Dao Quotes

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In the world I am Always a stranger I do not understand its language It does not understand my silence
Bei Dao
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.
Ming-Dao Deng (Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony)
But what he hadn’t expected was that when everyone feared him and flattered him, Lan WangJi scolded him right in his face; when everyone spurned him and loathed him, Lan WangJi stood by his side.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Those who don't know how to suffer are the worst off. There are times when the only correct thing we can do is to bear out troubles until a better day.
Ming-Dao Deng (Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony)
O, Bože, zašto si mi dao srce koje me bez prestanka vuče za daljinom i ljepotom neviđenih krajeva? Zašto si učinio da sreća moja uvijek boravi ondje gdje mene nema?
Ivo Andrić (Ex Ponto, Nemiri, Lirika)
All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.
Ming-Dao Deng
… Who cares about the crowded, broad road? I’ll walk the single-plank bridge into the night…
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Don’t you understand? When you’re standing on their side, you’re the bizarre genius, the miraculous hero, the force of the rebellion, the flower that blooms alone. But the second your voice differs from theirs, you’ve lost your mind, you’ve ignored morality, you’ve walked the crooked path.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Suddenly, he felt that the world had no place for him, despite how large it was.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Why would a living person worry about what happens after they die? I'll just live freely for as long as possible.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
But…Wei WuXian looked slightly to the side. He saw Lan WangJi, who stood beside him, without any hint of hesitation, any thought of withdrawing. But, this time, he wasn’t alone anymore.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Giá mà lúc mình buồn như tận thế Có một ai bấm máy gọi cho mình Mình sẽ khóc mặc thân sơ quen lạ Quên dặt dè mà thổ lộ linh tinh Giá mà lúc lòng mình đang yếu đuối Có một ai yên lặng nắm tay mình Thì có lẽ mình sẽ mang tình đó Mà thương hoài với một dạ đinh ninh Giá mà lúc mình đau như dao cắt Có một ai chợt nói nhớ mong mình Mình sẽ tự băng vết thương rớm máu Gượng bước về nơi hẹn cũ nghe mưa Giá mà lúc mình rơi vào đáy vực Hết trông mong hy vọng hết cả rồi Có ai đó bảo mình không sao cả Mình sẽ bò theo dấu vết sông trôi Giá mà lúc mình đang yêu, người đó Gửi tin vui lên những ánh sao trời Thì có lẽ mình sẽ không lưu lạc Suốt một đời đau đáu cố nhân ơi! (Gía mà lúc)
Nguyễn Thiên Ngân (Mình Phải Sống Như Mùa Hè Năm Ấy)
Who you are is always right.
Ming-Dao Deng (Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony)
At best, you’re the untamed hero; at worst, you offend people wherever you go.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
If you have a good idea, use it so that you will not only accomplish something, but so that you can make room for new ones to flow into you.
Ming-Dao Deng (Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony)
She would bloom where she was planted and let her roots close around the throats of her enemies.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Grappling with fate is like meeting an expert wrestler: to escape, you have to accept the fall when you are thrown. The only thing that counts is whether you get back up.
Ming-Dao Deng (Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony)
Lan XiChen, 'You believe in him?' Lan WangJi, 'I do.' He answered without any hesitation. Wei WuXian felt his chest warm up.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
We may be floating on Tao, but there is nothing wrong with steering. If Tao is like a river, it is certainly good to know where the rocks are.
Ming-Dao Deng (Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony)
The people finally realized what was going on. It seemed that whenever someone tried to argue with Wei WuXian, Lan WangJi would seal their lips.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Hatred could blind a person’s eyes, making him unable to admit anything in favor of his enemy.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Amid the haze, his first thought was, '…Can’t believe it. Why the fuck didn’t I do this with Lan Zhan back when I was fifteen? I’ve really pissed away all my days, haven’t I?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Whether we remain the ash or become the phoenix is up to us.
Ming-Dao Deng
She was a monster, a bride of the darkness, and she rose to face her destiny as though it were the blood-red sunrise of a new day.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
You're really great. I like you...Or in other words, I fancy you, I love you, I want you, I can't leave you, I whatever you.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖師 四 [Mo Dao Zu Shi Vol. 4] (Mo Dao Zu Shi, #4))
Everything was the same as before. Yet, it was because of how everything was the same as before that it tormented the heart.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Wei WuXian suddenly murmured, '… Lan Zhan.' He reached out and grabbed one of Lan WangJi’s sleeves. Lan WangJi had always been beside him. He immediately bent down and whispered, 'I am here.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Wei WuXian, “Yep. Congratulations. You’re under corpse poisoning.” Jin Ling, “How is this something to congratulate someone for?!
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
If there’s hope, then let’s move.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Young man, there are two cringe-worthy phrases in one’s life that must be said, no matter what.” “Which two?” “‘Thank you’, and 'I’m sorry’.” “What can anybody do to me if I don’t say them?” “Someday, you’ll say those words in tears.
Mò Xiāng Tóngxiù (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Remember the things others do for you, not the things you do for others. Only when people don't hold so much in their hearts would they finally feel free.
Mò Xiāng Tóngxiù (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Hearing the dog, Wei WuXian immediately felt his hair rise. He shrunk back into Lan WangJi’s arms, half-dead with fright, 'Lan Zhan!' Lan WangJi had already embraced him without needing any reminder, replying, 'I am here!' Wei WuXian, 'Hug me!' Lan WangJi, 'I am hugging you!' Wei WuXian, again, 'Hug me tight!' Lan WangJi, also, 'I am hugging you tight!
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Expression is never helped by suppression.
Ming-Dao Deng (Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony)
Those truly linked don't need correspondence. When they meet again after many years apart, Their friendship is as true as ever.
Ming-Dao Deng
Lan WangJi, “If you do not have those intentions, then do not flirt with others. You are doing as you please, yet others will be in turmoil.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
We’re the only two unfortunate souls left here, aren’t we? If you don’t have useless conversations with me, then who will you have them with?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
If Lan WangJi had no manners, manners wouldn’t exist in this world.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Wei WuXian smiled again, “Do you know why I’m not carrying my sword? It wouldn’t make a difference if I told you anyways.” He turned around, stating one word at a time, “Because I want you to know that even if I don’t use my sword, with nothing but what you call a ‘crooked path,' I will still rise unparalleled and leave all of you staring at me from behind.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
freedom is nothing but the distance between the hunter and the hunted
Bei Dao (The August Sleepwalker: Poetry)
The beauty of this world is fading all too fast through the cruelty and thoughtlessness of men.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
But in weakness, you find your strength. It takes no small amount of courage to open yourself up,” the Empress said gently. “You leave pieces of yourself in the ones you love. Is that not the greatest power, to endure in that way?
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
You may be capable of great things, But life consists of small things.
Ming-Dao Deng
Wei WuXian grinned and pointed at himself. "How about this one?" Lan WangJi, "Mine." "..." Lan WangJi stared at him, slowly and articulately stating, "Mine.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Fear is good. It means you care. And caring is its own kind of magic. One just as powerful as any dao I can weave.
Natasha Ngan (Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2))
She knew her own worth. She would seize her destiny with all the strength and spirit within her, and bend them all to her will: every man kneeling and every woman overshadowed.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Wei WuXian pondered, 'Does he like it, or is he scared of it? Or is it both at the same time?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Lan WangJi, 'Is it amusing, trifling with empty words?' Wei WuXian, 'It’s very amusing. But, believe me, my words are as much a trifle as my moves are, which means not at all.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Markings in dry clay disappear Only when the clay is soft again. Scars upon the self disappear Only when one becomes soft within.
Ming-Dao Deng
I used to think of you as my soulmate.” “I still am.
