The Chronicles of Narnia

“Our desires are not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

No Country for Old Men

no country for old men

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
Those dying generations – at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unaging intellect.

~ “Sailing to Byzantium”, William Butler Yeats, 1928

What do you give?

“You give little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?
And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?

And what is fear of need but need itself?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, the thirst that is unquenchable?
There are those who give little of the much which they have- and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.
And there are those who have little and give it all.

These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.
There are those who give with joy, and joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain, and pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;

They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon earth.”

~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Genjokoan: The Realized Law of the Universe

tr. Gudo Wafu Nishijima, from “Understanding the Shobogenzo”, © Windbell Publications 1992

When all things and phenomena exist as Buddhist teachings, then there are delusion and realization, practice and experience, life and death, buddhas and ordinary people. When millions of things and phenomena are all separate from ourselves, there are no delusion and no enlightenment, no buddhas and no ordinary people, no life and no death. Buddhism is originally transcendent over abundance and scarcity, and so [in reality] there is life and death, there is delusion and realization, there are people and buddhas. Though all this may be true, flowers fall even if we love them, and weeds grow even if we hate them, and that is all.

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China's 20 Most Liveable Cities

综合排名 城市名 乐居综合指数 乐房指数 乐业指数 乐学指数 乐商指数 乐游指数

1 北京 25.923 -0.800 3.500 7.914 7.341 2.128
Beijing

2 上海 24.195 -1.901 3.216 8.162 8.768 0.482
Shanghai

3 深圳 21.582 6.060 3.030 3.780 3.541 0.272
Shenzhen

4 广州 14.952 1.052 2.889 2.875 4.453 0.396
Guangzhou

5 南京 14.921 0.705 2.116 5.333 3.130 0.391
Nanjing

6 杭州 10.122 -0.790 1.681 3.271 3.300 0.599
Hangzhou

7 青岛 8.607 0.534 0.534 2.079 3.246 0.504
Qingdao

8 成都 7.950 -0.553 0.897 1.829 2.920 1.321
Chengdu

9 宁波 7.819 0.266 1.581 1.085 2.998 0.372
Ningbo

10 沈阳 7.213 -1.602 0.333 3.869 2.814 0.342
Shenyang

11 长沙 6.975 -0.552 1.210 2.706 1.844 0.412
Changsha

12 哈尔滨 6.675 -0.226 0.747 3.257 1.175 0.403
Harbin

13 无锡 6.613 0.447 1.297 1.062 3.266 0.512
Wuchang

14 长春 6.571 0.202 1.124 2.444 1.220 0.588
Changchun

15 天津 6.523 -0.596 1.270 1.916 2.087 0.367
Tianjin

16 苏州 6.440 -1.078 0.883 1.025 3.854 0.269
Suzhou

17 大连 6.355 -0.373 1.145 1.713 2.177 0.227
Dalian

18 济南 6.283 0.298 0.776 1.861 1.791 0.186
Jinan

19 南昌 6.269 -0.257 0.966 3.382 0.718 0.070
Nanchang

20 武汉 5.797 -1.783 1.767 2.114 2.273 0.211
Wuhan

A Defence of Heraldry

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. Men do not quarrel about the meaning of sunsets; they never dispute that the hawthorn says the best and wittiest thing about the spring.

~ G.K. Chesterton, “A Defence of Heraldry” (1901)

Don't settle

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

~ Steve Jobs