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My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues. -Kahlil Gibran
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. - William Shakespeare
Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. -Jonathan Kozol
Prophets, mystics, poets, scientific discoverers are [those] whose lives are dominated by a vision; they are essentially solitary. . . whose thoughts and emotions are not subject to the dominion of the herd. - Bertrand Russell
Strange that creatures without backbones have the hardest shells. - Kahlil Gibran
Success pursues the persistent
The problem with people who have no vices is that generally, you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues. - Elizabeth Taylor
The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest. -Henry David Thoreau
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust
They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold;
And I deem them mad because they think my days have a price. - Kahlil Gibran
Unthinking respect for authority
s the greatest enemy of truth. -Albert Einstein
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.—-Aristotle
What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other? George Eliot
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Dreams are . . . illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. -Marsha Norman
Dreams are the touchstones of our characters. - Thoreau
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake. - Thoreau
Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it - Goethe
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A life lived in fear is a life half lived. --Spanish proverb
Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death. -Betty Bender
Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. - Michael Pritchard
Fear is the wicked wand that transforms human beings into vegetables. --George Brown
Fear not death, for the sooner we die the longer we shall be immortal.
The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure--fearlessness and achievement. - Joseph Campbell
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A critic is one who leaves no turn unstoned.
An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible.
An Irishman’s brand of Tact. . .to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that he looks forward to the trip.
Being original is going door to door selling “No soliciting” signs.
Confused people simply have extra directions.
For those situations where a fresh, living sacrifice is just not feasible, a mock-victim, sculpted from Spam will suffice.
It cannot be stressed enough. Pastel-colored candles in the shape of cute fluffy little animals are like beacons to the Dark Lords.
It is absurd to divide people into good and
bad. People are either charming or tedious. - Oscar Wilde
Never let a computer see that you’re in a hurry.
Nine in the second place means: The yellow bird approaches the malt shop. Misfortune.
Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. --Mark Twain
A weed is a flower with a bad publicist - Ardriana Cahill
Sacred cows make the best hamburger.
Technology is man made. Man is nature made. So it is only natural that technology has a disapproving grandmother.
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it is.
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Brevity is the soul of wit. -William Shakespeare
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. --Confucius
Everything you teach you are learning.
Face facts, not opinions.
Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? -Benjamin Franklin
Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival. - W. Edwards Deming
Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it. - The Midrash
Much I have learned while seeking something else. - Ardriana Cahill
Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
Study well. . .teach wisely and you will effect eternity.
Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. -Francis Bacon
The aim of an argument or discussion
should not be victory, but progress.-Joseph Joubert
Teachers open the door, but you enter by yourself. –
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply. - Kahlil Gibran
There lies a green field between the scholar and the poet; should the scholar cross it he becomes a wise man; should the poet cross it, he becomes a prophet. - Kahlil Gibran
Too many people having failed education turn to magick.
We shall never cease from exploration,
And the end of all our exploring,
Will be to arrive where we started . . .
And know the place for the first time.-T.S. Eliot
Without words, you cannot think well.
When any real progress is made,
We unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before. - Thoreau
You cannot teach a man anything; You can only help him find it within himself.
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For those whom Love would bless must share it . . . Happiness was born a twin.
Friendship is a single soul living in two bodies. -Aristotle
Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do. -Kahlil Gibran
I don’t believe in love at first sight. . .I believe in love at Second Sight. - Ardriana Cahill
I love because I must, because I will it. I love for myself, not for others. I love for the joy it gives me. - Leo Buscaglia
Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. - Franklin P. Jones
No one in love is free, or wants to be.
One hour of right-down love is worth an age of dully living on. - Aphra Behn
Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain. -Leo Buscaglia
The secret to a long romance is to find variety in your everyday life together . . .
Like a cat. . . . change the patterns of your life every three months. -—Ardriana Cahill
True love is like a ghost, which everybody talks about and few have seen. - Francis De La Rochefoucauld
Touch is a way of worshipping life.
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Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. - Goethe
It doesn’t happen all at one. Life and Learning are lifelong pursuits.