Mò Xiāng Tóngxiù (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Lan SiZhui reproached, "JingYi, how could you call someone like that behind their back?" Lan JingYi protested, "I clearly call him the same thing to his face.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Wei WuXian called out, '… Lan Zhan.' Lan WangJi’s breathing wasn’t as placid as usual, feeling somewhat rushed. It was probably from carrying Wei WuXian while fending off attacks and being on the run for too long. The tone in which he replied, however, was still the single syllable, as steady as ever, 'Mnn.' After the 'mnn,' he added, 'I am here.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Opasno je kad se čovjek nađe sâm, okružen tišinom tuđeg neprisustva, više je strahova i čudnih razgovora sa sobom. Samo, kako da ti to sve kažem? I kako da objasnim sebi, tebe se to ne tiče, što nekad teško podnosim ovu usamljenost, a nekad mi je draža od svega, ne bih je dao nizašto.
Meša Selimović (Magla i mjesečina)
Only kings are arrogant enough to believe the world is too small to hold other men.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
It is too facile to say that the way to follow Tao is to simply go along with the flow of life. Sometimes, like the carp, we must know when to go it alone.
Ming-Dao Deng (Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony)
If the face says nothing, listen to the heartbeat.
Mò Xiāng Tóngxiù (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Withdrawing his gaze, Wei WuXian spoke calmly, “Now I understand.” He had known from the start that no matter what he said, nobody would listen to him. What he denied could be forced; what he admitted could be twisted.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
The night had passed. The sun in the sky was about to rise. And the sun on the ground was falling.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
He laughed so hard that he almost couldn’t breathe, 'You admired me? You said you admired me, but why haven’t I ever seen you when you admired me? And as soon as I’m loathed by everyone, you jump out and wave your little flag?' Tears of laughter seeped from the corners of Wei WuXian’s eyes, 'Your admiration was a bit too cheap, wasn’t it? You said that you’ll forever stand on the opposite side of me. Very well. Does the fact that you’re standing on the opposite side of me affect me at all? Both your admiration and your hatred are so, so insignificant. How could you be so shameless as to flaunt them in front of others?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
The tone in which he replied, however, was still the single syllable, as steady as ever, “Mnn.” After the “mnn”, he added, “I am here.” Hearing the words, something that Wei WuXian had never felt before sprouted within his heart. It was like sorrow. His chest hurt a bit, but also felt a bit warm.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
For that is the way of the world, Guma’s voice echoed. Some are given a rope to the moon, and others claw up the sky.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Wen Yuan held him in one hand and a wooden sword in the other, wearing the grass butterfly on his head, 'Brother Xian, would Brother Rich ever come here again?' Wei WuXian bursted, 'Who’s Brother Rich?' Wen Yuan answered seriously, 'The rich brother is Brother Rich.' Wei WuXian, 'Then what about me?' As expected, Wen Yuan answered, 'You are Brother Xian. Brother Poor.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Xifeng tilted her face, a pale moon in the evening of the water. She felt like a goddess in the shimmering light. She was a poem come to life, each vein was a lyric.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Jiang Cheng, “If I can’t seek revenge no matter if I’m dead or alive, then what’s the difference between the two?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
They crossed the Mondego and Dao rivers to Viseu and headed south to Coimbra and Leiria.
Robert Wilson (A Small Death in Lisbon)
Najviše volim njenu vedrinu. Puno joj je grlo smijeha, ima ga napretek, visi joj s usana, presipa se, zvoni njime kao na uzbunu protiv zle volje. Ništa joj ne može ni kratak trenutak tuge, tanka sjenka što brzo prolazi, nema na čemu da se zaustavi, nije hrapava, nije ranjava, nema ožiljaka, ne misli šta joj je život dao, a šta oduzeo, ne razmišlja da li ima razloga za veselost: vesela je. To je dar, kao i svaki drugi, nije njena zasluga što ga ima, već što ga krije. Smijeh joj ne traži razlog izvan sebe, on u njoj vri, i brizga, prirodan kao gejzir, neodoljiv, čist, ne opominje, ne upozorava, nije opterećen ruganjem, ni željom da se čuje, ni prazninom, ima svoju boju i zvuk, i širinu i neki naročiti smisao, liči pomalo na blagotvornu mudrost pretvorenu alhemijom njene nezlobive vedrine u lakoću što oslobađa. Ali, treba zaslužiti taj smijeh, to je njen poklon onima koje voli, ne zato što ga ona ne cijeni, već što se ne skriva. Smijemo se, koristim se tim njenim darom, a on se od tog ne iscrpljuje, postaje još puniji, nalazi odjeka.
Meša Selimović (Tišine)
So what if there’s the motto?! Do you have to follow it just because it’s a motto? Look at the rules of the GusuLan Sect—there are over three thousand. If people followed every single one of them, would they even be alive at this point?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Lan WangJi picked up a teacup from the table and took a sip, his voice calm, 'Sit properly.' Wei WuXian, 'There’s no tea in the cup.' '…' Lan WangJi filled the teacup and took it to his lips again. A while later, he repeated, '… Sit properly?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
There was something unfinished about not saying farewell, like a door left open in the chill night.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Amid the haze, his first thought was, '…Can’t believe it. Why the [email protected] didn’t I do this with Lan Zhan back when I was fifteen? I’ve really pissed away all my days, haven’t I?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
I want to mean something to a great deal of people. I am tired of being no one. As Empress, I would have the right to choose for myself. Guma could not command me, and Wei would not own me.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Lan WangJi, 'Ridiculous!' Wei WuXian found out long ago that Lan WangJi’s temper was especially bad today. He didn’t protest any further and waved his hand, 'Okay, okay. Ridiculous it is. I’m ridiculous. I’m the most ridiculous there is.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
With all their fanfare, they came to throw a siege, yet they themselves were instead faced with a siege. They chanted that they were here to destroy evil, yet in the end they needed the ‘evil’ to save their own lives.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Every day passes whether you participate or not.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Reject labels. Reject identities. Reject conformity. Reject convention. Reject definitions. Reject names.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
…” Lan WangJi muttered to himself, “Why am I sitting here having such a useless conversation with you?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
With Wei WuXian dragging him and Wen Yuan clinging to his leg, Lan WangJi was finally shoved into a restaurant.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
So what? My hatred would persist, even if he dies thousands of times!
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
the bouquet Between me and the world you are a bay, a sail the faithful ends of a rope you are a fountain, a wind, a shrill childhood cry. Between me and the world you are a picture frame, a window a field covered in wildflowers you are a breath, a bed, a night that keeps the stars company. Between me and the world, you are a calendar, a compass a ray of light that slips through the gloom you are a biographical sketch, a book mark a preface that comes at the end. between me and the world you are a gauze curtain, a mist a lamp shining in my dreams you are a bamboo flute, a song without words a closed eyelid carved in stone. Between me and the world you are a chasm, a pool an abyss plunging down you are a balustrade, a wall a shield’s eternal pattern.
Bei Dao
Sooner or later, we are bound to discover some things about ourselves that we don't like. But once we see they're there, we can decide what we want to do with them. Do we want to get rid of them completely, change them into other things, or use them in beneficial ways? The last two approaches are often especially Useful, since they avoid head on conflict, and therefore minimize struggle. Also, they allow those transformed characteristics to be added to the list of things we have that help us out. In a similar manner, instead of struggling to erase what are referred to as negative emotions, we can learn to use them in positive ways. We could describe the principle like this: while pounding on the piano keys may produce noise, removing them doesn't exactly further the creation of music.
Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
But, even when lying down, Wei WuXian didn’t like loneliness. Soon afterward, he began to complain, “It’s too hard, it’s too hard.” Lan WangJi, “What do you want?” Wei WuXian, “I want to lie somewhere else.” Lan WangJi, “Where would you want to lie, at such a place?” Wei WuXian, “Let me borrow your lap for a while, won’t you?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Isn’t’ it better to give up a fraction of your freedom to gain tenfold in happiness, even for a short time?
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Keep life simple… turn toward the divine. It satisfies, it brings knowledge, and it brings joy.
Ming-Dao Deng
You cannot be who you are not. Simply rest, sit still and unknot. You may even try to emulate and inspire, But it's the inner self that you'll transpire.
Ana Claudia Antunes (The DAO (Dancing As One) Workbook Illustrated)
Wei WuXian! I haven’t seen anyone as shameless as you!
