>> Saturday, October 3, 2009
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule.
I am disinclined to aquiesce to your request. Means no.
-Barbossa from Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl
For the sake of the flowers, the weeds are watered.
What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.
- George Bernard Shaw
The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.
- Charles Caleb Colton
Where there is great love there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather
Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad.
- Freeman Dyson
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Mahatma Gandhi
It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing.
An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
- Thomas Paine
We are here to add what we can to, not to get what we can from, Life.
-William Osler, M.D.
Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that’s really where you wish they were.
-George E. Bergman
Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, "God, what a nut."
- Lawrence Lessig
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy's point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
I believe that in India "cold weather" is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass doorknob and weather which will only make it mushy.
-Mark Twain [not mean, but funny]
Be kind - Remember every one you meet is fighting a battle - everybody's lonesome.
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
'But we should kill him!'
'No. You've been listen to Brocando too often,' said Bane.
Brocando bristled. 'You know what he is! Why not kill--' he began, but he was interrupted.
'Because it doesn't matter what he is. It matters what we are.'
I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred. I learned that assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong; and that oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak.
-Booker T. Washington
Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.
- Robert A. Heinlein
I do believe that man is a rope between animal and superman. But the superman I'm thinking of isn't Nietzsche's. The real superhuman, man or woman, is the person who's rid himself of all prejudices, neuroses, and psychoses, who realizes his full potential as a human being, who acts naturally on the basis of gentleness, compassion, and love, who thinks for himself and refuses to follow the herd. That's the genuine dyed-in-the-wool superman.
- Philip José Farmer