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08-23-2000, 05:49 PM
In another post (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?postid=2034#post2034), Ted Ehara included two quotes from Theodore Roosevelt:"Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much . . . in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
"The only people who never make a mistake are the people who never do anything."
Any other good quotes to get us through the day?

-- Jun

E.J. Nella
08-24-2000, 02:18 PM
Great idea Jun!

These are just a few that help me every now and then. I hope others find them as useful as I:

"Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected."
-- Red Buttons

"I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?"

"Never smack a man who's chewin' tobacco."
--Texas Bix Bender

"Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines."

"When your dad is mad and asks you, 'Do I look stupid?' don't answer him."
--Heather, Age 16

"Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me, either; just leave me the hell alone."

"It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others."

"If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it."

"If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you."

To do is to be. Socrates
To be is to do. Plato
Do be do be do. - Sinatra

08-24-2000, 02:18 PM
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." -- Albert Einstein

"Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some." -- Alfred Hitchcock

and one last one to spare you all, cause I have tons!

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln

08-24-2000, 03:02 PM
E.J. Nella wrote:

"I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?"

That one's one of the Great Jack Handey's "deep thoughts", If I am not mistaken.

now a few I picked up:

"Prepare for the best, but do not fear the worst."
Toda Mariko (fictional, btw- she's in Shogun by Clavell).

"Only think of now. Tomorrow does not exist, there is only this moment. Please enjoy it to the best of your abilities."
Toda Mariko

"Those who cling to life die, and those who defy death live."
Uesugi Kenshin

"The wise win without a fight, while the ignorant fight so that they can win."
Sun Tzu

"The lady was right- good swords are kept in their sheaths. You'd best find yours."
From "Sanjuro"

"Pain is only a feeing that can be overcome by spirit or determination greater than the pain itself."
from the anime "Rurouni Kenshin".

and, finally:

"The Truth is in the mystery."
from "Rashomon".

I have plenty more, believe me- but I'm in a good mood, so I'll spare you the rest :).



08-24-2000, 03:48 PM
"To attain Self-realization on earth
is to live a dual existence;
one performs worldly duties conscientiously,
but is inwardly immersed in spiritual peace."

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

This is Meditation 13 and 37, respectively, in the book entitled "Kung Fu Meditations" by Ellen Kei Hua.

While these are Chinese proverbs, the themes appear universal. It is a great little book, and I recommended it to anyone interested in spiritual books.


08-24-2000, 10:19 PM
rch wrote:
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." -- Albert Einstein

He was wrong about the former<G>

Here's a few(many of them gathered by my wonderful sister):
"to be nobody but yourself in a world that is
doing its best to make you everyone else
is to fight the hardest battle anyone can fight."

--e. e. cummings

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt"
-- Voltair

Given a lever long enough, one can move the world with little force
-- MJ Engh

"There aren't evil guys and innocent guys. It's just..It's just..It's
just a bunch of guys."

--Steve Arlo(From the movie The Zero Effect)

Just for fun:
Semper ubi sub ubi(I'm not sure if a roman would have quite gotten that)
- Unknown

"Republicans understand the imporance of bondage between a mother
and child"

--Dan Quayle

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the
world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that
but not with all those flies and death and stuff."
--Mariah Carey

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
-- Unknown

Nothing too deep, but we always can use a good laugh,
Alex Magidow

08-24-2000, 10:51 PM
Axiom wrote:
Given a lever long enough, one can move the world with little force
-- MJ Engh
I thought it was Archimedes who said something to the effect of, "Give me a lever long enough and I will move the world."

Any way, some quotes that I have on my wall at home (without attribution since I forget who said them):

"Love has no expectations."

"When your thinking rises above concern for your welfare, wisdom independent of thought appears."

"Always make new mistakes."

-- Jun

08-24-2000, 11:55 PM
my reaction time is longer than my attention span.


08-25-2000, 05:03 PM
That one reminds me of one by O'sensei:

"Don't apologize more than once for a mistake- therefore make one mistake at a time."



08-25-2000, 09:58 PM
here is my 2 cents worth of qouts from people

" Things that are beautiful are not always good but things that are good are always beautiful" saw it on sliders he said some old guy said it.

"Every man dies but not every man really lives" my hero William Wallace

" I came to learn to accept and to accept it with pride" Bob Dylan with god on our side

"never judge a book by its cover" everybook has this theme somewhere in a story

"we are men of action lies do not become us" The Princes bride

" The trick is to bang the rockes together guys" Hitch Hikers guide to the Galaxy

08-25-2000, 11:31 PM
Two more:
"The sum intelegence of the universe is a constant. Unfortunately, the population is increasing." - Unknown

"Always try to behave like a duck, cool and unruffled on the surface, but paddling like the dickens underneath." - Unknown.


