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Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
David  (1037–970 BC)
"Psalms", KJV, Psalm 1:1

In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Solomon  (???-931 BC)
"Ecclesiastes", KJV, 1:18

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Solomon  (???-931 BC)
"Ecclesiastes", KJV, 7:4

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
Solomon  (???-931 BC)
"Ecclesiastes", KJV, 11:1

An emperor knows how to govern when poets are free to make verses, people to act plays, historians to tell the truth, ministers to give advice, the poor to grumble at taxes, students to learn lessons aloud, workmen to praise their skill and seek work, people to speak of anything, and old men to find fault with everything. 
(Address of the Duke of Shao to King Li-Wang, ca 845 B.C.)
Will Durant  (1885–1981)
"The Story of Civilization" 1 (11), Our Oriental Heritage, 1935

There is wisdom in dimming your light.
For the soft and gentle will overcome the hard and powerful.
Lao Tsu  (6-th century BC)
"Tao Te Ching" in translation of Tolbert McCarroll

Those who know do not speak.
Those who speak do not know.
Lao Tsu  (6-th century BC)
"Tao Te Ching" in translation of Tolbert McCarroll

Close your eyes and you will see clearly.
Cease to listen and you will hear truth.
Be silent and your heart will sing.
Seek no contacts and you will find union.
Be still and you will move forward on the tide of the spirit.
Be gentle and you will need no strength.
Be patient and you will achieve all things.
Be humble and you will remain entire.
Taoist  meditation

Ye suffer from yourselves.  None else compels.
None other holds you that ye live and die,
And whirl upon the wheel, and hug and kiss.
It's spokes of agony, it's tire of tears, it's nave of nothingness.
Buddha Gautama  (563–483 BC)
Buddha's very first sermon in translation of Swami Vivekananda  (1863–1902)

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Buddha Gautama  (563–483 BC)
1. Choices, "The Dhammapada"
Translated from Pali by Thomas Byrom'

Look to your own faults,
What you have done or left undone.
Overlook the faults of others.
Buddha Gautama  (563–483 BC)
4. Flowers, "The Dhammapada"
Translated from Pali by Thomas Byrom'

With gentleness overcome anger.
With generosity overcome meanness.
With truth overcome deceit.
Buddha Gautama  (563–483 BC)
17. Anger, "The Dhammapada"
Translated from Pali by Thomas Byrom'

It is better to do nothing
Than to do what is wrong.
For whatever you do, you do to yourself.'
Buddha Gautama  (563–483 BC)
22. The Dark, "The Dhammapada"
Translated from Pali by Thomas Byrom'

Whatever is material shape, past, future, present, subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or excellent, whether it is far or near — all material shape should be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom as it really is:  "This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self."
Whatever is feeling, whatever is perception, whatever are habitual tendencies, whatever is consciousness, past, future, present, subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or excellent, whether it is far or near — all should be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom as it really is:  "This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self."
Buddha Gautama  (563–483 BC)

Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind.  To be happy, rest like a great tree in the midst of them all.
Buddha Gautama  (563–483 BC)

On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night.  If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
Buddha Gautama  (563–483 BC)

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.
"Bhagavad-Gita"  (between 5-th and 2-nd century BC)

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river, and he's not the same man.
Heraclitus  (535–475 BC)

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
Plato  (427–347 BC)

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
Aristotle  (384–322 BC)

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
Aristotle  (384–322 BC)

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
Epicurus  (341–270 BC)

Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.
Sallust  (86–34 BC)

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,
neither cast ye your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them under their feet,
and turn again and rend you.
Jesus  (2 BC – AD 30)
"Gospel of Matthew", KJV,  (7:6)

Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Jesus  (2 BC – AD 30)
"Gospel of Matthew", KJV,  (7:7)

Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.
Jesus  (2 BC – AD 30)
"Gospel of Matthew", KJV,  (7:13–14)

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits.
Jesus  (2 BC – AD 30)
"Gospel of Matthew", KJV,  (7:15–16)

Grand me to have little, and desire nothing.
Apollonius of Tyana  (AD 15–100)

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
Epictetus  (AD 55–135)

Externally keep yourself away from all relationships, and internally have no pantings in your heart; when your mind is like unto a straight-standing wall, you may enter into the Path.
Bodhidharma  (AD 470–543)

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci  (1452–1519)

If 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"

He is the free man whom the truth makes free, and all are slaves beside.
William Cowper  (1731–1800)

I 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.
George Washington  (1732–1799)

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything — and one's last is to come to terms with everything.
Georg Lichtenberg  (1742–1799)

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
Thomas Jefferson  (1743–1826)

When the government fears the people, there is liberty.  When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson  (1743–1826)

Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln  (1809–1865)

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Mark Twain  (1835–1910)

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill  (1874–1965)

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
Winston Churchill  (1874–1965)

If you are going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill  (1874–1965)

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe.  No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise.  Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Winston Churchill  (1874–1965)
Hansard, November 11, 1947

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.
Somerset Maugham  (1874–1965)

Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on the way down.
Wilson Mizner  (1876–1933)

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Albert Einstein  (1879–1955)

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Albert Einstein  (1879–1955)

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
Henry Mencken  (1880–1956)

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order.  I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
Will Durant  (1885–1981)

What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.
Bruce Barton  (1886–1967)

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and Wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr  (1892–1971)
"Serenity Prayer", 1934

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Lin Yutang  (1895–1976)

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.
Eric Hoffer  (1902–1983)

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Viktor Frankl  (1905–1997)

America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln  (1809–1865)

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.  You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
Naguib Mahfouz  (1911–2006)

Knowledge is not simply another commodity.  On the contrary.  Knowledge is never used up.  It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.
Daniel Boorstin  (1914–2004)

We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions.  We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place.
Daniel Boorstin  (1914–2004)

To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.
Richard Feynman  (1918–1988)
"The Value of Science", 1955
In a Buddhist temple there [Honolulu], the man in charge
explained a little bit about the Buddhist religion for tourists,
and then ended his talk by telling them he had something to say to them
that they would never forget — and I have never forgotten it.
It was a proverb of the Buddhist religion.

If a principle exists it must be immutable, for that is what a principle is — a truth standing apart from the mood of the times.
Jeff Cooper  (1920–2006)
"Principles of Personal Defense", 1989

The stupid neither forgive nor forget, the naive forgive and forget, the wise forgive but do not forget.
Thomas Szasz  (Born 1920)
"The Second Sin", 1974

When you are doing one thing — talking on your phone, texting, whatever — you are automatically not doing something else.  What is the greatest scarcity in the world today?  It's not oil.  It's time.  Time is precious.  Don't throw it away.
Martin Cooper  (inventor)  (Born 1928)
"Did cell phones unleash our inner rudeness?", 2011

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
But, in practice, there is.
Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut  (1953–1994)


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