Quotes

Jul 302011
 
A New Dawn by Jiri

Hexagram 47 Oppression

Hexagram 47 by Ben Finney

Times of adversity are the reverse of times of success, but they can lead to success if they befall the right man. When a strong man meets with adversity, he remains cheerful despite all danger, and this cheerfulness is the source of later successes; it is that stability which is stronger than fate. He who lets his spirit be broken by exhaustion certainly has no success. But if adversity only bends a man, it creates in him a power to react that is bound in time to manifest itself.

No inferior man is capable of this. Only the great man brings about good fortune and remains blameless. It is true that for the time being outward influence is denied him, because his words have no effect. Therefore in times of adversity it is important to be strong within and sparing of words.

-Hexagram 47 from The I-Ching or Book of Changes Translated by Richard Wilhelm, Cary F. Baynes. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1997.
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Nov 092010
 
Piano Lesson by Amazing Podgirl

When I was a little boy, I struggled with perseverance. I would begin a new project eagerly, but midway through I lost interest and gave up. One example was when I took up piano lessons. I cannot remember what inspired me to do so, but I must have gotten it into my head that playing the piano was cool. Soon, harsh reality set in and I realized that I needed to put in practice and hard work to look cool. It was too much effort for me. I quickly grew bored and resented missing my favourite cartoon shows during my lessons. In the end, I gave up and never played the piano again.

Upon reflection, I realized that I wanted to learn to play the piano based on a whim. But whims do not give you staying power when you face difficulties. Instead, I believe that having a burning purpose behind everything you do is the key to perseverance. When you know why you have to do something, you will get it done. Few odds can stop you from achieving your goals. Even so, it also helps to have other gentle reminders to keep you focused when the going gets tough. I have carefully selected some quotes on perseverance that I find inspiring. It is my hope and wish that these quotes will inspire you to persevere in the face of challenges as it has for me.
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Oct 282010
 
Photo by dropowtt

A lack of self-control can easily lead to a person’s undoing. I explored this issue when I wrote about Darth Vader and his lack of self-control. The importance of self-control cannot be overstated. Those who have it are likelier to reach their goals than those who do not. Yet it is easy to lose sight of the need for self-control as we go about our daily lives. What I have gathered here in this post is a selection of quotes on self-control that you can reflect upon when you need it.
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Aug 262010
 
Forest Waterfall by bradwick

Water is one of the most adaptable substances in the world. Apart from sustaining life, it also has many varied uses. Due to its common usage, it is easy to take water for granted. But if you look a little more closely, you will find that water holds the secret to dealing with many of life’s problems. The sages and the masters knew this when they spoke of emulating the qualities of water.
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