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Respect

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
· Confucius

Learning

You cannot open a book without learning something.
· Confucius

Man’s own mind

It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
· Buddha

Opium of the people

Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes
· Karl Marx

Religion is the opium of the people
· Karl Marx

Often (mis-)translated as

Religion is the opiate of the masses
· Karl Marx

Karl Marx, 1843 Contribution to Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

Distinction

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
· Buddha

Battles

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
· Buddha

Controversy

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
· Buddha

Anger

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
· Buddha

Vernal Equinox 2011

March 20, 7:21 P.M. EDT

Hatred

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
· Buddha