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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:28 pm

"A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan."
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"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."
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It is so real and beautiful
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Ierrellus » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:33 pm

"O Great Spirit, help me never judge another until I have walked two weeks in their moccasins." Edwin Laughing Fox
"We must love one another or die." W.H.Auden
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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Liteninbolt » Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:30 pm

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:06 pm

“I discovered the secret of the sea in meditation upon the dewdrop


“Does the song of the sea end at the shore or in the hearts of those who listen to it?”


Keep me from the wisdom that does not weep, and the philosophy that does not laugh, and the pride that does not bow its head before a child

Compliments of Kahlil Gibran
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Pandora » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:15 am

For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know. - Theodore Roosevelt.
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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:33 pm

Life has a certain flavor for those who have fought and risked all that the sheltered and protected can never experience.
John Stuart Mill

Pandora - An almost identical quote to Roosevelt's ^ which TR must have borrowed since JSM lived and died before
Roosevelt's time.

It would seem to me that that flavor must be felt/tasted even before the true fighter has begun.
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"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:42 pm

Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts.
Plotinus 204 or 205 C.E., Egyptian Philosopher

Somehow that strikes me as such a
wonderful place to be.
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:35 pm

Situated in some nebulous distance I do what I do so that the universal balance of which I am a part may remain a balance.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Abstract » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:51 pm

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
Tao Te Ching
Lao Tsu
As Translated by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English
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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:28 pm

To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it - this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed.
~Walter Scott

Food for thought.
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Anzha » Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:49 am

I know this has been around but its still one of my favorites...

Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee?

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one would pop up.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire, and soon the pots came to boil. In the first pot she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. Her grandmother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The grandmother then asked the granddaughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the grandmother asked the granddaughter to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma then asked,

"What does it mean, grandmother?"

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her granddaughter.
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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:26 pm

I am an intelligent river which has reflected successively all the banks before which it has flowed by meditating only on the images offered by those changing shores.
Victor Hugo

Anzha,... I enjoyed reading your little story...it was beautifully poignant. Stories like that give much food for thought. And, ah, how coffee does change us. :) You ought to C&P it over and create a new thread for anecdotal stories(?) or such, but stories woven by the spirit of *Solomon* as that one was.
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:37 pm

"Live abundantly, but thoughtlessly with a huge capacity to forget – seeking to avoid over analysis and not to learn so much from mistakes as to never make another leap’!
krossie phader - on How to live unphilosophically!
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"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Abstract » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:35 am

Confucius said, "He who learns but does not think is lost; he who thinks but does not learn is in danger."
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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Abstract » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:25 am

"The Angels fly because they take themselves lightly." Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:35 pm

Abstract wrote:
yes I would think it is meant to be for balance implicitly, but it allows for one to lend to taking that too far.

This is why 'practiced balance' is learned balance. It becomes second nature to us.

"Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly.”
Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull


"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." Richard Bach (Illusions)
Ah
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:21 am

No one but Night, with tears on her dark face,
Watches beside me in this windy place.

~Edna St. Vincent Millay
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:17 pm

Be patient with all that is resolved in your heart; try to love the questions themselves; do not Now seek the answers; which cannot be given, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything Now. Perhaps you will then gradually without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answers.
Rainer Maria Rilke
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:02 pm

A tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others a green thing which stands in the way. As a man IS, so he SEES.
William Blake
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Philosopher8659 » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:53 am

My greatest wisdom is my deepest silence."

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Pezerocles » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:27 am

Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo.

"More knows the devil from being old than from being devil."
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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:16 pm

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings!”
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Abstract » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:08 pm

"Live by the word, die by the sword."

Live by philosophy....
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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:19 pm

Irish Blessings

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been
the foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.


May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Adages & Proverbs

Postby Pezerocles » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:51 pm

A gentleman can always walk away, but he never runs away.
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