Saturday, December 18, 2010

The slope contains many wonders not found at the summit.

Obedience corrupts; absolute obedience corrupts absolutely.

The spider spinning its web is absorbed, but not self-absorbed.

Build your castle of dreams, but don't live in it.

What we have in common is also part of our uniqueness.

The true ladder of success is the one lying on the ground.

There is no fact that is not at least part fiction.

Ideas stand in the corner and laugh while we fight over them.

Even the bullfrog has a beautiful voice when it sings for its own pleasure.

Snow is the truth only when it's snowing.

Don't stand in the hallway waiting; join the feast.

What is eternal is the cloud passing slowly out of sight.

83 comments:

  1. So much to think about and enjoy! I love "ideas stand in the corner and laugh while we fight over them". But I really enjoy the truth behind the first one. It echoes the sentiment that we can get so caught up in the destination that we miss the pleasures of the journey itself.

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  2. I like very much the one about ideas laughing at us, this is the sort of aphorism the world needs to listen to. I like them all, of course; the one about joining the feast is probably my fave.

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  3. Well I am glad to see that one thing has not changed....Your voice...Enjoyed Workinghard

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  4. You know NP, every time I'm surprised at the aphorisms. There's so much strength in their simplicity and I usually doze of in the distance and think them through haha. Thanks for these NP! *waves* Xx

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  5. Thanks for the mind candy! I always enjoy your snippets of wisdom.

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  6. hi, Love the "Build but not live in castles in the air" Reminded of the joke:- A neuortic worries about them......a psychotic lives in them......and a psychiatrist collects the rent! Thanks for another great post Neil

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  7. The slope has many wonders, when we reach the summit, it is time to come down because it is very cold there.
    We only can taste the real snow while snowing.
    I am enjoy reading all these.
    Thanks.

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  8. Wow. I love them all. How you continue to create sayings full of such insight and wisdom amazes me.

    Thanks, once again, for making me stop and think.

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  9. Wow, NP, you had me at the first one, though they are all great! "The slope contains many wonders not found at the summit." So true. It reminds me of the old saying that the anticipation is usually better than the reality. Just think of how we were as kids, anticipating Christmas. Most of the time we were still happy on Christmas day, but once in a while there was the much desired gift that didn't arrive. Great life lesson. :)

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  10. I loved all of them. :) This one leapt off the page and made lol :D.

    "Ideas stand in the corner and laugh while we fight over them."

    Thanks so much for sharing your aphorisms with us all year round. I appreciate them.

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  11. love them all. as usual. need sometime to digest this one:
    The spider spinning its web is absorbed, but not self-absorbed.

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  12. It's been a while Marty. While you were writing some wonderful aphorisms, I was living them -LOL

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  13. Wow, some really good ones this time around...don't know how you keep coming up with these wonderful tidbits of wisdom, but please continue...i have to say my fave this time has to be: Obedience corrupts; absolute obedience corrupts absolutely....words to live by :)

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  14. I like this part:"Even the bullfrog has a beautiful voice when it sings for its own pleasure"

    You should hear me sing with much gusto under the shower, eat your heart out Bon Jovi.

    Suddenly I felt shame.

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  15. You are just sooo clever, Marty! Glad you got around to a new post here! As usual, it is brilliant.
    xoxo

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  16. I loved them! I always look forward to your wisdom. :)

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  17. More profoundity from NP! Happy Holidays. Always great to see a new post from you.

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  18. Thoroughly profound and enjoyable. Thanks for igniting the soul. Happy Blessings.

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  19. WOW! I came here out of curiosity from your kind visit and what a surprise, not only talented writing but philosophical and beautiful!!!

    Thank you!

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  20. Snow is the truth only when it is snowing.

    Love it.

    The spirit of Rilke lives :)

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  21. Love them all, especially the first one!

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  22. Life is fascinating, isn't it?! Seeing JOY of Life in Life during Life in the moment is very Natural. Thank you for your Gift to US All! :-)

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  23. All of them are profound, though I dare say, I differ in obedience.

    Obedience is of utmost necessary, and the greatest of obedience is to be obedient to ourselves..

