Monday, August 24, 2009


The Allegory of Wisdom and Strength by Tintoretto

The Thousands

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.

Better than a thousand hollow verses is one verse that brings peace.

Better than a hundred hollow lines is one line of the law, bringing peace.

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

Better than a hundred years of worship, better than a thousand offerings,
Better than giving up a thousand worldly ways in order to win merit, Better even than tending in the forest a sacred flame for a hundred years -

Is one moment's reverence for the man who has conquered himself.

.....................................the Buddha

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