge. - C.G. Jung
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.
-Harry S Truman
Life's tough, it's tougher if you're stupid.
- John Wayne
I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.
-Harry S Truman
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function - without mercy, without compassion, without remorse. All war depends upon it.
-Cpt. Ronald Spiers - E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.
- Daniel J. Boorstin
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings…
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become.
-From the Dhammapada
Sayings of the Buddha
We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Most people in this world will never need a gun, however the ones that do, will need it in the worst way possible and usually never live to tell about it.
Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.
A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
I care not for a man's religion whose dog or cat are not the better for it.
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
-Albert Einstein, in The New Convergence
There is no reality in the absence of observation.
-The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
You cannot see anything that you do not first contemplate as a reality.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
-Carl Gustav Jung
I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
- Albert Einstein
The truth dazzles gradually, or else the world would be blind.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.
-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity...and I'm not sure about the universe.
I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.
-Max Planck, Nobel Prize-winning Father of Quantum Theory
I have yet to meet a single person from our culture, no matter what his or her educational background, IQ, and specific training, who had powerful transpersonal experiences and continues to subscribe to the materialistic monism of Western science.
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness, in a descending spiral of destruction. The chain reaction of evil must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters to what lies within us.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.
-William Somerset Maugham
I used to be a hard-core, hardhearted guy. Once you make the decision to change, all kinds of things happen.
-Charles S. Dutton
It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference;
the opposite of beauty is not ugliness, but indifference;
the opposite of learning is not ignorance, but indifference;
Hatred cannot be anything but evil.
Hatred contaminates me.
We cannot give in to hatred;
To preserve humanity we must fight indifference.
- Professor Elie Wiesel
Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
-H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.
- Albert Einstein
Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
-Harry S Truman
Life and Death
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming.....WOW, what a ride!
The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness! He lives for what is always out of reach! His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in the present.
To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being.
The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.
-Aart Van Der Leeuw
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal
of meeting me is another matter.
You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.
-Joe E. Lewis
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks - not that you won or lost - but how you played the game.
Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
– Oscar Wilde
If a man is standing in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?