"You must continue to gain expertise, but avoid thinking like an expert."
"Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised."
"We've got to have a dream if we are going to make a dream come true."
"Health is a blessing that money cannot buy."
William H. Walton
"To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee."
"Get rid of the words and meaning, and there is still poetry."
"Now, what is poetry? If you say it is simply a matter of words, I will say a good poet gets rid of words. If you say it is simply a matter of meaning, I will say a good poet gets rid of meaning. 'But,' you ask, 'without words and without meaning, where is the poetry?' To this I reply, 'Get rid of words and get rid of meaning, and still there is poetry.'"
William Arthur Ward
"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it."
"Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records."
"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."
Eugene F. Ware
"All glory comes from daring to begin."
"Chasing after fantasies is always a bad idea. Stick with reality. Reality's all you've got. But here's the real secret, the real miracle: It's enough."
"People imagine enlightenment will make them incredibly powerful. And it does. It makes you the most powerful being in all the universe- but usually no one else notices."
"Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."
"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."
"Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is."
"When we look for things there is nothing but mind, and when we look for mind there is nothing but things."
"I have realized that the past and the future are real illusions, that they exist only in the present, which is what there is and all there is."
"Sit just to sit. And why not sit? You have to sit sometime, and so you may as well really sit, and be altogether here. Otherwise the mind wanders away from the matter at hand, and away from the present. Even to think through the implications of the present is to avoid the present moment completely."
"When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more subtle, and far more miraculous, than you thought it was."
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
"It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones."
"If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire."
"Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the room."
"He knows- for he has learned from nature- that a little dab of color, aptly mixed, makes all the difference."
"A computer will do what you tell it to do, but that may be much different from what you had in mind."
"All serious daring starts from within."
"Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn."
"Whenever I'm caught between two evils, I take the one I've never tried."
"Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and perceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and last some crisis shows what we have become."
Janwillem van de Wetering
"Life is misery, and miraculous beauty. The word "miracle" has been used too often and has lost its value. But we live in miracles. The thrushes in the park, the ducks drifting on the canals, the floating seagulls, but also the car on the highway, the mechanical digger in the polder and the large square apartment blocks. Whoever can take the time and the peace to observe is surprised and feels the void of his own being."
"I know unless I'm true to myself I couldn't be happy. Too much emphasis is placed today on externals and too little on character."
"Every morning I awaken torn between the desire to save the world and the inclination to savor it."
Alfred North Whitehead
"We think in generalities, but we live in detail."
"Seek simplicity and distrust it."
"I hear and behold God in every object."
"To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle."
"I swear the earth shall surely be complete to him or her who shall be complete. The earth remains jagged or broken only to him or her who remains jagged or broken."
"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God..."
"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can."
John Greenleaf Whittier
"Life's song would lose its charm, were there no babies to begin it."
John Edgar Wideman
"One of the earliest lessons I learned as a child was that if you looked away from something, it might not be there when you looked back."
"Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport."
"For the dead and the living we must bear witness."
"What does mysticism mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul."
"With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see."
"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men."
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring."
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught."
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead."
"No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true."
"Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow."
"The final mystery is oneself... Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?"
"Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."
"The truth is rarely pure, and never simple."
"When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong."
"To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up."
"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."
"Madame, there are always two paths to take; one back towards comforts and security of death, the other forward to nowhere."
"The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read."
"You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning."
"There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope."
"Carpe Diem. Sieze the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."
"We're all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life."
"Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question."
"Just as a sunbeam can't separate itself from the sun and a wave can't separate itself from the ocean; we can't separate ourselves from one another. We are all part of a vast sea of love one indivisible divine mind."
"Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us."
"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."
"The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you."
"We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true."
"To do things today exactly the way you did them yesterday saves thinking."
"Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do."
"The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is."
"Physiological life is of course not 'Life.' And neither is psychological life. Life is the world."
"The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity."
"The philosopher asks himself, 'What is your aim in philosophy?' and he answers, 'To show the fly the way out of the bottle.' And where is he when he has made his escape? He is, it appears, exactly where he started; for philosophy 'leaves everything as it is.'"
"We all have ability. The difference is how we use it."
"The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith."
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
"Yes it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."
"By our own spirits are we deified."
Frank Lloyd Wright
"The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."
"At one time, one blade of grass is as effective as a sixteen-foot golden Statue of Buddha. At another time, a sixteen-foot golden Statue of Buddha is as effective as a blade of grass."
"Even if I could utter a wise word, the hearing of which would guarantee you instant enlightenment, it would still be like throwing shit on your heads."
"Investigate what's right under your own feet. Contemplate it, get to the bottom of it. What is the truth of it?"
"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show."