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  • Those that believe that there is a natural classification that has created one class above another, has only discovered one of the most perverse ways our minds can function.


  • When we brand an act as courageous, we always guess as to the motives of another, as it is always possible that an act was done entirely out an undetected self-interest and not for the motive that is most attractive.


  • It is characteristic of youth to care little about risking life but to care very much about risking peer-approval.


  • An honest person is one that is honest when it would have been profitable to not be, and when no one would ever have known otherwise.


  • The fact that we can learn from the experiences of others, obviously doesn’t mean that we prefer to.


  • Some seem to cling to life only because they’re curious about what the torture of tomorrow will be.


  • Life is like paddling a canoe in a swift river. If one stops paddling, one becomes swept away and lost.


  • Individuals become so weary of constancy that they often prefer to worsen their lives rather than endure more of the same.


  • It is much easier to learn misinformation than to unlearn it. Because of this, one would wisely regard any "information" as mere hypothesis, assumed only for the moment.


  • Personal confusion is always present but usually unnoticed.


  • Each of us is the product of billions of necessary causes, any one of which if missing, so would we be also.


  • A person without any conscience is like a race-horse running without a jockey--able to run faster, but to where?


  • There are those that claim that "Charity starts at home"; but the embryo of charity must start within each of us individually.


  • One of the easiest, but most unused, ways to avoid calamity is by knowing of the calamitous experiences of others. Similarly, one of the easiest, but most unused, ways to achieve success is by knowing of the successful experiences of others. The reason that we ignore this is because each of us believes that we are different. This is true, but it is also true that we’re not that different.


  • Fame may endure forever, but probably not where it was a year ago.


  • The pantheon of greatness is readily placed upon those that have been killed for their beliefs.


  • Has anyone ever had enough common sense to declare that he doesn’t have any?


  • Why do we wonder why a dog barks at the moon but not about those that complain about the weather?


  • Any culture that subdues women should expect the wildest tendencies of men to gain free rein to impose mayhem on one another.


  • A critic is one who, incapable of being creative himself, is content to sit in the audience and throw mud balls at those who are.


  • Mobs degenerate to the lowest I.Q. and lowest ideals of any member within its midst.


  • Many will become base because of their plenty.


  • Is it sleep or is it our conscious being that is the interlude in our existence?


  • Once you have found out what you are, or even if you have found out what only a piece of you is, never turn it loose even if others call you mad.


  • Life provides for few requests but does for many demands.


  • Great people take no mind of other’s seeing them as little, it is the little people that take offense at such a view.


  • We are all born into life with dangers as certain as our first breath, dangers that will persist until our last breath, and in some ways, even long after our last breath.


  • It is as difficult to detect, with our eyes and ears, the trustworthiness of another as it is to see the difference between solid gold and gold-plate.


  • Every culture would be very different if its people were as enthusiastic about finding truths and understandings as they are about finding comforts and pleasures.


  • Those that want to not be forgotten can only write their names in the sand of time.


  • Hypocrisy is commonly understood as professing to others beliefs that are not one’s own; not recognized, and perhaps more common, is the hypocrisy that we practice on ourselves when we tell ourselves that we believe one thing when our behavior reveals that we believe another.


  • Few envy those that can face the future without fear, if the reason is because their age indicates that there is so little future.


  • The shards of a shattered life can never be assembled back into a whole again, but perhaps they can be made to not injure oneself and those that are close.


  • WALT HASKINS


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