A man was driving down the road and his car broke down near a monastery. He went to the monastery and knocked on the door. An elderly monk answered the door, and he said, “My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?” The monks graciously welcomed him into the monastery, fed him dinner, even fixed his car. As the man tried to fall asleep, he heard a strange sound.
The next morning, he asked the monks what the sound was, but they said, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.” The man was disappointed, but thanked them and went on his way.
Some years later, the same man’s car broke down in front of the same monastery. The monks welcomed him, fed him, even fixed his car. That night, he heard the same strange noise that he had heard years earlier. The next morning, he asked what the noise was, but the monks replied, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.”
The man said, “All right, all right. I’m dying to know. How do I become a monk?”
The monks replied, “You must travel the Earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles. When you find these numbers, you will become a monk.”
The man set about his task. Forty-five years later, he returned and knocked on the door of the monastery. He said, “I have traveled the Earth and have found what you have asked for. There are 145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the Earth.”
The monks replied, “Congratulations. You are now a monk. We shall now show you the way to the sound.” The monks led the man to a wooden door, where the head monk said, “The sound is right behind that door.”
The man reached for the knob, but the door was locked. He said, “Real funny. may I have the key?” The monks gave him the key, and he opened the door. Behind the wooden door was another door made of stone. The man demanded the key to the stone door. The monks gave him the key, and he opened it, only to find a door made of ruby. He demanded another key from the monks, who provided it. Behind that door was another door, this one made of sapphire. So it went until the man had gone through doors of emerald, silver, topaz, and amethyst.
Finally, the monks said, “This is the last key to the last door.”
The man was relieved to no end. He unlocked the door, turned the knob, and behind that door he was amazed to find the source of that strange sound.
But I can’t tell you what it was because you’re not a monk.
The secret to humor is surprise. - Aristotle
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. - Ben Franklin
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. - Bertrand Russell
Oh, that sound? I'm in the hot tub, reading a novel. - Jane Smiley
The Bible tells us to forgive our enemies, not our friends. - Margot Asquith
Study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. - Winston Churchill
Before anything else, getting ready is the secret of success. - Henry Ford
Tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember a story.
- John Wooden
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. - Maya Angelou
Don't they get afraid, then?
They have a religion for that. - Ray Bradbury
There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of one's fellow man. - Groucho Marx
Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. - Alan Turing
The story of a mother's life: trapped between a scream and a hug. - Cathy Guisewite
If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears, does it make a sound? - Unknown
Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth. - Portuguese Proverb
A pretty good test of a man's religion is how it affects his pocketbook. - Francis James Grimke
The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven. - Mark Twain
The Bible does not give us a road map for life, but it does give us a compass. - Gordon S. Jackson
When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears. - Albert Camus
The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes, but liking what one has to do. - James M. Burrie
A good story is at its best when the line between truth and fiction remains ambiguous. - Leicester Hemingway
The secret of a happy life is to know when to stop and then go that little bit further. - Unknown
The church is close, but the road is icey. The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully. - Russian Proverb
I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn't get breast implants. - Carrie Prejean
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda
Love is not only the story of butterflies or birds; it is also the story of jackals and hounds. - M.F. Moonzajer
The secret of managing is to keep the 5 guys who hate you away from the 5 guys who are undecided. - Casey Stengel
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, don't blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. - Unknown
Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. - Mark Twain
If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me. - John Wooden
The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what it is one's destiny to do, and then do it. - Henry Ford
I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls in to line. - Lucille Ball
Nobody can fail to lose weight in the jungle, unless they've got a secret stash of pork pies somewhere. - Colin Baker
It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause. - H L Mencken
The more work you put in on your outline and getting the skeleton of your story right, the easier the process is later. - Drew Goddard
There are advantages to being President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret. - Ronald Reagan
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. - John C Maxwell
To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction. - Joseph Addison
This Halloween, the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him. - Conan O'Brien
This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. - Rumi
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