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Year 2009 Archive

Can I go home, please!
The Way Home

Here we archive “Here’s A Thought” items from the year 2009.
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Addional years’ archives are also accessible from the same page.

December 27, 2009

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.

Thomas Jefferson

December 20, 2009

Life is a jest, and all things show it,
I thought so once, and now I know it.

John Gay

December 13, 2009

What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.

Lucille Clifton

December 6, 2009

Do not take as truth what men say, but know the truth, and then judge men by what they say about about it. Then you will know who is truthful.

Imam Ali
quoted in The Other Islam by Stephen Schwartz

November 29, 2009

Here lives a free man. Nobody serves him.

Albert Camus

November 22, 2009

Nature never duplicates a path. Listen to the wisdom of men like Christ, then make your own footprints. That is precisely what every authentic teacher urges.

Vernon Howard

November 15, 2009

Nothing is more humbling than to look with a strong magnifying glass at an insect so tiny that the naked eye sees only the barest speck and to discover that nevertheless it is sculpted and articulated and striped with the same care and imagination as a zebra. Apparently it does not occur to nature whether or not a creature is within our range of vision, and the suspicion arises that even the zebra was not designed for our benefit.

Rudolf Arnheim

November 8, 2009

Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?

Chico Marx
in the movie Duck Soup

November 1, 2009

Buddha is not a man, but a state. I have found the way. Enter, all of you.

in The Yogas & Other Works

October 25, 2009

Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.

Stanislaw Lem

October 18, 2009

Wine is sunlight held together by water.

Galileo Galilei

October 11, 2009

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.

Albert Schweitzer

October 4, 2009

If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.

Bertrand Russell

September 27, 2009

Our creator is the same and never changes despite the names given him by people here and in all parts of the world.

George Washington Carver

September 20, 2009

Look for Buddha outside your mind,
and Buddha becomes the devil.

Dogen Zenji
quoted in Zen Wisdom

September 13, 2009

What is most contrary to salvation is not sin but habit.

Charles Peguy

September 6, 2009

There is a very good saying that if triangles invented a god,
they would make him three-sided.

Baron de Montesquieu

August 30, 2009

There is no solution, for there is no problem.

Marcel Duchamp

August 23, 2009

There is God. There is only God. All there is, is God.
Father is God. Jahweh is God. Allah is God. Brahman is God. Buddha Nature is God. Christ Consciousness is God.
“I don’t know” is God.
“There is no god” is God.


August 16, 2009

Doubt everything at least once, even the proposition that two times two equals four.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

August 9, 2009

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

John F. Kennedy

August 2, 2009

There was a time when I too would meditate on God with my eyes closed. Then I said to myself: “Does God exist only when I think of Him with my eyes closed? Doesn’t He exist when I look around with my eyes open?” Now, when I look around with my eyes open, I see that God dwells in all beings. He is the Indwelling Spirit of all — men, animals, and other living beings, trees and plants, sun and moon, land and water.

Sri Ramakrishna

July 26, 2009

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

July 19, 2009

If your drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
Original German: Ist dir Trinken bitter, werde Wein.

Rainer Maria Rilke
in Sonnets To Orpheus.
Here translated by a member of TZF’s Open Forum

July 12, 2009

To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.

E. E. Cummings

July 5, 2009

We do not have the “originals” of any of the books that came to be included in the New Testament, or indeed of any Christian book from antiquity. What we have are copies of the originals or, to be more accurate, copies made from copies of the copies of the copies of the originals. Most of these surviving copies are hundreds of years removed from the originals themselves.

Bart D. Ehrman
in Lost Christianities

June 28, 2009

The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world.

Vikram Chandra

June 21, 2009

In some circumstances, the refusal to be defeated is a refusal to be educated.

Margaret Halsey

June 14, 2009

Wherever I go, there he is.
He is no other than my self, but I am not him.

in Zen Wisdom

June 7, 2009

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

May 31, 2009

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

Henry David Thoreau

May 24, 2009

Holy ground is not a place of pilgrrimage; it is where you are when God finds you.

Peter J. Gomes

May 17, 2009

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.

Hermann Hesse

May 10, 2009

There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

May 3, 2009

I like my life on this unexplored shore. It’s new, exciting and full of possibilities.

William Lobdell
in Losing My Religion

April 26, 2009

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.

Carlos Castanada

April 19, 2009

In this age, the mere example of nonconformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service.

John Stuart Mill

April 12, 2009

Our very eyes are sometimes like our judgments, blind.

William Shakespeare
in Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene ii.

April 5, 2009

Wonder at the things that are before you,
making this the first step to further knowledge.

Gospel According to Matthias
reported by Clement of Alexandria
quoted in Lost Christianities

March 29, 2009

Know the difference between the color of the wine and the color of the glass.

Jalaluddin Rumi
in The Sufis by Idries Shah

March 22, 2009

Some of the worst things in my life never happened.

Mark Twain

March 15, 2009

It is vital to challenge ourselves over the spiritual ideas we entertain, or they too can settle down to an unproductive rigidity. What’s needed is a jolt, a challenge, and not a comfortable acceptance of an idea that seems to have a cozy place in our current thought structure.

Tom Russell
in Super Wisdom eZine

March 8, 2009

No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.

Thomas Mann

March 1, 2009

The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

February 22, 2009

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.

Charles Caleb Colton

February 15, 2009

You should know that the masters of insight never see a thing without seeing God along with it.

in The Niche of Lights

February 8, 2009

The knowledge of the other world can be obtained only by losing some of that intelligence which is necessary for this world.

Immanuel Kant
in Dreams of A Spirit-Seer …

February 1, 2009

If you believe in it, it is a religion or perhaps “the” religion; and if you do not care one way or another about it, it is a sect; but if you fear and hate it, it is a cult.

Leo Pfeffer

January 25, 2009

Let us face a pluralistic world in which there are no universal churches, no single remedy for all diseases, no one way to teach or write or sing, no magic diet, no world poets, and no chosen races, but only the wretched and wonderfully diversified human race.

Jacques Barzun

January 18, 2009

I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion,
— the religion of well-doing and daring, men of sturdy truth, men of integrity and feeling for others.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

January 11, 2009

I protect my right to be a Catholic by preserving your right to believe as a Jew, a Protestant, or non-believer, or as anything else you choose. We know that the price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that they might some day force theirs on us.

Mario Cuomo

January 4, 2009

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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