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To run away to and hide in the wilderness is to run from our Vision, our love, and our responsibility to the spirit that-moves-in-all-things * one person, one idea, one thought can turn the flock of society away from the destructive path of modern times. * It is not a question as to whether we make a difference, for we all make a difference, each of us in our own way, it's the difference we make that is important. * We must walk in society and share our Vision or our Vision dies. a man not living his Vision is living death. * To think only of oneself and not have love and compassion for all of man is to deny part of self. * Man is part of the spirit-that-moves-in-all-things and when one part of the spirit is sick, then all are sick and when one part of the spirit dies then part of oneself dies.


There's no higher purpose than SERVICE * People want to tell you what to do and what's good for you instead of letting you find your own answers inside your own being where you'll find what you really need. * People are not their thoughts. They think they are and that brings them saddness. * Life is about applying the right LEVERAGE at the right place at the right time. * TAKE OUT THE TRASH = get rid of everything in your head that keeps you from being in the moment. * Find MEDITATION in every action even washing the dishes. * Let go of all attachments even TALKING. * Pay attention to the SCARY MOMENTS. * THERE ARE NO ORDINARY MOMENTS (every second is extraordinary). * You'll never be more than everybody else just like you'll never be less. * A warrior isn't about perfection or victory or invulnerability, it's about ABSOLUTE VULNERABILITY this is the only true courage. * The CRAP that's happened in our lives is the TRAINING. * You can embrace being a victim or you can embrace being a warrior IT'S YOUR CHOICE. * A WARRIOR ACTS A FOOL REACTS. * The JOURNEY BRINGS US HAPPINESS NOT THE DESTINATION. * LIFES 3 RULES: 1) PARADOX - life is a mystery don't waste time trying to figure it out. 2)HUMOR: keep a sense of humor especially about yourself it is a strength beyond measure 3) CHANGE- know that nothing stays the same. * FEAR not money is the root of all evil. * The hardest people to love are the ones who need it the most. * Sometimes focusing on your training may require giving up meat, intoxicants, and sex.


During spiritual growth the self-centered nature is the formidable enemy. It struggles fiercely to retain its identity - steps toward inner peace are not taken in any specific order one persons's frist step may be another one's last step, so just take whatever step is easiest for you and as you take a few steps it will become easier for you to take a few more - no problem comes to you that does not have a purpose in your life. It is through solving these problems in accordance with the highest light that inner growth is attained - Those who do unloving things hurt themselves. - . . .if i was doing something that i knew i shouldn't be doing I stopped doing it and always made a quick relingquishment. That's the easy way. Tapering off is long and hard! And if i was not doing something that I knew I should be doing, I got busy on that. It took the living quite a while to catch up with the believing, but of course it can, and now if I believe something, I LIVE IT - I was filled with runaway enthusiasm to help others . . .when I solved so many problems for others I was depriving them of the spiritual growth problem-solving brings. If you do not know where you fit walk among the beauties of nature, just receptive and silent and wonderful insights will come to you - When love fills your life all limitations are gone. - Just after I dedicated my life to service, I felt that I could no longer accept MORE than I need while others in the world have less than they need. This moved me to bring my life down to need level. I thought it would be difficult. I thought it would entail a great many hardships, but I was quite wrong. Instead of hardships, I found a wonderful sense of peace and joy, and a conviction that unnecessary possessions are only unnecessary burdens. - I realized white flour and sugar are bad . . .meat is a living creature and shouldn't be eaten. . . all processed foods are bad . . .even most water out of the tap is a chemical cocktail. i suggest bottled or DISTILLED water.


The reason angels can fly is that they take life lightly. * Instead of seeking God allow yourself to be sought. * Inner emptiness is not a void to be filled with comforts; it is a window to be looked through for the revelation of preventing us from clinging to ourselves and letting go and finding God. * Hermits come to realize they're connected to everything. * Reality is a Rorschach ink-blot. * Faith is a state of openness or trust. * How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god. * So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another. * The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention. * The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. * Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. * You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.


Be and practice the change you want to see in the world. * First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. * An eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind. * The weak can't forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. * I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. * I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers - a small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. * We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought word and deed, but we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong . . . * Anger and intolerence are the enemies of correct understanding. * Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. * An ounce of practice is worth a ton of preaching. * A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the perogative of the brave. * Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. * Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. * The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small vocie of conscience. * Peace is it's own reward. * Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. * If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. * Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to error. * It is easy to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true . . . * OBJECT TO VIOLENCE because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary, the evil it does is permanent. * The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. * Nearly everything we do is of no importance but it is important that we do it. * We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books. *


The world belongs to those with the most hope.


