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I believe that life can go on forever. It takes a million years to evolve a new species, ten million for a new genus, one hundred million for a class, a billion for a phylum -- and that's usually as far as your imagination goes. In a billion years, it seems, intelligent life might be as different from humans as humans are from insects. But what would happen in another ten billion years? It's utterly impossible to conceive of ourselves changing as drastically as that, over and over again. All you can say is, on that kind of time scale the material form that life would take is completely open. To change from a human being to a cloud may seem a big order, but it's the kind of change you'd expect over billions of years.

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February 1, 2015:

Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view.

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January 31, 2015:

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient observation than to any other reason.

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January 30, 2015:

‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion’. Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.

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January 29, 2015:

Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.

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January 28, 2015:

It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.

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January 27, 2015:

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

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January 26, 2015:

The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be.

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January 25, 2015:

And the evil is done in hopes that evil surrenders / But the deeds of the devil are burned too deep in the embers / And a world of hunger in vengeance will always remember.

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January 24, 2015:

In religion, faith is a virtue. In science, faith is a vice.

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January 23, 2015:

Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.

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January 22, 2015:

Is it [hunting] really a sport if you have all the equipment and your opponent doesn't know a game is going on?

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January 21, 2015:

Never let power go to your head. There are much better parts of your body for power to go to.

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The Covert Comic
The Covert Comic
"The Covert Comic"
http://www.covertcomic.com
Viewed on January 16, 2015
Contribution #8548


January 16, 2015:

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.

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January 15, 2015:

If you don’t like seeing pictures of violence towards animals being posted, you need to help stop the violence, not the pictures.

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January 2, 2015:

May you become as the waves of one sea, stars of the same heaven, fruits adorning the same tree, roses of one garden in order that through you the oneness of humanity may establish its temple in the world of mankind, for you are the ones who are called to uplift the cause of unity among the nations of the earth.

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Source type: Book
The Promulgation of Universal Peace (Wilmette: US Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1982 second edition
Page 214
Published by US Baha’i Publishing Trust , Wilmette , 1982
http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/PUP/pup-76.html
Contribution #4276


January 1, 2015:

He drew a circle that shut me out- Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle and took him In !

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December 31, 2014:

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

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December 30, 2014:

It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.

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December 29, 2014:

When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money.

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December 28, 2014:

Imagine

Imagine there's no country, / It isn't hard to do. / Nothing to kill or die for, / And no religion, too. / Imagine all the people / Living life in peace.

Imagine

Imagine there's no country, / It isn't hard to do. / Nothing to kill or die for, / And no religion, too. / Imagine all the people / Living life in peace.

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December 27, 2014:

Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.

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December 26, 2014:

To be nobody but myself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.

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December 25, 2014:

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

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December 24, 2014:

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

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December 23, 2014:

We would give anything for what we have.

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December 22, 2014:

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

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December 21, 2014:

Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.

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December 20, 2014:

Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant generals, the flotsam and jetsam of historical currents. The men who radically altered history, the great creative scientists and mathematicians, are seldom mentioned if at all.

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December 19, 2014:

All one's life as a young woman one is on show, a focus of attention, people notice you. You set yourself up to be noticed and admired. And then, not expecting it, you become middle-aged and anonymous. No one notices you. You achieve a wonderful freedom. It's a positive thing. You can move about unnoticed and invisible.

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December 18, 2014:

Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.

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December 17, 2014:

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.

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December 16, 2014:

There is a budding morrow in midnight.

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December 15, 2014:

The truth of an assertion will not be determined by an assertion of truth.

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December 14, 2014:

The rat race creates a race of rats.

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December 13, 2014:

Canada has entered an era of decision-based evidence-making instead of evidence-based decision-making.

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December 12, 2014:

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

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speech in Washington D.C., 1865
Contribution #2445


December 11, 2014:

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.

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December 10, 2014:

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.

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December 9, 2014:

Patience is also a form of action.

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December 8, 2014:

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.

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December 7, 2014:

We are a landscape of all we have seen.

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December 6, 2014:

Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction.

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Perspectives
Contribution #8473


December 5, 2014:

We have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but today is overflowing with potential.

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Through the Flames
Contribution #8472


December 4, 2014:

Gratitude is exultation awaiting between the cracks of normalcy.

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December 3, 2014:

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. A person is a person because of other people.

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December 2, 2014:

It is a powerful practice to be generous when you are the one feeling in need.

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Source type: Book
Through the Flames
Contribution #8470


December 1, 2014:

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

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Virtues Reflection Cards
http://www.virtuesproject.com
Contribution #2236


December 1, 2014:

Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom.

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Glimpse After Glimpse
Contribution #8469


November 30, 2014:

Art makes life bearable. It isn't a luxury. Like our capacity for understanding, and our experience of love, it is a vitally important part of life.

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November 29, 2014:

Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

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November 28, 2014:

When we understand how precious each moment is, we can treat each breath, each moment, as a newborn baby.

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November 27, 2014:

Even in a world that's being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.

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November 26, 2014:

In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.

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In the Time of Your Life
Contribution #8465


November 25, 2014:

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.

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November 24, 2014:

I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything.

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address in Memphis the night before Dr. King's assassination
Contribution #8463


November 23, 2014:

A problem is a chance for you to do your best..

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November 22, 2014:

These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.

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November 21, 2014:

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

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November 20, 2014:

Love the things you've got until one day you realize that the life you have is the life you want.

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November 19, 2014:

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.... I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

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October 26, 2014:

Why Geese Fly in Formation

 

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. 

When a goose falls out of formation, she suddenly feels the draft and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going. 

When the lead goose gets tired, she rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs. 

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way. 

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow her until she is either able to fly or until she is dead, then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

Why Geese Fly in Formation

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. 

