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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.

Topics: education quotes

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 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: 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.