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Fortune: 255 - 264 of 402 from Linux Wisdom

Linux Wisdom:  255 of 402

Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.
                -- Arthur Balfour
 
Linux Wisdom:  256 of 402

Of all men's miseries, the bitterest is this:
to know so much and have control over nothing.
                -- Herodotus
 
Linux Wisdom:  257 of 402

Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it's hard to get it back in.
                -- H.R. Haldeman
 
Linux Wisdom:  258 of 402

        Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great
crystal river.  Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs
and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and
resisting the current what each had learned from birth.  But one creature
said at last, "I trust that the current knows where it is going.  I shall
let go, and let it take me where it will.  Clinging, I shall die of boredom."
        The other creatures laughed and said, "Fool!  Let go, and that current
you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you will
die quicker than boredom!"
        But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at
once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.  Yet, in time,
as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the
bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.
        And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, "See
a miracle!  A creature like ourselves, yet he flies!  See the Messiah, come
to save us all!"  And the one carried in the current said, "I am no more
Messiah than you.  The river delight to lift us free, if only we dare let go.
Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.
        But they cried the more, "Saviour!" all the while clinging to the
rocks, making legends of a Saviour.
                -- Richard Bach
 
Linux Wisdom:  259 of 402

Once you've tried to change the world you find it's a whole bunch easier
to change your mind.
 
Linux Wisdom:  260 of 402

        One day it was announced that the young monk Kyogen had reached
an enlightened state.  Much impressed by this news, several of his peers
went to speak with him.
        "We have heard that you are enlightened.  Is this true?" his fellow
students inquired.
        "It is", Kyogen answered.
        "Tell us", said a friend, "how do you feel?"
        "As miserable as ever", replied the enlightened Kyogen.
 
Linux Wisdom:  261 of 402

One day the King decided that he would force all his subjects to tell the
truth.  A gallows was erected in front of the city gates.  A herald announced,
"Whoever would enter the city must first answer the truth to a question
which will be put to him."  Nasrudin was first in line.  The captain of the
guard asked him, "Where are you going?  Tell the truth -- the alternative
is death by hanging."
        "I am going," said Nasrudin, "to be hanged on that gallows."
        "I don't believe you."
        "Very well, if I have told a lie, then hang me!"
        "But that would make it the truth!"
        "Exactly," said Nasrudin, "your truth."
 
Linux Wisdom:  262 of 402

One learns to itch where one can scratch.
                -- Ernest Bramah
 
Linux Wisdom:  263 of 402

One meets his destiny often on the road he takes to avoid it.
 
Linux Wisdom:  264 of 402

One monk said to the other, "The fish has flopped out of the net! How will it
live?" The other said, "When you have gotten out of the net, I'll tell you."
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