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
But, not everyone was like him, preferring to perish together with his enemy.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Remember the things others do for you, not the things you do for others. Only when people don't hold so much in their hearts would they finally feel free.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Having destroyed countless sects, nobody would listen to his explanation, especially when Jin GuangYao would be there fanning the flames. Lan WangJi, though, was different from him. He wouldn’t even have to explain, and people would explain for him, such as how HanGuang-Jun had been deceived by the YiLing Patriarch. Wei WuXian, 'HanGuang-Jun, you don’t have to follow me!' Lan WangJi looked straight in front of him, saying nothing in reply.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
The tone in which he replied, however, was still the single syllable, as steady as ever, 'Mnn.' After the 'mnn,' he added, 'I am here.' Hearing the words, something that Wei WuXian had never felt before sprouted within his heart. It was like sorrow. His chest hurt a bit, but also felt a bit warm.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Isn’t it better to wake up each day, living for the present rather than waiting for the future?
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
The less you move on the ground the more the world moves around.
Ana Claudia Antunes (The Tao of Physical and Spiritual)
His entire leg was covered with the black bruise of the Curse Mark. After staring at it a while, Lan WangJi spoke in a bitter voice, "... I only left for a few hours.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Lan XiChen was shocked, "Young Master Wei, could it be that even after you spent such a long time together with WangJi, you still do not know of his feelings?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Lan WangJi, 'Is it amusing, trifling with empty words?' Wei WuXian, 'It’s very amusing. But, believe me, my words are as much a trifle as my moves are, which means not at all.' '…' Lan WangJi muttered to himself, 'Why am I sitting here having such a useless conversation with you?
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Anger could be seen on Lan Xichens face, "If it were not related to you, could he have don't those to himself without a reason?!" ZeWu-Jun had always been an extremely patient person, but now that Lan Wangji was involved, he was truly angered.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
The idea that each of us can be directly spiritual is radical. Most religions are based not on teaching adherents to be directly spiritual, but in persuading them to trust in the intercession of ministers or priests. The problem with this approach is that we cannot gain access to spirituality except through the medium of a fallible human being. If we want to see Tao, we need only open our eyes and trust what we see.
Ming-Dao Deng
Beauty is all very well. But it is merely the gleam of the sword, the chief eunuch said. It is the mind that provides the sharp blade, and without that, well. We have a pretty piece of metal and not a weapon at all.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
If my beauty is my greatest weapon, vanity is the shield that protects me.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Seeing that right after he woke up he began to speak nonsense again, Lan WangJi shook his head and turned away. Wei WuXian thought that he was going to leave. He hurried, 'Lan Zhan, Lan Zhan! Don’t go. I was talking nonsense, my fault, but don’t ignore me.' Lan WangJi, 'Even you are scared of others ignoring you?' Wei WuXian, 'I am, I am.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Life is a constant series of opportunities. If we don’t reach out for things, if we don’t take advantage of what comes our way, then we cannot be in harmony with the essential nature of life.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Odjebi, JNA... Dao sam ti jednu dobru godinu života... Najbolju, možda? Veliki Vračevi Medicine rascepe grudi kao narandžu i spuste novo srce u njih (pažljivo, zatvorenih šaka, kao da vraćaju vrapčića u gnezdo), razdvoje skalpelom svetlo od tame u mutnom jezgru zenice, bajaju, pokretnu nepokretno, čudotvore na ljudima, pa opet, ni oni ne mogu da mi vrate moju otrgnutu devetnaestu.... Nikad više... Ali... Proklet da sam... Ja sam bar imao dvadesetu. Dvadeset prvu. I još neke dvadeset-tridesete... Za razliku od dečaka na čije crno uokvirene fotografije svakodnevno nailazim na predzadnjim stranicama štampe... Oni ostadoše negde u devetnaestoj... Zaljubljeni... Zaigrani... Zbunjeni... Ne dospevši da svoje olovne vojnike razdvoje od olovnih zrna, koje su im Zli Starci tako bezbožnički podmetnuli u džepove... Ne, Brate Kaine, ne zovi me u polje... Ne mami me, zalud, da prošetamo minskim poljem, moj grešni sivomaslinasti brate... Poturi nekog drugog Dobrovoljca na branike svoje nesposobnosti... Okači drugu metu na svoje kartonske bedeme... Nema Mojih u ovom Ratu Naših... Ma znam... Ne može to tek tako... Čičak Izdaje se kači na sve strane. I meni će ga već neki mangup prilepiti na leđa, onako u prolazu, tapšući me po ramenu, tobož prijateljski... Razmišljao sam o tome... Koga izdati kad mi ostane da biram između nas dvoje? I, žalim... Ali prestar sam da bih izdao sebe, još jednom... Zato odjebi, JNA... Dosta je bilo...
Đorđe Balašević (Jedan od onih života)
Life is a series of decisions. Whether you make the correct decisions or not doesn’t matter. The important thing is to keep going forward. Years later, when you look back, perhaps you’ll find that the incorrect decisions you made… weren’t really incorrect. Similarly, the correct decisions… might not necessarily have been correct.  Why struggle with frustration? Why proceed with confusion? In all things… resolution only comes from continuing to move forward. Following this line of reasoning, if there is no such thing as ‘incorrect,’ then how can the ‘correct’ exist? Similarly, if there is no ‘correct,’ then how can the ‘incorrect’ exist?
Er Gen (Nirvanic Rebirth. Blood Everywhere! (I Shall Seal the Heavens, #5))
When I let go of who I am, I become who I might be.
Lao Tzu
All my life, I've thought myself weaker than others. But everyone has to work at being brave, don't they? Day after day, in their own way.
Julie C. Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2))
She would wrap her coils around him in tender confinement and be not his captive, but his captor.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Turn your face to the sun, as flowers know how to do.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
She, too, was part of this game in which women could only hope to survive by keeping each other down.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Love is weakness. You open yourself up to choices you’d never make if you heart were your own.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Every ordinary moment, every little detail should be a celebration of your personal understanding. Your smallest act should be permeated with reverence.
Ming-Dao Deng
Each day your life grows a day shorter. Make every move count.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Only through lighting a living fire within ourselves can we dance quickly and spontaneously enough to meet the rhythm of life.
Ming-Dao Deng
Draw energy from the earth Admit power from the heavens Fertilize the seed within Let it sprout into a flower of pure light
Ming-Dao Deng
In 1956 two American physicists, Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang, suggested that the weak force does not in fact obey the symmetry P.
Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time)
Lang WangJi drew his sword and went at him. Wei WuXian hurriedly hopped onto the windowsill, "Get lost it is, then. Getting lost is my best skill. It's not necessary for you to see me out!
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Tri su, vjeruj, vrste ljudi. U prvoj su oni pravi, pravi i pošteni, oni koji i hamala gledaju kao brata, oni koji slabo kada griješe. Ako takve za grijeh kaznimo, oni će, svjesni da su skrivili, tu kaznu lako podnositi i poslije nje biti opet čisti. Ako im oprostimo, to će njih gore boljeti nego kazna. Hilmi-efendija nije takav... Druga je vrsta ljudi koji griješe, griješe nesvjesno, griješe jer ne mogu odoljeti svom nefsu, jer žele imati ono što im Alah nije dao. Ti su ljudi slabi. Njih kazna posve uništava, ubija u njima svijest i rađa svijest da tako mora biti i vjeru da su stvarno zli. Ali njih oproštenje kazne liječi i trza iz slabosti. U njima se rađa stid. Razumiješ li? Stide se sami sebe i onih koji im oprostiše, pa postaju bolji, veći i pravedniji... Treća je vrsta, Enes-beže, ona pokvarena vrsta, koje više ni kazna ne izliječi, a Hilmi-efendija nije takav.
Enver Čolaković (Legenda o Ali-paši)
People in my town would laugh at the idea of calling books and music work. . . . How is it some men break their backs farming a dead land, whereas others sit in comfort and ruminate on stars and poetry?
