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    Default Proverbs, quotes, and short stories

    Thought I would start a thread for these.

    "The truth cannot be said, and once you have said it you have already falsified it" - Lin Chi

    "Don't argue with the weather."

    "2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root.
    1000 A.D. - That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
    1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
    1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
    1985 A.D. - That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
    2000 A.D. - That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root."

    "A brook would lose its song if God removed the rocks"

    "Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."
    There is a funny version of this but it might be considereed inapropriate by some.

    "A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark"

    "A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood."

    "A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking."

    "A cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

    A diplomatic husband said to his wife, "How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?"

    "A dog thinks: Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me... They must be Gods!
    A cat thinks: Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me... I must be a God!"
    John Smith

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    Life is like a box of chocolates,.............

    Sorry, I had too.
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    Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
    Ronald Reagan



    There is a reason that conservatives are known as "The Right".

    You know you've reached rock bottom when you're told you have character flaws by a man who hanged his predecessor in a military coup. Charlie Wilson (RIP)

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    Adapt or Suffer,our school motto

    Everything observable by the senses is subject to change and there-fore in motion…there are interlocking cycles of change…one cannot bid the winds and waves to cease, but one can learn to navigate treacherous currents by conducting ourselves in harmony with the prevailing processes of transformation-and thus weather the storms of life
    I CHING 1150 BC

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    Strength fades, technique is forever.

    Don't rejoice in your enemies downfall, but don't rush to pick him up either.

    It was like that when I got here.

    Mark Barlow

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    "Youth is wasted on the Young."

    "Accidents never happen on purpose."

    "A day without coffee is like... a day without coffee!"

    "Sukiyaki without noodles is like a day without sunshine."
    Bill De Franza

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    "A day without coffee is like... a day without coffee!"

    Should be: A day without coffee is like... Zzzzzzz


    A yogi sitting on a riverbank saw a scorpion fall in the water. He scooped it out, only to be bitten by the scorpion. It happened again and again, with the same result. A bystander asked the yogi, "Why do you keep rescuing that scorpion, only to have it bite you?"
    The yogi replied: "It is the nature of scorpions to bite, and it is the nature of yogis to help others when they can."


    A man is going about his daily life when he falls into a very deep hole. He screams for help but no one is around to hear him. Finally a priest happens along, the man shouts "Please, help me get out of here!" The priest writes a prayer on a piece of paper, throws it in the hole and walks away. Frustrated, the man waits for someone else, a doctor walks past the hole, the man shouts "Please help me get out of here!" again. So the doctor writes a prescription on a piece of paper, throws it in the hole, and walks away. Finally a friend of his walks past the whole, the man asks for help so his friend jumps down into the whole with him. The man says "You idiot! Now we're both stuck down here!" His friend says "Yes, but I have been down here before and know the way out."
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    " I never think of the future, it comes soons enough "
    " Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistant one"
    Mr. A. Einstein

    " Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed "
    Mao Tse-Tung

    "After all is said and done, more is said than done"
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    "A 1000 mile journey begins with just one step."

    "Life aquires meaning
    When we face the conflict
    Between our desires
    And reality." -From 365 Tao, by Deng Ming-Dao

    "If you know one thing, you know ten things."
    Bill De Franza

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    'Victory is not the point. Overwhelming victory is the point." -Joona Puhakka after winning European competition of diving.

    "Good. We can fight in shadow." - Spartan warrior, after heard that enemy has so much archeries that arrows darken sun.

    With respect,
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    heeheehee! i love that one with the awful spelling cus it's true! my cousin sent me something like that but it had an extra bit at the end that's not appropriate to type!
    rachel james

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    A friend of mine sent this to my daughter

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
    ~Elanor Rosevelt

    I love it, it is so true
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    "remember to go to other people's funerals, or they won't come to yours"
    -Yogi Berra

    "many things are said, but few of them true."-splinter, tmnt

    "I will not stand by and watch this. move or I move you."-me (there is a story but it's longwinded and old)

    "To die without using all available weapons/resources is not the true Way."
    -musashi

    "If a man speaks in the desert and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?"-unknown

    "save the trees, wipe your @$$ with an owl."-unknown

    "Due to budget cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel has been shut off"-unknown

    i know those last three were not about MA in the slightest, but i needed to share them.
    Mark Feldman

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    Accidental double post. Sorry. See below.


