A Quote by Lao Tzu on self, insight, growth, wisdom, and strength

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom; mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, wisdom, understanding, insight, and thinking

People who turn to philosophy expecting to harvest a crop of formulas of wisdom or understanding do not understand--philosophy has such things, but they are merely incidental, not the essence of the matter.  Philosophy is about subtilizing and tuning up the coherence and acuity of one's seeing, it is about opening new dimensions for insight, learning to think about what one is doing when one thinks instead of just blundering through the processes of putting thoughts together.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, cults, therapists, psychotherapy, therapy, psychotherapists, culture, modernity, and insight

Like the priestly cult of the Middle Ages, the modern priestly cult of "scientific" psychotherapists exist overwhelmingly to stultify or blunt a too-acute insight into the powers benumbed in our personalities by our prevailing culture.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, psychotherapy, therapy, values, insight, culture, modernity, health, and contrarianism

Ultimately the most profound problems with psychotherapy have always been that instead of possessing any contrarian or transcendent values to enable it to produce insights countervailing against our dysfunctional and incoherent and humanly destructive culture, its "therapists" have been virtually all shills or agents for this culture, trying to accommodate their patients to a fundamentally unhealthy and insane way of life.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Robert A. Thurman on robert thurman, buddhism, greed, commercialism, militarism, nonviolence, compassion, contentment, insight, and creativity

Commercial interests with their advertising industry do not want people to develop contentment and less greed.  Military interests in economic, political, ethnic or nationalist guises, do not want people to develop more tolerance, nonviolence and compassion.  And ruling groups in general, in whatever sort of hierarchy do not want the ruled to become too insightful, too independent, too creative on their own, as the danger is that they will become insubordinate, rebellious, and unproductive in their alloted tasks.

Robert Thurman

Source: Meditation and education: Buddhist India, Tibet and modernist America

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A Quote by Cheri Huber on ideas, insight, inspiration, zen, and depression

"An essential part of seeing clearly is finding the willingness to look closely and to go beyond our own ideas."

Cheri Huber

Source: The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth

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A Quote by David Berlinski on inference, syllogism, language, symbol, logic, and insight

Within the categorical syllogism, ordinary language represents the ordinary flow of inference. Two premises are given; there is a plash of insight, and one step undertaken. The mind hops right along, not quite knowing where it is going but getting there nonetheless. On the right, a checklist does its work. The logician's clamp retains its force of old, but the inferential steps involve no more than the substitution of symbols for symbols, with the anchor of inference embedded in identities. Inference now proceeds from one identity to the next; no plash of insight is involved, only the solid satisfying ratcheting sound of symbols being substituted for symbols.

David Berlinski

Source: The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, Pages: 10

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A Quote by Huangbo Xiyun on oneness, immanence, and insight

Hold fast to one principle and all the others are identical. On seeing one thing, you see all things. On perceiving an individual’s mind, you perceive all mind. Glimpse one truth, and all truth is present in your vision, for there is nowhere at all that is devoid of the Truth. When you see a grain of sand, you see all possible worlds, with all their vast rivers and mountains. When you see a drop of water, you see the nature of all the waters of the universe.

Huangbo Xiyun

Source: Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, Pages: 522 (Huangbo Xiyun, 800-850)

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A Quote by Joao Magueijo on nature, science, physics, cosmology, and insight

Becoming a real researcher has been the ultimate humbling experience for me. Nature is the examiner from hell; if you find new things at all, you always find them the hard way, with sweat and tears. Only then do you notice that there was a really easy way to find them. But this insight rarely arrives before you have been utterly humiliated and reduced to despair.

Joao Magueijo

Source: Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation, Pages: 177..178

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A Quote by Anders on source, life, within, power, insight, and god

"Within you is great power, as well as, the source."

Anders of the Wood

Source: Anders of the Wood - 2007

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