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Confusious Says (Part I)

(Since originally posting Confucius, many others have been added (a few passed on by surfers. Note - I find it more pleasing to say each line "out loud" in my head with a slight hesitation after each line when reading these, hence I have formatted them accordingly. My apologies to any author (135+ as of June 1999) whose intent I may have distorted. GHL)
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(I keep this on my office wall right where I see it easily. (It was a gift made for me by my long departed Mother-In-Law Carol Hesse). It often puts things in perspective for me. I find it gives an excellent definition of a fool, very handy when dealing with what passes for "scientists" and other "experts" in the fishery regulation business.)


One who knows and
knows he knows....
...... is a wise man,
Follow Him.

One who knows and
knows not he knows....
...... is asleep,
Awaken him.

One who knows not and
knows he knows not....
...... is a child,
Teach him.

One who knows not and
knows not he knows not....
...... is a Fool,
Avoid him.

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Author Index
Samuel Adams Liberty - -
Akhenaton Woman On Prudence -
Ambrose Prayer - -
Analects Learn & Thinking - -
Aristotle Learning - -
Marcus Aurelius Life is Time is -
Richard Bach Illusions - -
Sir Francis Bacon Monuments Beauty -
Roger Bacon Knowledge - -
Bhagavad Gita Perfect Person - -
Hosea Ballou Idleness - -
William Blake Unchanged Opinion - -
Bovee A Sound Discretion - -
Buddha Evil Thoughts Kind Words Noble Path
"" Pictures of the Mind On Hatred -
Baudelaire Work - -
Edmund Burke Liberty - -
Lord Byron Thought - -
Albert Camus Freedom Integrity -
Carlyle Nature - -
Chuang-tzu Good Man - -
Chesterfield Time - -
Cicero Glory Bravery Fortune
Claudianus Avarice - -
Coleridge True Honor Art to Master -
Colton Deception Evil -
Confucious A Wise Man Learning Virtue
"" Truth Knowledge Flattery
"" Success Humility Grudges
"" Fortune Heaven Virtue & Wealth
"" Cowardice Wealth
"" On Remembering On Happiness On your Neighbor
J Fenimore Cooper Freedom - -
Demosthenes Easily Fooled - -
John Denham Living & Dying - -
The Dhammapada Associations - -
Isaac D'Israeli Contemplation - -
Book of Dzyan Spirit - -
Ecclesiastes Wisdom - -
Tryon Edwards Teaching - -
Einstein True Relativity - -
Emerson World Order - -
Epicurus Fate - -
B. C. Forbes Honor - -
Benjamin Franklin Liberty - -
George MacD' Fraser Political Correctness - -
Gamaliel God's Will - -
Mahatma Gandhi Change - -
Goethe Future Wise Thoughts -
Goldsmith Fortune - -
Guizot Modesty - -
Gurdjieff Stopping War - -
Matthew Henry On Wealth - -
Patrick Henry Liberty - -
Hazlitt Success - -
Hesiod Procrastination - -
Eric Hoffer What Free People Do - -
Oliver W. Holmes On Money - -
Homer Courage - -
Horace Pain - -
Elbert Hubbard Success Luck -
Victor Hugo Caution & Wisdom - -
Aldous Huxley Popularity Life -
Thomas Huxley Education - -
I Ching Superior Man Nature's Law Adversity
Ibn Al-'Arabi Understanding - -
William James Attitudes - -
Thomas Jefferson Freedom Wisdom Sufferable Evils
Billy Joel Fear - -
Johnson Great Works Death -
Joubert Charity - -
Juvenal Lost Money - -
Kabbalah Polarity - -
Helen Keller Perserverance - -
John F. Kennedy Ask Not - -
Lao Tsu Simpleton Being & NonBeing -
Robert Leighton Sin - -
Alan Lloyd Truth - -
Longfellow Great Men - -
Swede Lovgren Procrastination - -
Lubbock Great Minds - -
George MacDonald Preparation for the future - -
Mahabharata Noble Spirits - -
Horace Mann Truth & Obligation - -
Martial When to Live - -
Somerset Maugham What you get out of Life - -
Margaret Mead Changing the World - -
Mencius Sense of Right - -
Mohammed Overcoming Evil - -
Montaigne Courage Private Thoughts -
Montesquieu Nature of Power - -
Nagarjuna On being Young On Discretion -
Reinhold Neihbur Frantic Orthodoxy - -
Friedrich Nietzsche Distrust Influences -
Thomas Paine On Liberty Patriotism -
Albert Pike The Written Word On Human Thought Describes Virtue
Plato Perfect Wisdom - -
Plutarch Base of Knowledge Perserverance -
Pope A Better Man - -
Polybius Extra Effort Reason for War -
Lydia Prince Inadequacy - -
Pythagoras Before Sleeping - -
Quarles On Beauty - -
Rabelais Practice makes Perfect - -
Sir Walter Raleigh On Beauty - -
John Ray Law & Love - -
Antoine de Rivaroli Value of Gold - -
La Rochefoucauld Wits Great & Small - -
Salman Rushdie Self Empowerment - -
Seng-T'San Serenity - -
Walter Scott Power of Words - -
Seneca Great & Small Thieves The Fates Laws
Shakespeare Perserverance Sieze the Moment Fate
"" Temptations On Hope .
George Bernard Shaw Peter & Paul - -
James Shirley The Just - -
Sivananda Self Control Pilgrimage -
Socrates Faith & Truth - -
Sophocles Good Deeds - -
Leszczynski Stanislaus Perserverance - -
Sterne Enmity - -
Robert Louis Stevenson Rewards of Prayer - -
John Stossel His Favorites - -
John Suckling On Success - -
Alice M. Swaim True Courage - -
Ben Sweetland On Success - -
Swift - On Reason - -
Publilius Syrus Praise & Reproval - -
The Talmud Evil & Wicked Substance not Style -
The Upanishads All Religions Life & Death -
Vergil Confidence - -
Voltaire Incurable Power 3 Great Evils Philosophy
John Wayne Freedom - -
George Washington Govt is Power - -
A.N. Whitehead Unusual Mind - -
Woodrow Wilson History of Liberty - -

