Friday, December 31, 2010

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot this year, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Buddha

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Even after many years, many of us continue to practice harshly. We practice with guilt, as if we're going to be excommunicated if we don't do it right. We practice so we won't be ashamed of ourselves and with fear that someone will discover what a "bad" meditator we really are. The old joke is that a Buddhist is someone who is either meditating or feeling guilty about not meditating. There's not much joy in that."

~Pema Chödrön

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

If I were a tree among trees, a cat among animals, this life would have a meaning, or rather this problem would not arise, for I should belong to this world. I should be this world to which I am now opposed by my whole consciousness and my whole insistence upon familiarity. This ridiculous reason is what sets me in opposition to all creation. I cannot cross it out with a stroke of a pen.... Albert Camus

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering."

~The Buddha

Monday, December 27, 2010

I cannot tell if what the world considers 'happiness' is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness.... ~Chuang-tzu

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

And perhaps we give a little to the poor if the generosity should seize us, but if any of us should interfere in the business of why there are poor they get the same as the Rebel Jesus.
But pardon me if I have seemed to take the tone of judgement, for I've not wished to come between this day and your enjoyment.
In a life of hardship and earthly toil there is a need for anything that frees us. So I bid you pleasure and I bid you cheer from a heathen and a pagan on the side of the Rebel Jesus.
Jackson Browne

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.
Stephen Leacock

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Ultimately, the decision to save the environment must come from the human heart. The key point is a call for a genuine sense of universal responsibility that is based on love, compassion and clear awareness." ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, December 17, 2010

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love. Ovid

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals.
Colman McCarthy

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ronald Reagan

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"We must therefore develop a sense of responsibility for each others condition, we must see that hurting someone else, or inflicting pain on other people , cannot bring happiness or peace of mind."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

And I'd like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it's just as hard to cut. Little Richard

Sunday, December 5, 2010

"As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Monday, November 22, 2010

To Cathy On Her Birthday

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
Judy Garland

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thomas Aquinas

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Gautama Buddha

"Like a fine flower, beautiful to look at but without scent, fine words are
fruitless in a person who does not act in accordance with them."

Friday, November 19, 2010

George Carlin

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something,
and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winston Churchill

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"I believe in justice and truth, without which there would be no basis for human hope."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Barry Bonds

But to be the best, you must face the best. And to overcome your fear, you must deal with the best.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"I love friends, I want more friends. I love smiles. That is a fact. How to develop smiles? There are a variety of smiles. Some smiles are sarcastic. Some smiles are artificial-diplomatic smiles. These smiles do not produce satisfaction, but rather fear or suspicion. But a genuine smile gives us hope, freshness. If we want a genuine smile, then first we must produce the basis for a smile to come."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Saturday, November 13, 2010


At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ronald Reagan

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"It's also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that is sitting right here right now... with its aches and pleasures... is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive." ~Pema Chödrön

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain

Monday, November 8, 2010

"Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason it's important is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn't just ourselves that we're discovering. We're discovering the universe."

~Pema Chödrön

Sunday, November 7, 2010

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Desmond Tutu

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea." ~The Buddha

Friday, November 5, 2010

A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.
Pam Brown

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals." ~The Buddha

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
H. L. Mencken

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways."
~The Buddha

Monday, November 1, 2010

When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home. Tecumseh

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue." ~The Buddha

Saturday, October 30, 2010

"One should do one's best and leave the rest to fate. Do not keep difficulties inside the heart. People must overcome difficulties and not be overcome by difficulties."
~Master Cheng Yen

Friday, October 29, 2010

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't. Richard Bach

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher." Pema Chodron

Monday, October 25, 2010

Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men. George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It was from an old friend who thought he was dying. Anyway, he said, "life and death issues don't come along that often, thank God, so don't treat everything like it's life or death. Go easier." Thomas Arnold

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world." Buddha

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny. George Dana Boardman

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship." ~Buddha

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. Thomas Paine

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." ~Buddha

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Benjamin Disraeli

Sunday, October 3, 2010

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him." ~Buddha

Saturday, October 2, 2010

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

Friday, October 1, 2010

"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life."

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom,in the heart. William Hazlitt

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way. ~Langya

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. Solomon Ibn Gabriol

Monday, September 27, 2010

One single still light shines bright: if you intentionally pursue it, after all it's hard to see. Suddenly encountering it, people's hearts are opened up, and the great matter is clear and done. This is really living, without any fetters -- no amount of money could replace it. Even if a thousand sages should come, they would all appear in it's shadow. ~Chuzhen

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half of the evil they say of others. J. Petit Senn

Saturday, September 25, 2010

1. Don't wish for perfect health. In perfect health, there is greed and wanting. So an ancient said, " Make good medicine from the suffering of sickness." 2. Don't hope for life without problems. An easy life results in a judgmental and lazy ind. So an ancient once said, "Accept the anxieties and difficulties of this life". 3. Don't expect your practice to be clear of obstacles. Without hindrances the mind that seeks enlightenment may be burnt out. So an ancient once said, "Attain deliverance in disturbances".

