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    Following the herd quote

    It is harmful to follow the march of those who go before us, and since everyone had rather believe another than form his own opinion, we never pass a deliberate judgment upon life, but some traditional error always entangles us and brings us to ruin,…
    - 10 hours ago, 27 Jul 17, 7:04pm -
  • Living without purpose

    Living without purpose

    As long as we wander at random, not following any guide except the shouts and discordant clamours of those who invite us to proceed in different directions, our short life will be wasted in useless roamings. On the happy life by Seneca Filed under:…
    - 16 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 9:05am -
  • Living happily quote

    Living happily quote

    All men, brother Gallio, wish to live happily, but are dull at perceiving exactly what it is that makes life happy: and so far is it from being easy to attain the happiness that the more eagerly a man struggles to reach it the further he departs from…
    - 30 days ago, 28 Jun 17, 3:49pm -
  • Strength of mind

    Strength of mind

    It is an unconquerable strength of mind, knowing the world well, gentle in its dealings, showing great courtesy and consideration for those with whom it is brought into contact. On the happy life by Seneca Filed under: Seneca Tagged: dealing with pe…
    - 59 days ago, 30 May 17, 12:49pm -
  • Highest good quote

    Highest good quote

    The highest good is a mind which despises the accidents of fortune, and takes pleasure in virtue. On the Happy Life by SenecaFiled under: Seneca Tagged: fortune, good minds, highest good, on the happy life, Seneca, stoic philosophy, summum bonum, vir…
    - 59 days ago, 30 May 17, 2:56am -
  • Home quote

    Home quote

    It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home. There may be black ingratitude in the thing, and the punishment may be retributive and well deserved; but that it is a miserable thing, I can testify. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Filed…
    - 59 days ago, 30 May 17, 2:44am -
  • Secret quote

    Secret quote

    Secrets were what you kept in your head. Let them out and you might never know who would find them.  The spy in question by Tim Sebastian Filed under: John Grisham Tagged: hiding secrets, keeping secret, secret, spy in question, Tim Sebastian
    - 64 days ago, 24 May 17, 9:40pm -
  • Intelligence quote

    Intelligence quote

    Intelligence was nothing more than reading the right things. Finding and interpreting, straining ad squeezing till you have it all in the pot. Then sifting piece by piece, picking the truth from the lies, the clean from the dirty. The spy in question…
    - 64 days ago, 24 May 17, 6:17pm -
  • Temporary life quote

    Temporary life quote

    Nothing is forever – not even failure. The spy in question by Tim Sebastian Filed under: Tim Sebastian Tagged: eternal, failure, loss, spy in question, temporary, Tim Sebastian
    - 64 days ago, 24 May 17, 5:25pm -
  • Birth and death quote

    Birth and death quote

    When you are born you cry and everyone else laughs. Try to live so that when you die you laugh and everyone else cries. The spy in question by Tim SebastianFiled under: Tim Sebastian Tagged: birth, crying, death, grieving for dead, laughter, mourning…
    - 65 days ago, 24 May 17, 5:08pm -

Fake Buddha Quotes

  • Awful pedants of the world, unite!
    NPR has an article inspired by Garson O’Toole’s new book, Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations, investigating the phenomenon of the torrent of bogus quotations that flow through social media and occasionally make the…
    - 72 days ago, 17 May 17, 8:52am -
  • “Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.”
    This quote was passed on to me this morning: “Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.” It’s definitely not from the Buddha, although apparently a lot of people think it is. It’s attributed to the…
    - 95 days ago, 24 Apr 17, 6:48am -
  • The Buddha on Fake Buddha Quotes (6)
    “Bhikkhus, those bhikkhus who exclude the meaning and the Dhamma by means of badly acquired discourses whose phrasing is a semblance [of the correct phrasing] are acting for the harm of many people, for the unhappiness of many people, for the ruin,…
    - 30 Mar 17, 11:11am -
  • “The conflict isn’t between good and evil but between wisdom and ignorance.”
    Federico Weinstabl passed this one on to me, which he’d kindly translated from the Spanish, (“El conflicto no es entre el bien et el mal, sino entre el conocimiento y el ignorancia”) as “The conflict isn’t between good and evil but between…
    - 7 Jan 17, 1:03pm -
  • “The gift of food is the gift of life.”
    This quote, “The gift of food is the gift of life,” was passed on to me by a reader called Ilya. He was suspicious because he thought “the gift of life” didn’t sound like the kind of thing the Buddha would say. Also, it was very closely tie…
    - 26 Nov 16, 5:26pm -
  • Fake Camus quotes
    I just stumbled across a paper called “The noble art of misquoting Camus — from its origins to the Internet era,” by philosopher and Société des Études Camusiennes member, Giovanni Gaetani. Gaetani’s English is not quite broken, but perhap…
    - 15 Nov 16, 8:50pm -
  • “There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”
    Myoshin, of the Salt lake Buddhist Fellowship, was suspicious of this one: “There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.” It’s also found as “There is not enough darkness in all the world to put…
    - 5 Nov 16, 12:09pm -
  • When Buddha had tea with Mara
    This is an odd (and long) one, which, because it’s not a direct quote, I’ve put in the category of Fake Buddha Stories. Hold onto your headgear! Tara Brach has a blog post called “Inviting Mara to Tea.” Now Mara, in case you’re not aware of…
    - 21 Oct 16, 7:25am -
  • The Buddha on Fake Buddha Quotes (5)
    Here’s an interesting statement from the Buddha about how fake Dharma endangers the real thing: Kassapa, the true Dhamma does not disappear so long as a counterfeit of the true Dhamma has not arisen in the world. But when a counterfeit of the true…
    - 9 Oct 16, 4:27pm -
  • “The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.”
    Here’s a strange one! The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast. Abhijit Ranade wrote to me with this quote, saying, “I don’t think the Buddha would use words like the ‘Mus…
    - 17 Sep 16, 2:59pm -