From: Eric Siegel (
Here are some other interestings ideas from Confucious:

"He who learns
but does not think
is lost;

he who thinks
but does not learn
is in danger. "

(Analects: 2:15)

"It is flattery to offer sacrifice
to ancestral spirits
other than one's own."

"To see what is right
and not to do it
is cowardice."

"Riches adorn the dwelling;
virtue adorns the person."

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
To: "E-Mail Quotations Subscriber"
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 1997 23:57:29 +0000
Subject: Quotation for 3/10/97

(Note - He sends out a daily quotation and I've made use of many here.
There is no charge for his service.
Thanks Barry.)
"If a man take no thought about what is distant,
he will find sorrow near at hand."


" To practice five things under all circumstances
constitutes perfect virtue;

these five are
generosity of soul,
and kindness. "

Confucius (B.C. 551-479)

From: "Ryan of the KANNETT FAMILY" (
Subject: Quote by LAO TZU
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 20:23:40 -0700

"Everyone says my way of life is
the way of a simpleton.
Being largely the way of a simpleton is
what makes it worth while.

If it were not the way of a simpleton
it would long ago have been worthless.

These possessions of a simpleton
being the three I choose And cherish:

To care,
To be fair,
To be humble.

When a man cares he is unafraid,
When he is fair he leaves enough for others,
When he is humble he can grow;

Whereas if, like men of today,
he be bold without caring,
Self indulgent without without sharing,
Self important without shame,

He is dead.

The invincible shield Of caring
Is a weapon from the sky
Against being dead."




From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Absolute truth is indestructible.
Being indestructible, it is eternal.
Being eternal, it is self-existent.
Being self-existent, it is infinite.
Being infinite, it is vast and deep.
Being vast and deep,
It is transcendental and intelligent.

Confucious (B.C. 551-479)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Nothing is more common than for
great thieves to ride in triumph
when small ones are punished.

Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
To know that we know
what we know,
and that we do not know
what we do not know,

That is true knowledge.

-- Confucious

What we have to learn to do,
we learn by doing.

Aristotle (B.C. 384-322)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
It is an inexorable Law of Nature
that bad must follow good,
that decline must follow a rise.

To feel that we can rest
on our achievements
is a dangerous fallacy.

Inner strength
can overcome anything
that occurs outside.

I Ching (B.C. 1150?)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
As when rivers flowing
towards the ocean
find there ..... final peace,
their name and form disappear,
and people speak only of the ocean,

Even so the different forms of
The Seer Of All
flow toward the Spirit
and find there ..... final peace,

their name and form disappear
and people speak only of Spirit.

