Wise Quotes

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    Once when Lord Mitsushige was a little boy and was supposed to recite from a copybook for the priest Kaion, he called the other children … and said, “Please come here and listen. It’s difficult to read if there are hardly any people listening.” The priest was impressed and said … “That’s the spirit in which to do everything.”

    Way of the Samurai
     



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    There are a lot of things that are wrong with the world, but if you watch the news, that’s not the world; that’s a condensed version of everything negative that’s happening. If I look around the television set, things are pretty peaceful, and people treat each other pretty well.

    Jim Carrey
     



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    They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

    Andy Warhol
     



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    Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.

    Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420
     



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    I’ve learnt to really respect women on all levels. I’ve also learnt that I’ll never quite understand them, and I’m cool with that – I’ll always just be a student. I’ve also learnt that I can totally live without them and I’m proud of that. There’s gorgeous women everywhere, I go back to my room alone, do I turn into a little pile of salt and just blow away in the wind? No, I’m still here.

    Henry Rollins
     



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    Impetuosity and audacity often achieve what ordinary means fail to achieve.

    Author Unknown
     



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    Suttas are not meant to be ‘sacred scriptures’ that tell us what to believe. One should read them, listen to them, think about them, contemplate them, and investigate the present reality, the present experience with them. Then, and only then, can one insightfully know the truth beyond words.

    Venerable Sumedho
     



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    There shouldn’t be a conflict between good things and commercial success. There’s often a belief that if it sells, it must be bad, or if it sells, it must be good. Neither of those is true.

    Alain de Botton
     



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    We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.

    Steve Jobs
     



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    Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because he likes it, and one thing supremely well because he detests it.

    Brigham Young
     



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    Quantity has a quality all of its own.

    Stalin (rumoured)
     



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    “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” ~ Virginia Woolf
     



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    We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.

    Ben Sweetland
     



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    [Freedom of speech] isn’t something somebody else gives you. That’s something you give to yourself.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    I’m not worried about posterity. If one of my pots is on Antiques Roadshow in 2106, I’m happy for the presenter to say, ‘He used to be quite famous.’

    Grayson Perry
     






               

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