An Insincere and Evil Friend… – Buddha

Note: I am not a religious person. But I do like to read things about Buddhism, and it has made me a calmer and better person. If any of you feel offended or think that I am trying to force the Buddhist quotes, proverbs and sayings, then I do apologize. -Don

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In Recent Generations, Many Have Come to Regard… – Foyan

In recent generations, many have come to regard question and answer dialogues as the style of the Zen school. They do not understand what the ancients were all about; they only pursue trivia, and do not come back to the essentials. How strange!

People in older times asked questions on account of confusion, so they were seeking actual realization through their questioning; when they got a single saying or half a phrase, they would take it seriously and examine it until they penetrated it. They were not like people nowadays who pose questions at random and answer with whatever comes out of their mouths, making laughingstocks of themselves.

-Foyan

Sitting in Solitude

For many years
I have dug in the ground,
Seeking the blue skies
Time after time
Gaining only obstructions
In my heart one night
In the midst of the darkness
I kicked up a piece of tile.
Just letting go
I realized the already empty bones
Are struck into bits.

– Muso Soseki

Cotton Fitzsimmons

You’re not going to make me have a bad day. If there’s oxygen on earth and I’m breathing, it’s going to be a good day.

Cotton Fitzsimmons

Jawaharial Nehru

Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles and begin to wander away from the road that leads to their realization.

– Jawaharial Nehru

Generosity

You do not have to be rich to be generous. If you have the spirit of true generosity, a pauper can give like a prince.

-Corrine U. Wells

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Generosity consists not of the sum given, but of the manner in which it is bestowed. -unattributed

Habits

Your habits can be your friends or your enemies; they can help you or hurt you. – Maxwell Maltz

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Know that every bad habit is a thornbush. After all, how often have you stepped on its thorns? – Jalal al-Din Rumi

Eda LeShan

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death–ourselves.

Eda LeShan

Rebecca Beard

We should have no regrets. We should never look back. The past is finished. There is nothing to be gained by going over it.

Rebecca Beard

Yoga Vasistha

The characteristic of the ignorant person is that he or she strives to be other than what he or she is…. To the enlightened one, there is none who are ignorant.

Yoga Vasistha

John Foster Dulles

The world will never have lasting peace so long as people reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.

John Foster Dulles

Cynthia Heimel

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap!

Cynthia Heimel