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  • Acts which are only done for the hope of attaining the good opinion from others are like trying to be satisfied by bringing home a Chinese dinner and finding it to be only sawdust.


  • Each of us should treat the Earth as though we were going to remain alive forever.


  • Those that glibly speak before thinking, and then try to rationalize as to what was intended, are like those that try to saddle a galloping horse.


  • All that one has to do to escape all criticism is to live life as if nonexistent.


  • The best thing that many can contribute to a conversation is silence.


  • Those that claim that they laugh at troubles are the ones that probably had very few troubles, and had even fewer that were dire.


  • When someone says something that is preposterous, it’s best to imagine that your mouth is full and needs to swallow hard.


  • When the urge to blame becomes unbearable, just reflect back to a time when you did something even dumber.


  • Whatever we do becomes easier and more ably done with practice; however when it comes to understanding one another, we seem to assume that we can do this instantly and with great skill.


  • Finding oneself "behind the eight ball" should indicate that its time to move to the other side of the table.


  • One of the most difficult things to swallow is the advice that another needs but never requests.


  • Boredom is eliminated by merely speculating on the "why" of everything.


  • Few problems arise from believing that one is as young as is felt as long as one doesn’t act as young as one feels.


  • The intelligence and learning of others should be judged, not by whether they know the answers to difficult questions, but whether they ask difficult to answer questions.


  • Ignore both praise and criticism, for neither alters the value of what has been done. If this is done, what remains is the freest expression of the individuality of that person, which is always a thing of beauty whether recognized by others or not.


  • Whenever we hear the word “why” we should interpret it to mean: What is the cause? This is true even when someone is referring to the purpose of something being done because the purpose has become the cause.


  • Choosing to change is to hold hands with time; choosing to not change is to go to war with time.


  • It is convenient to assume that “We only reap what we sow.” But to assume this ignores the obvious fact that we often reap what we didn’t sow, and often reap none of what we did sow. This, none-the-less, is an assumption that is helpful for assuming the total responsibility for what occurs, even though there may be obvious factors that deny its being completely true.


  • Even though we don’t make the Sun to rise and set, still it is we that make our days; we are never made by our days.


  • Self-gratification seldom results in more than very brief positive benefits; long-term positive benefits are usually the result of gratification of self, a result which usually benefits others as well as the individual.


  • The simplest form of animal life, called the amoeba, will move towards food and will move away from excessive heat. Humans do essentially the same thing only in a more complex manner, and most often respond to desires and fears that are entirely within the mind rather than to external dangers and external sources to fulfill needs.


  • When you love another, you only see what’s important, and what isn’t important, is invisible.


  • Life can be like climbing a very tall mountain, where each time that we stop, we can look down and see where we once were and be glad that we are there no more.


  • Honor, which vanishes in the presence of convenience, is dishonor.


  • When madness swirls about us and we are unmoved, then we, like a boulder in a stream, have found our place.


  • The best reason to do something differently is because others have always done it another way.


  • The future will always involve change; and if we embrace it instead of attacking it, it is likely to reciprocate.


  • When there seems to be order without chaos, it is only because we look from afar.


  • The one that we use anger against, is anger’s second victim.


  • WALT HASKINS


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