About the book:
I started compiling this list of truisms in my early years of high school. Some of them are actually written by me but the vast majority has been collected from other readings and experiences I’ve had throughout my life. This is almost a diary of a sense. Every entry that was actually written by me was a stage in my development, a flash of intuition or a major event in my life.
When my life is in trouble or I’m faced with a major decision I often return to this little tome of knowledge and look for one of the entries to speak to me. It’s been a guiding light in some of my darkest hours. Of course, I owe a special thanks to God, Allah, Buddha, The Goddess, whatever you want to call him/her/it, for being there with me through thick and thin as well. That great spirit has ALWAYS been there to guide me. If you listen to your heart it’ll be there to guide you as well.
Glean from this work what you can. Hopefully it will mean as much to you as it does to me. It’s been a great experience compiling everything and keeping it updated.
Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as government grows liberty decreases.
You and you alone are the only one responsible for your personal safety and security and that of your family and loved ones. To shirk that responsibility creates a nation of cowards reliant upon the outside authority of “professionals” who cannot be with you 24/7 and who have no legal responsibilty to protect you as an individual.
Furthermore, laying down arms and placing the responsibilty of your and your loved ones security on a “higher authority” is the first giant leap toward tyranny.
On Guns, Gun Safety and Personal Defense:
4 Universal rules of gun safety.
1) All guns are always loaded.
2) Never point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy.
3) Keep your finger off the trigger until your sighs are on the target.
4) Be sure of your target and what is behind it
– Jeff Cooper
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf”
The enemy one kills in war may be a splendid; brave, clean, reverent, truthful and so on. But a predatory felon who victimizes innocent non-combatants on the street is a proven goblin, sentenced by his own initiative.
– Jeff Cooper
You do not kill the goblin. He has chosen his own death by virtue of his own actions.
If you don’t intend to win, don’t fight. But, if you choose to fight, make winning your exclusive objective until the fight is over.
– Jeff Cooper
You probably should turn denfense into offence if the oportunity presents itself after the opening of hostilities. (Merddyn – the intent of your assailant is already proven.)
– Jeff Cooper
It is obvious that awareness, the by-product of alertness, is the first principle of any sort of fighting, and especially so in the case of the man alone.
– Jeff Cooper
The way to win is to know that there is going to be a fight before it happens. Once you know that, “your strength is as the strength of ten” because you can dictate the conditions of the conflict.
– Jeff Cooper
If you don’t know you’re in trouble, no amount of ability on your part will save you. (Merddyn: Therefore alertness is even more critical than ability.)
– Jeff Cooper
It is important to note that numbers do not necessarily mean bodies. One well-situated rifleman – alert, skillful and determined – can be the equivalent of a dozen or more untrained, sketchily armed, or badly disciplined assailants.
– Jeff Cooper
In small unit tactics sheer surprise may totally invert numerical superiority
– Jeff Cooper
Then if one day evil does at last arrive you will remember the watchwords – Initiative, Surprise, SPEED. You’ll have a better chance than most.
– Jeff Cooper
Since most people respond to hypothetcial with the assumption that it will not come to them, the first step in adjusting to your present social situation is the hard, clear, unflinching understanding that it can indeed come to us – personally.
It is amazing to read people that did not choose to believe this until after they have been victimized. They all knew that burglary, robbery, assault and murder were not only possible, but frequent, but they took no precautions, but they took no precautions because they simpley would not admit that they, themselves, could be the victim.
– Jeff Cooper
The police cannot protect you in your home. If goblins break in upon you the police should be called – as soon as you get around to it – in order to write out reports and clean up the mess. But the goblins are your problem. Bear that always in mind.
– Jeff Cooper
The stranger at your door must be considered a possible target until otherwise proven. And this is not fear, much less the popularly misused term “paranoia.” This is intellegent caution.
– Jeff Cooper
A ghost is nothing more than a person wrapped in a sausage. There is nothing “supernatural” about it and absolutely nothing to be feared more than any other person. We, as a civilization, simply have the wrong concept of who and what we are. You are the thoughts, the memories, the soul within, which exists entirely upon it’s own merit and is essentially eternal. Your natural state of being is as a spirit, not as a sausage. You are not your meat-sack. Come to understand this and you will see the world as it truly is.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. -Dr. Seuss
I tell myself I will not go even as I drive there.
