# 124:

New is temporary.
Shabby is eternal.



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# 65:

At ocean’s edge,
the tide pushes me back,
then pulls me forward.

I try to balance myself
between its inevitable,
contrary motions.



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# 6 & # 7:

For every bird that flies,
there’s a little bird that dies.


Or:

For every bird that dies,
there’s a little bird that flies.



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# 46:

If you would have demons become angels,
you must pray for them.



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# 77:

My self-esteem is so low,
I have delusions of mediocrity.



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# 73:

When you begin a prayer you open a door.
Keep the door open.



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# 139:

Fear comes when we expect the future
to be bad. Hope comes when we expect the future to be good. Joy comes from experiencing happy moments without the need of the past or the future—the joy of a blissful now.


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# 122:

Christ would weep
for what some Christians do.



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# 106:

Desire is the fuel for hope.


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# 64:

Some people want to own the road,
while others are just out for the drive.



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# 222:

In this world of sorrows, we must find
some small, happy thought, each day,
and smile.


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# 231:

There is nothing quite as persistent as reality,
but imagination comes close.



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# 158:

We draw the boundaries of heaven
around the spaces of ourselves,
as if heaven were a place unwelcome.



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# 43:

Find heaven right where you are.


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# 38:

Does the racehorse know he’s won?


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# 12:

When you don’t have enough to eat,
you treasure every bite.

Only the poor fully appreciate those things
the rest of us take for granted each day.



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# 102:

The source is not important,
it’s the inspiration that counts.



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# 61:

When you teach, when you try to open the mind of someone who is resisting, be content to plant a single seed. Begin with one thought.


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# 129:

Some of us are so busy praying,
we forget to listen.



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# 145:

The truth does not depend on what you believe.


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# 184:

The end of all wars will require the end of certainty.


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# 202:

Perhaps another word for God is Being,
something whole 
in which we have individual parts,
but still, always part of the whole.


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# 201:

Sometimes, honesty and kindness come into conflict.


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# 236:

We believe in illusion.
That’s why we wear clothing.



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# 220:

If you truly care about this world,
you must live with a broken heart.

It has always been so.



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# 215:

Perhaps the difference between General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics is a product of multiple realities with borders than may or may not overlap, along with realities beyond our scientific capabilities to perceive.


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# 199:

My writing is about: What I have learned,
what I am learning, and what I need to learn.



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# 118:

Stubbing your toe is God’s way of
testing your vocabulary.



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# 119:

Though the elements of cultural decline
may be momentarily popular,
they will not escape the verdict of history.



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# 68:

What if we have come here
from the future, not the past?



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# 94:

Poetry: What it means is more important
           than how it’s dressed up.



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# 40:

Instinct is another word for God.


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# 109:

Learning is a series of constant beginnings.


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# 114:

However inspired they may be, your holy books were not written by God, they were written by men. However inspired your holy books may be, they do not represent the will of God, they represent the will of men, and so are flawed, imperfect—human. Read them, learn from them, see their strengths and see their weaknesses, then set them down and continue.


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# 95:

Life is about the experience, not the outcome.


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# 269:

Hell is not a place, it’s a condition.


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# 34:

Folderol is its own excuse.


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# 270:

If you believe I’m a moron,
then I shall impress you
with my averageness.


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# 268:

The future is a contest
between what’s possible
and what’s practical.


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# 265:

Meditation is a runway,
sometimes a long, long runway.
At some point you must lift off and fly.


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# 264:

How many of God’s creatures would kill us if they got a chance?


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# 263:

One may be able to define enlightenment
without actually being enlightened.


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# 261:

The time an artist spends on being an artist is time finally free from the tyranny
of the thoughts of others.


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