Something For Nothing

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  • How To Discover Insight Using Sayings
  • How To Exercise and Improve Your Mind
  • How To Increase Your Mental Capability with Aphorisms

Collection of Sayings: Something for Nothing

  • This book is a compilation of sayings useful in understanding Eastern thought and General Semantics.
  • The agreement between General Semantics and Eastern philosophy is profound, illuminating, and deepens the understanding of both.
  • For instance, the expressions “The description is not the described” and “The thought is not the thing” are found in both Eastern philosophy and General Semantics.
  • Both systems perceive reality as nonverbal, silent, and beyond comprehension with thought.
  • This is even though one is spiritual and one is atheistic.
  • Two entirely different approaches arriving at the same ultimate conclusions is exciting and enlightening.

Zen Koans & Aphorisms: Something for Nothing

  • You will find the sayings herein amusing, engaging, exciting, helpful, and thought-provoking.
  • Many sayings are like Zen koans; if you sit with them, they reveal the other side free of words.
  • Many of the sayings are open to multiple interpretations and meanings.
  • New meanings will arrive on different journeys through the book.
  • The same insight shared in different ways helps you not to miss deeper felt experiences for simple surface meanings.
  • A slight change in wording often allows someone to drop their mind long enough to hear something fresh.
  • One person’s “that’s obvious” is another person’s “ah-ha” moment.

Eastern Thought: Something for Nothing

  • Let the sayings pass that don’t open to you now.
  • Let sayings percolate and seep until you are ready for them.
  • Focus on the sayings that bring stillness.
  • Listen beyond the words.
  • Feel, rather than think, the sayings through.
  • Sense, rather than think, the music behind the words.

Word "Nothing:" Something for Nothing

  • If you are unfamiliar with Eastern thought, the word “nothing” can have a profoundly positive meaning.
  • For instance, “nothing” can mean the unknowable creative source of everything.
  • Eastern philosophy has two major divisions; one with gods and one with a void instead of gods.
  • The word “nothing” in this book often refers to this invisible, unfathomable, and all-powerful Eastern void.
  • The word “void” is also considered positive in the Eastern philosophy sense.
  • Perhaps, because of the negative connotations of the words “void” or “nothing,” the Western mind would do better to think of “positive pure-energy” in place of void and nothing.
  • The word “nothing” in this book can have many meanings other than zero: emptiness, empty space, formless energy, God, invisible power, no thing, no things as referents, no thoughts, no thoughts as referents, no thoughts being what they only represent, not thinging, self as space, the creative source, the ineffable, the life force, the nature of being, the positive Eastern void, the way of life.
  • Try considering the word “nothing” as a shortened form of the two words “not thinging!”

Word "Something:" Something for Nothing

  • The word “something” in this book mainly refers to: conceptualizing, concretizing, ideas, images, labels, making thoughts into reality, names, objectifying, reification, some thought, some thought-thing, terms, thingifying, thought as delusion, thought as an illusion, thought pretending to be the real, thoughts as what they represent, thought-things, treating thoughts as things.
  • Try considering “something” as a shortened form of the two words “some thought-thing!”

2 Reading Suggestions: Something for Nothing

  • One, you will understand more if you read “nothing” as two words, “no thing” or “not thing” and “something” as two words, “some thing” or “some thought-thing.”
  • Two, always consider the word “nothing” to be implied even if it is not stated.
  • “Nothing” is the constant counterpoint to “something.”
  • The words “nothing” and “something” have lost some original meaning through repetition and usage.
  • You will find that “nothing” and “something” often have opposite or contrasting meanings in the sayings.

Take What You Want & Leave the Rest: Something for Nothing

  • More could be said, but less is often more helpful.
  • Find what you will.
  • Take what you want and leave the rest to leaven.
  • If you are interested in quotations, please visit the author’s website.
  • There you will find lists of quotations organized by topic.
  • If you find quotations intriguing but not fulfilling, please examine some of the author’s other works listed at the end of the book.
  • Yes, you can discover Insight by practicing the discernment of sayings.
  • You can exercise and improve your mind for greater openness, flexibility, and creativity.
  • Yes, you can increase your mental capability by increasing your capacity for understanding, perception, and wisdom.
  • Yes, puzzlement and curiosity are your friends.

Anything Goes

  • This book shares its intention with Anything Goes.
  • Anything Goes came after Something for Nothing.


Chapter 0

  • Begin
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Description

Chapter 1

  • Quotations

Chapter 2

  • Sayings 1–50

Chapter 3

  • Sayings 51–100

Chapter 4

  • Sayings 101–150

Chapter 5

  • Sayings 151–200

Chapter 6

  • Sayings 201–250

Chapter 7

  • Sayings 251–300

Chapter 8

  • Sayings 301–365

Chapter 9

  • End
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International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

  • Ebook ISBN: 978-1-878693-19-8
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