The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
A saint is not ashamed of being despised, but saddened to see good counsel spurned. That life be brief does not depress him but avoidable suffering distresses him. He keeps his mind free of vain endeavors and embraces wisdom. By becoming one with the Great Unity the saint avoids the whirlpool of the mundane vanities.
The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
People demand freedom of speech
as a compensation for the freedom of thought
which they seldom use.
You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You may meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it.
And still, we’re the only nation that’s ever used nuclear atomic weapons on human beings. We did it twice. Hiroshima, Nagasaki. We did it.
The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us form the terrors of the future.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
If you judge others you will have no time to love them.
Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
A neurosis is a secret that you don't know you are keeping.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the hell that has crushed it.
Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"May you live in Interesting Times".
It is reported that this was the first of three curses of increasing severity, the other two being:
May you come to the attention of those in authority
May you find what you are looking for
Democracy is like love in this: It cannot be brought to life by others on command.
~ Sidney Hook
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
--Henry David Thoreau
Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Whenever you enter into it take with you your all.
--Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet
Look at your past. Your past has determined where you are at this moment. What you do today will determine where you are tomorrow. are you moving forward or standing still?
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
Awareness, courage, and gentleness are the basic "weapons" of the warrior of the heart.
Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
I am a passionate seeker after truth which is but another name for God.
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The only way of full knowledge lies in the act of love; this act transcends thought, it transcends words. It is the daring plunge into the experience of union. To love somebody is not just a strong feeling--it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise.
--Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
Any road is bound to arrive somewhere if you follow it far enough.
Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.
In a military dictatorship, it's hard to hold leaders accountable. You end up tortured and killed. In societies like ours failure to do it reflects lack of will.
-- Noam Chomsky 2007
Liberty, wehn it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
--Harriet Beecher Stowe
Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.
-- the winner of a contest on defining PC
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
-- John F. Kennedy
Good timber does not grow with ease;
the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.
--J. Willard Marriott
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
The way you see people is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is what they become.
To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the SUPREME INTERNATIONAL CRIME differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.
-- Justice Robert H. Jackson, Nuremburg Trials 1946.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
-- G. Orwell
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.
-- Thomas Paine
Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience . . . Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.
--Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal (1950).
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth.... Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not..? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know.. it -- now.
--Patrick Henry, 1775
The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
If men could get pregnant abortion would be a sacrament.
If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices.
--Edward R. Murrow
It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
--Gilda Radner ~ 1946 - 1989