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  • Anyone that has been successful should be able to look back and realize that had someone with power over us, not shown us mercy or forgiveness, that our successes may not have followed. It is easy to forget that when we have power over others, that we have the power to crush their future successes as well.


  • Foolishness is revealed when we are proud that we know so much; wisdom is revealed when we are humbled because recognize that we know so little.


  • Clearly love is an emotion but most have imbued it with mystical connotations as though it has an out-of-body existence.


  • The ignorant of the world enjoy one kind of freedom that the rest donít; the freedom from doubt.


  • One of the attributes of the wise is the ability to distinguish between the not-yet-known and the nonexistent.


  • Some ideas are like the headwaters of a mighty river; they start our as a trickle but grow into a torrent.


  • Assuming that the reason for being in a canoe was to go somewhere, I think that most would rather be up the creek without a paddle than down the creek without one.


  • Judging from the history of mankind, we should remember that when we disagree with another on an important point, the chances are that both of us are wrong.


  • A new idea that doesnít threaten someone is probably just a rewording of an old idea.


  • To what extent the meaning of life exits, it is to be found within and never with out.


  • The origins of beliefs seek our confinement while the origins of knowledge seek our freedom.


  • What we can do is factual; what we canít do is hypothetical.


  • It is unlikely that we will ever learn from the words of another if we already believe that we know what they will say.


  • Although we are often harmed by the lies that are told to us, the greatest harm of all is caused by the lies that we tell ourselves.


  • The significance of our lives isnít in accomplishing significant things but is defined by the significant things that we have done for others that will be preserved long after weíve been forgotten.


  • There really is no reason to ever forgive another; all we need do is not accuse in the first place.


  • If we had more understandings of ourselves we would recognize that the things that we dislike in others started out by first being disliked within us.


  • Few things arouse the animosity of the many as one who doesnít submit to the dogmas of the day.


  • We all are ignorant of many things; however, nothing reveals our ignorance as much as our being ignorant of the extent of our ignorance.


  • Truth is an accurate description of reality; reality though is suspect.


  • Happiness isnít something that you can send out for; rather it is something you have to send in for.


  • Basic truths are often called naked truths so that we will rush to cover them before they are noticed.


  • Perseverance in the key to getting where you want to go; wisdom is the ability to anticipate if where you want to go is where you will want to be.


  • Sometimes it is easier to believe in mankindís devolution than his evolution.


  • Becoming wise has less to do with gaining that which is true and more to do with getting rid of that which is untrue.


  • Anything that we find infinitely divisible should be suspected as existing only in the mind of mankind and not outside of it.


  • Revenge may be sweet, but so was Jim Jonesí ďKool AidĒ.


  • Hating is the way that we avoid admitting our fears.


  • Traditions over the millennia have been valuable in holding societies, both large and small, together; however in the trend towards a one-world, these traditions more often divide and produce conflict than meld societies together.


  • Things regarded as original are like sausages; nothing new exists; the new is just the old assembled differently.


  • We tend to formulate our understandings by using simplistic methods to comprehend complex things; in the end these understandings are as simplistic as to be regarded as misunderstandings.


  • There may be some problems that we canít solve but all we can ever know is that we didnít solve them.


  • WALT HASKINS


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