Thought-Provoking Quotes

Discussion in 'Verbal Art' started by Skald, 27 April 2014.

  1. Plantagenet

    Plantagenet Heroic Member

    One I've always found potent, the words of the Buddha from the "Thousands" chapter of the Dhammapada as translated by Eknath Easwaran:

    "Better to live in virtue and wisdom for one day than to live a hundred years with an evil and undisciplined mind. Better to live in goodness and wisdom for one day than to lead an ignorant and undisciplined life for a hundred years. Better to live in strength and wisdom for one day than to lead a weak and idle life for a hundred years. Better to live in freedom and wisdom for one day than to lead a conditioned life of bondage for a hundred years.

    One day's glimpse of the deathless state is better than a hundred years of life without it. One day's glimpse of dharma is better than a hundred years of life without it."
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  2. Boreas

    Boreas Senior Member Staff Member Sustaining Member

    "Man's destructive hand spares nothing that lives; he kills to feed himself, he kills to clothe himself, he kills to adorn himself, he kills to attack, he kills to defend himself, he kills to instruct himself, he kills to amuse himself, he kills for the sake of killing. Proud and terrible king, he wants everything and nothing resists him... from the lamb he tears its guts and makes his harp resound... from the wolf his most deadly tooth to polish his pretty works of art; from the elephant his tusks to make a toy for his child - his table is covered with corpses... And who [in this general carnage] will exterminate him who exterminates all others? Himself. It is man who is charged with the slaughter of man... So it is accomplished... the great law of the violent destruction of living creatures. The whole earth, perpetually steeped in blood, is nothing but a vast altar upon which all that is living must be sacrificed without end, without measure, without pause, until the consummation of things, until evil is extinct, until the death of death."

    - Joseph de Maistre

    "The hottest seats in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis maintain their neutrality."

    - Dante
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  3. JonhOliver

    JonhOliver Member

    Very introductory quote and essay, for those that are beginning to be interested in tradition.

    "The ultimate reality of Metaphysics is a supreme identity in which the opposition of all contrasts, even of being and non-being, is resolved; its "worlds" and "gods" are levels of reference and symbolic entities which are neither places nor individuals but states of being realizable within you"

    Ananda Coomaraswamy, Vedanta and the Western Tradition
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  4. Pangloss

    Pangloss Senior Member

    "The colonel gaoler ought to bear in mind that he is dealing with historical figures here. Right or wrong, we are historical personalities — and he is nobody."

    ~Hermann Göring
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  5. Arboreality

    Arboreality Member

    "How much he gains in leisure who looks not to what his neighbors say, or do, or intend; but considers only how his own actions may be just and holy, looking not, as Agathon says, to the moral example of others, but running a straight course and never turning therefrom."
    Meditations, IV
    "Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind. For the soul is dyed by the soul's thoughts. Dye it then with a continuous series of such thoughts as these. For instance, that where a man can live, there he can also live well. But he must live in a palace. Well then, he can also live well in a palace. Again, consider that for whatever purpose each thing has been constituted.

    For this it has been constituted, and towards this it is carried. It's end is in that towards which it is carried. Where the end is, there also is the advantage and the good of each thing. Now the good for the reasonable animal is society. For that we are made for society has been shown above. Is it not plain that the inferior exist for the sake of the superior? The things which have life are superior to those which have not life, and of those which have life the superior are those which have reason."
    Meditations IV
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