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Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Tt August 13, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor.


On the Spiritual Path, people who annoy us are our “teachers.”  In time, people who can upset us become harder and harder to find. 

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

To learn, teach. ~ Adage

The way will teach you the way.

Think for Yourself

Don’t believe everything you think. ~ Bumper Sticker

An open mind learns more in an hour than a closed mind learns in a year.

You must empty yourself of the past, in order to receive the present. ~ Zen Parable

Chase away idle thoughts, and see the world as it is.

Everything you read in the newspaper is absolutely true . . . except for the rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge. ~ Erwin Knoll
The biggest liar in the world is They Say. ~ Douglas Malloch
There are three kinds of lies:  lies, damn lies, and statistics. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
The problem isn’t that people spew lies ~ it’s that some people absorb those lies as if they were the gospel truth. 

Why accept the flavor of the month, just because it’s what everyone else is ordering?   Think for yourself.
Independent thinking is not easy, especially if you choose to swim against the stream of societal expectations, but . . . it’s worth it. 
After all, your freedom is at stake.


Time mastery is life mastery.

Time is our most valuable and irreplaceable commodity ~ a bank account which mandates daily withdrawals, prohibits deposits, and pays dividends when we spend it wisely.

To everything, there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Life is stirred with a slow spoon.  Be patient.  Let the future unfold.

Make the most of this moment . . . you’ll never pass this way again.


Touch not a cat bot a glove. ~ Clan McKintosh (Translation:  Cats scratch ~ wear gloves.)

Trust yourself and tolerate others.

Abolish negative self-talk, and chronic self-criticism. 

You can learn many things from children.  How much patience you have, for instance.

We do much damage by not being patient with our own evolution. 

I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it. ~ Edith Sitwell


A happy life consists in tranquility of mind. ~ Cicero

Keep your perspective and you won’t trip over every bump in the road.

Letting go is the path to freedom. ~ Lama Surya Das

Get comfortable not knowing.

This too shall pass. ~ King Solomon

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~ William Penn


Claim what isn’t, as if it were, until it becomes.

The past is the haunting, addictive refrain of a familiar song; a security blanket, shrunken with time, tattered and torn; stale memories piled high on a dusty shelf; a pale, pallid shadow of its former self.

Don’t be the prisoner of your past ~ be the architect of your future.

Be more than you know yourself to be.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Renew your commitment.  Keep coming back to the task.

Want to feel younger, happier, and healthier???  Change Your Attitude.


The trouble with trouble is that it starts out as fun. ~ Unknown

The butterfly, emerging from its cocoon, strengthens its fragile wings, then soars.

Think of your troubles as potential teachers.

Rebel against the stranglehold of negative thinking.

When you focus on the positives, the negatives start to fade away.  Soon, you’ll find yourself ignoring minor set-backs that used to throw you into a downward spiral, and your glass will never be half-empty again.


1. cindy - August 13, 2010

That Edith Sitwell; damn she had a fine turn of phrase!

nrhatch - August 13, 2010

I hear Forest Gump in my head, saying what he SHOULD have said in the movie:

Stupid is as stupid does. : )

Run, Forest, Run!

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