Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
- Lao Tzu
If you believe that anything other than you can control you, you are wrong.
Once our eyes are opened to the truth, we suddenly realize that we outnumber them. Don’t let them close your eyes.
You are not under any tyranny and suppression of any government. Remember, their power depends on your fear and apathy.
- Yoko Ono
”Love is the cure, for your pain
will keep giving birth to more pain
until your eyes constantly exhale love as
effortlessly as your body yields its scent.”
“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge.
To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.
A man is not idle, because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labour and there is an invisible labour.
The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.
A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas. A day will come when the bullets and bombs are replaced by votes, by universal suffrage, by the venerable arbitration of a great supreme senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, the Diet to Germany, and the Legislative Assembly to France.
A day will come when a cannon will be a museum-piece, as instruments of torture are today. And we will be amazed to think that these things once existed!
God manifests himself to us in the first degree through the life of the universe, and in the second degree through the thought of man. The second manifestation is not less holy than the first. The first is named Nature, the second is named Art.
You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.
In proportion as I advance in life, I grow more simple, and I become more and more patriotic for humanity.
It is man’s consolation that the future is to be a sunrise instead of a sunset.
~ Victor Hugo (born 26 February 1802)
Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even into your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
– SWAMI SIVANANDA
There was never a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn’t be. He is too many people if he’s any good.
If our spirit is turned towards kindness, the positive side of things, loving our neighbors, this is the best way to solve our problems.
- Dalai Lama
☮Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I’d like to express my thanks;
I’ve got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
– IRVING BERLIN
I feel that ice is slowly melting.
It seems like years since it’s been clear.
Here comes the sun…
Here comes the sun,
And I say
Something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover.
Give me love, give me peace on earth, give me light, give me life, keep me free from birth, give me hope, help me cope, with this heavy load, trying to, touch and reach you with, heart and soul.
~ George Harrison ~
(born 25 February 1943)
Every intelligent child is an amateur anthropologist. The first thing such a child notices is that adults don’t make sense. ~ John Leonard (born 25 February 1939)
When the state murders, it assumes an authority I refuse to concede: the authority of perfect knowledge in final things. ~ John Leonard
If there is victory in overcoming the enemy, there is a greater victory when a man overcomes himself. ~ José de San Martín
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
- Albert Camus
“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative, and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you”
- Mahatma Ghandi
“We may now care for each Earthian individual at a sustainable billionaire’s level of affluence while living exclusively on less than 1 percent of our planet’s daily energy income from our cosmically designed nuclear reactor, the Sun, optimally located 92 million safe miles away from us.”
- Buckminster Fuller
Despair says I cannot lift that weight. Happiness says I do not have to.
~ James Richardson
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
- Carl Sagan
“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.”
— Carl Sagan
In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
- Carl Sagan
Humor is also a way of saying something serious.
- T. S. Eliot
It’s enough to have faith in one aspect of God. You have faith in God without form. That is very good. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.
- Sri Ramakrishna
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their gravity.
- G.K. Chesterton
The grace of God is a wind which is always blowing.
Common men talk bagfulsof religion but do not practise even a grain of it. The wise man speaks little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action.
Great men have the nature of a child. They are always a child before Him; so they are free from pride. All their strength is of God and not their own. It belongs to Him and comes from Him.
- Sri Ramakrishna
”To grasp God’s beauty, you must become God.”
Ethics and Aesthetics are one.
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.
My work consists of two parts: of the one which is here, and of everything which I have not written. And precisely this second part is the important one.
A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
I will admit that an artist may be great and limited; by one word he may light up an abyss of soul; but there must be this one magical and unique word.
The lot of critics is to be remembered by what they failed to understand.
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
Terrible is the day when each sees his soul naked, stripped of all veil; that dear soul which he cannot change or discard, and which is so irreparably his.
- George Moore
My heart will never seek another heart,
Or smell another flower, knowing you.
Your love has made heart’s field a desert waste;
No love other than yours grows in that place!
If we want to help humanity in a practical way, we must begin by setting an example of mutual respect, harmony and cooperation.
Developing altruism is one of the most powerful methods for countering negative tendencies and destructive impulses.
To promote the idea of nonviolence, we must above all encourage people to foster in themselves an attitude of love and affection for others
- Dalai Lama
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
— Laozi (Tao Te Ching)
On any given day, in any given moment, something could happen that opens up for you an entirely new path. Be still, be alert, be ready.
- Marianne Williamson
I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
- Maya Angelou
☮Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
☮Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace
- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910)
☮All we are saying is give peace a chance.
- John Lennon (1940-1980)
☮Peace is the only battle worth waging.
- Albert Camus (1913-1960)
☮Peace is a daily,a weekly,a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures
☮Peace is every step. – Thich Nhat Hahn
☮Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. – Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
☮… and if you think that one person can’t make a difference, you’re wrong, particularly young people. – Jimmy Carter
☮Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age. — Adlai E. Stevenson
☮Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. — John F. Kennedy
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere.
~ Dr. Seuss
If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up. ~ Hunter S. Thompson
Man is always something more than what he knows of himself. He is not what he is simply once and for all, but is a process… ~ Karl Jaspers (born 23 February 1883)
The theory of democratic government is not that the will of the people is always right, but rather that normal human beings of average intelligence will, if given a chance, learn the right and best course by bitter experience. ~ W. E. B. Du Bois
There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.
There is always a certain glamour about the idea of a nation rising up to crush an evil simply because it is wrong. Unfortunately, this can seldom be realized in real life; for the very existence of the evil usually argues a moral weakness in the very place where extraordinary moral strength is called for.