"All is a riddle, and the key to a riddle...is another riddle." Ralph Waldo Emerson * "Try again, fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett * "Try not, do or do not." Yoda * "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein * "When love is in excess, it brings a man no honor, nor worthiness." Euripides * "Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable." (attributed to) William Shakespeare * "A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses. It is an idea that possesses the mind." Robert Oxton Bolton * "The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." Harriet Beecher Stowe * "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." Confucius * "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, remains and is immortal." Albert Pine - attributed to Pine, but actually by Mason Albert Pike, from his book “Ex Corde Locutiones: Words from the Heart Spoken of His Dead Brethren” (Google Books link) * "It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us." Norman Maclean * "In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." Sir Francis Bacon * "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln * "The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe." Friedrich Nietzsche * "We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves." François de la Rochefoucauld * "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell * "It has been said that time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue, and the pain lessens, but it is never gone." Rose Kennedy * "The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children." Dietrich Bonhoeffer * "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars." Khalil Gibran * "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde * "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it." Helen Keller * "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." Plato * "If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate." Elbert Hubbard * "Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always." Mahatma Ghandi * "Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed." Herman Melville * "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt * "An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects." Martin Luther * "The noir hero is a knight in blood caked armor. He's dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he's a hero the whole time.” Frank Miller * "No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies." Daisy Bates * "There is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." Arthur Rubinstein * "The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering." Ben Okri * "A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ." John Steinbeck * "No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities." Christian Nestell Bovee * "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. We must die to one life before we can enter another." Anatole France * "Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." Ernest Hemingway * "We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” Chuck Palahniuk * "Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden." Phaedrus * "Plenty sit still. Hunger is a wanderer." Zulu proverb * "What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.” Friedrich Nietzsche * "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." Martin Luther King, Jr. * "The minute people fall in love, they become liars." Harlan Ellison * "Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely." P.J. O'Rourke * "...for he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother." William Shakespeare * "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." H.L. Mencken * "Delay is the deadliest form of denial." British Historian C. Northcote Parkinson * "There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained." Winston Churchill * "I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." Albert Einstein * "In youth we learn; in age we understand." Austrian novelist, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach * "He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done." Leonardo Da Vinci * "Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it." Terry Pratchett * "To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself." Dr. Burton Grebin * "There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man." Polybius * "Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical" Blaise Pascal * "You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around -- and why his parents will always wave back." Journalist William D. Tammeus * "Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness, possesses you. And in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions." Mildred Lisette Norman * "Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn." C.S. Lewis * "I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." Mother Teresa * "Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness...is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." Helen Keller * "A sincere artist tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing." Painter William Dobell * "I have seen children successfully surmount the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul." Mohandas Gandhi * "Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man." John Morley * "Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength." Ralph W. Sockman * "The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw * "The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had." Eric Schmidt * "A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one other it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden." The Buddha * "I'm thankful for my years spent with this family; for everything we shared, every chance we had to grow. I'll take the best of them and lead by their example; where ever I go. A friend told me to be honest with you, so here it goes. This isn't what I want, but I'll take the high road. Maybe it's because I look at everything as a lesson, or I don't want to walk around angry. Or maybe it's because I finally understand. There are things we don't want to happen, but have to accept; things we don't want to know, but have to learn, and people we can't live without, but have to let go." Jennifer "JJ" Jareau (She is quoting her exit interview) "When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not; but my faculties are decaying, now, and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the latter. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it." Mark Twain * "Whatever you are, be a good one." Abraham Lincoln * "We all wear masks and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing our own skin." André Berthiaume * "But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep." Robert Frost "If an injury has to be done to a man, it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared." Niccolo Machiavelli * "Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of its trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse for impossibility, for it thinks all things are lawful for itself and all things are possible.” Thomas A. Kempis * "Without heroes we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go." Bernard Malamud * "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." Ralph Ellison * "Children begin by loving their parents. As they grow older they judge them, sometimes they forgive them." Oscar Wilde * "All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." Galileo Galilei * "No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks." Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley * "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller * "It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head." Sally Kempton * "There's no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." Ella Wheeler Wilcox * "Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, yet, tomorrow is too often a repetition of today." James T. McKay * "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." Lao Tzu * "Bring the past only if you're going to build from it." Doménico Cieri Estrada * "What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do." Aristotle * "If it is a miracle, any sort of evidence will answer. But if it is a fact, proof is necessary." Mark Twain * "We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone." Orson Welles * "Pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." Khalil Gibran * "To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable." Erich Fromm * "We are each on our own journey. Each of us is on our very own adventure; encountering all kinds of challenges, and the choices we make on that adventure will shape us as we go; these choices will stretch us, test us and push us to our limit; and our adventure will make us stronger then we ever know we could be." Aamnah Akram * "Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go." Hermann Hesse * "You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will leave in torment if you don't trust enough." Frank Crane * "Where there's anger, there is always pain underneath." Eckhart Tolle * "Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you." H. Jackson Brown, Jr. * "Love is giving someone the ability to destroy you, but trusting them not to." Unknown * "All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream." Edgar Allen Poe * "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for the good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke * "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." Andrew Carnegie * "What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering." Frederich Nietzsche * "If you win, say nothing. If you lose, say less. Paul Brown * "Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their true image." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe * "One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others." Lewis Carroll * "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity". Edgar Allan Poe * "The greatest good you can do for another, is not to share your own riches, but to reveal to him, his own." Benjamin Disraeli * "It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men". Frederick Douglass * "The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for." Fyodor Dostoyevsky * "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Lao Tzu * "Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go but rather learning to start over." Nicole Sobon * "Love never dies a natural death. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings." Anaïs Nin * "The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway * "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Charles Caleb Colton * "I can resist anything except temptation." Oscar Wilde * "All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination." Barbara Grizzuti Harrison * "There is no present or future - only the past, happening over and over again." Eugene O'Neill * "Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk." Carl Jung * "We are not the same persons this year as we are last, nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person." W. Somerset Maugham * "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life." Richard Bach * "Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise." H. G. Wells * "They mess you up, your Mom and Dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had, and add some extra - just for you." Philip Larkin * "Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live." Norman Cousins * "Life is a dream, realize it." Mother Teresa * "The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." Edmund Burke * "Alone, we can do so little. Together we can do so much." Helen Keller * "People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates." Thomas Szasz * "To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble." Bill Watterson * "Beware the fury of a patient man." John Dryden * "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." Paul Boese * "Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look." James Burke * "Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you." Michael Murdock * "There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world." Author Unknown * "The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret." Salvador Dali * "There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain, the mind must leave reality behind." Patrick Rothfuss * "In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same." Albert Einstein * "He who is born to be hanged shall never be drowned." Proverb * "A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it." Jean de la Fontaine * "When truth is buried, it grows. It chokes. It gathers such an explosive force that on the day it bursts out, it blows up everything with it." Émile Zola * "We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." Joseph Campbell * "I remained too much inside my head, and ended up losing my mind." Edgar Allan Poe * "Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed." Irene Peter * "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see." Winston Churchill * "It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go." J.C. Watts * "Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence." Vittorio Alfieri * "The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract positive thinking." Albert Einstein * "How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours." Wayne Dyer * "WAR IS THE ONLY ENEMY." Hal Crowther *

