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He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no place by ties of
flesh; who accepts good and evil alike, neither welcoming the one nor shrinking
from the other — take it that such a one has attained Perfection.
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is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the
heart is made better.
character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little
by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to
develop good character.
first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by
yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and
worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another,
but of himself.
ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being
the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied
with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.
good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.
can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let
each esteem other better than themselves.
is long-standing habit.
we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to
bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it?
"Zenrin-kushu" (published in 1688),
"Collection of Sayings from the Zen Forest"
perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield.
be thrown upon one's own resources is to be cast into the very lap of
fortune: for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of
which they were previously unsusceptible.
hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider
the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called
love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from
distress, and grow brave by reflection. "Tis the business of little
minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his
conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is
what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to
what lives within us.
pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees
the opportunity in every difficulty.
people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great
scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the
improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the
only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints.
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