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Morning Aphorisms

If you find that which gives life to you, you shall forever remain a child at play.


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It is said that Lao Tzu wanted to leave his country to die. But he was not permitted to go unless he left him everything dear and valuable to him. The sage wrote eighty-one wisdom statements and disappeared.


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Wittgenstein said: "If by eternity is understood not endless temporal duration but timelessness, then he lives eternally who lives in the present."


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Socrates said that among the gifts given by the gods to man, knowledge is the most blessed of all for it is a possession that can never be taken away from him and a power that can never be destroyed.


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For most, there is a time for experience and a time for reflection. For some they are one and the same thing.


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Schopenhauer was said to have praised suicide at a well-set table.


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Legend has it that Thomas Aquinas placed his voluminous writings at the feet of of the Crucified Christ asking if he had written according to His will and liking. In a vision, he saw the Christ go down from the cross, read the books and tell Thomas that it was enough.


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I have often wondered what it is that I should do with my life. Yet I often find people who do in fact make something of their lives likely to be unhappy. Some are meant to be successful and accomplished. Perhaps I'd want to be successful in not doing anything.


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Gandhi said that one should live as if he will die tomorrow, and read as if he will live forever.


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There is an Indian proverb which says that the cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra.


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Why this passion for happiness, success and riches? Aren't sunrises, meals, friends and solitude enough?


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When I was young, I dreamed of knowing what real happiness is. In my search, I found out why people have to dream of happiness in order to imagine it. The world will always give you enough sorrows to deal with.


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I hate beautiful people who are happy or in love. They stink of ignorance.


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In his will, Kafka ordered his friend Max Brod to destroy everything he had written upon his death. Brod turned out to be no such friend but he gave the world Kafka's writings.


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Tori Amos: "Those girls that smile kindly / Then break your life to pieces."


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When I became mad, I felt God's presence and saw his hand in the events of my life. I found out that one has to be blind to see His abundant light and nuts to understand His ways.


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Even the weary in Hell find consolation: Sisyphus rested on his rock to listen to Orpheus play on his lyre. Even the eagle feeding on the liver of Prometheus stopped to enjoy the music.


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If nothing comes out of this life, let it be known that I didn't really try.

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