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  • Common-sense and the common-cold are alike in that we often find ourselves with neither.

  • A frequent argument for intemperate living is the saying "You only live once". This seems more of an argument for temperate living since this saying implies greater scarcity value to life than if we were to live twice.

  • When a carpenter needs a piece of wood to fit a certain need, he cuts a piece of wood to fit; in exactly the same way, many prefer to "cut" the facts to fit their individual needs.

  • What a different world we would have if only we feared our fears as much as we love our loves.

  • Life is a long play with several acts and with no curtain calls.

  • Many give a quick and inappropriate response to anotherís comments; but it is a mark of intellect when a person gives a quick and appropriate response. A slow but appropriate response may also reflect intellect if the other is considering alternate responses. It is the appropriateness, not the quickness that should be the prime consideration judging intelligence.

  • Insight is the sudden and unexplained gaining of a solution to problem.

  • We are under no obligation to accept the creed of another, nor is the other under any obligation to accept our creed. Creeds should be accepted freely; and ideally each person would create his own.

  • Many disguise their fears by saying that their aversions are only something not wanted; but even small aversions will always be discovered as harboring the stowaway named fear.

  • "Food for thought" should be far more enriching than food for stomach.

  • With some, the line between genius and madness is like a line segment in geometry--length without width.

  • Many are so disposed, as to call anything short of perfection, a failure. To these, all in life is a failure.

  • One of lifeís greatest luxuries is to have time for self-discovery and self-development.

  • Perhaps we were given the ability to imagine our greatness because God only wanted a source of amusement

  • Bragging is the distress call of a depleted sense of self.

  • Although the baby gets others to do its bidding by behaving as a baby, it seldom works for those no longer a baby.

  • There can never be a rational defense of a personal taste; we never chose a taste; a taste is not the product of reason, and a taste is not extinguished by its denial.

  • We more often want to be spared from the consequences of our vices than from the vices themselves.

  • The more we hurry time, the more it hurries us.

  • To be dishonest with others invites their scorn; to be dishonest with oneís self is to not be.

  • There are few things that are more to be feared than others that are caught up by their fears, for they have abandoned reason and will harm the harmless if it would seem to reduce their own fears.

  • What is there about our nature that so attracts us to useless information when it is called a secret and not to useful knowledge that is widely available?

  • It is probable that we all have a conscience, but with many the matter is hypothetical; it also may be that their conscience is so slender that it is never seen with the naked eye.

  • To make excuses is to make us less than we were before. To take responsibility is to make us more than we were before.

  • Self-improvement is never an accident; it is the conscious effort to be better. To believe that self-improvement will come of its own is like believing that a ship, after losing its rudder and compass, will drift to it intended destination.

  • The reason so many of our daily problems seem so large is that we hold them too close to us; we can even hold a saucer so that it will hide the whole world, and the heavens above.

  • It is often said that one of the prime traits of wisdom is to know of what we donít know; to do this is impossible as there exists far more things of which we are unaware of then there are of what we are aware of. The optimal view should is to be aware that we donít know something when we come across something that we donít know.

  • Those that are impatient to achieve equality are unknowingly impatient to die.

  • It may be that a personís character is measured by the willingness to rise after each fall; it is wiser however, that before standing again that one first determines what caused that fall and what can be done to prevent its reoccurrence.

  • Few things will anger an average person more than to be shown their error by use of reason when the other apparently didnít use his.


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