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Sretan je, čak i kad strepi, svaki onaj kome je Bog dao dušu dostojnu ljubavi i nesreće! Ko na ovoj dvostrukoj svjetlosti nije vidio stvari ovog svijeta i ljudsko srce, taj nije vidio ništa istinito i ništa ne zna.
Victor Hugo (Les Misérables)
Ali on se nije dao zbuniti, već je svaki od mojih krikova preuzimao kao nov motiv u svom napevu i ponavljao ga sve dok se nije sasvim prilagodio monotonoj melodiji njegovih pesama, i tako me je uljuljkivao u besvest, u san.
Christoph Ransmayr
Higher good is like water: the good in water benefits all, and does so without contention. It rests where people dislike to be, so it is close to the Way. Good ground; profound is the good in its heart, Benevolent the good it bestows.
Lao Tzu
Chinese culture had boys memorize the Dao for centuries. Many cultures commit their sacred, foundational texts to memory.... When you read a hundred words a hundred times they get woven into your soul.... Understanding is not as important. When we struggle with a text, it changes us. Why put things in memory? ... We memorize to contemplate, not to show off.
Andrew Kern
But then again, we all have dreams within reach, Jade thought. We have only to shape them to fit ourselves.
Julie C. Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2))
Being underestimated can be a blessing in disguise,” Xifeng said. “That is to say, it gives us a chance to astonish those who doubt our true worth.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
I'm sick to death of lords and kings and emperors. What do they do but play games and let their people pay the price in blood?
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Love killed your mother, Guma had always warned her. Give your heart and you lose your soul.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
It takes two to Tao.
Ana Claudia Antunes (The Tao of Physical and Spiritual)
Love does not always come with marriage, Your Majesty. Marriage may strengthen a woman, but love weakens her. She has more to lose.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
You leave pieces of yourself in the ones you love. It’s that not the greatest power, to endure in that way?
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
You understand, as I do, that wealth and family mean nothing if a person is not willing to prove his full worth.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Unlocking our potential requires education, experience, and determination. One should never stop learning, never stop exploring, never stop going on adventures.
Ming-Dao Deng
He wasn't scared of falling. All these years, he'd fallen many times. But falling on the ground still hurt, after all. If someone was there to catch him, it'd be more than wonderful.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Whatever comes to you, you must engage it somehow. You receive it, you may alter the circumstance and let it go, you may interject something of your own into it, or you may knowingly let it pass. Whatever you do, there is no need to be apathetic toward life. Instead, full participation in all things is the surest way to happiness, vitality, success, and a deep knowledge of Tao.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Sometimes it is necessary to do questionable deeds to achieve what the heavens ordain, Xifeng said, thinking of all she herself has done. But in our losses, we may gain ourselves. We take what is ours and find solace in the quiet places between death destruction.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Lan WangJi looked at him quietly, "Do you behave in such a frivolous way towards everyone?" Wei WuXian thought for a second, "I think so?" Lan WangJi looked at the ground. He only replied a moment later, "How impudent!
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Wei WuXian, "If I don't go, how am I supposed to leave? Are you gonna carry me on your back or something?" "..." Lan WangJi looked at him in silence. Wei WuXian's smile froze on his face, just as a foreboding feeling crossed his mind.
墨香铜臭 (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Cry not, for your tears are no more than rain upon your enemy’s face.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Bravery isn't just about being strong and handy with a sword. Sometimes it's about resolve...or deciding whether to face a past you'd rather forgot.
Julie C. Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2))
Save me, she thought. Save me from this love dark road.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Things cannot forever go downward. There are limits to everything—even the cold, and the darkness, and the wind, and the dying.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
It tales two to Tao.
Ana Claudia Antunes (The Tao of Physical and Spiritual)
Only kings are arrogant enough to believe the world too small to hold other men.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
Women are complicated creatures.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
A ruler has little time for kindness. He does not give without expecting something in return. He can’t afford to.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
How their slippery hearts had scorched her throat, how the hot metallic tang of blood had given way to a roar of satisfaction that shook her whole being.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
If you practiced for the day, then you have won. If you were lazy for the day, then you have lost.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
That is why spiritual progress is slow: not because no one will tell us the secrets, but because we ourselves must overcome sentiment and fear before we can grasp it.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Love without restraint makes one saint and the other faint; the sweetest face and the tenderest embrace bring the sun to every place in such grace.
Ana Claudia Antunes (The Tao of Physical and Spiritual)
One gains by losing and loses by gaining.
Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
Ja, nažalost, nisam vjerovao u drugi svijet jer mi život, kakav mi je bio dodijeljen, nije dao razloga radi kojih bih od bilo kakvog svijeta trebao očekivati neko dobro.
Goran Tribuson (Zbirka otrova)
The primary point of this existence is to live, and all living things move and grow. Therefore meditation should be integrated with the flow of life. It should not dominate above all else.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
There was also the Duchess of Dao. Wanted for inland piracy, selling poisons, and seduction. “I didn’t know seduction was a crime,” Tella murmured. “Depends on who you’re trying to seduce.
Stephanie Garber (Legendary (Caraval #2))
History is essential to our understanding of the present. Unless we are conscious of the way in which we came to this point in time as a people, then we shall never fully be able to plan the present and the future. We need to know what roots are still alive. We need to know how things came to be so that we can project from here. We also need to know the failures of the past so that we can avoid repeating them.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Accordingly, the Chinese texts regard war not as an instrument for the attainment of this end or that but as the product of stern necessity, something which must be confronted and coped with and managed and brought to an end. Clausewitz emphasizes that war is brutal and bloody and seeks to achieve a great victory. By contrast, the Chinese texts are permeated by a humanitarian approach and have as their aim the restoration of dao.
Martin van Creveld (A History of Strategy: From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind)
Dosta je bilo! - izusti odlučno i svečano. - Dalje od mene, utvare, izmišljene strepnje, priviđenja!... Ima još života! Zar nisam sad maloprije živio? Nije mi se još život ugasio s onom babuskarom! Bog da joj duši dao lako i... i dosta je bilo, bakice, vrijeme da se smirite! Sad je zavladalo kraljevstvo razuma i svijetla i... i volje, i snage... i da vidimo sada! Da se ogledamo! - dometne pakosno, kao da se obraća nekoj mračnoj sili i izaziva je.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment)
Tačno u tom trenutku čovek pomisli: Šta ne bih dao za sreću da budem pored tebe na Islandu u velikom nepomičnom danu i da delim sadašnjost kao što se deli muzika ili ukus ploda. Tačno u tom trenutku čovek je bio sa njom na Islandu.
Jorge Luis Borges (La cifra: 46 poesie)
Go through life without showing off, attracting attention to yourself, or making flamboyant gestures. These will only attract the hostility of others. The wise accomplish all that they want without arousing the envy or scorn of others.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Know the world from end to end is a mirror; in each atom a hundred suns are concealed. If you pierce the heart of a single drop of water, from it will flow a hundred clear oceans; if you look intently at each speck of dust, in it you will see a thousand beings. A gnat in its limbs is like an elephant; in name a drop of water resembles the Nile. In the heart of a barleycorn is stored a hundred harvests. Within a millet-seed a world exists. In an insects wing is an ocean of life. A heaven is concealed in the pupil of an eye. The core at the center of the heart is small, yet the Lord of both worlds will enter there.
