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"A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers." Plato

"A person experiences life as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness." - Albert Einstein -
"Wounded people are dangerous; they know they can survive." Goals must never be from your ego, but problems that cry for a solution. - Robert H. Schuller Have you ever watched a stonecutter at work? He will hammer away at a rock for perhaps a 100 times without a crack showing in it. Then, on the 101st blow, it will split in two. It is not that blow alone which accomplished the result, but the 100 others that went before as well. - Source Unknown Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal, My strength lies solely in my tenacity. - Louis Pasteur I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom. - Les Brown Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving, but does not make any progress. - Alfred A. Montapert "I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams." - Dr. Jonas Salk "When you are making a success of something, it's not work. It's a way of life. You enjoy yourself because you are making your contribution to the world." - Andrew Granatelli You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety. ~ Abraham Maslow "Commitment challenges you to set a goal and then to support it with a promise. You must promise to achieve and never entertain the thoughts of making excuses or shunning responsibility." - Gary Ryan Blair Your most valuable asset can be your willingness to persist longer than anyone else. - Brian Tracy You will never find time for anything. You must make it. - Charles Buxton "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say cannot be done." - Randy Foutch Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? Answer: five. Why? Because there's a difference between deciding and doing. - Mark L. Feldman & Michael F. Spratt There is no such thing as staying the same. You must always push to better yourself, because the alternative is simply unacceptable. ~ Sues The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. - Robert Browning You may not be responsible for getting knocked down, but you're certainly responsible for getting back up. - Wally Amos Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer. - Leo Buscaglia "Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation." - Bernard M. Baruch Persistence is holding on and pushing forward when there is nothing left in you but the sheer will and determination to continue. ~Sues "A determined person doesn't find it hard to succeed; they find it hard to stop trying." - Allen Steble You can adopt the attitude there is nothing you can do, or you can see the challenge as your call to action. - Catherine Pulsifer To succeed, you need to take that gut feeling in what you believe and act on it with all of your heart. - Christy Borgeld Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one's talents and gifts to the benefits of others - these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away. ~ Henry Ford The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. - Margaret Chase Smith There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. ~ Ken Blanchard It takes great goals to lead us out of our everyday limits into accomplishing more than we ever thought we could or would. ~ Robert Cooper If you are bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things--you don't have enough goals. ~ Lou Holtz You see things and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were and I say 'Why not?' ~ George Bernard Shaw ...perhaps the most distinguishing trait of visionary leaders is that they believe in a goal that benefits not only themselves, but others as well. It is such vision that attracts the psychic energy of other people, and makes them willing to work beyond the call of duty for the organization. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. ~ William James Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit. ~ Nigerien Proverb Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson We have an obligation to protect the innocent. We must stand between those who need our protection and those who would do them harm. ~ Sues I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. - Elie Wiesel It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. -Tom Brokaw Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. ~ Bruce Lee "The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done." - Allard Lowenstein "One determined person can make a significant difference; a small group of determined people can change the course of history." ~ Sonia Johnson A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble. ~ Mahatma Gandhi “The self-confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.” -Carlos Castaneda "Ordinary people, even weak people, can do extraordinary things through temporary courage generated by a situation. But the person of character does not need the situation to generate his courage. It is a part of his being and a standard approach to all life's challenges." ~ Michael S. Josephson "So long as I am acting from duty and conviction, I am indifferent to taunts and jeers. I think they will probably do me more good than harm." ~ Winston Churchill
When we are face to face with truth, the point of view of Krishna, Buddha, Christ, or any other Prophet, is the same. When we look at life from the top of the mountain, there is no limitation; there is the same immensity. ~Hazrat Inayat Khan
Where are we without the animals? If the animals were gone, we would die from a loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the animals soon happens to us. All things are connected. This we know. The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth. This we know. All things are connected. Like blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls earth befalls the children of the earth. People did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever you do to the web, you do to yourself. ~ Chief Sealth (Seattle)