Upanishads (c. B.C. 800)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
If a fool be associated
with a wise man
even all his life,

he will perceive the truth
as little
as a spoon perceives
the taste of soup.

If an intelligent man be associated
with a wise man
for only one minute

he will soon
perceive the truth,
as the tongue perceives
the taste of soup.

The Dhammapada (c. B.C. 300)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
An enterprise,
when fairly once begun,
should not be left
till all that ought
is won.

Shakespeare (1564-1616)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
What lies beyond life
shines not
to those who are childish,
or careless,
or deluded by wealth.

"This is the only world:
there is no other," they say;

and thus they go
from death to death.

Upanishads (c. B.C. 800)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Polarity is the principle
that runs through the whole of creation,
and is, in fact,
the basis of manifestation.

Polarity really means
the flowing of force
from a sphere of high pressure
to a sphere of low pressure;
high and low being always
relative terms.

Every sphere of energy needs
to receive the stimulus
of an influx of energy
at higher pressure,
and to have an output
into a sphere of lower pressure.

The source of all energy is
the Great Unmanifest,
and it makes its own way
down the levels,
changing its form from
one to the other,
till it is finally
"earthed" in matter.

Kabbalah (B.C. 1200?-700? A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Idleness is emptiness;
the tree in which
the sap is stagnant,
remains fruitless.

Hosea Ballou (1771-1852)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Those who have not
distinguished themselves at school
need not
on that account be discouraged.

The greatest minds
do not necessarily
ripen the quickest.

Lubbock (1834-1913)

From: "The Libertarian Letter"
Whoever has power in his hands
wants to be despotic;

The craze for domination
is an incurable disease.

Voltaire, 1765

(Sent on by a surfer)

For in much wisdom
is great grief;
and he
that increaseth knowledge
increaseth sorrow.

Ecclesiastes 1:18

Mark Twain on Science

In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years
the Mississippi has shortened itself
two hundred and forty-two miles.

Therefore ... in the Old Silurian Period
the Mississippi River had to be upward
of one million three hundred thousand miles long ...

Seven hundred and forty-two years from now
the Mississippi will be
only a mile and three-quarters long. ...

There is something fascinating about science.
One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture
out of such a trifling investment of fact.

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
To overcome evil with good
is good,

to resist evil by evil
is evil.

Mohammed (570-632 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
No man can be brave
who thinks pain
the greatest evil;

nor temperate,
who considers pleasure
the highest good

Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The superior man makes
the difficulty to be overcome
his first interest;

success only comes later.

Confucius (B.C. 551-479)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Be of good hope in the face of death.
Believe in this one truth for certain,
that no evil
can befall a good man
either in life or death,

and that his fate is
not a matter of indifference
to the gods.

Socrates (B.C. 469-399)

From: A web surfer

He who knows he is humble-is not


From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Pursue not the outer entanglements,
Dwell not in the inner void;
Be serene in the oneness of things,
And dualism vanishes by itself.

Seng-T'San (540?-606 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
When you sit with a nice girl for two hours,
you think it's only a minute.

But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute,
you think it's two hours.

Now that's relativity.

Einstein (1879-1955)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The future hides in it
both gladness and sorrow.

Goethe (1749-1832)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
For the world was built in order
And the atoms march in tune;
Rhyme the pipe, and Time the warder,
The sun obeys them, and the moon.

Emerson (1803-1882)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The fates lead the willing,
and drag the unwilling.

Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
I have known many
who could not
when they would,

for they had not done it
when they could.

Rabelais (1490-1553)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
To be doing good deeds
is man's most glorious task.

Sophocles (B.C. 495-406)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The man who never
alters his opinion
is like standing water,

and breeds reptiles of the mind.

William Blake (1757-1828)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Falsehood is never so successful
as when she baits her hook with truth,

and no opinions so fastly mislead us
as those that are not wholly wrong,

as no timepieces so effectually deceive the wearer
as those that are sometimes right.

Colton (1780-1832)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Our own heart,
and not other men's opinion,

form our true honor.

Samuel Coleridge (1772-1834)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"

If a man speaks or acts
with an evil thought,
pain follows him,

as the wheel follows
the foot of the ox
that draws the carriage.

Buddha (B.C. 568-488)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
They can because they think they can.

Vergil (B.C. 70-19)

From: A surfer
Holding a grudge is like
being stung to death

by ONE bee.


