28 August 2021

Week 2021-34: Wisdom is...

"Knowledge is a function of intellect while wisdom is a function of being." (D Trinidad Hunt)

"Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more." (William Cowper)

"Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way, wisdom is looking both directions anyway." (Amelia Walker)

"Wisdom is found only in truth." (Johann von Goethe)

"Wisdom is letting go of something every day." (Zen saying)

"Wisdom is learning to let go when you want to hang on. Courage is learning to hang on when you want to let go." (Mark Amend)

"Wisdom is like gold; it is useless if no one will accept it from you." (Geoffrey N Pyke, 1931) 

"Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves." (Nisargadatta Mahraj)

"Wisdom is knowing in depth the great metaphors of meaning." (Carl G Jung)

"Wisdom is knowing what to do next." (David S Jordan)

"Wisdom is knowledge of principles and causes." (Robert Hutchins)

"Wisdom is not a wisdom at all, if it comes too late." (Aristotle)

"Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain." (Robert E Lee)

"Wisdom is nothing more than common sense refined by learning and experience." (Zhuge Liang)

"Wisdom is simply this: to do the next thing that has to be done, to do it with all your heart, and to take delight in doing it." (Meister Eckhardt)

"Wisdom is the right use of knowledge." (Charles H Spurgeon)

"Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion." Dalai Lama

"Wisdom is the lesson learned, applied.”  (Rick Beneteau)

"Wisdom is the most important part of happiness." (Sophocles)

"Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use." (Thimas J Watson

"Wisdom is the ability to gather knowledge and adapt it to new situations. In other words, wisdom is knowing when, where and how to apply knowledge. It is knowledge at a deeper level." (David Green)

"True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance." (Akhenaton)

21 August 2021

Week 2021-33: Happiness is...

"Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

"Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy." (Gretta B Palmer)

"Happiness is a by-product of helping others." (Denny Miller)

"Happiness is a function of accepting what is." (Werner Erhard)

"Happiness is a habit – cultivate it." (Elbert Hubbard)

"Happiness is a mystery like religion, and it should never be rationalized." (G K Chesterton)

"Happiness is a perfume you can't pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." (Ralph W Emerson)

"Happiness is a result of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings, rather than an absolute amount of one or the other." (Norman Bradburn)

"Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses." (Russell Baker)

"Happiness is a state of mind where pleasure and pain caused by attachment do not exist." (Baba Hari Das)

"Happiness is a sunbeam, which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror; it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared." (Jane Porter)

"Happiness is a Swedish sunset; it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it." (Mark Twain)

"Happiness is a way station between too little and too much." (Channing Pollock)

"Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story." (Lev Tolstoy)

"Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions." (Aristotle)

"Happiness is attained by three things: being patient when tested, being thankful when receiving a blessing, and being repentant upon sinning." (Ibn al-Qayyim)

"Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided." (Alphonse Karr)

"Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation." (William H Sheldon)

"Happiness is experienced when your life gives you what you are willing to accept." (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory." (Ingrid Bergman)

"Happiness is having a sense of self, not a feeling of being perfect, but of being good enough and knowing that you are in the process of growth, of being, of achieving levels of joy. It’s a wonderful contentment and acceptance of who and what you are and a knowledge that the world and life are full of wondrous adventures and possibilities." (Leo Buscaglia)

"Happiness is having the freedom to be yourself." (Hilary Swank)

"Happiness is in the taste, and not in the things themselves; we are happy from possessing what we like, not from possessing what others like." (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

"Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude." (Joseph Wood Krutch)

"Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap." (William Bennett)

"Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it." (Bernard Meltzer)

"Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it." (Alexandre Dumas)

"Happiness is like time and space - we make and measure it ourselves; it is as fancy, as big, as little, as you please, just a thing of contrasts and comparisons." (George du Marier)

"Happiness is lived in the pursuit of it, not the achievement thereof" (Thomas Jefferson)

"Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled." (Dr. Benjamin Spock)

"Happiness is never stopping to think if you are." (Palmer Sondreal)

"Happiness is not a goal, it is a byproduct." (Eleanor Roosevelt)

"Happiness is not a horse, you cannot harness it." (Chinese proverb)

"Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind." (Alice Meynell)

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony." (Thomas Merton)

"Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling." (Margaret L Runback)

"Happiness is not being pained in body nor troubled in mind." (Thomas Jefferson)

"Happiness is not being pained in body, or troubled in mind." (Thomas Jefferson)

"Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are." (John B Sheerin)

"Happiness is not perfected until it is shared." (Jane Porter)

"Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." (Norman MacEwan)

"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." (Dalai Lama)

"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present." (Jim Rohn)

"Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it." (Anon)

"Happiness is not the end of life; character is." (Henry W Beecher)

"Happiness is pleasure without regret" (Lev Tolstoy)

