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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --The tongue of the wise...Proverbs
    --Wisdom from an early Greek poet
    --Wisdom from a Roman emperor

    Midway down the page:
    --Fear, the enemy of intimacy
    --A Chinese proverb

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --How to conquer difficult people
    --Venomous slander-Sanskrit verse

    And the Last Word: The Buddha speaks


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One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)
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And now, the Last Word:
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A gentle reply turns away wrath,
but a galling word incites up anger.

The tongue of the wise will enhance
wisdom, but the mouth of fools will spout

A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but corruption of it is damage to the

The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but not so the heart of fools.

A scoffer does not like being reproved;
he will not go to the wise.

An understanding heart will seek
wisdom, and the mouth of fools will
befriend folly.

Thoughts are frustrated when there is
no counsel, but through an abundance
of counsel they will be established.

A man has joy through the reply of his
mouth, and how good is a word in its time.

The heart of a righteous person will
consider what to answer, but the mouth
of the wicked will spout evil.

Enlightened eyes will gladden the heart;
good news will fatten a bone.
Proverbs 15: 1-2, 4, 7, 12, 22-23, 28, 30
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications
Best to know all things; good is to listen when you hear what is
right; worst is to be ignorant and deaf to the wisdom of another.

Hesiod (8th century BC)
Early Greek poet
Make it your habit to listen carefully to what other people say
and, as far as possible, be inside the mind of the person speaking.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)
Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor from 161 until his death
Fear is the great enemy of intimacy. Fear makes us run away from each
other or cling to each other but does not create true intimacy...Fear makes
us move away from each other to a "safe" distance, or move towards each
other to a "safe" closeness, but fear does not create the space where true
intimacy can exist. Fear does not create a home. It forces us to live alone
or in a protective shelter but does not allow us to build an intimate home.
Fear conjures either too much distance or too much closeness. Both prevent
intimacy from developing...

Distance allows us to ignore the other as having no significance in our lives,
and closeness offers us an excuse for never expressing or confessing our
feelings of being hurt.
Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and author of 40 books on spiritual life
From "The Dance of Life"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
Be not disturbed at being misunderstood;
be disturbed rather at not being understanding.

Chinese proverb
Conquer the angry man by love.
Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
Conquer the miser with generosity.
Conquer the liar with truth.

From the Dhammapada (Path of the Dharma)
A Buddhist scripture
One day Ananda, who had been thinking deeply about
things for awhile, turned to the Buddha and exclaimed:
"Lord, I've been thinking -  spiritual friendship is at least
half of the spiritual life!"
The Buddha replied: "Say not so, Ananda, say not so.
Spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life!"

Samyutta Nikaya, or  "Connected Discourses"
Third of the five
nikayas in the Sutta Pitaka,
a Buddhist collection of texts on selected subjects
When you step on a snake or brush against it, its venom can
kill you. But a slanderer's venom is of another type entirely --
it enters one person's ear, yet destroys another.

Sanskrit verse dating before 1000 AD
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Today is Yom Kippur, 5767