Quote Vadis

  • “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the...

    “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the...

    “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”— Carrie Fisher, an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the original Star…
    - 14 Apr 14, 11:54am -
  • “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can...

    “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can...

    “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”— John Steinbeck, an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the Pulit…
    - 11 Apr 14, 9:36am -
  • “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned...

    “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned...

    “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”— Robert Frost, an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions…
    - 10 Apr 14, 3:11pm -
  • “And now it goes as it goes and where it ends is...

    “And now it goes as it goes and where it ends is...

    “And now it goes as it goes and where it ends is Fate.”— Aeschylus, the first of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays can still be read or performed, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. He is often described as the father of tr…
    - 4 Apr 14, 10:26am -
  • “The prospect of simple solutions to complex problems is...

    “The prospect of simple solutions to complex problems is...

    “The prospect of simple solutions to complex problems is the basis for a big part of the self-help industry. We are willing to believe in what we want to be true, and here we are lured by advice and bulleted lists that are supposed to turn us into…
    - 3 Apr 14, 10:34am -
  • “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset...

    “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset...

    “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”— Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, cont…
    - 2 Apr 14, 10:27am -
  • “The wise man does at once what the fool does...

    “The wise man does at once what the fool does...

    “The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.”— Niccolò Machiavelli, an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance. He was for many years an official in the Flo…
    - 1 Apr 14, 9:06am -
  • “If youth knew; if age could.”— Sigmund Freud, an...

    “If youth knew; if age could.”— Sigmund Freud, an...

    “If youth knew; if age could.”— Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis.
    - 28 Mar 14, 11:16am -
  • “All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire,...

    “All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire,...

    “All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is exclusively my own.”— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a German writer and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles…
    - 27 Mar 14, 11:17am -
  • “You can do anything, but not everything.”— David...

    “You can do anything, but not everything.”— David...

    “You can do anything, but not everything.”— David Allen, a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as “Getting Things Done”.
    - 26 Mar 14, 11:27am -

"Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation M

  • Thanks Everybody

    Thanks Everybody

    (thanks to Jared for the above image)I guess I need to come to terms with the reality that I no longer update this blog. This has happened for a few reasons: 1) I took on more responsibility and got busier in other parts of my life, including my (ahe…
    - 5 Sep 16, 2:06pm -
  • "tu amigo"

    "tu amigo"

    Submitter Jeroen explains,"The photo was taken in Cusco, Peru during local election time. Aparently Mr. Santiago wants to become mayor and (then will) also be 'your friend'."
    - 28 Oct 15, 8:42pm -
  • Book Recommendation: Heaven's Forgotten

    Book Recommendation: Heaven's Forgotten

    I promise I will get back to the funny punctuation pics soon, but I wanted to congratulate my friend Branden Johnson on the publication of his first novel, Heaven's Forgotten today. I've read part of it already and I can tell you that the writing is…
    - 12 Oct 15, 4:11pm -
  • "Store cool"

    "Store cool"

    I assume this is some kind of spy code? Thanks Emma.
    - 27 Sep 15, 6:45pm -
  • "Escape Rope"

    "Escape Rope"

    This rope is clearly decorative. Thanks Joel.
    - 24 Sep 15, 8:21am -
  • "New" Cheeses

    "New" Cheeses

    I mean, I guess they are still, like, fermented? Maybe not, maybe it's just a pool of milk. Thanks Jake.
    - 23 Sep 15, 8:18pm -
  • "The Attorney"

    "The Attorney"

    So wait, is "the attorney" his fight name, or is he actually an attorney? Thanks Andy.
    - 12 Sep 15, 8:47pm -
  • "sugar"

    "sugar"

    I found the nutra-sweet, guys. Thanks Melissa.
    - 11 Sep 15, 9:38am -
  • "non-alcoholic"

    "non-alcoholic"

    I don't know if you should encourage people to trick their friends like this. Thanks Ben.
    - 10 Sep 15, 9:37pm -
  • "Authentic"

    "Authentic"

    Maybe these folks are pointing out that our notion of authenticity itself is culturally constructed? Thanks Rick.
    - 6 Sep 15, 3:43pm -