Eloquent quotable quotes and inspirational quotations from secular writers variously deal with "profound truths" which are definitely seen as being somehow spiritual as well as with "aspects of truth" that are not readily characterized as being primarily spiritual. The pure and simple Truth is rarely pure, and never simple. Oscar Wilde Several inspirational quotations about - Divine Edification Nor less I deem that there are Powers Which of themselves our minds impress; That we can feed this mind of ours In a wise passiveness William Wordsworth Those obstinate questionings Of sense and outward things, Fallings from us, vanishings; Blank misgivings of a Creature Moving about in worlds not realised, High instincts before which our mortal Nature Did tremble like a guilty thing surprised William Wordsworth One in whom persuasion and belief Had ripened into faith, and faith become A passionate intuition. William Wordsworth Truths that wake To perish never William Wordsworth Several quotable quotes about - Relationships Without the smile from partial beauty won, O what were man? - a world without a sun. Thomas Campbell She is pretty to walk with, And witty to talk with, And pleasant, too, to think on. Sir John Suckling Why man, she is mine own And I as rich in having such a jewel As twenty seas, if all their sands were pearl, The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold. William Shakespeare Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. William Shakespeare The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love, The matron's glance that would those looks reprove. William Shakespeare By my modesty, - the jewel in my dower - I would not wish any companion in the world but you. William Shakespeare Domestic happiness, thou only bliss Of paradise that has surviv'd the fall! William Cowper You are my true and honourable wife; As dear to me as the ruddy drops That visit my sad heart. William Shakespeare Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations stone As proofs of Holy Writ William Shakespeare O, what damned minutes tells he o'er Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet fondly loves! William Shakespeare For a light wife doth make a heavy husband. William Shakespeare Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. Alexander Pope A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Happy he With such a mother! faith in womankind Beats with his blood, and trust in all things high Comes easy to him, and though he trip and fall, He shall not bind his soul with clay. Alexander Pope No …. holy father, throw away that thought. Believe not that the dribbling dart of love Can pierce a complete bosom. William Shakespeare Thrice blessed they that master so their blood, To undergo such maiden pilgrimage: But earthlier happy is the rose distilled, Than that which withering on the virgin thorn Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness. William Shakespeare A quotable quote about - Virtue v Respectability Thyself and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us 't were all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd But to fine issues; nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor - Both thanks and use. William Shakespeare Several inspirational quotations about - A Contented Life The primal duties shine aloft, like stars; The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless, Are scattered at the feet of Man, like flowers. William Wordsworth Live while you live, the epicure would say, And seize the pleasures of the present day; Live while you live the sacred preacher cries, And give to God each moment as it flies. Lord, in my views let both united be; I live to pleasure when I live to thee. Philip Dodderidge He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the centre and enjoy bright day; But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the midday sun. John Milton Well may your hearts believe the truths I tell; 't is virtue makes the bliss where'er we dwell. William Collins For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, And though a late, a sure reward succeeds. William Congreve The soul's calm sunshine and heartfelt joy. Alexander Pope Great poetry also shows insight about - The Ancient Way I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began When wild in woods the noble savage ran. John Dryden Happy he who far from business persuits Tills and re-tills his ancestral lands With oxen of his own breeding Having no slavish yoke about his neck. Horace God made the country, and man made the town. William Cowper There are several cases where "other" poetry insights relate directly to some of the more problematic areas of human existence. We should welcome this!!! World Wide Humanity desperately needs such insights as they may provide clues to a compassionate and considered alleviation of many difficulties. Several poetry insights about - Human Existence There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee. William Shakespeare If society fits you comfortably enough you call it liberty. Robert Frost Before God, there is neither Greek nor barbarian, neither rich nor poor, and the slave is as good as his master, for by birth all men are free; they are citizens of the universal commonwealth which embraces all the world, brethren of one family, and children of God. Lord Acton Permit me... to tell You what the freedom is that I love and that to which I think that all men intitled. It is not solitary, unconnected, individual, selfish liberty. As if every man was to regulate the whole of his conduct by his own will. The Liberty I mean is social freedom. It is that state of things in which Liberty is secured by the equality of Restraint; A constitution of things in which the liberty of no one Man and no body of Men and no Number of men can find Means to trespass on the liberty of any Person or any description of Persons in the Society. This kind of Liberty is indeed but another name for Justice, ascertained by wise Laws. And secured by well constructed institutions. Edmund Burke The co-existence of several nations under the same State is a test, as well as the best security, of its freedom. It is