71 CONTEMPLATIVE Quotes For Ending Strife

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48 PHILOSOPHICAL Quotes For Resisting Crisis

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Two Monks And A Woman Zen Story (A Tale Of Releasing)

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Two Monks And A Woman Zen Story (A Tale Of Releasing)… Two monks were returning to the monastery in the evening. It had rained and there were puddles of water on the road sides. At one street a beautiful young woman was standing unable to walk across because of a …

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Guru And Success Splat Story (A Tale Of Perseverance)

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Guru And Success Splat Story (A Tale Of Perseverance)… A man met a guru in the road. The man asked the guru – ‘Which way should I go to achieve success?’ The robed, bearded sage said nothing, but he pointed to a place in the distance. The man, thrilled by …

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Woodcutter And The Axe Story (A Tale Of Futility)

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Woodcutter And The Axe Story (A Tale Of Futility)… Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job with a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions and for that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do …

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Which Wolf Wins Story (A Tale Of Choices)

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Which Wolf Wins Story (A Tale Of Choices)… An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, ‘A fight is going on inside me . . . it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, …

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Picture Of Peace Story (A Tale Of Calmness)

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The Picture Of Peace Story (A Tale Of Calmness)… There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had …

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Bouncing Clown Story (A Tale Of Resilience)

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Bouncing Clown Story (A Tale Of  Resilience)… A father took his young son into a toy shop to give him a chance to look at some special gifts he would like to receive from Santa Claus. The father told the boy to have a wander around on his own for …

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Farmer And Horse Story (A Tale Of Meaning)

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The Farmer And Horse Story (A Tale Of Meaning)… One day while working out in the fields the farmer’s son fell and broke his leg. The villagers came to the farm and said, ‘My, that’s a great misfortune. Your son has broken his leg: now he can’t help you in …

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Stone Soup Story (A Tale Of Sharing)

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The classic Stone Soup Story (A Tale Of Sharing)… Many years ago three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three at the …

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Treasure In Clay Vessels Story (A Tale Of Superficiality)

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Treasure in Clay Vessels (A Tale Of Superficiality)… A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay vessels. It was like someone had rolled balls of clay and left them out in the sun to …

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The Richest Man In The Valley Story (A Tale Of Gratitude)

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The Richest Man In The Valley Story (A Tale Of Gratitude)… A rich landowner named Carl often rode around his vast estate so he could congratulate himself on his great wealth. One day while riding around his estate on his favorite horse, he saw Hans, an old tenant farmer. Hans …

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When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking Story (A Tale Of Parenting)

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When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking (A Tale Of Parenting) … A message every adult should read, because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator and I immediately …

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Zen Archery Story (A Tale Of Concentration)

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Zen Archery Story (A Tale Of Concentration)… After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer. The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull’s eye on his first try, and …

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Sleep When The Wind Blows Story (A Tale Preparedness)

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Sleep When The Wind Blows Story (A Tale Preparedness)… Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands, however, most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on …

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Father And Son Conversation Story (A Tale Of Priorities)

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Father And Son Conversation Story (A Tale Of Priorities)… A man came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his 5 year old son waiting for him at the door. ‘Daddy, may I ask you a question?’ ‘Yeah, sure, what is it?’ replied the man. ‘Daddy, how …

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Dust If You Must Story (A Tale Of Living)

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Dust If You Must Story (A Tale Of Living)… A house becomes a home when you can write ‘I love you’ on the furniture. I can’t tell you how many countless hours that I have spent cleaning. I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things …

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An Interesting Funeral Story (A Tale About Limitations)

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An Interesting Funeral Story (A Tale About Limitations)… One day all the employees of a very unusual company reached their office and all saw a big sign on the main door which said this: ‘Yesterday, the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite …

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The Trouble Tree Story (A Tale Of Problems)

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The Trouble Tree Story (A Tale Of Problems)… A carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farm house has just finished a rough day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit and now his ancient truck refused to …

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The Touchstone Story (A Tale Of Opportunity)

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The Touchstone Story (A Tale Of Opportunity)… When the great library of Alexandria burned, the story goes, one book was saved. But it was not a valuable book; and so a poor man, who could read a little, bought it for a few coppers. The book wasn’t very interesting, but …

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The Marbles Story (A Tale Of Carelessness)

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The Marbles Story (A Tale Of Carelessness)… Once upon a time, there was a foolish boy who had a bag full of beautiful marbles. Now this boy was quite proud of his marbles. In fact, he thought so much of them that he would neither play with them himself nor …

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What Am I Story (A Tale Of Blame)

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What Am I Story (A Tale Of Blame)… What am I? I am seldom considered, though I do more to influence everything about you than virtually any one thing in your life.  I often control the time you get up in the morning, the time you go to sleep, what …

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Nails In The Fence Story (A Tale Of Anger)

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Nails In The Fence Story (A Tale Of Anger)… There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The …

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Oyster And The Pearl Story (A Tale Of Aggravation)

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Oyster And The Pearl Story (A Tale Of Aggravation)… There once was an oyster whose story I tell, who found that some sand had got into his shell. It was only a grain, but it gave him great pain, for oysters have feelings although they’re so plain. Now, did he …

