Wayne Busby


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What is your favourite quote and why?

I would like to begin here a compendium of those bits of wisdom humanity perceives to be most true or without exception.

It is not necessary to name who might be credited with saying your selection, as no such person can honestly claim to have been without some outside inspiration, which catalyzed their creativity and moved them to express their insight.
Much like what you are called here to do.

If you yourself have distilled some wisdom through reflection, please allow me to present you this moment to pass it on here for consideration or perhaps start your own string.

The purpose of all this is to provide a most efficient tool for correlating the most valid ideas about morality and what we perceive to be real or important across culture or socialization. I would then like to work with you to turn this soil and see what new things (ideas) might grow. Food for the soul.

You are encouraged to emulate the creative process here so: COPY, COMBINE and TRANSFORM! Help me correlate.

Please comment in a constructive way if you agree or not with anything posted here and explain why.

Closing Statement from Wayne Busby

Herein you will find over 700 quotes and comments full of inspiration and wisdom, from Tedsters motivated by positivity and the betterment of mankind.
I am blessed and humbled to have consorted with them.
Get yourself your favourite comfort drink and stay a while, this is one of 'Ted Conversations' longest strings ever.

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    Mar 6 2012: “I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it” Albert Einstein.

    He was a realist asked us to question our assumptions rather than believing on speculations...This has

    inspired me here to QUOTE MYSELF:

    " ALWAYS QUESTION YOUR ASSUMPTIONS before jumping to a conclusion!!!"" by ' Sunny Qureshi"..
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      Mar 8 2012: Thank you Sunny! Im with Al on this one too.

      I would like to sincerely thank the person, who thought to ask the famous question "If a tree topples in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?"

      Maybe there is something I missed here but I always found questions like this to be indicative of our boundless human arrogance. Might sound really depend on the rather limited auditive capacity of a specific and self centred life form, to justify its (sounds) existence?

      With all due respect, thank you anonymous.
      • Mar 8 2012: More on sound but this one to punch a hole in "our boundless human arrogance:" "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" (A Zen koan)
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        Mar 9 2012: If sound is defined as vibrations on the eardrum or any other sensor capable of interpreting the oscillations in the air, than the answer has to be no, if no one hears there is no sound, only vibration.

        One hand clapping creates mainly doubt
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          Mar 10 2012: Does 'no one' include with humans, other primates or life forms?
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          Mar 12 2012: "One hand clapping creates mainly doubt" ..........beautiful Douglas Macrae Smith!!

          Please tell me the source for this quote..... I'll appreciate it very much.
        • Mar 21 2012: the quote "One hand clapping creates mainly doubt",...is extremely narcissistic in content.
          to think or assume that because the person is not present that a sound event ceases to exist is absurd. that is narcissism bee bop deluxe style. way over the top,..way too much ego involved.

          the mind and ego are the death kiss of intuition.

          the sound is merely the physical representation of vibration.

          tell that to Beethoven. so much for not being able to hear sound and only vibration.
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        Mar 10 2012: Thankyou Wayne,

        I think it all has to do with "consciousness" or the image of an object that forms in our brain as a result of the sound. It is the sum total of all my conscious experience at any one moment.Thus there is no seperate, independent, self. The truth of what I am saying is evident in the fact that your 'self' comes into being and goes out of being at the same time as consciousness..
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          Mar 10 2012: Could it be that in a universe of infinite dimensions, all that might exist does and those instances we might interpret as 'coming into being' are instead the realization (conscious acceptance) of something already there?

          I am just looking for insight.
      • Mar 10 2012: "If a man speaks his mind in a forest and no woman hears him, is he still wrong?"

        The same question with a humorous twist quoted by Ken Robinson in one of his TEDTalks

        I love it because it's subversive and funny.
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        Mar 13 2012: Dear Wayne

        If you read my post carefully, you'll see that 'no one' doesn't even have to be a life form.

        Dear Juliette

        I am just making an observation about Amis quote : "what is the sound of one hand clapping?.." probably the most popular example of a zen koan. Koans can never be understood because we are bound by our world view
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          Mar 13 2012: Thank you Douglas :-) I appreciate your observation..
        • Mar 13 2012: What is the sound of one hand clapping? I have found this koan actually quite interesting and practical. What is the sound of one hand clapping? Silence. What are we in the world if we "clap" against everything we experience? Noise. We need to let experience flow through us and not react to it in order to fully experience what is happening without tainting it.
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          Mar 13 2012: beautiful...so many facets ....
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          Mar 26 2012: It is said that 90 % of what is communicated is understood by means other than what is said (heard), could it be that there might be other ways to 'hear'?

          ...yes just sparring here, forgive.
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      Mar 8 2012: That is a profound quote according to me. So are the other two quotes in comments-'tree' and 'clapping'. Such questions help us remain humble. They are pointers as the finger pointing the moon.

      Thanks and regards to you, Sunny.
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      Mar 9 2012: I have added your quote to my collection...thank you.
  • Mar 9 2012: "Love will cover all transgressions" or, in another version "on all sins love will cover".
    A compass which shows the way each time I have to face my own or others transgressions, my own or others "evil". For someone who believes that all occurs for a purpose I believe "evil" has a purpose as well and it is to make us try to come out of our narrow selfish selves and build good and kindness above it.
    It is a call for me each time to go above my reason, above my habits and above my ordinary calculations which know only to calculate self benefit.
    It is a call for connection with other people. A call which becomes more and more relevant nowadays. Nowadays, as we sense more and more our mutual dependence (global economic crises, global warming...) and come more and more to an understanding that only by mutual guaranty and caring for one another our shared destiny can be brighter.
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      Mar 10 2012: Thank you for sharing. For me this is another great example of emulating the principle of our interdependence.
  • Mar 20 2012: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    ― Albert Einstein
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      Mar 26 2012: so true........ thanks for this
      • Mar 31 2012: If you're looking for more great qoutes of Albert Einstein you can find them on my blog:
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          Apr 1 2012: Dear Robert

          Thank you for sharing this. My favourite is:

          "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

          It is so multi-faceted. The ideas that resonate with me is that of the WHOLE and the delusion of separation.

          The paradox of being human is that we exist in time and space and out of it at the same time. Our task, I believe is to embrace both worlds and not fight that which is out of our control.

          The "CIRCLE OF COMPASSION"... that has soOOO much potential!
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      Apr 1 2012: As an educator, I truly appreciated this quote of yours. Sometimes we just don't know what each person's abilities are, or what their natural talents are.

      Again and again, I am dumbfounded by how powerful a few words can be. No need for pseudobable....or high fallutin words to get a gem of wisdom into listening ears.

      Thank you........You sir, are a genius.
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    Mar 15 2012: Learn from other people's mistakes, because you'll never live long enough to make them all yourself.
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      Mar 16 2012: This idea is something I always try to pass on to my students. They are encouraged to examine their own paradigms, defer judgement as they examine the examples of those who came before while exploring correlations, then try not to make the same mistakes as they build on the successes.

      ...now if I could just, more often, follow my own advice...

      Thank you Erma.
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        Mar 16 2012: Good lesson for your students Wayne:>)

        "We often teach what we need to learn"

        Be patient with yourself...
        "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time..."
        (Abraham Lincoln)
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          Mar 24 2012: Thanks for the encouragement:]!
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        Mar 25 2012: Encouragement is my pleasure:>)

        "Our duty is not to see through one another, but to see one another through"
        (Leonard Sweet)
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      Mar 16 2012: I LOVE your quote Erma!

      "Our first teacher is our own heart..."
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      Mar 26 2012: If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost.
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    Mar 31 2012: "You are not stuck in traffic, you are traffic."

    - saw it on a sign while "in" traffic.
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    Mar 8 2012: "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow - what a ride!"
    Reese Palley
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      Mar 8 2012: I'm with you on that one Reese!!!

      Reminds me of a conversation recently, my buddies and I were having over a beer, while talking about the great day of skiing. One guy was saying that the new hip (replaced last year) is doing really well...another guy said his knee replacements are working good...three of the guys had reconstructive surgery to fix shoulders...one of the guys suddenly looked puzzled/comtemplative and asked..."are there any good parts at all at this table"??? We had SUCH a GREAT laugh:>)

      "Life begets life,
      Energy creates energy,
      It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich"
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      Mar 9 2012: Yes!
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    Mar 19 2012: "Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible."

    - Richard P Feynman

    I love this quote because it gives me courage beyond shame, fear and other limitation to pursue what I love deeply.
  • Mar 19 2012: "Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
    Criticize me, and I may not like you.
    Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
    Encourage me, and I will not forget you."
    --William Arthur Ward
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    Mar 17 2012: "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"
    It reminds one that by sharing you lose nothing, just gain more "light"
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      Mar 27 2012: so true.. thanks Wendy
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      Mar 27 2012: Wendy, nice quote, here is another one an educator wrote in a book:

      We exchange dollars and we still each have $1.
      We exchange ideas, and now we each have more.
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        Mar 27 2012: 1 + 1 = 3

        Mary you really need to stop impressing me so much. Its quite embarrassing the smile you put on my face every time i read one of your post…:]

        Ive already maxed out the amount of times I can approve you so I'm writing instead.

        Thank You!!!
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          Mar 27 2012: Oh Wayne, Wayne, Wayne........do not think too highly of moi.

          Remember, I collect quotes.

          I am only repeating what others have said previously.....

          They are not my words.

          However, I will say you are welcome, because I was the conduit by which the quote ended up here....and again THANK YOU for the topic of conversation.
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        Mar 27 2012: Got ya covered Wayne...I was maxed out for Mary yesterday, but apparently I can thumb her up again today!!! LOL:>)

        "Life begets life
        Energy creates energy
        It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich"
        (Sarah Bernhardt)
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          Mar 27 2012: Thanks sis!!!LOL Sooo Happy!!!
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          Mar 27 2012: I absolutely love Sarah's quote....It is only by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

          And another thought connected to this:

          "There are people so poor,
          so poor,
          so poor,
          that the only thing they have is..................money!

          How sad to go through life with just money, and never have found true friends.
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        Mar 27 2012: My pleasure bro!

        "You cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening your own".

        I'm simply working on brightening my path!!!
  • Mar 12 2012: We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. -Anais Nin

    Why? Because it says it all.
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      Mar 16 2012: ...as my perception is checked by my physiological limitations and reinforced by by my unique life experience, my paradigm is formed…

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      Mar 17 2012: ...
      "I have lived on the lip of insanity
      Wanting to know reasons
      Knocking at the door
      It opens
      I've been knocking from the inside"
  • Mar 30 2012: I learn so much from my mistakes that I want to make more.
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      Mar 30 2012: Is it a "mistake" if we're learning?
      I like to explore life with the curiosity of a child, and I've learned to be comfortable with discomfort:>)
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      Mar 30 2012: Mistake. Another word for "getting schooled." I imagine an impish smile on your face Pax.
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      Mar 30 2012: Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
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        Mar 30 2012: That's a good one Ehis!!!

        "It is fruitless to become lacrymose over precipitately departed fluid"

        Don't cry over spilt milk:>)
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        Mar 30 2012: Im gonna use that one soon. Thanks Ehis!
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    Mar 30 2012: "Overcome the notion you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary." -Uta Hagen

    This quote has inspired me to never hide who I am although I may feel misunderstood or different than my peers. It reminds me that variety is the spice of life, as they say. And I don't have to feel afraid or hold back my feelings, beliefs, thoughts, or ideas which make me who I am even if they make me stand out as different.
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      Mar 30 2012: Good for you Ms. Rodriguez!!

      Like someone else said on here before, quoting Ghandi:

      "Even if you are in a minority of one,
      the truth is still the truth"

      Even though people reject you at first for your beliefs/ideas, inside they are really admiring your fine qualities and will look to you as a person of integrity. Sometimes we have to build our house of integrity with the bricks others throw our way.

      "If you don't stand up for something, you will fall for anything"

      Great Quote and great reflection.
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        Mar 30 2012: Less than 5 minutes ago: Aww! Thanks Mary for sharing that with me. I love this: "Sometimes we have to build our house of integrity with the bricks others throw our way." that's so true. Thanks for the other quotes you've mentioned as well. I'm definitely gonna add them to my list of favs :)
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    Mar 29 2012: ''Honesty saves you, even if you fear it''
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      Mar 30 2012: “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
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        Mar 30 2012: Im at my thumbs up limit for you Ehis! So here is a posted thank you for your great contributions.
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    Mar 9 2012: Be the change you want to see in the world - Mahatma Ghandhi

    I like this quote because I believe that I have the power to change myself.
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    Mar 7 2012: "There is not one shred of evidence to support the notion that life has to be serious." Because "laughter is the best medicine" and really...... there is only so much we can do physically, once that is done bless it and let it go, fretting will do nothing to improve a situation.
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      Mar 14 2012: "Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused"
    • Mar 16 2012: Very true! Sometimes it is best to stop over-thinking, because when you are more relaxed you can see what you have missed.
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        Mar 17 2012: "Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child"
  • Mar 6 2012: I guess this one is better to be watched

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      Mar 6 2012: Thank youThank youThank youThank youThank you!!!!!
  • Mar 5 2012: I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
    Thomas A. Edison

    I like this quote because it inspires the proper attitude necessary for achievement
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      Mar 6 2012: I have used it alot teaching science, especially when we are getting ready to the an experiment whose outcome is unknowable....
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        Mar 9 2012: understanding failure lends potential to success.

    • Mar 10 2012: "Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better."

      Samuel Beckett
  • Mar 5 2012: Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

    Why is this my favorite? I think the answer is obvious.
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      Mar 8 2012: This is, I think, so very important. Im researching how to make the best use of this in my professional practice.

      …our POTENTIAL in ACTION yields RESULTS which change our BELIEF about our POTENTIAL…

  • Mar 5 2012: Never walk in the footsteps of others, or you won’t leave any of your own.

    Today the sun will rise and set. The rest is up for grabs.

    The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world - are the ones who do.
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      Mar 14 2012: "The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it"
      (Chinese Proverb)
    • Mar 16 2012: "credo quia absurdum" (I believe it because it is absurd), Tertullian
  • Apr 2 2012: "And then a scholar said, Speak of Talking.
    And he answered, saying:
    You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
    And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
    And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
    For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
    There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.
    The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.
    And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.
    And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.
    In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.
    When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
    Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
    For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered when the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more."

    This is a passage from The Prophet, a lyrical volume written by Kahlil Gibran in 1923. As a person who loves communication, the eloquence and simple exchange of ideas between human beings, I appreciate talking. This poetic quote struck such a note with me years ago that I still think of it each day.
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      Apr 3 2012: Kahlil Gibran's quotes are usually so filled with insights.......he is not around anymore, but he would have made a great TED speaker.

      I really loved this line: "You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts"

      And this one: "And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.".............he also wrote that when we speak of things, or ideas, that we do not fully understand, we are no better than donkeys loaded with books.

      Thank you Chelsea for this poetic quote........I had missed it earlier
      • Apr 4 2012: You're very welcome! I'm glad his words speak to you in such a positive way. I find The Prophet very soothing and inspirational. Can't wait to begin his other works. Take care!
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    Apr 2 2012: Every man thinks of changing the world, but no man thinks of changing himself. -Leo Tolstoy

    There is such misconception when we talk about society and our world. I think there is a gap between what we think we can accomplish, and it has to start with us being the change we want to see in the world. Self-examination is the only way to truly better the lives we and others live.
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      Apr 2 2012: I could have used this quote in two other conversations going on here at TED...I will copy past Tolstoy and edit my comments.

      Thank you.....YES we have to be the change we want to see. It starts with us....

      Thank you!!
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      Apr 2 2012: Nice quote Gretta, thanks for sharing. "Be the change you want to see in the world" is also one I've always enjoyed =)
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    Mar 31 2012: "That which you cannot give away, you don't possess, it possesses you!"

    I have used this alot with the kids.....when it's time to give up old clothes, toys, and the like.
  • Mar 28 2012: "Many people, especially ignorant people,
    want to punish you for speaking the truth,
    for being correct, for being you.
    Never apologize for being correct
    or being years ahead of your time.
    If you are right and you know it,
    speak your mind.
    Even if you are a minority of one,
    the truth is still the truth"

    This quote is comforting to those of us who are punished for speaking our minds :)
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      Mar 28 2012: I admire those that really practice it. speaking your mind sometimes leads to lose those you love. then you begin to doubt if being right is more important than being kind ... It has always been a dilemma.
  • Mar 26 2012: I am not sure who said this, but I loved it as soon as I saw it.

    "Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."
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      Mar 26 2012: I LOVE that one Allen!!!

      "Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"
      (Vivian Greene)

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        Mar 26 2012: See comment below...hit the wrong reply button...sorry
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      Mar 26 2012: love it!
    • Mar 26 2012: "I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
      For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
      For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
      But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
      Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
      So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing."

      T. S. Eliot, 'East Coker'
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        Mar 26 2012: "If you want a rainbow, you have to put up with some rain"
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          Mar 26 2012: "If you pray for rain, be prepared to deal with some mud"
          (Mary Engelbreit)
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        Mar 26 2012: "If it rains pudding, go grab a bowl" a line from the book Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas ( a great read...with an unexpected ending...read it Colleen....you'll love it)
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    Mar 23 2012: “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”
    ― Jim Morrison

    Well.... speaks for itself :)
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      Mar 26 2012: Its beautiful.

      "If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise"
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        Mar 31 2012: Thank you :) Love your quote as well :D
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      Mar 31 2012: I like those quotes a lot. Also reminds me of this quote I've heard once and never forgotten, “I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” - Kurt Cobain
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        Mar 31 2012: Wow Kaitlyn!!
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        Mar 31 2012: Ah...Kurt Cobain...thats actually one of my favorite quotes of him.I also adore this one,"Its better to burn out than fade away" :)
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          Mar 31 2012: "It is only by spending oneself that one becomes rich".....has already been submitted, but your quote brought it to mind, thanks Beste...
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        Mar 31 2012: He really was a genius . . .
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      Mar 31 2012: Beste, I took a look at your profile and love your quote by Gilda Radner, perhaps you can post it for us as well?
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        Mar 31 2012: Sure :)That quote is like my life motto right now :D since used to and still do have a very hard time adapting into new environments and accepting change,that quote reminds me that change isnt always a bad thing and how i should actually embrace it rather than reject it :) Also thank you for taking the time to look at my profile
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      Mar 31 2012: beste give me aquot
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    Mar 22 2012: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs
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      Mar 24 2012: His graduation speech is indeed one of the best speeches ever given.
  • Mar 21 2012: If you want to be happy, just be.
  • Mar 21 2012: a few quotes i like;

    - Ignorance doesn't make stuff not exist.

    - The map is not the territory. The menu is not the meal.

    - It seems bizarre, but when you take care of your own issues, they disappear in other people. ~Dr. Joe Vitale

    - The first principle is that you must not fool your self, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard P. Feynman, Noble Prize winning physicist

    - Really, all one has to do to transform their life is remind themselves to think and behave a little bit differently, each day.

    - Take time to know and connect with worlds that are vastly different than yours - your greatest discoveries reside there.

    - As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it. - Albert Einstein

    - First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Gandhi
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      Mar 21 2012: Earl....great collection

      The one by Feynman and the one by Enstein are two of my favorites.

