If you would seek to know everything; then do not seek to know anything.
—St. John of the Cross (on why I'm in grad school for comparative literature)No man is born wise.
— Cervantes, Don QuixoteIf treacherous talk is constantly in your ears, and unwanted thoughts are constantly in your mind, you can turn these about and use them as whetstones to enhance your practice. If every word that came to your ears was agreeable, and all things in your mind were pleasant, then your whole life would be poisoned and wasted.
—The Ts'ai-ken T'anI stick my fingers into existence—it smells of nothing.