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The presence of those seeking the truth
by Terry Pratchett

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

Related topics: Wisdom Cynical Ego Lesson Attitude

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
- Terry Pratchett

Only in our dreams are we free.
The rest of the time we need wages.
- Terry Pratchett

 

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
- Terry Pratchett

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness
has always got there first,
and is waiting for it.
- Terry Pratchett

Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.
- Terry Pratchett

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Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess,
and you don't find out til too late that he's been
playing with two queens all along.
- Terry Pratchett

Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.
- Terry Pratchett

He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops
during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting
"All the Gods are bastards."
- Terry Pratchett

Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
- Terry Pratchett

Sooner or later we're all someone's dog.
- Terry Pratchett

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day.
Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
- Terry Pratchett

The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.
- Terry Pratchett

It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone,
somewere, would much rather you weren't doing.
- Terry Pratchett

In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
- Terry Pratchett

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes.
It is in fact true.
It's called living.
- Terry Pratchett

The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd,
is the square root of the number of people in it.
- Terry Pratchett

You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise.
I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.
- Terry Pratchett

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind.
It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.
Of course, I could be wrong.
- Terry Pratchett

Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
- Terry Pratchett

Genius is always allowed some leeway,
once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the
blood has been cleaned up.
- Terry Pratchett

The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short,
and the pen is very sharp.
- Terry Pratchett

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods;
they have not forgotten this.
- Terry Pratchett

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,
but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
- Terry Pratchett

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,
whose presence calls forth your best.
- Epictetus

As we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence actually liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Nelson Mandela

Ritual is the way you carry the presence of the sacred.
Ritual is the spark that must not go out.
- Christina Baldwin

I unconditionally forgive everyone for all hurt
that I have ever experienced in the presence of their actions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect,
and the absence of ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree
is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
- Burton Hills

Your children need your presence
more than your presents.
- Jesse Jackson

That deep emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed
in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
- Albert Einstein

Presence requires an internal alertness
to the all and everything surrounding us.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is One Infinite Mind,
which of necessity includes all that is,
whether it be the intelligence in man,
the life in the animal,
or the invisible Presence which is God.
- Ernest Holmes

The best effort of a fine person
is felt after we have left their presence.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My coat and I live comfortably together.
It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere,
has moulded itself on my deformities,
and is complacent to all my movements,
and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm.
Old coats and old friends are the same thing.
- Victor Hugo

The willow which bends to the tempest,
often escapes better than the oak which resists it;
and so in great calamities,
it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits
recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner
than those of a loftier character.
- Albert Schweitzer

I unconditionally forgive everyone for all hurt
that I have ever experienced in the presence of their actions.
I unconditionally forgive myself for everything that I have ever done,
said, or thought that has caused me harm or suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Real love is never a selfish emotion.
If you want something from someone -
especially if that something is sex -
what you are feeling is not true love.
True love is about wanting happiness for the person you love -
and not about seeking happiness for yourself.
Fortunately, in most cases our own loving presence
is the greatest gift we can give to a person we love.
Nonetheless, the litmus test of love is knowing
we would choose never to see that person again
if we believed that distance would bring them greater happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
- Benjamin Franklin

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

I think one of the finest gifts I can give
my friends in the holiday season is to pause
with a long enough quality to actually SEE them.
My calm, unhurried presence communicates
this gift of a message, "I see you. I recognize you.
I remember our times of together
and am contributing right now to another quality memory.
I value you and honor and take the time,
right this moment to pause long enough to truly notice you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Overall the fundamentals seem to be there and he's
obviously got a very mature head on his shoulders.
He's got a kind of presence.
- Nick Price

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover,
through the detours of art, those two or three great
and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
- Albert Camus

Wisdom I know is social.
She seeks her fellows.
But Beauty is jealous,
and illy bears the presence of a rival.
- Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody
that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
- David Byrne

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.
- George MacDonald

We convince by our presence.
- Walt Whitman

Security is not the absence of danger,
but the presence of God,
no matter what the danger.
- Anonymous

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.
- E. B. White

Human nature is the same now as when Adam hid from the presence of God;
the consciousness of wrong makes us unwilling to meet
those whom we have offended.
- Matthew Simpson

Our role is to develop techniques that allow us to
provide emergency life-saving procedures to injured patients in an extreme,
remote environment without the presence of a physician.
- Chris Hadfield

There are some achievements which are never done in
the presence of those who hear of them.
Catching salmon is one, and working all night is another.
- Anthony Trollope

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness.
The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.
- Paul Brunton

He was so tenacious he defied the distraction of women
by refusing to have them in his presence,
just as later in life he denied his blindness by calling
for more and more candles.
- Kit Williams

At the ballet, you really feel like you're in the presence
of something outside the rest of your life.
Higher than the rest of your life.
- Robert Caro

In the garment trades, on the other hand,
the presence of a body of the disfranchised,
of the weak and young, undoubtedly contributes to the
economic weakness of these trades.
- Florence Kelley

Presence is more than just being there.
- Malcolm Forbes

Just remaining quietly in the presence of God,
listening to Him, being attentive to Him,
requires a lot of courage and know-how.
- Thomas Merton

The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite,
and becomes a pure nothing.
So our spirit before God, so our justice before divine justice.
- Blaise Pascal

My lady's presence makes the roses red,
because to see her lips they blush for shame.
- Henry Constable

Arnold Schwarzenegger, I don't know if you'd call him a great actor,
but he's amazing in terms of his presence,
and he is interesting enough that you want to watch him.
- F. Murray Abraham

But, of course, one relies on the everyday people who
just simply like your music,
for whom you may not be a hobby but they enjoy being
in your presence at a concert.
- Cliff Richard

If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes
that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not
often let their presence be known.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

There is something inherent in our democracy that tends to want to level.
America is a little uncomfortable in the presence of
someone who is distinctly superior in whatever way.
- Carlisle Floyd


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