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Posted: March 22, 2012 in Quotes

‘Tis now the summer of your youth; time has not cropt the roses from your cheek, though sorrow long has washed them. Then use your beauty wisely; and, freed by injuries, fly from the cruellest of men, for shelter with the kindest.

– Edward Moore

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For One More Day by Mitch Albom

Posted: March 10, 2012 in Book Notes
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  • Of course, when you’re young, you nest in your parents’ plan, not your own.
  • A child embarrassed by his mother is just a child who hasn’t lived long enough.
  • There are many things in my life that I wish I could take back. Many moments I would recast.
  • A child should never have to choose.
  • …isolated early childhood memory…
  • You need to keep people close. You need to give them access to your heart.

When he went blundering back to God,
His songs half written, his work half done,
Who knows what paths his bruised feet trod,
What hills of peace or pain he won?

I hope God smiled and took his hand,
And said, “Poor truant, passionate fool!
Life’s book is hard to understand:
Why couldst thou not remain at school?”

Inspirations by Paulo Coelho

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  • [Jorge Luis] Borges starts his talk by saying how the ancients did not revere the book – the written word – as we do. Rather, they saw in the written words a sort of imprisonment of the spirit, of oral teachings. Indeed, to write a message down transforms it: it becomes visible, palpable and no longer dwells in the space between the speaker and the listener. The message becomes “heavier,” acquires a body of ink and paper (or clay in ancient times) and is supposed to live longer than the person who first spoke it.
    • It becomes clear that the written words enables us to remember, but at the same time it perpetuates this loss of memory – we no longer need to make the effort of remembering since it’s written down.
    • … some of these texts, such as the Rig Veda or the Dead Sea Scrolls, are not attributable to a specific single writer, but to this common furnace of imagination that lights humanity.
  • Let’s be honest – throughout a lifetime we amass a quantity of stories and information that only our forgetfulness puts into shape.

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

  • He was much too happy, but not least bit proud, because a good heart is never proud.

The Prince by Nicollo Machiavelli

  • So, as a prince is forced to know how to act like a beast, he must learn from the fox and the lion; because a lion is defenseless against traps and a fox is defenseless against wolves. Therefore one must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Those who simply act like lions are stupid. So it follows that a prudent ruler cannot, and must not, honor his words when it places him at a disadvantage and when the reason for which he made his promise no longer exist.
  • Men are so simple, and so much creatures of circumstance, that the deceiver will always find someone ready to be deceived.

De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

  • The aim of love is to love: no more, and no less.
  • Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Some day people will realize what that means. They will know nothing of life till they do.

The Desert Fathers

  • The nature of water is soft, the nature of stone is hard; but if a bottle is hung above a stone letting water drip down, it wears away the stone. It is like that with the word of God; it is soft and our heart is hard, but if a man hears the word of God often, it will break open his heart to the fear of God.
  • A brother asked Poemen about the words, “Do not render evil for evil” (I Thess. 5:15). He said to him, “The passion work in four stages, first in the heart, then in the face, third in words, fourth in deeds – and it is in deeds that it is essential not to render evil for evil. If you purify your heart, passion will not show in your expression, but if it does, take care not to speak about it; if you do speak, cut the conversation short in case you render evil for evil.”

The Bhagavad Gita

  • When the light of wisdom shines from the portals of the body’s dwelling, then we know that Sattva is in power.
  • Greed, busy activity, many undertakings, unrest, the lust of desire – these arise when Rajas increase.
  • Darkness, inertia, negligence, delusion – these appear when Tamas prevail.
  • [How is the man known who has gone beyond the three powers of nature? What is his path; and how does he transcend the three?] He who hates not light, nor busy activity, nor even darkness, when they are near, neither longs for them when they are far; Who unperturbed by changing conditions sits apart and watches and says ‘the powers of nature go round’, and remains firm and shakes not; Who dwells in his inner self, and is the same in pleasure and pain; to whom gold or stones or earth are one, and what is pleasing or displeasing leave him in peace; who is beyond both praise and blame, and whose mind is steady and quiet; Who is the same in honor or disgrace, and has the same love for enemies or friends, who surrenders all selfish undertakings – this man has gone beyond the three. And he who with never-failing love adores me and works for me, he passes beyond the three powers and can be one with Brahman, the ONE. For I am the abode of Brahman, the never-failing fountain of everlasting life. The law of righteousness is my law; and my joy is infinite joy.

Venus in Furs by Leopold Sacher-Masoch

  • ‘Is there any greater cruelty for the lover than the beloved woman’s infidelity?’ ‘Ah,’ she countered, ‘we are faithful as long as we love, but you men demand that women be faithful without love and give ourselves without joy. Who is the cruel one here? The woman or the man? On the whole, you northerners take love too earnestly, too seriously. You talk about duties, when all that should count is pleasure.’

Spiritual Verses by Rumi

  • This fiery lust does not abate with practice, but only by abstaining does it lesson. So long as you lay firewood on a fire, how will the fire die down by stoking it?
  • And know the faithful from the hateful ones; seek out companions of the truth and join them! Each person shows a liking for their own, a fool alone then thinks he’s done good deeds.

HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.