Mahmud Shabistari
Ako ti jave da sam pao na razoranim, sleđenim poljima Flandrije, da me je pokosio šrapnel - ti nemoj da budeš tužna i nemoj plakati pred svijetom, jer vrlo dobro znaš da iz mojih grudi ne mogu da niknu suncokreti niti se moje kapi krvi mogu pretvoriti u makove. To je sve jedna obična literarna konstrukcija, a da ne pričamo o tome što ja nikad nisam ni vidio Flandriju niti je ona vidjela mene. Ako ti kažu da sam se u svojim posljednjim časovima junački držao, da sam neustrašivo gledao smrti u oči, da sam je čak i začikavao, da sam svog sudiju prezrivo pljunuo, a da sam dželatu dao kesu dukata uz riječi: "Dobro obavite svoj posao!", a da sam, potom, sam izmaknuo stolicu ispod vješala, ti bi morala znati da je to jedna obična izmišljotina, izmišljotina onih koji ne znaju šta je to život a šta smrt znači. Ti me dobro znaš: znaš kako ja često umirem svakog bogovjetnog dana, kako se trzam na svaki šum, kako mi se čelo često orosi znojem (reklo bi se bez razloga), znaš da se bojim proviriti kroz špijunku na vratima bojeći se ne znam ni sam čega, bojeći se nekoga ko će mi s nadmoćnim osmijehom na licu izrecitirati sti­hove Marine Cvetajeve: Predaj se! Još niko nije našao spasa od onoga što uzima bez ruku! Sjećaš se kako sam se bojao kad si trebala da me predstaviš svo­jim roditeljima, koliko ti je trebalo vremena da me ubijediš da nisam baš toliki kreten koliki izgledam, da se ponekad sa mnom može proći ruku pod ruku kroz prometnu ulicu... Ja pamtim ono veče kad smo otišli kod jedne tvoje prijateljice koja je slavila rođendan, sjećam se svakog vica koji sam ispričao i sjećam se pogleda društva koje je u meni gledalo neku egzotičnu životinju, sjećam se kako su se gurkali laktovima kad smo ulazili, kad sam skidao svoje cipele sa pačijim kljunom (a u modi su bile brukserice), kako sam ispod stola krio onu rupu na ne baš čistim čarapama... Pamtim kako sam to veče, ponesen strahom, popio tri flaše "Fruškogorskog bisera", litar i po domaće rakije (više je nije bilo) i završio sa "Mandarmetom", nekim likerom od mandarina... Od svega toga bi se napilo jedno omanje krdo slonova, ali ja sam bio najtrezniji, bojao sam se da tebi ne napravim neko sranje i to me je držalo. Onda smo izašli na Vilsonovo šetalište i ti si se propela na prste i poljubila me, evo, baš ovdje, pored uha, a ja sam morao da sjed­nem na klupu i da počnem plakati... Prolazila su neka djeca i čuo sam ih kako kažu: "Vidi pedera!!!" Kao i uvijek, ti si me pitala šta mi je najednom, a ja nisam mogao da ti objasnim da to uopšte nije najednom, da je to stalno, da je to neka vrsta mog zaštitnog znaka, nešto po čemu bih sebe poznao među hiljadama meni sličnih, nešto što se i ne trudim da sakrijem, jedan zloćudni tumor s kojim sam se rodio, tumor na mozgu i duši koji se ne da ukloniti nikakvim operativnim putem ni zračenjem, ni činjenicom da te volim i da ti voliš mene... Ako ti jave da večeras hodam po kafanama i olajavam tebe i našu ljubav, da se prodajem za loše vino, da skupljam opuške tuđih simpatija, ljubim ruke nečistih konobarica, ispadam budala u svačijim očima... To ti je živa istina.
Dario Džamonja
What is it like to feel Tao? It is an effortless flowing, a sweeping momentum. It is like bird song soaring and gliding over a vast landscape. You can feel this in your life: Events will take on a perfect momentum, a glorious cadence. You can feel it in your body: The energy will rise up in you in a thrilling crescendo, setting your very nerves aglow. You can feel it in your spirit: You will enter a state of such perfect grace that you will resound over the landscape of reality like ephemeral bird song. When Tao comes to you in this way, ride it for all that you are worth. Don't interfere. Don't stop - that brings failure, alienation, and regret. Don't try to direct it. Let it flow and follow it. When the Tao is with you, put aside all other concerns. As long as the song lasts, follow. Just follow.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Zar sve danas nije samo imitacija? Zar u današnjem vremenu nije sve samo imitacija stvarnosti, sve oko nas je u stvari "pravimo-se-da-je-tako". I mir je samo "pravi-se-da-je-mir", i ekonomska kriza je virtuelna, nije prava, pa i rat je samo imitacija, a imitacija je i ekonomski napredak. Ali, i pored toga, milioni ljudi živi i umire u ovom prividnom svetu. Samo se po sebi razume da moraju da žive i umire; i oni su samo ljudi. To je samo po sebi posve razumljivo. Samo što u svemu tome "pravimo-se-da-je-tako" ne možeš da nađeš za šta bi dao svoj život. Ja sam čovek koji mora da da sve od sebe, inače ništa ne može da postigne.
Yukio Mishima (Thirst for Love)
What could he say? That, back then, I wasn't caught by the Wen Sect because I wanted to go back to Lotus Pier to retrieve my parents' corpses. That, at the town we passed on our way, when you were buying food, a group of Wen Sect cultivators caught up. That, I discovered them early and left where I sat, hiding at the corner of the street and didn't get caught, but they were patrolling the streets and would soon run into you outside. That this was why I ran out and distracted them. But just like how the past Wei Wuxian couldn't tell him the truth of giving him his golden core, the current Jiang Cheng wasn't able to say anything either.
Mò Xiāng Tóngxiù (魔道祖师 [Mo Dao Zu Shi])
Očevidno je da ne postoji nikakav smisao povijesti koji bi se dao spasiti leđima okrenutim prema Auschwitzu niti postoji Bog kojemu se čovjek može klanjati leđa okrenutih prema Auschwitzu. Kao teološko-politička katastrofa Auschwitz ne ostavlja pošteđenima niti kršćanstvo i njegovu teologiju niti društvo i njegovu politiku.
Johann Baptist Metz (Memoria passionis: Ein provozierendes Gedächtnis in pluralistischer Gesellschaft)
Što će mi takva osveta,što će mi pakao za mučitelje,što tu pakao može popraviti kad je dijete već nastradalo?I kakva je to harmonija ako postoji pakao:ja želim oprostiti i želim sve zagrliti,ja neću da ljudi i dalje pate.A ako patnje djece samo popunjavaju onu količinu patnje koja je potrebna da se otkupi istina,onda unaprijed tvrdim da sva istina ne vrijedi toga.Na kraju krajeva,ja ne želim da se majka grli s krvnikom koji joj je dao rastrgati sina! Postoji li na cijelom svijetu biće koje bi moglo i imalo pravo oprostiti?Ja ne želim harmoniju,ne želim je iz ljubavi prema čovječanstvu.Radije ću ostati sa svojim neosvećenim patnjama.Radije ću ostati na svojoj neosvećenoj patnji i na svom neiskaljenom ogorčenju,makar i ne bio u pravu.Pa i previsoku su cijenu odredili toj harmoniji,nije za naš džep tolika ulaznina.I zato hitam da vratim svoju ulaznicu.Ako sam pošten čovjek,dužan sam je što prije vratiti.To upravo i činim.Nije da ja Boga ne priznajem,Aljoša,nego mu samo najponiznije vraćam ulaznicu.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Brothers Karamazov)
Young people need compassion and guidance, not obscure mysticism. Here are some guidelines for young people: Remember that you are always your own person. Do not surrender your mind, heart, or body to any person. Never compromise your dignity for any reason. Maintain your health with sound diet, hygiene, exercise, and clean living. Don’t engage in drugs or drinking. Money is never more important than your body and mind, but you must work and support yourself. Never depend on others for your livelihood.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Dalam menjalani hidup ini, Nak, adakalanya kau akan sampai di jalan yang bercabang atau bersimpang. Bila demikian, jangan ragu-ragu memilih cabang atau simpang yang kelihatannya kurang atau jarang ditempuh orang." "Bagaimana kalau nanti kita tersesat?" tanyaku. "Kalau kita tersesat bukan berarti kita akan hilang dalam perjalanan", jawab emak. "Maka jangan ragu-ragu mengambil jalan yang tidak umum. Hasilnya bisa cukup memuaskan ... contohnya lihat apa yang kau alami sekarang. Setelah orang-orang melihat hasil ini, lama-lama mereka akan mengikuti langkahmu dan jalan ini lalu menjadi jalan orang banyak. Tapi kau tetap yang memulai, yang merintis. Ini berlaku baik dalam arti harfiah maupun secara kiasan.