also one of the chief instruments of civilisation; and, as such, it is in the natural and providential order, and indicates a state of greater advancement than the national unity which is the ideal of modern Liberalism. The greatest adversary of the rights of nationality is the modern (i.e. July 1862) theory of nationality. By making the State and the nation commensurate with each other in theory, it reduces practically to a subject condition all other nationalities that may be within the boundary. It cannot admit them to an equality with the ruling nation which constitutes the State because the State would then cease to be national, which would be a contradiction of the principle of its existence. According, therefore, to the degree of humanity and civilisation in that dominant body which claims all the rights of the community, the inferior races are eliminated, or reduced to servitude, or outlawed, or put in a condition of dependence. If we take the establishment of liberty for the realisation of moral duties to be the end of civil society, we must conclude that those States are substantially the most perfect which ... include various distinct nationalities without oppressing them. Lord Acton Liberalism is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever resounded on this planet. Jose Ortega y Gasset Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to to govern. Every class is unfit to govern ...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton Reason and Knowledge have always played a secondary, subordinate, auxiliary role in the life of peoples, and this will always be the case. A people is shaped and driven forward by an entirely different kind of force, one which commands and coerces them and the origin of which is obscure and inexplicable despite the reality of its presence. Fyodor Dostoyevski One cannot avoid a certain feeling of disgust, when one observes the actions of man displayed on the great stage of the world. Wisdom is manifested by individuals here and there; but the web of human history as a whole appears to be woven from folly and childish vanity, often, too, from puerile wickedness and love of destruction: with the result that at the end one is puzzled to know what idea to form of our species which prides itself so much on its advantages. Immanuel Kant Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made. Immanuel Kant (as transliterated by Isaiah Berlin)
The Meaning of Success: To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, To find the best in others; To leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. Ralph Waldo Emerson 87 percent of all people fail, not because of capability but because of personality. Kurt Einstein of Success magazine. A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. Hugh Downs A leader's attitude is caught by his or her followers more quickly than his or her actions. John C. Maxwell A limit on what you will do, puts a limit on what you can do. anon. A person with an outstanding attitude makes the best of it while he gets the worst of it. John C. Maxwell A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life. Dr. Joyce Brothers. Action and feeling go together, and by regulating the action... we can directly regulate the feeling. William James All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. James Allen Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. Abraham Lincoln An attitude is: an inward feeling expressed by an outward action. John C. Maxwell An attitude's growth never stops. John C. Maxwell Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude towards it, for that determines our success or failure. Norman Vincent Peale As negative thoughts produce negative actions, so positive thoughts produce positive actions. John C. Maxwell Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought. John C. Maxwell Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. Wilfred Peterson Be the most enthusiastic person you know. John C. Maxwell Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities -- always see them, for they're always there. Norman Vincent Peale Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden Finally, I urge you to develop an optimistic attitude and a strong belief in yourself. I don't advise you to be egocentric, but it's not conceited to have a solid sense of your own abilities. This will help you through the rough times we all encounter. Instead of being defeated by them, you will lean from these challenges and go on to conquer them. Mike Wright, Chairman/CEO/President, Supervalu, Inc. For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Mary Kay Ash Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. Sally Koch Happiness is a habit - cultivate it. Elbert Hubbard Happiness is not something you find, but rather something you create. anon. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. Ayn Rand Hire attitude and train for skill. The most talented person will destroy a business if there is an attitude problem, and fellow employees are the first to know it. Bruce Flohr, President/CEO, Rail Tex Services Co., Inc. I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm. Harry S. Truman If things go wrong, don't go with them. Roger Babson If you are selective about the things you choose to read, look at or listen to, then you are taking effective action against negative thinking. It's just like with a computer; if you change the input, you will change the output. Zig Ziglar If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way. Don't wait for great opportunities. Seize common, everyday ones and make them great. Napoleon Hill If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. Rosalynn Carter It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. Agnes Repplier Keep your face to the sun, and you will never see the shadows. Helen Keller Man's greatness lies in his power of thought. Blaise Pascal Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson Often our attitude is the only difference between our success and failure. Abraham Lincoln One person can make a difference and every person should try. John