Luck is earned with practice
Never cut what you can untie. -Joubert
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. He. . .who can no longer. . .stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed - Albert Einstein
When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it. - Arabian Proverb
The Spirit sleeps in the mineral, stirs in the vegetable, dreams in the animal, and wakens in man. -Sanskrit Proverb
Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. - Thoreau
Using another witches spell is like speaking in a foreign language. If you don’t no the language well, there spell might knot get you wear you knead to bee, in won peace. - Ardriana Cahill.
You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint paradise, then in you go. Nikos Kazantzakis
Your Magick will reflect the strength of your character, quality of your education, and substance of you soul. -Ardriana Cahill
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A root is a flower that disdains fame. -- Kahlil Gibran
Botanists say that trees need the powerful March winds to flex their trunks and main branches, so the sap is drawn up to nourish the budding leaves. Perhaps we need the gales of life in the same way, though we dislike enduring them. -Jane Truax
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. --John Muir
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. - John Lubbock
Everything external in nature points to something internal.
He, who only sees Nature with his eyes, misses Her completely.
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. - Frank Lloyd Wright
I don't think there is any such thing as an ordinary mortal. Everybody has his own possibility of rapture in the experience of life. All he has to do is recognize it and then cultivate it and get going with it. I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I've never met an ordinary man, woman, or child. - Joseph Campbell
I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours. - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White
Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
Mother earth will live or die by mankind’s common fate. Everyone or no one will survive. -Buckminster Fuller
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. -Thoreau
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather just different kinds of good weather. -- John Ruskin
The flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days. -Robert Leighton
The palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Thomas Paine
There are injuries which nature cannot forgive; she would cease to be nature if she did. - Thomas Paine
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, / There is rapture in the lonely shore, / There is society where none intrudes, / By the deep sea, and music
in its roar: / I love not man the less, but nature more. - Lord Byron
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. - Haida Indian Saying
Winter waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful
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Access to power should be confined to those not in love with it.
A good philosopher is one who does not take ideas seriously.
All deities reside in the human breast. - William Blake
[A] mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. -Oliver Wendell Holmes
Authenticity begins when we recognize that most off what we think belongs to someone else. - Ardriana Cahill
Even on a dark night, songs of beauty can be born. - Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey
Espouse no pathway to heaven...or hell for each can mirror the other. - Ardriana Cahill
Everyone is the builder of a temple to the god he worships . . . We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.
Expect poison from the standing water. -William Blake
Fairness abhors the gang-up mentality. - Ardriana Cahill
Humanity has advanced . . . not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature. - Tom Robbins
I am ignorant of absolute truth. But I am humble before my ignorance and therein lies my honor and my reward.- Kahlil Gibran
I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. - Joseph Campbell
If others had not been foolish, we should be so. - William Blake
If you break your neck, if you have no food, if your house is on fire, then you have a
problem. Everything else is inconvenience.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing you're right. -Henry Ford
In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. ... Albert Camus
Indifference is evil's bodyguard. Without it, evil would have to do a much better job of hiding.
It is never too late to give up our prejudices.. - Thoreau
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. --Kahlil Gibran
Let him who would move the world first move himself. -Socrates
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time, like dew on the tip of a leaf. -Rabindranath Tagore
Life has a practice of living you, if you don’t live it. - Philip Larkin
Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul. – Thoreau
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. -Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180) Roman Emperor
Never let you sense of morals get in the way of doing what is right. -Isaac Asimov
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One earns a living, the other is a life.
Never mistake motion for action. -Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
One should count each day a separate life. -Marcus Arelius
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.
Philosophy first gives the lesson, then life gives the test. When Life first gives the test, the lesson must be deciphered on your own.
Please subdue the anguish of your soul. Nobody is destined only to happiness or to pain. The wheel of life takes one up and down by turn. –Kalidasa, dramatist (c. 4th century)
Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion. -William Blake
Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze. . .Your blessings are gifts of the gods. - Ardriana Cahill
Small steps executed daily will get you to your goal.
