Buddha – Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it

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 simply 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 that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
~ Buddha ~
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. - Lord Buddha
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. – Lord Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the Chinese Version:
不要相信只凭听说的任何事物。
不要相信世世代代流传下来的传统。
不要因为众人都这么说而相信它。
不要因为经典上的记载而相信它。
不要相信权威、导师或长辈的教导。
当你经过观察和分析后,
认为事物与原则一致,
并有助于个人和大家的善行与利益,
才接受实行。

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O Me! O Life!

O Me! O Life!O ME! O life!… of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;            
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
 
Answer:
That you are here—that life exists, and identity;           
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

~ Walt Whitman ~

The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference - Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference – Robert Frost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,The Road Not Taken 2
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.The Road Not Taken 3

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

Read poem by Robert Frost
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost

I bargained with Life for a penny, and Life would pay no more.

I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more.
I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more.

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid.

Jessie Belle Rittenhouse

Invictus – I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul

Invictus - I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
 
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
 
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
 
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
 
William Ernest Henley

 

Author’s footnote:

One of my personal favourite quotes of all time. Despite the hardships and endless challenges we face, it is important to embrace the “never say die” attitude and never let fate decide the course of your life. I literally memorize “Invictus” and “The Man in the Arena” word for word and they somehow guide me through my university days, constantly reminding myself that for every obstacles I face, they present themselves as learning opportunities and valuable life lessons.

 

To you reader:
You are the master of your fate
You are the captain of your soul
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul - Invictus
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul – Invictus

The Man in the Arena – Theodore Roosevelt

The Man in the Arena
The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt
 
Tribute to Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)
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