"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways
of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and
murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the
end they always fall. Think of it . . . always."
Native American Grandfather
The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?"
The grandfather answered, "The one I feed."
An Eye for An Eye
The Devil - Tarot card number XV
And I heard the Devil say: "I am Evil", he said, "at least so far as Evil can exist in this best of worlds. In order to see me, one must be able to see unfairly, incorrectly and narrowly. I close the triangle, the other two sides of which are Death and Time. In order to quit this triangle it is necessary to see that it does not exist.
But how to do this is not for me to tell. For I am the Evil which men say is the cause of all evil and which they invented as an excuse for all the evil that they do.
They call me the Prince of Falsehood, and truly I am the prince of lies, because I am the most monstrous production of human lies".
From The Symbolism of The Tarot by P.D. Ouspensky
Old Man, Boy and Donkey
An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding.
The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.
Later, they passed some people that remarked, "What a shame, he makes that little boy walk." They then decided they both would walk!
Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey.
Now they passed some people that shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey.
The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey.
As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.
The moral of the story?
Benjamin Franklin Quotes
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
"God heals, and the doctors take the fee."
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
"Who hath deceived thee so often as thyself?"
"He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on."
"I wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works ... I mean real good works ... not holy-day keeping, sermon-hearing ... or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity."
"Read much, but not many books."
"Early morning hath gold in its mouth."
"I think vital religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue. The scriptures assure me that at the last day we shall not be examined on what we thought but what we did." --Benjamin Franklin [letter to his father, 1738]
Books for the Spirit
Books by Peter Ouspensky