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  • Never apply reason to religion, nor take a saw into a petrified forest.

  • Should all imagination cease to be, the tomorrows would all become ditto marks on our calendars.

  • If we all did only what would be needed to sustain life and comfort, we would then need to discover a replacement for Western Civilization.

  • Despair of the inevitable, repair what isnít.

  • Some use their heads on lifeís obstacles, the way a woodpecker uses its head on trees.

  • Though it may be true "That work will make you free", work wonít stand a chance unless one spends less than what is earned.

  • If a man dislikes living by the sweat of his brow, then he should have chosen an occupation that employs whatís behind his brow.

  • When a woman seeks a husband that is like a pillar, she often finds that the pillar is only a stud.

  • Never give a name to something that is in transition.

  • There is no bravery in saying what is believed by others. Bravery is found in expressing one's deepest beliefs that are thought to be disbelieved by others.

  • If one fails in being like others, one may have succeeded in being oneself.

  • How can we ever trust another that never disagrees?

  • "Need" is often the alias we give to want.

  • If you ever give your word to another, be sure that itís a word that you like.

  • If you are always truthful, you might be believed half of the time.

  • If someone just "beats around the bush" they should only expect to find trampled grass.

  • If someone tells you that theyíve never met someone that they didnít like, ask them "For what?"

  • No one was ever harmed by "over-listening".

  • All freedoms came into being by the actions of others, and will only be preserved by the later actions of still others; as it is the nature of mankind to not only deny freedom to others but when possible to take it from them also.

  • Most are only willing to face the music when it is music that they composed.

  • Each generation makes its own discoveries of wisdom which turns out to be rewording that which is often thousands of years old.

  • Using emotions in making choices is like using astrology for exploring the cosmos.

  • We should never forget how enthusiastic are the ignorant and the young, enthusiasm that can very well defeat the rational and the old that tends to deliberate long before acting.

  • Aim for perfection but donít expect to get it or else you will be perfectly miserable.

  • Problems should be looked at like barbells in a gymnasium, put there to strengthen us, not to defeat us.

  • Inferiority can be measured by the degrees that we fear to try.

  • One can have an unfair advantage over others if willing to work hard and long enough to succeed. This is unfair because competitors are generally lacking in that degree of willingness and will wilt along the way.

  • The greatest enemies of creativity arenít our ignorance; they are our habits, habits that dictate that ones actions, thoughts, and beliefs remain unchanged.

  • The direct pursuit of happiness is fraught with the peril of being induced by drugs and other self-destructive pursuits. Happiness, when and if ever it comes, comes as an accompaniment to fulfilling that which is unique and imbedded deep within each of us. For this reason philosophers have enjoined us to look within and not without. Will modern man ever shun materialism as being equivalent or necessary for happiness?

  • Choose while in doubt, but act while in certainty.

  • It is amazing what one can accomplish when the clarity of the mind allows intense focus on a particular end; it is alarming what one can fail at when the lack of clarity causes our focus to diffuse over several ends.

  • A year from now we will be unable to recall most of those ďbigĒ things that upset us today; with this in mind, perhaps we should remember that what we call big today may only seem that way because of the thankful absence of truly horrendous things that many are enduring every moment of today.

  • It is easy to make our large problems disappear; all we need do is keep in mind how insignificant our entire existence is.

  • Using words that one should expect the listener to be unfamiliar with, is not an effort to communicate; it is an effort to impress, an impression that is most often negative rather than the positive one intended.

  • The easiest way to avoid peer-pressure is to not be a peer.

  • The greatest personal power lies in the ability to act, but without choosing to act unless required. Those that demonstrate their power in acting without its need are merely expressing their fear of being perceived weak.

  • When someone ďbeats around the bushĒ, itís the right time to look closely at the bush.

  • It doesnít matter whether itís true or not, but it is wise to assume that each failure happens for the best; with this attitude, one is always looking for a way to turn failure into success, but not necessarily the original success that was sought.


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