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We cling to our own point of view,
by Zhuangzi

We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi

Related topics: Wisdom

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
- Zhuangzi PHOTO

Life comes from the earth and life returns to the earth.
- Zhuangzi

I do not know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now
a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
- Zhuangzi

 

Those who realize their folly are not true fools.
- Zhuangzi

Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without;
for much knowledge is a curse.
- Zhuangzi

Those who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering
it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity
and devotion have lost their original nature.
- Zhuangzi

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Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.
- Zhuangzi

Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge,
but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.
- Zhuangzi

I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky;
then I awoke.
Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly,
or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?
- Zhuangzi

Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.
This is the ultimate.
- Zhuangzi

Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.
- Zhuangzi

I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy,
as I go walking along the same river.
- Zhuangzi

All existing things are really one.
We regard those that are beautiful and rare as valuable,
and those that are ugly as foul and rotten The foul
and rotten may come to be transformed into what is rare and valuable,
and the rare and valuable into what is foul and rotten.
- Zhuangzi

When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when
there is something we can still cling to.
- Carlos Castaneda

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Stand by your man.
Give him two arms to cling to and something warm to come to.
- Tammy Wynette

Some men tend to cling to old intellectual excitements,
just as some belles, when they are old ladies,
still cling to the fashions and coiffures of their exciting youth.
- Jane Jacobs

The fact to which we have got to cling,
as to a lifebelt, is that it is possible to be a normal
decent person and yet be fully alive.
- Allen Ginsberg

It is women who love horror.
Gloat over it.
Feed on it.
Are nourished by it.
Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.
- Bela Lugosi

Children who cling to parents or who don't want to
leave home are stunted in their emotional,
psychological growth.
- Dirk Benedict

We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.
- William James

Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval,
a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling
to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.
- Louise J. Kaplan

But the nuclear powers still cling tenaciously to their weapons.
- Joseph Rotblat

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their
hates so stubbornly is because they sense,
once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
- James A. Baldwin

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
is to look at the real world and cling to the vain
hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
- Galen Rowell

I cling to the fantasy that I could have done something more creative.
Like actually writing a script, or writing a book.
But the awful truth is that I...
probably can't!
- Hugh Grant

After so many changes, I realized I'd better cling
to my own family and to what I've got right here.
- Suzy Bogguss

Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys,
so does ancient sin cling to the low places,
the depressions in the world consciousness.
- Dewitt Bodeen

Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity
as at the moment when they are losing faith in them,
and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.
- William Graham Sumner

Why does everyone cling to the masculine imagery and
pronouns even though they are a mere linguistic device
that has never meant that God is male?
- Carol P. Christ

Don't cling to fame.
You're just borrowing it.
It's like money.
You're going to die, and somebody else is going to get it.
- Sonny Bono

We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely,
we don't really make anything new out of it,
we merely overload it.
- Johannes Brahms

It was either Voltaire or Charlie Sheen who said,
'We are born alone.
We live alone.
We die alone.
And anything in between that can give us the illusion that we're not,
we cling to.'
- Gabriel Byrne

Well, what I try to do is throw as much mud on the
wall as I possibly can and just see what sticks,
what shines as quirky or more interesting that the others,
and I try to cling onto that one, somehow join a link from there to there.
- Guy Ritchie

If we cling to the institution of Islam,
then we tend to defend it against whatever we see as a danger to it,
so because of this we see now that many people are defending states,
defending territories, defending everything institutional
in the belief that they defend Islam.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy,
Americans cling to the notion that the government is
a sort of automatic machine,
regulated by the balancing of competing interests.
- C. Wright Mills

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching
for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life.
For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system.
When it finds its spot and takes root,
it doesn't need its brain anymore so it eats it!
- Daniel Dennett

Welcome, wild harbinger of spring!
To this small nook of earth; Feeling and fancy fondly cling,
Round thoughts which owe their birth,
To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.
- Bernard Barton

This means that the mind or spirit is present anywhere,
because it is nowhere attached to any particular place.
And it can remain present because, even when related to this or that object,
it does not cling to it by reflection and thus lose its original mobility.
- Eugen Herrigel

It's not surprising, then, they get bitter,
they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people
who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or
anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
- Barack Obama

In this kind of situation, we tend to cling to his convictions,
we believe that, by magic, we are going to recover.
Then we agree to drive less good cars and we are fatally more exposed.
It is what finally happened to me with Ensign.
- Jacky Ickx

Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm:
it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which
we must cling as to a treasure,
and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words,
or in exact and priggish argument.
- George Sand

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius


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