F. Kennedy Our attitude is more honest and more consistent than our words. Abraham Lincoln Places and circumstances never guarantee happiness. You must decide within yourself whether you want to be happy. Robert J. Hastings Show me a person who sees himself negatively and I will show you a person who sees others in a negative way. John C. Maxwell Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. Richard Bach Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is. Publilius Syrus Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious. Napoleon Hill The leader's attitude helps determine the attitudes of the followers. John C. Maxwell The only lack or limitation is in your own mind. N.H. Moos The positive person understands that the journey is as enjoyable as the destination. anon. The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief. Shakespeare, Othello, Act 1, Scene 3 There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. Norman Vincent Peale There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2) Shakespeare We are either the masters or the victims of our attitudes. It is a matter of personal choice - blessing or curse. anon. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are--or, as we are conditioned to see it. Stephen R. Covey We tend to get what we expect. Norman Vincent Peale Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun. Colleen C. Barrett You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Joan Baez You win only if you aren't afraid to lose. Rocky Aoki Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you. Norman Vincent Peale Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world. Cesare Pavese In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip. Daniel L. Reardon Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react. anon. Life is an experience. Live it. Nike Slogan Many people help construct our attitudes at a certain time and place. John C. Maxwell Most people have a desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional. John C. Maxwell Most projects fail or succeed before they begin. anon. Negative talking is contagious. John C. Maxwell Negative thinking blows everything out of proportion. John C. Maxwell Negative thinking creates clouds at critical decision times. John C. Maxwell Negative thinking hinders others from making a positive response. John C. Maxwell Negative thinking keeps us from enjoying life. John C. Maxwell Negative thinking limits God and our potential. John C. Maxwell Our attitude at the beginning of a task will affect its outcome more than anything else. John C. Maxwell Our attitude can give us an uncommonly positive perspective. John C. Maxwell Our attitude can turn our problems into blessings. John C. Maxwell Our attitude determines our approach to life. John C. Maxwell Our attitude determines our relationships with people. John C. Maxwell Our attitude is the primary force that will determine whether we succeed or fail. John C. Maxwell Our challenge is to think right in a wrong world. Our challenge is to think positive in a negative world. John C. Maxwell Problems are not my problem. It's not what happens to me but what happens in me that matters. John C. Maxwell Since an attitude is often expressed by our body language and by the looks on our faces, it can be contagious. John C. Maxwell So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more of it remains. Ralph Waldo Emerson The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Franklin D. Roosevelt The quickest and shortest way to crush whatever laurels you have won is for you to rest on them. Donald P. Jones There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem. Harold Stephens There is no such thing as a perfect flawless attitude. John C. Maxwell To get out of a hard situation, try a soft answer. John C. Maxwell We are responsible for our attitudes. John C. Maxwell Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right. Henry Ford Attitude is a paintbrush. It colors everything! Saint-Exupery The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves but in our attitude towards them. Saint-Exupery
Eloquent quotable quotes and inspirational quotations from secular writers variously deal with "profound truths" which are definitely seen as being somehow spiritual as well as with "aspects of truth" that are not readily characterized as being primarily spiritual. The pure and simple Truth is rarely pure, and never simple. Oscar Wilde Several inspirational quotations about - Divine Edification Nor less I deem that there are Powers Which of themselves our minds impress; That we can feed this mind of ours In a wise passiveness William Wordsworth Those obstinate questionings Of sense and outward things, Fallings from us, vanishings; Blank misgivings of a Creature Moving about in worlds not realised, High instincts before which our mortal Nature Did tremble like a guilty thing surprised William Wordsworth One in whom persuasion and belief Had ripened into faith, and faith become A passionate intuition. William Wordsworth Truths that wake To perish never William Wordsworth Several quotable quotes about - Relationships Without the smile from partial beauty won, O what were man? - a world without a sun. Thomas Campbell She is pretty to walk with, And witty to talk with, And pleasant, too, to think on. Sir John Suckling Why man, she is mine own And I as rich in having such a jewel As twenty seas, if all their sands were pearl, The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold. William Shakespeare Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. William Shakespeare The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love, The matron's glance that would those looks reprove. William Shakespeare By my modesty, - the jewel in my dower - I would not wish any companion in the world but you. William Shakespeare Domestic happiness, thou only bliss Of paradise that has surviv'd the fall! William Cowper You are my true and honourable wife; As dear to me as the ruddy drops That visit my sad heart. William Shakespeare Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations stone As proofs of