      Look at this one from Oliver Wendell Holmes:

      "The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of new ideas, never returns to its original size"

      Thank you
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        Mar 24 2012: Loving your input Mary!
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          Mar 25 2012: You're welcome...Loving this conversation!!
    • Mar 25 2012: Your Gandhi quote reminds me of a very similar saying (I don't recall by whom): -

      "Every truth goes through the same birth. First it is ignored, then it is ridiculed, then it is fought, then it is proclaimed as self-evident"
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        Mar 25 2012: This is very true....here's another one on truth:

        "The only time the truth should be witheld is when there is no evidence that it is in fact the truth"
        Ben Jarvis TEDster
  • Mar 20 2012: My Dad used to say that, "Nothing is impossible to the person who doesn't have to do it." As a business owner, I added the corollary "Nothing is impossible to the person who doesn't have to pay for it."
  • Mar 19 2012: "Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things." - Lawrence D. Bell

    Founder of the Bell Aircraft Corp., it says to me that to succeed in the most important endeavors, one must not lose sight of the smallest task, not matter how mundane.
  • Mar 18 2012: "The best way to predict the future, is inventing it" Alan Kay.
    I think the quote speaks for itself
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    Mar 17 2012: "Teach a child to fish and they will know how to fish. But teach a child to BE a fish, now you've taught them something special." - Jim Moonan

    This quote speaks to the value imagination plays in our lives.
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      Mar 17 2012: It's pretty funny and very outside the box thinking. I totally imagined that quote as I read it. =)
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    Mar 17 2012: Fall Seven. Stand Eight.

    It reminds me that its never over - until you stop trying.
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    Mar 6 2012: I have one favourite quote and one piece of wisdom from myself.

    "People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." Your holiness the XIV. Dalai Lama.

    "The worst thing you can do is not to ask." Myself
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      Mar 30 2012: love it. lol
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      Mar 30 2012: "Two roads diverged in a wood and I....I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference"
      (Robert Frost)
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    Mar 5 2012: I came up with this a while back and it has been very affective to my friends and myself.

    In my world I don’t look down to make myself feel better,
    I look up to achieve greater” -Christian Zavala
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      Mar 14 2012: "To look up is joy..." (Confucius)

      You're in good company with your thoughts Christian:>)
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        Mar 16 2012: Thank you very much.
        Trust me I have potential to make a great difference in this world.
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          Mar 17 2012: I DO trust you Christian:>)

          "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams..."
          (Eleanor Roosevelt)
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    Mar 5 2012: This one is simple, but for the most difficult months of my life, it was hanging on my office wall, reminding me that I could change the rest of my life, and the world.

    "Honey, this is only a moment; it's not the rest of your life." -- Julianna Margulies mom'
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      Mar 8 2012: This is something I will pass to my children thank you.
  • Apr 3 2012: Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment dangerous, judgment difficult.
    History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes
    Enlightenment: the slow-dawning understanding that the world is unfolding according
    to its own inner properties of cause and effect, probability and chance,
    without any regard for human feelings.
    No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
    Freedom is born of great discipline.
    It does not matter where you come from, it matters where you are going.
    You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt
    The least we know, the stronger we believe
    I hear, i forget; i see, i remember; i do and i understand
    A harmful truth is better than a useful lie
    If you make people think their thinking, they love you;
    if you make them really think, they hate you
    I was too weak to be a leader, too strong to be a follower
    One learns from defeat, not from victory
    Learning tolerance while fighting ignorance
    When you let "wonder" die, your time has passed
    The readiness to answer all questions is an infallible sign of stupidity
    You only live once; make sure it is enough
    If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together
    Short termism is the war that the present wages against the future
    Planning is essential; plans are useless
    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd
    We need to learn to succeed and not just to win.
    The least evidence we have, the more dogmatic we become
    The greater your area of knowledge grows,
    so it does your perimeter of ignorance
    Beware conventional wisdom and groupthink.
    Be skeptical of tidy explanations for complex past events.
    Be even more skeptical of confident predictions of future human behavior.
    A delusion that lasts a decade it is not a delusion; it is an institution
    Liberty is allowing people to do things you disapprove of.
    News is what is hidden; everything else is publicity
    Mankind is becoming a single unit,
    and that for a unit to fight against itself is suicide
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    Mar 31 2012: "To cool a hot attitude......apply nice.
    To melt a cold attitude......address warmly.

    Wonderful play on words.....one of my favorite kinds of quotes.
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    Mar 30 2012: "In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself."
  • Mar 30 2012: "Life can only be understood backwards." - Dream for an Insomniac 1996

    Our history, or past data, is the only way to look forward to see the future. Too often, we are more worried about we are going to do tomorrow, next week, and to infinity from now, that we forget to look at what happened prior, so we do not make the same mistake twice.

    Personal anecdote, John Paul Molina, a roommate of mine from 2003 -2004, asked me why I analyzed the past. My response; " At least, it is predictable."
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      Mar 30 2012: Daniel you have given me some interesting truths to ponder.

      Thanks for joining us here.
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        Mar 30 2012: Mr. Wiswell's quote reminded me of two scriptures which mention the benefit of the past:

        One to give us hope and help us endure, the other to wake us up from spiritual drowziness:

        "For all things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction, that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4


        "Now these things went on befalling them as examples, and they were written for a warning to us upon whom the ends of the systems of things have arrived." 1 Corinthians 10:11
        • Mar 30 2012: Mary,

          Absolutely. Let take a moment to tell you about my life. My mother was 40 when I was born, and my father was 36. At age 3, my mom divorced my father, and married Harold Spiedell (Spelling..he past in '82 when I was twelve, and my mom has been gone since 2/14/1996). The thing about Uncle Hal was he was 20 years older than my mom, and never had kids.

          So my memories, stories, and anecdotes are from my dad, mom, Hal and their friends. Additionally, I don't even get to account for my grand parents because 3/4 were deceased prior to my birth.

          Let's just look at Hal, and what he accomplished. He grew up a stones throw from Ebbets Field. additionally, he was good enough athletically to be a minor league prospect for the Yankees during their best times. However, WWII happened, and he went down on three different ships during a 72 hour period.

          I cannot be who I am w/o an understanding of the past. My context is greater than most because of my environment.

          So, yes look at the history, teach theory and logic.

          One last footnote. Yesterday, I tried to check out the same Schrödinger's Cat book I did the week of 2/7/2008. I couldn't find it, but the one on the shelf was last checked out in 2006. I asked if he could print either my history or the books history. His response; we don't keep those kind of records.

          Thanks for taking the time to ask an intelligent question. I wish you and your family the best, and teach them everything about the past.


          Daniel Bayne Wiswell
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      Mar 30 2012: This comment would go great in the conversation about "Should history be taught in schools"

      You bring out some great points.....anyone oblivious to the logic you present has not given life a second of meditation.

      Your wording is phenomenal....I will write it in my quote collection and include your reflections.

      Thanks Mr. Wiswell
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    Mar 29 2012: I love this too. Why? Well....Read it:

    "If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears." — Simon Sinek
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      Mar 29 2012: Niaz, this is phenomenal my friend....I am adding it to my list of quotes. Thank you.
      Have a great day!!
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        Mar 29 2012: Great! I am so happy to know that we do have similar interest. Take very good care.
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          Mar 29 2012: Oh, and I almost forgot to say, that the reason I liked the quote from Sinek so much is because money is not required to do great work....like the quote I shared before:

          "Volunteers do not get paid because they are worthless,
          they do their work for free because they are priceless"

          The most important life saving work on the Earth today is being done by over seven million volunteers from over 235 lands in over 500 languages....and not a single one of them gets paid for it. They sometimes pay the ultimate price for such endeavor.
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        Mar 29 2012: You are great. You did make a comment on my conversation regarding Volunteerism. I remember those words. Again Thanks.
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    Mar 27 2012: There are loads of quotes that I could of chosen but this is from the movie "We bought a zoo" it sends shivers down my spine, I think because of the fact that so many of use hold ourselves back because of fear, and for the most of us when we do pluck up the courage to do it, we can't work out what the fuss was all about

    "All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, and I promise you something great will come of it”

    Have a great day
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      Mar 27 2012: "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment"
      (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Mar 27 2012: "Follow your bliss!" Joseph Campbell
    These three words quite simply began a process of transformation in my whole view of the universe. This advice comes from the ancient idea that if I do what gives me joy the universe will protect and care for me, in fact I will place myself on a path that was waiting for me all along, surrounded by others who will guide and help me. How do I know what gives me biss? It's easy, really. Listen to what my heart is telling me. I have since expanded on this quote with the help of Einstein, who suggested the most important question I can ask each and every day is whether I live in a friendly universe or a hostile one. I have discovered that by choosing to live in a universe that wants me to feel joy, to feel good, in all my waking moments it is possible to have a joyous day every day. By accepting this concept into my reality, I still have events I don't necessarily agree with happen to me many times, but they no longer have influence over my inner peace and joy! Also, it is fun to observe others because very quickly I seem to be able to determine what kind of universe they are choosing to live in. Thank you Joe!
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      Mar 27 2012: This is SO true Adam!

      "Only from the heart can you touch the sky..."
      • Mar 28 2012: Thanks, I have read your profile and KNOW you live in a friendly universe!
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          Mar 28 2012: Thank you Adam:>)

          "A good word is like a good tree whose root is firmly fixed and whose top is in the sky..."
          (Mary Engelbreit)
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          Mar 28 2012: Isn't she awesome!?!
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      Mar 27 2012: Thank you Adam.

      We are neighbors in this universe where our effort reap great harvest.
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    Mar 27 2012: A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature. In no way can we get such an overwhelming idea of the grandeur of Nature than when we consider, that in accordance with the law of the conservation of energy, throughout the Infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance, and hence the energy of a single thought may determine the motion of a universe.
    -Nikola Tesla

    Because it made realize that even the tiniest sub atomic particle can change the universe.

    I also thought that, with all the people I share this quote with, I might inspire. My thought of this may indeed change the course of nations because, as you read this, you are formulating an opinion of Tesla's words and that opinion will result in some thought from you that will alter the world for better or for worse. You may think that this is ridiculous, but you will have in some way affected the universe in thinking so.

    How beautiful!!!
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      Mar 27 2012: You get it bro!!!!!

      we need to help each other pay attention;

      All things are connected therefore everything is everything.

      I think of such insights as true catalyst.

      Such are, as far as I'm concerned, Principalities unyielding.

      These are core truths emulated in the form and function of all life.
      Understanding our association will change us forever.

      They are implicated as the influence of everyones journey/quest...

      These are markers that guides one towards the truth.
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        Mar 27 2012: It's simply amazing! It makes me almost shiver every time I think about it.
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          Mar 27 2012: Yes, but how do you get people to work together towards one common goal....aaah, there is where it gets tricky.....

          But I do think the same as you and Wayne, "Understanding our association will change us forever".............that is why I contributed the quote below by Neil de Grassi a day ago:

          ""We are all connected:

          to each other 'biologically'
          to the earth 'chemically'
          the the rest of the universe 'atomically'"
          Neil deGrassi (scientist)

          And if you want to see and hear deGrassi along with other scientists insight, please have a look at this 3 minute clip from a symphony of science video:


          You will be amazed at the presentation.....tell us what you think.
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        Apr 1 2012: =>Mary

        "... how do you get people to work together towards one common goal..."
        We do what me and you are doing now! Spreading ideas, asking questions, and debating to get each other to work toward a common goal. That's one goal we have in common! haha
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          Apr 1 2012: Yes.....you are correct. I am flabbergasted at all the great quotes and the spirit of this conversation.

          I am glad to have been a part of it.

          Thanks Mr. Spencer BTW did you see the 3 minute clip I posted above....it is delightful, hope you can see it.
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        Apr 1 2012: =>Mary

        Haha that vid was genius!
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          Apr 1 2012: Yay....I'm glad you watched it!!! Pass it on.....
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        Apr 3 2012: =>Mary

        I think I will do that.
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    Mar 25 2012: "I always knew looking back on the tears would make me laugh, but I never knew looking back on the laughs would make me cry."
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      Mar 25 2012: beautiful and so true.

      Thanks Mitra.
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    Mar 25 2012: One of my favorites:

    “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. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
    (Marianne Williamson....quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inauguration speech).

    Thanks to Colleen Steen for telling me about it! :)
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    Mar 25 2012: Wow, this entire conversation proves the wisdom behind the words:

    "None of us is as smart as all of us" Eric Schmidt
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    Mar 24 2012: There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the only home we've ever known.

    Carl Sagan on the view of Earth from Saturn.

    It explains to me and the world how fragile we really are... we can thank Gods, Evolution, or just blind Luck..but we should never take what we have for granted and we should do everything in our power as a whole species to procure it.

    "As fast as it was given, it can be taken away".
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      Mar 25 2012: This is very beautiful.

      Thank you
  • Mar 24 2012: Desiderata - written by Max Ehrmann

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

    You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

    © Max Ehrmann 1927
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      Mar 25 2012: Your entry reminded me of Anyway....by Kent Keith

      People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
      Love them anyway.

      If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
      Do good anyway.

      If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
      Succeed anyway.

      The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
      Do good anyway.

      Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
      Be honest and frank anyway.

      The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
      Think big anyway.

      People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
      Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

      What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
      Build anyway.

      People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
      Help people anyway.

      Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
      Give the world the best you have anyway.
      • Mar 25 2012: This remind me of something a friend told me
        When you help a drowning person be ready to take some hits
        (Adding) help him anyway
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      Mar 25 2012: Hey Colin this is one of my old favourites. I thought until now it was an anonymous.

      Thank you.
      • Mar 25 2012: Thanks Mary M and Wayne. My favourite line is:

        'And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.'

        This line manages to allow for both determinism and theistic creation at the same time!
        • Mar 25 2012: Something similar to God's reply to Job when answering his complaint: -

          "Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
          Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding."

          A tricky one to to find a 'come back' for!
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        Mar 26 2012: @ Andre.....Job 38:3-5
  • Mar 22 2012: Although often quoted, Kipling's 'If-' never loses its wisdom and power: -

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too:
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same:
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss:
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much:
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
    • Mar 23 2012: Wonderful, thanks
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      Mar 23 2012: Thank you Andre.
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      Mar 23 2012: "If" has come up so many times in TED conversations.

      What I find most impressive about the poem after many years of meditating on it, is the person who wrote it.

      To think that he also wrote the Jungle Book, that got turned into a Disney movie.

      He was a very talented individual, with obviously lots insight and understanding and wisdom.

      Thank you for the contribution.
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    Mar 22 2012: It wasn't said by a famous person, but my mom. A bit of an explanation first: I moved home after my father died to help mom out with the house, etc. The utilities were in my name alone. When the phone companies were calling trying to get people to move to another service, they would call while I was at work. My mom would answer the phone and tell the reps "I don't have a phone" and hang up. (You can picture the person at the other end of the conversation wondering what just happened.)

    Every time it happened, it made me laugh for days. I told my brother, he laughed for days. She never understood why we thought it was funny - and we laughed some more.

    When she died, we remembered that line and laughed through our tears. That makes it my favorite quote ever.
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      Mar 22 2012: Beautiful Deborah....thank you for sharing this.
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    Mar 20 2012: [We are] persuaded to spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to create impressions that won’t last on people we don’t care about.” (Tim Jackson)

    Quoted in a Ted Talk
  • Mar 18 2012: "Chance Favors the prepared mind" -Louis Pasteur

    There are many interpretations, but i like his one.

    Pasteur was applying this to the field of observation, but I like the general form of the quote because it suggests a person can do things to change his destiny through proactive preparation to take advantage of life's opportunities rather than constantly feeling victimized by the randomness of life's misfortunes.

    It is an adage that emphasizes that people should strive to be ready to seize they moment by thinking of the best solution to problems or the best way to take advantage o a situation by preparing for it. The moment might be scientific discovery, financial opportunity, competition, or life-and-death situation.

    It justifies education.

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    Mar 18 2012: I have to post a second quote because I live with both in mind.

    "It may be mankind's greatest mistake to believe that all he perceives is all there is to perceive."

    This quote is humbling for me and reminds me that scant few things are for sure.
  • Mar 18 2012: I started LifesFair.com over a year ago, because I simply had too many quotes I loved. Depending on the week or time in my life, my favorite quote changes. I came across this quote the other day that I really liked...

    "Things will probably come out all right, but sometimes it takes strong nerves just to watch." (Hedley Donovan)
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      Mar 18 2012: This is true also for me - my favourite quote changes.. it depends of time and events that are happening in my life.. but I have one constant that I would like to guide me through life always:

      "God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
      Courage to change the things which should be changed,
      and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other."
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    Mar 18 2012: "Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

    I love it because it reminds us to remember that there are two sides to every story.
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    Mar 17 2012: "Be the change you wish to see in the world" (I think that is the way it goes- by Ghandi)

    I love it because it starts with my role in the process so I never forget that it is an active personal thing.
    • Mar 18 2012: Debra! ( how is it going? ) umm, one question, what is an active personal thing? Ghandi is cool . :)
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      Mar 18 2012: He never actually said it but the sentiment is still a good one. Like the old saw "Actions speak louder than words"
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    Mar 17 2012: I love this qoute by Henry Ford,

    "If you think you can
    Or if you think you can't,
    You are right."

    This is really true. It pertains to the power of your mind. The power of visualisation. The power of great optimism.
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    Mar 17 2012: "In the end, everything is going to be all right. if it´s not all right, then it´s not the end"

    I love this quote because it assumes that we all live tought times, but in the end, everything finishes and improves.
  • Mar 17 2012: "An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail" - Edwin H. Land
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      Mar 17 2012: "It is by believing in roses that one brings them to bloom..."
      (French proverb)
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    Mar 17 2012: "Success doesn't come to you?you go to it"
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      Mar 17 2012: "If your ship hasn't come in...swim out to it!" (Mary Engelbreit)
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      Mar 27 2012: "Action is the foundational key to all success."
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    Mar 17 2012: "Whatever affects you directly affects everyone else indirectly" -- Herbie Hancock
  • Mar 16 2012: Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.
    Douglas Adams - Dirk Gentlys' Detective Agency.

    I have to say this is just one of those things more people need to agree with. Then maybe be can encourage childish ideals and views on life, instead of letting many educational systems crush them. It also shows us that sometimes to see the real truth and learn more we need to be open to stupid and crazy ideas and even to think less.
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      Mar 17 2012: "Where children are, there is the Golden Age..."
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    Mar 13 2012: I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.
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      Mar 13 2012: Your first comment on TED George, and a good one it is!!!

      "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes"
      (Marcel Proust)

      Sometimes, when we are so focused on the fact that we do not have shoes, we miss the fact that there are people with no feet.
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    Mar 12 2012: “To laugh often and much
    To win the respect of intelligent people,
    To win the affection of children,
    To earn the appreciation of honest critics,
    To endure the betrayal of false friends;
    To appreciate beauty,
    To find the best in others;
    To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
    To know even one life has breathed easier because I have lived,
    ...(and knowing that I have brought a smile to someone's face)
    This is the meaning of success."
  • Mar 12 2012: "Ideas worth spreading"
    I like this quote,thus I joined Ted.
  • Mar 12 2012: " When people tell you "YOU ARE..." or "YOU SHOULD..." they are talking about themselves."

    I cant remember who told me but I found it very helpful in all sorts of situations.
    I love quotes that easily apply to everyday life.
    I use it when dealing with criticsm
    I also reflect it back to the person who suggests something nice to do
    But its been most helpful in learning about myself. I think of it when ever I'm about to start a sentence this way and Ive got some great advice I might have overlooked, some useful insights, its helped me to keep my mouth shut at times, and it doubles the value of compliments.
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      Mar 12 2012: When someone points at you they have three of their own fingers pointing back at them.
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        Mar 12 2012: I like this, thank you!
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      Mar 13 2012: Beth,
      I totally agree with your comment, it is an important piece of information to remember, and I also learn a lot because of it. We are like mirrors to each other reflecting information back and forth all the time, so it is a good way to get information about ourselves and others.