ZEN PENCILS

  • Free Zen Pencils colouring-in PDF

    Free Zen Pencils colouring-in PDF

    I recently wrote a dismissive comment about adult colouring-in books in the Brené Brown ETERNAL STRUGGLE comic. A quite a few readers were angry with me, telling me that they enjoyed working on them, so I thought if you’re going […] ↓ Read the…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Jul 17, 8:25pm -
  • 216. BRENÉ BROWN: The eternal struggle

    216. BRENÉ BROWN: The eternal struggle

    This is the second quote from Brené Brown that I’ve adapted and a semi-sequel to The Woman in the Arena. Brené specialises in creativity, vulnerability and shame and in the blog post where this quote is taken from (it also […] ↓ Read the res…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 17, 8:24am -
  • 215. JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI: Anonymous creativity

    215. JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI: Anonymous creativity

    Jiddu Krishnamurti knew a thing or two about fame. As a 13 year-old boy in India, he was not ‘discovered’ by a record producer or casting agent, but by one of the leaders of the Theosophical Society. The young boy […] ↓ Read the rest of this…
    - 18 days ago, 10 Jul 17, 3:18am -
  • 214. ERNEST HEMINGWAY: A lonely life

    214. ERNEST HEMINGWAY: A lonely life

    Ernest Hemingway hadn’t written a successful novel in a decade. His previous novel, A Farewell to Arms (1940), had become a classic and he was excited about the publication of his new novel Across the River and Into the Trees […] ↓ Read the re…
    - 32 days ago, 26 Jun 17, 6:44am -
  • 213. MARY SHELLEY: Teenage dream

    213. MARY SHELLEY: Teenage dream

    It’s the most famous summer retreat in literary history. In May 1816 four Brits were holidaying together in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The acclaimed poet Lord Byron was there with his personal physician, the 19 year-old John Polidori. They met up […
    - 50 days ago, 8 Jun 17, 7:50am -
  • 212. PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY: In the mood for work

    212. PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY:  In the mood for work

    Most freelancers take on a job that they’re not that excited about … I know I have. The brief doesn’t excite them, they can’t get creatively enthusiastic about it or sometimes the people involved are a pain to deal with. […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 66 days ago, 23 May 17, 2:04am -
  • 211. NIKOLA TESLA: Visions of the future

    211. NIKOLA TESLA: Visions of the future

    The ONE secret that Nikola Tesla wrested from nature on that fateful day in a Budapest park was the design for his most famous and important invention: the Alternating Current Induction Motor. Before Tesla’s breakthrough, all electricity and motor…
    - 86 days ago, 2 May 17, 10:20pm -
  • 210. JOHN COLTRANE: The power of music

    210. JOHN COLTRANE: The power of music

    John Coltrane was already one of the most in-demand saxophonists in Jazz when he was kicked out of Miles Davis’ band in 1957 due to his heroin addiction. By then he had played with all the greats – Charlie Parker, […] ↓ Read the rest of this…
    - 99 days ago, 19 Apr 17, 9:32pm -
  • 209. FRIDA KAHLO: Heroine of pain

    209. FRIDA KAHLO: Heroine of pain

    Next time you complain that you don’t know what your passion is or are wondering where to apply your creativity, count your blessings you didn’t have go through a horrifying bus accident to find some clarity. By all accounts, the […] ↓ Read…
    - 5 Apr 17, 11:19pm -
  • 208. PABLO PICASSO: Weapon of choice

    208. PABLO PICASSO: Weapon of choice

    Pablo Picasso was feeling uninspired. The world’s most famous artistic genius had been commissioned to do a painting for the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair in 1937, but all he had come up with in three months were […] ↓ Read the…
    - 15 Mar 17, 4:21am -

This Day in Quotes

  • “Why are you not here?” – Thoreau’s famous (apocryphal) question to Emerson...

    “Why are you not here?” – Thoreau’s famous (apocryphal) question to Emerson...

    Fake quotes are sometimes harder to identify and debunk than “fake news,” especially when they are cited by hundreds of books and thousands of websites. A good example is the question Henry David Thoreau supposedly asked his friend Ralph Waldo…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 17, 2:28pm -
  • “There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford.”

    “There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford.”

    It is often claimed that the familiar expression of compassion “There, but for the grace of God, go I” is based on a quote by the 16th Century English Protestant clergyman John Bradford. According to tradition, Bradford was a prisoner in the T…
    - 15 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 6:10pm -
  • “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”

    “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”

    July 9th is the anniversary of one of the most famous political speeches in history, the “Cross of Gold Speech” by William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925). Bryan, one of America’s most charismatic and gifted orators, made the speech at the Democr…
    - 16 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 1:38pm -
  • “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

    “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

    Baseball Hall of Famer Satchel Paige (1906-1982) is considered one of the greatest pitchers in history — despite the fact that he only played for teams in the major leagues for about five years.  Paige actually had a very long career in baseb…
    - 44 days ago, 14 Jun 17, 11:59am -
  • “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”

    “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”

      “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by the American-born British poet T.S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot), is one of the most famous poems of the 20th Century. It was first published in the June 1915 issue of Poetry magazine, an influenti…
    - 59 days ago, 30 May 17, 2:30pm -
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