Poetry 365: #2 – Lines of Inspiration

Here are some stumbled-upon lines, verses and quotes that have left me breathless:

Scott Adams (he of Dilbert fame): “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Rabindranath Tragore: “Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the bliss of the touch of the One in the play of the many.”

Benjamin Franklin (on why he chose to send books instead of a new church bell to Franklin, Mass.): “Sense is better than sound.”

Thomas Jefferson: “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in men, but bind him down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.”

Buddha, from the Dhammapada:
“It is better to conquer yourself/ Than to win a thousand battles.”
“The wise man delights in the truth/ And follows the law of the awakened/ … Free from desire/ Free from possessions/ Free from the dark places of the heart/ Free from attachment and appetite.”
“Better to live one day/ Wondering/ How all things arise and pass away./ Better to live one hour/ Seeing/ The one life beyond the way. Better to live one moment/ In the moment/ Of the way beyond the way.”
“Do not look for bad company/ Or live with men who do not care./ Find friends who love the truth./ Drink deeply”

Rumi: “Whoever brings sweetness/ Will be served almond cake.”

About allisunknown

26 year-old student, tutor, and writer. Write for http://www.spectrumculture.com. Also nascent pedestrian advocate. Twitter handles: twitter.com/joeclinkenbeard twitter.com/PedInPDX
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