Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
M. Kathleen Casey
We grow old as soon as we cease to love and trust.
Madame de Choiseul
We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.
Whenever I'm caught between two evils, I take the one I've never tried.
Mae West. American movie comedian.
You must be the change you want to see in the world
I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson: to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Commerce without morality
Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice
Politics without principle
-Seven Blunders of the World or Seven Deadly Social Sins. Other variations include:
Wealth without risk
Pleasure without conscience
Education without character
Commerce without morality
Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice
Politics without principle
I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills.
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
If love or non-violence be not the law of our being, the whole of my argument falls to pieces.
Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not any man's greed.
I do not believe in the doctrine of the greatest good of the greatest number. The only real, dignified, human doctrine is the greatest good of all.
I do not want my house to be walled in on sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
Things undreamt of are daily being seen, the impossible is ever becoming possible. We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence.
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence. Violence is any day preferable to impotence. There is hope for a violent man to become non-violent. There is no such hope for the impotent.
Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with nonviolence, reject it.
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
-Non-Violence in Peace and War. 1949. Vol. 2, ch. 150.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
-ibid., vol. 2, ch. 162.
Morality is contraband in war.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall, always.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-10-02/1948-01-30). Actual name: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Aka Mahatma ("Great Soul"); Mohandas K. Gandhi. Indian political and spiritual leader.
The difference between cowering and towering is a matter of inner posture.
It is only possible to succeed at second-rate pursuits—like becoming a millionaire or a prime minister, winning a war, seducing beautiful women, flying thought the stratosphere or landing on the moon. First-rate pursuits—involving, as they must, trying to understand what life is about and trying to convey that understanding—inevitably result in a sense of failure. A Napoleon, a Churchill, a Roosevelt can feel themselves to be successful, but never a Socrates, a Pascal, a Blake. Understanding is for ever unattainable. Therein lies the inevitability of failure in embarking upon its quest, which is none the less the only one worthy of serious attention.
-"Woman's Hour," radio broadcast, Aug. 5, 1965, quoted in "Failure," Muggeridge through the Microphone (1967).
Malcolm Muggeridge (1903/1990). British broadcaster.
It all comes down to one thing: whether we are building a burger or a company. If we are building a burger, we take every customer that comes along and cash the checks as quickly as we can, but if we're building a company, we say no to any company that distracts us from the long-term mission. ... A burger is meant to be flipped, whereas a company is meant to be here for the long term. It's the central issue in this company and it affects every decision we make. It affects who we hire, how we spend our money, how we incentivize our people, and whether we accept a customer that doesn't necessarily fit into our business model. We aren't in the burger business.
Aggression has three purposes in nature. First, to spread a species out over territory so as to not overload an eco-system. Amongst humans this is called "war". Second, for rank within the hierarchy of a social group. All social groups have hierarchy. And third, for reproduction. Classically this means two males fighting over the female, but it also means the female defending her young. If there is no social unit, e.g. Siamese fighting fish, it does not matter that the loser dies, only that the winner breeds. In contrast, in social animals, there is a strong biological benefit if the second and third types of aggression do not damage the loser. This is so that the social unit, (the pack/the tribe), which exists precisely because of its survival value, remains strong. Most martial arts are usually of the second type of aggression, with overtones of the third: Young males competing. In contrast, the Filipino Martial Arts originate in the first form of aggression, in war. Thus there is a quality of cooperation in the learning process of the FMA that can be distinctive. How so? If, as a tribe we are going to defend our land, women and children, it is in our respective individual interests that the other warriors of the tribe become good fighters as well. If I push you too hard and break your spirit, it does not serve my interests. If I push you too little and you are soft, it also does not serve my interests. And vice versa.
-"The Tao of the Dog & The Why of Dog Brothers Martial Arts" [DogBrothers.com/wrapper.php?file=tao.htm]
Many martial arts discuss how there are different mindsets/qualities with which one can defend/fight. Often the names are a bit poetic; Fire, Water, Wind, Rock, Earth, etc. but the point is made that the more realized the fighter is, the better his ability to fluidly shift between them. To be able to do this in the intense adrenal state of a fight is an subtle and evolved thing. Paradoxically, the mental state of Play is the state where this happens best. The further one can enter into the dichotomy of Fight and Play simultaneously, the better. The best fighting is done where the fight is play. Thus, in DBMA we say "Do not have a Way as you Play. Fight the Way you Play. Let your Fight be Play." To experience this is transformational. "What Is Play?" in evolutionary biological terms is an interesting question in its own right. It is a state in which deep learning takes place and the training methods of the FMA are of a high order in creating it and teaching it as part of the learning and training process. The competitiveness natural between men can easily kill Play. Abecedario, numerado, sombrada, and carenza are methods with a thousand faces and all help create Play. The process of learning in the FMA way develops powerful understandings and skills for dealing with people outside of a fighting context.
