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Our world is not divided by race, color, gender, or religion. Our world is divided into wise people and fools. And fools divide themselves by race, color, gender, or religion.
Mohamad Safa
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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~ Voltaire

You need to have the wisdom to pick up virtues from everyone. Someone may have a very good virtue of tolerance, so let us learn from them. If you have enthusiasm, then you’ll be able to pick up virtues from others. ~ Prakashmani Dadi ( Prajapita
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Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.

Blaise Pascal (d. 1662)
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It* is not of this world or plane, and may be compared only to an indestructible star of divine light and fire, thrown down on to our Earth as a plank of salvation for the personalities in which it indwells. It is for the latter to cling to it; and thus partaking of its divine nature, obtain immortality.
* [Monad or God or the One]

Secret Doctrine I:174fn-75fn
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A disciple of Buddha dwells pervading all directions, with his heart filled with loving kindness, compassion, joy for others' goodness and equanimity. He dwells pervading the entire world everywhere and equally with his heart filled with loving kindness, compassion, joy for others' goodness and equanimity; abundant, grown vast, measureless, free from enmity, and free from distress.
Digha Nikāya 13
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The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances.
RW Emerson, The American Scholar.
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Ability in a man is knowledge which emanates from divine light.
Zoroaster.
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Good works may exist without saving principles, and therefore cannot contain in themselves the principles of salvation; but saving principles never did, never can exist without good works.
Men often talk against faith, and make strange monsters in their imagination of those who profess to abide by the words of the apostle interpreted literally, and yet in their ordinary feelings they themselves judge and act by a similar principle. For what is love without kind offices whenever they are possible? (and they are always possible, if not by actions, commonly so called, yet by kind words, by kind looks, and, where these are out of our power, by kind thoughts and fervent prayers!)
Yet what noble mind would not be offended if he were supposed to value the serviceable offices equally with the love that produced them; or if he were thought to value the love for the sake of the services, and not the services for the sake of the love?
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Authority intoxicates
And makes mere sots of magistrates.
The fumes of it invade the brain
And make men giddy, proud and vain.
By this the fool commands the wise;
The noble with the base complies.
The sot assumes the role of wit
And cowards make the base submit.
Samuel Butler (d.1902)
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I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
Abraham Lincoln
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No one can go back and make a brand new start, but anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Marcus Aurelius (d. 180)
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Wisdom alone is a science of other sciences and of itself.
Plato.
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Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile.
Shakespeare.
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Now the tree of life is Virtue in the most comprehensive sense, which some term Goodness. From it the particular virtues derive their existence.
Philo (d. 50)
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For in truth the righteous man is the foundation on which mankind rests. Every wise man is a ransom for the fool, whose existence could not endure for an hour, did not the wise provide for his preservation by compassion and forethought.
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Those things on which philosophy has set its seal are beyond the reach of injury; no age will discard them or lessen their force, each succeeding century will add somewhat to the respect in which they are held; for we look upon what is near us with jealous eyes, but we admire what is further off with less prejudice. The wise man's life, therefore, includes much; he is not hedged in by the same limits which confine others; he alone is exempt from the laws by which mankind is governed; all ages serve him like a god. If any time be past he recalls it by his memory, if It be present he uses it, if it be future he anticipates it; his life is a long one because he concentrates all times into It.
Seneca (d. 65)
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Just as on a dark night black with clouds,
The sudden lightning glares and all is clearly shown,
Likewise rarely, through the Buddhas’ power,
Virtuous thoughts rise, brief and transient, in the world.

Virtue, thus, is weak; and always
Evil is of great and overwhelming strength.
Except for perfect bodhichitta,
What other virtue is there that can lay it low.
Shantideva, from his Way of the Bodhisattva
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There is no left or right. There’s only an up or down: up to the ultimate in individual freedom, man’s age old dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with an orderly society—or down to the totalitarianism of the ant heap. And those today who, however good their intentions, tell us that we should trade freedom for security are on that downward path.
Ronald Reagan
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