Friday, May 30, 2008


Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Through your love for each other, through learning the art of making one person happy,
you learn to express your love for the whole of humanity and all beings.
Please help us develop the curriculum for the Institute for the Happiness of One Person.
Don't wait until we open the school.
You can begin practicing right away.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Monday, May 26, 2008


Avoiding danger is no safer
in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure,
or nothing.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


We make a living by what we get - we make a life by what we give.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


If your determination is fixed,
I do not counsel you to despair.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
Great works are performed not by strength,
but by perseverance.

Friday, May 23, 2008


Take rest - a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Gaelic Saying

Bidh an t-ubhal as fheàrr air a’mheangan as àirde. (The best apple is on the highest bough.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Young men who have wives, O then,
Young men who have wives, O then,
Be kind to the first for the next may be worse,
And you'll long for the first one again.

[from a trad. song "I Married a Wife"]

Monday, May 19, 2008


The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest and then becomes a host, and then a master.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

HILLEL the Elder

If not now, when?

Saturday, May 17, 2008


My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Latin Proverb

Neither shall the wave, which has passed on, ever be recalled; nor can the hour, which has once fled by, return again.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively. He must put himself in the place of another and of many others. The pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Know the true value of time. Snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Friday, May 09, 2008


A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.

Thursday, May 08, 2008


Hiking the high cliffs,
my friends clamber over rough
stone up to the high peak.
I, spotting an unused trail,
choose a different path.
I've heard there are many paths to the summit,
and I trust this is one of those.
But this is the lonely way.
This is the slippery trail
on the cold side of the mountain.
I am alone, except for the few footprints
in the kneedeep snow.
No one to guide me but unknown strangers
who have trekked this way before.
I begin to wonder,
Have I been a fool?
Will I lose my way?
Is this a true path or some
way to where I should not go?
Climbing higher, the trail is scarce.
Thorny bushes slow the pace.
But I sense I'm closer to my goal.
I reach the peak before my friends,
but see them coming not far below.
And up ahead, another ridge,
a higher peak,
a mountain glowing in the sun.

[Re-produced here from
by kind permission of the poet]

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


No one is in control of your happiness but you. Therefore you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.

Monday, May 05, 2008


This is the Zen approach - nothing is there to be done. There is nothing to do. One has just to be. Have a rest and be ordinary and be natural.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sufi Saying

There are two rules on the spiritual path - begin and continue.

Saturday, May 03, 2008


Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which colour to slide down on the rainbow.

Friday, May 02, 2008


"Silent" is an anagram of "listen".

Thursday, May 01, 2008


Don’t fight darkness. Bring the light and darkness will disappear.