Inspirational Writings
Sweetness is the taste of all virtues.
Patience is the fortress of all virtues.
Cheerfulness is the evidence of all virtues.
'My decisions, or lack of decisions, determine the reality of my life' - If we do not take responsibility for how we live, life will feel unfair and oppressive. Making a decision not to live like this anymore is to realise that, at last, we can choose our life's direction - and this brings a feeling of empowerment.
Honorable Character
"If wealth and honor do not dissipate you, poverty and low status do not make you move from your principles, authority and might do not distort you, then you can be called a great man."
- Unknown
Source: Ip Man - Portrait of a Kung Fu Master, 2001, King Dragon Press, p.37
"While we cannot truly lose what we cannot truly have and hold, we can truly suffer, over what we imagine we had and held."
- Stonepeace
Leaving our mark
"Walking in someone else's steps will not get you in front of the line. Walking in someone else's steps, you will not leave your mark."
- Denis Diderot
Love of the "ennemy"
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.
- Actor Asa Burtterfield as Andrew "Ender" Wiggin in the movie "Ender's Game"
Original Peace
It is not necessary to search for peace. It is within. Your original state is one of peace. Learn to be in charge of yourself and maintain your peace: centre your awareness on your spiritual form - a tiny star-like point of light, seated in the middle of your forehead. Really experience the difference between You the Sparkling Star, and your body, the physical vehicle. Learn to detach yourself from the vehicle. Even a few moments of this practice, if done regularly, will return you to your natural state of peace. And your actions will be filled with love - for the self and others.
Thoughts, Words and Deeds
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Be yourself
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
- Steve Jobs - Commencement address, Stanford University, June 12, 2005
All things have their time. All things have their answers. All things have their right to be. Accepting this reality, all things come into harmony.
"Karma is not something complicated or philosophical. Karma means watching your body, watching your mouth, and watching your mind. Trying to keep these three doors as pure as possible is the practice of karma."
- Lama Thubten Yeshe, "The Bliss of Inner Fire"
Practice makes you perfect so be careful what you practice!
Spotting Qualities
A compassionate person develops an eye for spotting the qualities that make each person special. Even when others are at their lowest ebb, it is possible to help them restore their self-belief by keeping a firm, clear vision of their goodness and specialities. Taking a gently encouraging approach, I must never give up on anyone.
Recipe For Happiness
Two heaped cups of patience, One heartful of love, Two handfuls of generosity One headful of understanding and a dash of humour. Sprinkle with kindness, add plenty of faith and mix well, Spread over a period of a lifetime and serve to everyone you meet.
If at any time I begin to lose hope in myself, let me simply look inside my heart and see all the good actions I have ever performed, from the smallest to the grandest. When I see how much happiness I have given, I easily remember the purpose of my life.
Of life and death...
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autum rain.
When you wake in the morning hush.
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight of night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
- Native American Prayer, Author unknown - Source:
Determination - Courage - Love
Fill every thought with determination, every step with courage and every word with love.
A Long And Healthy Life
There are three ingredients for a long and healthy life: live with attention but without worry, use time in a worthwhile way, keep your thoughts pure, positive and filled with strength.
"You believe a man can change his destiny?" - Actor Ken Watanabe as Katsumoto.
"I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed."
- Actor Tom Cruise as Captain Nathan Algren in the movie "The Last Samurai"
A rich person is not someone who has more, but someone who desires less.
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
- Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha), 563-483 B.C.
Letting Go of Sorrow
If I allow bitterness and resentment to fester inside, it will make my relationships guarded and unsatisfying. The more I close down to others, the more I become a stranger to myself. By letting go of sorrow and negativity, I can keep my nature open and loving. Remaining open to life, with its constant adventures and opportunities to grow, is the only way to reach my full potential.
"You fill your life with peace when you discover you only have to be yourself, to be what you have always been - a peaceful being."
"Thoughts have great power, they are like seeds you plant in your mind. The more you hold onto a particular thought, the more power you invest in it. Positive thoughts give us energy and strength. Negative thoughts rob us of power and make us feel tired and strained. We are by nature positive. Negativity is the result of faulty thinking. You can change if you want to. You can't control other people, situation or circumstances, but you can control what is going on inside you. It takes time to change and transform those old patterns of thinking. Be patient with yourself. It starts with a thought..... Today!"
"Kung-Fu. Hard work over time to accomplish skill. A painter can have kung-fu. Or the butcher who cuts meat every day with such skill his knife never touches bone. Learn the form, but seek the formless. Hear the soundless. Learn it all, then forget it all. Learn The Way, then find your own way. The musician can have kung-fu, or the poet who paints pictures with words and makes emperors weep. This, too, is kung-fu. But do not name it, my friend, for it is like water. Nothing is softer than water yet it can overcome rock. It does not fight. It flows around the opponent. Formless, nameless, the true master dwells within. Only you can free him."
- Martial artist and actor Jackie Chan as Lu Yan, and martial artist and actor Jet Li as The Silent Monk in the movie "The Forbidden Kingdom"
"The greatest love of all is not to have one love you truly.
The greatest love of all is to be one who loves all truly."
- Stonepeace
"The goal of practice is not to obtain miraculous powers but to transform our being, as to easily generate mental calmness and deep vision." - Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalaï-lama
Knowledge and Will
"Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do." - Bruce Lee
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson
"The foundation of any society is the individual. A society cannot be built or developed without building and developing the individual. To build the individual is to inculcate this individual with universal values, free of stereotypical, ethnical, political and religious biases, such as respect, compassion and unconditional love. To develop the individual is to allow this individual to realize his/her importance towards oneself and others, as well as to allow this individual to grow, to develop and to become to the point where, if willing, this individual can in turn contribute to the development of others." - Paul Duval (March 9, 2005)
"Our Land." - Actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai as Broken Sword in the movie "Hero"
"Our Land... Our Planet. Isn't it?" - Paul Duval
"In the first stage, man and sword are interchangeable. Here, even a blade of grass can be used as a lethal weapon. In the next stage, the sword resides not in the hand but in the heart. Even without a weapon, the warrior can slay his enemy from a hundred paces. But the ultimate ideal is when the sword disappears altogether. The warrior embraces all around him. The desire to kill is gone. Only peace remains." - Actor Chen Dao Ming as the King of Qin in the movie "Hero"
"Since the day you were born, you ARE. So BE!" - Paul Duval
"In walking, just walk. In sitting, just sit. Above all, don't wobble." - Yun-Men
"Everyone and everything has its importance, its significance, its reason for being and living." - Paul Duval
"A man with outward courage dares to die. A man with inward courage dares to live." - Lao-Tzu
"Man. Woman. Male. Female. Those are but ingredients to a recipe for creating same." - Paul Duval
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." - Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha), 563-483 B.C.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Be shapeless. Be formless. Like water. When you pour water in a glass, it becomes the glass. When you pour water into a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water into a tea pot, it becomes the tea pot. Water can flow, or water can crash. Be water my friend." - Bruce Lee