I like reality.  It tastes of bread.


                    - Jean Anouilh


When hot, be hot Buddha.

When cold, be cold Buddha.

That is all.

                           - Zen proverb

Faith and philosophy are air, but events are brass.


                        - Herman Melville

      This dewdrop world,

it may be a dewdrop,

       and yet, and yet,


                                 - Issa


No snowflake falls in an inappropriate place.


                           - Zen proverb


Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.

                       - Walt Whitman

Wipe your glosses with what you know.


                         - James Joyce

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.

                                     - Aesop


Do not quarrel with the world too soon; for, bad as it may be, it is the best we have to live in, here.  If railing would have made it better, it would have been reformed long ago.


                                                                          - William Hazlitt


Intelligence is knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.

                           - Jean Piaget

There is but one world common for those who are awake, but when men are asleep, each turns away into a world of his own.


                             - Heraclitus


God made the world from nothing, but the nothingness shows through.


                         - Jean Anouilh


No snowflake feels responsible for the avalanche.


                         - Russian proverb

Try not to localize the mind anywhere, but let it fill up the whole body, let it flow through the totality of your being.


    - Takuan (advice to a Samurai)


The great end of life is not knowledge, but action.


            - T.H. Huxley

For an impenetrable shield, stand inside yourself.

                                  - Thoreau


Whereof one cannot speak, thereon one must remain silent.


           - Ludwig Wittgenstein


Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.


                                  - Emerson

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.


                               - Samuel Butler


If triangles had a God, he would have three sides.


                       - Montesquieu


The heart has reasons the mind knows not.


                       - Blaise Pascal

He who speaks the truth must have one foot in the saddle.


               - Armenian proverb

From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.


                - Alfred North Whitehead

Do not be swept off your feet by the vividness of the impression, but say, “Impression, wait for me a little.  Let me see what you are and what you represent.  Let me try you.”


                                                                                  - Epictetus


What shall I say about poetry?  What shall I say about those clouds, or about the sky?  Look; look at them; look at it!  And nothing more.  Don’t you understand that a poet can’t say anything about poetry?  Leave that to the critics and the professors.  For neither you, nor I, nor any poet knows what poetry is.

                                                                       - Federico Garica Lorca


So convenient a thing it is to be  a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find a reason for everything one has a mind to do.


                      - Benjamin Franklin


Fashion is an industry rip-off.  Stay with the classics.


              - Mortimer Levitt

Know something about everything and everything about something.


                          - T.H. Huxley

Happiness perches on misery.

Misery crouches beneath happiness.

                                      - Lao Tzu

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.


                               - Emerson


Calmness is always Godlike.


                               - Emerson

The thing is plain.  All that men really understand is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience, to what they have an opportunity to know and motives to study or practice.  The rest is affectation and imposture.

                                                                       - William Hazlitt


Use the commonplace to escape the commonplace.

                                     - Buson


We do not talk; we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines, and digests.


                             - Henry Miller



As long as you live, keep learning how to live.


                              - Seneca

Moral autonomy appears when the mind regards as necessary an ideal that is independent of all external pressures.


                           - Jean Piaget

Remember to live.

                                      - Goethe


It is very hard to be simple enough to be good.


                                    - Emerson


Let us not overstrain our talents, lest we do nothing gracefully.


          - Jean de La Fontaine

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

                           - Emerson

Sentimentality is loving something more than God does.


                          - J.D. Salinger


    Plum blossoms here and there-

It’s good to go north

    good to go south.

                                        - Buson


Learning without thought is useless; thought without learning is dangerous.

                                 - Confusius

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.


                - Rainer Maria Rilke

     O snail,

climb Mt. Fuji,

     but slowly…..slowly.


                                       - Issa


Knowledge of reality is one thing.  Effective occupation of a place in life is another.


                       - William James

If you cannot be free, be as free as you can.


                                 - Emerson

We have reached a point where we can stand neither our vices nor their cure.

                                     - Livy

Ask what kind of world do you want to live in?  What are you good at and want to work at to build that world?  What do you need to know?  Demand that your teachers teach you that.


   - Piotr Alekseyevich Kropotkin

To argue with those who have renounced the use and authority of reason is as futile as to administer medicine to the dead.


                   - Thomas Paine

Learned conversation is either the affectation of the ignorant or the profession of the mentally unemployed.

                            - Oscar Wilde

  What is the use of such terrible diligence as many tire themselves out with, if they always postpone their exchanges of smiles with Beauty and Joy to cling to irksome duties and relations?


                             - Helen Keller


The self is a perpetually recreated neurobiological state.


                 - Antonio Damasio


The purpose of education is to teach a defense against eloquence.


                      - Bertrand Russell

Live deep instead of fast.  I think this is what Thoreau meant.


                       - Henry Canby

Production only fills a void that it has itself created.


         - John Kenneth Galbraith

One must first learn to live oneself before one blames others.


                            - Dostoevsky


What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.

                                - Emerson

Disillusion can become itself an illusion, if we rest in it.