      There is a term called "leveling", by which a person (consciously or unconsciously) will try to bring others to his/her level. There are the common methods of leveling..."you should do this"..."this is the right way"...etc. There are extreme methods of leveling, like abusive language, with which people try to bring us to their own level of insecurity/discontent. Those who are secure in themselves will generally communicate in a way that encourages and supports others. We tell each other a LOT by the way we communicate:>)

      "She who is centered in the spirit
      Can go where she wishes, without danger.
      She perceives the universal harmony, even amid great pain
      Because she has found peace in her heart"
      (Tao Te Ching) (tr. Mitchell)
      • Mar 15 2012: Thanks so much for the likes and the comments. This is my first time on Ted and its so nice to get this response.
        My favorite example of this was a work mate who said to me " You should apply for that sales job" I said the job wasnt something Id enjoy but maybe she would like to apply for it, she did and she got the job and totally enjoyed it. It became the stepping stone to a very successful carreer. It was so nice to see and if I hadnt known that little valuable piece of information I wouldnt have been able to encourage her to do this thing she wanted to.

        Levelling is a interesting thing, I didnt know about it but I can see how it applies. Thanks for the Tao Te Ching quote too.
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    Mar 11 2012: "Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."
    • Mar 11 2012: I think all is required for a person to be happy or do ok but yes its relevant to have good education and imagination plenty to be busy in life and love, that is a need of everything. Maybe god has be without love, its like someone has to do bad, right?
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    Mar 10 2012: Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~ Mark Twain
    Just one of my favourites! :)
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    Mar 10 2012: My favourite quotes:

    ”Everybody has a story. And there’s something to be learned from every experience.” - Oprah
    " you become what you believe not what you wish or want, but what you truly believe" - Oprah
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    Mar 9 2012: Here is another in spanish....and it's translation....although in spanish it packs a punch, that somehow doesn't translate well...........or at least I personally did not do it justice.

    "Cuando el sabio senala la luna,
    el tonto se fija en el dedo"

    "When the wise man points to the moon,
    the fool takes note of his finger"
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    Mar 9 2012: "wise men learn more from fools than fools learn from the wise"

    -Chinese proverb

    I like it because it says that learning is a feat of the person leaning, not the person teaching. It also says that every one, even a fool, has learned something in this life. A wise person can see the wisdom in others even if that wisdom is immersed in ignorance. Nobody is wrong about everything, just as nobody is right about everything.
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    Mar 8 2012: might as well dump some favorites-

    "The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking."

    --John Kenneth Galbraith

    "I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us."

    --Franz Kafka

    "Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it."

    --Alfred North Whitehead

    "Your worst enemy could be your best friend, and your best friend your worst enemy."

    --Bob Marley

    "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."

    --Mark Twain

    “...And then one day you'll find, ten years have got behind you, no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun”

    --Pink Floyd

    "The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism."

    --George Washington

    "Who is a wise man? He who learns of all men."


    "I have dined with kings, I've been offered wings. And I've never been too impressed. "

    --Bob Dylan

    "What is possible for me is possible for you."

    --Frederick Douglass

    "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

    --Steve Jobs

    "The Kingdom of God is within you."

    --Luke 17:21

    "If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."

    --Dwight D. Eisenhower

    "Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."

    --Carl Sagan
  • Mar 6 2012: Sometimes you have to think outside of the institution.
  • Mar 5 2012: “I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

    I absolutely love this quote. It captures human communication and language challenges. Very apropo for TED conversations.

    "Bibere humanum est, ergo bibamus"

    This is the one that typically follows the first...
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      Mar 30 2012: An argument for active listening.
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    Mar 5 2012: "Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for; for none of us, no, not one, is perfect; and were we to love none who had imperfections, this world would be a desert for our love." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    I love the language in this selection, but I love the idea it expresses more. Jefferson gets at the heart of the case for universal regard for our neighbors here. None of us are perfectly arranged one way or another, for good or bad. We are all walking bundles of contradictions and the wars between our conflicting motives, ideas, mores, and thought produce very real casualties both within and without ourselves. This fact should lead us to have a more sophisticated, inclusive, and ultimately more loving approach to how we define the moral community.
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    Apr 4 2012: With life as short as a half taken breath,
    Don't plant anything but Love.

    Rumi ♥

    I love this because it is a reminder to self check, and a most efficient way to regain proper perspective.
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    Mar 31 2012: "You can't discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore..."

    To me, it speaks volumes on the way we should all approach life, to not be afraid of (excuse the cliché) trying something new or to not be afraid of an experience that puts us outside of our comfort zone because once it's done, the experience is that much more rewarding. In an alternative but not entirely different meaning to me, it means approaching something, be it to do with work or leisure, with an open mind, letting go of what you know and not using our being and all we are made up of (past experiences) to define this new adventure.
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      Apr 1 2012: Wow I love this quote! This is something I definitely want to remember throughout my studies. Thanks so much for sharing.
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    Mar 31 2012: "You were born as an original, don't die a copy"
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    Mar 31 2012: "Life is sacred, that is to say it is the supreme value, to which all other values are subordinate" - Albert Einstein

    I have used this quote to overcome great difficulties. It comes from someone whom uses "values" to establish order in the Universe, . . . . yet it talks about more than numbers can fully describe.


    Thanks for asking Wayne!

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    Mar 31 2012: "Hold stick near centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion."
    "It seemed to me," said Wonko the Sane, "that any civilization that had so far lost its head as to need to include a set of detailed instructions for use in a packet of toothpicks, was no longer a civilization in which I could live and stay sane."

    Douglas Adams has always be a great source of inspiration for me.

    Well... "there you Goethe again" it's not bad too :)
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    Mar 31 2012: If you are anything like me, you too see these quotes as absolutely priceless.
    These are testaments expressing what we as individuals feel in the deepest parts of us, to be true.

    Here are our inspirations and aspirations.

    I find it irresistible the feeling I get when two individuals pause to reveal their vulnerability and share strengths, all the while encouraging each other towards mutually beneficial therefore constructive action.
    We have done this here over 700 times. AWESOME!!!!

    These posts are testimonials. Please examine them with respect and get to know the hearts of those with whom you are collaborating… this to me is as beautiful as it is scary.

    Truelove; solemn, humorous, bittersweet and ultimately inspirational.

    Please read through this string and contribute where you can. You wont be disappointed.

    Don’t forget to contribute where you can (if not here elsewhere).

    Please thumbs up this particular post if you are in agreement with my valuation of this effort.
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    Mar 31 2012: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear !
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      Mar 31 2012: This one is always true! Thanks for posting.
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    Mar 31 2012: We choose how to respond...
    -in this complex world we cal always choose to be positive or to see the positive side of every situation.
  • Mar 30 2012: Every wise saying has an opposite one
    A text out of context is a pretext
    Even a broken clock is right twice a day
    All models are wrong but some are useful
    You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough
    Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite.
    Uncertainty is the silence under the chatter of our time
    Happiness: a way of travel, not a destination
    The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not.
    Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
    In youth we learn; in age we understand
    Pay attention. You can't learn from what you choose to forget or decide to ignore
    The plural of anecdote is data
    Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened
    To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you
    something else is the greatest accomplishment
    Fall seven times, stand up eight
    Strive for progress, not perfection
    If you only judge yourself by success, you are setting yourself up for failure
    Pride is a close relative of narcissism
    Privilege yields opportunity, and opportunity confers responsibilities
    Great wisdom looks like stupidity
    Study extensively, inquire carefully, ponder thoroughly, sift clearly, practice earnestly
    Practice discipline to stop the onslaught of illusion
    Indulged doubt becomes denial
    At the moment you choose to stop growing, your world will begin to shrink
    The immediate trumps the important
    Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
    Criticize me, and I may not like you.
    Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
    Encourage me, and I will not forget you
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      Mar 30 2012: El Dorado!!!!!

      Thank you Jamie!
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    Mar 30 2012: I've stolen many quotes from here. Allow me to add back a few of my own (also stolen).

    "It's not that I'm so smart; It's just that I stay with problems longer." - Albert Einstein

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

    A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me. - Frederick Douglass

    Pain is God's megaphone. - Clive Staples Lewis

    Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. - Abraham Lincoln
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      Mar 30 2012: It's ok Robert...we can "steal" as many quotes as we want:>)

      "An open mind collects more riches than an open purse"
  • Mar 30 2012: If I give you one dollar and you give me one dollar, no one is richer. If I give you one piece of information, and you give me one piece of information, then we are both richer.
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    Mar 30 2012: "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." Albert Einstein
    Story of my life...
    Thank you for your time
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      Mar 30 2012: All the quotes by Einstein on here are just wonderful.
      Thanks Christopher for including this one...I will add it to my collection.
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    Mar 30 2012: I have three:

    1) "If the universe is made of mostly Dark Energy...can We use it to run Our cars?"

    Because I wonder about that.

    2) "If You want peace, take the profit out of war."

    Because it is a better idea than the older quote, "If You want peace, prepare for war."

    3) "Information will free Us."

    Because I believe the more information We have, the more We are able to synthesize and then formulate solutions.
  • Mar 30 2012: "The greatest thing you ever can do,is trade a smile with someone who's blue"
    From the song "Friends" by Led Zeppelin.
    Music has motivated and inspired me throughout my life.Tons of songs have great and purposeful lyrics,whats your favorite?

    Thought I midht throw in my favorite humorous one.
    "It's not an optical illusion,it just looks like one" lol.
  • Mar 30 2012: "In the end, only kindness matters" Its a line from a Jewel song from several years ago, but I find it has proven itself to me over and over again and guided me in many ways.
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      Mar 30 2012: "How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it"
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      Mar 30 2012: "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness"
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        Mar 30 2012: "A smile is contagious; be a carrier"

        I'm out of thumbs for you Ehis......have to give you simply a smile.....:>)
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    Mar 29 2012: "Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

    - Carl Sagan on "The Pale Blue Dot"
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      Mar 29 2012: The first line of your quote sounds sappy......BUT THEN......then you get into some deep thoughts about life and how different individuals live it.......the vanity of it all......if reading this quote by Sagan doesn't humble you.....then close your eyes and try to see what he is trying to say with your eyes of understanding.

      It reminds me of the Bette Midler song "From a distance"......each time I see the video or hear the song, I am humbled.

      Beautiful quote loop! Yes, we are a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.....but oh what a sunbeam!!
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    Mar 29 2012: I forgot to share another master quote..:)

    "If we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average." — Shawn Achor
  • Mar 28 2012: " Chance favors the prepared mind". I don't know who first said that but I like it because it encourages me to be thoroughly prepared and not leave my success in the hands of fate or others' whim.
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      Mar 29 2012: The complete quote is:

      "In the field of observation, chance favours the mind which is prepared"

      Louis Pasteur said it in the 1800's while speaking about the physicist that discovered electro-magnetism almost by accident. He wanted to make the point that it is not enough that an accident occurs in the lab...but that the scientist must be able to interpret accidental observations.

      Want to know how I know this?....because trust me, I'm no genious.......I ran across it in one of my daughterss science books a few years back...I loved it so much I tore a piece of paper and copied it, stuck it in my purse, and it is still there!!

      I have shared this quote with many people who find themselves saying oh I missed an opportunity, I didn't know this would happen like this....and then I tell them the quote by Pasteur and say "you always have to expect the unexpected...your mind must be prepared always."

      Great Quote.....many applications!!
      • Mar 30 2012: Mary, thank you for the history of the quote. Pat
  • Mar 28 2012: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. " --Margaret Mead
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    Mar 28 2012: "When everything is said and done, there's usually more said than done."
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    Mar 28 2012: An idea worth spreading in the form of a quote:

    "Being truly objective requires complete understanding of all facets of any particular issue.
    Since all things are related, this would mean knowing everything about everything.
    This, is of course, humanly impossible;
    ergo your faith in the scientific process is just as subjective." (W.Busby TEDster)


    "If it is done with love, all will be revealed in the end" (W. Busby TEDster)

    Didn't think we would be quoting you, huh Wayne??

    Great insight!
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    Mar 27 2012: This is amazing.

    550 plus posts of consciously directed positivity, expressing our common interest in Truth = clarity, action, vision, through disclosure of real life stories, unlocking potential….

    ...and counting.

    Tell us those things you wish your parents told you when you were a child.

    Tell us those things you want your children and those others who follow, to remembered you for.

    Thank you all.
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      Mar 27 2012: I think it is amazing also.

      First, because you are not the first person on TED to start such a conversation....
      and yet, somehow, you asked your question at the right time.

      Timing is everything.

      How wonderful........do you think we can hit 1,000?
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        Mar 27 2012: 1,000....sure......why not?

        "We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship"
        (Omar Bradley)
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          Mar 27 2012: Look at this one by Les Brown:

          "Shoot for the moon.
          Even if you miss, you land among the stars."

          Your quote made me remember this one.
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    Mar 25 2012: "We often destroy what we try hardest to protect"
    -Joseph Philleo
  • Mar 25 2012: To love, to be loved, that's all. Thats the rule, thats why we exist -Bososal
    cos, its my philosophy, the way I or THE UNIVERSE live :D
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    Mar 25 2012: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
    George Bernard Shaw quotes (Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist. 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950)

    Because it's true and it's a celebration of people who are usually misunderstood for most of their life.
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      Mar 27 2012: Thanks Roberta . . you are the best.

      “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
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    Mar 23 2012: 'The world is a bridge, cross it but build no house upon it. For the world lasts but a moment, and the rest is unknown' - Fatipur Sikri.
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    Mar 21 2012: "Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful." 1 Corinthians 1:27

    For some reason, this verse never fails to humble me whenever I feel like I have something to boast of. And it's true.
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      Mar 21 2012: Zyrus, this is very true.

      Here is another one by a faithful servant of God: "Don't try to be pleasers of men, because in the end you won't please anyone. Please Jehovah and then you will please all those who love him".
  • Mar 21 2012: "To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there. "- Kofi Annan. I have this quote all over my house, its the first thing I see this first thing in the morning and before I go to bed. It inspires me to always keep striving, to always keep trying and helps me to keep things in perspective. I believe we all need to judge ourselves against what we want to be, not what others want us to be.
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    Mar 21 2012: “... if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

    This level of passion that MLK Jr. spoke of is one that clearly puts the good for others before the good for an individual. Once any individual finds this sort of passion in their life, they are a catalyst for positive change in society. They become selfless, and become only more encouraged when faced with resistance. This level of passion is what every human should be able to achieve in their life as a fundamental right.
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    Mar 20 2012: Piglet: How do you write LOVE?
    Pooh: You don't write it - you feel it!

    I don't know of it's a real quote from the book but I can't help sharing it! It's sooooo complete!
    Another phrase that a student of mine coined last weekend was:

    The life is now! ... and I can't help sharing that either ... so there ENJOY! :)
    'cause this is NO time to be alone! ;)
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    Mar 20 2012: "Know Thyself"........ Socretes???
    Because I don't really know myself yet.
  • Mar 20 2012: Here is a beautiful taoist thought.
    Knowing others is intelligence;
    knowing yourself is true wisdom
    Mastering others is strength;
    mastering yourself is true power
    My comments: Intelligence doesn't guarantee wisdom. And one who is wise can be worldly naive as seen from wise & recluse sages and philosophers.
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      Mar 27 2012: The high peak of knowledge is perfect self-knowledge.
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    Mar 20 2012: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"
    Opening line on one of the E2 episodes.

    "Power is nothing without control"
    Pirelli slogan.
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      Mar 27 2012: “Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.”

      “The simplest things are often the truest.”
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    Mar 18 2012: "God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed. Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other."
  • Mar 18 2012: I like the following Mark Twain quote - it helps me push through into something new: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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      Mar 18 2012: Don't you wish you could sit with Mr. Twain and talk about… anything?!?!? :)

      This is one of my new favourites.

      Thanks Ewan.
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      Mar 18 2012: I like it too! The most recent part of this: "Explore. Dream. Discover" :))
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      Mar 18 2012: I like it too...reminds me...

      "In order to discover new lands, we have to be prepared to lose sight of the shore".
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    Mar 17 2012: One of my favorite quotes/songs today is an Irish Blessing:
    "May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    the rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand".

    Although I believe "God" is a term given to the energy that powers us, rather than a seperate entity, I still enjoy the image presented above:>)

    Happy St. Patrick's Day lads and lasses:>)
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    Mar 16 2012: Nice quotes.

    I like "to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" Steve Prefontaine
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    Your life would flash before your eyes during the final stages of your drama on this stage called world.
    This instills a ray of hope in me that I should cherish watever comes my way in this small and beautiful journey called life. I love this.
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    Mar 13 2012: "We have met the enemy and he is us"
    ~ Pogo [Walt Kelly]
    Since we are so often the architect of our own problems.
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      Mar 13 2012: I agree Jim:>)

      "Our life is what our thoughts make it..."
      (Marcus Aurelius)
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    Mar 13 2012: "The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of Love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire."
    Pierre Thilhard de Chardin
    I love this quote because its speaks to me about what is most important for the evolution of man.
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    Mar 12 2012: If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.
    S. I. Hayakawa
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    Mar 12 2012: The forces that get you into trouble are not always your enemies, but they might be, while the forces that get you out of trouble may not always be your friends, although they might be.
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    Mar 12 2012: "As a Leader Make more Leader not more followers"::::::::::: Unknown..

    This is only way to create a great WORLD...
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      Mar 12 2012: A truly great leader knows when to follow. Sometimes the best course of action can only be realized through consultation with and reliance on the wisdom of peers.

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      Mar 12 2012: Each unique human being has a unique way of seeing and experiencing the world. There are now over 7 billion of us. Does that not suggest that there are 7+ billion ways of looking, understanding, seeing and experiencing the world?
      Feelings are the common denominators in all these differences. When we use those feelings to Act instead of reacting, maybe that will contribute to creating a greater world.

      Then again maybe we are forgetting to look and observe in each present moment what beauty there is around us. A flower popping out of the cement in a bleak part of the city. A brilliant sunset, an unusual cloud formation, a face in a crowd. Do we ever look beyond the "cover" or persona most of us present to the world? Do we look into someones eyes and recognize the beauty there?
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    Mar 12 2012: I love the idea of "the winds of Grace"... it resonates with my feeling that we have constant reminders of our potential, "calls to adventure" to use the language of the hero's journey.

    Your quote makes a beautiful mantra. I can imagine being the shero embracing my adventure, arms wide open, held to the heavens, wind blowing through my hair, rejoicing "The winds of Grace are blowing... and I am raising my sails!" :-)
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      Mar 13 2012: I like that quote as a mantra too Aneesah, and you have created a BEAUTIFUL image...embracing the adventure...arms wide open...wind blowing through the hair...rejoicing...I LOVE it!

      Reminds me...
      "Only as high as I reach can I grow,
      Only as far as I seek can I go,
      Only as deep as I look can I see,
      Only as much as I dream can I be..."
      (Karen Ravin)
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        Mar 13 2012: That is Soooooo great!!! I have been looking for age appropriate quotes to share with youth. Colleen this one is now at the top of my list!!
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          Mar 13 2012: Looking for age appropriate huh?