-Big Black Houses
Among them, but not of them;
in a shroud
of thoughts which were
not there own thoughts.
-Lord Byron/The Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
Time is the moving image of Reality.
Did you think the lion was sleeping simply because he did not roar?
-Johann Fredrick von Schiller
Oftentimes, to win us to harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths;
Win us with honest trifles, to betray
In deepest consequence.
What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
What stamps the wrinkle of time deeper on the brow?
To view each loved one blotted from life’s page.
Or to be alone here on earth as I am now.
-Lord Byron/The Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
You and your opponent are one. there is a coexisting relationship between you. you become his compliment. Absorbing his attacks and using his force to overcome him.
It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.
-General Ben Chidlaw
What of fidelity and loyalty? Complete trust? Faith is not granted by tangible proof. It comes from the heart and soul. If a person needs proof of God’s Existence, then the very notion of spirituality is diminished into sensuality and we have reduced what is holy into what is logical.
“Mother is the name of God on the lips and hearts of all children.”
Faith is a path of persuasion not force.
-Bernard of Clairvoux
Why is it that those who have their eyes are often truly blind while those that are blind can often truly see?
Love should be blind but not deaf and dumb as well.
Power of the mind is infinite while brawn in limited.
-Sensei Koichi Tohei
Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay focused by accepting whatever you are doing.
Control your emotions or they will control you.
Remember, when one eye is fixed on the destination there is only one eye left to find the way.
Faith is seeing a rainbow in each tear.
I can see how it might be possible to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how one could look into the heavens and say there is no God.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier still sometimes to be cheated than not to trust.
If anyone speaks badly of you live so none will believe it.
Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged it will cut a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
Don’t be sad about the things you want and don’t get. Think how many things you don’t want and don’t get.
An apology is a good way to have the last word.
Don’t pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Sometimes you can make a more efficient statement by holding your tongue.
Speak kind words only and you will only hear kind echoes.
It is possible to give without loving but not to love without giving.
Don’t worry about opposition. Remember a kite rises against the wind not with it.
Remember not only to say the right things at the right time but also to leave unsaid the wrong things at the tempting moment.
In acceptance there is peace.
Sometimes we are blind because of or foresight.
Our eyes are mirrors to our souls and our bodies reflect our mortal desires, defects and fears.
Timing is an essential element often neglected in social situations.
There are two rules to apply to life.
1) Don’t Worry about the little things.
2) Everything is a little thing.
Infinite flexibility is the secret to immortality.
The only thing that should never change is the fact that you should always change with life. “Go with the flow.”
Lose your attachment to the defense of your point of view. Then there is nothing to attack. When we are completely established in non-violence then all beings around us cease to feel hostility.
A memory is a shadow of a former reality.
Death is not a thing of terror but of naturality.
1) Be Happy
2) No Regrets
3) Semper Fidelis
4) always follow Keith’s Rules unless they interfere with rule number one, two or three.
Sometimes the people we imagine as perfect are more flawed than ourselves.
When everything is down remember “life will flow” and “life always finds a way.”
Tomorrow does come because today is yesterday’s tomorrow.
Student: Some things should not be questioned.
It takes tolerance not to give in to death. To resist the temptation. How easy just to die. To keep on living an empty life takes patience from an empty person.
I can defeat your physically without a reason but i can only defeat your mind with a reason.
In an idealistic society all life that has not been tainted by the darkening powers of evil is beautiful. Beauty may not be apparent but hidden inside. The deeper beauty is hidden the more special and truly great is. Inner beauty is always superior to shallow appearance.
Softness triumphs over hardness, feebleness over strength. What is more malleable is always superior over that which is immoveable. This is the principle of controlling things by going along with them, of mastery through adaptation.
Fear is the mind killer.
A common human reaction is to fear what you don’t no understand. Avoid this and rise above the rest.
How ironic that learning brings power. True learning brings wisdom and the knowledge to use power to a greater end.
Finite players play within the boundaries while infinite players play WITH the boundaries.
