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Offline Dharmakara

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Profound Thoughts and Insightful Stories
« on: July 30, 2015, 01:31:59 am »
The following is just is a small collection of profound thoughts and insightful stories that I've found inspirational at one time or another --- please feel free to add your own or those of you've heard from others.


PROFOUND THOUGHTS

• Never believe anything bad that you hear about anyone, and only half of what you see, because all you see is not what it appears to be.

• Never saying anything about someone that I wouldn't say to their face.

• Three things in life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.

• Say what you mean, mean what you say, and do not be mean when you say it.

• If we live up to the best that is within us, we will easily discover the best in others.

•The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

• Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of range before it is understood.

• It is always a good idea to seek the advice of others, but that doesn't mean you have to take it.

• A conscience is something that is more important than your neighbor's opinions.

• We find comfort among those who agree with us, growth among those wh do not.

• Be smarter than others, but do not tell them so.



AN OLD PROVERB

An old proverb tells the story of a person who repeated a rumor about a neighbor. Soon, the whole community had heard the rumor. Later, the person who spread the gossip learned that the rumor was untrue. He was very sorry and went to an elder in the community who had a reputation for great wisdom to seek advice. The elder told him, “Go to your home and take a feather pillow outside. Rip it open and scatter the feathers, then return to me tomorrow.” The man did as the elder had instructed.

The following day, he visited the elder. The elder said, “Go collect the feathers you scattered yesterday and bring them back to me.” The man went home and searched for the feathers, but the wind had carried them all away. Returning to the elder, he admitted, “I could find none of the feathers I scattered yesterday.” “You see,” said the elder, “it‘s easy to scatter the feathers but impossible to get them back.” So it is with gossip; it doesn’t take much to spread hurtful words, but once you do, you can never completely undo the damage.

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Re: Profound Thoughts and Insightful Stories
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2015, 09:11:40 am »
Lots of great words of wisdom here - thanks so much for sharing. My favorite was "Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of range before it is understood." ...  :teehee:
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Re: Profound Thoughts and Insightful Stories
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2015, 11:30:00 am »
If I recall correctly, the subtlety quote has been attributed to a humorist named Bob Steele, though I'm not sure of the attribution for the rest, with the noted exception of the quote about the three important things in life --- that was from James Henry.

The quotes used in the thread are all found within a book by Thomas Shubnell, but he failed to include the attribution citations for the quotes he collected:

https://books.google.com/books?isbn=1448628768

 


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