The tao of pooh

The Tao of Pooh Quotes

  • A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn't really care, wisdom does.

  • A way of life that keeps saying 'Around the next corner, above the next step,' works against the natural order of things and makes it so difficult to be happy and good.

  • Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got.

  • How can you get very far, If you don't know who you are? How can you do what you ought, If you don't know what you've got? And if you don't know which to do, Of all the things in front of you, Then what you'll have when you are through, Is just a mess without a clue, Of all the best that can come true, If you know What and Which and Who.

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  • If people were superior to animals, they'd take good care of them.

  • Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen though, that's the problem.

  • Now, scholars can be very useful and necessary, in their own dull and unamusing way. They provide a lot of information. It's just that there is Something More, and that Something More is what life is really all about.

  • People violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that things are as they are.

  • Real progress involves growing and developing, which involves changing inside.

  • Sooner or later, we are bound to discover some things about ourselves that we don't like. But once we see they're there, we can decide what we want to do with them. Do we want to get rid of them completely, change them into other things, or use them in beneficial ways? The last two approaches are often especially Useful, since they avoid head on conflict, and therefore minimize struggle. Also, they allow those transformed characteristics to be added to the list of things we have that help us out.

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  • Sourness and bitterness come from the interfering and unappreciative mind. Life itself, when understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet.

  • The Christmas presents once opened are Not So Much Fun as they were while we were in the process of examining, lifting, shaking, thinking about, and opening them. Three hundred sixty-five days later, we try again and find that the same thing has happened. Each time the goal is reached, it becomes Not So Much Fun, and we're off to reach the next one, then the next one, then the next.That doesn't mean that the goals we have don't count. They do, mostly because they cause us to go through the process and it's the process that makes us wise, happy, or whatever. If we do things in the wrong sort of way, it makes us miserable, angry, confused, and things like that. The goal has to be right for us, and it has to be beneficial, in order to ensure a beneficial process. But aside from that, it's really the process that's important.

  • The honey doesn't taste so good once it is being eaten; the goal doesn't mean so much once it is reached; the reward is no so rewarding once it has been given. If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won't have very much. But if we add up the spaces between the rewards, we'll come up with quite a bit. And if we add up the rewards and the spaces, then we'll have everything - every minute of the time that we spent.

  • The knowledge that comes from experience is more valuable than the knowledge that doesn't. A lot of scholars need to go outside and sniff around - walk through the grass, talk to the animals. That sort of thing.

  • The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can't save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.

  • The masters of life know the way, for they listen to the voice within them, the voice of wisdom and simplicity, the voice that reasons beyond cleverness and knows beyond knowledge.

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  • The play-it-safe pessimists of the world never accomplish much of anything, because they don't look clearly and objectively at situations, they don't recognize or believe in their own abilities to overcome even the smallest amount of risk.

  • There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to be too desperate, too ruthless, too combative. Along the way to usefulness and happiness, many of those things will change themselves, and the others can be worked on as we go. The first thing we need to do is recognize and trust our own Inner Nature, and not lose sight of it.

  • The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard - one that thinks too much.

  • The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not.