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Buddha told his disciples: "Whoever makes an effort can attain enlightenment in seven days. If he can’t manage it, certainly he will attain it in seven months, or in seven years."
A young man, upon hearing this, decided that he would attain it in one week, and he wanted to know what he should do: "Concentration" was the reply.
The young man began to practice, but in ten minutes he was already distracted. Little by little, he began paying attention to everything that distracted him, and thought that he was not wasting time, but was getting used to himself.

One fine day he decided it was not necessary to arrive at his goal so fast, because the path was teaching him many things.

It was at that moment that he became an Enlightened one.

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"By doubting we come to inquiry, and by inquiry we perceive truth."

~Abaelard
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"One never goes as far as when one doesn't know where one is going."

~Goethe
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"O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds,
I come to you as one of your many children.
I need your strength and your wisdom.
Make me strong, not to be superior to my brother,
but to be able to fight my greatest enemy:  Myself."


~Chief Dan George, Squamish Band, Lakota Nation (1899-1991)
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Whatever happens, no matter what challenges are thrown along your path, remember one thing: Every moment, every meeting, every success, and every failure... All are opportunities to make a change for the better.

Life is fluid, but its viscosity changes. Scientifically, heat reduces viscosity, action causes heat. If you want life to flow more swiftly, act!

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"Ahh...the pitter patter of little feet. There's nothing like having a midget for a butler" - W.C. Fields
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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.

~Anonymous


*Note:  the above quote has been attributed to Frank Outlaw, Charles Reade and Talmud.  Since none of the three have been confirmed to be the author, the quote is attributed properly to "anonymous" until such confirmation can be made.
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I found and ganked this off my f-page today, from someone who snagged it from email. Source status: currently unknown.

A professor stood before his Philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes." The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - your God, your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."
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Hearts of Space radio channel
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In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they actually change their minds and you never hear the old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that has happened in politics or religion.
Carl Sagan
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"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."

~Pericles



"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."

~Arnold Bennett (British novelist)




"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."

~Anatole France (French novelist)



"You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish."

~Unknown



"No two men ever judged alike of the same thing, and it is impossible to find two opinions exactly similar, not only in different men but in the same men at different times."

~Michel de Montaigne (French Renaissance Philosopher)
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“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.”

~Chinese Proverb
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"A man's errors are his portals of discovery."

~James Joyce
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"Find out what the life force, the creative force, is working for in your time and then make for it too. In that way you become more than yourself and a part of creative evolution.

~ George Bernard Shaw
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"Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced - even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it."

~ Keats
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The Monk Mayo asked this question of the Sixth patriarch: "What is Zen?"
The Patriarch replied: "when your mind is not dwelling on the dualism of good and evil, what is your original face before you were born?"

What does this mean to you?

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"If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito."

~ African proverb
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"The guest is inside you and also inside me:
You know the sprout is hidden inside the seed.
We are all struggling, none of us has gone far.
Let your arrogance go and look around inside.
The blue sky opens out farther and farther.
The daily sense of failure goes away.
The damage I have done to myself fades.
A million suns came forward with light
When I sit firmly in that world."


~ Kabir (13th cent.)
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"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength."

~August Wilson (American writer)
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"There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer. It is the men who are never contented who carry their point.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"I would find again the secret of the great communications, of the great conflagrations. I would speak storm. I would speak river. I would speak tornado."

~ Aime Cesaire
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