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    "I will repeat again that a martial master is one who has superior spirit!"
    -Masaaki Hatsumi

    "Hey! When you talk, try not to use your mouth!
    -Fred Sanford

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    I don't remember the exact words, so this is paraphrased:


    One day, the Emperor of a country decided to have a great feast for all his loyal subjects. He invited everyone - young and old alike. When the time came for everyone to eat, he said "Let us give thanks to the gods."
    He prayed: "Thank you, gods, for the prosperity of our country, and thank you that you made the birds of the air and the fish of the seas, for us to feast upon..."
    At this moment, a young child spoke up and said "Sir, I disagree!"
    Of course, this shocked everyone greatly, as it was unheard of for someone to interrupt the Emperor. However, being a kind man, the Emporer stopped and looked at the child, and asked what he meant.
    "Forgive me, sir!" the child replied, "It's just that, if it is true that the gods made the foul of the air and the fish of the seas for us to feast upon, then would we not likewise have to admit that we were made for the tigers and mosquitoes to feast upon!"

    -Leigh Tsu


    I like this story, as it illustrates that our place on the food chain isn't necessarily where we think it is.

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    "Hey! When you talk, try not to use your mouth!
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    Everything I ever needed to know about Martial Arts, I learned from Mr. Miyagi.

    To make honey, young bee needs young flower. Not old prune.

    Must learn to walk before learn to fly.

    If you can catch a fly with chopsticks, you can accomplish anything.

    Never dismiss beginner's luck.

    No such thing as a bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher Say, student do.

    Remember Balance!

    A Belt means: "No use rope to hold up pants."


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    "First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant.
    Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."

    by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

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    Default It's long. Sorry!

    I'm sorry for the length, but there's so many I hold onto. I promise; this is only a fraction. The ones that I think apply to budo philosophy are in red.

    When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.
    Rev. Charles Allen

    Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
    Woody Allen

    A small town is a place where there is little to see or do, but what you hear makes up for it.
    Ivern Ball

    Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but want a different one.
    Ivern Ball

    Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done.
    Al Bernstein

    Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
    Corrie ten Boom

    Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.
    Louis Dembitz Brandies

    The child's heart curseth deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath.
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you.
    Paul "Bear" Bryant

    The food that enters the mind must be watched as closely as the food that enters the body.
    Patrick J. Buchanan, "Right From The Beginning"


    Art and revolt will die only with the last man.
    Albert Camus

    No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
    Andrew Carnegie


    An angry man opens his mouth and closes his eyes.
    Cato the Elder

    I have not much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.
    Charlie Chaplin

    To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
    G.K. Chesterton


    Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.
    Agatha Christie

    I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
    Winston Churchill


    There is no such thing as chance or accident, the words merely signify our ignorance of some real and immediate cause.
    Adam Clarke

    It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
    Noel Coward, "Blithe Spirit"

    It is the wit and the policy of sin to hate those we have abused.
    Sir William Davenant

    Beware of the fury of a patient man.
    John Dryden


    To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is still better.
    Tryon Edwards


    Abuse of any one generally shows that he has marked traits of character. The stupid and indifferent are passed by in silence.
    Tryon Edwards

    If anyone speak ill of thee, consider whether he hath truth on his side; and if so, reform thyself, that his censures may not affect thee.
    Epictetus


    Success has a simple formula: do your best and people may like it.
    Sam Ewing

    No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
    Harry Emerson Fosdick


    Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference.
    Libbie Fudim

    Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.
    Mahatma Ghandi


    All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
    Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow


    Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
    Billy Graham


    Her mind was like a spoiled child's bed: soft, comfortable, and always being made up by somebody else.
    Ben Hanna