"Happiness is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day." (Benjamin Franklin)

"Happiness is something we reap from the seeds we sow. Plant misery seeds and that us what you reap." Stephen Richards, "Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free")

"Happiness is something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else." (Aldous Huxley)

"Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being." (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values." (Ayn Rand)

"Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness." (Zhuangzi)

"Happiness is the cheapest thing in the world [...] when we buy it for someone else." (Paul Flemming)

"Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." (Aristotle)

"Happiness is the natural flower of duty." (Phillips Brooks)

"Happiness is the offspring of concentrated action." (Robin S. Sharma)

"Happiness is the only sanction in life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment." (George Santayana)

"Happiness is the overcoming of not Difficulties exist to be surmounted, unknown obstacles toward a known" (Ralph W Emerson)

"Happiness is the overcoming of not unknown obstacles toward a known goal." (L Ron Hubbard)

"Happiness is the space between unhappiness." (Don Marquis)

"Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late." (Robert R Updegraff)

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." (Mahatma Gandhi)

"Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside." (Sri Ramana Maharashi)

"Happiness isn’t about what happens to us - it’s about how we perceive what happens to us. It’s the knack of finding a positive for every negative, and viewing a setback as a challenge." (Lynn Peters)

"I know well that happiness is in little things." (John Ruskin)

"If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances, it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give." (Bertrand Russell)

"If thou suffer injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it." (Democritus)

"In all climates, under all skies, man's happiness is always somewhere else." (Giacomo Leopardi)

"Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved." (Victor Hugo)

"Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness." (Chuang-Tse)

"Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit." (Hosea Ballou)

"What we call happiness is what we do not know." (Anatole France)

14 August 2021

Week 2021-32: Eduction's Goals

"The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values." (William R Inge)

"The business of education is not to make the young perfect in any one of the sciences, but so to open their minds as may best make them capable of any, when they shall apply themselves to it." (John Locke)

"The chief object of education is not to learn but to unlearn."  (G K Chesterton)

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." (Martin L King, Jr.)

"The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things." (Jean Piaget)

"The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth." (John F Kennedy)

"The great aim of education is not knowledge but action." (Herbert Spencer)

"The most important outcome of education is to help students to become independent of formal education." (Paul E Gray)

"The object of education is not only to produce a man who knows, but one who does; who makes his mark in the straggle of life and succeeds well in whatever he undertakes: who can solve the problems of nature and of humanity as they arise, and who, when he knows he is right, can boldly convince the world of the fact." (Henry A Rowland)

"The object of education is to give man the unity of truth." (Rabindranath Tagore)

"The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives." (Robert M Hutchins)

"The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful." (Plato, "The Republic")

"The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – men who are creative, inventive and discoverers." (Jean Piaget)

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." (Sydney J Harris)

07 August 2021

Week 2021-31: Education is...

"Education is the leading human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them [...]" (John Ruskin, "The Stones of Venice", 1853)

"Education is habit-forming rather than information; illumination rather than indoctrination, inspiration rather than compulsion." (Edwin G Conklin, "Science in the World Crisis", 1939)

"Education is a set of analogies to a genuinely human existence, of which the arts are the model." (Northrop Frye, "Notebooks and Lectures on the Bible and Other Religious Texts", 2003)

 "[…] education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being." (Maria Montessori)

"All real education is the architecture of the soul." (William Bennett)

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't." (Anatole France)

"Education is a method by which one acquires a higher grade of prejudices."  (Laurence J Peter)

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." (Will Durant)

"Education is not learning, but the training of the mind that it may learn." (Sir William W Gull)

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." (John Dewey)

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lightning of a fire." (William B Yeats)

"Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities - that's training or instruction - but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed." (Thomas W Moore)

"Education is not training but rather the process that equips you to entertain yourself, a friend and an idea." (Wallace Sterling)

"Education is one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought." (Bertrand Russel)

"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another." (Gilbert K Chesterton)

"Education is teaching our children to desire the right things." (Plato)

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." (Robert Frost)

"Education is the apprenticeship of life." (Robert A Willmott)

"Education is the art of making man ethical." (Georg W F Hegel)

"Education is the best provision for old age." (Aristotle)

"Education is the best way to train ourselves that we will secure our own well-being by concerning ourselves with others." (Dalai Lama)

"Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent." (John M Keynes)

"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." (George W Carver)

"Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man." (Swami Vivekananda)

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." (Nelson Mandela)

"Education is the movement from darkness to light." (Allan Bloom)

"Education is the only quality which remains after we have forgotten all we have learned." (VoItaire)

"Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life." (Brigham Young)

"Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine." (Irwin Edman)

"Self-education is a continuing source of pleasure to me, for the more I know, the fuller my life is and the better I appreciate my own existence" (Isaac Asimov)