When a goose falls out of formation, she suddenly feels the draft and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going. 

When the lead goose gets tired, she rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs. 

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way. 

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow her until she is either able to fly or until she is dead, then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

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SisterSong
Unknown
"The Goose Story"
http://www.sistersong.net/
Viewed on October 26, 2014
Contribution #8447

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SisterSong
Unknown
"The Goose Story"
http://www.sistersong.net/
Viewed on October 26, 2014
Contribution #8447


September 23, 2014:

People forget that their lives will end soon. For those who remeber, quarrels come to an end.

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The Dhammapada
http://
Contribution #7655


September 22, 2014:

I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those small ones that seemed so big, all those vital things I had to get and to reach, and yet there is only one great thing: to live and see the great day that dawns, and the light that fills the world.

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September 21, 2014:

From experience we know that whenever we are truly awake and alive, we are also truly grateful.

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Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
Contribution #4350


September 20, 2014:

Where you stumble, there your treasure lies.

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September 19, 2014:

Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.

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Ulysses
Contribution #8410


September 18, 2014:

There are few treasures of more lasting worth than the experience of a way of life that is in itself wholly satisfying. Such, after all, are the only possessions of which no fate can deprive us; nothing can alter the fact if, for one moment in eternity, we have really lived.

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September 17, 2014:

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.

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September 16, 2014:

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.

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September 15, 2014:

Weigh the true advantages of forgiveness and resentment to the heart. Then choose.

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September 14, 2014:

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?

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Ethics of the Fathers
Page 1:14
Contribution #8405


September 13, 2014:

Get up, stand up Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up Don't give up the fight.

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Contribution #1390


September 12, 2014:

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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September 11, 2014:

Emperor Yu corrupted the soul of mankind by legalizing murder.  He claimed that in war, one killed enemies, not men, and that this was not evil.

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September 10, 2014:

Geese are white, crows are black.  No argument will change this. 

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September 9, 2014:

The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

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September 8, 2014:

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.

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September 7, 2014:

It is better to be wise, and not to seem so, than to seem wise, and not be so; yet men, for the most part, desire the contrary.

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September 6, 2014:

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

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September 5, 2014:

The investigation of the truth is in one way hard, in another easy. An indication of this is found in the fact that no one is able to attain the truth adequately, while on the other hand we do not collectively fail, but every one says something true about the nature of things, and while individually we contribute little or nothing to the truth, by the union of all a considerable amount is amassed.

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Source type: Book
The Basic Works of Aristotle
by trans J.A. Smith, ed. Richard McKeon
Page Metaphysics, p. 712
Published by Random House , New York , 1941
Contribution #2847


September 4, 2014:

Love is more than just a feeling: it's a process requiring continual attention. Loving well takes laughter, loyalty, and wanting more to be able to say, "I understand" than to hear, "You're right.

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September 3, 2014:

You aspire to great things? Begin with the little ones.

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September 2, 2014:

In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.

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(Jainism)
24th Tirthankara
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Contribution #4465


September 1, 2014:

The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.

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August 31, 2014:

Regard your neighbor's gain as as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.

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August 30, 2014:

He who knows others is wise, He who knows himself is enlightened.

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August 29, 2014:

As regards the quietude of the sage, he is not quiet because quietness is said to be good. He is quiet because the multitude of things cannot disturb his quietude. When water is still, one’s beard and eyelashes are reflected in it. A skilled carpenter uses it in a level to obtain a measurement. If still water is so clear, how much more are the mental faculties! The mind of the sage is the mirror of heaven and earth in which all things are reflected.

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August 28, 2014:

Those who want the fewest things are nearest to the gods.

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August 27, 2014:

What is this true meditation? It is to make everything: coughing, swallowing, waving the arms, motion, stillness, words, action, the evil and the good, prosperity and shame, gain and loss, right and wrong, into one single koan.

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August 26, 2014:

‎Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.

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August 25, 2014:

The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.

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Contribution #6739


August 24, 2014:

the revolution will not be televised.

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August 23, 2014:

In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.

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The Book Of Tea
Contribution #7319


August 22, 2014:

Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and from wise people. Everything- even mountains, rivers, plants and trees- should be your teacher.

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Contribution #7571


July 31, 2014:

On Recovery from Fundamentalism
For the rest of my life, I will chance across pieces of fundamentalism that are still embedded in my psyche – fragments of shrapnel from a deep early wound, working their way to the surface.

On Recovery from Fundamentalism

For the rest of my life, I will chance across pieces of fundamentalism that are still embedded in my psyche – fragments of shrapnel from a deep early wound, working their way to the surface.

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July 30, 2014:

The mode of knowing distinctive of science is possible only in a state that denies any institution the power to resolve by authority questions that admit of engagement by reason. Not only is such a state the only one in which the path of empirical knowledge is likely to remain unobstructed by interest and error; it is the only one in which individuals can be expected to develop the individual habits of mind and the collective practices of intellectual exchange that fuel the permanent cycle of conjecture and refutation that is the engine of science.

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The Cultural Cognition Project
Dan Kahan
"The Liberal Republic of Science, Part 4"
http://www.culturalcognition.net/blog/2012/11/21/the-liberal-republic-of-science-part-4-a-new-political-scien.html
Viewed on July 9, 2014
Contribution #8373


July 29, 2014:

May I see my own limits with compassion, just as I view the limits of others.

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Spoken at Legacy of Wisdom conference, April 17, 2011
Contribution #8367


July 28, 2014:

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain.

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July 27, 2014:

Given the reality of cultural diversity, people need not only to accept the existence of the culture of others, but also to aspire to be enriched by it and to offer to it whatever they possess that is good, true, and beautiful.

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