    The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.
    Bobby Knight


    There are good men everywhere. I only wish they had louder voices.
    Louis L'Amour, "Last of the Breed"


    You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God.
    C.S. Lewis

    Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians.
    John Stuart Mill

    Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
    Montesquieu

    If only we wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
    Montesquieu

    Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
    Gen. George S. Patton, "War As I Knew It"


    Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
    Will Rogers

    An economist's guess is liable to be just as good as anybody else's.
    Will Rogers

    In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is; hit the line hard.
    Theodore Roosevelt


    I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
    Theodore Roosevelt


    The man he hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest...
    Paul Simon, "The Boxer"

    Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.
    Slovenian proverb

    You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
    Margaret Thatcher


    The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
    Mark Twain


    If you stand up and are counted, you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this; a man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
    Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

    Freedom is nowhere to be found when the people are overtaxed and overregulated.
    Douglas Wilder, governor of Virginia

    An economist is an expert who will know tommorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen.
    Earl Wilson
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    Great Read,Guys/Gals!!

    Here are a couple that are near and dear to me....

    1. "Aikido(insert your Art instead) works...your's doesn't....don't confuse the two!"--Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan-Aikikai/ASU

    2. (When asked about proper footwork)--"I am not teaching you to move your feet! I am teaching you to move your mind!"--Morihei Ueshiba Founder of Aikido

    3. "Technique and principle are the two wheels of a cart"--Oshi Takuan Soho-Spiritual Advisor to Yagyu Munenori of Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu

    4. "Amateuristic Martial Arts are the source of great injury.." Miyamoto Musashi

    5."It used to be that people plowed long and deep furrows in the Martial Arts, I look now and see only short,shallow ones."--Gichin Funakoshi--Founder of Shotokan Karate

    Hope you enjoyed these!!

    Best Regards,

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    hmm...

    *in England*
    reporter: Mr. Gandhi, what do you think about western civilization?
    Mahatma Gandhi: Western civilization? That's a good idea!

    "those who know seldom speak, those who speak seldom know

    regards,
    --roman palitsky

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    Three of my favorite proverbs:

    1. Butterfly Zhou
    "Once Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a fluttering butterfly.
    What fun he had, doing as he pleased!
    He did not know he was Zhou.
    Suddenly he woke up and found himself to be Zhou.
    He did not know whether it was Zhou that dreamed he was a butterfly, or a butterfly that had dreamed he was Zhou.
    Between Zhou and the butterfly there must be some distinction.
    This is what is meant by the transformation of things."

    Chuang Tzu Taoist Philosopher 396 B.C.

    2. Truth
    "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth!"

    Sherlock Holmes 1890s

    3. Syllogism
    "All Dogs are Cats
    Socrates is a dog
    Therefore, Socrates is a cat!"

    All men are mortal
    Socrates is a man
    Therefore, Socrates is mortal

    A basic syllogism taught in Philosophy 101.

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    "we are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. We are all part of the same compost heap"-tyler durden

    "only fools enter darkness without a disguise"

    "a drowning man isnt troubled by rain"

    "no targets erected,
    no bows drawn,
    and the arrow leaves the string,
    it may not hit,
    but it will not miss!"

    "the more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be."- Lao-tzu

    "In spite of the cost of living, its stil popular"- Laurence J. Peter

    "When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, there arises the recognition of ugliness. When they all know the good as good, there arises the recognition of evil"- Lao-tuz

    "we may not no what we are for, but we no what we are against"- anarchists cookbook

    "security was alwase an illusion"

    "silence is the most affective form of communication"

    "dreams let you know that reality exists"- animatrix

    "a man is not honest simply because he has never had the chance 2 steal"

    "humpty dumpty commited suicide"

    "talk is cheap and lies are expesive"- greenday

    "the truth seems like a lie"- rancid

    "The truth is revealed and all is lost and we may never be the same again"

    "learn to luv urself b4 its made illegal"- incubus
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