Category Archives: Quotes

Yourself

“No one and nothing can free you but your own understanding.”  ~Ajahn Chah • “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.  None but ourselves can free our minds.”  ~Bob Marley, Redemption Song

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Skip

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.”  ~Leo Buscaglia Most Leo Buscaglia quotes have an ellipsis in the middle.  His conversations tended to wander.  😀

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Homeostasis

From The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon: Excuse me. This is not about protecting my friend. I’m a big fan of homeostasis. Do you know what that is? Penny: Of course not! Sheldon: Homeostasis refers to a system’s ability to regulate its internal environment and maintain a constant condition of properties like temperature or pH. Penny:  …

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The Trick

  “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.”  ~Marjorie Pay Hinckle

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Capture the Experience

Excerpted from The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Mingyur Rinpoche, ©2008: Gradually I began to recognize how feeble and transitory the thoughts and emotions that had troubled me for years actually were, and how fixating on small problems had turned them into big ones. Just by sitting quietly and …

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Diligent and Unprotesting

Excerpted from the essay The Oz Books by Gore Vidal, ©1976: Essentially, our educators are Puritans who want to uphold the Puritan work ethic.  This is done by bringing up American children in such a way that they will take their place in society as diligent workers and unprotesting consumers.  Any sort of literature that …

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I pray thee, then

“When you see that beings have fallen, just as you have, into the ocean of existence and are stumbling, unable to walk in a safe direction, because the eye of wisdom– which distinguishes what to adopt and what to discard– for them is closed, is it not better to care for others and to strive …

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Dreamers

“Show us a dreaming boy (or girl) at home with a book, and we will show you a potential troublemaker.”  ~Gore Vidal

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Subtly Censoring Content

“Let us consider two authors (Edgar Rice Burroughs and L. Frank Baum) whose works were burned in our American society during the past seventy years.  Librarians and teachers did the burning very subtly by not buying.  And not buying is as good as burning.  Yet, the authors survived.”  ~Ray Bradbury All of L. Frank Baum’s …

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Take Care

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”  ~Swami Vivekananda

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And Smiled

“You could be intimidated by him, his height and thinness and black-clad persona and sunglasses, but if he pushed his sunglasses onto the bridge of his nose, you saw his turquoise eyes, and when he looked at you and smiled, it was like, ‘Oh my God, the sun came out!’” ~Paulina Porizkova, about her late …

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but

“I am a lighthouse in the middle of a sewer:  brilliant, but useless.”  ~Sebastian Horsley

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