          "Learning is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily"
          (Chinese proverb)

          "The heart that loves, is always young"
          (Greek proverb)

          "Kind hearts are the gardens;
          Kind thoughts are the roots;
          Kind words are the flowers;
          Kind deeds are the fruits"
          (English proverb)

          "Keep good company and ye will be counted one of them"

          "The only people that never fail, are those who never try"
          (Mary Engelbreit)
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        Mar 13 2012: Awesome Colleen! a true spirit of adventure... this one will open doors where there were walls!

        Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. ~Joseph Campbell
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          Mar 13 2012: And to follow our bliss...
          "The soul knows exactly the direction and the rhythm that a journey should take".
          (John O'Donohue)

          So, in my perception, it is important to listen to, and know ourselves to experience our bliss, adventure, and open doors:>)
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    Mar 11 2012: "Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."
    - Bertrand Russel

    This echoes many other quotes, such as Steve Job's "Why join the Navy when you can be a pirate?".

    I believe that pioneers break boundaries not because they want to but because there is no other way for them, they just do what feels right. They go through criticism and public disapproval, but eventually prevail. Galileo, Darwin, Van Gogh...
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    Mar 11 2012: No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
    ~ Nelson Mandela

    The mind is everything. What you think you become. -Buddha

    A monkey in silk is still a monkey.
    (This one makes me laugh because a Spanish friend taught me it after a very well- dressed fellow made some asinine comments. It was all that was said ...and it said it all!)

    ...so hard to choose...
    • Mar 11 2012: Nelson Mandela says it soo right, love and hate both seem needed at time required, some however know to use them in the right way. One of them is god, we look to god for all good, where are the bad parts or the hate part?
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    Mar 10 2012: "Always be the better person."

    Because it works. :)

    "Those who anger you, rule you."

    Because it is true.
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      Mar 12 2012: Better than whom?

      Maybe you mean? always be the best person you know how to be!

      Others can never rule you! if anger is your reaction, it is your reaction only and has nothing to do with the other person.

      We Always have a choice in our responses to the world. If I wake up in the morning after a bad dream and I feel horrible. I have a choice: I can "blame" the dream and continue to ruin my whole day or I can change my attitude about the dream.

      If someone calls me a nasty name: I have a choice: I can react by getting angry, feel hurt, hit them OR I can Stop, take a breath and remind myself that:
      What other people think about me has nothing to do with me, it only tells me who They are at this moment in time.
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    Mar 10 2012: "living to change the world "this quote is made by Steve paul jobs,it's absolutely inspiring,every youth shoud have this kind of passion.
    • Mar 10 2012: Something similar to Marx's "the task is not only to understand the world, but to change it"

      Of course, the first task is to understand it rightly!
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        Mar 10 2012: It is in our very nature to manipulate that which we would understand, therefore our responsibility to command in ourselves the integrity we would demand of others, when doing so.

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        Mar 13 2012: yes they are all mankind'pioneer,their sprits sparkle us.
  • Mar 9 2012: "There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know." (Donald Rumsfeld)

    Although we may know things today and know what we yearning to acquire more knowledge about, we have to always remember that the unknown unknowns is what will likely change or fix all of our global problems of today, hopefully!
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    Mar 9 2012: "In the opinion, not of bad men, but of the best men, no belief which is contrary to truth can be really useful"
    John Stuart Mill (On Liberty, Chapter II)

    Why? because it is profound, and has a moral consequence... In order to be 'best' or 'moral', on needs to exclude as much falsehood as possible. Morality needs truth, truth does not need morality.
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    Mar 8 2012: Another favorite:

    "You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default."
    - J.K. Rowling (2008 Harvard Commencement Address)
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      Mar 14 2012: Thanks Bianca!
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        Mar 14 2012: Thank you Wayne! I've gotten a whole new list of favorite quotes from this conversation.
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    Mar 8 2012: "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."

    -Albert Einstein
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    Mar 8 2012: "The point is think about the process rather than the end result - the path and not the goal. That is where you will find happiness"
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      Mar 8 2012: I LOVE that Nicholas...it reflects one of my favorites...
      "Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination"
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    Mar 7 2012: “If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.”
    -Sir Ken Robinson

    I also really love this quote because it demonstrates how the willingness to take risks is a vital component of creativity.
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    Mar 7 2012: "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
    -James Dean

    "I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."
    -Steve Jobs

    These quotes really put life into perspective by highlighting two things:
    1) You should dream big.
    2) Since you only have limited time, you should make sure that you're happy with how you spend that time.
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    Mar 7 2012: "we are not here to see through each other...
    we are here to see each other through".


    I like this statement for it's compassion, and that no one can claim ownership, nor should, it's a hybrid, it's life on earth,
    more in the spirit of www.themoreweshare.com
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      Mar 8 2012: Exactly how i feel! Thanks for posting.
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    Mar 7 2012: A lot of people chase the trappings of sucess , only to find themselves trapped by the trappings.

    Something that I think is original thought. It came up in conversation to a group of people facing transitional times in their lives.
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    Mar 7 2012: Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth - Muhammad Ali

    The 'why' to this quote is found within another quote from Ali: "The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
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    Mar 7 2012: There is no true democracy when big money finances campaigns and when corporate interests are favored over the interests of the people and equality.

    The socialization of losses and the privatization of unearned profits have to be made impossible.

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~~ Thomas Jefferson, 1816


    There is no way to peace, peace is the way. ~~ Gandhi


    The following speech is from Charlie Chaplin 1940


    “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”
    ― Charles Darwin

    Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
    Pablo Picasso

    Action is the foundational key to all success.
    Pablo Picasso
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    Mar 7 2012: "don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you"

    This was an idiom my father would often share with me growing up (even to this day) whenever I would get worried or anxious about things that I thought would happen in the future. I felt this quote always helped put things into perspective, allowed me to stand back and calm my restless mind. I become more aware of the present moment and try to contemplate the Now whenever I am reminded of this quote. Worrying about an imaginary future can be quite exhausting in many ways so it's sometimes best to bring ourselves back to the present and take in the experiences that are happening at this very moment to better deal with/understand our future experiences.
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      Mar 8 2012: I remember my mother used to say the same, except she would use it to keep me from getting into risky situations. Thank you for this different perspective.

      Reminds me of the saying 'Don't borrow trouble'.
  • Mar 7 2012: "Everything rises and falls on leadership" -John C. Maxwell

    This quote is probably my favorite because it characterizes a lot about what we have to do in life. We all lead whether we're aware of it not; we see it with friends, family, school, and pretty much everything around us. Being a good leader not only wins you good friends and companions but you also improve the people and the situation around you.
  • Mar 6 2012: I don't know who actually said these but I like these two quotes

    1. Winner never quits, Quitter never wins
    2. When going gets tough, tough gets going

    I like these because it keeps me positively motivated in adversity.
  • Mar 6 2012: "Man's biggest problem is not a perfection of means, but a confusion of ends." ~ A. Einstein
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      Mar 30 2012: Great one.

      Are you fighting the right battles? what is the prize?
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    Mar 6 2012: It is only with the heart one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye - The Little Prince.
    Power, Ignorance and Greed(PIG) do not come from the heart. They manifest in the eye first. The truth about who we truly are, our beauty and joy, cannot be seen with the eye. The old adage that you should not judge a book by it's cover, is probably one of the oldest truisms out there. What is essentially true to life, joy, happiness, compassion, courage, kindness etc truly comes from the heart.
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      Mar 30 2012: Think with your heart, love with your mind.

      old russian.
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    Mar 6 2012: "No one, not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses--ever makes it alone" -Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers

    Why? Because I am struggling with this very thing in life right now.
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      Mar 6 2012: Excellent observation and quote, I love it. No man is an island. We never ever stand alone.


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    Mar 6 2012: 1. "Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life."
    - Confucius (Trying to apply this to my own life as I get ready to graduate from college. Don't really know if a Just Over Broke is the right path)

    2. “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right. Which one are you?”
    ― Henry Ford (Speaks for itself)

    3. "I'm not saying I'm going to change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world."
    - Lesane Parish Crooks (This is exactly how I feel..every day)

    4. "I'm the greatest, I said that before I knew I was."
    - Muhammad Ali

    5. "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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      Mar 6 2012: Me too #3!!! We are Dendrites! lol
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      Mar 9 2012: You can do anything if you can dream it.
  • Mar 6 2012: "The stories you tell yourself are what prevent you from being happy." ~ Anandagiri

    For example lets look at poverty but remember this applies to everything. Simply substitute for poverty whatever is believed to be preventing you from being happy and apply the same logic.

    There are poor people that are happy and poor people that are sad. There are rich people that are happy and rich people who are sad. Therefore poverty isn't the cause of your unhappiness. It's the stories you tell yourself that are preventing you from being happy.
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      Mar 8 2012: Intrinsic. Please see my quote below about … potential, action, results, belief, potential...
  • Mar 6 2012: My absolute favorite is from Socrates:
    "I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing."
    Presents the paradoxical nature of any knowledge.

    And then one out of many possible quotes from Friedrich Nietzsche:
    “No victor believes in chance”
    Many of his quotes are still extremely relevant, and this one in particular among many.
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      Mar 8 2012: Very relevant! please see my quote above about Chaos and tell me what you think.
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    Mar 6 2012: "All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo

    This quote reinforces within me the conviction that human progress is inevitable and unstoppable.
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    Mar 5 2012: "Everything that irritates us about others can lead to an understanding of ourselves" Carl Jung

    This small sentence has helped me to self-analyze my feelings when I become upset

    at the words or actions of others.

    It has shed light on how I feel at any given time.

    And although I cannot control others, I can most certainly control my reaction, if I understand the "WHY"
    their words and/or actions bother me.

    GREAT TOPIC........
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      Mar 30 2012: It is foolish to demand of others what we will not command in ourselves.

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    Mar 5 2012: "I will make motor cars so affordable that only rich people will own horses." --Henry Ford.
    (He said this in a time when only rich people owned cars, and everyone else owned horses).
  • Mar 5 2012: The quote I like most and use most is "What goes around comes around" .

    long time ago I have been taught that all my actions will have exact the same action as the boomerang has.
    That life is ever-turning wheel. and it has been shown to me on my bike's wheel.
    it was very simple way to explain to any kid who was able to think straight.

    Years later I got familiar with human behaviour and psychology and got deep insights of the quote.
    Once it had been asked: "How would you say with one word what is "True way"?".
    The answer had been: "Reciprocity"
    Well, I think the quote tell the meaning of the word "reciprocity"
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    Apr 4 2012: wow There are lots of replies on this interesting topic, actually you could make a great list of quotes..well done Wayne :)... I'll read all of them but at first let me add my favorite one:
    " Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing, because he could do only a little"
    Edmund Burke
  • Apr 3 2012: I've many favorites. Let's run this one up the flagpole and see who salutes. Winston Churchill said of democracy that it's the worst system imaginable . . . except for all the others. I agree with Sir Winston, and would further say the same for capitalism / free enterprise. Keeping these thoughts in mind forms the foundation of my political thinking.
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    Apr 1 2012: "My fear is my only courage. So I've got to push on through." -Bob Marley

    This quote has been a great motivation for me through some of my toughest times. It's inspired me to keep on fighting and surviving no matter what comes my way.
  • Apr 1 2012: "It is what it is."

    I use this so much because you can get so carried away by the dramas in life and this just helps me to stay centered and realise that every action is how it is, and even if the meaning of that action is not understood at the time it is what it is so.... what. Always moving forwards and living and appreciating the present moment.
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    Mar 31 2012: "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
  • Mar 30 2012: "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." -Howard Zinn
    This quote always got to me because it seems like too often in society today we just accept things that happen within our government because we believe that there's not much we can do to change it, but by questioning everything your leaders do, and by criticising them when they do things we don't agree with, we can show that we truly care about our country.
  • Mar 30 2012: I would not say that this quote is my favourite, however, I really like it and thought I would share it with you guys, so here it goes:

    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
    - G. B. Shaw
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      Mar 30 2012: I think someone posted it here earlier but it still good to be reminded.
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    Mar 30 2012: "The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him." ~ Leo Tolstoy ~

    This made a great impression on me - it was a reminder that being open-minded is always beneficial, and not to dismiss opposing views and novel ideas simply.

    Which brings me to another of my favourite quotes, the source of which I do not know:

    "The only stupid question is the one left unasked."
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      Mar 30 2012: A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

      Question the answer and answer the question.

      Control of the questions are at least as important as control of the answers.
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    Mar 30 2012: "Laws are made to protect us from the idiots." I say.
    I'm guilting of thinking that humans are inherently kind, intelligent, and that we think (organize our ideas) much the same way as every other human. However, life experience has shown that the "bad apple" does spoil the bunch, especially when said apple has litigation on his side. I will end here because I am also guilty of believing everyone understands.
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      Mar 30 2012: Some of us do understand Janine......nice reflection with your quote
  • Mar 30 2012: My personal favourite is Samuel Johnson's quote: "God himself, Sir, doesn't propose to judge man until the end of his days."
    This quote is significant as it pouts at one important face-shrinkable behaviour that we humans, mostly, have. That is, to judge people, on baseless grounds, on appearances, on premature conclusions and upon our own convenience. I read the quote in Dale Carnegie's "How To Win Friends and Influence People" wherein he would add a simple 'why should you and I?' to make it much effective!
  • Mar 28 2012: A friend of mine recommended this site to me and I have to say I enjoy the freedom of public discourse it offers. Your question is well conceived with good intention. Thanks for initiating me into this community! Adam
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      Mar 28 2012: "Members of avian species of identical plumage congregate"

      Birds of a feather, flock together

      Welcome to the flock Adam!
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      Mar 28 2012: It is a true pleasure to be recognized in such a way and look forward to our continued growth!
      Welcome aboard Adam!!
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    Mar 28 2012: The most perfect believer in faith is the one whose character is finest and who is kindest to his wife." Prophet Mohamed (PBUH)
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    Mar 28 2012: True persons are those who say the truth in a time where lie is the only chance.
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      Mar 28 2012: Mr. Almaidama, beautiful quotes.
      Thank you.
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    Mar 28 2012: Truth might sleep for ages , but it never dies.
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    Mar 28 2012: "When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either."
    ~Leo Burnett

    "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'"
    ~Kurt Vonnegut
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      Mar 29 2012: one of my favourite versions is 'reach for the stars because those who aim for mediocrity usually fall short.'
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    Mar 28 2012: "A rebuke works deeper in one having understanding than striking a stupid one a hundred times."
    Probers 17:10

    Words are powerful, and as parents, if we have good communication with our children
    and have trained them properly, then talking about things will have great effect when
    they misbehave. The senseless parent leaves his child alone with no direction, and then
    hits him when he misbehaves......but hitting may have little to no effect, because discipline requires instruction,
    not corporal punishment.

    The entire book of Proverbs is filled with many pearls of wisdom.
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    Mar 28 2012: Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth..E. Tolle
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      Mar 28 2012: "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice".
      (Traditional saying - India)

  • Mar 28 2012: "You only get one life,
    there is no god, no rules, no judgements
    except for those that you
    accept or create for yourself.
    Once it is over, it's over. Dream, sleep, forever
    and ever. So why not be happy
    while your here, really, why not"
    -Alan Ball, 6 ft Under-
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    Mar 28 2012: "Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them."
    George Santayana.

    Up with learners. Down with assessment :)
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      "Up with learners. Down with assessment" (Scott Amstrong)

      Thank you
  • Mar 28 2012: I came across this quote in a book called Improvise by Mick Napier of the Annoyance theater in Chicago. It always seems to resonate with me.

    "Integrity is living up to what you declare. Declare what you honestly want and live that vision fearlessly"
  • Mar 28 2012: "We cannot solve problems by using the same thinking as when we created them."
    -Albert Eistein
    I think it is a good reminder that we cannot move forward and advance without considering new options and using divergent thinking.
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    Mar 27 2012: "Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it." Lily Tomlin
  • Mar 27 2012: Only ideas don't work..their implementation does..
  • Mar 26 2012: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing!-Helen Keller
  • Mar 26 2012: Thank you for asking. Perhaps the most moving, but most terrible is: -

    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

    John 15:13

    One I think you will like: -

    "Through wisdom a house is built,
    And by understanding it is established;
    By knowledge the rooms are filled
    With all precious and pleasant riches."

    Proverbs 24:3-4

    But bearing in mind Paul's beautiful and wise words: -

    "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge;
    and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing."

    1 Corinthians 13:2
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      Mar 26 2012: Just wonderful.

      I am particular to:

      "Love never fails".....1 Corinthians 13:8

      And I do absolutely like Proverbs 24:3-4, which if applied to a family, one can surely have great success as both husband and wife work cooperatively in building a household. The precious and pleasant riches, which are the end result, are not material things, but things of far greater value.
      We had a study on family life last year, and it brought out these verses....very upbuilding.

      For endurance:

      "Therefore we do not give up, but even if the man we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day."
      For though the tribulation is momentary and light, it works out for us a glory that is of more and more surpassing weight and is everlasting,
      While we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting."........2 Corinthians 4:16-18

      And of course, the golden rule, which is often misquoted:

      "All things, therefore, that you want men to do to YOU. YOU must likewise do to them; this, in fact, is what the Law and the Prophets mean."....Matthew 7:12
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    Mar 26 2012: "Tact is rubbing out another's mistakes, instead of rubbing it in" Anonymous
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    Mar 26 2012: "We are all connected:

    to each other 'biologically'
    to the earth 'chemically'
    the the rest of the universe 'atomically'"
    Neil deGrassi (scientist)

    And if you want to see it put to music, here is the link
    to the symphony of science video:

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      Mar 26 2012: We are indeed all connected:>)

      "Let us be friends with the earth
      As we are friends with one another
      With gentleness, respect, and hope,
      For a beautiful tomorrow"
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        Mar 26 2012: So pretty.....another one on friendship:

        The more we play together, together, together,
        The more we play together, the happier we'll be
        Cause your friends are my friends,
        And my friends are your friends,
        The more we play together, the happier we'll be.
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          Mar 26 2012: "A friend is a present you give yourself"
          (Robert Louis Stevenson)

          "Friendship is really a matter of time...
          The time that you take when you care."

          I really care about you Mary, and I'm out of thumbs up for you this week...will a smile do for now?.........:>)
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        Mar 26 2012: "It takes a long time to grow old friends"

        I really care about you too Colleen. Happy Sunday!!!
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          Mar 26 2012: "The best thing to do behind a friend's back is pat it"
          (Ruth Brillhart)

          "There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day"
          (Alexander Woollcott)

          Happy Sunday Mary!!!
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        Mar 26 2012: Here is one by Oliver Wendell Holmes that a friend shared with me:

        "Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relations with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them."

        Sending smiles your way....what a great collection of quotes from everyone on here right now.

        Great way to end the week...I might have a hard time falling asleep, meditating on the lessons learned tonight...
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          Mar 27 2012: However, the wounds of a friend are sweeter than kisses from an enemy.

          When someone knows us, and cares about us, they see things we are blinded to by our own subjectivity. When those individuals can lovingly address negative issues, we are better from it - if we are open to this kind of activity. I think the problem is that often a process like that is uncomfortable from both sides and isn't pursued.
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          Mar 27 2012: Good point Robert.
          "The trick is to learn to be comfortable with discomfort"

          "The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift"
          (Pierre Corneille)
    • Mar 26 2012: Mary..

      A very nice Symphony
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        Mar 27 2012: Hey I'm glad you enjoyed it. The symphony of science site made me curious about all the scientists, and researching the scientists I came across TED.....isn't that incredible?

