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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.

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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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  • 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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