08-26-2000, 10:50 AM
Most men were in their lives like a carpenter whose work went so slowly for the dullness of his tools that he had not the time to sharpen them.

Cormack McCarthy, The Crossing

08-27-2000, 12:07 AM
ihave a few more qoutes

" Most people have a full mesure of life and most people simply watch it drip away, but if u can summon it up all at one time all at one place u can accoplish something gloryous" Rameris from Highlander 2

" The hand the heart and the mind can preform mericouls when they are in the prefect harmony" Andriel the witch from Diablo

" Time cannot diminish the power of steel" Again from diablo the computer game yes the first one

08-27-2000, 07:00 AM
I found some more:

"War is not about who is right, it is about who is left."

"A man is like steel- once he loses his temper he is worthless."
-Japanese Proverb

"The no-mind no-thinks no-thoughts about no-things."
-The Buddha

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop."

"Only a warrior chooses pacifism; others are condemned to it."

"Act like a man of thought - Think like a man of action"
-Thomas Mann

"It is a brave act of valor to condemn death, but where life is more terrible than death it is then the truest valor to dare to live."
-Sir Thomas Brown

"You might as well stand and fight because if you run, you will only die tired."
- Vern Jocque

"To think, "I will not think" - This, too, is something in one's thoughts. Simply do not think about not thinking at all."


More later,


08-29-2000, 09:15 AM
"Expect the worst and hope for the best!"


08-29-2000, 12:44 PM
"The only constant in life is change"

08-31-2000, 06:29 AM
BC wrote:
"The only constant in life is change"

For me, there are 4 things constant in life: GOD, Death, Change and Taxes.


08-31-2000, 06:57 AM
"Someday we'll look back on this, laugh nervously, and change the subject."-unknown cynic.


08-31-2000, 07:03 AM
"Gravity is not responsible for people falling in love."

A. Einstein

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."

A. Einstein

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

A. Einstein

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

A. Einstein

08-31-2000, 07:58 AM
you hear only what you wanna hear - and you know only what you've heared.

08-31-2000, 08:28 AM
"i'm not sad - i'm sober"

"god gave us our kinsfolk. thank god, we choose our friends ourselves"


Tony Peters
08-31-2000, 01:11 PM

09-01-2000, 02:56 AM
'It doesn't matter where you get your appetite so long as you eat at home!'
- Brendan Molloy, an Irishman, on the male pasttime of 'window shopping' (or female watching!).

09-01-2000, 11:19 AM
A few of my favorites:

Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1) We shall have to repent in this generation, not so much for the evil deeds of the wicked people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.

(2) The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Theodore Roosevelt
(1) It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or the doer of deeds could have them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the Arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but he who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat.

(2) Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

(3) Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly.

Mohandus Ghandi
(1) When the choice is between cowardice and violence, I would strongly recommend violence.

09-01-2000, 04:16 PM
Conflict is the denial of what is or the running away from what is; there is no conflict other than that. Our conflict becomes more and more complex and insoluble because we do not face what is. There is no complexity in what is, but only in the many escapes that we seek.

J. Krishnamurti

Tim Haffner
09-02-2000, 05:48 PM
"Thirst for victory leads to defeat, not tiring of defeat leads to victory!"

09-14-2000, 04:13 PM
I love the following quote by Dogen. Even though it was spoken in 13th century Japan to his own students, it still applies to those of us today that love to go see other teachers. (One more week until Saito sensei's seminar, can't wait!)

"When visiting a Zen master to seek instruction, listen to his teaching without trying to make it conform to your own self-centered viewpoint; otherwise you will be unable to understand what he is saying. Purifying your own body and mind, eyes and ears, simply listen to his teaching, expelling any other thought. Unify your body and mind and receive the master's teaching as if water were being poured from one vessel into another. If you do so, then for the first time you will be able to understand his teaching."


09-14-2000, 07:40 PM
"You laugh at me because I'm different, but I laugh at you because you're normal."

09-15-2000, 01:40 AM
"Remember: the chinese symbol for 'crisis' is made up of the ideograms for 'danger' and 'opportunity'."

"Luck is where opportunity and preparation meet."
Old folk saying.

"In my experience, there's no such thing as luck"
Obi-wan Kenobi to Han Solo. Star Wars, A New Hope.

"It is better to avoid than to check.
It is better to check than to hurt.
It is better to hurt than to maim.
It is better to maim than to kill.
If you must kill, make it quick and clean, for each life is a precious and unique jewel once lost, never regained."
Shaolin Proverb.

"Standing before me
Enemies my mind does not ignore
I take a step forward
and act!"
Morihei Ueshiba.

09-20-2000, 03:17 AM
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
-George Jean Nathan

Failure can be divided into those who thought and never did and into those who did and never thought.
-Reverand W.A. Nance

10-04-2000, 04:30 PM
Some of my favorites...