        Now I've completed the circle, and used TED to show people the symphone of science.

        Thanks Yuri!!
        • Mar 27 2012: Yes... it makes me remember there is an inherent beauty in the universe.!!

          thanks for sharing.....
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    Mar 25 2012: "The more I know, the more I know I don't know."

    Because, every solution creates at least one more question, and answers are merely directions down a path, not a destination. The trick lies in allowing yourself to travel beyond each of the wonderful things you find along the way.
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      Mar 26 2012: "Mas sabe el que sabe lo que no sabe"


      "The one who knows he doesn't know, is the one who truly knows something"
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    Mar 25 2012: ''love is like energy it can not be created or destroyed but it can transfer from one heart to another with different form of love % based on honesty and trust''
    cuz i have expereince love and other person attuide , and i found out only one explantion for love its like the defintion of engery
    • Mar 25 2012: "Energy is eternal delight"

      William Blake
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    Mar 25 2012: Life is full of incredible opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
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      Mar 26 2012: If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

      Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. ~Garth Brooks
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    • Mar 25 2012: It's a wonderful assertion - not only of love, but of the possibility of love, and the most courageous claim it is possible to make. I think it was the first claim that was made and will be the last.

      Thanks for remembering to quote it.
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    Mar 25 2012: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." R. Waldo Emerson. We should be always learning, and always willing to change our minds when experience teaches us something new.
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      Mar 25 2012: So true.....absolutely!
      Thank you
  • Mar 25 2012: Reinvent yourself then repeat.

    We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
  • Mar 25 2012: "If all insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life on earth would end.
    If on the other hand, all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life on earth would flourish! "– Jonas Salk
    something to think about!
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      Mar 25 2012: Im not sure that we can say with any certainty, that the myriad life forms that live in/on/of our individual persons would not be missed.

      I believe that problem might be that we have spent to much time defining our difference to the circle of life, vs trying to find out where we fit and how we can consciously and constructively contribute the the process.
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    Mar 25 2012: "I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty."
    Albert Einstein
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    Mar 25 2012: Buddha said, "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment"
    I constantly have to remember to keep my mind on the "here and now". When it comes down to it, yesterday is gone and tomorrow may not come. All I have is this very moment to make up for lost times and to live life to the fullest. Dwelling on the past will only lead to regrets or nostalgia, and planning too far ahead will only cause me to miss out on alternative opportunities and adventures. It's easier said than done because I am both a dweller and a planner. My fear of repeating my mistakes and my fear of not being prepared cause me to forget about the present. But this brings me to my next favorite quote that I learned from my favorite movie growing up, "hakunna matata" :)
  • Mar 25 2012: Over my little experience I have found a very general rule that somehow is always there "Human beings want what they can't have an underestimate what they already posses" Ohh an a personal favorite "Every single thing in this world happens, or is made directly or indirectly because of a women"
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      Mar 25 2012: Also from the old days...."Pretty is, as pretty does"

      • Mar 25 2012: And one I was taught as a child: -

        "Virtue is as virtue does"

        Surely all such sayings arise from Matthew 12:33: -

        "A tree is known by its fruit"
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    Mar 24 2012: "Great success is the best revenge"
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      Mar 25 2012: The need for revenge is childish.
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      Mar 25 2012: "Before embarking on a road to revenge.....dig two graves"
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        Mar 26 2012: haha..but why two?
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          Mar 26 2012: One for you and one for the other person.

          It's a lose, lose situation.....anyways, that is how many of us see it.
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          Mar 26 2012: "Holding onto anger is like holding onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you're the one who gets burned"
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      Mar 26 2012: "Anger is one letter short of danger"
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      Mar 23 2012: Here's another: "It is easy to feel wise. Just think of something dumb to say, and don't say it"

      I get something completely different from Lincoln's quote.....to me it says that sometimes silence is very necessary, especially when we are not sure of what to say.....

      I am a bit ashamed to admit it, but once, a long time ago, when substituting in a middle school, one particular student was giving me a very hard time.....He finally said something so very very silly that I said Lincoln's quote to him.....His eyes opened wide...the rest of the class snickered, and that was the end of his shinanigans.....I now feel shame and I am feeling a bit vulnerable...let me go listen to Brene Brown's latest talk again.
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          Mar 25 2012: hahahaha too funny Dean.

          Hope you didn't tell break out with the quote :)

          Thanks for sharing.

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        • Mar 26 2012: I have used that quote more times than I care to admit.
        • Mar 26 2012: How about ,
          This better to be assumed a fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.
      • Mar 25 2012: Also: -

        "Of that which we know we should speak clearly. Of that which we cannot know, it is better to remain silent"

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        Mar 30 2012: Those talks by Brene on Vulnerability and Shame were what introduced me to TED. I was riveted.
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      Mar 26 2012: Just as an aside Lincoln was quoting Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)
      Mark Twain is also misquoted with this same phrase.
  • Mar 23 2012: "Write The Future" its simple yet has a really strong menaing.
  • Mar 23 2012: A lesson in truth and concision from the great physicist, Robert Feynman, given in reply to a journalist who asked him to explain in simple terms the conclusion of the investigation by the Presidential Commission into the cause of the Challenger disaster: -

    "You can't bullshit nature"
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      Mar 23 2012: Andre, I think you mean Richard Feynman the quantum physicist.

      There is a site called the symphony of science that has clips of him talking about quantum physics set to music...It is worth watching...they are short but very amazing and inspiring. Some of the videos are quite moving.

      I love when he says "the world is made up of jiggly things"
      • Mar 24 2012: Whoops! You're right - I meant Richard, rather than Robert. Thanks for picking up the slip and for pointing me to the Symphony of Science clips. There are so many lovely stories about Feynman. He seems to illustrate more than anyone that science depends on creativity, originality, playfulness and passion as well as rigour.
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          Mar 25 2012: Yes, you are correct.

          I love the way he smiled when he spoke of quantum physics....he was an extraordinary man....passionate about his field of science.
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    Mar 23 2012: "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." Walter Bagehot

    Because it is so true.
  • Mar 23 2012: If you think you can, you can.
    If you think you can't, then you're right.

    Don't know where it came from but clearly if we think we can succeed, then there is a chance and without our determination, it's hard to succeed.
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      Mar 25 2012: I know a similar one: "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
      Henry Ford" which is one of my favourite. Were you referring to this one?
      • Mar 26 2012: It must be the one I guess. I heard mine from a friend who was trying to motivate me and said it something like that.
        Thanks for the original quote.
  • Mar 22 2012: So difficult to choose 1 as I compile my favourite quotes in small books, but below is one that is very important to me as it proposes a definition of success not measured by money or power but rather focused on how we live in our communities:

    "To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social position, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded." Bessie Anderson Stanley
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    Mar 22 2012: I write aphorisms, so it is very hard job to select only one favorite quote. However, there is a small selection:
    Don’t build prisons; close the borders.
    All human organs are biological except the brain, which is ideological.
    After arrest, the writer figured out the point of proverb ‘Silence is golden’.
    The writer is still at large; the police cannot make out what his metaphors mean.
    I think, therefore I am an anachronism.
    Ouch, I really hope I won’t be run over by the wheel of progress.
    It’s not called a crisis here; it’s called the economic cycle.
    Our politicians are very hygienic; they substituted brainwashing for money laundering.
    Upon the advice of my lawyer I stopped writing aphorisms.
    You do not need to stand on your head to get a different view of world.
    History is written in blood. Only the signatures are in ink.
    Heaven and Hell have been united; they are now a border-free zone.
    Robots will make great aphorists. They like to communicate in short sentences.
    We live virtually but die for real.
    Morals make saints; breaking morals makes human beings.
    Morality is a barrier between men and women.
    They lift their foreheads so high in order not to see what’s happening on the ground.
    Eternal vigilance leads to permanent insomnia.
    As oil prices get closer to the maximum, the value of human lives gets closer to the minimum.
    Even the dead are unequal; some are in mausoleums.
    The cult of personality has nothing to do with culture.Not everything is black, the firefly said while looking at another firefly’s ass.
    They say, “You are on the right path.” I think I am at a crossroads.
    The revolution that eats its children starves to death.
    If size mattered, dinosaurs would rule the world.
    If the Internet had been in ancient Greece, then Plato would have been a blogger.
    When life is a lottery, poverty is a dominant destiny.
    The truth is revoked again by superior goals.
    Negotiations are a matter of democracy; therefore, humans must talk to devils.
    Love is a side effect of sex.
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      Mar 22 2012: This particular one: "They lift their foreheads so high in order not to see what’s happening on the ground"

      reminded me of something a dear friend said once: "Never raise your head above others, but be like a stalk of grain that bows its head when it is ripe, showing it has rich fruitage".
    • Mar 22 2012: Just a hunch, but if you've not already read William Blake, you may find his 'Marriage of Heaven and Hell' interesting/inspiring/enlightening. I suppose you could say he was part poet, part philosopher, part mystic with a fondness for aphorisms.

      I'm not sure Plato would have been blogger. Is dialectics possible over the Internet? As always, I expect he has something of interest to say on the matter. (Plato is like that!)

      On this topic, I love the quote by the wonderful and brilliant scholar and literary critic, Professor Christopher Ricks, who wrote in his maturity: -

      "No matter where I've travelled in my intellectual life, on the way I always encounter Plato coming back"
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    Mar 22 2012: "All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." Ralph Emerson
    with the pasage of time you will encounter many things in life and you will learn a lot from them. I learn from people, especially their experience in life.
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    Mar 22 2012: "I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down. " Allen H. Neuharth

    This quote taught me a lot when I decided to quit my master program. I was quite nervous about the decision that I would make. Yes- No process lasted 2 months. Then, I left. And then I realized that the sky did not fall down on me. It was a kind of epiphany for me.
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      Mar 26 2012: lovely . . Thanks for sharing this
  • Mar 22 2012: "There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." -- Will Rogers

    It reminds me that learning by experience can be painful. Ouch!
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    Mar 21 2012: .
    "Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone.
    For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
    But has trouble enough of its own."

    - Ella Wheeler Wilcox ( American Poet )

    ..Because its a reminder that our purpose in being in this life is to cheer each other on.
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    Mar 20 2012: "Most of what we are is what we're expected to be" Nathan Petrelli, Heroes

    It's true.
  • Mar 20 2012: Say the best, think the rest!

    What part of no do you not understand?

    A smile is a language everyone understands.
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      Mar 27 2012: Say the best, think the rest!..... thanks G
  • Mar 20 2012: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
    A. Mankiw
  • Mar 19 2012: My favorite quote is:
    "If not now, when?"

    Amid all dreams, great plans, and noble thoughts of the future, I believe it is the question that must be answered.
  • Mar 19 2012: I always get what I want. If I don't get it, it means I didn't want it bad enough! (anonymous)
  • Mar 19 2012: Some of mine, if you don't mind.

    Life is like the last three letters of the word life.
    It's if e (iffy)

    The mind creates the abyss.
    And the heart must cross this.

    To grow causes anger and pain.
    That's why it's spelled, "Gr....OW!"

    Time goes so fast.
    It's hard to make it last.
    And now the present is,

    It is still. The Truth.
    But at times the Truth
    Can be so ruthless,
    At times,
    It appears Truthless.
    But it is still the Truth.
  • Mar 18 2012: "The more i see the less i know, the less 'i know' the more i see."

    The first half of this quote motivates me to keep exploring and the second half, which i added to it, is just to keep myself reminded of the fact that i see, learn & live the most when i see, learn or live like a child.
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    Mar 18 2012: "First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye". Matthew 7:5.
    We often see the wrongs in what people do (sometimes even judge them) but when it comes to recognizing our own faults, we have a hard time accepting them. I repeat this quote to myself quite often so I don’t become a hypocrite.
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    Mar 18 2012: -From "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot:

    "In a minute there is time
    For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse."

    -And this one from the title song in the stage play, "Seussical!":
    "If you open your mind
    Oh, the things you will find
    Lining up to get loose!"
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    Mar 18 2012: If you can fix it, don't worry about it. If you can't fix it, don't worry about it. - Unknown
  • Mar 18 2012: Give a man a fish, he eats it. Teach a man fishing he makes a living out of it. Today's educational system (at least in India) is churning out thousands of professionals who do not have life skills to survive in the big bad world.
  • Mar 18 2012: "An angry mind is a narrow mind". Anger is the root cause of most of our personal problems. It clouds our thinking
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    Mar 17 2012: Competence is made evident by what you do with what you know.

    Take a walk. Life is out there.


    Andy P, Harold W.C, one. Derek Y, you guys are deep.
  • Mar 16 2012: "It's been said that "Perfection is unattainable by we mere mortals.", and yet it is only those who strive FOR perfection
    . . . who will ever achieve anything recognized as EXCELLENT ! " -- H.W.Conser

    "Any prince who wishes to see goodness in all men, is certain to come to grief among so many who are not good. It is, therefor, necessary for a prince to learn how to "not be good", and to use, or not use this information, according to the circumstances." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

    "I was struck by the number of falsehoods I had accepted as true in my childhood." -- Rene Descartes
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    Mar 16 2012: We are born free, but everywhere man is in chains.
    --Jean-Jaques Rouseau

    At birth we are conceived with no previous notions, but internal drives like breathing, eating, and living, but when we are put into situations of "gender", which is a social construct of society, we have our first chain, then our parents begin giving us their chains by shaping our early notions of society. The family is our first exposure to ideologies as we grow into thinking "independent" individuals. Before we know it, we are full chains tieing us down to reality, but to live with chains are actually a good thing, isn't that strange? It is a big box that we all live in and the only logical escape would be death, so living with chains helps us develope more of these chains, but I guess it helps us better shape future ideologies. Applying agency to our chains is the most important because that gives us our freedom. =)
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    Mar 16 2012: To all who would lead;

    With great power comes great accountability.

    You can not demand of others what you will not command in yourself.

  • Mar 16 2012: "To laugh is to risk appearing the fool;
    To weep is to risk appearing sentimental;
    To reach out for another is to risk involvement; To expose feeling is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure.

    But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing; They may avoid suffering and sorrow,but they simply cannot learn, feel change, grow, love. Live chained by their certitude, they are a slave, they have forfeited freedom; Only the person who risks is free"

    Marianne Wiliamson

    I love this quote because it reminds me to exercise my right to choose happiness, rather than live in a state of contentment, watching shadows on a cave wall.
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    Mar 16 2012: "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" Martin Luther King Jr.
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    Mar 15 2012: "I cannot teach you anything, I can only help you remember what you already know"
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    Mar 15 2012: There is one I heard in one of TED talks, "Failure is always an option but fear is not". This quote has helped me to tackle some of the most difficult calls of my life till now, and it will definitely help further!
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    Mar 15 2012: I was in high school when I came across my favorite quote; it was on the cover of an English textbook:

    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
    — Lord Alfred Tennyson

    I am big on quotes that echo the notion that we ought to always be looking to make progress, always looking to better ourselves and those around us. Even though we often encounter insurmountable obstacles, or what seem to be insurmountable when we are before them, we should approach life with forward intent. This idea is also captured here:

    There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement.
    — Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
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    Mar 15 2012: we can't solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used to create them

    Albert Einstein.

    He really has so many great quotes
  • Mar 15 2012: "When you don't know where you're going, you gotta hurry!" Walt Kelly through the mouth of Bun Rabbit. So often poor plans (or the lack of any!) lead to a frantic panic emergency.
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      Mar 15 2012: Good one Chris...reminds me...

      "If you don't take charge of your life, someone else will"
  • Mar 15 2012: It's more important to be a good human being than being an achiever.
    I like this one as it constantly reminds me about the importance of morality. another one is from Rocky-
    It aint about how hard you hit. it's all about how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward. this tells us about the harsh realities of life.
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    Mar 14 2012: "These are my principles. If you don't like them.... I have others." - Groucho Marx

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      Mar 15 2012: Eun A Jo,
      That is SO funny....I LOVE it!

      ""The highest form of bliss is living with a certain degree of folly..."
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    Mar 14 2012: "I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of My Soul"
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    Mar 14 2012: NOW FAITH IS!

    It's all about living in the NOW ! So, anything is possible right now, in this present moment.

    For some reason, we always live in the past in our mind, thoughts...is it the fear of not knowing what the future holds ? I don't know!

    For me, we shape our future, so why don't we take the time, NOW, to declare what you want your future, your world, and your mind to be!

    Best to all!
  • Mar 14 2012: “If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.” - Paul Newman

    I love this quote, there's humor, truth, and humility in it.
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    Mar 13 2012: Quotes are a great source of inspiration. They carry a creative perspective holding "gems" of lessons learned. There are those that empower and help us connect to our true essence, our "heart" and the message our "heart" or "soul" would give us when we are connected to this powerful guidance.

    This is one, I can read everyday:

    Each morning when i open my eyes, I say to myself:
    I, not events have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
    I can choose which it shall be.
    Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.
    I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
    ~Groucho Marx
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      Mar 13 2012: Good one Aneesah!

      "Your life is not what happens to you...
      It's what you make of what happens to you!"
      (Dr. Paul Pearsall, Ph.D)
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    Mar 13 2012: Thank you for the post Wayne. Throughout my life quotes have functioned as cruxes, sometimes to better deal with my particular predicament, sometimes to understand others better and mostly to steer my life in a positive direction.
    In the meantime I have come across (and assembled) a great many quotes that have helped shape my life, some intensely thought provoking and some just hilariously funny, but all with a story. I share with you two quotes I hung on to in my troubled youth:
    James Clavell –Shogun: ‘A ship, like a human being, moves best when it is slightly athwart the wind, when it has to keep it sails tight and attend its course. Ships, like men, do poorly when the wind is directly behind, pushing them sloppily on their way so that no care is required in steering or in the management of sails; the wind seems favorable, for it blows in the direction one is heading, but actually it is destructive because it induces a relaxation in tension and skill.
    What is needed is a wind slightly opposed to the ship, for then tension can be maintained, and juices can flow and ideas can germinate, for ships, like men, respond to challenge.’

    Dorothy Gilman-The tightrope walker: ‘A tree may be bent by harsh winds (…) but it is no less beautiful than the tree that grows in a sheltered nook, and often it bears the richer fruit. In your desperate longing to be like others, to be like everyone else, you seek to destroy what may be a song one day.’
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      Mar 13 2012: Dear Astra,
      I too collect quotes and use them as valuable life guides:>)

      I like the "ship"...lots of lessons in THAT one! Mostly about balance?

      I like your other one too...it reminds me to "stand like the mighty oak in the middle of the storm".
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        Mar 14 2012: Dear Colleen,

        I imagine that quotes may have also played an important role for you in growing to the place where you were able to say ‘(…) he was a valuable teacher as well. If I did not have an up close experience with violence, I may not have understood it quite as much.’ I applaud you for that, for I know it is not an easy road to travel to that gem of wisdom.

        I’m happy you like the quotes. It’s funny how sometimes an unassuming book, which Dorothy Gilman’s surely is, as opposed to renowned best-sellers or classics can have an impact on one’s life. There is one quote in particular of that book which was a life-saver:

        ‘The important thing is to carry the sun with you, inside of you at every moment, against the darkness. For there will be a great and terrifying darkness.’