From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Adversity breaks
the inferior man's will

but only bends
the superior man's spirit.

Outward influence is denied
the great man.

I Ching (B.C. 1150?)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The monuments of wit and learning
are more durable
than the monuments of power,
or of the hands.

For have not
the verses of Homer
continued twenty-five hundred years,
or more,
without the loss of a syllable or letter;
during which time infinite
palaces, temples, castles, cities
have been
decayed and demolished?

Bacon (1561-1626)

From: "Jonathon Wallace" - Publisher, The Ethical Spectacle,
"We must be the change
we wish to see in the world."


From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"

Nature is the time-vesture of God
that reveals him to the wise,
and hides him from the foolish.

Carlyle (1795-1881)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
To waken interest
kindle enthusiasm

is the sure way to teach

Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

"Individuality is the aim of political liberty.

By leaving to the citizens
as much freedom of action and of being
as comports with order and the rights of others,
the institutions render him truly a freeman.

He is left to pursue his means
of happiness in his own manner."

James Fenimore Cooper

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Perhaps the most valuable result
of all education
is the ability to make yourself
do the thing you have to do,
when it ought to be done,
whether you like it or not.

Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
There is tide
in the affairs of men,
taken at the flood,
leads on to fortune;

all the voyage of their life
is bound in shallows
and in miseries;

on such a full sea we are now afloat;
and we must take the current when it serves,
or lose our ventures.

Shakespeare (1564-1616)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
What does it avail you,
if of many thorns
only one be removed?

Horace (B.C. 65-8)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
As a remedy against all ills
- poverty, sickness, and melancholy -
only one thing is absolutely necessary:

a liking for work.

Baudelaire (1821-1867)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
A strict belief in fate is
the worst of slavery,

imposing upon our necks
an everlasting lord and tyrant,

whom we are to stand
in awe of night and day.

Epicurus (B.C. 341-270)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The best preparation for the future,
is the present well seen to,
and the last duty done.

George MacDonald (1824-1905)

From: "The Liberator Online"
John Stossel's Top Ten

  1. "Distrust all men in whom the impulse to punish is powerful." Friedrich Nietzsche

  2. "Laws do not persuade just because they threaten." Seneca

  3. "He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression." Thomas Paine

  4. "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Benjamin Franklin

  5. "The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it."
    Woodrow Wilson

  6. "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force." George Washington

  7. "The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits." Thomas Jefferson

  8. "The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients." Edmund Burke

  9. "Republic ... it means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose." John Wayne

  10. "We can foresee a time when . . . the only people at liberty will be prison guards who will then have to lock up one another." Albert Camus

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Reprove your friends in secret,
praise them openly.

Publilius Syrus (fl. B.C. 42)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Gaze not on beauty too much, lest it blast thee;
nor too long, lest it blind thee;
nor too near, lest it burn thee.

If thou like it, it deceives thee;
if thou love it, it disturbs thee;
if thou hunt after it, it destroys thee.

If virtue accompany it, it is the heart's paradise;
if vice associate it, it is the soul's purgatory.

It is the wise man's bonfire, and the fool's furnace.

Quarles (1592-1644)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
It is necessary
from the very nature of things
that power
should be
a check to power.

Montesquieu (1689-1755)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Prayer is the wing
the soul flies to heaven,

and meditation the eye
we see God.

Ambrose (340-397 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
As an enemy is made
more fierce by our flight,
so Pain grows proud
to see us knuckle under it.

She will surrender
upon much better terms
to those who make head against her.

Montaigne (1533-1592)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Indeed, the whole world is imagination,
while He is the Real in Reality.

Whoever understand this
knows all the secrets
of the Spiritual Path.

Ibn Al-'Arabi (1165-1240)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Work keeps at bay three great evils:
boredom, vice, and need.

Voltaire (1694-1778)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Modesty is a shining light;
it prepares the mind to receive knowledge,
and the heart for truth.

Guizot (1787-1874)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
All truly wise thoughts
have been thought already
thousands of times;

but to make them truly ours,
we must think them over again honestly,
till they take root in our personal experience.


From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
It is easier to perceive error
than to find truth,

for the former lies on the surface
and is easily seen,

while the latter lies in the depth,
where few are willing to search for it.

Goethe (1749-1832)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Great undertakings cannot succeed
during periods of
division and mutual alienation.