Daoed Joesoef (Emak)
Jangan bertutur terlalu cepat, nanti terucapkan hal-hal yang belum kau pikirkan. Kau boleh mengatakan semua, tetapi ucapkanlah itu dengan teratur dan dengan bahasa yang jelas.
Daoed Joesoef (Emak)
A moving door hinge never corrodes. Flowing water never grows stagnant.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it.
Solala Towler (Cha Dao: The Way of Tea, Tea as a Way of Life)
If we know how to adapt, we end up being superior.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Help others for all the times that you have been ignored. Be kind to others, for all the times that you have been scorned.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
A good master leads you to the true master within. Only that master, who is your own higher self, can adequately answer all questions.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Triangles all the time is not good. I learned that no triangles means more triangles when triangle.
Andries Louws (The Dao of Magic #2)
We learn about ourselves when we learn about others,” Jade said. “We respect different ways of life as food, traditions, and storytelling are shared across borders.
Julie C. Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2))
She was thought too gentle to rule, but perhaps they were all wrong,” Fu said. “Perhaps gentleness is necessary to temper a ruler’s ruthlessness, and not weakness at all.
Julie C. Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2))
Though Jade had never seen or heard the ocean, she thought Xifeng's voice might sound like the sea - gentle beneath the wind, but hiding wild, untamed depths below the surface.
Julie C. Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2))
The real black swan problem of stock market busts is not about a remote event that is considered unforeseeable; it is rather about a foreseeable event that is considered remote—
Mark Spitznagel (The Dao of Capital: Austrian Investing in a Distorted World)
By living your true purpose with Love & Gratitude, you are abundantly living in oneness with the universe
Natasha Dao
Tradition is first. Mercy is greater than tradition. Wisdom is greater than mercy.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
It must be like using an apothecary's scale....Knowing when to add more of this or that. Evening out the two sides so they seem equal, though one may hold only dirt and the other gold dust.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
U nas ti ne valja bit ni viši, ni manji, ni pametniji, ni gluplji, ni bolji, ni gori, nit ružniji pa ni ljepši od ostalih, a kamoli crn, jal žut, ne do ti dragi Allah. Pa kakav ćeš onda bit, moj Uzeire, moraš bit nekakav? Moraš, bezbeli, a kakav si god nekom nećeš valjat. Zato ti je najbolje bit onakav kakvog te je Bog dao, a život napravio, kad nemereš nikad valjat onda barem budi to što jesi o istom trošku.
Uzeir Hadžibeg
U mene ti sa djecom ovako hoda: Ha su počeli svoje živote živjet’ prest’o sam se brinut’. Što sam im`o dao sam `im, što sam znao rek’o sam i što sam umio pokaz’o sam `im. Sad je do njih. Nek’ i oni deveraju k`o što smo mi deverali, jer svak’ ima pravo na svoj dever, k`o što ima pravo i na svoju sreću. Kako je kome suđeno i kako se ko potrudi, bezbeli.. Matere su drugačije, njih briga ne popušća, meščini, dok god dišu.
Uzeir Hadžibeg (Hadžibeg)
Kalau kita merasa risi melihat ada tetangga yang tidak sembahyang, kita kunjungi dia dan ajak dia bertukar pikiran dengan menggunakan alasan-alasan yang didasarkan pada akal. Ini namanya perbuatan ksatria. Yang tidak baik adalah bila kita beramai-ramai membuat negara berkuasa untuk memaksakan kehendak pribadi pada semua orang. Agama terpaut pada hak asasi, di bidang privasi, atas keyakinan orang per orang, yang tidak bisa dipaksa-paksakan.
Daoed Joesoef (Emak)
You will be Empress only if you are willing to take the dark road there. But you are not the only exceptional one, and you are not alone in being favored for greatness. The sooner you understand that, the better your choices will be.
Julie C. Dao (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1))
You must believe in what you're doing, that what you're doing is the proper thing, the right thing. And you must have faith that things will end up as they should, which doesn't mean as you want them to, but things will work out as they should.
John Wooden
If you hold a real weapon in your hand, you will feel its character strongly. It begs to be used. It is fearsome. Its only purpose is death, and its power is not just in the material from which it is made but also from the intention of its makers.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
To be a Taoist, one need not engage in fanatical denial of any part of life, nor does one need to leave family and career in order to gain a foothold on the path. One need only balance the various parts of one’s personality and provide them with a strong focus.
Ming-Dao Deng (Scholar Warrior: An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life)
Tôi đứng ở cửa ngây người nhìn Công Nghi Phỉ áo trắng bên cạnh ngọn đèn dầu, trong tay chàng cầm một con dao khắc, có giọt máu nhỏ từ chuôi dao rớt xuống đất, trước mặt chàng là… tôi cơ hồ bịt miệng kêu lên, định thần mãi mới phát hiện đó chỉ là bức tượng của Khanh Tửu Tửu, một bức tượng có hồn như thật, mái tóc thả dài chấm gót chân, nửa bàn tay lộ ra dưới ống tay áo cầm chiếc ô cán trúc. Công Nghi Phỉ thất thần đứng mãi, như sực nhớ ra, rút trong ống tay áo chiếc vòng ngọc màu đen, chìa ra trước bức tượng gỗ, nhẹ nhàng: “Chiếc vòng này có phải của cô nương?”. Âm thanh trống rỗng vang lên trong căn phòng mờ mờ ánh đèn, nhưng không thấy tiếng trả lời. Chàng ta lại không bận tâm, ánh mắt tươi cười, giọng vẫn nhẹ: “Hình như tại hạ đã gặp cô nương ở đâu?”. Nghe đến đây tôi đã biết câu sau chàng ta sẽ nói gì. Đó là cảnh tượng lần đầu họ gặp nhau, cuối cùng chàng ta vẫn uống thuốc giải thiên nhật vong. Quả nhiên chàng ta nắm tay cô nói khẽ: “Tại hạ là Công Nghi Phỉ ở Bối Trung, dám hỏi quý danh cô nương”. Như có tiếng thanh thanh vẳng lại: “Vĩnh An, Khanh Tửu Tửu”. Nhưng tất cả đã không thể quay trở lại. Nhìn cảnh Công Nghi Phỉ rơi nước mắt, Công Nghi San bên cạnh giơ tay bịt miệng, quay người bỏ chạy như không thể chịu đựng hơn. Tôi từ từ khép cửa. Bên ngoài chợt một trận gió mạnh thốc tới, hoa tử vi trên cây rụng lả tả như một trận tuyết rơi. Bối Trung tháng chín, trận tuyết rơi màu tím. Ngẩng đầu nhìn bầu trời xanh ngắt, giữa tầng mây trắng dường như thấp thoáng bóng áo trắng, tôi ngửa mặt thốt lên: “Khanh Tửu Tửu, rốt cuộc cô yêu chàng thế nào?”. Nước mắt ứa ra, có lẽ đây là lần duy nhất tôi rơi nước mắt vì khách hàng của mình.
唐七公子 (Hoa Tư Dẫn - Tập 2)
Braćo, ne bojte se grehova ljudskih, volite čoveka i u grehu njegovom, jer kad ko voli čoveka grešnog, to je već slika Božanske ljubavi i vrhunac je ljubavi na zemlji. Volite sve stvorenje Božje i celokupno i svaku mrvicu. Svaki listić, svaku zraku Božju volite. Volite životinje, volite bilje, volite svaku stvar. Budeš li voleo svaku stvar – i tajnu ćeš Božju razumeti u stvarima. A shvatiš li je jedared, ti ćeš je posle neumorno početi poznavati sve dalje i više, svakodnevno. I zavolećeš, najzad, sav svet vascelom i vasionom ljubavlju. Životinje volite: njima je Bog dao klicu misli i tihu radost. Nemojte im je narušavati i remetiti, ne mučite ih, ne oduzimajte im radost, ne protivite se misli Božjoj. Čoveče, ne uznosi se, ne misli da si bolji od životinje: one su bezgrešne, a ti, sa svojim veličanstvom, ti samo gnojiš zemlju svojom pojavom, na njoj trag svoj gnojni ostavljaš posle sebe, - i to, avaj, skoro svaki, svaki između nas! Decu volite naročito, jer ona su bezgrešna kao anđeli i žive da bi nas razdragala i usrećila; ona žive zarad čišćenja srdaca naših, kao neki putokaz za nas. Teško onome ko uvredi dete...