        Although, at the time, I felt I had already experienced a lifetime’s worth of darkness (challenges) it psychologically prepared me for yet an even greater darkness which I was to encounter. It is from then on I managed to carry the sun with me, inside of me :)

        Btw I admire you for being able to provide so much feedback on other TEDsters’ posts. It provides a sense of validation and a shot of loving energy :)
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          Mar 14 2012: Astra,
          Yes, the words of many other people have guided me my whole life. There is a wealth of information for us when/if we pay attention. Teachers, gurus, sages, guides, psychologists, phrophets, etc., have provided information for us throughout the ages, and when we really take in this information on a deeper level , it helps us navigate this earth school. Much of this information is all recycled and I'm wondering when we, as the whole of humankind will REALLY start paying attention!

          Every single word I ever heard...every single song I ever sang...everything and everyone who touched my life, has taught me something, which has enriched my life experience. You say..."it's funny how sometimes an unassuming book..., as opposed to renowned best-sellers...can have an impact on one's life". Sometimes we discard that which seems "unassuming", in favor of the "renowned" because we may think it has more to offer, when, in fact, EVERYTHING offers an opportunity to learn and grow...I know you know all of this Astra:>)

          "The important thing is to carry the sun..."....yes....yes.....yes!!!! I can feel that you carrry the sun Astra...it is apparent, and I appreciate it:>) Thank you for your kind words...I appreciate the feedback too:>)

          "Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadows"
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          Mar 14 2012: Thanks Alpha,
          I will have a nice day...you too:>)
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          Mar 14 2012: Redundance is relevant!

          "The plural of anecdote is data."
          Raymond Wolfinger.

          Thank you Colleen for what you brought here.
      • Mar 14 2012: Hi Colleen

        So do I. collectings quotes comes from my student years.
        my room was decorated with quites,
        (room-mates had the posters of models and movies they liked)

        Funny enough, in the end of the year I god a book of quotes from foom-mates.
        Last Chrstmas a friend sent me a quote book from UK as a Christmas gift.

        I think if one day I will decorate my house with quotes.
        with pieces of papers, like in "Beautiful Mind" :-)
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      Mar 14 2012: Hi Astra.

      I am so very much enjoying this dialogue and thank you for being a part of it.
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        Mar 14 2012: Hi Wayne,
        You are most welcome and I am happy to be a part of it. It sure provides a playground for thoughts to crystallize to words :)
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          Mar 14 2012: Did you make that up Astra? It's a keeper!!!

          "Dialogue provides a playground for thoughts to crystallize to words"
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        Mar 14 2012: Dear Wayne,
        This is in response to your comment...
        "Redundance is relevant! Thank. You Colleen for what you brought here".

        "Wherever I go, there I am"
        So, I like to be clear about what I am bringing wherever I go:>)

        "A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment"
        (Kashmiri Proverb)

        When we have contentment in our heart, we carry it with us wherever we go, and nothing can change that for us. We've discussed on this thread, that people show us what is in their hearts with the way s/he communicates. A comment like the one we saw above didn't say anything about me, it was a reflection of what that person has in his/her heart, and that is sad for that person.
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          Mar 15 2012: 'Kill it with kindness!' (hate that is).

          A pleasure to walk with you.
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          Mar 15 2012: Dear Colleen,
          I’m not sure what THAT was about since the comment in question was removed but of course I can guess the nature of it. You have handled that very true to yourself, in that you always have a choice whether to accept someone’s opinion of you and make it your reality or not. You’re far better off when choosing the positive ones :)

          About the "Dialogue provides a playground for thoughts to crystallize to words"…I guess we just collaborated in creating one :) How about a further adaptation: “Dialogue provides a playground for thoughts and feelings to crystallize to words”.
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        Mar 15 2012: 'Tis a pleasure to walk with you too my friend:>)

        "Nothing is so strong as Gentleness; Nothing so Gentle as real strength..."
        (Francis de Sales)
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        Mar 17 2012: OK Astra,
        It is now etched in stone........well........it's copied in my quote file anyway!!! LOL

        "Dialogue provides a playground for thoughts and feelings to crystallize to words"
        (Astra Singh)
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    Mar 13 2012: " If you yourself have distilled some wisdom through reflection . . . . . "

    Once one's needs are met, the needs of others is all that's left.

    I've written this before in TED conversations and feel it's worthy of repeating for reflection or discussion.
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      Mar 13 2012: Very worthy of repeating, reflection and discussion Lynn:>)

      "Our duty is not to see through one another, but to see one another through"
      (Leonard Sweet)

      "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice"
      (Traditional saying- India)
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      Mar 13 2012: Hi Lynn, thank you again:)!!! This is just as true to me as the first time I read it, thanks to you:)!!!
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    Mar 13 2012: "Enlightenment is not about imaging figures of light but about making the darkness conscious" Carl Jung
  • Mar 13 2012: "I'm interested in the future because i'm going to spend the rest of my life there"
    it summarizes what life is all about, living...
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      Mar 13 2012: "Forever is composed of nows" (Emily Dickinson)
    • Mar 16 2012: 'The future is going to happen, don't force it...'
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        Mar 17 2012: But it's really hard not to sometimes. From your experience, what happens if one forces the furture?
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    Mar 12 2012: The multiply attributed "my aim is to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed" as it combines compassion, empathy and evolution/revolution in one neat sentence; "This too shall pass", from the Bible as the only statement that is true in any given situation; and "Don't worry. They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist......" as the ultimate in misplaced confidence and hubris.
  • Mar 12 2012: "Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid." -Basil King
  • Mar 12 2012: "If Love was a choice, who would choose such esquisite pain?"

    For those of us who struggle with love...
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    Mar 12 2012: From my perspective as a teacher:

    'I might not change the world but I may well inspire the person that does'.

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      Mar 12 2012: Yes, Most of us learn by what we observe, not by what we are told.
  • Mar 12 2012: Education/Learning is not the fillling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.
  • Mar 12 2012: “Who are you to judge the life I live?
    I know I'm not perfect
    -and I don't live to be-
    but before you start pointing fingers...
    make sure you hands are clean!” -Bob Marley
    i love this quote because everybody is judging other people without judging themselves
  • Mar 12 2012: " Everything you can imagine is real. " - Pablo Picasso
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    Mar 12 2012: Dreams are not negotiable-Paulo Coelho
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    Mar 12 2012: If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. ~Joseph Campbell

    I am passionate about creativity, creative potential & the hero's journey. When we follow our bliss, we change ourselves, fulfilling our potential and at the same time contributing to positive and authentic evolution...Embarking on this journey takes courage because we have to face the fear of separation from "culture", question what we have learned "socialization" and risk rejection. We do it to save ourselves and to return to the "tribe" with the rewards (new perspectives) of our journey.
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      Mar 12 2012: "The winds of Grace are blowing all the time.
      It is up to us to raise our sails"
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    Mar 12 2012: 'As above, so below. As within, so without' Found engraved on an Emerald Tablet circa 3000 B.C. As I started to reflect and understand and grow spiritually, the truth of the quote became evident. In the past the 'awakened' understood and comprehended in a few words.
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    Mar 11 2012: I will add few inspirations from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar..he is the ultimate source of joy and peace. I have done his 'Art of Living' course(teaches a rhythmic breathing technique called 'Sudarshan Kriya') and it was a game-changer. Here you go:

    1. How you die is very important - do you die with a smile on your face or do you keep grumbling and feeling sad? No one knows when one is going to die.

    2.Wonder brings love in you, because love is the wonder. It is a mystery.

    3.The whole entirety belongs to me and I belong to everybody.

    4.I say don't fall in love; rise in love.

    5.Let there be some mystery. Only silence is complete.

    6.There is neither a beginning nor an end because everything is spherical. A sphere has no beginning and no end, no goal or direction.

    7. Pain is nothing but consciousness wanting to expand and to become free. Freedom is liberation from the craving of stimuli.

    8. Patience in the mind and dynamism in action is the right formula.

    9.Austerity comes out of abundance, and austerity brings abundance.

    10.If you feel very successful, it means that you have underestimated yourself. All your achievements can only be smaller than you. Taking pride in any achievement is belittling yourself.

    11.When you say "thank you", you complete something. You are finishing a transaction, a relationship, a process. "Thank you" is like "goodbye".


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    Mar 11 2012: "Life is a series of attitudes". E. Babbitt
    Somehow, despite the many brilliant and profound quotes out there, it keeps coming back to the basics :)
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      Mar 12 2012: I agree completely! Thanks Lisi.
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    Mar 11 2012: a. there is neither a friend nor an enemy, everyone are merchants.
    so love no one-hate no one and trust no one.(me)

    b. one does what one can. (I heard that in the film "Constantine" by "Lucifer")

    c. Fishes know : all of the pools are as deep as cat`s hand. (Nosrat Rahmani - persian poet)
  • Mar 11 2012: Think there must be a better way.

    Pushes me to find a better and a simpler solution to every problem I face in my life. Calls for infinite refinement of the ideas, makes me question the predefined or established solutions and lets me believe that there can be growth at any point.
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      Mar 11 2012: You regularly, it seems, revitalize in yourself some of those core traits we are born with, they sadly become become eroded as we 'mature'.

      Thanks for reminding us:).
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        Mar 12 2012: A sage would possibly say:

        "I cannot teach you anything. I am only here to remind you of what you already know"
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    Mar 11 2012: Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration - Thomas Edison.
    Self explanatory and true!
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      Mar 12 2012: Maybe Edison thought he could inspire others by emphasizing hard work.?

      My point is that if you only have 1% inspiration it is not likely to keep you going and help you actually manifest your genius.

      It might get you started though :)
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    Mar 11 2012: I have a bunch of classic quotes from famous people on little pieces of paper taped to the wall above my desk. I can look up and see them at any time. One of my favorites is: "If you're going through hell, keep going.". Another favorite is: "Am I not destroying my enemies by making friends of them?". But I think my all time favorite is: "Love one another." Thanks for the great idea to correlate these.
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    Mar 11 2012: "Loyalty before all else - except honour."

    "Exits say more about the quality of your character than entrances."

    "Put down the fork and pick up your feet"

    Yeah, I know, terribly boring. Still, if more people kept these in mind the world would be a better place...

    Great Question, Wayne.
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    Mar 10 2012: What we have to think is that how many hours of life we have lived that have passed...Baba Hardev SIngh
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      Mar 12 2012: I'd rather live in this very precious, precent moment!
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    I don't know who quoted it, but i have found it quite true. It holds good for every situation of life.
    (taking my example, i could have scored better & would have chosen any other place of study. But i dint , because there was a reason . I had to choose this place to be with my sister & find new trust-able friends. )
    I don't know how to explain it. Try it yourself.
  • Mar 10 2012: "don't you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining". Sarah Kay, If I should have a daughter. :)
  • Mar 10 2012: Libertas Inaestimabilis Res Est.
    What we do in life echoes in eternity.
    Actúa como si todo dependiera de ti y confía como si todo dependiera de Dios.
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    Mar 9 2012: "If you view life as a mission,
    For truth and purity in vision,
    You can become as the anointed,
    And fade away from the disjointed."
    - - I, Voyager by Nevermore
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      This quote is interesting.

      I have two questions..I hope you can help me.
      1..what does the line "and fade away from the disjointed mean in the context of the quote"
      2..who is , or what is - - I, Voyagoer by Nevermore (a song and group?)
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        Mar 9 2012: This is a lyric from one of my favorite songs. I, Voyager is the song and Nevermore is the band.

        I think, if we want something to be true and then try to justify the truth, we become 'disjointed'. For example, if one believes they can find some kind of 'white knight' romantic lover, one will become disjointed when they meet the reality of what it means to be a human... That we are more complicated than that. But if a person instead tries to find some kind of objective truth (even if it cannot be found), and does so with 'purity in vision' (removing 'want' from reason) we can be as the enlightened and fade away from the world of people who confuse 'want' with reason.

        Nevermore has a lot of intelligent songs on a variety of topics. And it's interesting to read the evolution of the lyrics to see if their philosophies have changed. For example, some of their earlier songs are decidedly anti-religious ("There is no god, there is no fashionable deliverance" from Create the Infinite) while lyrics off their newest album seem spiritual ("Without morals we wither, we might as well be gone. I believe in the afterworld - we cannot right our wrongs!" from Without Morals)

        Here's the song:
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          Mar 10 2012: Thank you kindly Spencer.
  • Mar 9 2012: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
    -Henry Ford

    If there's a will there's a way! If you want something in life, the only way you're going to achieve that goal is believing in yourself. If you don't believe you can succeed, you probably won't. Henry sums it up well.
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    Mar 9 2012: "As Within, So Without" This is a Hermetic principle and my interpretation is that the external world is reflected from the internal world, so we can change how we perceive ourselves within ourselves and the outer world will reflect this change. Thus, simply put, if we change our inner world of feelings and attitude toward balance and stability, our outer circumstance will improve. Seems to be the principle behind the Rainmaker story Jung tells that illustrates the experience of synchronicity.

    Which brings me to another quote, although this one is long, I like it by Carl Jung, particularly the part where he quotes himself (look for the quote inside the quote):
    In his commentary about the Rainmaker story, Jung writes:
    “…but if one thinks psychologically, one is absolutely convinced that things quite naturally take this way [speaking of the rainmaker’s ability to create rain]. If one has the right attitude then the right things happen. One doesn’t make it right, it is just right, and one feels it has to happen in this way. It is just as if one were inside of things. If one feels right, that thing must turn up, it fits in. It is only when one has a wrong attitude that one feels that things do not fit in, that they are queer. When someone tells me that in his surroundings the wrong things always happen, I say: "It is you who are wrong, you are not in Tao; if you were in Tao, you would feel that things are as they have to be." Sure enough, sometimes one is in a valley of darkness, dark things happen, and then dark things belong there, they are what must happen then; they are nonetheless in Tao”.
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      "Even after all this time,
      the sun never says to the Earth "You Owe Me".
      Look what happens with a love that powerful.......

      .......it lights up the whole sky!!"
  • Mar 8 2012: “Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot.”
    • Mar 10 2012: But,also: "Never trust a man with only one book"
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    Mar 8 2012: So hard to choose a favorite, but this one comes up in conversation quite often:

    "Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you've always known."
    - Frank Herbert
    • Mar 10 2012: A similar notion expressed by Alexander Pope in:

      "True wit is nature to advantage dressed,
      What oft was thought but ne'er so well expressed."

      from his 'Essay on Criticism'

      I think he's saying that true intelligence does not lie in knowing something others don't know, but in being able to communicate it.
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        Mar 10 2012: Awesome interpretation!!!

        I had until now thought that, generally, intelligence is a measure of an entities ability to solve a problem.

        Thanks to your sharing, i now believe it is more like a faceted competency, at least in part expressed through ones ability to communicate a given solution. I will think on the matter more.

        How smart of you:)!

        • Mar 10 2012: Yes, I think Einstein said some like: "There is nothing so complex that it couldn't be explained by someone who understands it to his grandmother. If he can't explain it to his grandmother, he doesn't understand it"
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        Mar 14 2012: Smart indeed! All of these quotes speak to the value of understanding, and the "Eureka" instance that happens when you have a, "... that makes sense." moment. A great idea really has no value if you can't communicate it to anyone else.
  • Mar 7 2012: "If nothing is impossible, then there are no limits. If a man knows no limits, he is fit to lead". From the 59th verse of the Tao Te Ching by Lao-tzu.

    I love this quote as it reminds me to always remember that even when I can not see it, there is a solution and also to always follow people who are without limits.
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    Mar 7 2012: 'If you don't know where you're going, chances are you'll end up somewhere else' Steve De Shazer.

    I love this quote because it's a call to action, to take charge of our future. Further to this my second favorite quote backs up the importance of putting yourself out there.

    'The choice may have been mistaken ; the choosing was not..' Stephen Sondheim from Sunday In The Park With George.
    • Mar 23 2012: I agree, and yet "if you don't know where you're going, you can't get lost"
      Because after all, who hasn't had a moment in their life where they were unsure of what to do next, but stumbled upon a significant experience?
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    Mar 7 2012: Chaos can only exist if any moments circumstance is not the consequence of some in/action in the moment before.
    From a higher perspective even the incredible is happening as it should.
    Chaos is order with options.

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      Mar 10 2012: To all madness is order. Chaos is what is yet to be known.

      Trying to create structured order without instructed thinking will devoid of what is and potentially is.

      Koan: what is singularity of universe? Knowing and/or working with all in the meta-existence? Absolute everything vs. nothing? Being human or human being?

      You assume we can in empirical data, sense-perceptual, and intuition ... one could know the metareality of a given moment. This is false, we only know parts even philosophically. Evolution of information is no different that universal evolution.

      Zen Buddhist have a lot of material on order and chaos theories, check them out. Existential-nihilism - it's dark but real. The challenge is to be a reflective and optimistic about life although we are so tiny in cosmic comparison.
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    Mar 7 2012: There's stuff that matters and stuff that don't. This stuff don't matter. ~unknown

    It applies to almost everything and no one.

    and the word 'stuff' is usually replaced with an American cuss word.
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      Mar 7 2012: I'm like this , you're like that, that is all this is, is that all there is?
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        Mar 7 2012: Cool:) That one applies to almost everyone and nothing!
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    Mar 7 2012: "The rage for wanting to conclude is one of the most deadly and most fruitless manias to befall humanity. Each religion and each philosophy has pretended to have God to itself, to measure the infinite, and to know the recipe for happiness. What arrogance and what nonsense! I see, to the contrary, that the greatest geniuses and the greatest works have never concluded."
    -- Gustave Flaubert, Correspondence (Paris, 1929), vol. V, 111.
  • Mar 7 2012: Alan Watts: The purpose of Organized R eligion is to protect people from Spiritual experiences. People do have spiritual experiences, but in the modern world, there are very few interpretive schemes that make good scientifiic , or even common sensical sense of it. Culturally, we are stuck in a philosophy thousands of years out of date, and Atheists are not immune to this either, since they share the common assumptions, merely without "God".
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    Mar 7 2012: "We've become a culture that adheres to the scared messenger rather than the sacred message." Sir Ken Robinson

    Because it's true, but I would argue that this is a worldly problem. We follow authorities entirely too much rather than being an individual anarchist or ignostic observationalist.
  • Mar 6 2012: "When in doubt, assume positive." I'm quoting myself.
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      Mar 8 2012: I agree.

      'When is it not best to have a good attitude?!?!

      A good attitude makes it easy to let go of pain.

      It replaces fear with respect and permits reconciliation.

      It gives rise to hope, empowers as it cultivates competence, facilitates aptitude and fosters moral.

      It is as pertinacious as ebony.

      It guides the hand of justice and vindicates the soul.

      A good attitude is one with felicity.

      A good attitude is a worthy addiction.

      A good attitude is what matters most.

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    Mar 6 2012: Could it be your vice is someones bait? Creepy.

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      Mar 6 2012: That's why so many fish lose their lives.

      Humans can also lose theirs, or suffer at the hands
      of someone "manipulating" it.......like a birdcatcher is able to make his prey fall into his trap.

      Our weaknesses/vices, can be used against us at any time by someone who is an
      observer of human behavior.

      Yes indeed......creepy, but also food-for-thought.

      One of my favorite kinds of quotes......packs alot of lessons in few words.

      I have never heard this principle of life put quite this way......I'll add it to my list.

      Thank you
  • Mar 6 2012: " If you follow the fun , the misery will follow you, but If you follow the knowledge, the fun will follow you" H.H. Sri sri Ravishankar.