"In the end, its not how many years are in your life, but how much life is in your years." -Abraham Lincoln-

"Experience is not what happens to a man, but how he reacts to what happens to him." -Aldous Huxley-

along the same lines...
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." -A. Einstein-

"People who say it cant be done are overtaken by people who are doing it." -Charles Swindoll-

"If you view the glass as half empty, your life must suck." -Me-

"A man begins to die when he loses his enthusiasm." -Balzac-

"A man is nothing more than what he makes of himself." -Jean-Paul Sartre-

More later...
At your service,

10-09-2000, 11:02 AM
how about:

"every obstacle is an opportunity"


"if you can't fight, and flight is impossible, then flow."

"The best revenge is to live well"

"We have committed the "golden rule" to memory, now let us commit it to life."


10-12-2000, 10:04 AM
"remember, wherever you go-there you are" buckaroo banzai
lol got that from my favorite book the aikido student handbook

Stick Man
10-12-2000, 10:45 AM
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
-Rush, "Freewill"

The road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much
shorter than we think.
-Capt. Jean-Luc Picard

Measure twice, because you can only cut once.

I see and I forget; I listen and I remember; I do and I understand.

I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be
good, so that God will not make me one.
-Mark Twain

I wish I had a Kryptonite cross, because then you could keep Dracula
AND Superman away.
-Jack Handey, "Deep Thoughts"

TV is chewing gum for the eyes.
-Frank Lloyd Wright

Anyone who isn't confused doesn't really understand the situation.
-Edward R. Murrow

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.
-Yoda, to Anakin Skywalker, "Star Wars:
Episode I: The Phantom Menace"

10-12-2000, 10:51 AM
you light the fire and I'll show you something nice - a great ball of snow

Stick Man
10-12-2000, 10:53 AM
Okay, last one, I promise.

You must be shapeless, formless, like water. Now, if you put water into a
cup, it *becomes* the cup. You put water into a bottle, it *becomes* the
bottle. You put water into a teapot it *becomes* the teapot. Now water can
flow, and it can crash.

Be water, my friend.

-Bruce Lee

10-12-2000, 11:08 AM
you'll like this, it comes on very fast

(a previous sensei)

10-12-2000, 03:01 PM
Are you sure I did that right? I didn't feel a thing?

Just about every student has heard this from their Sensei at point. (generally while writhing in pain on the wrong end of Nikyo in my case)


10-13-2000, 04:26 PM
For the superstitous-

"Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but just remember that it didn't work for the rabbit."

10-17-2000, 11:50 AM
No,no, I promise not to do TOO many... but just a couple...

It's not enough that we're busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
-Henry David Thoreau

Health hint for the travellor: Don't throw rocks at guys with guns.
-Walter Slovotsky

If a man insisted always on being serious and never allowed himself a bit of fun or relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.

It's difficult to fight a battle of the wits with the unarmed.
-Mr. Baldwin

If conceit were manure you'd have to shovel your way through life.
-The Force of Buddha's Palm (wonderful comic books I have never been able to find all of the issues of *cry*)

"Ah, if only I could be ninety again," he said nostalgically. "Ox, try to keep your paws off the young lady while we're travelling. Grief of Dawn, hit him over the head with a log every now and then. He will be grateful for the attention."
-Barry Hughart (in persona of Number 10 Ox)

I say to myself twenty times a day how right I am and how wrong others are. And yet it is so easy to be right.
-Prince Matternich

Okay, okay, I'm stopping. I even took out a couple I'd started to add. Being good. *grin* If you need more, on the other hand, feel free to visit my collection- http:/alestra.tripod.com/quotes/quotes.html


10-17-2000, 04:46 PM
"It is like a finger pointing away to the Moon...


DO NOT CONCENTRATE ON THE FINGER, or you will lose all that heavenly glory!"

Bruce Lee, to a martial arts student, in Enter the Dragon.

10-17-2000, 08:46 PM
Here is a nice quote that relates to a lot of things in life.

"There's no easy ways, you gotta learn the hard parts for yourself".


10-18-2000, 12:10 AM
Never meddle in the affairs of wizards unless you are soggy and hard to light. - N. Banduch

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain
- Bartletts

To accomplish great things one must not only act, but also dream
- unknown


10-22-2000, 03:59 AM
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
-Caskie Stinnet

I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
-Jerome K. Jerome


10-22-2000, 07:43 AM
"Only when pressed to the point of death do we see the joy of life."

Me after my test yesterday, though I'm sure it's been said by others.

10-22-2000, 09:17 PM
"you only die once"

"its not the martial art, its the martial artist"
(me and probably someone before me)

"the usefulness of the cup is its emptyness"
(bruce lee and probably someone before him)

"you can't lose if you don't compete"


[Edited by adamk on October 22, 2000 at 08:23pm]

Mariahn Scarborough
10-24-2000, 03:35 PM
These are some I love.

