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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Beautiful Maxims — Volume II

The weary wanderer seeks for rest. The restless mind seeks to wander. Would they not make a good combination if properly balanced?

Friedrich Böhringer — CC-by-SA-2.5

Some love to use long words of hidden meaning to impress the timid, but remember the greatest thinkers and writers have always chosen language with reference to its simplicity and comprehensiveness.

Opening party for Berlin Central Station — Jochen Jansen — CC-by-SA-3.0

Don't try to outdo your neighbour in all that he does, for he may be trying the same thing at the same time as yourself. Why not move in the same direction? You would each proceed faster and with more friendly feeling toward one another.

McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California — King of Hearts — CC-by-SA-3.0

The help which you receive from above is free and beautiful. Therefore pray sincerely that you may receive it in time of need.

Pink blackberry flower, Wellington, New Zealand — Tony Wills — CC-by-SA-3.0

To love in the true sense of the word is to welcome God into your heart. Open the door that He may not be kept standing on the outer side.

Hong Kong; View from Victoria Peak to Victoria Harbour and Kowloon — © Ralf Roletschek — Fahrradtechnik und Fotografie — CC-by-SA-3.0

Think often of your neighbour in a generous, kindly way. He may not respond, but God will, and bless you for the kindly thought to a fellow creature.

OVER FLORIDA -- A formation of F-4 Phantom II fighter aircraft fly in formation during a heritage flight demonstration here. The heritage flight programme was established in 1997 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force — MSgt Michael Ammons

Jealous and avaricious thought is foreign to God's teaching. Weed it out and give that space to Truth and Sincerity.

Riding a plume of fire, space shuttle Atlantis heads into the cloud-laden sky over Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida — NASA / Tony Gray and Tom Farrar

Don't be blind to the fault of others, yet do not chide. Take unto yourself an object lesson and do otherwise.

An artist's impression of the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimetre Array (ALMA) site on the Chajnantor plain of the Chilean Andes, 5000 m above sea level. ALMA is the largest ground-based astronomy project in existence, and will be comprised of a giant array of 12-m sub-millimetre quality antennas, with baselines of several kilometres. An additional, compact array of 7-m and 12-m antennas will complement the main array. Construction of ALMA started in 2003 and will be completed around 2012. The ALMA project is an international collaboration between Europe, East Asia and North America in cooperation with the Republic of Chile — ALMA (ESO / NAOJ / NRAO) / L. Calçada (ESO) — CC-by-3.0

When the heart has the true Christian spirit within, it will be easy to extend the helping hand to all who may have need of it.

Almuñécar (Province of Granada, Spain): San Miguel Castle — Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) — CC-by-SA-3.0

Pray sincerely and with love in your heart if you would be heard by the Heavenly Father. His hearing is ever keen for truthful thought and speech.

A Quiver tree (also known as Kokerboom) in Keetmanshoop, Namibia — Le Grand Portage — CC-by-2.0

Truth and Justice are two of the great factors of life. Don't cheat either of them out of a place in your heart.

Alstroemeria × hybrid Peruvian Lily photographed in the Lalbagh Botanical gardens, Bangalore India — Muhammad Mahdi Karim (www.micro2macro.net) — GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2

A bargain with an honest man is easy. A bargain with a dishonest man always proves difficult of settlement. Which are you?

Alstroemeria aurea in southern Tasmania, Australia — J. J. Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) — CC-by-SA-2.0

If you make a promise, keep it; for a broken promise, however slight, puts the gall of distrust into the heart of the offended.

Old Elbe Tunnel in Hamburg, Germany — Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de — CC-by-SA-3.0

If you go through life trying to do as you would be done by, you may be done by others; but the reward from above will come in time, great enough to repair all damage done to you.

Hemerocallis (Thunb.) Lindl.: flowering shoot, photographed in Switzerland after a small rain in my garden — Amada44

A gift is a token, so make it worthy of acceptance by accompanying it with a loving thought.

Red-headed Finch, at Sossusvlei, Namib desert, Namibia — Hans Hillewaert — CC-by-SA-3.0

A thoughtful silence several times each day, if only for a few moments, will bring you nearer to your Maker, therefore rest to the tired mind. Try it once at least.

Amethyst gemstone — Yuval Gelber

To all those who would succeed there must be thought expended in sincerity; otherwise success is valueless, for there has been something lacking.

A photograph of the right eye of an Amur Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). Photo taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo — (c) 2007 Derek and Julie Ramsey (Ram-Man) — GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2

When you think, don't be afraid to use your entire mind. It was given you for a thinking purpose.

A photograph of an Amur Tiger at Münster Zoo — Tuxyso / Wikimedia Commons / CC-by-SA-3.0

Whenever you have cause to complain of your neighbour, figure in your own mind how much cause he has to complain of you. It will simplify matters greatly.

Green-winged Orchid, Fronton, Haute-Garonne, France — Didier Desouens — CC-by-SA-3.0

How to be true! How to be honest! Two great questions of the day and age. The answer is simple — Pray sincerely for help from God. He will teach you how to be both honest and true if you will give Him full trust.

Bug Orchid, San Giovanni di Sinis, Sardinia, Italy — Hans Hillewaert — CC-by-SA-3.0

If you are dishonest and try to cover yourself in non-permanent colours, you will as surely be discovered as would a poor cake when the beautiful frosting is cut away, leaving deception exposed to view. Be careful of the ingredients you use to make up your daily life.

This image shows a few primulas of the species Primula hortensis — André Karwath — CC-by-SA-2.5

To keep your mind clean as well as your body, you must bathe it in refreshing thought. There are many that have need of it. Inspect yourself, do you need a mental house-cleaning?