~ W. E. B. Du Bois
We cannot avoid conflict, conflict with society, other individuals and with oneself. Conflicts may be the sources of defeat, lost life and a limitation of our potentiality but they may also lead to greater depth of living and the birth of more far-reaching unities, which flourish in the tensions that engender them.
One who would influence the masses must have recourse to the art of advertisement. The clamour of puffery is to-day requisite even for an intellectual movement.
The more determinedly I exist, as myself, within the conditions of the time, the more clearly I shall hear the language of the past, the nearer I shall feel the glow of its life…
Man, if he is to remain man, must advance by way of consciousness. There is no road leading backward.
Philosophy seemed to me the supreme, even the sole, concern of man.
~ Karl Jaspers
How shall Integrity face Oppression? What shall Honesty do in the face of Deception, Decency in the face of Insult, Self-Defense before Blows? How shall Desert and Accomplishment meet Despising, Detraction, and Lies? What shall Virtue do to meet Brute Force? There are so many answers and so contradictory; and such differences for those on the one hand who meet questions similar to this once a year or once a decade, and those who face them hourly and daily. ~ W. E. B. Du Bois (Born February 23, 1868)
There are two ways to slide through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both save us from thinking.
The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind.
– MAHATMA GANDHI
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
- Alice Walker
Your earthly lover
can be very charming and coquettish
but never very faithful.
The true lover is the one who on your final day
opens a thousand doors.
Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.
~ Stevie Wonder
The light which shines in
the eye is really the light of the heart !
“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Be quiet and tear the thorn from your heart.
Uncover in silence your soul’s own rose garden.
Don’t be afraid. Open your minds. They belong to the world.
- Yoko Ono
The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind.
♥ William James
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
♥ William Blake
It is only when we FORGET our learning…that we begin to KNOW.
♥ Henry David Thoreau
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
– John Ruskin
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
– Oscar Wilde
“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”
This life of separateness may be compared to a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning.
– THE BUDDHA
The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky, —
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther away on either hand;
The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.
But East and West will pinch the heart
That can not keep them pushed apart;
And he whose soul is flat — the sky
Will cave in on him by and by.
Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain … Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay ~
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
- Elizabeth Drew
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~ Isaac Asimov
I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. ~ George Washington (born 22 February 1732)
Promote… as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened. ~ George Washington
Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.
Man can do what he wants but he cannot want what he wants.
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer
“Being myself on fire I set others on fire.”
- Anais Nin
He is the reason
and all that brings reason to naught.
When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.
~ Langston Hughes
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
- Helen Keller
We are all part of the rivers running into the great wide ocean.
The fenceless and doorless world is soon to come. It’s our fear which is keeping the doors closed and the fences high.
- Yoko Ono
Everything you can imagine is real.
– Pablo Picasso
Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.
– Groucho Marx
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
– Lily Tomlin
I’ve always thought people write because they are not living properly.
- Tom Stoppard
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
– THE BUDDHA
Don’t grieve. Anything you lose
comes round in another form.
We are beginning to see the influence of dream upon reality and reality upon dream.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Life is so fluid that one can only hope to capture the living moment, to capture it alive and fresh … without destroying that moment.
Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.
The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.
The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.
Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.
Most artists have retired too absolutely; they grow rusty, inflexible to the flow of currents.
I seek the real stuff of life. Profound drama.
There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there 0is a choice to be made, a selection of elements…
When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.
All writers have concealed more than they revealed.
The writer’s responsibility is to increase, develop our senses, expand our vision, heighten our awareness and enrich our articulateness.
All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives…
You have a vehement silence, one feels it is charged with essences…
The dream has to be translated into reality.
The creative personality never remains fixed on the first world it discovers. It never resigns itself to anything.
We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.
~ Anaïs Nin ~
Careful the things you say, children will listen. Guide them along the way, children will see and learn. Children may not obey, but children will look to you for which way to turn; to learn what to be! Careful before you say “Listen to Me.” Children will listen. ~ Into the Woods (Sondheim/Lapine)
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.
~ W. H. Auden (born 21 February 1907)
When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with. ~ Anaïs Nin (born 21 February 1903)
Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
If, in order to hear some music, a man has to wait for six months and then walk twenty miles, it is easy to tell whether the words, “I should like to hear some music,” mean what they appear to mean, or merely, “At this moment I should like to forget myself.”
The idea of a sacrificial victim is not new; but that it should be the victim who chooses to be sacrificed, and the sacrificers who deny that any sacrifice has been made, is very new.
~ W. H. Auden ~
Without Art, we should have no notion of the sacred; without Science, we should always worship false gods. ~ W. H. Auden
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
~ W. H. Auden (born 21 February 1907)
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. ~ Anaïs Nin
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
♥ Ralph Waldo Emerson
☮Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.
— Mahatma Gandhi
“To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace”
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Since the lover patiently continued knocking at the door,
at last one day he gained an intimate meeting.
The more one judges, the less one loves.
- Honore de Balzac
the boundaries of the
prominent on the left;
the curious shell galaxy NGC 474 and its blue,
spiral-armed neighbor NGC 470.
The faint, wide arcs or
of NGC 474 could have been formed by a
gravitational encounter with neighbor NGC 470.
Alternately the shells could be
caused by a merger with a
smaller galaxy producing an effect analogous to ripples across
the surface of a pond.
Remarkably, the large galaxy on the right hand side of the deep image,
NGC 467, appears to be surrounded by faint shells too,
evidence of another
Intriguing background galaxies are scattered around
the field that also includes
Milky Way Galaxy.
The field of view spans 25 arc minutes or about 1/2 degree
on the sky.