    One of my most favourite qouete. It motivates me to seek the knowledge.
  • Mar 6 2012: "This too shall pass" ..remember this quote whenever you are in happy/sad moment.
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    Mar 5 2012: "A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence." David Hume

    It's important to me to use critical thinking skills whenever I'm confronted with claims via media or social networking. What we believe affects how we vote and what kind of society we live in.
  • Mar 5 2012: There are actually multiple websites who have large collections of quotes. Even categorised in multiple ways etc. Just make sure that the search engine you're using doesn't think you're looking for stock quotes and you'll find them.
    There are also a few sites with poems on them which are worth while (invictus for example is a nice poem).

    for a quote that I like (there are a lot... einstein also has some fun quotes)

    You're never too old to become younger.
    Mae West
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      Mar 14 2012: "We do not stop playing because we grow old,
      We grow old because we stop playing"
    • Mar 16 2012: 'Growing old is obligatory, growing up is optional'
      Unknown Source.
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    Apr 5 2012: Thank you all for this.
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      Apr 5 2012: Thank YOU Wayne....it was fun, and will continue to be joyfull as we go back and look at all the wonderful contributions:>)
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    Apr 3 2012: "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger".
    (Nietzsche, Friedrich)
  • Apr 1 2012: Beware the man who works hard to learn something, learns it and finds himself no wiser than he was before. He is full of muderous resentment for those who are ignorant and have come about their ignorance without having gone about it the hard way. Kurt Vonnegut
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    Apr 1 2012: "Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people."

    It is not a quote but a Welsh Proverb, and has significantly helped govern my young life. It gives a phrase to the value of a person's word and the loyalties that go with it.
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    Apr 1 2012: Speaking of the street...I saw a sticker that said "God Hates Facts". I thought it seemed interesting, and sorry if this offends anyone, but I saw it as entertaining.
  • Mar 31 2012: "The facts--while interesting--are irrelevant."
  • Mar 31 2012: There is one by Goethe I like "boldness has genius in it"- anyone direct me to the full quotation?
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      Mar 31 2012: "Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now"

      “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves as well. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen accidents, meetings and material assistance that no one could have dreamed would come their way. Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

      – Goethe, by attribution
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        Mar 31 2012: Oh Colleen there you Goethe again… If I do anything great with this life time it will be because of my association with people you.

        Thanks again:)!
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          Mar 31 2012: Honestly Wayne, sometimes, I don't know if I goethe, or cometh!

          "There's so much good in the worst of us
          And so much bad in the best of us
          That it ill behooves any of us
          To talk about the rest of us..."
          (Mary Engelbreit)
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        Mar 31 2012: What a great quote by Mary.....love the name!!!

        I have so much of her stationary....

        "Mothers nurture the flowers in the garden of life"

        "Too much of a good thing is wonderful"

        What I do love from her the most are her illustrations......

        Thanks Colleen!!

        [EDIT]...oh, and "Life is a chair of bowlies"....she illustrates it with a comfy arm chair filled with lovely bowls of all colors.....
  • Mar 30 2012: Mary,

    Absolutely. Let take a moment to tell you about my life. My mother was 40 when I was born, and my father was 36. At age 3, my mom divorced my father, and married Harold Spiedell (Spelling..he past in '82 when I was twelve, and my mom has been gone since 2/14/1996). The thing about Uncle Hal was he was 20 years older than my mom, and never had kids.

    So my memories, stories, and anecdotes are from my dad, mom, Hal and their friends. Additionally, I don't even get to account for my grand parents because 3/4 were deceased prior to my birth.

    Let's just look at Hal, and what he accomplished. He grew up a stones throw from Ebbets Field. additionally, he was good enough athletically to be a minor league prospect for the Yankees during their best times. However, WWII happened, and he went down on three different ships during a 72 hour period.

    I cannot be who I am w/o an understanding of the past. My context is greater than most because of my environment.

    So, yes look at the history, teach theory and logic.

    One last footnote. Yesterday, I tried to check out the same Schrödinger's Cat book I did the week of 2/7/2008. I couldn't find it, but the one on the shelf was last checked out in 2006. I asked if he could print either my history or the books history. His response; we don't keep those kind of records.

    Thanks for taking the time to ask an intelligent question. I wish you and your family the best, and teach them everything about the past.


    Daniel Bayne Wiswell
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    Mar 30 2012: The sunbeam dust pretty much settled into a little globe we call Earth.
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    Mar 29 2012: Be careful which bridges you burn...sometimes the only way forward is back.
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      Mar 29 2012: wow...yours Wayne?
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        Mar 29 2012: Yes Colleen. its a mashup that covers several situations.
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          Mar 30 2012: "Mashups" are often how we learn, grow and evolve.......
          Reminds me.....

          "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on...."
          (Thomas Jefferson)

          Here's another idea about "mashups"

          "Exclusive dedication to necessitous chores without interludes of hedonistic deversions renders John a hebetudinous fellow"

          All work and no play makes John a dull boy"

          LOL...what do your think?
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    Mar 29 2012: ''Wisdom is a tree which grows in the heart and fruits on the tongue''

    ''Reveal down the fortune by giving charity''

    ''Asceticism is the character of the loyal ones''

    ''No faith is like shyness and humility''
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    Mar 29 2012: ''Patience insures victory''
  • Mar 29 2012: "We face neither East nor West: we face forward." This quote just means focus on forward development. It doesn't matter who or where it's from as long as it is a progression forward.
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    Mar 29 2012: this quote i wrote it once i lost a friend of mine
    ''' we will never meet just like the sun and the moon they never Collide but they both make love to the sea''' my love for you wil lnever die
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    Mar 28 2012: ♥ People hurt you,Allah will heal you ♥ People judge you, Allah will justify you ♥
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    Mar 28 2012: go out of your way to be kind
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      Mar 28 2012: Juliette.......so nice :)
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        Mar 30 2012: Thank you....lol....and just adding to fulfill Wayne's criteria :-) and for those few who might read; I like it because it reminds me that it's easy when all is well......yet being kind matters most when it's hard to be so. lol.
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          Apr 3 2012: That's why I liked the quote.....to be truly kind...you have to "go out of your way"

          One work defines kindness as: "The quality or state of taking an active interest in the welfare of others."

          It's easy to be kind to people you like, and when it is convenient for you. But a truly kind person, thinks of others ahead of themselves.....hence..kindness of the highest quality.

          I'm glad you came back and added more than a happy face......
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        Apr 3 2012: I am really glad also Mary!! Putting up the smiley face for me, when I did, was like grabbing on to a shred of hope that I could somehow pull myself back to this moment and stay in the stream of TED while I was being pushed to so many directions at once and away from my dear people here. I think Wayne has created a wonderful place for us with his idea.

        Kindness being taking an active interest in the welfare of others...and to be truly kind..you do have to "go out of your way". It is amazing, I feel like you really "got" my meaning!! It feels good knowing there is at least one kindred spirit in the world...Thank you again for noticing my quote.
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          Apr 3 2012: You are welcome Juliette....your comments have always been upbuilding. And, I am a bit of a social butterfly....I love to commend other's good comments, insights, and ideas....the teacher in me...can't help it.

          Have a great week Juliette......and keep commenting on talks, and conversations!!!

          Read you soon!!!!

  • Mar 28 2012: no matter how white a teeth is it can never stand in position of a mirror....
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      Thank you kindly.
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    Mar 28 2012: My Grandmother used to say that "the only people that I know are truly happy are the ones that I don't know that well".
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    Mar 28 2012: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" Regina Dugan on TED.

    Because, according to her, when you remove the fear of failure the term impossible becomes useless.
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    Mar 28 2012: Several instances throughout this time with you all, I have had the pleasure of being reminded of those teachings my devout mother instilled in my siblings and I.
    You are invited all of you regardless of religion or denomination to, with love, pass on here any verse, scripture, parable you would like in order to further enrich this string.
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      Mar 28 2012: "There are decisions you are going to have to make in your life, that nobody can make for you.
      Later in your life - whatever you decide today - know this....Subsequently information may arise that makes you realize you made the Wrong Decision.

      But please do not abuse yourself for the choice that you made when all you knew is what you knew today."

      Elizabeth Gilbert's mom (Gilbert is author of Eat Pray Love)

      This mom wisdom has many applications, and wonderful for providing needed help when someone is feeling regret and living in the past. I found it quite enlightning......again, because you say alot in very few words.
  • Mar 27 2012: If you keep doing
    what you've always done,
    you'll keep getting
    what you've always gotten.
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      Mar 27 2012: Insanity defined:

      "Doing things over and over in the same way and expecting different results"

      Your quote made me think of this one Karen....thank you.
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    Mar 27 2012: "Plurimus sapiens consilium, licens intellect quod summa of totus humanus scientia.

    Most wise council, unrestrained intellect and the sum of all human knowledge."

    This is what I want for us all. Its also the trade mark for 'our' company 'global sustainable ideas'. didn't happen yet willing to share what it could be, let me know if you are interested. An open discussion will only make it more real.

    Lets create our legacy.
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    Mar 27 2012: "What matters most is how well you walk through the fire." Charles Bukowski
  • Mar 27 2012: Aquilla non captat muscas
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      Mar 27 2012: Translation please. Thank you.
      • Mar 27 2012: "Eagle does not catch flies". Old latin expression
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          Mar 27 2012: I have not heard this before.

          Could you please explain?

          In spanish we have one that goes: En boca cerrada no entran moscas.....Flies cannot enter a closed mouth.....in other words: Measure your words.

          And another one on speech: "Don't let your tongue cut your throat"

          Awaiting your reply....thank you Mihail
      • Mar 27 2012: Mary,

        That one about "Flies cannot enter a closed mouth" has a difference in meaning. As you said it means "Measure your words". In Russia we have equivalent - sounds like "Word is like a bird, you cannot catch it after you gave freedom to it" - a word spoken is past recalling.

        Regarding to "Aquilla non captat muscas" ("Eagle does not catch flies"). It means that a generous and wise man does not pay attention to different annoying details or even people - he takes it easy. He is trying to achieve something really important than temporary details, goals or pleasure.
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          Mar 27 2012: Very wise saying indeed Mihail.

          Thank you for the translation, and also for the explanation.
          I truly appreciate it.

          Be Well,
  • Mar 27 2012: "All of life is 7 to 5 against"--Damion Runyon

    don't quit
  • Mar 27 2012: Thoughts are addictive, actions are liberating
  • Mar 27 2012: I'm fascinated by the human condition that prolongs conflicts and prevents equitable solutions so my favorite quote is

    You can't judge another until you've walked a mile in his shoes.

    (there is no consensus on just where or from whom the quote originated although a variation is credited to American Indians)
  • Mar 27 2012: "At such a time it seems natural and good to me to ask myself these questions: what do I believe in? What must I fight for and what must I fight against?" -Steinbeck

    I think of this quote often, I find them clarifying when life, obligations, and passions start to swirl.
  • Mar 27 2012: "If you think you can, your right. If you think you can't, your also right."

    - Henry Ford

    Our thoughts have far more control over our every day circumstances than most of us realize.
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    Mar 26 2012: Don't stop till you hear glass break!
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      Mar 27 2012: "glass break" as in when an opera singer shadders glass?
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    Mar 26 2012: "Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." -- Julia Child

    For me, the passion of an idea or action is what makes our lives worth living. Whatever you are passionate about is irrelevant. What drives people, groups, communities and nations are people who are passionate about life, liberty, equality and opportunity. All of the TED ideas are delivered by impassioned individuals. My wish is for all of us to find that idea and relentlessly pursue it for the balance of our lives.
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    Mar 26 2012: Wealth is best measured beyond visible reflections in the mirror - garnered from something Elif Shafak mentioned in her TED talk.

    I like this sentiment because it seems under appreciated by too many of us in a "material oriented reality world" that is so easy to get caught up in.
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    Mar 26 2012: "One of the great difficulties in the new order of thought is that we are likely to indulge in too much theory and too little practice"
    (Ernest Holmes - The Science of Mind)

    This resonates with me because it feels like we (humans) often talk and theorize a LOT, and many times fail to put our theories into practice in our everyday lives.
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      Mar 27 2012: I agree. We can't DO unless we KNOW; however, I think it can be argued that learning is worthless without application.
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        Mar 27 2012: My mother always used to say that faith without work is dead.
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          Mar 27 2012: Wayne, your mom was quoting scripture.....James 2:17.

          Here's one that applies, and that a former school administrator would use at open house with parents:

          "What you are shouts so loudly in your child's ears, they cannot hear what you are saying"
          She always followed the quote up with an explanation that as parents we have to lead with our example.

          I was very impressed with that speech of hers....because, as one of the teachers at that school, I realized that she knew parents play a big role in the success of the students, and she expected their FULL cooperation.
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          Mar 27 2012: Mary: I am becoming more and more convinced that my example is the means to achieving or effecting the change I want to see in others. Of course, that means I have to work on myself first! Speaking of scripture, I think it agrees. Do unto others...
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        Mar 27 2012: Good points Robert and Wayne:>)

        "Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go"
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          Mar 27 2012: Aaah, Risk.......Here are some profound thoughts on risk:

          To Laugh.....is to risk appearing the fool.
          To Weep.....is to risk appearing sentimental.
          To Reach out for another.....is to risk involvement.
          To Expose your feelings....is to risk exposing your true self.
          To Place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd....is to risk their loss.
          To Love....is to risk not being loved in return.
          To Live....is to risk dying.
          To Hope....is to risk despair.
          To Try......is to risk failure.

          BUT---risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
          Persons who risk nothing, may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live. Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves for they have forfeited their freedom.

          Only a person who risks is FREE!!!
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        Mar 27 2012: Robert, yes!!!

        Knowledge is nothing without understanding.

        Data is not information.
        Information is not knowledge.
        Knowledge is not understanding.
        Understanding is not wisdom.

        There is a progression in life......we have to really meditate on the knowledge we have, and try to understand.

        The benefit of meditating on quotes, is that at different points in our life the same wise saying will have various applications in differing circumstances.

        That is why I LOVE collecting quotes and sharing quotes.......it is a great hobby......and I love to go back and read through them now and again when I am feeling in need of a pick me up.

        Sometimes a quote will get me to pick up the phone and call someone...sometimes a quote will open my eyes of understanding about an issue that someone is confronting, and it will help me aid a friend in need of comfort.......sometimes I am able to comfort total strangers with a few words of wisdom..

        Thanks for the great quotes Robert.

        Be Well
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          Mar 27 2012: Speaking of opening our eyes...I use this one a LOT, and I love it!

          "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes..."
          (Marcel Proust)
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      Mar 28 2012: The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. -Nikola Tesla
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    Mar 26 2012: "Does it need to be said? Does it need to be said right now? Does it need to be said by you?"
  • Mar 26 2012: "People don't change, their priorities change."
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    Mar 26 2012: Life is a trail; not a camp!
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      Mar 26 2012: And, "Even if you are on the right trail, you will get run over if you just sit there"
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        Mar 26 2012: "Every decision is a choice; the decision to not make a choice is actually a choice itself"
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        Mar 26 2012: Awesome Mary "Even if you are on the right trail, you will get run over if you just sit there" another one for my students.
  • Mar 25 2012: A couple of my favourite quotes from H L Mencken :- We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
    The cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions per minute. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it.
    Religion is the theory that it was set in motion to give him the ride.
    • Mar 25 2012: Someone who knows that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart should be greatly respected and, as such, should probably be considered reliable. Children are smart and wives are beautiful. A fellow for whom this isn't true has probably made a mistake somewhere, and such people are not reliable.
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        Mar 26 2012: This is a wonderful rule of thumb....I just love it. I will copy it in my collection.

        "You get to know people really well, not by what others have to say about him, but by what he says of others"
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    Mar 25 2012: ''women is like a glass protect her so bad''
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    Mar 25 2012: ''IF you gain the whole world and you a fallower you are a loser''
    • Mar 26 2012: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

      Matthew 16:26
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        Mar 26 2012: You know an awful lot of scriptures Andre....which is your favorite scriptural quote? if I may ask.
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    Mar 25 2012: life is tough and we have to understand it by its lesssons that gives us everyday
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    Mar 25 2012: "Out of its abysses, unpredictable life emerges, with a never-ending procession of miracles, crises, healing, and growth. When I realize this once again, I see the absurdity of my belief that I can understand, predict and control life. All I can really do is go along for the ride, with as much consciousness and love as I can muster in the moment".
    (Molly Young Brown)

    This one has accompanied me through many life challenges.
  • Mar 25 2012: You are only as free as your leash is long......

    You learn something old every day.....

    There are no stupid questions......only stupid asses....

    .I just made that up....hahahha...
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    Mar 25 2012: I also like this one:
    'We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."
    Stephen Hawking
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    Mar 25 2012: When BB King was asked why he became such a world-wide success, given his background, he said ...
    I had lots of dreams, but no vision ...
    Then he stopped dreaming about money and women, and focused his life on making blues music an international "language".
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    Mar 25 2012: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=vkgm0eMtBpQ

    'Im not making the news Im just reporting it.'

    Michel Eric Dyson.

    True Bard.
    • Mar 25 2012: On a similar theme, but to opposite effect, in his typically charming and arch manner, Winston Churchill said:-

      "History will be kind to me. I know because I intend to write it"
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    Mar 24 2012: "we can't just drill our way out, we can't just bomb our way out, we're going to invent our way out working together..." IDK who said it
  • Mar 24 2012: My quote "It is not the strongest or the most intelligent that survive, but those who can more effectively adapt to change." Written by Charles Darwin. This quote is more easily understood the older we get. As we age, we have more experiences, some good, some bad, and everywhere in between. Some in our control, and many things are out of our control. And thus personal survival in both mental and physical terms is influenced by our ability to adapt to the situation in many cases. If you live long enough, the trials and tribulations of life reflect will reflect this quote.
  • Mar 24 2012: An unexamined life was not a life worth living.--said by Socrotes. it is easy for us to lose the track of our own course for we are human beings. so it will be better for us to live an examined life.
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    Mar 24 2012: my favorite quote is "Controversial is the nicest touch" by Indonesian singer, Agnes Monica.
    I choose this quote out of many because life should be colorful in a way and I think we'd view differently on controversial subjects. Most artists pot ray it because it gives society to think and choose side. On another hand, I totally respect Madonna for her view of art and setting the new culture from the 80's.
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    Mar 24 2012: Hi Lisi - I think that perhaps Edison was maybe just highlighting how little of genius is down to 'natural brilliance' etc if you don't push yourself to make something of it. Hard work is ultimately the key ingredient in any success story....I think inspiration is an incredible thing!
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    Mar 23 2012: "Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?"

    Personally, I love this.

    From my perspective, it explains beautifully the duality and relative nature of the universe.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koan
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    Mar 23 2012: 'You can't polish a turd'

    Yes, it's crude and can't really be used in polite company. However, I think it's quite profound.

    Personally, it conveys to me a sentiment bearing the wisdom that, sometimes, you just have to accept things for what they are. Plus, it always make me chuckle when I hear someone use it.

    Unfortunately, I have no idea who originated this quote.
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      Mar 23 2012: We have one in Spanish that goes like this:

      "Aunque la mona
      se vista de seda,
      mona es,
      y mona se queda"


      Dress up a monkey
      in silk if you may
      a monkey she is
      and a monkey she'll stay

      Great quote....yes a bit crude.....but....
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        Mar 25 2012: The Dutch version is:

        "Al draagt een aap een gouden ring,
        het is en blijft een lelijk ding."


        Even though a monkey wears a golden ring,
        it is and stays an ugly thing.
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          Mar 25 2012: How neat....I wish I could pronounce the Dutch to be able to say it in three languages.
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          Mar 26 2012: please check this out on youtube 'smart monkey' 01:53 by sraaab79.

