If any ideology is so serious that you can’t have fun while you’re doing it, it’s probably too serious.
A good folly is worth what you pay for it.
A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher
A sense of humour is the ability to understand a joke – and that the joke is oneself.
Clifton Paul Fadiman
Common sense and a sense of humour are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humour is just common sense, dancing.
Humour distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.
If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humour to console him for what he is.
I have made many serious statements – I just can’t remember any of them. I guess they mustn’t have been very important.
I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
He who lives without folly isn’t so wise as he thinks.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.
My computer beat me at checkers, but I sure beat it at kickboxing.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Those who own much have much to fear.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
Fear is exciting for me.
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Those who love to be feared fear to be loved.
Saint Francis de Sales
Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
Ache and pain and the April showers
But it ain’t long before I long for you, like a
Ray of hope, coming through the blue moon
The whole thing falls apart I guess
It doesn’t really matter ’bout the rain
‘Cause we’ll get through it anyway
We’ll get up and start again
We could be lifted
From the shadows, lifted
Oh, we could be, lifted up today
Lifted all the way, you and I forever
Baby, lifted, lifted, lifted, hey
In a bright new space up above the clouds
Where everything is understandable
You don’t have to say anything too loud
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”
– Dakota Tribe
“May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, may hope forever wipe away your tears, And, above all, may silence make you strong.”
– Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
– Chief Seattle, Duwamish
“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”
– Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation
“The Great Spirit is in all things. He is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us…..That which we put into the ground she returns to us.”
– Big Thunder Wabanaki, Algonquin
“If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace… Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it…”
– White Elk
“All who have died are equal.”
– Comanche People
“There is no death. Only a change of worlds.”
– Chief Seattle [Seatlh], Suquamish Chief
“When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes, they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
– Chief Aupumut in 1725, Mohican.
“A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.”
– Crazy Horse, Sioux Chief
“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
– Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior, and orator
“Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.”
– Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man
“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”
– Chief Seattle, Suquamish Chief
“I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches, but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.”
– Chief Red Cloud (Makhipiya-Luta) Sioux Chief
For a long while I was resistant to many of the ideas of Buddhism such as non-attachment and suffering. It struck me that this was one miserable philosophy of life always focussing on suffering. Then one day I had a Tango moment. I saw dukkha translated as dissatisfaction. Now, it all made sense. Many people are perennially dissatisfied with their lot and love a good old whinge, complain, and moan. It could become an Olympic sport.
It was a truth, the truth of dissatisfaction.
How then to live in a world without being attached to anything and yet not having anhedonia or being nihilistic?
It requires only a subtle shift. Instead of resenting being born, which many appear to do, why not accept with joy the gift of life. In which one is merely borrowing the things which the universe supplies. Why not value these gifts without grasping, without clinging, because they just like you are impermanent. On the scale of the universe a human being is mightily impermanent, you exist for around 10-8 of the age of the current universe!! That is pretty fleeting.
But hey we can tend to see ourselves as mightily important.
The trick is to value without coveting, to enjoy without indulging, to take only so much as you need from life and to be thankful for the loan. Know that the universe does not owe us anything whatsoever, so we have no right to feel in anyway entitled.
If we are such fleeting beings time is precious and is a gift that is not to be wasted. You cannot hang on to a second, a minute or an hour.
Value is the middle way. Not clinging and attached, not nihilistic and uncaring, valuing with humility.
Attaining the meaning of impermanence, a being turns from dissatisfaction with a growing sense of equanimity and balance, and places value on the gift of life. Its chance to learn and evolve, here on this beautiful blue planet for but one fleeting moment of now.
The little surprises of life
Are the bounty
With which the universe
When things seem hard
The Dao sends us flowers
For us to inhale
Amidst all the hubris
Petals fall cadent
Upon the breeze
Wait only for the flute
And its subtle keys
It caresses your being
When your spirit flags
It is your salve
And your nectar
Let the cosmos
Be your nurse
And your healer
Open your palms
And take your alms
Humble and secure
To find your place
Which always awaits
A monkey puzzle
To ease back on tension
And to trust
Abandon to your Soul
Then like a leaf in a stream
You can eddy
And dance the currents
Have no fear of weirs
They are man made
Rivers know so much more
With open heart
For it has a succour
Be as fluid as now
And do this often
A silken scarf, blowing
Ease off those shoulders
Breathe in and out
Now find your most
And become, truly
Something positive….and uplifting…