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  • One of the great maladies of thought is that people tend to remember their conclusions about what they saw instead of remembering only what they saw.

  • Much common sense is common nonsense. Much that seems nonsense today will tomorrow be called common sense.

  • It is obvious that if you ďBe all that you can be.Ē, then youíll be dead.

  • We tend to look up to those that we never hope to exceed; we tend to pull down those that are above us if we want to exceed them.

  • It is difficult to get anyone interested in the future unless that person believes there will be one.

  • A car that is sold ďas isĒ means that the seller assumes no liability for future performance; in every way, each day comes to us ďas isĒ with our responsibility being 100% as to how that day performs and with no liability to its provider.

  • What may be disgusting to one person may seem like beauty to another, and later that same person may find that the beauty of yesterday has become the disgust of today. In all matters where tastes are concerned, every emotion is possible and no criticism of anotherís taste is rational.

  • When we tell others what we believe them to be, we mold them slightly to become so.

  • Not to seek credit; not to avoid blame; not to be elevated by praise, and to not be broken by criticism, is the blueprint of the one that will succeed.

  • Perhaps a hundred thousand years from now, those that exist may wonder if we were the missing link in their ancestry.

  • As with a foolish consistency, a foolish contentedness is also a hobgoblin of little minds.

  • We can lease a car and many other things, but in a sense we all lease our lives, and at the end of the lease period we no longer have it and the lessor does.

  • There are some days that are more precious than some years.

  • What can feel better than a hot bath when chilled to the bone or an air-conditioned room on a sweltering day? No one would get confused as to which remedy for which condition; however when it comes to using rational thought many do the equivalent of a hot bath on a sweltering day and an air-conditioned room when chilled to the bone.

  • When we lose credibility, it can only be recovered in small pieces.

  • Of all of the many costs of ignorance, the greatest is our ignorance of our own ignorance, as we are each doomed to choose that which can only be partially known.

  • When the twig of childhood is bent, it is usually the mother that does the bending.

  • Reflections from the past should act as an anchor against the storm of impulses.

  • Modesty is most praised by those having the least that is worthy of display.

  • Few things force individuals to act against their own interests as does the torture of monotony.

  • The touchstone for true love is when love isnít tarnished, but enriched, by the weathering effects of time.

  • There is no need to wish harm on another, for the maw of time will spare no one their own portion of suffering and grief.

  • We become most vulnerable, not after great losses, but after great successes.

  • Life without wonder should make one wonder if there is life.

  • Laziness squanders the future to possess the present. Work acquires the future at the expense of the present.

  • When young, time seemed to never go fast enough, but once old, time seems to never go slowly enough.

  • The wisdom of an individual goes into the grave, while the wisdom of the masses endures.

  • Everyone can predict the future; that anyone is ever correct is the miracle.

  • Dreams should be regarded as the psychosis of sleep.

  • How much grayer are the days and colder the nights when parted from the one that is loved.

  • Mankind always seems to need something to be against, for in the absence of a verifiable threat, mankind will always invent a threat.

  • It is a sign of great inner strength when one can say: "No!" to ones fears and desires. When one can truthfully say," I donít care what I want, and, I donít care what I fear", that person then becomes formidable


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