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  • Most people would be much happier if they were curious about everything but only concerned themselves with the things that they can do something about. It is a waste of life to dwell on those things which one cannot change.

  • Undoubtedly we have beliefs that are true; the problem is that we donít know which ones are and never will.

  • It would be remarkable if 10% of our beliefs that arenít based on verifiable observation turn out to be regarded as fact a hundred years from now.

  • Most people believe that using our power of reasoning to make decisions usually produces the most predictable results; however, we also tend to make two other kinds of decisions that are often difficult to tell apart even by the person making the decision. We make intuitive decisions that reflect what is deep within us and we also make impulsive decisions whose origins are usually within others who wish to manipulate our fears and desires for their benefit.

  • The challenge for many is how to become an optimist in a hopeless world.

  • On the stage of life, there are many who expect an encore and many who expect the show to close permanently.

  • It is always hypothetical to believe that we know the beliefs of others no matter what they claim as there are many reasons to claim a belief that is different that oneís own.

  • The moral values of the middleclass can be attributed to their having enough money so that they donít have to resort to the survival methods of the lower-class, but not enough to corrupt themselves like the upper-class.

  • If before criticizing another, we are supposed walk a mile in their shoes, then we should be very selective in who we criticize in order to make sure that their shoes fit us else we regret the criticizing.

  • Nothing shows our ignorance as clearly as our ignorance of our ignorance.

  • Beliefs of the world about us have little to do with the world about us but have much to do with the world within us.

  • When we think that any of mankindís influences as being forever, we need to remember that all of mankindís existence, and probable future existence, will be but a brief flicker in the history of the Earth and indistinguishable from nonexistent in the history of the Universe.

  • Whether we are aware of it or not, everyone is happy compared to someone else.

  • That which may appear strong but is false will not stand the stresses of time; however, that which may appear weak but is true will endure the stresses of time no matter how strong that they become.

  • Unwritten laws are best left that way because they are usually religious beliefs in disguise.

  • Whenever a person claims to not believe something, that is another admission of a belief.

  • The creative person is one who is unafraid to leap into the unknown simply because of the faith that no matter how far one falls a bottom will never be found.

  • We should never judge what another does until we have all of the facts. We never have all of the facts.

  • We tend to see ourselves through the eyes of others.

  • No matter how many times that we fail at something we will never know whether the next attempt will succeed unless we try again.

  • Success often comes to those who didnít seem smart enough to know that theyíve already failed.

  • Those who claim to have no regrets about their lives have just told us that they have no empathy.

  • It used to be that Americans looked upon their government as a long-term provider of the conditions that would enable them to provide the things that they needed for ourselves. After World War 2, this attitude gradually morphed into looking at our government as the provider of the things that they wanted to the point of profligacy. As has happened with prior democracies, such has been the source of their demise.

  • What we may know is what we experience at the time; all that went before is partially theoretical with the longer the length of time past, the more theoretical. The future is entirely theoretical and even more suspect than is history.

  • It is human nature to start disregarding risk the longer that nothing negative occurs from taking risk and especially when being rewarded for taking that risk. The longer the period of gaining with out losing occurs, the greater becomes the willingness to escalate risk in order to receive even greater rewards.

  • The ease of solving the problems that perplex others is generally proportional to our ignorance about the problem.

  • Nothing betrays us as much as our certainties.

  • If we had no doubts, regarding our beliefs, we would instead call them facts.


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