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Year 2007 Archive

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Here we archive “Here’s A Thought” items from the year 2007.
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Addional years’ archives are also accessible from the same page.

December 30, 2007

Life is the sum of all your choices.

Albert Camus

December 23, 2007

Who truly loves God loves every path to God.

TZF

December 16, 2007

Much of what is ordinarily described as nonrational or irrational is merely so because observers have not discovered the point of view of the actor, from which the action is rational.

James Coleman
in Discovering God

December 9, 2007

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?

Ursula K. Le Guin

December 2, 2007

Jesus said, “Come, that I may teach you about secrets no person has ever seen. For there exists a great and boundless realm, whose extent no generation of angels has seen, in which there is a great invisible Spirit, which no eye of an angel has ever seen, no thought of the heart has ever comprehended, and it was never called by any name”;.

The Gospel of Judas

November 25, 2007

It’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

Bertrand Russell

November 18, 2007

For there is nothing lost that cannot be found, if sought.

The Faerie Queene, Book V
by Edmund Spenser

November 11, 2007

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.

Michel De Montaigne

November 4, 2007

The most important thing is to find out what is the most important thing.

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

October 28, 2007

How can the divine Oneness be seen?
In beautiful forms, breathtaking wonders, awe-inspiring miracles?
The Tao is not obliged to present itself in this way.

If you are willing to be lived by it,
you will see it everywhere,
even in the most ordinary things.

Lao Tsu
in Hua Hu Ching

October 21, 2007

As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary — put on your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.

The Record of Master Linji
quoted in an ad in Shambhala Sun

October 14, 2007

There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to other animals as well as humans, it is all a sham.

Anna Sewell

October 7, 2007

There is nothing so powerful as truth —
and often nothing so strange.

Daniel Webster

September 30, 2007

Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily.
All other “sins”; are invented nonsense.

Robert A. Heinlein

September 23, 2007

Education is important, especially in alleviating prejudice.
If you are going to be prisoner of your own mind, the least you can do is to make sure that your cell is well-furnished.

Peter Ustinov

September 16, 2007

Where are you?
Here.
What time is it?
Now.
Who are you?
This moment.

Movie Peaceful Warrior

September 9, 2007

Whenever you point to something, in reality you are pointing to Him.

Al-Ghazali
in The Niche of Lights

September 2, 2007

Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith.

Hadith
The Sayings of Muhammad

August 26, 2007

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, “Let there be light!”; And there was light.
There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.

Ellen DeGeneres

August 19, 2007

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination.
But the combination is locked up in the safe.

Peter De Vries

August 12, 2007

“How do you know I’m mad?” asked Alice.
“You must be,” said the cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

Lewis Carroll
in Alice in Wonderland

August 5, 2007

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

July 29, 2007

Day by day,
O dear Lord,
Three things I pray,
To see Thee more clearly,
To love Thee more dearly,
To follow Thee more nearly
Day by day.

Godspell
Stephen Schwartz, Lyricist
(see also here)

July 22, 2007

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.

Booker T. Washington

July 15, 2007

There is a plague on Man, the opinion that he knows something.

Michel De Montaigne

July 8, 2007

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

Martin Luther King

July 1, 2007

Thoughts are tyrants that return again and again to torment us.

Emily Bronte
in Wuthering Heights

June 24, 2007

The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.

Yasutani Roshi

June 17, 2007

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.

George Bernard Shaw

June 10, 2007

You are not sick, and you cannot die. But you can confuse yourself with things that do.

A Course in Miracles
Text, page 177

June 3, 2007

The older I grow, the more I listen to people who don’t talk much.

Germain G. Glien
(I know nothing about this person,
but I love this line. There seems to be
little about him/her on the internet.)

May 27, 2007

Setting goals will help you avoid the present.

Nancy Nadzo
aka Anna

May 20, 2007

We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

May 13, 2007

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone,
“it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

Lewis Carroll
in Through The Looking-Glass

May 6, 2007

Someone said to the Prophet, “Pray to God against the idolators and curse them”.
The Prophet replied, “I have been sent to show mercy and have not been sent to curse“.

Hadith

April 29, 2007

We are because God is.

Emanuel Swedenborg

April 22, 2007

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

William Blake

April 15, 2007

The best way to forget something that won’t go away is to become still until the thing becomes restless, and goes away by itself.

Movie Life Tastes Good

April 8, 2007

Love truth, and pardon error.

Voltaire
(Francois Marie Arouet)

April 1, 2007

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes).

Walt Whitman
Song of Myself, 51

March 25, 2007

When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.

A Course in Miracles
Text, page 132

March 18, 2007

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

Paul Valery

March 11, 2007

The highest wisdom has but one science — the science of the whole — the science explaining the whole creation and man’s place in it.

Leo Tolstoy
in War and Peace

March 4, 2007

A child of five would understand this. Send somebody to fetch a child of five.

Groucho Marx

February 25, 2007

If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is no barking dog to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.

Adlai Stevenson

February 18, 2007

God is the Light of the heaven and the earth.
The parable of His Light is as if there were a niche,
And within it a lamp,
The lamp enclosed in a glass,
The glass as it were a brilliant star,
Lit from a blessed tree,
An olive, neither of the east nor of the west,
Whose oil is well-nigh luminous,
Though fire scarce touched it.
Light upon Light!
God guides whom He will to His Light;
God sets forth parables for men;
And God knows all things.

Qur’an, 24:35

February 11, 2007

Love is indescribable and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but not one that it is.

Duke Ellington

February 4, 2007

I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.

Marshall McLuhan

January 28, 2007

Sri Nisargadatta: There are no needs, desires only.

Questioner: To eat, to drink, to shelter one’s body, to live?

N: The desire to live is the one fundamental desire. All else depends on it.

Q: We live, because we must.

N: We live because we crave sensory existence.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
in I Am That

January 21, 2007

A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy,
and nothing can stop him.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
in Cancer Ward

January 14, 2007

We ourselves are God’s true temples.

John Calvin

January 7, 2007

I spent the afternoon musing on Life. If you come to think of it, what a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, don’t you know, if you see what I mean.

P. G. Wodehouse
in My Man Jeeves

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