DEREK (British TV show)

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill *


A voice sobs within me: "There you are, that's what's become of you: you're uncharitable, you look supercilious and peevish, people dislike you and all because you won't listen to the advice given you by your own better half." Oh, I would like to listen, but it doesen't work; if I'm quiet and serious, everyone thinks it's a new comedy and then I have to get out of it by turning it into a joke, not to mention my own family, who are sure to think I'm ill, make me swallow pills for headaches and nerves, feel my neck and my head to see whether I'm running a temperature, ask me if I'm constipated and criticize me for being in a bad mood. I can't keep that up: if I'm watched to that extent, I start by getting snappy, then unhappy, and finally I twist my heart around again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and what I could be, if... there weren't any people living in the world.


Any SERVICE is good even an unnecessary one ! be inventive make-up your own. * If you can't say something nice, disappear. * DEATH = SWEET RELIEF ! * VISION QUEST from a park bench. * Recycle Everything Even Your Broken Heart and Dreams * Making a piece of art from an artistic vision is just a process of problem solving * Fight the urge to self discourage * The more i do the more i have to undo * I try and error on the side of cauffee * Keeping my place looking like the aftermath of Katrina keeps me empathetic * I may be a failure at this point in my life, giving up validates it, makes it so * Trios do better TRIAGE * ENVIRONMENTALISM IS THE RELIGION * i'M A QUINQUagenerian quinessential hystarian * Bobfinger= not stumped just a little short handed * When you get ill it's a good time to finally take that trip abroad you've been planning, to a country with a good health care system * We're all going GREEN; soylent green * Call religions what they are: a family shared tradition cultural guide line and aesthetic bias * Every church, synagogue, karate-class, kwanis club, boy and girl scouts on and on and on . . . . they're all the same: a tool to find your own PRIVATE unique sense of SPIRITUALITY * Have you ever noticed that saddly the same endorfins are aroused in the brain when gossiping good or bad * my heart ultimatly tells me what's right but it's a foot in the mouth away from my over active analytical critical sweaty brain. * when life deals dilemmas make some dilemonade * i would reject and expel followers ! i'm all about learning the creative POWER of being LEFT ALONE. *careful in that saloon you're just a big water ballon and the saloon is full of pricks.* STRIVE BEFORE ANY ACTION TO ASK YOURSELF SIMPLY, WILL THIS ACTION CREATE JOY OR SADNESS. KEEPING IN MIND THE JOY OR SADNESS WILL BE YOURS TO SHARE.* There's 2 smiles hidden in the "S" if you just say YES.* JOSHUA TREE BIG SKY BIG LIFE * We're all toxic to others sometimes. it's just another hurdle of sublimation and mindfulness(sorry about that mind rash).*

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