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Brothers Karamazov)
Sometimes I think Xifeng’s the only one who knows what women are capable of, and that’s why she’s on that throne. I don’t agree with anything she’s done, but she believed in herself, and that’s what’s missing in me. If I don’t believe in myself, why should you? Why should my people?
Julie C. Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2))
To model procrastination—where someone really does intend to do something, just not right now—involves not merely a discount on future enjoyments, but a more subtle problem of time inconsistency, of thinking that what is too onerous in the present will somehow be easier to endure in the future.
Spitznagel, Mark (The Dao of Capital: Austrian Investing in a Distorted World)
If you go personally to war, you cross the line yourself. You sacrifice ideals for survival and the fury of killing. That alters you forever. That is why no one rushes to be a veteran. Think before you want to change so unalterably. The stakes are not merely one’s life, but one’s very humanity.
Ming-Dao Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations)
Ako ja, ma kako se na to gledalo, sa svog licnog gledista bacim, razdvojivsi samoga sebe, pogled na onog mladog covjeka kakav sam tada bio, treba da se zalim, sto me sudbina nije rodila pomalo niktovom, i ne mogu se utjesiti zbog svog prevelikog postenja. Ne bih li ja, naprotiv, sve bio dao, da u sebi izbrisem svako iskustvo, da opet imam svoju djetinju dusu i da s njome zivim u cistoci? To moje JA, sto ga svi poznajete, ne zaboravite, to je uprljano svom necistocom zivota. Ako je istina, da covjek moze izvuci neki ponos iz hrpe onih godina koje je prozivio u necistoci, tad me, pristajem, nazovite svojim starijim bratom.
Natsume Sōseki
Ralph ga pogleda bez riječi. Načas mu izađe pred oči slika ovdašnjih žalova neobično ljepote. Ali otok je izgorio kao suha drva - Simon je poginuo - a Jack je... Poteku mu suze i strese se od jecaja. Prvi put je dao na volju suzama otkako je na ovom otoku; sav se tresao od snažnih, drhtavih, bolnih grčeva. Glas mu je zaorio pod crnim dimom, pred tim spaljenim, uništenim otokom. Pod utjecajem njegovih osjećaja, i ostali dječaci počnu se tresti i jecati. Usred njih, onako prljav, raščupan i balav, Ralph je plakao za krajem nevinosti, plakao je zbog tame u ljudskom srcu, plakao je za mudrim, pravim prijateljem Pajcekom koji je odletio u zrak.
William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
Thằng lính rút dao khỏi ngực người trinh nữ, máu trào ra, đỏ tươi, nồng ấm tràn khắp ngực, đổ xuống hai mạn sườn mỏng mảnh màu nâu nhạt. Mắt người trinh nữ khép hờ, cặp môi trắng nhợt khép hờ. Thằng lính rạch một nhát dao từ ức xuống thẳng phần bụng dưới sau đó đặt con dao sang bên, dùng hai tay lấy hết sức mở phanh bụng người trinh nữ rồi bình thản nạo vét bên trong nội tạng thân thể cô ta. Một thùng nước bằng gỗ được mang đến, thằng lính nhẩn nha múc từng gáo nước rửa sạch các vết máu sau đó nhét những nắm cỏ bấc khô trộn hoa hồi tẩm mật ong vào bụng cô ta. Đích thân Cao Biền đặt hai lá bùa Kim đồng thiết phù màu đỏ tía vào trong thân thể người trinh nữ, một lá nằm giữa khoang bụng, một lá nằm ở hốc tim. Cái xác được khâu lại, lau kỹ một lần nữa bằng nước thơm rồi mặc quần áo, đặt ngồi ngay ngắn trên chiếc ngai gỗ. Cao Biền rút thanh gươm to bản đeo bên người ra, nhúng vào chậu máu chó, lại lấy một lá bùa đính vào chuôi gươm, sau đó quay sang trái hất hàm ra hiệu. Thằng lính thắp hương cắm ngang miệng chiếc thủ lợn đặt trên mâm, lầm rầm khấn mời về thụ lộc. Cuối cùng Tản Viên sơn thần không bị lừa mà còn khinh bỉ nhổ một bãi nước bọt vào mặt Cao Biền. Hú vía. Từ trước tới nay người ta luôn mắc vào cạm bẫy của miếng ăn. Bãi nước bọt ấy thật vô giá, Khẩn nghĩ thế, nó cứu vớt danh dự cho cả một dân tộc.
Nguyễn Bình Phương (Ngồi)
Neki ljudi izjavljuju da vole čovječanstvo, a drugi im s pravom prigovaraju da se voljeti može samo u jednini, prema tome samo pojedince. Slažem se s tim i dodajem da ono što vrijedi za ljubav vrijedi i za mržnju. Čovjek, to biće koje toliko želi ravnotežu, uravnotežava teret zla, koji mu je bačen na leđa, težinom svoje mržnje. Ali pokušajte usmjeriti svoju mržnju na apstraktne principe, na nepravdu, fanatizam, krutost, ili ako dođete do toga da je mržnje vrijedan sam ljudski princip, pokušajte mrziti čovječanstvo! Takve su mržnje nadljudske, a čovjek, da bi dao oduška svom gnjevu (svjestan ograničenosti svojih snaga), koncentrira ga uvijek samo na pojedince.
Milan Kundera (The Joke)
Like it or not, philosophy or intellectual activity in ancient China was distinguished from manual labor, and thus philosophical texts were not only political in nature (because they normally addressed the issue of good government and social order) but also “esoteric.” They were not meant to contribute to general education, but to be studied only by a small fraction of the population, i.e., by those who had access to learning and power. If we want to understand the Laozi historically, we have to accept this context and thus also the fact that, as a philosophical treatise, it did not attempt to be generally accessible. It was originally a text for the few—and it clearly shows.
Hans-Georg Moeller (The Philosophy of the Daodejing)
Blue Boy i ja krenuli smo u potragu za planinom. I našli smo jednu još prije zore. To nije bila baš bogzna kakva planina, prije bi se moglo reći da je to bilo brdo, ali Blue Boy je zacvilio kad ju je vidio. Odnio sam ga do vrha dok je na istoku izlazilo sunce. Ležao je i promatrao me dok sam mu kopao grob. Nije mogao podignuti glavu, ali dao mi je do znanja kako zna; naćulio je uši i nije skidao oka s mene. Kad sam završio s kopanjem, sjeo sam na zemlju i stavio njegovu glavu u krilo. Povremeno, kad bi smogao snage, polizao bi me po ruci. Malo kasnije je bez napora izdahnuo i glava mu je klonula preko moje ruke. Sahranio sam ga duboko u zemlji i naslagao teško kamenje na njegov grob. Tako da ima svoj mir. Kad sam stavio zadnji kamen, pomislio sam kako je zahvaljujući svom dobrom nosu sigurno već na pola puta natrag u planine. Lako je njemu sustići djeda.
Forrest Carter (Malo drvo)
Sahte pasaporttan başlayıp, kırmızı pasaporta devam eden bu maceranın en acıklı ve gülünç yanı nedir biliyor musunuz? Bunların hepsi aynı insana verildi. Ben o zaman da bendim,şimdi de benim. Birleşmiş Milletler'in her yerde denetlenen, insanı kuşkulu duruma sokan soluk mavi pasaportunu alan da aynı kişi, en üst düzey pasaportunu alan da.O zaman,aynı kişiye niçin farklı farklı statüler,farklı muameleler uygulanıyor.O zaman niçin sahte pasaport bulmak zorunda kalıyordum da sonradan bu devlet bana kırmızı pasaport veriyor?