-Mage: The Ascension
I can invade your dreams.
I can shatter your reality.
I can dominate you.
Never explain, your friends don’t need it and your enemies wouldn’t believe you anyway.
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify.
-Henry David Thoreau
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about they neck; write them upon the table of they heart.
All great things must first wear a terrifying and monstrous mask in order to inscribe themselves on the hearts of men.
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man and he will increase in learning.
Hatred sirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
He that hideth hatred with lying lips and he that uttereth a slander is a fool.
To win 100 victories in 100 battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
I am eternal until God wills my life force out of existence. My body is irrelevant.
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
-Beorge Bernard Shaw “Annajanska”
Go put your creed in your deed,
Nor speak with double tongue.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson “Ode inscribed to W.H. Channing”
You saw his weakness and he will never forgive you.
-Johann Fredrich von Schiller “Welhelm Tell”
That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.
-Fredrich Wilhelm Nietzche
The child is the father of the man.
“O! it is excellent
To have a giant’s strength.
but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.”
-William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”
When you have a goal, a purpose, an end in view, you have placed a limit upon the mind.
The problem IS the answer. Understanding the problem dissolves it.
Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.
None but a fool is always right.
Passion makes the “will” lord of reason.
Beware the fury of the patient man.
The heart has reason that reason cannot understand.
How can finite grasp infinity?
We rarely like the virtues we have not.
The first lesson of history is that evil is good.
Fearless minds grow soonest unto crowns.
Too low they build who build beneath the stars.
Observe your enemies, for they first find your faults.
The most deadly knife is the unseen one.
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.
Those that are in error must sometimes be shown their fault with force because that is all some understand.
We should be careful to get out of an experience the wisdom that is in it and stop there; lest we be like the cat who sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well, but she will never sit on a cold one anymore.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
It is a bad plan that admits of no moderation.
Why is it, Marcenas, that no man living is content with the lot that either his choice has given him or that chance has thrown to him, but each has praise for those who follow other paths?
Peace, Love and Happiness
3 things to be controlled above all else.
The Hand, The Tongue, Desire.
3 things deserving of admiration.
Those who respect the beauty of the earth,
On little children,
On a great work of art.
3 things avoided by the wise.
Expecting the imposable,
Grieving for the irretrievable,
Fearing the inevitable.
Some things must be believed to be seen.
Follow your conscience for it is the eye of God with you.
Action Follows Thought
The truth AGAINST the world.
Conscience is the presence of God within the mind of man.
Spiritual power comes from living in a sacred manner.
A magician comes forth as such from his mother’s womb. Those who assume the function will be unhappy.
When the student is ready the teacher will appear.
When asked what i want to do, what i want to be… There is no finite answer. I simply want to surpass my potential.
One must: See all, Study all and Suffer all to reach beyond the cycle of rebirth.
3 things a man is:
what he thinks he is
what others think he is
what he really is.
“Seek not to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.”
Have you ever noticed that we don’t pay attention to those who say they are wrong- only those that say they are right. How sad, what marvels we must have missed.
To Know, To Dare, To Keep Silent.
Ponder this, magic is simply undiscovered or unrecognized science and faith fuels magic.
When we ‘realize’ something we are not simply noticing that which was always there. We are actually making-real that ‘something’. It wasn’t there before we perceived it.
It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
Want in one hand and spit in the other, then see which one fills up the fastest.
Evil is the stone on which the sword of Good is sharpened.
Some things just look like rainstorms and turn out to be rainbows.
When you’re green you’re growing. When you’re ripe you rot.
-Anon. (founder of McDonald’s)
To ‘be’ is to ‘will’ and so is to ‘become’.
It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
-Piney Woods BBS
On man with courage makes a majority.
Some men see things as they are and say ‘Why?’. I dream of things that never were and say ‘Why Not?’.
-Eulogy for Robert Kenedy
In order to see Christianity one must forget almost all the Christians.
-Henri Fredric Amiel
Necessity has no law.
Prayer = to ask that the rules of the universe be annulled in behalf of a petitioner confessedly unworthy.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
To do nothing sometimes is a good remedy. Everything in excess is opposed to nature.
