Category Archives: TREASURE

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu

Although it is small, it is greenstone

This is a humble way to deliver a small gift. Greenstone (jade) is an extremely useful commodity which is considered very precious, so although you may not be presenting greenstone, the word pounamu stands as a metaphor for something precious or a treasure from the heart.

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A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold.


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The supreme treasure is knowledge, the middle treasure is children, and the lowest treasure is material wealth.

(Mongolian Proverb)

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Loving oneself isn’t hard, when you understand who and what ‘yourself’ is. It has nothing to do with the shape of your face, the size of your eyes, the length of your hair or the quality of your clothes. It’s so beyond all of those things and it’s what gives life to everything about you. Your own self is such a treasure.

Phylicia Rashad

A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.

One of Bilbo’s riddles for Gollum

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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

[St. Paul In Philippians 4:11]

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“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.”
― Lao Tzu

Patience and fortitude conquer all things.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

A fisherman always sees another fisherman from afar. ― Gordon Gekko


“Studying texts and stiff meditation can make you lose your Original Mind.
A solitary tune by a fisherman, though, can be an invaluable treasure.
Dusk rain on the river, the moon peeking in and out of the clouds;
Elegant beyond words, he chants his songs night after night.”

― Ikkyu

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.

― Saint Augustine of Hippo


By all means use sometimes to be alone. 
Salute thyself : see what thy soul doth wear. 
Dare to look in thy chest for 'tis thine own, 
And tumble up and down what thou findest there. 
Who cannot rest till he good fellows finde, 
He breaks up house, turns out of doors his minde. 

George Herbert.