Expectation is the grandfather of disappointment. The world can never own a man who wants nothing.
– Aphorisms for Thirsty Fish
I’m no genius. I’m smart in spots—but I stay around those spots.
– Tom Watson Sr
Teach thy tongue to say I do not know, and thou shalt progress.
– Rabbi Moses ben Maimon
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
– Chinese proverb
You come into this life crying while everyone around you is laughing. Your objective is to leave this life laughing, while everyone around you is crying.
Everyone is always trying their very very best, and it’s never very very good.
– David Whyte
When you have a clock you always know what time it is. When you have two you are never quite certain.
– Mark Twain
Meditation shows you that happiness and freedom aren’t earned by solving your apparent problems, which are endless. Rather, happiness and freedom can only ever be the place from which you solve—and even enjoy—your problems.
Put another way, happiness and freedom are not the end goal of anything. They are the starting place for everything.
– Sam Harris
How we spend our time is how we spend our days. How we spend our days is how our life goes. How our life goes determines whether we thought it was worth living.
-— Keith Yamashita
If I read as many books as most men do, I would be as dull witted as they are.
There was once a man who inherited a lot of money and land.
But he squandered it all too quickly. Those who inherit wealth don’t know what it took to get it.
In the same way, we don’t know the value of our souls, which were given to us for nothing.
That which most determines the result of an action is the motivation behind it.
If I had known the real way it was, I would have stopped all the looking around.
But that knowing depends on the time spent looking!
Stand cool and composed before a million universes.
– Walt Whitman