If you took the city of Tokyo and turned it upside down and shook it you would be amazed at the animals that fall out: badgers, wolves, boa constrictors, crocodiles, ostriches, baboons, capybaras, wild boars, leopards, manatees, ruminants, in untold numbers. There is no doubt in my mind that that feral giraffes and feral hippos have been living in Tokyo for generations without seeing a soul.
The moon was a sharply defined crescent and the sky was perfectly clear. The stars shone with such fierce, contained brilliance that it seemed absurd to call the night dark.
Can there be any happiness greater than the happiness of salvation?
Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness--how can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view of things? This peephole is all I've got!
When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.
I challenge anyone to understand Islam, its spirit, and not to love it. It is a beautiful religion of brotherhood and devotion.
Or rather, since Christians are so fond of capital letters, a Story.
It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.
The paths to liberation are numerous, but the bank along the way is always the same, the Bank of Karma, where the liberation account of each of us is credited or debited depending on our actions.
Catholics have a reputation for severity, for judgment that comes down heavily.
Life on a lifeboat isn't much of a life. It is like an end game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements couldn't be more simple, nor the stakes higher.
When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.
I felt I was beating a rainbow to death
Progress is unstoppable. It is a drumbeat to which we must all march. Technology helps and good ideas spread - these are two lows of nature. If you don't let technology help you, if you resist good ideas, you condemn yourself to dinosaurhood! I am utterly convinced of this.
It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion.
The presence of God is the finest of rewards.
Christianity is a religion in a rush.
Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.
Why can't reason give greater answers? Why can we throw a question further than we can pull in an answer? Why such a vast net if there's so little fish to catch?
I felt like I was beating a rainbow to death.
Religion is more than rite and ritual.
It is simple and brutal: a person can get used to anything, even to killing.
The tennis challenger starts strong but soon loses confidence in his playing. The champion racks up the games. But in the final set, when the challenger has nothing left to lose, he becomes relaxed again, insouciant, daring. Suddenly he's playing like the devil and the champion must work hard to get those last points.
Dawn came and matters were worse for it. Because now, emerging from the darkness, I could see, what before I had only felt, the great curtains of rain crashing down on me from towering heights and the waves that threw a path over me and trod me underfoot one after another.
My alarm clock during my childhood was a pride of lions.
Why do people move? What makes them uproot and leave everything they've known for a great unknown beyond the horizon? ... The answer is the same the world over: people move in the hope of a better life.
I have a story that will make you believe in God.
Scientists are a friendly, atheistic, hard-working, beer-drinking lot whose minds are preoccupied with sex, chess and baseball when they are not preoccupied with science.
It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.
The worst pair of opposites is boredom and terror. Sometimes your life is a pendulum swing from one to the other.
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