Here I will occasionally post quotes from many sources:  Authors, many cultures, historical figures, or different forms of world spirituality that I find inspiring, interesting or important. Passing on and take what you will, DOMO ARIGATO. - G

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu.

 "Only the self sufficient stand alone, most people follow the crowd and imitate." - Bruce Lee.

 "Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner." - Lao Tzu

 "Love is all, it gives all, it takes all." - Soren Kierkegaard

 "I feel there is nothing truly more artistic than loving people." - Vincent Van Gogh

 "There are few more certain tokens of ill than not to know how to accept the good." - The Saga of Grettir the Strong, chapter 78

 “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it: Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Nitezsche

 “You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path.You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.” – Joseph Campbell

 "Armor plate my mind with walls and shields, as I escape from the killing fields." - Tracy Marrow Ice T

 “A bit of advice given to a young Native American. At the time of his initiation: As you go the way of life, You will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.”  – Joseph Campbell

 “There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.” - Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai  

 "Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to achieve it."- The Dalai Lama

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Perfect purity is possible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood.” ― Yukio Mishima

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” – Winston Churchill

“When one is writing a letter, he should think that the recipient will make it into a hanging scroll.” ― Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“Your body is just a vehicle transporting your soul. It's what's inside of people is beauty to behold.” – Damian Marley

“Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” – Lao Tzu

“The demon that you can swallow gives you it’s power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.” – Joseph Campbell

“The heart may be broken and the soul remain unshaken.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

"How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves.” (unknown quote)

"Great minds discuss ideas;

Average minds discuss events;

Small minds discuss people.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Sleep in the sun, lay down in the rain. Talk to the moon, let it take all your pain.

Let these words enter your brain, May the bridges you burn guide my way.

And it's all too late. Well I've said once before I will carry the weight..." - Alex Petrovich

"Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost." — J.R.R. Tolkien

“To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not.” ― Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai 

"Every attainment, every step forward in knowledge, follows from courage, from hardness against oneself, from cleanliness in relation to oneself." - Nietzsche

“True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys.” - Yukio Mishima

"For the uncontrolled there is no wisdom, nor for the uncontrolled there is no power of concentration; and for him without concentration there is no peace. And for the unpeaceful, how can there be happiness?" - The Bhagavad Gita

"In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends."

- John Churchton Collins

 "Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?" - Odysseus

"A gentleman would be ashamed, should his deeds not match his words." - Confucius

"Love is something you and I must have. We must have it because our spirit feeds upon it. We must have it because without it we become weak and faint. Without love our self-esteem weakens. Without it our courage fails. Without love we can no longer look out confidently at the world... But with love, we are creative. With it, we march tirelessly. With it, and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others." - Chief Dan George

"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." - Bob Marley

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive." - The Dalai Lama

“Men brave and generous live the best lives, seldom will they sorrow; then there are fools, afraid of everything, who grumble instead of giving.” - The Poetic Edda

"Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” – Lao Tzu

"Muscle mass does not always equal strength. Strength is kindness and sensitivity. Strength is understanding that your power is both physical and emotional. That it comes from the body and the mind. And the heart." - Henry Rollins

"Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don't to achieve what others won't." - Henry Rollins

“There are many who would take my time. I shun them. There are some who share my time. I am entertained by them. There are precious few who contribute to my time. I cherish them.”- Anton LaVey

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. “ – The Buddha

“Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills.” – Radhanath Swami

“I think more tolerance, more people having more access to a chance to be literate, and a chance to stay healthy makes for a more peaceful planet.”  – Henry Rollins

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger

“A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” —Vernon Howard

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." —Thomas Paine

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.” – George Harrison

"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” - E.Roth

"Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places." - A.Rahman

"Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone." - P.Tillich

"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self." - M.Sarton

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” - Albert Einstein

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” - Epictetus

“An emerald shines even if it’s worth is not spoken of.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

"Capture all opportunities" - Klingon Proverb

"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." - Marcus Aurelius

"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts." - Marcus Aurelius

"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart." – Confucius

"Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself." – Pythagoras

"Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life." - Pythagoras

"Music is a fantastic peacekeeper of the world, it is integral to harmony, and it is a required fundamental of human emotion." - Xun Kuang

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.” - Deng Ming-Dao

"Those who tread lightly have no impact, leave no path, create no future for themselves but to be inevitably forgotten." – Bukowski

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." -Steve Jobs

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." - Carl Jung

"These are the seasons of emotion and like the wind they rise and fall. This is the wonder of devotion - I see the torch we all must hold. This is the mystery of the quotient , Upon us all, upon us all a little rain must fall." - Plant 1973

““Let the power of your love change the world, but never let the problems of this world change the beauty of your love.”- Debasish Mridha

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” – Thoreau

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day." - Albert Einstein

"When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast with a scientific and technological abundance. We've learned to fly in the air as birds, We've learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven't learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"When you talk you are repeating what you already know. But if you listen you may learn something new," - The Dalai Lama

"A single act of kindness can be as beautiful as a snowflake or as powerful as a blizzard." - Lennox Lewvis


"Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men" - Miyamoto Musashi

"The truest wisdom is a resolute determination"- Napoleon Bonaparte





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C.Crows Gideon's side project doom metal, sludge, gothic blues band. You can check out a few songs from the early demo on the reverbnation page. Doom On.