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Inspiring Thoughts

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue May 24, 2016 3:08 pm

Raphael paints wisdom, Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it.
Emerson; "Society and Solitude". Art.
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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue May 24, 2016 6:15 pm

The chief good Aristotle has defined to be the exercise of virtue in a perfect life.
Diogenes Laërtius Aristotle. xiii.
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Post by Grigoris » Tue May 24, 2016 6:46 pm

I prefer Diogenes of Sinope:

Some one had been reading aloud from a scroll for for a very long time, and when he was nearing the end of the roll Diogenes pointed to a space with no writing on it and exclaimed to the listening crowd: "Cheer up, my men, there's land in sight!"
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
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Post by Virgo » Tue May 24, 2016 7:19 pm

Sherab Dorje wrote:I prefer Diogenes of Sinope:

Some one had been reading aloud from a scroll for for a very long time, and when he was nearing the end of the roll Diogenes pointed to a space with no writing on it and exclaimed to the listening crowd: "Cheer up, my men, there's land in sight!"
Good posting.

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Post by AlexMcLeod » Tue May 24, 2016 8:16 pm

Socrates wrote:I drank what?
Relax! Smile From The Heart!
There is a difference between the Mundane and the Transcendental. If you purposefully confuse them, I will ignore you, you nihilist.
There is no Emotion, there is Peace. There is no Ignorance, there is Knowledge. There is no Passion, there is Serenity. There is no Death, there is the Force.

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Post by Simon E. » Wed May 25, 2016 4:20 pm

'All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well'

Dame Julian of Norwich. 14th-century mystic and hermit.
If you use the word 'mind' without defining your terms I will ask you politely for a definition. :smile:
This is not to be awkward. But it's really not self-explanatory.

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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Wed May 25, 2016 5:46 pm

The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.

Herbert Agar 1897-1980 - A Time for Greatness (1942) ch. 7
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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Wed May 25, 2016 5:51 pm

Nor ever once ashamed
So we be named
Press-men; Slaves of the Lamp; Servants of Light.

Sir Edwin Arnold 1832-1904 - ‘The Tenth Muse’ (1895) st. 18
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Post by AlexMcLeod » Thu May 26, 2016 2:28 am

Zoom wrote:You can't lock up the Darkness.
Relax! Smile From The Heart!
There is a difference between the Mundane and the Transcendental. If you purposefully confuse them, I will ignore you, you nihilist.
There is no Emotion, there is Peace. There is no Ignorance, there is Knowledge. There is no Passion, there is Serenity. There is no Death, there is the Force.

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Post by Wayfarer » Thu May 26, 2016 9:53 am

Sherab Dorje wrote:I prefer Diogenes of Sinope...
I also like this story:
It was in Corinth that a meeting between Alexander the Great and Diogenes is supposed to have taken place. The accounts of Plutarch and Diogenes Laërtius recount that they exchanged only a few words: while Diogenes was relaxing in the sunlight in the morning, Alexander, thrilled to meet the famous philosopher, asked if there was any favour he might do for him (bear in mind, Alexander was at this stage ruler of the known world). Diogenes replied, "Yes, stand out of my sunlight".
With respect to 'inspiring thoughts', there is a marveilous but little-commented book by John Fowles, called The Aristos, which at the end contains a compendium of quotes from Heraclitus. Among my favourites:
The many live in each in their own private world, whilst those who are awake have but one world in common.
The road up and the road down are the same road.
Meditating is learning to love nothing.

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Post by Grigoris » Thu May 26, 2016 11:23 am

Wayfarer wrote:With respect to 'inspiring thoughts', there is a marveilous but little-commented book by John Fowles, called The Aristos, which at the end contains a compendium of quotes from Heraclitus. Among my favourites:
The many live in each in their own private world, whilst those who are awake have but one world in common.
The road up and the road down are the same road.
One of my favorites from Heraclitus is: I neither wish to rule, nor to be ruled.
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
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Post by Iconodule » Thu May 26, 2016 4:20 pm

There is but one world and it is not divided into parts. On the contrary, it encloses the differences of the parts arising from their natural properties by their relation to what is one and indivisible in itself. Moreover, it shows that both are the same thing with it and alternately with each other in an unconfused way and that the whole of one enters into the whole of the other, and both fill the same whole as parts fill a unit, and in this way the parts are uniformly and entirely filled as a whole. For the whole spiritual world seems mystically imprinted on the whole sensible world in symbolic forms, for those who are capable of seeing this, and conversely the whole sensible world is spiritually explained in the mind in the principles which it contains. In the spiritual world it is in principles; in the sensible world it is in figures. - St Maximus the Confessor
Enter eagerly into the treasure house that lies within you, and so you will see the treasure house of heaven. For the two are the same, and there is but on single entry to them both. The ladder that leads to the Kingdom is hidden within you, and is found in your soul. Dive into yourself, and in your soul you will discover the rungs by which you are to ascend. - Saint Isaac of Syria

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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu May 26, 2016 10:10 pm

Icondule, Try to give the source of a quote, if you know it.

St. Maximos q. is from The Church's Mystagogy.
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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue May 31, 2016 11:41 pm

And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.
Alcuin - Letter 164 in ‘Works’ (1863) vol. 1, p. 438
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Post by Kunga Lhadzom » Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:50 am

There is more to this , than meets the eye.........

( Houdini )

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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:01 pm

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
Longfellow - ‘The Ladder of Saint Augustine’ (1850)
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Post by sattva » Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:30 am

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy." Rabindranath Tagore

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." Rabindranath Tagore

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:38 pm

sattva wrote:"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy." Rabindranath Tagore
Here's an illustrated version you may like: http://zenpencils.com/comic/133-rabindr ... y-of-life/

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Post by sattva » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:46 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote: Here's an illustrated version you may like: http://zenpencils.com/comic/133-rabindr ... y-of-life/

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Thanks, Kim! It's very nice :smile:
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Post by dreambow » Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:16 am

'Somethings about life do not feel ok or right

but with my camera and fresh air I was able to seize many wonderful images today that allow peace in my own heart

I can't describe the beauty and maybe you can try visualizing it.

I was at a pond in a nearby shrine. It is one of my new routes because I needed to begin to create a hobby other than accomplishing brooding and depression.

Anyway-took many lovely photos today. buildings, frogs, lily pads, the flower of the lily pad. Not sure if it is considered a lotus.

but the one I savored the most is my last photo of the day.....it was a rolled up lily pad in the shape of a heart.

It could not get better than this.

then the rain came making it all the more beautiful'

Not sure who wrote this but its both beautiful and poignant

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