Seek the truth; come whence it may, cost what it will.
— William Sparrow
Mental health is dedication to reality at all costs
— Scott Peck
Intellectual and moral growth is no less indispensable than material improvement. Knowledge is a viaticum; thought is a prime necessity; truth is nourishment, like wheat. A reasoning faculty, deprived of knowledge and wisdom, pines away. We should feel the same pity for minds that do not eat as for stomachs. If there be anything sadder than a body perishing for want of bread, it is a mind dying of hunger for lack of light.
— Victor Hugo


The Two Wolves

The Cherokee people say that long ago a young boy received a beautiful drum as a gift. When his best friend saw it, he asked if he could play with it, but the boy felt torn. He didn’t want to share his new present, so he told his friend, “No!” His friend was saddened by this and went away. The boy sat down on a rock by a stream to contemplate his situation. He hated the fact that he had hurt his friend’s feelings, but the drum was too precious to him to be shared. In his quandary, he went to his grandfather for advice.

The elder listened quietly as the boy told him what had happened and then replied, “I often feel as though there are two wolves fighting inside me. One is mean and selfish and full of arrogance, but the other is caring and generous and full of humility. All the time they are struggling with each other. You, my boy, have those same two wolves inside of you.”

“Which one will prevail?” asked the boy.

The elder smiled and said, “The one you feed.”



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A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
— Albert Einstein