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    I have been going through all of your "one-liners". So much depth, so much to think..every sentence needs a deep meditative approach to understand..To be honest I am glad that I found...

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    Thanks for your comment.

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  24. How do you do this over and over again? I'd like to crawl inside your head and watch the wheels churn. You are amazing!

    Love the one about the spider. Good advice!

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  25. Thanks for reminding me how lovely life is and that there are people like you who make this world a better place to live. Thank you.

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  26. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They help put life in perspective and keep up the great writing. You are incredibly talented and make reader's think. I wish I had your talent!

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  27. Thinking of practising a phrase no 4..it match with my personality..perfect..hilaved:)

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  28. This is better than Christmas. I'm here to join the feast.

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  29. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful compositions on his blog. Wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Best wishes. Leovi.

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  30. Merry Christmas, nothing profound! May yours be profoundly beautiful.

    Thanks for adding your wisdom and great creativity to our world!

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  31. Really profound:
    The spider spinning its web is absorbed, but not self-absorbed.
    Build your castle of dreams, but don't live in it.
    What we have in common is also part of our uniqueness.
    The true ladder of success is the one lying on the ground.
    There is no fact that is not at least part fiction....
    Thanks my friend, for sharing your valuable insights.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New year.
    God bless.

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  32. have been waiting for a long time for you to write on this blog :) and the joy that came crashing internally was amazing once i found out you did. I re-read them all no less than 15 times...each one filtering in my some new understanding and some new wisdom. The simplicity in which you state something is mesmerizing. My favourite one's are the spider once, obedience, the snow one...they all gave me a need to think and contemplate but those three hit a spot deep inside...thanks always for your aphorisims
    with loving light Rain

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  33. Some nice stuff here... always a pleasure to peruse...& read comments.

    Alex.

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  34. That was heavy, I kept getting a clearer picture only as I read and re-read...

    To follow your dreams and passions..to love what you are doing is to enjoy each moment of it...to not think of just the destination as where all the pleasure lies but also in each moment that leads to it, for it is only your own heart you are following, your song that you are singing for yourself to please, to let go a little and follow your dreams against a few odds, to just be.

    Am I on the right track ?

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  35. Very deep semantics! Stayed longer here than usual to follow. Your terrific brain did it again! But I chose this one-
    "Don't stand in the hallway waiting; join the feast".
    I feel guilty because I choose to stand and wait when invited to a feast. I might take the wrong seat, that's why. Haha! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  36. Obedience corrupts; absolute obedience corrupts absolutely.Most relevant,is what we experience in most parts of the world today.

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  37. The first one did it for me too NP....Happy New Year to you and yours. Thank you for all your wonderful inspiring thoughts during 2010 ~ Chrissy

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  38. Wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year! Keep the aphorisms coming in 2011!

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  39. It seems that, "No man is an island in Manhattan..." – Happy New Year, one and all!!!

    Anonymus

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  40. I'm amazed every time about your treasures of wisdom - and all the comments you get!

    Happy New Year with lot of new wisdom quotes from you, Marty!

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  41. A lot of inspiring words! thank's for sharing..

    Happy new year! ^^

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  42. Happy New Year. My best to you & yours. :)

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  43. These aren't half-bad! I'd like to say something so brief so easilly and yet so strongly-worded as these must roll off the tongue when they're spoken.

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  44. "Ideas stand in the corner and laugh at us"... Brilliant! We laugh at them and take away their power.
    Very good collection. Podium pounders.

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  45. profundities, NP!! I love the first one...it's the journey...beautifully put!! thanks!! fun to meet you!!

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  46. Loved the last but one line...thanks for visiting my blog...a happy new year to you:)

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  47. Beautifully written, love it!
    Happy 2011
    Marinela

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  48. I had to come back to see with fresh eyes and ears. Thanks for igniting my imagination again.

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  49. I like this: "What we have in common is also part of our uniqueness." Nice line, if its true to you & me & them also.

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  50. Your posts always make me linger, line-by-line. Love that. OK... going to go work on that castle ;)

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  51. So many readers!

    I felt like this was written just for me. Needed to read these words today. Thank you :)

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  52. As wonderful as always !!