~Zen Master Kyong Ho

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. ~Sheng-yen

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.

Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Let your mind wander in simplicity, blend your spirit with the vastness, follow along with things the way they are, and make no room for personal views-then the world will be governed.... ~Chuang-tzu

Monday, September 20, 2010

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.

Richard L. Evans

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The reverse side also has a reverse side.... Japanese Proverb

Saturday, September 18, 2010

It is much more difficult to measure non-performance than performance. Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Non-performance can almost always be explained away.

Harold S. Geneen

Friday, September 17, 2010

Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.... ~Alan Watts

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds Won't you help to sing The songs of freedom? Bob Marley

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. Buddha

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.

Monday, September 13, 2010

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. Buddha

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless. ~Sherry Anderson

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth." ~Pema Chödrön

Friday, September 10, 2010

"The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves." Pema Chödrön

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. English Proverbs

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further." ~Pema Chödrön

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.

Ramona L. Anderson

Monday, September 6, 2010

"It is precisely because our present life is so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire's tremendous energy if we wish to transform our life into something transcendental." ~Lama Yeshe

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

Saturday, September 4, 2010

"Some people live closely guarded lives, fearful of encountering someone or something that might shatter their insecure spiritual foundation. This attitude, however, is not the fault of religion but of their own limited understanding. True Dharma leads in exactly the opposite direction. It enables one to integrate all the many diverse experiences of life into a meaningful and coherent whole, thereby banishing fear and insecurity completely." ~Lama Yeshe

Friday, September 3, 2010

If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either. Source Unknown

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The universe that we inhabit and our shared perception of it are the results of a common karma. Likewise, the places that we will experience in future rebirths will be the outcome of the karma that we share with the other beings living there. The actions of each of us, human or nonhuman, have contributed to the world in which we live. We all have a common responsibility for our world and are connected with everything in it." ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, leaves before she is left and forgets before she is forgotten. Marylin Monroe

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned." His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Monday, August 30, 2010

“You cannot be disciplined in great things and indiscipline in small things. Brave undisciplined men have no chance against the discipline and valor of other men. Have you ever seen a few policemen handle a crowd?” - General George S. Patton Jr

Sunday, August 29, 2010

"The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis." His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Saturday, August 28, 2010

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Friday, August 27, 2010

"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thursday, August 26, 2010

If you're going through hell, keep going. Sir Winston Churchill

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"I believe our every-day experience confirms that a self-centred attitude towards problems can be destructive not only towards society, but to the individual as well. Selfishness does not solve problems for us, it multiplies them. Accepting responsibility and maintaining respect for other will leave all concerned at peace. This is the essence of Mahayana Buddhism." His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too, So we're really not that different, me and you. Colin Raye

Monday, August 23, 2010

"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life." His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Friday, July 9, 2010

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran

Monday, July 5, 2010

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air,but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, July 4, 2010

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. ~Thomas Paine

Saturday, July 3, 2010

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, July 2, 2010

Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace.It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, July 1, 2010

When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars. ~Edgar Watson Howe

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless. ~Sherry Anderson

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"In the sky, there is no distinction between East & West; people create distinctions in their own minds and then believe them to be true." ~Buddha

Sunday, June 27, 2010

"When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear." ~Buddha

Friday, June 25, 2010

"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill." ~Buddha

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." Buddha

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other. ~Henry David Thoreau

Monday, June 21, 2010

"In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves." ~Buddha

Sunday, June 20, 2010

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye." ~Buddha

Friday, June 18, 2010

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. ~George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering - an image of death." ~Buddha

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists. ~William J. Clinton

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule." ~Buddha

Monday, June 14, 2010

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick

Sunday, June 13, 2010

"Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little." Buddha

Saturday, June 12, 2010

If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life."
--Frank Lloyd Wright,

Friday, June 11, 2010

People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have."
--Anne Tyler

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Sometimes we feel that one individual's action is very insignificant. Then we think, of course, that effects should come from channeling or from a unifying movement. But the movement of the society, community or group of people means joining individuals. Society means a collection of individuals, so that initiative must come from individuals. Unless each individual develops a sense of responsibility, the whole community cannot move. So therefore, it is very essential that we should not feel that individual effort is meaningless- you should not feel that way. We should make an effort." ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Saturday, June 5, 2010

You who are journalists, writers, citizens, you have the right and duty to say to those you have elected that they must practice mindfulness, calm and deep listening, and loving speech. This is a universal thing, taught by all religions. Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, June 4, 2010

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. ~Felix Frankfurter

Thursday, June 3, 2010

There are many areas of common ground on which we can have harmony. Let us just be side by side- helping, respecting, and understanding each other - in common effort to serve humankind. The aim of human society must be the compassionate betterment of human beings. ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. ~Kahlil Gibran

Monday, May 31, 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh

Everyday we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life..., our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Solomon Ibn Gabriol

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010


To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pema Chodron

"There's a reason you can learn from everything: you have basic wisdom, basic intelligence, and basic goodness."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Patrick Henry

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Buddha

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thomas Paine

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


"As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts."