Split the wood and you shall find me. Lift the stone and I will be there. The Gospel of St. Thomas (On finding Christ)
The more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered. - Thomas Paine
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. --J. Robert Oppenheimer
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. -Shana Alexander
There is more to life than just increasing its speed.
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
-Lao-Tzu, philosopher (6th century
When I. . .faced the realities of the world, I put my thoughts of God in cold storage . . . because I couldn’t reconcile what I believed. . .with what was going on around me. But that early period, when God was as real as the wind that blew from the sea left me with inner peace, which, as I grew older, swelled until, I had to open my mind to God again. -Jane Goodall
Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society. - Thoreau
Your first obligation to others is to be transparent.
You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough. - William Blake
Your vision will become clear only when you look inside your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. ... Carl Jung
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On Pagan Spirit
A muzzle never stopped an idea. - Ardriana Cahill.
A woman can beat the devil - Irish proverb
A thousand years ago my neighbor said to me, "I hate life, for it is naught but a thing of pain." And yesterday I passed by a cemetery and saw life dancing upon his grave. - Kahlil Gibran
All those who have lived in the past live with us now. Surely none of us would be an ungracious host. - Kahlil Gibran
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. - Gandhi
Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, or who said. Even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Don’t judge others. You’re probably both wrong.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. - Mark Twain
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Everyone shares the Moon’s spirit. We all have a dark side that is never shown to anyone.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds longs to play with your hair. --Kahlil Gibran
Great beauty captures me, but a beauty still greater frees me even from itself. - Kahlil Gibran
He who takes nature for his guide is not easily beaten out of his argument. - Thomas Paine
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. - Thoreau
I am the woman who holds up the sky. The rainbow runs through my eyes. The sun makes a path to my womb. My thoughts are in the shape of clouds. But my words are yet to come. - Ute Indian Poem
I believe in God, only I spell it 'Nature'.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. - Thoreau
I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. -Wilson Mizner
I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience -- and laughter. - Susan M. Watkins
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief -Gerry Spence
If God is omnipotent and omniscient, why didn't he start the universe out in the first place so it would come out the way he wants? Why is he constantly repairing and complaining? No, there's one thing the Bible makes clear: The biblical God is a sloppy manufacturer. He's not good at design, he's not good at execution. He'd be out of business if there was any competition. - Carl Sagan
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without improvement, are roads of Genius. -William Blake
In silence, the soul finds the path in a clearer light.
In the constant confrontation between rock and water, water always wins, by perseverance.
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. -William Shakespeare
Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the ploughshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring - Henri Frederic Amiel
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience,
but to their capacity for experience. -George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate
Mind your manners with Mother Earth. . .lest She smack your pretty face. –-Ardriana Cahill
Mollusks don’t believe in whales.
Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent. - Thoreau
Nature is always hinting.
No matter how fragile you feel, the Power you long for is breathing within you right now.
Old brooms know dirty corners best. Irish proverb
Once a year, go to a place you've never been before. One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. -Friedrich Neitzsche
One without fire cannot warm others.
Only those with secrets in their hearts could divine the secrets in our hearts. - Kahlil Gibran
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes luck sneaking through the back door. - Ardriana Cahill
Should you really open your eyes and see, you would behold your image in all images. -Kahlil Gibran
Spend some time alone. . .your muse seeks time with you - Ardriana Cahill
Take time to come home to yourself everyday. -Robin Casarjean
Tears get sympathy. Sweat gets results.
The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise. -Robert Frost (1874-1963)
The blind person never fears ghosts. --Burmese Proverb
The Buddha was asked, "Are you God?"
"No," he said.
"Well, then, what are you?"
"I am awake," said the Buddha.
The gods gave us memories so that we might have roses in December.
The heart is wiser than the intellect. -Josiah Holland
The illusion that we are separate from one another is an optical delusion of our consciousness. -Albert Einstein
The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body is different. - Hippocrates
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
There is a little of all of us in each of us.
They say to me, "You must needs choose between the pleasures of this world and the peace of the next world."
