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Confucius, Buddha, & Lao Tzu Taste Test


According to legend, a bowl of vinegar was given to Confucius, Buddha, and Lao Tzu at the same time.

  • Confucius tasted the vinegar and said it tasted sour.
  • Buddha tasted the vinegar and said it tasted bitter.
  • Lao Tzu tasted the vinegar and said it tasted sweet.

The moral of the legend is to choose to view life as sweet.


  • The void is not self but self is void.
  • Weakness is not self but self is weak.
  • Non-doing is not self but self cannot do.
  • Emptiness is not self but self is empty.
  • Meekness is not self but self is meek.


  • Non-doing is natural as the self is a magnifier and neither the source nor the result of what it magnifies.
  • The void is not the answer–rather–self as an empty container is the answer.
  • Surrender is not the answer–rather–absolute weakness as the container is the answer.
  • Empty, weak, meek: these three are the key to the nature of self, of the inner vessel.
  • Clean the mirror by emptying the vessel.
  • Reflect all and let the light drive away what is not of light.

“I pray I may be the empty me.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Invest in loss.” —Chinese saying

How to Be Present in the Moment

Do what you are doing and be where you are.

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  3. Being & Mind
  4. Buddhism & Personality Styles
  5. Cause of Suffering
  6. Desire: Attachment to Desire Is the Problem, Not Desire
  7. Quotations: Eastern Psychology

Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“Act–act in the living Present!” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” —Romans 13:11 

“Appearances are deceiving.” —Aphorism 

“Appearances are deceptive.” —Aphorism 

“Be where you are. Do what you are doing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” —Ephesians 5:13 

“Compassion is the basis of morality.” —Arthur Schopenhauer 

“Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.” —Samuel Beckett 

“Facts can’t feel.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Facts can’t figure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Facts can’t fix.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” —Galatians 6:3 

“I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me.” —William Blake (1757 – 1827) 

“If you think too long, you think wrong.” —Jim Kaat 

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” —Aristotle 

“Knowledge does not do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Knowledge does not get it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Knowledge does not know.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Knowledge has no intelligence.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Knowledge is not it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” —Corita Kent 

“Observe it away.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Quit thinking to be.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Quit thinking to do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Quit thinking to think.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Right meditation is the control of identity and the freeing of attention.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo DaVinci 

“Sit with it until it unwinds itself.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“So to understand what is requires a state of mind in which there is no identification or condemnation, which means a mind that is alert yet passive.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 50 

“The best present is the present.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” —William Shakespeare, 1546-1616 

“The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart.” —Mencius 

“The moment a man questions the meaning and value of life, he is sick, since objectively neither has any existence; by asking this question one is merely admitting to a store of unsatisfied libido to which something else must have happened, a kind of fermentation leading to sadness and depression.” —Sigmund Freud 

“Things are not what they seem.” “Things are never what they look like.” “Things are not as they appear.” “Things are never what they first appear to be.” —Aphorism stated in many forms and styles 

“Things never turn out the way you think they will.” —Aphorism 

“Thinking can’t.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“We are always getting ready to live, but never living.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“Well done is better than well said.” —Benjamin Franklin 

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” —Ephesians 5:14 

“While there is much to do physically, there is only nothing to do psychologically.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.” —Mortimer Adler 

“You never exist quite so much as when you are not thinking.” —Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900

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