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lord Chesterfield

Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.

Monday, May 17, 2010


"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Romain Gary

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him."

Saturday, May 15, 2010


"What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind."

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Buddha

"To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Henry David Thoreau

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Buddha

"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill."

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Orison Swett Marden

Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them."

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Buddha

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

We think having faith means being convinced God exists in the same way we are convinced a chair exists. People who cannot be completely convinced of God’s existence think faith is impossible for them. Not so. People who doubt can have great faith because faith is something you do, not something you think.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Buddha

"He who sees me sees the teaching and he who sees the teaching sees me."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Jim Bishop

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Buddha

"If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater."

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Buddha

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."

Friday, April 30, 2010

Rainer Maria Rilke

For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh

When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


"Women & men have been & will always be equal in the sight of God."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010


"The man who has accomplished a small good & magnifies it in his speech is worth very little." "A man who does great good, and talks not of it, is on the way to perfection."

Sunday, April 25, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as two aspects of the same thing: Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness."

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Ye are all fruit of one tree, the leaves of one branch, the flower of one garden.

Friday, April 23, 2010


"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."

Thursday, April 22, 2010


The poor are especially beloved of God...Their lives are full of difficulties...No deed of man is greater before God than helping the poor.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"The mind's own basic nature is ultimately neutral. It can be influenced by negative as well as by positive emotions. Take, for instance, those who have a short tempter. When I was young I was quite short-tempered. However, the mood never lasted for twenty-four hours. If negative emotions are in the very nature of our mind, then as long as the mind is functioning the anger must remain. That, however is not the case. Similarly, positive emotions are also not in the nature of the mind. The mind is something neutral, reflecting all sorts of different experiences or phenomena."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tom Izzo, Michigan State University

'If it doesn't hurt, you haven't done enough.' - Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo speaks during an interview session for the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Thursday, April 1, 2010, in Indianapolis.

Monday, April 19, 2010


"Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence."

Sunday, April 18, 2010


"If we say religion is opposed to science, we lack knowledge of either true science or true religion..."

Saturday, April 17, 2010


"Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely."

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bruce Lee

"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pema Chodron

"When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these feelings, society will face tremendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered."

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"With the realization of ones own potential and self-confidence in ones ability, one can build a better world. According to my own experience, self-confidence is very important. That sort of confidence is not a blind one; it is an awareness of ones own potential. On that basis, human beings can transform themselves by increasing the good qualities and reducing the negative qualities."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Henry Brooks Adams

'Politics, as a practice, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. '

Friday, April 9, 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh

Training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice DEEP LOOKING directed toward the other person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love. If you cannot understand, you cannot love. That is the message of the Buddha.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Dean Acheson

'A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.'

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rainer Maria Rilke

For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves "inside the skin" of the other. We "go inside" their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering. Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering. We must become one with the subject of our observation. When we are in contact with another's suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us. Compassion means, literally, "to suffer with."

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Will Rogers

'There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. '

Monday, April 5, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost, if you continue to see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education you have, no matter how much material progress is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue."

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Roger Ebert

'To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts.'

Saturday, April 3, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"Human beings will continue to deceive and overpower one another. Basically,
everyone exists in the very nature of suffering, so to abuse or mistreat each
other is futile. The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you
practice this well is my only request."

Friday, April 2, 2010

Helen Gurley Brown

The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh

People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


If you would have your son to walk honourably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them - not insist upon leading him by the hand, but let him learn to go alone. Happy Birthday Mom

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh

So if we love someone, we should train in being able to listen. By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh

Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself it is very difficult to take care of another person. To love oneself is the foundation of the love of other people. Love is a practice.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Obstacles are the distractions you see when you take your eyes off of your goals.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion."

Monday, March 22, 2010

R.H. Grant

When you hire people who are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged."

Saturday, March 20, 2010

When two people in a business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.

Friday, March 19, 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"Human beings by nature want happiness and do not want suffering. With that feeling everyone tries to achieve happiness and tries to get rid of suffering. In this way, all here are the same, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Easterner or Westerner, believer or non-believer, and within believers whether Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. From the viewpoint of human value we are all the same."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dr. Albert Schweitzer

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found out how to serve others.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

"Young men are as apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Abraham Lincoln

I do the best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right what is said about me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Progress always involves a degree of risk; you can't steal second with your foot on first.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Chief Dan George - Little Big Man

"Their is an endless supply of white men but their always has been a limited number of human beings"

Thursday, March 11, 2010


The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Conscience ... seldom comes to a man's aid while he is in the zenith of health and revelling in pomp and luxury upon illgotten spoils. It is generally the last act of his life, and it comes too late to be of much service to others here, or to himself hereafter.

Monday, March 8, 2010


Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something... hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication

Sunday, March 7, 2010


There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


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

Friday, March 5, 2010


We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder “censorship,” we call it “concern for commercial viability.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Winston Churchill

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.

William James

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome."

Monday, March 1, 2010

George Eliot

Animals are such agreeable friends--they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.