Tag: Self-Knowledge

A pale blue dot
“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.  On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their...
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Spring is coming
“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” – Pablo Neruda
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Change requires action
“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” —Max DePree
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Literally
“Literalism is the lowest, least fruitful level of meaning.” – Richard Rohr
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The love of wisdom
Philosophy means, in Ancient Greek, the love of wisdom. But the word wisdom can sound very big and forbidding; what does it really mean to be wise? And how might we consciously strive to be a little wiser? A great video from The School of Life.  Don’t watch it with the idea that this is the definitive...
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The difference between knowing and learning
This is comedian Pete Holmes giving what I think is a brilliant (and hilarious) take on the difference between knowing and learning.   I’ll stretch it a bit further and say that I think he provides great perspective on how the journey through which we gain knowledge is where we find wisdom....
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A small step taken now
“Success will never be a big step in the future; success is a small step taken just now.” – Jonatan Martensson
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The value of urgency
To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time. – Leonard Bernstein
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Actions > Feelings
“You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.” —Pearl S. Buck
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Listen to understand
“The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.” – Stephen Covey
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Doing leads to becoming
“Be as you wish to seem.” —Socrates
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The meaning of being
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.” – Carl Jung
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What it is to be young
“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels, but old men are guilty if they forget what it is to be young.” – Albus Dumbledore(Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, “The Lost Prophecy”,Chapter 37)
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The greatest danger
“The greatest danger for us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo
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Adjust your sails
“We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” – Dolly Parton 
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