To last over the years, one needs to be intelligent-the secret of life is to get smart faster than you get old. If we try to always operate in that young male testosterone frenzy, just like Bruce Lee we're not going to last very long. In training, there must be the "three Fs" (Not those! Baaad Dogs!) Fun, Fit, and Functional. To be functional, we must be fit and healthy, and what we do to be fit and healthy must be fun to do or we will not do it. Now, "fun" can be a superficial word, but what we really mean is with joy in life-but that would have ruined the alliteration. The Knowledge that we study of another time and place must serve this time and place. There is the martial and there is the art. As Wild Dog's daughter Keelin once said to me "Art is the repository of the human wisdom which cannot be expressed in words." Both the martial and the art are necessary, just as the yin and the yang are necessary to the Tao. The further one can go into each simultaneously, the greater the dichotomy, and the deeper the transformation. Higher Consciousness through Harder Contact.
No judges, no referees, no trophies. One rule only: Be friends at the end of the day. This means our goal is that no one spends the night in the hospital. Our goal is that everyone leaves with the IQ with which they came. No suing no one for no reason for nothing no how no way! Real Contact Stickfighting is Dangerous and only you are responsible for you. Protect yourself at all times.
Marc Denny. Aka Crafty Dog. Head of DogBrothers.com kali school in California.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.
The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.
Marcus Aurelius (161/180). Roman Emperor, Stoic Philosopher.
Love is the big booming beat which covers up the noise of hate.
Margaret Cho. American comedian.
The days are too short even for love; how can there be enough time for quarreling?
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.
-O Magazine, April 2004.
Humanity needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. Without doubt, these dreamers do not deserve wealth, because they do not desire it. Even so, a well-organized society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research.
-Madame Curie by Eve Curie, translated by Vincent Sheean, Pocket books, Simon and Schuster, New york, 1946, pp 352-253.
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.
Marie Curie (1867/1934). b. Warsaw, Poland.
Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.
Marian Wright Edelman
Times have not become more violent. They have just become more televised.
Ever notice that "What the hell" is always the right decision?
A career is born in public--talent in privacy.
Marilyn Monroe (1926-06-01/1962-08-05). Born Norma Jeane Mortensen. American actress.
The trouble began a week ago in the remote West, where in the early evening a single grain of sand fell on a portion of our pile that was already very steep. This triggered a small avalanche, as a few grains toppled downhill towards the East. Unfortunately, the pile hasn't been managed properly in the West, and these few grains entered into another region of the pile that was also already steep. Soon more grains toppled and throughout the night the avalanche grew in size; by the next morning, it was well out of control. In retrospect, there is nothing surprising. One fateful grain falling a week ago led to a chain of events that swept catastrophe across the pile and into our own backyard here in the East. Had the Western authorities been more responsible, they could have removed some sand from the initial spot, and then none of this would have happened. It is a tragedy that we can only hope will never be repeated.
-Narrative by a sandpile historian in Ubiquity.
In a nutshell, it is intellectual friction that holds the network of ideas in place, and intellectual curiosity that puts it under stress.
Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not; a sense of humor was given to us to console us for what we are.
Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
-Tom Sawyer Gives Up the Brush.
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.
I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.
O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle-be Thou near them! With them, in spirit, we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it-for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.
If we hadn't our bewitching autumn foliage, we should still have to credit the weather with one feature which compensates for all its bullying vagaries-the ice-storm: when a leafless tree is clothed with ice from the bottom to the top -- ice that is as bright and clear as crystal; when every bough and twig is strung with ice-beads, frozen dew-drops, and the whole tree sparkles cold and white, like the Shah of Persia's diamond plume. Then the wind waves the branches and the sun comes out and turns all those myriads of beads and drops to prisms that glow and burn and flash with all manner of colored fires, which change and change again with inconceivable rapidity from blue to red, from red to green, and green to gold-the tree becomes a spraying fountain, a very explosion of dazzling jewels; and it stands there the acme, the climax, the supremest possibility in art or nature, of bewildering, intoxicating, intolerable magnificence. One cannot make the words too strong.