Good government never depends on the laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government therefore is the method of choosing the leaders.
-Law and Governance, The Spacing Guild, Children of Dune (178)
Free your mind, the rest will follow.
When there is no wind, Row.
All men betray, all men lose heart.
I won’t rain all the time and your tears won’t fall forever.
As within, So without. As above, So below.
Emotions are like water, Sometimes going from a trickle to a roaring rapid and back again in a relatively minute span of time.
Once you put your hand in the flame, it can never be the same. There is a certain satisfaction in a little bit of pain.
Sometimes the shortest distance between two points is a good ass whoopin.
Pray not for your desires but for patience to wait for them and for the right time.
Aikido is not a fighting system but a method of restoring peace where peace is absent.
My great grandfather was once bitten by a rattlesnake and after 3 days of INTENSE pain…
The snake died.
Hope begins in the dark. The stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.
-Anne Lamott, ~Michael Lamb
Walk into the eye of the hurricane and find peace.
For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that has heart. There i travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to transverse it’s full length and there i travel looking, looking, breathlessly.
“I am the Universe”
Aikido is the loving protection of all things, including yourself.
Just follow your heart son. You’ll be fine.
-Good Will Hunting
“O’Sensei believed in the old samurai adage that one must always try the utmost to avoid conflict, but if you cannot, then inflict pain before you injure, injure before you maim, maim before you kill, and if you must kill, squeeze every bit of life out of the attacker to the last drop. Make it a clean kill because life is so precious, it cannot be wasted, even in death.”
-Sensei Roy Suenaka
On love:”enjoy it… savor it like a fine wine… love with all your heart in every moment… and never regret that you loved because you did it with an open and honest heart.”
That government is best which governs least.
-Henry David Thoreau
You were wild once, don’t let them tame you.
When you get to know and appreciate someone, the dwelling that contains them becomes unimportant; you go to see your friends, not the lodges they live in.
-Anivar of the Carnutes
Fear leads to anger and anger leads to hatred and hatred leads to the dark side.
Do or Do Not, there is no Try!
Those who say it can’t be done shouldn’t stand in the way of those who are doing it
It is not enough to conquer, you have to know how to seduce.
Stolen sweets are best.
– Colley Cibber
According to my calculations… the problem doesn’t exist.
When you meet a master swordsman,
show him your sword.
When you meet a man who is not a poet,
do not show him your poem.
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
It is not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring.
– Spanish Proverb
When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man.
– Zen Saying
You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.
One day Chauang-tzu and a friend were walking along a riverbank.
“How delightfully the fishes are enjoying themselves in the water!” Chuang-tzu exclaimed.
“You are not a fish,” his friend said, “How do you know whether or not the fishes are enjoying themselves?”
“You are not me,” Chuang-tzu said, “How do you know that I do not know that the fishes are enjoying themselves?”
When it was to their advantage, they made a forward move; when otherwise, they stopped still.
– Sun Tzu, The Art of War. The Nine Situations
You can see the essence of God within the eyes of your own child.
Religion is like a multi-colored lantern. Everybody is looking through a different colored lense but it’s the same bright candle burning inside.
Knowing and not doing are equal to not knowing at all.
– Fortune Cookie
First do no harm.
– motto for medical students
What does it take to change the essence of a man?
– Steven Segal (On deadly ground)
sieze the day = carpe diem
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
Problems are the price you pay for progress.
– Branch Rickey
Only when you no longer want for water will you truly be thirsty.
– Dwain (on love and relationships)
There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
– The Matrix
Out here on the perimeter there are no stars
– Jim Morrison, The Doors
No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.
– Jim Morrison, The Doors
No one gets out of here alive!
– Jim Morrison, The Doors
Religion is for controlling the masses, spirituality is for following the heart.
I want to be unique, just like eveybody else.
Ponder the incomprehensibility of God.
Follow your heart and it will lead you to the new dawn.
You laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you because your all the same.
– Internet, somewhere
If his head splits open and UFO’s fly out I want you to have expected it.
– Steven Segal, Under Seige 2
There is no spoon.
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are cruncy and taste good with catchup.
