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Year 2008 Archive

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Here we archive “Here’s A Thought” items from the year 2008.
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Addional years’ archives are also accessible from the same page.

December 28, 2008

Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.

Richard Hooker

December 21, 2008

Isolation exists only in isolation; once shared, it evaporates.

Josef Breuer
in the movie When Nietzsche Wept

December 14, 2008

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

Henry David Thoreau

December 7, 2008

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

Lillian Hellman

November 30, 2008

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do,
and more in the light of what they suffer.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

November 23, 2008

Some things are true whether you believe them or not.

From the movie City of Angels

November 16, 2008

No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.

Turkish Proverb

November 9, 2008

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

US President-elect Barack Obama
apparently quoting Hopi Elders

November 2, 2008

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak;
and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.

John Adams

October 26, 2008

Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.

Graham Greene

October 19, 2008

The Lord promises complete protection to those who love Him with all their body, heart, and soul. A devotee, totally absorbed in the Lord, may forget his own safety and security, but the Lord never forgets him. All men, no doubt, receive from the Lord what they need; but as long as they themselves think of their own welfare, they must earn it by their own effort. But the Lord Himself carries the necessaries of life to those who, lost in the thought of Him, cannot take care of themselves.

Commentary to the Gita 9:22
by Swami Nikhilananda

October 12, 2008

No room would be empty if your mind is full.

In the movie Little Buddha

October 5, 2008

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans

September 28, 2008

I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.

Emily Bronte

September 21, 2008

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

Albert Camus

September 14, 2008

Happiness is the way, not the destination.

Arlo Hansen

September 7, 2008

What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.

Alice Walker

August 31, 2008

Very few men ask for the truth, fewer still dare to learn the truth, and the fewest dare to follow it in all its practical bearings.


August 24, 2008

Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.

Doris Lessing

August 17, 2008

Wonderful methods of joining words, rhetorical powers, and explaining the texts of the books in various ways, are only for the enjoyment of the learned; they are not religion.

quoted in Vivekananda - The Yogas …

August 10, 2008

I should not believe in a God who does not dance.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

August 3, 2008

Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.

Dr. Rosemary Brown

July 27, 2008

Totus Tuus ego sum.
(I am totally Yours)

John Paul II
see also

July 20, 2008

There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.

James Thurber

July 13, 2008

Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse.

Miguel de Cervantes

July 6, 2008

Death might appear to be the issue of life,
Since for every three out of ten being born
Three out of ten are dying.
Then why
Should another three out of ten continue breeding death?
Because of sheer madness to multiply.
But there is one out of ten, they say, so sure of life
That tiger and wild bull keep clear of his inland path,
Weapons turn from him on the battle-field,
No bull-horn could tell where to gore him,
No tiger-claw where to tear him,
No weapon where to enter him.
And why?
Because he has no death to die.

Tao Te Ching, #50
in The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu
by Witter Bynner

June 29, 2008

It’s never too late to do the right thing.

Jeff Key in Semper Fi

June 22, 2008

What you and I call life
– conditional or separative existence –
is not about doing things.
It is not even about doing things well.
It is about doing things together.
In a word, life is about relationship.
So, far better is it that you and I should come together
to do something, even ineptly,
than to have someone else do it perfectly,
and you and I never touch.


June 15, 2008

Ah, that restlessness is the whole thing. Whatever path you follow — whether you are a Hindu, a Mussalman, a Christian, a Sakta, a Vaishnava, or a Brahmo — the vital point is restlessness. God is our Inner Guide. It doesn’t matter if you take a wrong path — only you must be restless for Him. He Himself will put you on the right path.

Sri Ramakrishna

June 8, 2008

Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well-ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

June 1, 2008

Love is the religion, and the universe is the book.

Jalaluddin Rumi
in The Essential Rumi

May 25, 2008

All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with;
all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.

George Santayana

May 18, 2008

Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

May 11, 2008

The pain then is part of the pleasure now.
That’s the deal.

Joy Gresham
wife of C. S. Lewis
on the pain he will experience at her imminent death;
in Shadowlands

May 4, 2008

In religion itself there is nothing mysterious to its author.
The mystery lies in the dimness of the human sight.

James Madison

April 27, 2008

Speciesism – The assumption of superiority of humans over other animal species, especially to justify their exploitation.

Coined by Richard D. Ryder

April 20, 2008

Thank everyone who calls out your faults, your anger, your impatience, your egotism;
do this consciously, voluntarily.

Jean Toomer

April 13, 2008

While we are contending for our own Liberty, we should be very cautious of violating the Rights of Conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the Judge of the Hearts of men, and to him only in this Case, they are answerable.

George Washington
quoted in Founding Faith

April 6, 2008

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

Edgar Guest

March 30, 2008

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

March 23, 2008

If we had a clear vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.

George Eliot
(Mary Anne Evans)

March 16, 2008

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine,
it is stranger than we can imagine.

Sir Arthur Eddington

March 9, 2008

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending.
You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

Saint Augustine

March 2, 2008

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Marie Curie

February 24, 2008

If the doors of perception were cleansed,
everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

William Blake

February 17, 2008

I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father’s religion,
if they can find out what it is.

Charles Lamb

February 10, 2008

She passed through the midst of us without our knowing it, for who can see the comings and goings of a god, if the god does not wish to be seen?

Homer’s Odyssey,
Book X, lines 572-576
translated in prose by Samuel Buter

February 3, 2008

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone.

Thomas Jefferson

January 27, 2008

Do not be too quick to assume your enemy is a savage just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy because he thinks you are a savage. Or perhaps he is afraid of you because he feels that you are afraid of him. And perhaps if he believed you are capable of loving him he would no longer be your enemy.

Thomas Merton

January 20, 2008

Then even nothingness was not, nor existence.
There was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it.
Who covered it? Where was it? In whose keeping?
Was there then cosmic water, in depths unfathomed? …
But, after all, who knows, and who can say
Whence it all came, and how creation happened?
The gods themselves are later than creation,
So who knows truly whence it had arisen?
Whence all creation had its origin,
He, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not,
He, who surveys it all from highest heaven,
He knows — or maybe even he does not know.

Hymn of Creation
Rig Veda, X, 129
quoted in part in Discovering God

January 13, 2007

The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.

Mignon McLaughlin

January 6, 2007

What you are will tell you of Itself.

A Course in Miracles


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