          …i was feeling bad for all the monkeys reading this string...
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          Mar 26 2012: Why are you feelin' bad for us Wayne? I think we're havin' lots of fun...LOL:>)
  • Mar 22 2012: "Morality is judgement to distinguish right from wrong, vision to see the truth, courage to
    act upon it, dedication to that which is good, and integrity to stand by it at any price."
  • Mar 21 2012: 'Il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux.' (One must imagine Sisyphus as being happy) - Albert Camus.

    To find hope in such a tale of despair, which surely must have been the myth's original creator's intention, is truly Albert's lasting gift; not bad for the Uni of Algiers number one goalkeeper! And not a 'saute metaphysique' in sight!
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    Mar 21 2012: " Dios hizo el mundo y se lo presta a los valientes" A beautiful way to tell a cruel reality we are humans but not diferent than animals ..only the strong will survived ..is a reality we must be grateful to live our lives with courage.
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      Mar 21 2012: Jorge yo no capto el mismo significado que usted....la tierra es para todos....valientes o no.

      "Courage is not the absence of fear, but it's mastery" Mark Twain

      By the way, who said your quote? It seems I have heard it before...a song perhaps?
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        Mar 21 2012: Think about your first day at school ..think about the first day at a new job..think about a new country and a new language a new date, the first swimm at the lake simple things that demand from us a bit of comintment and "Valentia"...Mark Twains remark is a result of what he experience along his life a very savy man... with the absolut precence of fear and every event we have to take every step with courage.
        I come from a land were young children take full responsability of their lifes, and No is not child labor is passion for living were the day starts before the sunrise and ends when everything is taking care off before one can go to sleep this my friend is the world of the "Valientes". ..No is not a song but it could turn into an inspiring song Indeed.
  • Mar 21 2012: "where there is interest, children will learn" - Excerpt from Sugatta Gupta's TED Talk on hole in the wall.

    This applies not just to children but to all people, adults, kids, young and the old.
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    Mar 21 2012: We are the music-makers,
    And we are the dreamers of dreams-Arthur O'Shaughnessy

    I love this poem because it evokes a feeling of inspiration and hope...a feeling that anything is possible.
  • Mar 21 2012: "Neither science nor religion can completely unscrew the inscrutable. Ultimately, both may be better at questioning our answers than answering our questions". -- Gary Kowalski

    I liked this quote the first time I read it and I still like it. I am not sure why I like it; perhaps it is because it mirrors another that I like... from a bumper sticker "to question is the answer"
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      Mar 21 2012: So true!!!

      Look at what is inscribed on the bell tower at SUNY, I first heard of it through a TED talk by Clifford Stoll. A talk worth listening to.

      "All truth is one.
      In this light, may science and religion endeavor here
      for the steady evolution of mankind;
      from darkness to light,
      from narrowness to broad-mindedness,
      from prejudice to tolerance,
      It is the voice of life, which calls us to come and LEARN."

      Capital letters mine.
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    Mar 20 2012: “Evil exists in the world not to create despair but activity. We are not patiently to submit to it, but to exert ourselves to avoid it. It is not only the interest but the duty of every individual to use his utmost efforts to remove evil from himself and from as large a circle as he can influence, and the more he exercises himself in this duty, the more wisely he directs his efforts, and the more successful these efforts are, the more he will probably improve and exalt his own mind and the more completely does he appear to fulfil the will of his Creator.” Thomas Malthus
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    Mar 20 2012: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” - Charles Darwin

    This is very interesting, I learned this from one of the TED Talks, Aimme Mullins - The opportunity of adversity, I learned his real strength lies in the determination of their humans in dealing with various problems that occurred in his life, when we moved to resolve issues and problems of others may not realize that we want to or not willing to accept the problem, that's where his real strength in accordance with the Charles Darwin said "It is the one that is the most adaptable to change"
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    Mar 20 2012: "Courage allows the successful woman to fail, and in those failures, learn powerful lessons. So in the end, she never failed at all." Maya Angelou.

    My favourite because I've been there a time or two. Feathers earned.
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      Mar 26 2012: There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.
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      Mar 27 2012: Maya Angelou....one of my favorite authors...such insights....here is one of my favorite quotes from her:

      "When people show you who they are..........believe them"

      She then went on to explain that we have to be observant. If someone likes to say jokes that are in bad taste, or speaks of things they have gotten away with....believe them, they are not good company.
  • Mar 19 2012: One of my favorites, I actually read on TED.

    “The secret to happiness is low expectations.” — Barry Schwartz
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    Mar 19 2012: "Human kind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is [life's] law of Equivalent Exchange."
    -- Edward Elric, Full Metal Alchemist

    Is it not the practicality and logic of life to gain, you must give, so I like to live by it.

    That brings me to "inspiration": Give back to your environment (family, community, earth, etc.) and you will live a fulfilled life with lavishes beyond your comprehension.
  • Mar 19 2012: "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken?".
    -Oliver Cromwell

    This quote from Jacob Bronowski's "The Ascent of Man" at the end of his TV documentary and book reported Cromwell's speech on being informed King Charles must be executed. While Bronowski dips his hand in pond with the ashes of his fellow Jews and family exterminated at Auschwitz he proposes that "we have to cure ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power. We have to close the distance between push button order and the human act.
    We have to touch people."
  • Mar 18 2012: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

    F Scott Fitzgerald

    I love the way FSF gets across the idea that the future is a struggle - but, in the lines just before this, suggest that we'll always keep seeking it.
  • Mar 18 2012: "Happiness..more or less" - Richard Ashcroft

    "Less is more" - Steve Jobs

    "Why so serious" - The Joker, The Dark Knight

    "The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage." — Mark Russell
  • Mar 18 2012: "He who shall, so shall he who"... so ridiculous that you have to stop and think about it...and THEN you decide, hell, it might be true!
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    Mar 16 2012: There is always a better way to do it. -> Thomas Alva Edison

    This quote encourages people to do better at whatever it is they are doing. What makes it special is that it is said by a man who has spent his entire life trying to find better ways to do mundane things.

    My all time favorite quote! :)
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    Mar 16 2012: Another one I use with my students;

    Shoot for the stars, those who aim for mediocrity usually fall short.
  • Mar 16 2012: Life is what you make of it - because the message expands through the imagination in each person in a way that it means totally different things for everyone.

    actually my favorite quote is humorous and has nothing to do with learning, wisdom or inspiring... but that wouldn't go here.
  • Mar 15 2012: Shop for security over happiness and you buy it, at that price - Richard Bach

    It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves - Edmund Hillary

    To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there. - Kofi Annan

    Every exit is an entrance somewhere else - Tom Stoppard

    I find these and quite a few others to be inspiring and encouraging at times when the going gets tough, which is bound to happen once in a while.

    Also, on the power of art:
    If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint - Edward Hopper
    I shut my eyes in order to see - Paul Gauguin
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    Mar 15 2012: "I have a big head....and small arms.....I don't think this plan was thought out"

    From the movie "Meet the Robinsons" It kind of made me reflect on how humans, with their big intellect and big ideas are always venturing to save the world from one ill or another. And yet, their arms are so small. No matter how hard we have tried, noone, no government, no NGO, no coorporation, has brought lasting peace to the Earth, eliminated social issues that wreack havoc on humanity, or managed to bring justice to those that are oppressed.
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    Mar 15 2012: Some more of my favourites :

    A man coerced against his will is of the same opinion still.

    because it is a part of my dream to help us understand one another.

    It is the duty of all students and educators to collaboratively challenge how and all that is taught towards the goal of refining the methods we use to teach and the content of any subject matter in question. Teach the rules, define the exceptions and explore all correlations.
    This one I developed after years working in health care and education. It is one idea where all involved get to consciously contribute or invest in improving the methodology, transparency, verifiability and correlations concerning every thing we call knowledge.

    All men are equal just not at the same time.

    one of my patients in a moment of lucidity.
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    Mar 15 2012: Death needs life for what it kills to grow in

    My take on a Burroughs quote.

    A little dark and perverse perhaps, but sometimes provokes a wry smile by me at least.
  • Mar 14 2012: What were you thinking when JFK said:
    "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" ?

    I wasn't there, by the way, I was born after that, but when I first time watched his speech, I wrote that quote down.
    as a student I started to work on it. I didn't have to change anything from it, (it was perfect) but just a word.

    - Ask not what your friend can do for you, ask what you can do for your friend.

    - Ask not what humanity can do for you, ask what you can do for humanity.

    - Ask not what nature can do for you, ask what you can do for nature.
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    Mar 14 2012: Its so nice to read so many amazing individuals meeting to exchange and encourage joyfully between one another.

    Thank you all.
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    Mar 13 2012: I like this one: "Don't ignore Serendipity when it is happening."
  • Mar 13 2012: I love this one:
    "L'existence de Dieu ne regarde que lui." (L. Scutenaire)
    Which could be translated, I think, like this:
    "God's existence is God's matter."
    A good answer to all fanatics, including atheists ones.
  • Mar 13 2012: If you want quotes for the youth i would use Bob Marley quotes. Lke the one i posted earlyer about judging it speaks to the youth because we are constintly being judge by the police,adults, authority, and job interviewers and nothing effects youth like music and nobody spoke about music like bob marly like..."One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."-Bob Marley
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    Mar 13 2012: mother Teresa hope you look at it .
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    Mar 12 2012: buy....:-(
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    Mar 12 2012: Oh and from an Aristotelian reference " the world has been taken over by those who come to by and sell beneath the stands" as a description of modern Western society.
  • Mar 12 2012: Oh yeah, it had better make them pause, for a moment of refection. Interesting thread! Alot of excellent quotes! I am not in the debate, I apologize for the interruption! Just wanted to say, very cool! :)
  • Mar 11 2012: 1. "My signature looks like a sperm, hope its just imagination!" n {navin)
    2. " you show me a person but for me that is many questions n conversation in my head, why?"
  • Mar 11 2012: Hi Mr. Busby, how are ya doing? Fine and well I hope!
    I have no idea who said it or when it was said. I read a quote once, that said, " As you slide down the bannister of life, think of me as a splinter " I have always liked it and use it! ( alot! ) :)
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      Mar 11 2012: Hi Tishe, Im well thank you and I hope you are well too. May your attitude give pause to those who could benefit from a moments reflection:)
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    Mar 10 2012: "We all have possibilities we don't know about. We can do things we don't even dream we can do!"
    i find this quote very inspiring. and at times when we starts to think of giving up something that we were trying for so long, these words gives us the energy to go for it again.
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    Mar 9 2012: "Jesus wasn't talking about a kingdom of heaven as immaterial, he suggested it was a state of consciousness where we will all see that we are one of the same human being - that state of mind is being with God."

    Kabbalah taught God is in the brain... Today we know less than 1% of our genetic data makes us unique from others in birth. This quote taught me Jesus was probably a neo-Buddhist, lol.
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    Mar 9 2012: "Soon, we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy."
    This is by JK Rowling, spoken by Dumbledore. I chose it because people often think that others choose between right and wrong...they don't. They're not evil...just lazy.
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      Mar 9 2012: -Whats the difference between the better of two evils? There isn't any. Either-way the price is the same, a little piece of your integrity, a little piece of your soul.

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        Mar 9 2012: Indeed the result is the same, but the intention isn't. What I'm getting at, is that people are too reticent about changing the status quo, even when they know it needs changing. They prefer to wait til the last second and hope that the problem goes away. They're not being bad...they're just in denial...and a bit lazy.
        • Mar 21 2012: Laziness is a choice, an ethical choice in context with this conversation. Using the “lesser of 2 evils” reasoning masks the failure of ones integrity. Calling an evil decision a result of a choice of “lesser of 2 evils” camouflages the depredation of ones ethics. And calling a decision a choice of “lesser of 2 evils” is supposed to apologize for the choice, i.e. lessens one’s guilt.

          If one does not follow one’s ethics one lets oneself down. Such choices haunt one’s conscience. Confessions, philanthropy, and apologies may produce forgiveness, but in the end, there really is no excuse except ethics.

          I am not blessed with a profound perspective but I believe that laziness is a choice that benefits the “lesser of 2 evils” BS. No matter which crutch is used and how one attempts to reason, justify, defend, explain or excuse a deliberate evil choice, ultimately the characters to the left of the decimal point determine morality.
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    Mar 8 2012: Change your thoughts, change your life. Dr. Wayne Dyer

    Failure is a verb, not a noun. Zig Zigler

    Legalize weed. Pat Robertson
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    Mar 8 2012: 'Pay attention. You can't learn from what you choose to forget or decide to ignore.'
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    Mar 8 2012: …answer questions, question answers...Stay curious. Control of the questions is at least as important as control of the answers.
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    Mar 7 2012: Redundance IS relevant; "The plural of anecdote is data." Raymond Wolfinger.

    My transformation of the actual quote.

    Every living thing no matter the size or complexity must breath, eat, sleep, homeostate, excrete and reproduce.

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    Mar 7 2012: Live and let live.
    It's actually a Dutch proverb dating back to the 17th century.
    Why? Because basically it defines my views on people, society... well, how it should be, at least :)
  • Mar 6 2012: In youth we learn; in age we understand (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)...

    I like to sit with old people (above 55 years old) and learn from them, as they reaches the level to convert some of their learning to understanding, and I am still learning,

    What I mean here is more about life and experiencing life, not scientific or already known facts.
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      Mar 8 2012: This is, I think, one of the true values of being graced with Elders. They gives us the opportunity to talk about what they know to be the truth, or at least help us a frame informed paradigm that might otherwise take our own life time for us to come by.

      The rest is up to us. "I see and I forget, I hear and I remember, I do and I understand"
    • Mar 10 2012: "Simplicity is worth nothing unless it's the simplicity we've reached on the other side of complexity"

      This is my own framing of something profound someone once said to me.
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    Mar 6 2012: As infinite time defines in an inextricable manner the nature and state of all matter, mortal entities of sufficient insight create measuring systems reflecting their preoccupation with and concept of the value in a given moment.

    This is something that occurred to me after viewing a ted conversation on the topic.
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      Mar 8 2012: I have truly enjoyed following this dialogue -- thank you for posting/sharing your question.
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    Mar 5 2012: "what is that which is but never becomes"-Plato

    Because a paradox does not present a trap, but presents a direction.
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      Mar 8 2012: Wow. Does it get more outside the box than that?! Your elucidation is, I find, equally interesting. I wonder if someone of us here might meld the two?
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        Mar 8 2012: Meld the two?
        If we are living in the present moment, it always IS the present moment and never becomes anything other than the present moment.

        This belief presents a direction...living in the present moment.

        I will also "meld" it with one of my favorite quotes..."...happiness is a way of travel not a destination"
        A "way of travel", IS in the moment and it is not a "trap" because we are moving toward a destination while being in the moment.
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          Mar 8 2012: Hi Coleen, are you saying the answer to Tim's riddle is "tomorrow"?
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          Mar 12 2012: yes someone once said. " It is not the destination that matters, it is the trip"

          There will never be a tomorrow :_P It is in fact Always NOW.

          Ram Das, began that movement in the US in the 60s and 70s with the saying: "Be Here Now" Also the title of, I think his first book.
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        Mar 8 2012: Wayne,
        My answer is NOW...the present moment. No doubt there are other answers/perceptions as well:>)
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          Mar 11 2012: Hello Colleen,

          I have followed your posts from time to time and always been inspired. would you be willing to share anything about how you started on the road to 'NOW'. Were you always so positive or if not, what type of trials or nurturing got you started?
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        Mar 9 2012: Infinity/Eternity..................No beginning and no end. It is, but it has not become. Once it becomes, or is created, then it no longer qualifies as "is" or always "present".

        I would imagine that Plato was discussing God, the Creator when he said this. Since scripture says he has no beginning.....he has always existed.....and he has no end. God is eternal. Hence, the reason some find it difficult to believe that Jesus is God, since Jesus "became".....was created as the first angelic being according to scripture. And also, he was sent to Earth, "became" human, lived, and died.

        Just some additional thoughts.
        • Mar 11 2012: I think their is lot for God if present to be involved in but saying no end to god is a debate cos the state of NOT BE is purer then nothing and Being. Yes god has to wear many hats, lot more coats and zillion shoes and be around know n unknow but at some point has to have the icecream or Not BE that which is the pure state and that of no return. However for that God has to do all the work like in a house wash utensils, mop floor, cook, comfort, etc., then sleep right?
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        Mar 11 2012: Dear Wayne,
        Thank you for the feedback and kind words:>) I'm glad to share stories, which is what my comments on TED are about. I usually speak from my own experiences and what I've learned, as I travel the life journey.

        I had a good start with an unconditionally loving mother who always saw the positive side of everything, believed she was here on earth for a purpose, and lived life by constantly modeling what she believed in.

        I have always felt like an observer/adventurer with the curiosity of a child, so while fully engaged in the moment, I've been observing everything and everyone around me, including myself:>)

        While I had the nurturing of my unconditionally loving mother, there was also a violent, abusive father, who taught me how NOT to be in this world. Yes, he was a valuable teacher as well. If I did not have an up close experience with violence, I may not have understood it quite as much.

        There were challenges in my life, as many of us have, which I believe are all opportunities to learn, grow and evolve. The greatest lesson for me was a near fatal head/brain injury, which I sustained at age 43. By that time in my life, after living with curiosity and intention to learn and grow, I thought I was doing really well with the life adventure...understood a lot of things, was clear with myself and others, and felt confident. My kids were off to college...doing well...I was a professional actor, singer, dancer, performing in musical theater, a competitive athlete, very active member of the community, honored by an international group as a "women of the 90s", etc.

        One day I went horseback riding, and when I regained conciousness 2 weeks later, I was again in a new-born child like state emotionally and physically. I took the journey to adulthood for the second time in this body. The importance of living in the moment was again reinforced.

        "Yesterday is but a dream,
        Tomorrow, a vision of hope,
        Look to this day for it is life."
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          Mar 11 2012: Thank-you, its all clear now:)!!
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          Mar 12 2012: ur thoughts are awesome..... Thanks for sharing...
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        Mar 12 2012: Thank you Harsh...nice to "see" you again on TED:>)

        Here's another little piece of information that may be helpful. When I hear or see a wonderful quote that resonates with me, I put copies all around my home...bathroom mirror, refrigerator, bed-side table, car visor, daily planner, etc. etc. I repeat it until it becomes part of me.

        At the time of the near fatal brain injury, I was also facing other challenges. My mother died, I was ending 24 years of marriage, a month after that, I was diagnosed with cancer, and two months after, I sustained the Traumaic Brain Injury, had an emergency craniotomy, and was not expected to live. I also experienced an NDE/OBE. When I DID live and regained consciousness, I was experiencing a whirlwind of emotions, and physical challenges. I happened to see this quote and embraced it:

        "Out of its abysses, unpredictable life emerges, with a never-ending procession of miracles, crises, healing, and growth. When I realize this once again, I see the absurdity of my belief that I can understand, predict and control life. All I can really do is go along for the ride, with as much consciousness and love as I can muster in the moment".
        (Molly Young Brown)

        There were times that it was beneficial to simply surrender to the circumstances and tell myself that the only thing I had to do that day was heal. This mantra still helps at times to detach from the past and the future, and be fully in the moment...all I can do sometimes, is go along for the ride with love in my heart:>)
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      Mar 12 2012: "what is that which is but never becomes"-Plato
      My answer is:

      It is that which is but never becomes!

      Often times the answer to a question does not need to be interpreted.