    ""Ideas stand in the corner and laugh while we fight over them."' This is so close to me my heart because you know ... in love you fight too much to prove yourself right. :-) ... I am here after a very long time but i am happy to be a little part of this blog.

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  53. Wow. Stumbled upon this site from Trish's blog.

    "Even the bullfrog has a beautiful voice when it sings for its own pleasure."

    I love that, but I also cannot help but picture myself singing Rock Band 2 at the same time.

    Seriously??... Reeeally?..... Seriously?

    :-)

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  54. Just discovered your blog...WOW...I'd say your wisdom is deep and quite profound.

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  55. "Ideas stand in the corner and laugh while we fight over them."

    -this is true NP, especially when it comes to religion. its a never ending battle of doctrines and principle.

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  56. I love this one : Even the bullfrog has a beautiful voice when it sings for its own pleasure. Do I have your permission to quote you (with a link)?

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  57. i'd like to live in that castle of my dreams though... some day....

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  58. The true ladder of success is the one lying on the ground. i like this one most....

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  59. Hello my dear friend,thanks x your visit.Wish you a happy and blessed 2011.Full of joy,health,happiness and love.I´m glad to be here,its always a pleasure visit your site.have a nice evening

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  60. Don't stand in the halway waiting come in and join the feast......ooooo I don't know lol

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  61. I like the one about obedience. It is so true. If only more people questioned preconceived beliefs.

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  62. "The slope contains many wonders not found at the summit" - process over product, journey over destination, that's the way to go.

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  63. Excellent and educational as always Marty you Rock with wisdom!!

    Happy New year 2011!

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  64. Hi NP!

    I made a mention of you on my site too, and thought I'd leave a note personally as well.

    Here's wishing you a very Happy and Successful New Year 2011! Thanks for adding value to my site in 2010 through your valuable comments!

    And now for my favorites from this lot:
    1) "Build your castle of dreams, but don't live in it."
    2) "The true ladder of success is the one lying on the ground."

    Have a great year ahead, and look forward to seeing you around at Secrets of Success.

    Cheers,
    Mark

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  65. Thanks for visiting my blog. I liked the ladder one
    I never heard that one before.

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  66. "Ideas stand in the corner and laugh while we fight over them."

    I have always thought that, but I don't think I could ever express it as well as you just did. I love your style. Thanks for visiting Where the Butterflies Go!

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  67. Marty, where do you get this stuff? It is so wonderful. If not for you, I might take myself far too seriously. Thanks for the perspective! :)

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  68. My own life is the context for all of these in just a few minutes. And I say, "Yes."

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  69. This is the power of 12 in a nut-shell - it flits nicely!

    Anonymus

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  70. Thanks for commenting and stopping by. Hope you get some more aphorisms up. Miss seeing them. I will have to check out your other site. take care and have a great week!

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  71. Thank you for the message on my blog. I am following along and if I use your quotes, I will inform you, and reference back to you.

    Thanks for offering.

    Freda

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  72. Truthful and wise sayings:
    ..'The spider spinning its web is absorbed, but not self-absorbed.
    Build your castle of dreams, but don't live in it.
    What we have in common is also part of our uniqueness.
    The true ladder of success is the one lying on the ground.
    Ideas stand in the corner and laugh while we fight over them.
    Snow is the truth only when it's snowing....
    Thanks Marty for sharing.
    God bless.

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  73. :) thanks for the visit, time, anytime... x

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  74. I wish you posted more frequently, even if your lists were smaller. I have a list of "Others Quotes" and I just added a ton of quotes from you. You are now the star of that list, but it is fairly new.

    Anytime I use one, I will link it back to its source.

    There are two themes that I think you and I share and they are these:

    1. Happiness is a choice, not a reality, and so is sadness in most cases.

    2. The ownership of truth is an illusion. We think what we think as a result of core axioms and we argue back and forth over the details that are nothing more than manifestations of core beliefs that, by definition, cannot be proven. One person is no more likely to be “right” than another, regardless of how right or righteous he feels.

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  75. 'The slope contains many wonders not found at the summit.'

    Slope, summit and level plain, Emptiness - to the sound of one hand clapping

    thank you

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  76. None but the brave seek to sit on cloud 9 & whistle Dixie.

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