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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Subatomic God » August 27th, 2014, 9:54 pm

Misty wrote:
Ahh, pretending!
I don't see any ?'s.
What do you call a cat wearing a turtle's shell on its back? A purpoise.

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Misty » August 27th, 2014, 10:32 pm

Subatomic God wrote:
Misty wrote:
Ahh, pretending!
I don't see any ?'s.
Post #103
Things are not always as they appear; it's a matter of perception.

The eyes can only see what the mind has, is, or will be prepared to comprehend.

I am Lion, hear me ROAR! Meow.

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Subatomic God » August 27th, 2014, 10:35 pm

Misty wrote:
What would be an alternative to complaint when humans feel offended? I like the sun/heat use here.
Intimidation.
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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Felix » August 30th, 2014, 5:06 pm

Posts have been disappearing in this thread... I'll try and come up with a saying that explains that. :)
"We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are." - Anaïs Nin

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Kimberlygretchen » October 13th, 2014, 11:32 am

One of my faves is this, original with me:

Treat your food as if your life depended on it.


Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

-T. S. Eliot

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Grotto19 » October 13th, 2014, 11:05 pm

This is not mine but it has been on my mind lately so I wished to share it. Please forgive its lack of originality but I suspect many of you may not be familiar with the source so it may be new here.

“blessed is the mind to small for doubt”.

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Khanya solvitt » October 14th, 2014, 5:34 am

Whoever said life was fair? - you are what you are, just get on with it!

Arguing is a waste of energy which you could rather spend on something you enjoy!

You do not have to be the best of the best to do better than the rest (actually my daughter’s saying!)

An unfulfilled dream can become a haunting nightmare!

Appropos Wizard’s “The more you learn, the less you know” – The more you learn, the more you learn there is more to learn?

I love Felix’s Butterfly – must remember it.

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Misty » October 14th, 2014, 5:55 am

Tickle me a little, I'll laugh with joy,

Tickle me a lot, you've come to destroy.
Things are not always as they appear; it's a matter of perception.

The eyes can only see what the mind has, is, or will be prepared to comprehend.

I am Lion, hear me ROAR! Meow.

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Felix » June 15th, 2016, 2:17 am

Reviving a very old thread....

That saying I made up, "A butterfly is not a caterpillar that took flying lessons," was inspired by a comment that Buckminster Fuller made, which is: "there is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it will become a butterfly." (those may not be his exact words)
"We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are." - Anaïs Nin

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Steve3007 » June 15th, 2016, 9:24 am

I'm sure there's some metaphorical wisdom somewhere in that saying but, at the risk of sounding like a pedant, I feel I have to point out that it's not true. There is plenty in a caterpillar that tells you it will become a butterfly. Its DNA, for one thing.

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Felix » June 15th, 2016, 12:35 pm

Hi Steve, Let us sound like pedants together. :shock:

First off, I don't know the context in which Bucky made that comment, it may have been more than just a pithy quote, Rr6 might know. Be that as it may...
There is plenty in a caterpillar that tells you it will become a butterfly. Its DNA, for one thing.
But is that true? Let's assume we had never seen a caterpillar or butterfly before, we were unaware of their existence, the very first caterpillar was found in a remote rainforest somewhere, and we were unaware yet that it had an adult stage (the butterfly). Could science analyze it's DNA and say: this will someday morph into a different insect with a completely different physiology?

Or let's take the reverse: we had discovered a butterfly but had never seen a caterpillar (let's say they were very shy creatures that lived underground to evade predators), could we "reverse engineer" the butterfly and proclaim that another form of it exists?
"We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are." - Anaïs Nin

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Steve3007 » June 21st, 2016, 9:07 am

Felix: (Sorry for the late reply. I've only just noticed that you'd replied to my pedantry.)

OK. I concede that if we were unaware of its life cycle it would be pretty difficult, or impossible, to work out, just by looking at it, that a caterpillar will turn into a butterfly or a butterfly came from a caterpillar. I guess, in principle, if we were some kind of expert bio-chemists, we'd be able to look at whatever it is in their DNA which causes that transformation, without ever having actually seen it happen. I presume the information must be in there somewhere. Pretty damn tricky to spot though, I'd have thought. A bit like looking at the dozen or so lines of computer code that form a program for generating an image of the Mandelbrot Set and, without ever having seen the program running, working out what a particular section of the set will look like when it is rendered on the screen.

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Gamnot » October 21st, 2016, 12:20 pm

Human beings are condemned to the ontological polarity; individualization and participation. It is best to gain individulization or becoming a person while avoiding the downside of estrangement and to gain interpersonal and social participation while avoiding the downside of engulfment. The ontological polarity is to human beings as water is to a fish.

-- Updated October 21st, 2016, 12:54 pm to add the following --

Crony capitalism gives and crony capitalism takes away; $#%^&*(), be the name of crony capitalism.

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Renee » November 1st, 2016, 5:24 am

Anybody can live without a lover, but nobody can love without a liver.

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The end of love is more painful than the joy one feels at the beginning of one.

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Most of life's joys come via and from wishful thinking. Fulfilling long-desired goals is always anti-climactic.

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Going the extra mile often gets you nowhere.

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Do, do, do sweat the small stuff. Partly because it's fun to do so, and partly because you will want to stay consistent with "god is in the details".

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If it's acceptance by humans that you crave, then keep your relationships to under five minutes each.

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It's a terrible fix when you can blame nobody for some ill that has befallen on you but yourself.

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Do, do, do sweat the small stuff. It smoothes out wrinkles in relationships, similarly to how "watching the pennies will take care of the dollars" works in personal finances.
Ignorance is power.

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Re: Personally written wisdom sayings

Post by Gamnot » November 14th, 2016, 6:22 pm

If we go to far to the left or to the right, the furies will come and set things right. It is needful to strike the right balance between: the helping hand, the controlling hand, and self-reliance.

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Philosophy without historical-mindedness is impoverished.

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Love is a strong positive sentiment: A sentiment is a complex of feelings and ideas. Ideas come from thinking. People who stress thinking over feeling and those who stress feeling over thinking are unbalanced. Love at its best is grounded in temperance, prudence, and fidelity.

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The best of people and the worst of people frequently use the word love. The former use the word to convey a strong positive sentiment; the latter use the word for exploitation purposes. When you hear the word love, you know that it is time to get up and get going.

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Socialism verses crony capitalism: The devil will always find a way. The best solution is to find the right balance point between the three things: the helping hand, the controlling hand, and self-reliance.

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