And I say to them, "I have chosen both the delights of this world and the peace of the next. For I know in my heart that the Supreme Poet wrote but one poem, and it scans perfectly, and it also rhymes perfectly." - Kahlil Gibran
Those Who Hear Not The Music Think The Dancers Mad
Those whom the gods love, grow young. - Oscar Wilde
To see the man in the child, the flower in the seed, the end of any beginning, you have true sight. - Ardriana Cahill
What is to give light . . . must endure burning. - Viktor Frankl
Whatever you want. . .wants you.
When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion. - Ethiopian proverb
When we... consider the numerous strange rituals that have been reported from the primitive tribes and great civilizations of the past, it becomes apparent that the purpose and actual effect of these was to conduct people across those difficult thresholds of transformation that demand a change in the patterns not only of conscious but also of unconscious life. - Joseph Campbell
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. - Joseph Campbell
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A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents. -Henry Louis Mencken
Atheists have one less scapegoat.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. Galileo Galilei
I understand the human need for concepts of the divine as being Mother or Father, Male or Female, but to argue which is the truth? I answer with a question. What does god need with genitalia? - Ardriana Cahill
Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble. - Joseph Campbell
Faith means not wanting to know what is true. -Friedrich Nietzsche
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.
How narrow is the vision that exalts the busyness of the ant above the singing of the grasshopper. - Kahlil Gibran
Lessons of fear are quickly forgotten.
Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth. -Kahlil Gibran
Myth is what we call other people's religion. - Joseph Campbell
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone,
somewhere may be happy - H. L. Mencken
The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth. - Harry Emerson Fosdick
To say that divinity informs the world and all things is condemned as pantheism. But pantheism is a misleading word. It suggests that a personal god is supposed to inhabit the world, but that is not the idea at all. The idea is trans-theological. It is of an undefinable, inconceivable mystery, thought of as a power, that is the source and end and supporting ground of all life and being. - Joseph Campbell
Too many of our best scholars, themselves indoctrinated from infancy in a religion of one kind or another based upon the Bible, are so locked into the idea of their own god as a supernatural fact -- something final, not symbolic of transcendence, but a personage with a character and will of his own - that they are unable to grasp the idea of a worship that is not of the symbol but of its reference, which is of a mystery of much greater age and of more immediate inward reality than the name-and-form of any historical ethnic idea of a deity, whatsoever ... and is of a sophistication that makes the sentimentalism of our popular Bible-story theology seem undeveloped. - Joseph Campbell
Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality. - Kahlil Gibran
There can be no monopoly on wisdom. - Scott Cunningham
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As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality. . .they are not certain, And as far as they are certain. . .they do not refer to reality. - Albert Einstein
Look at these cows and remember that the greatest scientists in the world have never discovered how to make grass into milk. - Michael Pupin
Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -Wernher von Braun
There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum. -Arthur C. Clarke
There are two kinds of fool. One says, "This is old, and therefore good." And one says, "This is new, and therefore better." -John Brunner
What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -William Blake
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Contrary to popular belief, Barnum's great discovery was not how easy it was to deceive the public, but rather, how much the public enjoyed being deceived. -Daniel J. Boorstin
Do not attribute any action to malice that can be explained by stupidity.
Every absurdity has a champion who will defend it.
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. - George S. Patton, Jr.
If we had . . . keen vision and feeling. . . it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of the roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about, well wadded with stupidity. - George Eliot
If you have no idea where you are going, any road will get you there.
If you think you are what other people say you are, you are but a rumor.
If your life is not a dashing adventure, then start by canceling your subscription to TV guide.
Isn’t it funny that animals with the hardest shells also have the weakest spines.
It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful -Anton Szandor LaVey
Light travels faster than sound, and some people look bright until they speak.
Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
Millions long for immortality, who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. -- Susan Ertz
People often find it easier to be a result of the past than a cause of the future.
Some people tiptoe through life so they might arrive at death safely.
The ignorance in vocal disagreement is a fool who thinks that shouting one down can chain a
soul set free. - Ardriana Cahill
To create a little flower is the labour of ages. - William Blake
When a man points at the moon, an idiot will stare at his finger. - Persian proverb
When habitual thought supplies an answer to a problem, that answer becomes the next problem.