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I followed along Aldous Huxley’s path and started to develop what I jokingly called my Unified Field Theory of Religion.  My working hypothesis was that the cosmos was made up of spirit and matter, heaven and earth, and that humans consisted of both elements, a body and a soul, dust and divinity.  The mystical experience was what happened when the divine or God or Allah or whatever name you prefer breaks through the mundane in a particular soul and exposes it to the universal spirit.
    —    Matthew Polly
From his book:  “American Shaolin
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The sayers do not know and the knowers do not say.
    —    Lao-Tzu
From:  “American Shaolin“, by Matthew Polly
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Only those who have tasted the bitterest of the bitter can become people who stand out among others.
    —    Guanchang Xianxing Ji
Found in:  “American Shaolin“, by Matthew Polly
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It is only when a person gets into difficulty that one can truly see his heart.
    —    Traditional Chinese Proverb
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“Heroes don’t die in American movies.”
“They do in Chinese movies.”
“I know, but not in American movies.”
“Then they aren’t heroes.”
“Why do you say that?”
Little Tiger paused to think.  “I don’t know.  They’re just not.”
Feeling like I was on to something important, I pressed.  “But why do you think that?”
Dequing, [one of the author’s instructors] who had been following the exchange, said, “Because it doesn’t take much courage to fight when you still believe you can win. What takes real courage is to keep fighting when all hope is gone.”
    —    Matthew Polly
From his book:  “American Shaolin
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To suffer and learn a lesson, one pays a high price, but a fool can’t learn any other way.
    —    Traditional Chinese Proverb
Found in:  “American Shaolin“, by Matthew Polly
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