                          - T.S. Eliot

Destiny is simply the relentless logic of each day we live.


                   - Jean Giraudoux


Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.

                                   - Emerson

In the crowd, herd, or gang, it is a mass mind that operates—which is to say, a mind without subtlety, a mind without compassion, a mind, finally, uncivilized.


                           - Robert Lindner


Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, so study without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.

                       - Leonardo da Vinci

One of the saddest things about conformity is the ghastly sort of non-conformity it breeds: the noisy protesting, the aggressive rebelliousness, the rigid counter-fetishism.

                    - Louis Kronenberger


The mind is its own place

And in itself can make

A heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.


                       - John Milton


Whosever would be a man must be a non-conformist.


                                    - Emerson

To the dull mind, all nature is leaden.  To the illumined mind, the whole world burns and sparkles with light.

                                    - Emerson                                

Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.

                               - Emerson

Complacency is the enemy of study.  We cannot really learn anything until we rid ourselves of complacency.

                               - Mao Tse-tung


Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.


            - Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.


                          - Paul Goodman


He who is not happy with little will never be happy with much.


                           - Epictetus

Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much.  That would be a mere shadow of freedom.  The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.

                                                                - Justice Robert Jackson


I dislike an eye that twinkles like a star.  Those only are beautiful which, like the planets, have a steady, lambent light, are luminous, but not sparkling.

                                          - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It may be that after this life we shall perish utterly, but if that is our fate, let us live so that annihilation will be unjust.


          - Etienne de Senancour


It is hard to fight against impulsive desire, whatever it wants it will buy at the cost of the soul.


                             - Heraclitus

He has the facts, but not the phosphorescence of learning.


                 - Emily Dickenson

Nothing is little to him who feels it with great sensibility.


                                - R.H. Blythe

We come here to the philosophers, and I hope that you will always remember that whenever a result happens, especially if it be new, you should say, “What is the cause?  Why does it occur?”  And you will, in the course of time, find out the reason.

                                                                              - Michael Faraday


If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.  But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.  And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

                                                                  - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously, and those who have produced immortal works have done so without knowing how or why.


                             - William Hazlitt


A bone to the dog is not charity.  Charity is sharing the bone with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog.


                        - Jack London

Attachment to spiritual things is just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.


                          - Thomas Merton

Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.

                     - Leonardo da Vinci

A hero is a man who does what he can.

                        - Romain Rolland

A casual stroll through an insane asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

                                  - Nietzsche


Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but a stab at the health of human society.

                                 - Emerson


When smashing monuments, save the pedestals – they always come in handy.


                   - Stanislaw Lec

Nothing is beneath you if it is in the direction of your life.


                               - Emerson      


There is no deformity

But saves us from a dream.


                             - W.B. Yeats

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.


               - Christoph Lichtenberg


     New Years Day

Everything is in blossom!

     I feel about average.


                                - Issa


It is the individual man

In his individual freedom who can mature

With his warm spirit the unripe world.


                                   - Christopher Fry


Truth is a totality, the sum of many overlapping partial images.  History, on the other hand, sacrifices totality in the interests of continuity.


                                 - Edmund Leach


Is life so wretched?  Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled?  You are the one who must grow up.


                                            - Dag Hammarskjold


We wander, but in the end there is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely.


                                 - Ugo Betti


Better to be ignorant of a matter than half know it.


                        - Publius Syrus

Individualism is rather like innocence, there must be something unconscious about it.


           - Louis Kronenberger

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.


                     - Albert Camus

Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.


                           - Socrates


Life is a short affair;

We should try to make it smooth,

and free from strife.


                             - Epictetus

Little-minded people’s thoughts move in such small circles that five minutes’ conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve.  An arc in the movement of a large intellect does not sensibly differ from a straight line.

                                                                       - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


Men are admitted into heaven not because they have curbed and governed their passions or have no passions, but because they have cultivated their understandings.


                         - William Blake


Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.

                          - Emerson

The noblest work of God?  Man.

Who found it out?  Man.


                           - Mark Twain

I am not eternity, but a man;

a part of the whole.


                                  - Epictetus

Enjoy pleasures, but let them be your own, and then you will taste them.

                      - Lord Chesterfield


Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity.  Those who would like to seem profound strive for obscurity.


                              - Nietzsche


The purpose of a liberal education is to make one’s mind a pleasant place to spend one’s time.

                         - Anonymous

True eloquence makes light of eloquence.  True morality makes light of morality.

                               - Blaise Pascal

In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things.  And then we shall be very cautious.


                                                                                    - Blaise Pascal

Ours is not so much an age of vulgarity as of vulgarization; everything is tampered with or watered-down, in an effort to make it palatable, in an effort to make it pay.

                                                                    - Louis Kronenberger

If a man wants to be the greatest possible value to his fellow creatures, let him begin the long, solitary task of perfecting himself.


                       - Robertson Davies

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.


                     - Alan Keightley


Manners require time, as nothing is more vulgar than haste.


                               - Emerson

Be content to seem what you really are.

                              - Martial