Thought for the day II

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Postby yat_chum » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:47 am

"The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes."
Henry Kissinger (1923 - )
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Postby angryboy » Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:40 am

In the book of Jonathan Swifts Gullivers Travels in one land there was war. The reason was: one part of population said the egg for the breakfast must be broken from sharp side, other part said the egg for the breakfast must be broken from stupid side. Who had right? The question doesn't concern the shaolin training, simply for mind... Beautiful tale! This tale concerns perhaps the theory of relativity or not?
looking for something, that i don't know ald looking for my errors in past. thanks for corrections!
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Postby yat_chum » Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:12 am

"Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience."
James Boswell (1740 - 1795), Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Nov 10, 2007 4:27 am

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
Anne Frank (1929 - 1945), Diary of a Young Girl, 1952
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:11 am

How do you say thank you to the men and women
who risked their lives, and lost their lives to secure our freedom,
our way of life, our peace and prosperity?

How do you say thank you to the men and women
who went through the most terrible experiences of their lives,
surrounded by death and carnage, losing friends and loved ones,
seeing things that would change their lives forever?

How do you say thank you to those who went through all this
with the belief that their one life, whether lost or saved,
could make a difference, had to make a difference, for our sake,
the generation they had not even met yet?

How do you say thank you to the men and women
who had faith in us before we were even born,
faith that we would become people worth fighting for,
and worth dying for?



How do you say thank you?

You honour their sacrifice with your own life.

You go to war against your faults and failures.

You conquer all the things inside you that make this world
a worse place to live in; worse for your family, friends, neighbours, co-workers.


You fight to make the small space in the world that you touch a better place.

You win the battle for your own soul.

You be good and do good; you live selflessly, remembering the example
that the veterans, both living and dead, laid down for us.

You live life so well that those who remember the horrors of war
look on you with satisfaction and pride and are comforted,
never feeling for a moment that you weren't worth the price they paid.

Kevin Ranville - On Remembrance day- November 11, 2000
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Postby yat_chum » Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:57 am

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
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Postby yat_chum » Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:03 pm

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:20 am

"Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad."
Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)
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Postby yat_chum » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:13 am

"My father always told me: 'The best way to understand someone is to fight him, make him angry. That's when you see the real person.'"
Sinclair to Ivanova in Babylon 5:"Midnight on the Firing Line"
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Postby yat_chum » Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:16 am

"Sport is imposing order on what was chaos."
Anthony Starr
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:09 am

"I feel very calm and poised underneath it all, but no less passionate or committed to the work. I won't go soft on you, but I feel calm inside." 
James Ellroy
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:19 am

"For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world."

Shantideva - The way of the Bodhisattva - 8th century
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Postby yat_chum » Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:54 am

"There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm."
Willa Cather (1873 - 1947), The Song of the Lark, 1915
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Postby yat_chum » Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:44 am

"We may go to the moon, but that's not very far. The greatest distance we have to cover still lies within us."
Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970)
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:23 am

"Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in."
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
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Postby yat_chum » Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:39 am

"The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life."
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), 'King Henry IV part I'
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Postby yat_chum » Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:46 pm

"The best index to a person's character is
(a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and
(b) how he treats people who can't fight back."
Abigail van Buren (1918 - )
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:49 am

"Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened."
Stanley Walker
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Postby Inga » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:43 am

"You hang out with smart people, you get smart friends. You hang out with coconuts, you get coconut friends." - Rocky Balboa

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Postby yat_chum » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:11 pm

"I must stand up in search of the truth, if I don't I only roll with the flow of the lie and make it stronger."
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