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Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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You can't cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

 

I am merely a bit player in your stories,
as you are merely a bit player in mine.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands:
not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
- Colin Wilson

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
- Rumi

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When one fully lives a life of acceptance,
life's vagaries are not merely tolerated,
but are received as a gift.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light
is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To say "too busy" is merely
to say "confused priorities."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Science merely quantifies and documents
the relationships among miracles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
- Albert Einstein

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The very ink with which all history
is written is merely fluid prejudice.
- Mark Twain

It is important to expect nothing,
to take every experience,
including the negative ones,
as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.
- Ram Dass

Know that darkness is merely the absence of light.
You can be the small candle that defeats the vast darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man does not weave this web of life.
He is merely a strand of it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Merely to avoid harming others is not enough.
Earn your place in this world by doing good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

About most subjects, there is not "The Truth;"
there is merely one's personal truth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The highest education is that which
does not merely give us information
but makes our life in harmony with all existence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely.
You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
- Henry David Thoreau

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful
death than animals that know nothing.
- Maurice Maeterlinck

Doctors are just the same as lawyers;
the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you,
whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
- Anton Chekhov

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
- Salvador Dali

The source of most worry is a lack of acceptance
of the uncertainties of the future.
When one fully lives a life of acceptance,
life's vagaries are not merely tolerated,
but are received as a gift.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most difficult thing is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity.
The fears are paper tigers.
You can do anything you decide to do.
You can act to change and control your life;
and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
- Amelia Earhart

We who engage in nonviolent direct action
are not the creators of tension.
We merely bring to the surface
the hidden tension that is already alive.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife.
Then he realized there was a contradiction involved
here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
- Douglas Adams

Do more than is required.
What is the distance between someone who achieves their
goals consistently and those who spend their lives
and careers merely following? The extra mile.
- Gary Ryan Blair

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change,
nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food;
therefore,
if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life
merely for the sake of his appetite.
- Leo Tolstoy

Technological progress has merely provided us with
more efficient means for going backwards.
- Aldous Huxley

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
- Irvin S. Cobb

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.
- Kerry Thornley

Our society is not a community, but merely a collection
of isolated family units.
- Valerie Solanas

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go;
they merely determine where you start.
- Nido Qubein

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.
We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
- Samuel Ullman

Better to illuminate than merely to shine,
to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
- Thomas Aquinas

I believe in an evolving Constitution.
A flexible Constitution leaves room for us to consider
not merely how the world once was,
but how it ought to be.
- Eliot Spitzer

Europe is merely powerful; India is beautiful.
- Savitri Devi

Nobody understood better than Mr. Lincoln the obvious
truth that in politics it does not suffice merely to nominate candidates.
Something must also be done to elect them.
- John George Nicolay

No sane person should believe that something is subjective
merely because it cannot be settled beyond controversy.
- Hilary Putnam

A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.
- Phillips Brooks

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes,
our ancestors.
It is the democracy of the dead.
Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy
who merely happen to be walking around.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Coercion, after all, merely captures man.
Freedom captivates him.
- Robert McNamara

The bass player's function, along with the drums,
is to be the engine that drives the car...
everything else is merely colours.
- Suzi Quatro

One can be a brother only in something.
Where there is no tie that binds men,
men are not united but merely lined up.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem.
It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
- Albert Einstein

Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred;
it is a habit to be acquired.
- David Lloyd George

Why should American atrocities be merely unsettling,
but a trip to Hanoi unconscionable?
- Tom Hayden

Many people think they are thinking when they are merely
rearranging their prejudices.
- William James

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there.
Did you know that right and left shoes were thought
up only a little more than a century ago?
- Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

Literature should not be suppressed merely because
it offends the moral code of the censor.
- William O. Douglas

Without money honor is merely a disease.
- Jean Racine

The biggest fool in the world is he who merely does his work supremely well,
without attending to appearance.
- Michael Korda

The fact that I have been successful merely means that
I can write and illustrate in my own way.
- Hugh Lofting

Beauty is no quality in things themselves.
It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.
- David Hume

The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists.
The poet merely enjoys existence.
- Wallace Stevens

If the individual is a unit in a corporate mass,
his life is not merely brutish and short,
but dull and mechanical.
- Herbert Read

The role of the intelligence - that part of us which
affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.
- Simone Weil


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