A flying 12 mm large hoverfly called marmalade fly (Episyrphus balteatus) — André Karwath — CC-by-SA-2.5

Some maxims may seem severe, but isn't there an old saying that at times one must be cruel to be kind? There are many medicines which smart and tingle for a time, but soon all pain is relieved by their appliance.

This image shows a Large-flowered Hemp-nettle blossom (Galeopsis speciosa) — André Karwath — CC-by-SA-2.5

We all hope for the best so let us all live for the best that is in us; then it will be a pleasure to be among the multitudes we are obliged to meet through life.

Blue wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee — Kaldari

Think of others as kindly as you do of yourself and there will be no doubt that you will recognise Charity whenever you meet her.

Buddhistic Statues praising the big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) on Lantau (Hong Kong) — AngMoKio

May the God above bless you all, and may you in return thank Him for the many gifts which you have accepted of Him.

Anigozanthos Bush Pizzazz in a Sydney nursery — Toby Hudson — CC-by-SA-3.0

Let all kindly thought flow through you in a tranquil manner. Abrupt thought has a tendency to jar, in place of sooth.

Male Carolina Anole with partially expanded dewlap — Piccolo, Namek — CC-by-SA-3.0

All kindly thought is blessed by God — therefore let yourself be often blessed if you would feel continual peace of mind.

Anopterus glandulosus, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Tasmania, Australia — J. J. Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) — CC-by-SA-3.0

The untroubled surface of water is more soothing to gaze upon than a roughened and disturbed surface. Isn't it true likewise that a tranquil face, reflecting kindly thought, is infinitely more pleasing to gaze upon, than a troubled or angry one?

Farm, farm workers, Mt. Williamson in background, Manzanar Relocation Center, California — United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division

Mental and physical beauty together make a wonderful combination. If you are not blessed with a perfect body and beautiful face, cultivate your mind to such an extent that all who gaze upon you will forget the imperfection in admiration for the Soul which shines forth from you.

Antarctica. An orthographic projection of NASA's Blue Marble data set (1 km resolution global satellite composite). MODIS observations of polar sea ice were combined with observations of Antarctica made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s AVHRR sensor—the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer." Image was generated using a custom C program for handling the Blue Marble files, with orthographic projection formulas from MathWorld. Note: this image has been manually modified to fill in an area of black pixels in the ocean, in the upper right quadrant. The black pixels are presumed to be due to missing data in the land/sea mask used in making the original Blue Marble image — Dave Pape

Thinking of oneself as a helpful factor to mankind makes a man truly great — if he should live up to his thought.

Image of Striated frogfish. Antennarius striatus. Taken at Lembeh Straits, North Sulawesi, Indonesia — Jens Petersen (1829-1900) (JnPet) — CC-by-SA-3.0

The birds sing because they are happy and free. The natural song of the human should be in the form of prayer of thankfulness when he experiences something which makes him very happy. That does not necessarily mean that one must repeat a set prayer. It means that whatever song you sing should have a prayerful thought within it to perfect it.

Flower of a Yellow Chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) — Joaquim Alves Gaspar, Lisboa, Portugal — CC-by-SA-3.0

No one man knows everything. There must be a division of thought upon many subjects to make one grand composite of thought. There is but one subject in all the world which should have complete unison of mind. That subject is God.

Panorama of the moon taken during mission Apollo 17 (Station 1 East) — Lunar and Planetary Institute — NASA

A happy face will usually prove a good reflector. Try it often and you will see that it works well in most cases.

At 9:32 a.m. EDT, the swing arms move away and a plume of flame signals the liftoff of the Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle and astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr from Kennedy Space Centre Launch Complex 39A — NASA; restored by Michel Vuijlsteke

To be idle in mind is a much worse calamity than to be idle of body, if indulged in too often.

Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin salutes the U.S. flag — Astronaut David R. Scott, Apollo 15 commander

Little fishes live in the deep, so do great fishes live in the same waters, each having their place. It is the same with mortal kind. Each has his space to fill, let him do it as naturally as the fishes do.

In December of 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon in the Taurus–Littrow valley. Near the beginning of their third and final excursion across the lunar surface, Schmitt took this picture of Cernan flanked by an American flag and their lunar rover's umbrella-shaped high-gain antenna. The prominent Sculptured Hills lie in the background while Schmitt's reflection can just be made out in Cernan's helmet — NASA / Harrison H. Schmitt

You know full well that your Soul is a gift of God. Therefore make it worthy of the giver.

Cross-section of a powerline, owned by Power Generation Ltd in Schlins Vorarlberg, Austria — Friedrich Böhringer — CC-by-SA-2.5

Think a kindly thought at least once a day. That seems very little to do in return for all the kind thought you would be willing to receive.

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis orientalis) in the falconry Falkenhof Feldberg, Germany — Quartl — CC-by-SA-3.0

Many are sad and lonely because they do not understand the spiritual awakening. If you have seen the Light, try to help others to see and be guided by it, for it is the greatest comfort of the world. Its name is Truthful Hope.

Aquilegia columbine "Magpie" cultivar in Tasmania, Australia — J. J. Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) — CC-by-SA-3.0

Always try to use your mind in an intelligent manner so that the problems of life will be made easy for you.

Image of a Pahoehoe fountain. Original caption: "Arching fountain approximately 10 m high issuing from the western end of the 0740 vents, a series of spatter cones 170 m long, south of Pu‘u Kahaualea. Episodes 2 and 3 were characterised by spatter and cinder cones, such as Pu‘u Halulu, which was 60 m high by episode 3 — Jim D. Griggs, HVO (USGS) staff photographer