The superior man recognizes the circumstances,
does not become impatient,
and sets about achieving
gradual improvements in small matters.

I Ching (B.C. 1150?)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The man who procrastinates
struggles with ruin.

Hesiod (B.C. 800?)

(Note - Years ago when I was just getting started as a boat owner in the commercial fishing business, I was often overwhelmed with just how much work there was to do to keep the old boat I had (built before 1900) even minimally functional (sometimes just not sinking was a victory) and was constantly tired. The continual fatigue had me looking for excuses to just put everything but the most dire off "until tomorrow". I found myself getting even further behind. Whenever that happened I would just say to myself:

Procrastination Does Not Make Money

Gösta H. Lovgren (1938 - )

and the old girl eventually did me well. She's still working too. GHL)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The spoken discourse may roll on strongly
as the great tidal wave;
but, like the wave,
it dies at last feebly on the sands.

It is heard by few,
remembered by still fewer,
and fades away,
like an echo in the mountains,
leaving no token of power.

It is the written human speech,
that gave power and permanence
to human thought.

Albert Pike (1809-1891)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
There are two sentences inscribed
upon the Ancient oracle...

"Know thyself" and
"Nothing too much";

and upon these
all other precepts depend.

Plutarch (46-120 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman
is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power
it is in vain to resist.

Akhenaton? (c. B.C. 1375)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
What fates impose,
that men must needs abide;

It boots not to resist
both wind and tide.

Shakespeare (1564-1616)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
When the people of the world
all know beauty as beauty,
There arises the recognition of ugliness.

When they all know the good as good,
There arises the recognition of evil.

Being and non-being
produce each other.

Lao-Tzu (fl. B.C. 600)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Let no sleep fall upon thy eyes
till thou hast thrice reviewed
the transactions of the past day.

Where have I turned aside from rectitude?
What have I been doing?
What have I left undone which I ought to have done?

Begin thus from the first act,
and proceed;
and, in conclusion,
at the ill which thou hast done,
be troubled,
and rejoice for the good.

Pythagoras (B.C. 582-507)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence;
and many things which cannot be overcome
when they are together,

yield themselves up
when taken little by little.

Plutarch (46-120 A.D.)

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon;
hence the constant popularity of dogs."

Aldous Huxley

"The only people I fear are
those who never have doubts."

From the Billy Joel song, Shades of Grey

From: Thomas Clark

"A habit of basing convictions upon evidence,
and of giving to them only that degree of certainty
which the evidence warrants,

would, if it became general,

cure most of the ills from which the world suffers."

Bertrand Russell

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The wheel of fortune
turns round incessantly,
and who can say to himself,
"I shall this day be uppermost."

Confucius (B.C. 551-479)

From: Thomas Clark
Familiar things happen,
and mankind does not bother about them.

It requires a very unusual mind
to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

(from Science and the Modern World)
A.N. Whitehead

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
(Note - This one is very very good and takes some thought)

Brave conquerors! for so you are (in)
That war against your own affections,
And the huge army of the world's desires.

Shakespeare (1564-1616)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The earnest desire of succeeding
is almost always
a prognostic of success.

Leszczynski Stanislaus(1677-1766)

From: "Renee Arnold"
Those who do not have power over
the story that dominates their lives,
power to retell it,
deconstruct it,
joke about it,
and change it
as times change,

truly are powerless,
they cannot think new thoughts.

Salman Rushdie

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
There is no man so good who,
were he to submit
all his thoughts
and actions
to the law,

who would not deserve
hanging ten times in his life.


From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Perfect wisdom has four parts:
Wisdom, the principle of doing things aright.
Justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private.
Fortitude, the principle of not fleeing danger, but meeting it.
Temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately.

Plato (B.C. 427?-347?)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Reason is a very light rider,
and easily shook off.

Swift (1667-1745)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Spirit is the first differentiation of SPACE;
and Matter the first differentiation of Spirit.

That, which is neither Spirit nor matter
-that is IT-
the Causeless CAUSE of Spirit and Matter,
which are the Cause of Cosmos.

And THAT we call the ONE LIFE
or the Intra-Cosmic Breath.

Book of Dzyan (B.C. 3000?)
"The people are the rightful masters of
both congresses and courts -
not to overthrow the Constitution,
but to overthrow
the men who pervert it".

Abraham Lincoln

From: Dean Busenbark
On the plains of hesitation
lie the bones of many millions,
Who upon the verge of victory paused,
And while resting .......


