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A Quote by Bodhidharma on death, future, hunger, past, present, uncertainty, and worry

When mortals are alive, they worry about death. When they're full, they worry about hunger. Theirs is the Great Uncertainty. But sages don't consider the past. And they don't worry about the future. Nor do they cling to the present. And from moment to moment they follow the Way.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, p. 75

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on leisure and present

The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées, The Provincial Letters, provincial letter 16, p. 571 (1941).

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on adultery, animals, desires, destruction, earth, emptiness, god, good, happiness, lies, losing, nature, plants, reason, survival, present, vices, and war

What does this desire and this inability of ours proclaim to us but that there was once in man a genuine happiness, of which nothing now survives but the mark and the empty outline; and this he vainly tries to fill from everything that lies around him, seeking from things that are not there the help that he does not get from those that are present? Yet they are quite incapable of filling the gap, because this infinite gulf can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object - that is, God, Himself. He alone is man's veritable good, and since man has deserted Him it is a strange thing that there is nothing in nature that has not been capable of taking His place for man: stars, sky, earth, elements, plants, cabbages, leeks, animals, insects, calves, serpents, fever, plague, war, famine, vices, adultery, incest. And since he has lost the true good, everything can equally appear to him as such - even his own destruction, though that is so contrary at once to God, to reason, and to nature.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Bishop Lancelot Andrewes on citizenship, confession, education, faith, friendship, gifts, god, good, grace, honesty, hope, life, nature, parenthood, promises, religion, secrets, sermons, sincerity, teachers, and present

THANKSGIVING O my Lord, my Lord, I thank Thee for that I am, that I am alive, that I am rational: for nurture, preservation, governance: for education, citizenship, religion: for Thy gifts of grace, nature, estate: for redemption, regeneration, instruction: for calling, recalling, further calling manifold: for forbearance, longsuffering, long longsuffering towards me, many times, many years, until now: for all good offices I have received, good speed I have gotten: for any good thing done: for the use of things present, thy promise and my hope touching the fruition of the good things to come: for my parents honest and good, teachers gentle, benefactors always to be had in remembrance, colleagues likeminded, hearers attentive, friends sincere, retainers faithful: for all who have stood me in good stead by their writings, their sermons, conversations, prayers, examples, rebukes, wrongs: for these things and all other, which I wot of, which I wot not of, open and secret, things I remember, things I have forgotten withal, things done to me after my will or yet against my will, I confess to Thee and bless Thee and give thanks unto Thee, and I will confess and bless and give thanks to Thee all the days of my life. What thanks can I render to God again for all the benefits that He hath done unto me?

Bishop Lancelot Andrewes (1555 - 1626)

Source: Manuscript notebook of Private Prayers for personal use, which was published after his death.

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A Quote by Bill Lee on authority, beginning, dance, direction, force, life, past, present, and wonder

I was always matching wits with authority. Pondering over my past and present hassles, I began to wonder why my life had taken the direction it had. What cosmic forces had led me to this precise moment that saw me, once again, dancing on the rim of the volcano? The answers started to come to me as my life flashed before my eyes. I think it all started when I was arrested as a pyromaniac.

Bill Lee

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A Quote by Bill William Henry Cosby on fatherhood, love, and present

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.

Bill Cosby (1937 -)

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A Quote by Bhagavad-Gita on eternity, service, and present

Every selfless act . . . is born from Brahman, the eternal, infinite Godhead. He is present in every act of service.

Bhagavad-Gita

Source: The Bhagavad-Gita: 3:15, p. 76

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on environment, intelligence, life, population, and present

Every living thing is a sort of imperialist, seeking to transform as much as possible of its environment into itself . . . When we compare the (present) human population of the globe with . . . that of former times, we see that "chemical imperialism" has been . . . the main end to which human intelligence has been devoted.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Bertrand Russell, An Outline of Philosophy, Meridian Books, Cleveland and NY, 1960

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on civilization, leisure, people, and present

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on awareness, education, facts, future, greatness, individuality, intelligence, knowledge, life, mind, organize, past, people, power, religion, present, time, value, and wishes

If I had the power to organize higher education as I should wish it to be, I should seek to substitute for the old orthodox religions - which appeal to few among the young, and those as a rule the least intelligent and the most obscurantist - something which is perhaps hardly to be called religion, since it is merely a focusing of attention upon well-ascertained facts. I should seek to make young people vividly aware of the past, vividly realizing that the future of man will in all likelihood be immeasurably longer than his past, profoundly conscious of the minuteness of the planet upon which we live and of the fact that life on this planet is only a temporary incident; and at the same time with these facts which tend to emphasize the insignificance of the individual, I should present quite another set of facts designed to impress upon the mind of the young the greatness of which the individual is capable, and the knowledge that throughout all the depths of stellar space nothing of equal value is known to us. . . .

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Conquest of Happiness

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