First get your facts; then you can distort them at your leisure.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may.
War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.
I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.
The human race has one effective weapon--and that is laughter.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
When in doubt, tell the truth.
In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
Mark Twain (1835/1910). Pseudonym for Samuel Langhorne Clemens. American writer.
Whenever people learn something sufficiently, they cease to be aware of it.
Mark Weisner. Computer Scientist at Xerox PARC.
Ultimately, it is through serving others that we become fully human.
It took nine years, and a great depression, and two wars ending in defeat, and one surrender without war, to break my faith in the benign power of the press. Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily swallow lies than truth, as if the taste of lies was homey, appetizing: a habit.
-The Face of War, introduction (1959, rev. 1967).
Unless they are immediate victims, the majority of mankind behaves as if war was an act of God which could not be prevented; or they behave as if war elsewhere was none of their business. It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.
Martha Gellhorn (1908/). U.S. journalist, author.
The greater part of our happiness depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. A revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast between poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists in the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America only to take profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: 'This is not just.'
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.
Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.
Confusion is always the most honest response.
... peace is a militant thing ... any peace movement must have behind it a higher passion than the desire for war. No one can be a pacifist without being ready to fight for peace and die for peace.
-A Footnote to Folly (1935), ch. 5.
This philosophy of hate, of religious and racial intolerance, with its passionate urge toward war, is loose in the world. It is the enemy of democracy; it is the enemy of all the fruitful and spiritual sides of life. It is our responsibility, as individuals and organizations, to resist this.
-ibid., ch. 25.
Mary Heaton Vorse (1874/1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist.
Along with other forms of sexual assault, it belongs to that class of indignities against the person that cannot ever be fully righted, and that diminishes all humanity.
Mary M. v. City of Los Angeles [http://login.findlaw.com/scripts/callaw?dest=ca/cal3d/54/202.html] (1991) 54 Cal.3d 202 , 285 Cal.Rptr. 99; 814 P.2d 1341.
If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
It's important the people should know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for.
Mary H. Waldrip
Along with other forms of sexual assault, it belongs to that class of indignities against the person that cannot ever be fully righted, and that diminishes all humanity.
Mary M. v. City of Los Angeles 54 Cal.3d 202,222 (1991) [285 Cal.Rptr. 99; 814 P.2d 1341]
Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
Mary Tyler Moore
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.
We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.
Within the soul of each Vietnam veteran there is probably something that says "Bad war, good soldier." [Only now are Americans beginning to] separate the war from the warrior.
-Time 22 Nov 1982. On dedication of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC.
Max Cleland. Former head of US Veterans Administration.
Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.
Max L. Forman
Now, after years of observation and enough courage to admit what I have observed, I try to plant peace if I do not want discord; to plant loyalty and honesty if I want to avoid betrayal and lies.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
I thought if war did not include killing, I'd like to see one every year.
-Gather Together in My Name. 1974. Ch. 1.
Maya Angelou (1928-04-04/). Born Marguerite Annie Johnson. American poet, writer, performer, and civil rights activist.
My mind is a garden. My thoughts are the seeds. My harvest will be either flower or weeds.
There is no greater joy than to look back into oneself and find integrity.
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
Let us take care that age does not make more wrinkles on our spirit than on our face.
Michel de Montaigne.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you'll know exactly what to do.
There are many examples of old, incorrect theories that stubbornly persisted, sustained only by the prestige of foolish but well-connected scientists. ... Many of these theories have been killed off only when some decisive experiment exposed their incorrectness. .. Thus the yeoman work in any science, and especially physics, is done by the experimentalist, who must keep the theoreticians honest.
-Hyperspace, Oxford University Press, 1995, p 263.
He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he who loses his courage loses all.
Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own good deeds.
Miguel de Cervantes
The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.
-"My Relgion". Essays and Soliloquies (1924).
Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936). Spanish philosophical writer.
Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds.
Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl.
- "As if it were a straight road mapped out on the ground, the first book is called the Ground book."