From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
There is no excellent beauty
that hath not
some strangeness
in the proportion.

Sir Francis Bacon(1561-1626)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The future influences the present
just as much as the past.

Nietzsche (1844-1900)

From: Frank F.
The two pillars of 'Political Correctness are:

willful ignorance


a steadfast refusal to face the truth.

George MacDonald Fraser

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Yes! to this thought
I hold
with firm persistence;

The last result of wisdom
stamps it true;

He only earns his freedom
and existence

Who daily conquers them

Goethe (1749-1832)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Money lost is bewailed with unfeigned tears.

Juvenal (40-125 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Success is a rare paint .......
It hides all the ugliness.

John Suckling (1609-1642)

Courage is not the towering oak
that sees storms come and go;

It is the fragile blossom
that opens in the snow.

Alice M. Swaim

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

Longfellow (1819-1892)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"

To rise from the illusion of pursuit
to the disillusion of possession.

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

From: "Carol-Lou (My Wife) "
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world:

Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Some men give up their designs when
they have almost reached the goal;

while others, on the contrary,
obtain a victory by exerting,
at the last moment,
more vigorous efforts than before.

Polybius (B.C. 203?-120)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Only the actions of the just
smell sweet
and blossom in the dust.

James Shirley (1596-1666)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
I recommend you to take care of the minutes,
for the hours will take care of themselves.

Chesterfield (1694-1773)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The surest hindrance of success
is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds,
or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public.

He who is determined
NOT to be satisfied with anything short of perfection
will never do anything to please himself or others.

Hazlitt (1778-1830)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Integrity has no need of rules.

Albert Camus (1913-1960)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
To utter pleasant words
without practicing them,

is like a fine flower
without fragrance.

Buddha (B.C. 568-488)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Great works are performed,
not by strength,
but by perseverance.

Yonder palace was raised by single stones,
yet you see its height and spaciousness.

He that shall walk with vigor
three hours a day
will pass in seven years
a space equal to the circumference of the globe.

Johnson (1709-1784)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Keep far way from an evil neighbor,
do not associate with the wicked,
and do not shrug off all thought of calamity.

The Talmud (B.C. 500?-400? A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
We can do anything we want to do
if we stick to it long enough.

Helen Keller (1880-1968)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
But words are things,
and a small drop of ink,
like dew,
upon a thought
produces That which makes thousands,
perhaps millions think.

Byron (1788-1824)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
A man who values a good night's rest
will not lie down with enmity in his heart,
if he can help it.

Sterne (1713-1768)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
"The greatest discovery
of my generation
is that human beings can alter
their lives by
altering their attitudes."

William James

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
O friends, be men;
so act that none may feel ashamed
to meet the eyes of other men.

Think each one of his children
and his wife, his home, his parents,
living yet or dead.

For them, the absent ones,
I supplicate,
and bid you rally here,
and scorn to fly.

Homer (c. B.C. 700)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
A dog is not considered a good dog
because he is a good barker.

A man is not considered a good man
because he is a good talker.

Chuang-tzu (fl. B.C. 350)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Following the Noble Path
is like entering a dark room
with a light in the hand;

the darkness
will all be cleared away,

and the room
will be filled with light.

Buddha (B.C. 568-488)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
There is a burden of care in getting riches;
fear of keeping them;
temptation in using them;
guilt in abusing them,
sorrow in losing them;
and a burden of account at last
to be given concerning them.

Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

From: Gösta H. Lovgren
Give me Liberty


Give me Death

Patrick Henry (as he was being hung by the British - 1777)

From: ?
Science proceeds
as if the past were
the home of explanation;

whereas the future,
and the future alone,
holds the key to
the mysteries of the present.

(Famous Quotemaker)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
To neglect,
at any time,
preparation for death,
is to sleep on post at a siege;

to omit it
in old age,
is to sleep at an attack.

Johnson (1709-1784)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Plunge boldly into the thick of life!
Each lives it,
not to many is it known;

and seize it where you will,
it is interesting.

Goethe (1749-1832)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.

Goldsmith (1728-1774)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Remember if you marry for beauty,
thou bindest thyself all thy life;

for that which perchance,

will neither last nor please thee
one year:

and when thou hast it,
it will be to thee
of no price at all.

Walter Raleigh (1552-1618)

From: " Naomi Haynes "
Man's inadequacy is God's appointment."

