"To develop a drop of compassion in our own heart is the only effective spiritual response to hatred and violence."
~Thich Nhat Hanh
"If academic research is not devoted to finding the truth, it is a form of propaganda, and not necessarily to be preferred to other forms much cheaper and perhaps more persuasive. Academic research is a laborious, expensive and time-consuming way of investigating problems. It can only be justified on the ground that those who undertake it have been trained to put the attempt to get it right above all considerations whatsoever."
~Lord Russell , Academic Freedom (1993)
"For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction."
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
~Edward Everett Hale
“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"If thou didst give the poor man shoon
Then take them, now, and put them on
And Christ receive thy soul;
But if thou didst give the poor man none
Go barefoot, now, through fire and thorn
And Hell receive thy soul."
~The Lyke Wake Dirge
"The Rules for Being Human
Handed Down from Ancient Sanskrit
1. YOU WILL RECEIVE A BODY.
You may like it or not, but it will be yours for the entire period round
2. YOU WILL LEARN LESSONS.
You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.
3. THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, ONLY LESSONS.
Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. The ‘failed’ experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately works.
4. A LESSON IS REPEATED UNTIL IT IS LEARNED.
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it, then you can go on to the next lesson.
5. LEARNING LESSONS DOES NOT END.
There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
6. ‘THERE’ IS NO BETTER THAN ‘HERE.’
When your “there” has become “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will, again, look better than “here.”
7. OTHERS ARE MERELY MIRRORS OF YOU.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
8. WHAT YOU MAKE OF YOUR LIFE IS UP TO YOU.
You have all the tools and resources you need, what you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
9. THE ANSWERS LIE INSIDE YOU.
The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust."
"‘Tis not enough to help the feeble up,
But to support him after.
~Timon of Athens, I.I.107
There is divinity in odd numbers.
~The Merry Wives of Windsor, V.I.3
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work.
~Henry IV, Part One, I.II.208
What’s gone and what’s past help
Should be past grief.
~The Winter’s Tale, III.II.206
And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
~King John, IX.II.30"
"The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness."
"When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you."
"Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it."
"Evil brings men together."
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."