Thought for the day

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Postby yat_chum » Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:05 am

Do not think that
This is all that exists
There is much more to learn -
The sword is unfathomable.

The world is wide
Full of happenings.
Keep that in mind
And never believe
‘I’m the only one who knows.’

Yamaoka Tesshu
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Jan 14, 2006 4:36 am

"The only reason men fight is because they are insecure, one man needs to prove that he is better or stronger than another. The man who is secure within himself has no need to prove anything with force, so he can walk away from a fight with dignity and pride. He is the true martial artist- a man so strong inside that he has no need to demonstrate his power".
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Postby Inga » Sat Jan 14, 2006 9:51 pm

"resolve to perform what you ought. perform without fail what you resolve." - Benjamin Franklin
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Jan 15, 2006 8:01 am

"The more rice on the stalk the deeper it bows down"
Japanese proverb
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Postby yat_chum » Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:32 am

There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes (sour, acrid, salt, sweet, bitter), yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted. In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack--the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of manoeuvres. The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle--you never come to an end. Who can exhaust the possibilities of their combination?
- The Art of War
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Postby yat_chum » Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:17 am

“The ancients have stolen all our best ideas.” Mark Twain
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:19 am

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
Confucius
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Postby yat_chum » Thu Jan 19, 2006 5:50 am

“To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral you down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that training and discipline are about. So teach your mind to dwell on sweet perfumes, the touch of silk, tender rain drops against the shoji, the tranquillity of dawn, then at length you won’t have to make such an effort and you will be of value to yourself.” extract from Shogun by James Clavell.
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Postby yat_chum » Fri Jan 20, 2006 7:15 am

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. - Chinese Proverb
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Jan 21, 2006 4:03 am

"If"

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master,
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

— Rudyard Kipling
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Postby Inga » Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:04 pm

"Amnesia is not knowing who one is and wanting desperately to find out. Euphoria is not knowing who one is and not caring. Ecstacy is knowing exactly who one is - and still not caring." - Tom Robbins
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:53 am

Test all things; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New King James Version)
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Postby yat_chum » Mon Jan 23, 2006 4:41 am

Let it Be

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree,
There will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be. Yeah
There will be an answer, let it be.

And when the night is cloudy,
There is still a light that shines on me,
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be,
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney)
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Postby Galardiel » Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:23 am

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." -Chinese Proverb

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Postby yat_chum » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:08 am

Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight;
Empty the self and be full;
Wear out and be new.

Therefore the ancients say,
“Yield and overcome”
Be whole,
And all things will come to you.

Tao Te Ching
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:10 am

Nan kuru nai sa.
Don’t worry, it’ll work out.
Popular Okinawan expression
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Postby yat_chum » Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:31 am

“If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you” Bruce Lee
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Postby yat_chum » Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:13 am

"One evening a man walked into a bar I was drinking in. The young man spent the night bragging that he had a big knife and of how hard he was. The next day he was found dead, killed by his own knife."

A story my father told me when I was a boy. Jo
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:59 am

"Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve." Mary Kay Ash
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:30 am

“Do, or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda ('The Empire Strikes Back')
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