A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (Laozi, 6th Century philosopher) Amongst the flowers is a pot of wine; I pour alone but with no friend at hand; So I lift the cup to invite the shining moon; Along with my shadow, a fellowship of three (Li Bai, Tang Dynasty poet)
“Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend.” (Mao Zedong, political leader)
“I’d rather do wrong to others than allow them to do wrong to me!” (Cao Cao, Han Dynasty warlord)
“At fifteen, I aspired to learning. At thirty, I established my stand. At forty, I had no delusions. At fifty, I knew my destiny. At sixty, I knew truth in all I heard. At seventy, I could follow the wishes of my heart without doing wrong.” (Kong Fu Zi)
“No matter if it is a white cat or a black cat; as long as it can catch mice, it is a good cat.” (Deng Xiaoping, de facto leader of People’s Republic, late 1970s to early 1990s)
Look to this day,
for it is life, the very breath of life.
In its brief course lie
all the realities of your existence;
the bliss of growth,
the glory of action,
the splendour of beauty.
For yesterday is only a dream,
and tomorrow is but a vision.
But today, well lived,
makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow
a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.
You must be a lotus, unfolding its petals when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it!
What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.
Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God. Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions.
Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle where real values have no meaning. Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, a path where negative emotions have no use. (From BrainyQuote)