Monday, October 29, 2012


If you desire to follow someone else as an example, as many other people do, first stop and think whether it is worthwhile to follow this general example.

There is nothing more important than an example. It leads us to do good deeds which would be impossible without this example. Therefore, if we use dissipated or passionate or cruel people as examples, it destroys our soul. The contrary is also true.

Those who are not afraid of truly terrible things follow false examples and those people follow the path to destruction. (Dhammapada, a book of Buddhist wisdom)

Those who do not think independently are under the influence of somebody else who thinks for them. If you give your thoughts to somebody else, it is a more shameful slavery than if you give your body to someone to possess.

(All quotes from A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy, 29 October)
29 October 2012

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