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.