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"To have great enlightenment about illusion is to be a Buddha. To have great illusion about enlightenment is to be a sentient being."
-- Eihei Dogen

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage."

-- The Dhammapada

"The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath: it is twice blest - it is blesseth him that gives and him that takes."

-- William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice"

"The poet and the painter casting shadows on the water --
As the sun plays on the infantry returning from the sea.
The do-er and the thinker: no allowance for the other --
As the failing light illuminates the mercenary’s creed.
The home fire burning: the kettle almost boiling --
But the master of the house is far away.
The horses stamping -- their warm breath clouding
In the sharp and frosty morning of the day.
And the poet lifts his pen while the soldier sheaths his sword.

-- Jethro Tull, "Thick As A Brick"

"Life is to important to be taken seriously."

-- Oscar Wilde

"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple."

-- Amos Bronson Alcott

"A great flame follows a little spark."

-- Dante Alighieri

"We do not what we ought;
What we ought not, we do;
And lean upon the thought
That chance will bring us
through."

-- Matthew Arnold

"Do not speak - unless it improves on silence."

-- Buddhist Saying

"There is no way to peace; peace is the way."

-- Thich Nhat Hanh

"If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as 'human rights'? How smart does a chimpanzee have to be before killing him constitutes murder?"

-- Carl Sagan
"The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change. So that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger, but in wisdom, understanding and love."
-- Jennifer Edwards

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away...And now these things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

-- 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13

"These clumsy feet, still in the mire, go crushing blossoms without end; these hard, well-meaning hands we thrust among the heart-strings of a friend. The ill-timed truth we might have kept - who knows how sharp it pierced and stung! The word we had not sense to say - who knows how grandly it had rung!"

-- Edward R. Sill, "The Fool's Prayer"

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter. It is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."

-- Mark Twain

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

"Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are we not to be?

"Your playing small does not serve the world. You are a child of God. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking, so that other people will feel secure around you.

"We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

"As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

-- Excerpted from the inaugural address of Nelson Mandella

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."

-- Albert Einstein