Holy Writ William Shakespeare O, what damned minutes tells he o'er Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet fondly loves! William Shakespeare For a light wife doth make a heavy husband. William Shakespeare Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. Alexander Pope A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Happy he With such a mother! faith in womankind Beats with his blood, and trust in all things high Comes easy to him, and though he trip and fall, He shall not bind his soul with clay. Alexander Pope No …. holy father, throw away that thought. Believe not that the dribbling dart of love Can pierce a complete bosom. William Shakespeare Thrice blessed they that master so their blood, To undergo such maiden pilgrimage: But earthlier happy is the rose distilled, Than that which withering on the virgin thorn Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness. William Shakespeare A quotable quote about - Virtue v Respectability Thyself and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us 't were all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd But to fine issues; nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor - Both thanks and use. William Shakespeare Several inspirational quotations about - A Contented Life The primal duties shine aloft, like stars; The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless, Are scattered at the feet of Man, like flowers. William Wordsworth Live while you live, the epicure would say, And seize the pleasures of the present day; Live while you live the sacred preacher cries, And give to God each moment as it flies. Lord, in my views let both united be; I live to pleasure when I live to thee. Philip Dodderidge He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the centre and enjoy bright day; But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the midday sun. John Milton Well may your hearts believe the truths I tell; 't is virtue makes the bliss where'er we dwell. William Collins For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, And though a late, a sure reward succeeds. William Congreve The soul's calm sunshine and heartfelt joy. Alexander Pope Great poetry also shows insight about - The Ancient Way I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began When wild in woods the noble savage ran. John Dryden Happy he who far from business pursuits Tills and re-tills his ancestral lands With oxen of his own breeding Having no slavish yoke about his neck. Horace God made the country, and man made the town. William Cowper There are several cases where "other" poetry insights relate directly to some of the more problematic areas of human existence. We should welcome this!!! World Wide Humanity desperately needs such insights as they may provide clues to a compassionate and considered alleviation of many difficulties. Several poetry insights about - Human Existence There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee. William Shakespeare If society fits you comfortably enough you call it liberty. Robert Frost Before God, there is neither Greek nor barbarian, neither rich nor poor, and the slave is as good as his master, for by birth all men are free; they are citizens of the universal commonwealth which embraces all the world, brethren of one family, and children of God. Lord Acton Permit me... to tell You what the freedom is that I love and that to which I think that all men entitled. It is not solitary, unconnected, individual, selfish liberty. As if every man was to regulate the whole of his conduct by his own will. The Liberty I mean is social freedom. It is that state of things in which Liberty is secured by the equality of Restraint; A constitution of things in which the liberty of no one Man and no body of Men and no Number of men can find Means to trespass on the liberty of any Person or any description of Persons in the Society. This kind of Liberty is indeed but another name for Justice, ascertained by wise Laws. And secured by well constructed institutions. Edmund Burke The co-existence of several nations under the same State is a test, as well as the best security, of its freedom. It is also one of the chief instruments of civilization; and, as such, it is in the natural and providential order, and indicates a state of greater advancement than the national unity which is the ideal of modern Liberalism. The greatest adversary of the rights of nationality is the modern (i.e. July 1862) theory of nationality. By making the State and the nation commensurate with each other in theory, it reduces practically to a subject condition all other nationalities that may be within the boundary. It cannot admit them to an equality with the ruling nation which constitutes the State because the State would then cease to be national, which would be a contradiction of the principle of its existence. According, therefore, to the degree of humanity and civilization in that dominant body which claims all the rights of the community, the inferior races are eliminated, or reduced to servitude, or outlawed, or put in a condition of dependence. If we take the establishment of liberty for the realization of moral duties to be the end of civil society, we must conclude that those States are substantially the most perfect which ... include various distinct nationalities without oppressing them. Lord Acton Liberalism is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever resounded on this planet. Jose Ortega y Gasset Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to to govern. Every class is unfit to govern ...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton Reason and Knowledge have always played a secondary, subordinate, auxiliary role in the life of peoples, and this will always be the case. A people is shaped and driven forward by an entirely different kind of force, one which commands and coerces them and the origin of which is obscure and inexplicable despite the reality of its presence. Fyodor Dostoyevski One cannot avoid a certain feeling of disgust, when one observes the actions of man displayed on the great stage of the world. Wisdom is manifested by individuals here and there; but the web of human history as a whole appears to be woven from folly and childish vanity, often, too, from puerile wickedness and love of destruction: with the result that at the end one is puzzled to know what idea to form of our species which prides itself so much on its advantages. Immanuel Kant Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made. Immanuel Kant (as transliterated by Isaiah Berlin)
