Archive for July, 2009

My Quotes Corner


We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.

A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

Only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying.

I am a part of all that I have met.

There’s more to the truth than just the facts.

The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.

Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day.

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.

If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?

We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it.

Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.

When the student is ready, the master appears.

A gun gives you the body, not the bird.

Before enlightenment – chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment – chop wood, carry water.

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work – that goes on, it adds up.

I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying.

Oh, Heaven, it is mysterious, it is awful to consider that we not only carry a future Ghost within us; but are, in very deed, Ghosts!

Knock on the sky and listen to the sound.

The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?

By daily dying I have come to be.

There are some remedies worse than the disease.

You never know what is enough, until you know what is more than enough.

It requires a great deal of faith for a man to be cured by his own placebos.

What you see, yet can not see over, is as good as infinite.

Philosophy is life’s dry-nurse, who can take care of us – but not suckle us.

One man’s quiet is another man’s din.

Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science.

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

If you think you’re free, then there’s no escape possible.

The fly that doesn’t want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter.

Don’t miss the donut by looking through the hole.

You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.

To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.

Whatever I take, I take too much or too little; I do not take the exact amount. The exact amount is no use to me.

How long has it been since someone touched part of you other than your body?

Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat.
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

Each forward step we take we leave some phantom of ourselves behind.

The map is not the territory.

No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head.

Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?

I was once a skeptic but was converted by the two missionaries on either side of my nose.

If you’re going to tickle, use a feather not a whip.

He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything which has taken place from all eternity and everything which will be for time without end; for all things are of one kin and of one form.

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.

The obstacle is the path.

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

It is easy to stand a pain, but difficult to stand an itch.

You cannot step into the same river twice.

You are fastened to them and cannot understand how, because they are not fastened to you.

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, “Is it half full or half empty?” So I drank the water. No more problem.

Among creatures born into chaos, a majority will imagine an order, a minority will question the order, and the rest will be pronounced insane.

What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?

Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.

If a placebo has an effect, is it any less real than the real thing?

Seeking is not always the way to find.

It takes all the running you can do just to keep in the same place.

We waste a lot of time running after people we could have caught by just standing still.

You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into.

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.

Tomorrow always comes, and today is never yesterday.

Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.

You can see a lot by just looking. You can observe a lot by just looking.

Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.

Reason and faith are both banks of the same river.

Man is the only animal who enjoys the consolation of believing in a next life; all other animals enjoy the consolation of not worrying about it.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

He who depends on another man’s table often dines late.

Things are entirely what they appear to be and behind them… there is nothing.

You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.

When the pain is great enough, we will let anyone be doctor.

A thousand men can’t undress a naked man.

May your passion be the kernel of corn stuck between your molars, always reminding you there’s something to tend to.

I stop wanting what I am looking for, looking for it.

We often repent the good we have done as well as the ill.

When I die, I will not see myself die, for the first time.

The scars you can’t see are the hardest to heal.

The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.

It’s very strange when the life you never had flashes before your eyes.

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.

We become aware of the void as we fill it.

If I make the lashes dark
And the eyes more bright
And the lips more scarlet,
Or ask if all be right
From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made.

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

How often one sees people looking far and wide for what they are holding in their hands? Why! I am doing it myself at this very moment.

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.

Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?

I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung, and Christianity and candles have been introduced.

Because they know the name of what I am looking for, they think they know what I am looking for!

Eggs cannot be unscrambled.

A thing, until it is everything, is noise, and once it is everything it is silence.

The road was new to me, as roads always are going back.

…like stealing the juice out of tomorrow’s fruit.

Admiration and familiarity are strangers.

We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about “and.”

To know the height of a mountain, one must climb it.

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.

Nearly all men die of their remedies, and not of their illnesses.

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

Will localizes us; thought universalizes us.

I doubt one could live in the darkness, but one could probably survive.

Skin is a covering for our immortality.

I’ve observed that there are more lines formed than things worth waiting for.

Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.

When I break any of the chains that bind me I feel that I make myself smaller.

We are spirits clad in veils.

If I am not pleased with myself, but should wish to be other than I am, why should I think highly of the influences which have made me what I am?

Before I traveled my road I was my road.

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth – that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.

The future influences the present just as much as the past.

When a watch goes ill, it is not enough to move the hands; you must set the regulator. When a man does ill, it is not enough to alter his handiwork, you must regulate his heart.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

One does what one is; one becomes what one does.

You can’t fall off the floor.

A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.

In a mist the heights can for the most part see each other; but the valleys cannot.

In general people experience their present naively, as it were, without being able to form an estimate of its contents; they have first to put themselves at a distance from it – the present, that is to say, must have become the past – before it can yield points of vantage from which to judge the future.

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.

A stumble may prevent a fall.

When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.