"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. The only function of a school is to make self-education easier; failing that, it does nothing." (Isaac Asimov)

"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence." (Rabindranath Tagore)

31 July 2021

Week 2021-30: On Letting go

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." (Havelock Ellis)

"By letting go it all gets done." (Lao Tzu)

"Hanashi, 'letting go' means that when one strategy does not work you let go of it and try something new." (Frederick J Loveret, "The Way and the Power: Secrets of Japanese Strategy", 1987)

"It is wisdom that enables letting go of a lesser happiness in pursuit of a happiness which is greater." (Dhammapada)

"Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day." (Zen saying)

"Letting go doesn't mean that you don't care about someone anymore. It's just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself." (Deborah Reber)

"Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

"Meditation is a skillful letting go: gently but with resolution." (Ajahn Sumedho)

"Meditation means to be constantly extricating yourself from the clinging of mind. By letting go of even the thought ‘I,’ and 'me' what is left? There is nowhere to stand and no one to stand there. No separation anywhere. Pure awareness. Neither this, nor that. Just clarity and being." (Ram Dass)

"Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go." (Herman Hesse)

"Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be." (Alan Watts)

24 July 2021

Week 2021-29: On Mastery

"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action." (samurai maxim)

"A master is one who returns day after day to the basic techniques and fundamentals. Mastery is a matter of daily struggle to perfect the simplest of techniques and ideas." (maxim)

"Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul." (Bruce Lee)

"If you seek mastery of the sword, seek first sincerity of the heart, for the former is but a reflection of the latter." (Iwakura Yoshinori)

"Learning to deal with setbacks, and maintaining the persistence and optimism necessary for childhood’s long road to mastery are the real foundations of lasting self-esteem." (Lilian G Katz)

"Mastery of self, or 'self-sufficiency', leads to both happiness and freedom but requires constant practice and training in the face of adversity." (Diogenes of Sinope)

"Softness triumphs over hardness, feebleness over strength. What is more malleable is always superior over that which is immoveable. This is the principle of controlling things by going along with them, of mastery through adaptation." (Lao-Tzu)

"Technical skill is mastery of complexity.  Creativity is mastery of simplicity." (Erik C Zeeman)

"The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is, to give a man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his own inner self." (Novalis)

"The path of the Warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path." (Richard S Heckler)

"The self is the friend of a man who masters himself through the self, but for a man without self-mastery, the self is like an enemy at war." (Bhagavad Gita)

"Without self-mastery he has no understanding of inner power; without inner power, he has no peace; and without peace, where is joy?" (Bhagavad Gita)

17 July 2021

Week 2021- 28: On Meditation

"A strong mind is a mind that does not suffer from boredom, frustration, depression, or unhappiness. It has learned to drop what it doesn't want. Meditation practice has given it the necessary muscles." (Kamal Sarma)

"Eventually, meditation will make our mind calm, clear, and as concentrated as a laser which we can focus at will. This capacity of one-pointed attention is the essence of genius. When we have this mastery over attention in everything we do, we have a genius for life." (Eknath Easwaran)

"Meditation is very simple. It means to surrender the mind, the body, and the world, from moment to moment, to the silent presence in which they appear. That's all." (Francis Lucille)

"Meditation means to be constantly extricating yourself from the clinging of mind. By letting go of even the thought 'I', and 'me' what is left? There is nowhere to stand and no one to stand there. No separation anywhere. Pure awareness. Neither this, nor that. Just clarity and being." (Ram Dass)

"Real meditation is spontaneous. It is pure welcoming, because there is no choosing of whatever appears in the field of consciousness. There is no selection. There is only choiceless allowing, be it of external perceptions, feelings, bodily sensations, thoughts, or their absence. Everything is equally allowed to come into existence, not as a practice, but because the mind has understood its own limitations. That is all the truth-seeker needs to do. No further spiritual practice needs to be undertaken." (Francis Lucille)

"The more we meditate the more we become aware of the things going on in mind and can rest in this experience." (Lawrence Ellyard)

"Through meditation we can learn simple exercises to help us understand and control our thinking. We can learn to gain access to powers of spirit that connect us to realms of higher thinking and knowledge. Most importantly, we can learn the balance of mind and spirit that is so necessary to make life enjoyable and fruitful." (Randolph Winters)

"When mind knows, we call it knowledge. When heart knows, we call it love. And when being knows, we call it meditation." (Osho)

"When we let go of wanting something else to happen in this moment, we are taking a profound step toward being able to encounter what is here now. If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don't really know where we are standing—a knowing that comes directly from the cultivation of mindfulness—we may only go in circles, for all our efforts and expectations. So, in meditation practice, the best way to get somewhere is to let go of trying to get anywhere at all." (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

"When you have achieved a state of deep meditation, you unlock the door to your subconscious mind. That is where your power to create the life you desire lies." (Adrian Calabrese)