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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.

Topics: education quotes

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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 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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