Profound poetic insights can be "somehow encapsulated" in famous quotations from poetry!!! If we think of Spirituality as being a sea then that sea has "Islands of Certainty" (such as "Charity" and "Humility") that are well known to its most experienced and intrepid voyagers - the True Mystics and the supreme Poets. The profoundly impact - FULL quotations set out below will undoubtedly persuade you that many quotations from poetry recognize the significance of numerous, and identifiable, "Aspects of Spirituality and of Being". Some famous, inspirational and familiar quotations and quotes showing the Wisdom of the Poets Several famous quotations about - A Disdain for Material Things All the world's a stage And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts,- His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. Then the whining School-boy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like a furnace, with a woful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard; Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble Reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the Justice, In fair round belly with good capon lin'd With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances,- And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd Pantaloon, With spectacle on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose well sav'd, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion; Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans - everything. William Shakespeare The glories of our church and state Are shadows, not substantial things; There is no armour against fate; Death lays his icy hand on kings. ~ James Shirley Poor and content is rich, and rich enough. ~ William Shakespeare The loss of wealth is loss of dirt, As sages in all times assert; The happy man's without a shirt ~ John Heywood Lord of himself, though not of lands; And having nothing, yet hath all. ~ Sir Henry Wotton Several familiar quotations about - A Distrust of Intellect O for a life of sensations rather than thoughts. ~ John Keats What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth. ~ John Keats The intellectual power, through words and things, Went sounding on, a dim and perilous way! ~ William Wordsworth Errors like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls must dive below. ~ John Dryden Into the eye and prospect of his soul. ~ William Shakespeare Here the heart… May give a useful lesson to the head, And learning wiser grow without his books. ~ William Cowper An insight-full quotation about - Yearning for Divine Edification God guard me from those thoughts men think In the mind alone; He that sings a lasting song Thinks in a marrow-bone; ~ William Butler Yeats Several inspirational quotes about - Charity Poets are all who love, who feel great truths, and tell them: and the truth of truths is love. ~ Philip James Bailey All love is sweet, Given or returned. Common as light is love, And its familiar voice wearies not ever They who inspire it most are fortunate As I am now; but those who feel it most Are happier still. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love. ~ William Wordsworth He hath a tear for pity, and a hand Open as day for melting charity ~ William Shakespeare Several famous quotations about - Purity of Heart Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind: The thief doth fear each bush an officer. ~ William Shakespeare My conscience hath a thousand several tongues And every tongue brings in a several tale And every tale condemns me for a villain ~ William Shakespeare A peace above all earthly dignities, A still and quiet conscience ~ William Shakespeare O! while you live, tell the truth, And shame the devil! ~ William Shakespeare What stronger breastplate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he armed that has his quarrel just, And he but naked, though locked up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted ~ William Shakespeare There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats; For I am armed so strong in honesty That they pass by me as the idle wind, Which I respect not. ~ William Shakespeare Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. ~ William Shakespeare Several familiar quotations about - Humility The best of men That e'er wore earth about him, was a sufferer, A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit, The first true gentleman that ever breathed ~ Thomas Dekker Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame. ~ Alexander Pope I charge thee, fling away ambition By that sin fell the angels. How can man then, The image of his maker hope to win by it ? Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, To silence envious tongues: be just, and fear not. Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's, Thy God's and truth's ~ William Shakespeare Several inspirational quotes about - Meekness Thy steady temper, Portius, Can look on guilt, rebellion, fraud, and Caesar, In the calm lights of mild philosophy. ~ Joseph Addison Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice, And could of men distinguish her election, Sh'hath sealed thee for herself, for thou hast been As one in suff'ring all that suffers nothing, A man that Fortune's buffets and rewards Hast ta'en with equal thanks; and blest are those Whose blood and judgement are so well co-medled, That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger To sound what stop she please: give me that man That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him In my heart's core, ay in my heart of heart, As I do thee ~ William Shakespeare
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