Lydia Prince

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Self-control is the best of all vows.

Sweetness of speech
absence of malice
good behaviour

the combination of all these
constitutes self- control.

Sivananda (born 1887)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Heaven means to be one with God.

Confucius (B.C. 551-479)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Be charitable and indulgent
to every one but

Joubert (1754-1824)

From: "Allan Lloyd"
The Truth will set you free,

If it doesn't land you in jail first.

Alan Lloyd

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
True hope is swift,
and flies with swallow's wings:

Kings it makes gods,
and meaner creatures kings.

Shakespeare (1564-1616)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The discovery of what is true,
and the practice of that which is good,
are the two most important objects
of philosophy.

Voltaire (1694-1778)

From: "Paul Belitz"
Most secrets of knowledge have been discovered by
plain and neglected men
rather than by men of popular fame.

And this is so with good reason.

For the men of popular fame
are busy on popular matters.

Roger Bacon (c.1220-1292)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
As it is the characteristic
of great wits to say much
in few words,

so it is of small wits
to talk much
and say nothing.

La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
"If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude better
than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.

We ask not your counsels or your arms.
Crouch down and
lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen.

-Samuel Adams

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
O! many a shaft, at random sent,
Finds mark the archer little meant!
And many a word, at random spoken,
May soothe or wound a heart that's broken!

Walter Scott (1771-1832)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Expel avarice,
the mother of all wickedness,
always thirsty for more,

opens wide her jaws
for gold.

Claudianus (365?-408? A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Evils in the journey of life
are like the hills which
alarm travelers on their road.
Both appear great at a distance,
but when we approach them
we find they are
far less insurmountable
than we had conceived.

Colton (1780-1832) (365?-408? A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) (365?-408? A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Sin first is pleasing,
then grows easy,
then delightful, then frequent,
then habitual,
then confirmed;

then the man becomes impenitent,
then he obstinate,
then resolved never to repent,

and then he is ruined.

Robert Leighton (1611-1684)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Luck is tenacity of purpose.

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Time is
a sort of river of passing events,
and strong is its current;

no sooner is a thing brought to sight
than it is swept by
and another takes its place,

and this too will be swept away.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Ask not
what your country
can do for you.

what you can do
for your country.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (192? - 1963)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
He who wherever he goes
is attached to no person and to no place
by ties of flesh;
who accepts good and evil alike,
neither welcoming the one
nor shrinking from the other
take it that such a one
has attained Perfection.

Bhagavad Gita (c. B.C. 400)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Never are noble spirits Poor
while their like survive;

Pure love has gems to render,
And virtue wealth to give.
Never is lost or wasted
The goodness of the good...

Mahabharata (c. B.C. 400)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
In a thousand pounds of law
there is not an ounce of love.

John Ray (1627-1705)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Nothing is so easy as to
deceive one's self;

for what we wish,
that we readily believe.

Demosthenes (B.C. 384-322)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
You need not tell the truth,
unless to those who have
a right to know it all.

But let all you tell
be truth.

Horace Mann (1796-1859)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Learn to live well,
that thou may'st die well;

To live and die
is all we have to do.

John Denham (1615-1668)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Just as a picture is
drawn by an artist,

surroundings are created
by the activities of the mind.

Buddha (B.C. 568-488)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
To-morrow I will live,
the fool does say.

Today itself's too late;
the wise lived yesterday.

Martial (43-104 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
With virtue
you cannot be entirely poor...

Without it
you cannot be really rich.

Chinese Proverb (Probably Confusious)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Let not a man do
what his sense of right
bids him not to do,

nor desire
what it forbids him
to desire.

This is sufficient.

The skillful artist
will not alter
his measures
for the sake
of a stupid workman.

Mencius (B.C. 371-288)

From: American Patriots Network
"These are the times that try men's souls.
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will,
in the crisis,
shrink from the service of their country;
but he that stands now,
deserves the love and thanks of
every man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell,
is not easily conquered;
yet we have this consolation with us,
that the harder the conflict,
the more glorious the triumph.

What we obtain too cheap,
we esteem too lightly;
'tis dearness only
that gives everything its value.

Heaven knows how
to put a proper price on its goods;
and it would be strange indeed,
if so celestial
an article as freedom
should not be highly rated."

Thomas Paine

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Put not your trust in money,
but put your money in trust.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
At any given moment,
life is completely senseless.

