philosophy

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Nan-in, a Japanese master, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in, a Japanese master, received a university professor who came to
inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on
pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain
himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"

"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full--of opinions and speculations.
How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"

A boss

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group. -- Ewing, Russel H. - K: leadership management

There is no torture like marriage

Ni ceasadh go posadh. (There is no torture like marriage)

L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. -- Le petit prince Translation: the essential is invisible to the eyes.

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself.

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without books, without friends, without music, as long as he can listen to his own thoughts.
-- Axel Munthe

But it is with man as with the tree.

But it is with man as with the tree. The more he aspires to the height and the light, the more his roots drive earthward, downward- into evil.
-- F. Nietzsche

Smile and others will smile back

Smile and others will smile back. Smile to show how transparent, how candid you are. Smile if you have nothing to say. Most of all, do not hide the fact you have nothing to say nor your total indifference to others. Let this emptiness, this profound indifference shine out spontaneously in your smile. -- Jean Baudrillard (1929- ) French semiologist. America, "Astral America" [1968]

Begin difficult things when they are easy

Begin difficult things when they are easy.
Do great things when they are small.
The difficult things of the world must once have been easy.
The great things must once have been small.
A thousand mile journey begins with one step.
-- Lao Tse

We will conserve only what we love

We will conserve only what we love We will love only what we understand We will understand only what we are taught

Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet

Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet. As something is being passed around it comes to you; stretch out your hand, take a portion of it politely. It passes on; do not detain it. Or it has not come to you yet; do not project your desire to meet it, but wait until it comes in front of you. So act toward children, so toward a wife, so toward office, so toward wealth.
-- Epictetus c. 50-120 - The Encheiridion, 15

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