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Year 2006 Archive

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Here we archive “Here’s A Thought” items from the year 2006.
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Addional years’ archives are also accessible from the same page.

December 31, 2006

The now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.

James Joyce

December 24, 2006

For I am God, and there is none else,
I am divine, and there is none like Me.

Isaiah 46:9

December 17, 2006

All life devours a man, too. It eats his muscles and strength, his brain, and then his restless heart.

Richard Francis Burton
in Mountains of The Moon

December 10, 2006

Wonder at the things that are before you,
making this the first step to further knowledge.

Gospel According to Matthias
reported by Clement of Alexandria
quoted in Lost Christianities

December 3, 2006

When three of you are talking together privately, Allah is actually present as if He were a fourth member of the conversation. If five of you are gathered in close consultation, Allah is like a sixth, silently seeing every gesture and hearing every word. Whether fewer than that or more, Allah Most Wise is immediately present with human beings, whatever the conditions may be.

Lex Hixon
in Heart of The Koran

November 26, 2006

A memory of yesterday’s pleasures, a fear of tomorrow’s dangers, a straw under my knee, a noise in mine ear, a light in mine eye, an anything, a nothing, a fancy, a chimera in my brain, troubles me in my prayer.

John Donne

November 19, 2006

Until what has never been has been extinguished
and what has never ceased to be remains.

Muhyiddin Ibn ’Arabi
in Quest for The Red Sulfur

November 12, 2006

Dare to be naive.

R. Buckminster Fuller

November 5, 2006

When the mind is quiet, love rises.

Anna

October 29, 2006

Truth is more than a mental exercise.

Thurgood Marshall

October 22, 2006

Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.

Thomas Mann

October 15, 2006

Boredom is a bottomless pit. As long as you think that there is something more interesting, more purposeful, more meaningful to do than what you are actually doing, you have no way of freeing yourself from boredom.

U. G. Krishnamurti

October 8, 2006

There is no secret Truth,
only truths we refuse to acknowledge.
Truth undermines the self
to which we so desperately cling.
The Truth is not hidden from us.
We are hiding from it.

Reb Yerachmiel Ben Yisrael

October 1, 2006

The seven heavens and the earth,
And all beings therein,
Declare His glory:
There is not a thing
But celebrates His praise;
And yet ye understand not
How they declare His glory!

The Qur’an
XVII:43

September 24, 2006

If you take one step toward Me,
I will take two steps toward you.
If you come to Me walking,
I will come to you running.

Hadith Qudsi

September 17, 2006

He who trusts in himself is lost.
He who trusts in God can do all things.

Alphonsus Liguori

September 10, 2006

I have heard that one evening three slightly deaf women met on the road. The day was very windy, so one woman said, “Windy, isn’t it?”;

The other said, “Wednesday? No, it’s Thursday.”

And the third said, “Thirsty? I am also, so let’s go to the restaurant and have a cup of tea.”

This is what happens when a buddha says something to you. He says, “Windy”. You say, “Wednesday? No, it’s Thursday.”;

Osho
in Zen - its history and teachings
See also here

September 3, 2006

’Twant me, ’twas the Lord.
I always told Him, “I trust you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect you to lead me.”
And He always did.

Harriet Tubman
See also here

August 27, 2006

The less you do, the better you do it.

Marcello Mastroianni

August 20, 2006

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend.
Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.

Albert Camus

August 13, 2006

As you see me, so I am … to you.

Arlo R. Hansen

August 6, 2006

Civilization can be reduced to the single word: Welcome.

Heard on a long ago forgotten television program

July 30, 2006

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.

Voltaire

July 23, 2006

I am not called to be successful; I am called to be faithful.

Mother Teresa
On being asked how she could possibly succeed in her mission to alleviate suffering & loneliness.
Quoted in The Hidden Jesus

July 16, 2006

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.

Eric Hoffer

July 9, 2006

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.

Henry David Thoreau

July 2, 2006

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.

Douglas Noel Adams

June 25, 2006

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

Albert Einstein

June 18, 2006

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

E. B. White

June 11, 2006

Have patience with all things but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being.

You’re a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that. Unconditional self-acceptance is the core of a peaceful mind.

St. Francis de Sales

June 4, 2006

You see how many opinions there are about God. Each opinion is a path.
There are innumerable opinions and innumerable paths leading to God.

Sri Ramakrishna

May 28, 2006

Once you label me you negate me.

Soren Kierkegaard

May 21, 2006

Really great people always see the best in others;
it is the little man who looks for the worst – and finds it.

Samuel Taylor-Coleridge

May 14, 2006

Only do always in health what you have often promised to do when you are sick.

Sigismund

May 7, 2006

You know, you can explain things to people, but you can’t understand for them.

Felix Rohatyn
on NewsHour

April 30, 2006

What objects may be in themselves, and apart from all this receptivity of our sensibility,
remains completely unknown to us.

Immanuel Kant
in Critique of Pure Reason

April 23, 2006

In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn than to contemplate.

Rene Descartes

April 16, 2006

In solitude, when we are least alone.

Lord Byron
in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

April 9, 2006

You think that there is “somebody”; who is thinking your thoughts, “somebody”; who is feeling your feelings. That’s the illusion. I can say it is an illusion, but it is not an illusion to you.

U. G. Krishnamurti

April 2, 2006

How old would you be,
if you didn't know how old you are?

Satchel Paige

March 26, 2006

Why should I give them my mind as well?

The Dalai Lama,
when asked if he was angry at the Chinese for taking over his country.

March 19, 2006

No one should give the answer that it is impossible for a man [a woman] occupied with worldly cares, and who is unable to go to church, to pray always. Everywhere, wherever you may find yourself, you can set up an altar to God in your mind by means of prayer. And so it is fitting to pray at your trade, on a journey, standing at the counter or sitting at your handicraft.

St John Chrysostom

March 12, 2006

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

Anne Lamott

March 5, 2006

All I know is that it takes great courage
to see the world in all its tainted glory,
and still to love it.

Oscar Wilde
in An Ideal Husband

February 26, 2006

There is a field beyond all notions of right and wrong.
Come, meet me there.

Jalaluddin Rumi

February 19, 2006

The whole world is full of God!

Est iste mundus pregnans de Deo!

St. Angela of Foligno
quoted in Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

February 12, 2006

It does not require many words to speak the truth.

Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt
also known as Chief Joseph

February 5, 2006

Human opinions are toys for children.

Heraclitus
quoted in The Jesus Mysteries

January 29, 2006

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.

G. K. Chesteron

January 22, 2006

Whatever the problem,
The solution is spiritual.

TZF
“There Is A Way”
(out of print)

January 15, 2006

The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.

William Makepeace Thackeray

January 8, 2006

Meet your own self. Be with your own self, listen to it, obey it, cherish it, keep it in mind ceaselessly. You need no other guide. As long as your urge for Truth affects your daily life, all is well with you.

Sri Nisargadatta

January 1, 2006

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

Naguib Mahfouz

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