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  • If we could exhume the memories of our early experiences we would discover the origin of many of our irrational fears.


  • Strange as it seems, most people fear less the risking of their lives than they do the risk of incurring scorn of the many.


  • Hidden behind most of our fears is someone we’ve never met.


  • To be happy without wisdom tends to be temporary; to be wise without happiness also tends to be temporary.


  • If we were only considering the social behavior of mankind and of the great apes, we would conclude that the great apes evolved from man.


  • Like the Doppler Effect that causes the pitch of sound to be higher when the source approaches than when it leaves, when desired things approach us our emotions are higher before receiving than a day or two later.


  • Why is it that so many ask when things go wrong “Why me?”; but in the more abundant times when things go right, that they never stop to ask “Why me?”


  • If curiosity is allowed to continue living, one will approach death with a keen interest in what will follow.


  • Those, preoccupied with fears would, were there the option, retreat to the womb; instead, they prepare for the tomb.


  • The book that is most important to read is the one that we can discover within each of us.


  • To want freedom, not just for oneself but for everyone, is a sign of personal strength. To want dependency and constraints placed on others is a sign of personal weakness.


  • We are often surprised at how little we have in common with those about us, failing to remember that eventually we will have everything in common.


  • In life there are some things worthy of fear; however the great majority of our fears arise from not understanding that which we fear.


  • When the path ahead gets dark, it’s best to remember that most seeds develop in total darkness.


  • To get the masses wanting change, the future must seem to hold less threat than the present.


  • Not understanding is mankind’s natural state; certainty is mankind’s most unnatural state and one of its most dangerous.


  • Once we accept our nothingness we can then start discovering why we are not quite nothing.


  • It is surprising how few times, when one acts boldly, that anyone objects.


  • Fear of failure causes more failure in life than ignoring that fear although the fearful will never believe that this is so.


  • Only in solitude does that stranger within emerge to become our friend.




  • ……………………………THE NATURE OF STRENGTH………………………………….


  • Strength is never defined by the desire to conform or the desire to not conform.


  • Strength is never defined by the desire to win or the unwillingness to lose.


  • Strength is never defined by the ability to conquer or the absence of fear in being conquered.


  • Strength is never defined by the demand to always be right or by the absence of fear in being wrong.


  • Strength is never defined by the demand to be respected or the absence of fear in being disrespected.


  • Strength is never defined by the others that follow us or the absence of fear of not being followed.


  • Strength is never defined by the determination to never change or the need to make changes.


  • Strength is never defined by the requirement of safety or the absence of the fear of danger.


  • Strength is never defined by the judgments of others or by the judgments of ourselves.


  • Strength is never defined by the fear of failure or by our demands to always succeed.


  • Strength is never defined by being independent of others or by the fear of being dependent on others.


  • Strength is never defined by the demonstration of power or by the lack of fear of showing weakness.


  • Strength is never defined by our appearance or by other’s judgments of our appearance.


  • Strength is never defined by our accumulation of knowledge or the lack of fear of our ignorance.


  • Strength is never defined by our never showing emotion or by other’s ignorance of our emotions.


  • …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


  • Strength lies in our never being controlled by our desires or by our fears but by being led by reason and the desire to learn more so that our reasoning rests on ever firmer grounds than before.


  • ………………….._____________________________________......................................


  • WALT HASKINS


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