O.Z. Livaneli (Sevdalım Hayat)
Ne obraćam se stoga više ljudima; obraćam se tebi, Bože svih bića, svih svjetova i svih vremena: ako je slabašnim stvorenjima, izgubljenim u beskraju, i nevidljivima za ostale u svemiru, dopušteno da od tebe nešto zatraže, od tebe koji si dao sve, od tebe čije su odluke postojane i vječne, udostoji se milostivo suditi o greškama što pripadaju našoj prirodi; neka te greške ne budu naša pokora. Nisi nam dao srce da se mrzimo i ruke da se ubijamo; učini da pomognemo jedni drugima podnositi teret mučnog i prolaznog života; neka neznatne razlike u odjeći kojom pokrivamo naša slaba tijela, među svim našim nedostatnim jezicima, među svim našim smiješnim običajima, među svim našim nesavršenim zakonima, među svim našim bezumnim shvaćanjima, među svim našim prilikama tako ujednačenim u našim očima i tako jednakim pred tobom; neka sve te sitne nijanse po kojima se razlikuju atomi nazvani ljudima ne budu povodi za mržnju i za progone; neka oni koji pale voštanice usred bijela dana da bi te slavili podnose one kojima je dovoljna svjetlost tvog sunca; neka oni koji svoje haljine prekrivaju bijelom tkaninom da bi iskazali ljubav prema tebi ne preziru one koji kazuju to isto pod mantijom od crne vune; neka bude svejedno obraća li ti se netko riječima nekog starog jezika ili na nekom novijem narječju; neka oni čija je odjeća obojena crveno ili ljubičasto, koji vladaju na malom komadiću jedne male gomile blata na ovome svijetu, i koji posjeduju nekoliko zaobljenih komadića izvjesne kovine, bez oholosti uživaju u onome što nazivaju veličinom i bogatstvom, i neka ih ostali gledaju bez zavisti; jer ti znaš da u tim ispraznostima nema ničeg na čemu bi trebalo zavidjeti i ničega zbog čega bi se trebalo dičiti. Kad bi se svi ljudi mogli prisjetiti da su braća! Neka zamrze tiraniju nad dušama kao što se gnušaju pljačke koja silom otima plodove rada i mirne umješnosti! Ako su nevolje rata neizbježne, ne mrzimo se, ne razdirimo se barem u miru, i koristimo trenutak svog postojanja da blagoslovimo, na tisuću različitih jezika istovremeno, od Sijama do Kalifornije, tvojom dobrotom koja nam je darovala taj trenutak.
Voltaire
The enemy must fight his battles far from home for a long time...We must weaken him by drawing him into protracted campaigns. Once his initial dash is broken, it will be easier to destroy him...When the enemy is away from home for a long time and produces no victories and families learn of their dead, then the enemy population at home becomes dissatisfied and considers it a Mandate from Heaven that the armies be recalled. Time is always in our favor. Our climate, mountains, and jungles discourage the enemy; but for us they offer sanctuary and a place from which to attack.
Tran Hung Dao
ELEGIJA O NEMOGUĆOJ USPOMENI Šta ne bih dao za sećanje na prašnjav puteljak sa niskim ogradama i visokog konjanika što zoru ispunjava (pohaban dugački pončo) jednog dana među danima ravnice, jednog dana bez datuma. Šta ne bih dao za sećanje na majku koja posmatra jutro na estansiji Svete Irene a ne zna da će se zvati Borhes. Šta ne bih dao za sećanje da sam se borio kod Sepede i video Estanislaa Del Kampa kako pozdravlja prvi kuršum s radošću hrabra čoveka. Šta ne bih dao za sećanje na kapiju skrivenog letnjikovca koju je moj otac svake večeri zatvarao pre no što bi se izgubio u snu i koju je zatvorio poslednji put četrnaestog februara 38. Šta ne bih dao za sećanje na Hengistove čunove koji kreću sa peščanih obala Danske da osvoje ostrvo koje još Engleska ne beše. Šta ne bih dao za sećanje (imao sam ga i izgubio) na jedno zlatasto Tarnerovo platno široko kao muzika. Šta ne bih dao za sećanje da sam čuo Sokrata kad je pred veče kukute s vedrinom ispitivao problem besmrtnosti, naizmenično navodeći mitove i razloge dok se plava smrt penjala iz već studenih nogu. Šta ne bih dao za sećanje da si mi rekla da me voliš i da nisam spavao do zore, bestidan i srećan.
Jorge Luis Borges (Selected Poems)
I have again been asked to explain how one can "become a Daoists..." with all of the sad things happening in our world today, Laozi and Zhuangzi give words of advice, tho not necessarily to become a Daoist priest or priestess... " So many foreigners who want to become “Religious Daoists” 道教的道师 (道士) do not realize that they must not only receive a transmission of a Lu 籙 register which identifies their Daoist school, and learn as well how to sing the ritual melodies, play the flute, stringed instruments, drums, and sacred dance steps, required to be an ordained and functioning Daoist priest or priestess. This process usually takes 10 years or more of daily discipleship and practice, to accomplish. There are 86 schools and genre of Daoist rituals listed in the Baiyun Guan Gazeteer, 白雲觀志, which was edited by Oyanagi Sensei, in Tokyo, 1928, and again in 1934, and re-published by Baiyun Guan in Beijing, available in their book shop to purchase. Some of the schools, such as the Quanzhen Longmen 全真龙门orders, allow their rituals and Lu registers to be learned by a number of worthy disciples or monks; others, such as the Zhengyi, Qingwei, Pole Star, and Shangqing 正一,清微,北极,上请 registers may only be taught in their fullness to one son and/or one disciple, each generation. Each of the schools also have an identifying poem, from 20 or 40 character in length, or in the case of monastic orders (who pass on the registers to many disciples), longer poems up to 100 characters, which identify the generation of transmission from master to disciple. The Daoist who receives a Lu register (給籙元科, pronounced "Ji Lu Yuanke"), must use the character from the poem given to him by his or her master, when composing biao 表 memorials, shuwen 梳文 rescripts, and other documents, sent to the spirits of the 3 realms (heaven, earth, water /underworld). The rituals and documents are ineffective unless the correct characters and talismanic signature are used. The registers are not given to those who simply practice martial artists, Chinese medicine, and especially never shown to scholars. The punishment for revealing them to the unworthy is quite severe, for those who take payment for Lu transmission, or teaching how to perform the Jinlu Jiao and Huanglu Zhai 金籙醮,黃籙齋 科儀 keyi rituals, music, drum, sacred dance steps. Tang dynasty Tangwen 唐文 pronunciation must also be used when addressing the highest Daoist spirits, i.e., the 3 Pure Ones and 5 Emperors 三请五帝. In order to learn the rituals and receive a Lu transmission, it requires at least 10 years of daily practice with a master, by taking part in the Jiao and Zhai rituals, as an acolyte, cantor, or procession leader. Note that a proper use of Daoist ritual also includes learning Inner Alchemy, ie inner contemplative Daoist meditation, the visualization of spirits, where to implant them in the body, and how to summon them forth during ritual. The woman Daoist master Wei Huacun’s Huangting Neijing, 黃庭內經 to learn the esoteric names of the internalized Daoist spirits. Readers must be warned never to go to Longhu Shan, where a huge sum is charged to foreigners ($5000 to $9000) to receive a falsified document, called a "license" to be a Daoist! The first steps to true Daoist practice, Daoist Master Zhuang insisted to his disciples, is to read and follow the Laozi Daode Jing and the Zhuangzi Neipian, on a daily basis. Laozi Ch 66, "the ocean is the greatest of all creatures because it is the lowest", and Ch 67, "my 3 most precious things: compassion for all, frugal living for myself, respect all others and never put anyone down" are the basis for all Daoist practice. The words of Zhuangzi, Ch 7, are also deeply meaningful: "Yin and Yang were 2 little children who loved to play inside Hundun (ie Taiji, gestating Dao). They felt sorry because Hundun did not have eyes, or eats, or other senses. So everyday they drilled one hole, ie 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, one mouth; and on the 7th day, Hundun died.
Michael Saso