Quotes, April 2013

“You can be remarkable or busy, but not both.”
-Cal Newport

“We all have stories that we tell ourselves about what our lives are—and those stories are always wrong.”
-Shawn Coyne

“Contracts mean NOTHING for it is ALWAYS the character of the person signing that contract. This is what lawyers do not get.”
-Martin Armstrong

“People who say they are bored are boring people. Interesting people can entertain themselves anywhere. Boring people have to be entertained by others.”
-Roger Knapp

“Doing is better than perfect.”
-Facebook company motto

“The meaning of life is to create meaning for your life.”
-Tucker Max

“Academics are, on average, pussies.”
-David Buss

“Almost all our suffering is the product of our thoughts.”
-Sam Harris

“Everything you say and everything you do has to prove what you believe. A WHY is just a belief. That’s all it is.”
-Simon Sinek

“As much as we thirst for approval, we dread condemnation.”
-Hans Selye

“Steep is the way to mastery. Often nothing keeps the pupil on the move but his faith in his teacher, whose mastery is now beginning to dawn on him. He is a living example of the inner work, and he convinces by his mere presence.”
-Eugen Herrigel

“He who has a hundred miles to walk should reckon ninety as half the journey.”
-Awa Kenzo

“You know already that you should not grieve over bad shots; learn now not to rejoice over the good ones. You must free yourself from the buffetings of pleasure and pain, and learn to rise above them in easy equanimity, to rejoice as though not you but another had shot well. This, too, you must practice unceasingly—you cannot conceive how important it is.”
-Awa Kenzo

“When you understand what your shortcomings are and act upon correcting them, that is being a Buddha.”
-Awa Kenzo

“Self-reflection encourages great bravery. Rationalization is your greatest enemy.”
-Awa Kenzo

“Do your best at each and everything.  That is the key to success.  Learn one thing well and you will learn how to understand ten thousand things.  Ten thousand things are one; this is the secret place of understanding you must find.  Then everything is mysterious and wonderful.”
-Awa Kenzo

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life.  I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking.  I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
-Joseph Campbell

“Myths are stories for our search through the ages for truth, for meaning, for significance. We all need to tell our story and to understand our story.  We all need to understand death and to cope with death, and we all need help in our passages from birth to live and then to death.  We need for life to signify, to touch the eternal, to understand the mysterious, to find out who we are.”
-Joseph Campbell

“In the dojo, aim for truth.
At home, aim for harmony.
At work, aim for progress.
Among friends, aim for trust.
In the world, aim for sincerity.”
-Awa Kenzo