Favorite Quotes

Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite sayings and quotes:

“To know one’s self is to know others for heart understands heart."
– a Chinese Proverb

“First the mind then the body…"
– a Tai Chi classic

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The More Things Change…

The Emperor Huang Di asked: "I have heard that many people in ancient times lived to a hundred without showing signs of aging. But today people look old at the age of fifty. Is it because times have changed or because people are not following proper ways of preserving health?"

Qi Bo answered: "People in ancient times were aware of the ways to preserve health. By following the ways of yin and yang, they were moderate in eating and drinking and scheduled time for work and rest. So both their body and spirit are healthy and they lived to a ripe old age. But people today are different. They have no set time for work and rest. They drink a lot, and after they get drunk they indulge in sexual intercourse. To frequently use your energy excessively and indulge in temporary pleasures transgress the ways of preserving health. Therefore, they get old at fifty."

From the Huang Di Nei Jing. Written over 2000 years ago!

The more things change, the more they stay the same! 

Good Luck? Bad Luck?

There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had an old horse for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and when all the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

A week later the horse returned with a herd of wild horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this was very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” Some weeks later the army marched into the village and conscripted every able bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg they let him stay home.

Now was that good luck or bad luck?  …who knows?

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all."

"One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego."

"The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "My son, the one you feed is the one that wins."