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The Black Balloon Story (A Tale Of Equality)

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The Black Balloon Story (A Tale Of Equality)… There was a man who made living selling balloons at a fair. He had all colors of balloons Including red, yellow, green. Whenever business was slow, he would release a helium filled balloons into the air and when the children saw it …

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Dog Can Walk On Water Story (A Tale Of Negativity)

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Dog Can Walk On Water Story (A Tale Of Negativity)… There was a hunter who bought a bird dog, the only one of its kind in the world. That could walk on water. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw this miracle. At the same time, he was very …

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How Much Land Does A Man Need Story (A Tale Of Greed)

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How Much Land Does A Man Need Story (A Tale Of Greed)… There is a story about a wealthy farmer who was once offered all the land he could walk on in a day, provided he came back by sundown to the point where he started. To get a good …

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The Drowning Man Story (A Tale Of Faith)

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The Drowning Man Story (A Tale Of Faith)… A flood was threatening a small town and everyone was leaving for safety except one man who said, “God will save me. I have faith.” As the water level rose a jeep came to rescue him, the man refused, saying “God will …

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Two Sons With A Bad Father Story (A Tale Of Insight)

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Two Sons With A Bad Father Story (A Tale Of Insight)… This is a story of two brothers. One was a drug addict and a drunker who frequently beat up his family. The other one was a very successful businessman who was respected in society and had a wonderful family. …

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Difference Between Heaven and Hell Story (A Tale Of Giving)

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Difference Between Heaven and Hell Story (A Tale Of Giving)… A man died and St. Peter asked him if he would like to go to heaven or hell. The man asked if he could see both before deciding. St. Peter took him to hell first and the man saw a …

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Blood Brothers Story (A Tale Of Friendship)

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Blood Brothers Story (A Tale Of Friendship)… There were two childhood buddies who went through school and college and even joined the army together. War broke out and they were fighting in the same unit. One night they were ambushed. Bullets were flying all over and out of the darkness …

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Drunken Sailor Story (A Tale Of Misrepresentation)

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Drunken Sailor Story (A Tale Of Misrepresentation)… There was a sailor who worked on the same boat for three years. One night he got drunk. This was the first time it ever happened. The captain recorded it in the log, “The sailor was drunk tonight.” The sailor read it, and …

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The Man Who Sold Hot Dogs Story (A Tale Of Enthusiasm)

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The Man Who Sold Hot Dogs Story (A Tale Of  Enthusiasm)… There is a story about a man who sold hot dogs by the roadside. He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers . He was hard of hearing, so he never listened to the radio. His eyes were weak, …

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Village Wise Man Story (A Tale Of Searching)

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Village Wise Man Story (A Tale Of Searching)… There is a legend about a wise man who was sitting outside his village. A traveler came up and asked him, “What kind of people live in this village, because I am looking to move from my present one?” The wise man …

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Monkey Trap Story (A Tale Of Releasing)

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Monkey Trap Story (A Tale Of Releasing)… Monkey-hunters use a box with an opening at the top, big enough for the monkey to slide its hand in. Inside the box are nuts. The monkey grabs the nuts and now its hand becomes a fist. The monkey tries to get its …

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Little Boy And Puppy Story (A Tale Of Empathy)

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Little Boy And Puppy Story (A Tale Of Empathy)… A boy went to the pet store to buy a puppy. Four of them were sitting together, priced at $50 each. Then there was one sitting alone in a corner. The boy asked if that was from the same litter, if …

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The Singing Soaring Lark Story (A Tale Of Laziness)

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The Singing Soaring Lark Story (A Tale Of Laziness)… Once there was a lark singing in the forest. The lark stopped him and asked, “What do you have in the box and where are you going?” The farmer replied that he had worms and that he was going to the …

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Socrates Success Story (A Tale Of Wanting)

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Socrates Success Story (A Tale Of Wanting)… A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river. When the water got up to …

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The Starfish Story (A Tale Of Helping)

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The Starfish Story (A Tale Of Helping)… There was a man taking a morning walk at or the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die. The …

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Dish Of Ice Cream Story (A Tale Of Thanks)

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Dish Of Ice Cream Story (A Tale Of Thanks)… In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an …

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Elephant And The Rope Story (A Tale Of Beliefs)

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Elephant And The Rope Story (A Tale Of Beliefs)… As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants …

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Don’t Judge Yet Ye Be Judged Story (A Tale Of Truth)

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Don’t Judge Yet Ye Be Judged Story (A Tale Of Truth)… A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted… “Dad, look the trees are going behind!” Dad smiled as a young couple sitting nearby looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity as he …

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Tuning For Achievement Story (An Original Tale Of Breaking Free)

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Tuning For Achievement Story (An Original Tale Of Breaking Free) What beliefs are you holding onto that are blocking true success from finding you? “Tuning For Achievement Story” by Motivational Joe The uncommonly happy boy with old sneakers, a dirty cap, and a smile on his face that seemed to …

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How To Develop An EXPLOSIVE Growth Mindset

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How To SIMPLY Think Outside The Box

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