Gems of Wisdom

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Birth, old age, illness, and death
are like pictures we have sketched ourselves,
while Māra, Lord of Death, sits still
like a heron waiting for fish.
Buddha in Instructions for King Bimbisāra Sutra
A true mind and true intent bring truth within truth. True practice and true cultivation take the truth beyond truth. True behavior and true conduct add truth to truth. In everything and every way, be true, true, true. Master Hua
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Credulity has become a characteristic trait of the educated. Or to frame that inversely, it is the putatively uneducated who incline towards healthy skepticism.
David A. Eisenberg in American Greatness article.
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One who encourages his unbelieving parents, settles and establishes them in faith;
who encourages his immoral parents, settles and establishes them in moral discipline;
who encourages his stingy parents, settles and establishes them in generosity;
who encourages his ignorant parents, settles and establishes them in wisdom—
such a one does enough for his parents:
he repays them and more than repays them for what they have done.
Buddha - AN 2: iv, 2; I 61–62
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When a man's fight begins within himself, he is worth something.
Robert Browning
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Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
John Milton, Areopagitica
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To live is to be useful to others. We are members of one great body, planted by nature in a mutual love, and fitted for a social life. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.
Seneca
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Let us put it generally: if a regime is immoral, its subjects are free from all obligations to it.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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333. Good is virtue until life’s end, good is faith that is steadfast, good is the acquisition of wisdom, and good is the avoidance of evil.
Dhammapada
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Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free.
Burke: Letter to a member of the National Assembly.
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The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism or unlimited sovereignty or absolute power is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor — equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody and in every respect diabolical.
John Adams: Letter to Thomas Jefferson (13 November, 1815)
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Such legislation [against private property] may have a specious appearance of benevolence; men readily listen to it, and are easily induced to believe that in some wonderful manner everybody will become everybody's friend, especially when some one is heard denouncing the evils now existing in states, ... which are said to arise out of the possession of private property. These evils, however, are due to a very different cause — the wickedness of human nature.
Aristotle: Politics
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Life is short and we have not too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark way with us. Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind!
Henri F. Amiel
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Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.
Robert Kennedy
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Peace ends when you are emotionally involved in a situation. The practice of being a detached observer helps you stay stable and calm. It is the best way to approach a decision in any circumstance. ~ Prajapita Brahmakumaris


“Decision making, like coffee, needs a cooling process.” - George Washington

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 (turbulent) mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity, and a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quicksand to virtue.
F. Schiller (d. 1805)
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What can laws do without morals?
B. Franklin.
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The greed of the world is the death of the world. The man whose mind is occupied with trying to get control of others, that he may stand before the public as powerful and prosperous - that man is, from his soul's standpoint, in his death-throes.
Katherine Tingley (d. 1929)
A true mind and true intent bring truth within truth. True practice and true cultivation take the truth beyond truth. True behavior and true conduct add truth to truth. In everything and every way, be true, true, true. Master Hua
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Human reason is a very convenient and accommodating
instrument and works only in the circle set for it by interest,
partiality and prejudice. The politicians reason wrongly or insincerely
and have power to enforce the results of their reasoning, so
make a mess of the world’s affairs,—the intellectuals reason and
see what their minds show them, which is far from being always
the truth, for it is generally decided by intellectual preference
and the mind’s inborn or education-inculcated angle of vision,
—but even when they see it, they have no power to enforce it.
So between blind power and seeing impotence the world moves,
achieving destiny through a mental muddle.
Aurobindo
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The barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have been governing us for some time.
Alisdair MacIntyre
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Those with ill will toward others are not protected by ethical discipline nor by study of buddhadharma, not by meditation, nor by generosity to others or offerings to buddhas.
From the Samādhirāja-sūtra
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