But viewed over a period,
it seems to reveal itself
as an organism existing in time,

having a purpose,
trending in a certain direction.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Examine the contents,
not the bottle.

The Talmud (B.C. 500?-400? A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
There is one art
of which man should be master,

the art of

Samuel Coleridge (1772-1834)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
I hear and I forget.
I see and I understand.
I do and I remember


From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Hear the words of prudence,
give heed unto her counsels,
and store them in thine heart;

her maxims are universal,
and all the virtues
lean upon her;

she is the guide
and the mistress
of human life.

Akhenaton? (c. B.C. 1375)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
If a sufficient number of people
who wanted to stop war
really did gather together,

they would first of all
begin by making war
upon those who
disagreed with them.

And it is still more certain
they would make war
on people
who also want to stop wars
but in another way.

Gurdjieff (1873-1949)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
A generous prayer
is never presented in vain;
the petition may be refused,
but the petitioner is always,
I believe,
by some gracious visitation.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
It is not the object of war
to annihilate those
who have given provocation for it,

but to cause them
to mend their ways;

not to ruin
the innocent and guilty alike,
but to save both.

Polybius (B.C. 203?-120)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
It is a funny thing about life;
if you refuse to accept
anything but the best

you very often get it.

Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

From: AllWorld Internet Services"
Argue for your limitations
and surely they'll be yours!

Richard Bach from "Illusions"

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Do God's will
as if it were thy will,
he will accomplish thy will
as if it were his own.

Gamaliel (fl. 100 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
The act of contemplation
creates the thing contemplated.

Isaac D'Israeli (1766-1848)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
A Human Thought
is an actual


and a Force
and a Power,

capable of acting upon
and controlling matter

as well as mind.

Albert Pike (1809-1891)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Life is a pilgrimage.
The wise man does not rest
by the roadside inns.

He marches direct
to the illimitable domain
of eternal bliss,
his ultimate destination.

Sivananda (born 1887)

From: Brian Carey
All experience hath shewn,
that mankind are more disposed to suffer,
while evils are sufferable,

than to right themselves
by abolishing the forms
to which they are accustomed.

Thomas Jefferson

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
We take greater pains
to persuade others
that we are happy

than in endeavoring
to think so ourselves.

Confucious (B.C. 551-479)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
When young,
rejoice in the tranquillity
of the old.

However great your glory,
be forbearing in your manner.

Boast not of what you know,
even when learned.

However high you may rise,
be not proud.

Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Virtue is but heroic bravery,
to do the thing thought to be true,
in spite of all enemies of flesh or spirit,
in despite of all temptations or menaces.

Albert Pike (1809-1891)

From: Salon's Table Talk
Frantic orthodoxy is rooted
in doubt,
not faith

Reinhold Neihbur

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
A man should never be ashamed to own
he has been in the wrong,

which is but saying,
in other words,

that he is wiser to-day
than he was yesterday.

Pope (1688-1744)

From: A Mighty Cool Quote A Day
A government that robs Peter
to pay Paul

can always depend upon
the support of Paul."

George Bernard Shaw

From: A Mighty Cool Quote A Day
There is more (honor)
in being a first-rate truck driver
than a second-rate executive.

B. C. Forbes

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Love thy neighbor as thyself:

Do not to others
what thou wouldst not wish
be done to thyself:

Forgive injuries.
Forgive thy enemy,
be reconciled to him,
give him assistance,
invoke God in his behalf.

Confucius (B.C. 551-479)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
Those who speak with discretion
Are respected by mankind,

As the sun,
emerging from the shadows,
By its rays creates great warmth.

Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 A.D.)

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
like the sun,
which melts wax and hardens clay,

expands great souls
contracts bad hearts.

Antoine de Rivaroli (1753-1801)

From: A MightyCool Quote A Day for June 7, 1999
The shifts of Fortune
the reliability of friends.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
A sound discretion
is not so much indicated
by never making a mistake
as by never repeating it.

Bovee (1820-1904)

From: Your Daily MightyCool Quote a Day!
Success is a journey,
not a destination.

Ben Sweetland

From: "Barry Fetter/MCR Software"
When people are free to do as they please,
they usually imitate each other.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

From: "A MightyCool Quote A Day "
Never in this world
can hatred
be stilled by hatred;

it will be stilled
by non-hatred

this is the law Eternal."

- Buddha (563?-483? B.C)

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