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"When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand."

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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"To some men peace merely means the liberty to exploit other people without fear of retaliation or interference. To others peace means the freedom to rob others without interruption. To still others it means the leisure to devour the goods of the earth without being compelled to interrupt their pleasures to feed those whom their greed is starving. And to practically everybody peace simply means the absence of any physical violence that might cast a shadow over lives devoted to the satisfaction of their animal appetites for comfort and leisure. Many men like these have asked God for what they thought was “peace” and wondered why their prayer was not answered. They could not understand that it actually was answered. God left them with what they desired, for their idea of peace was only another form of war."

Thomas Merton

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"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."- Mother Teresa

“Among the Reasons God May Temporarily Be Unavailable to Bless America”: (1) because God has had it up to here with the assumption that prayers for national exemption from pain and tragedy deserve an answer; (2) because God is too busy processing Americans’ prayers for their high-school football teams; (3) because God takes for granted that the bombs falling on Kabul are America’s real prayers; (4) because such a tasteless and lurid efflorescence of red, white, and blue (including flags wrapped around church steeples) gives God a massive headache.

-Rev. Peter Laarman

Judson Memorial Church, New York City

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Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away, and you have their shoes.

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Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away, and you have their shoes.
Great quote ! You're a wise man Delbert.... :D ( Dude, I need to not post when I've been drinking ) Edited by Bilbo the Rover

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Great quote ! You're a wise man Delbert.... :D ( Dude, I need to not post when I've been drinking )

Another wise man once said, "I'd rather have this bottle in front of me, than a frontal labotomy."

Drink up -- it's the weekend!

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“Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.”

~Swami Sivananda

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“We should worship lord Shiva so that we are freed from our worldly attachments just like a fruit falls from a tree after ripening. Once we are successful in doing this we are liberated from this vicious cycles of life and death.”

~Yajur Veda

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"The dollar sign is the only sign in which the modern man appears to have any real faith."

-Helen Rowland

"Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him."

-Dorothy L. Sayers

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A devotee once complained to the great nineteenth-century saint Sri Ramakrishna about not having had any deep experiences of God. Sri Ramakrishna took him by the hand and led him to the ashram's bathing pond. They both walked into the water until they were about waist deep, and Sri Ramakrishna then pushed the man's head underwater with great force and held him there for nearly a minute. The man struggled and struggled, and finally the saint released his grip and the man emerged urgently from the water, gasping for breath. Sri Ramakrishna said to him, "When you want God as much as you wanted that next breath, you will see God. " - Bo Lozoff

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To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.

~Carlos Castaneda

Edited by KashmirDevi

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"Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something."

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"I cried at first . . . and then, it was such a beautiful day, that I forgot to be unhappy."

Frances Noyes Hart

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Another wise man once said, "I'd rather have this bottle in front of me, than a frontal labotomy."

*sings* I may be drunk, but at least I'm not insaaaaane!!! :D

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Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it "the first law of personal growth." - Peter McWilliams.

Maybe I should re-post this on some of the 'falling-out' threads!

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"Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something."

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

That's beautiful. :)

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Face saving (or saving face) refers to maintaining a good self image. People who are involved in a conflict and secretly know they are wrong will often not admit that they are wrong because they don’t want to admit they made a mistake. They therefore continue the conflict, just to avoid the embarrassment of looking bad.

To avoid this problem, it is important to allow one’s opponents to make concessions gracefully, without having to admit that they made a mistake or backed down. Often a simple change in wording, or an exchange of concessions will help negotiators maintain a positive image, even when they are actually giving in very substantially. Negotiation expert William Ury, (1991, p. 105) recommends that negotiators "go slow to go fast." By moving slowly, negotiators can trade minor concessions, and can focus more on what they have gained than on what they have lost. Superior power is useless, cautions Ury, "if it drives your opponent into a corner and makes him resist you with all his might. Leaving him a way out is a time-honored precept."

One aspect of this principle is the rule of not gloating or bragging when one has won a victory. Gloating makes the other side look bad and feel badly, which can encourage them to withdraw their cooperation with any previous agreements.

www.colorado.edu/conflict/peace/treatment/facesavr

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This is a beautiful thread...here is a small contribution from Welsh poet RS Thomas

The Bright Field

I have seen the sun break through

to illuminate a small field

for a while, and gone my way

and forgotten it. But that was the pearl

of great price, the one field that had

the treasure in it. I realise now

that I must give all that I have

to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after

an imagined past. It is the turning

aside like Moses to the miracle

of the lit bush, to a brightness

that seemed as transitory as your youth

once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

by RS Thomas

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