A man can toil in dirt and still be pure. - Zen saying

Poverty makes luxury out of middle class necessity. - M. Scarborough

Stupidity is defined as knowing better and doing it anyway, thus the potential for stupidity rises as knowledge increases. - M. Scarborough

Okay so I thought up a couple, I still like them.

10-24-2000, 08:04 PM
"It is better for a monkey to sit on a elephant, than a elephant to sit on a monkey."

"Do good, be good."

"Listen not to vein words of empty tounge."

"Every man dies, not every man really lives."


10-25-2000, 02:50 AM
"In theatre we want to see real life, in real life we want theatre."

Can't remember who said it, I think some Dutch-guy.

10-28-2000, 08:49 PM
"They say an elephant never forgets, but what would an elephant really need to remember?"

10-29-2000, 07:37 AM
One more for now:

"It's smarter to be lucky than it's lucky to be smart."

-From the Play "Pippin".


10-29-2000, 08:23 AM
She couldn't draw a crowd with a pencil - Paula Chin in People Weekly

If he says you're too good for him, believe it. - Debbie Parson

Don't supply the rocks that are to be thrown at you - Gene Daly

You learn something new every day if you pay attention - Ray Leblond

When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm. - Dan Heist

Don't rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head. - Andy Rooney

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

The tree on the mountain takes whatever the weather brings. If it has any choice at all, it is in putting down roots as deeply as possible - Corrie Ten Boom, Each new Day

Mike Collins
11-01-2000, 08:03 PM
Do whatever the hell ya want, you're gonna do it anyway.
My Dad

They can kick your ass, they can even kill you, but it's against the law for them to eat you.
Gene Brown

If you don't quit drinking and hanging with those losers, I'm leaving.
My wife (15 years ago, we're still together)

Make choices today that'll let you feel good about yesterday, tomorrow.

You aren't the dorkiest parent, Dad. A lot of my friends dads are way more doofy than you.
My kid

Hey, you keep track of the quotes that mean something to you, and I'll keep track of the ones that have meant something to me.

11-06-2000, 02:40 PM
"Do no hai shua shiu do bu ha!" - My one year old son (spelling uncertain because I'm not sure what language he's speaking!)

11-08-2000, 07:39 PM
"The US government wants to control Social Security like it's some kind of government program."

-Good ole' George W. (Dubya) Bush

11-09-2000, 07:50 AM
Too much is just the right amount

(me, refering to chocolate cake at the time but I'm sure it is applicable to many situations. After all, if there was total balance, where would you get the dynamism of the yin and yang?)

11-10-2000, 03:03 PM
on that note;

"A vacation is never good enough unless you can't afford it."
-Andy Rooney

08-30-2001, 03:03 PM
Think of your many years of procrastination; how the gods have repeatedly granted you further periods of grace, of which you have taken no advantage. It is time now to realize the nature of the universe to which you belong, and of that controlling Power whose offspring you are; and to understand that your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then, to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again...

--Marcus Aurelius

mariko nakamura
08-31-2001, 05:46 AM
"The more you know, the more you know you dont know." Bob Dobbs

"The universe is deathless, Is deathless because having no finite self, It stays infinite.
A sound man by not advancing himself stays the further ahead of himself, by not confining himself to himself, sustains himself outside himself:
By never being an end in himself he endlessly becomes himself." Lao Tzu

Jim ashby
08-31-2001, 03:07 PM
Favourite quote to a loud self opinionated scheisskopf.
"i'd love to do your head in clay... for about four hours over a slow fire"
My late father.

08-31-2001, 07:21 PM
"at first its like ohhhh then there is screaming and running" JP

"when the sun turnes green quickly get new cheez" unknown

" is it not said in ye laws that ye are gods?" Jesus some part of the bible.

and last....

"earth.... mostly harmless" Ford Prefect!

09-04-2001, 01:08 AM
Interesting, comical, pondering...

"Anticipation of death is worse than death itself." One of Steven Seagal's movies (Hard to Kill)?

"I don't hate people... I just feel better when they're not around." Mickey Rourke in "Bar Fly"

"Would your training be different if there was no WHY?"
A question from a Nidan regarding the reason(s) "WHY" one trains in Aikido (meant to be thought over rather than answered.):confused:

09-11-2001, 09:20 PM
"A dog is just a dog until he's standing in front of you; then he's Mr. Dog."

Haitian Proberb

Jim Baker

09-23-2001, 06:11 PM
I was told of this old Japanese saying, that I have found very true, throughout my life. We all know of those people, who are hateful, nasty bullies, well this saying sums up to me, the best way of dealing with them
Sit on the riverbank quitely, eventually the bodies of your enemies will float by