- "Do nothing which is of no use."
- "You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well."
- "All the five books are chiefly concerned with timing. You must train sufficiently to appreciate this."
-Go Rin No Sho (A Book of Five Rings). The Ground Book.
- "Second is the Water book. With water as the basis, the spirit becomes like water. Water adopts the shape of its receptacle, it is sometimes a trickle and sometimes a wild sea. Water has a clear blue color. By the clarity, things of Ichi school are shown in this book." -From the Ground Book.
- "If you merely read this book you will not reach the Way of strategy. Absorb the things written in this book. Do not just read, memorize or imitate, but so that you realize the principle from within your own heart study hard to absorb these things into your body."
- "In strategy your spiritual bearing must not be any different from normal. Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm."
- "Do not let the enemy see your spirit."
- "Grip the long sword with a rather floating feeling in your thumb and forefinger, with the middle finger neither tight nor slack, and with the last two fingers tight."
- "Step by step walk the thousand-mile road."
-Go Rin No Sho (A Book of Five Rings). The Water Book.
- "Third is the Fire book. This book is about fighting." -From the Ground Book.
- "You cannot profit from small techniques, particularly when full armour is worn."
- "Examine your environment."
- "Chase [the enemy] towards awkward places, and try to keep him with his back to awkward places."
- "The first [method] is to forestall him by attacking. This is called Ken No Sen (to set him up)."
- "Another method is to forestall him as he attacks. This is called Tai No Sen (to wait for the initiative)."
- "The other method is when you and the enemy attack together. This is called Tai Tai No Sen (to accompany him and forestall him)."
- "Everything can collapse. Houses, bodies, and enemies collapse when their rhythm becomes deranged."
- "Many things are said to be passed on. Sleepiness can be passed on, and yawning can be passed on. Time can be passed on also."
- "Many things can cause a loss of balance. One cause is danger, another is hardship, and another is surprise. You must research this."
- "The true Way of sword fencing is the craft of defeating the enemy in a fight, and nothing other than this."
-Go Rin No Sho (A Book of Five Rings). The Fire Book.
- "Fourthly the Wind book. This book is not concerned with my Ichi school but with other schools of strategy." -From the Ground Book.
- "Some other schools have a liking for extra-long swords. From the point of view of my strategy these must been seen as weak schools."
- "Whenever you cross swords with an enemy you must not think of cutting him either strongly or weakly; just think of cutting and killing him."
- "To aim for the enemy's unguarded moment is completely defensive, and undesirable at close quarters with the enemy."
- "Speed is not part of the true Way of strategy. Speed implies that things seem fast or slow, according to whether or not they are in rhythm. Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast."
-Go Rin No Sho (A Book of Five Rings). The Wind Book.
- "Fifthly, the book of the Void. By Void I mean that which has no beginning and no end." -From the Ground Book.
- "People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment."
- "When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void."
- "In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness."
-Go Rin No Sho (A Book of Five Rings). The Void Book.
Miyamoto Musashi (1584/1645-06-13). 宮本 武蔵. The most renowned Japanese kensei (sword saint).
I was at a party last year and a little girl drew a picture of all the guests round the table except me. I pretended to be offended and drew myself into her picture, but she ran away screaming and bawling. I had to erase my self-portrait before she'd calm down. That says it all. Our little pictures and our little songs are more important to us than the life they occasionally portray. The world in the end is beyond our control and doesn't care about us. But in our pictures we have the illusion of making sense of the world, improving the world, taking control of it. And suddenly it's no longer either the world or our vision of it, it's a new world, a thing in itself. The drawing comes to mean more to us than the scene it depicts.
Momus (1960-02-11/). Born Nick Currie.
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
Do all your work as though you had a thousand years to live, and as you would if you knew you must die tomorrow.
Mother Ann Lee. Shaker in Hancock, MA.
Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
We can do no great things —only small things with great love.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa (1910-08-27/1997-09-05). Aka Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta; born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu.
Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
-Memento Mori. 1959. Ch 4. The character Miss Taylor.
Muriel Spark (1918/). British novelist.
To be deeply committed to negotiations, to be opposed to a particular war or military action, is not only considered unpatriotic, it also casts serious doubt on one's manhood.
-Boys Will Be Boys. 1991. Ch. 2.
Myriam Miedzian. U.S. author.
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