There are no longer “dancers,” the possessed. The cleavage of men into actor and spectators is the central fact of our time. We are obsessed with heroes who live for us and whom we punish. If all the radios and televisions were deprived of their sources of power, all books and paintings burned tomorrow, all shows and cinemas closed, all the arts of vicarious existence…
We are content with the “given” in sensation’s quest. We have been metamorphosised from a mad body dancing on hillsides to a pair of eyes staring in the dark.
– Jim Morrison, The Lords and the New Creatures
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.
– internet chatter
I’ve died many times and it hasn’t killed me yet!
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convinving the world that he didn’t exsist.
– Verbal Kent : The Usual Suspects
Words got you the wound and will get you well, if you believe it.
– Jim Morrison “An American Prayer”
No man but me is master over my destiny.
Isn’t it ironic how the most tortured souls make the most beautiful art?
If the doors of perception were cleansed,everything would appear to man as it is,infinite.
Remember, when the enemy is in range so are you.
– military proverb
Have you no faith?
Have you no power.
Because we do not know when we are going to die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well and yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood? An afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps 4 …. 5 times more. Perhaps not even that.
How many times will you watch the full moon rise …… Perhaps twenty and yet it all seems limitless.
– Brandon Lee, last interview
When we live, we sleep; when we die, we wake.
Life is the soul’s nursery – it’s training place for the destinies of eternity.
-William Makepeace Thackeray
Pay heed to the voices in your dreams.
– Cheyenne Proverb
Knowledge is of the past; wisdom is of the future.
– Vernon Cooper, Lumbee
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
– George Bernard Shaw
A mind once stretched by new thoughts can never regain its original shape.”
– Albert Einstein
So we really ought to look into theories that don’t work, and science that isn’t science.
– Richard Feynman
If the mind moves, so does the body.
– Sensei Tohei
The wind still blows.
The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.
– William Shakespeare,
“The Merchant of Venice”
There is life on earth – one life, which embraces every animal and plant on the planet. The time has divided it up into several million parts, but each is an integral part of the whole. A rose is a rose, but it is also a robin and a rabbit. We are all of one flesh, drawn from the same crucible.
– Lyall Watson, Supernature, 1973
Religion can easily become a defense against the experience of God.
– Carl Jung
The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth.
– Harry Emerson Fosdick
Y ou contain the potential of all opposites… You have learned that some of these patterns work better, suit your needs better, but you can be whatever you dream yourself to be.
We teach best what we most need to learn.
– Illusions by Richard Back
yeah, but i just wanted to say it with longer and more important sounding words.
I believe we are spiritual beings having a human experience and not the other way around!
The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is ‘look under foot.’ You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise you own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.
– John Burroughs
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
– Margaret Thatcher
The power to destroy a planet is insignificant when compared to the power of the Force.
– Darth Vader
Men want power in order to do something. Boys want power in order to be something.
– Eric Sevareid (1912-1992)
The power of one is above all things The power to believe in yourself Often well beyond any latent ability previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete, The body is simply the means it uses.
– Bryce Courtenay
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
One Saturday afternoon
Like a thief in the night.
We are each defined by our suffering as we are many other experiences. Ultimately our experiences are all we have in this world and in the beyond. Therefore, the quality of those experiences and the impressions and perspectives we take from them are the most important factors of all. Live in each moment and draw each breath as if it were your last. That is the only way to truly be alive. If you learn to do this, please tell me how.
You’re basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.
–Yasir Arafat (PLO leader)
People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.
–Ramona L. Anderson
The mind can often rationalize the secrets of the heart.
–Michael Scharding, Reformed Druids of North America
Blind faith is no faith. It is blindness.
— David Franquist, Reformed Druids of North America
Seeker: How do I find the path?
Teacher: First learn to walk. The path will find you.
— Quote on Druidspath.com
The law should stretch from King to Kin.
It’s ok to be mad at her. You dont have to feel guilty about that.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting what you want.
Your core issues will be with you for the rest of your life. You will always struggle with them. You just have to take one day at a time.
Fear of commitment or being hurt or fear of intimacy not only hurts you, but can devastate your partner as well, and it’s certainly not living life to the fullest. Sometimes you have to take those risks to be really happy in the long run.