"There is a Zen story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.
"Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.
"We’ll see," the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.
"How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"We’ll see," replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
"We’ll see," answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
"We’ll see" said the farmer.
Just because something is good/bad now, does not mean it cannot become bad/good soon after.”
"Too often, our rhetoric treats the religious impulse to public action as presumptively wicked—indeed, as necessarily oppressive. But this is historically bizarre. Every time people whose vision of God’s will moves them to oppose abortion rights are excoriated for purportedly trying to impose their religious views on others, equal calumny is implicitly heaped upon the mass protest wing of the civil rights movement, which was openly and unashamedly religious in its appeal as it worked to impose it moral vision on, for example, those who would rather segregate their restaurants."
— Stephen L. Carter, Culture of Disbelief
"It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness."
— Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata
"This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the ‘why’ for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any ‘how.’"
— Victor Frankl,Man’s Search for Meaning
(Source: The Atlantic)
"Even after all this time,
the sun never says to the earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights the whole sky."
"Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I would like to see you living
In better conditions."
"If you’ve never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like."
A reflection of my favorite Einstein quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
"Men love at their own free will, but fear at the will of the prince… a wise prince must rely on what is in his power and not on what is in the power of others, and he must only trouble himself to avoid incurring hatred…."
— The Prince, Machiavelli