A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on children, parents, stability, emulation, bows, and metaphor

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, 
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet: 26 poetic essays, Pages: 17-18

Contributed by: Jenny

A Quote by Dalai Lama on compassion, purpose, responsibility, love, peace, religion, human, survival, and stability

        what is my purpose in life, what is my responsibility?
        whether I like it or not, I am on this planet
        and it is far better to do something for humanity.

        so you see that compassion is the seed or basis.

       If we take care to foster compassion,
       we will see that it brings the other good human qualities.

       the topic of compassion is not at all religious business;
       it is very important to know that it is human business
       that it is a question of human survival
       that is not a question of human luxury....

       It is clear that even without religion we can manage.

       However, without these basic human qualities we cannot survive.
       It is a question of our own peace and mental stability.

Dalai Lama

Contributed by: tara

A Quote by David Holmgren on land, evolution, permaculture, energy, stability, and entropy

Although it is tempting to think of these natural landscapes as reflecting a stability in climactic and geologic forces, long periods of climactic and geophysical stability actually result in a rundown of the energy available to ecosystems and people. Geologically young regions with recent mountain building and volcanism tend to be much more biologically productive and have supported large populations of people despite their vulnerability to natural disasters. Geologically old regions (like most of Australia) tend to have low biological productivity and supported fewer people.

David Holmgren

Source: Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, Pages: 32

Contributed by: Philip

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, love, emotions, stability, and self-mastery

Love is not a mystical or idealized relation, it is an utterly "natural" expression of self-harmonic and self-mastering individuals, but for just that reason it is something tragically, utterly, beyond being "naturally possible" for the vast majority of humans whose characters are bereft of such values and imperatives and self-subtilizing culture.  In most cases, as Nietzsche observed, all that happens between humans is that two animals find one another, and that can never be a stabilizable relation because feelings and desires (appetites) are of all experiences the most mercurial and fluctuating.  Nothing like a human life can be erected on such a foundation of constantly eroding sand; emotions, needs, feelings, will be there in every kind or form of life, but they will not have at all the same kinds of authority, power, significance, or structured role to play.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on concept, image, imagination, and stability

Perhaps it is even a good idea to stir up a rivalry between conceptual and imaginative activity. In any case, one will encounter nothing but disappointments if he intends to make them cooperate. The image can not provide matter for a concept. By giving stability to the image, the concept would stifle its life.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 52

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on high art, sacrifice, stability, and happiness

"But that's the price we have to pay for stability. You've got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art. We've sacrificed the high art. We have the feelies and the scent organ instead."

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Brave New World, Pages: 220

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by Dr. Deepak Chopra on creativity, inspiration, knowledge, learning, poets, reflection, silence, stability, sufi, and teachers

Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, ''Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.

Deepak Chopra

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Cullen Bryant on change, stability, and world

Weep not that the world changes - did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.

William Cullen Bryant (1794 - 1878)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Velma West Sykes on adventure, christmas, cities, day, friendship, sleep, stability, travel, and work

Christmas parable: The stable boy had finished work that day, Had filled the manger with new, fragrant hay, Had fed the beasts, and usually would sleep Snuggled for warmth among the placid sheep; But not tonight, for he'd conceived a plan To join a merchant's camel caravan And travel to far places. He had heard Exciting tales of cities which had stirred His longing for adventure. He would go Where things were happening; his friends would know Why he had gone. He often said to them, "Oh, nothing happens here in bethlehem." He looked back once, before they traveled far, And wondered vaguely: why that brilliant star?

Velma West Sykes

Source: Magazine clipping. Albert W. Daw Collection

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by unknown on expectation, stability, and weakness

The Lord gives us a plan to follow. It is outlined in His commandments. And all those commandments are designed to build stability within us. We are not to excuse our failures and weaknesses: We are not to say we are made the way we are, And thereby justify our sins. The Lord expects us to rise above our weakness, become strong, and pattern ourselves after Him.


Contributed by: Zaady

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