Choice Quotes

We don’t describe the world we see – we see the world we describe

Thursday, November 24th, 2011
woman against the dark with birthday candles

Language, as the single most fundamental force of the human intellect, has the power to alter perception. We think in words, and these words have the power to limit us or to set…

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The excellent horse moves before the whip even touches its back

Friday, October 28th, 2011
black and white horse close-up

In one of the Buddha’s discourses, he talks about the four kinds of horses: the excellent horse, the good horse, the poor horse, and the really bad horse. The excellent …

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It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Nelson Mandela sculpture

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers…

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You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
flood - standing water

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
He who has suffer’d you to impose on him, knows you.
As the plow follows words, so God rewards prayers.
The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
Expect poison from the standing water…

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New occasions teach new duties

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. Lowell’s poem “The Present Crisis” is an 18 stanza argument against slavery. This is poetic editorial, crammed with passionate pleading, laced with two-dollar words and high-minded symbolism. Can you imagine Khrushchev writing a poem instead of…

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When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it

Friday, September 24th, 2010

“I know that, Tony. But maybe I’m just not cut out for making a stand. I came back here to exorcise old ghosts, not take part in a gangster shoot-out.”

Valenti nodded. “Well, it’s your decision, Frankie. Either…”

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What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change

Saturday, May 15th, 2010
Madeline Albright

To seize the sword instead of the olive branch–that is a choice.

To teach children to hate–is a choice.

To glorify murderers as martyrs–is a choice.

To dehumanize and disrespect the dignity of others–is a…

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We must trust the people to hear and see both the good and the bad and to choose the good

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
movie reels

I have been one of those who have carried the fight for complete freedom of information in the United Nations. And while accepting the fact that some of our press, our radio commentators, our prominent citizens and our …

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You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

This is the scene that launches the rest of the movie. Everything beforehand leads to Morpheus’s offer, and everything afterward springs from Neo’s decision.

The first Matrix movie was released on March 31st, 1999. Since then, a…

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If a thing is right, it can be done, and if it is wrong, it can be done without

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
black horse

Anna Sewell’s one and only published book was Black Beauty. She wrote it while in declining health, in her early to mid 50’s, publishing at the age of…

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Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.

Monday, January 18th, 2010
follow the heart

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. My benefactor told me about it…

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