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  • We always use our own life’s experiences as a standard when judging whether another is happy or not; and this is just another reason to not judge others except in courtrooms.

  • There are only two ways to avoid becoming a “has-been”; and they are to die while being an “is”, or to have always remained a “never-was”.

  • If we aren’t possessed by our own power, then whose power possesses us?

  • The reason that each of us seems so different from others is because we focus on our differences. If we just focused on our similarities instead, we would find ample reason to be come much more humane in our humanness.

  • Jealousy destroys love while claiming its rescue.

  • We seem naturally prone to go through life as slaves, heeding a unknown master’s wishes, and without every hearing his words.

  • Our insecurity is proportional to our dependency on that which is outside of us.

  • It is very likely true that within the most evil and within the most saintly person, exists near perfect congruence of character once fears and obsessive desires are excised.

  • Each of becomes someone that we wouldn’t recognize at a high school graduation, doing things that we never expected, in a world that we could never have imagined.

  • Most Americans would choose to lose a large part of their character before they would choose to loose a large part of their fortune.

  • A great deal of modern man’s problems is that the need for mankind’s changes is growing much faster that our genes are changing. In a very real sense, we are becoming as cavemen living in skyscrapers.

  • When we were young, our maladies generally assaulted us one at a time; and they could be defeated singly; but, as we age, our maladies tend to coalesce into armies that rampage to eventually win the day.

  • It seems to be human nature to often fear that which cannot harm us, and to not fear that which may destroy us.

  • Ambition is like the group of plants that sprout in the spring of the Fungi family. Some are nutritious and others poisonous. So it is with ambition. Ambition that causes us to rise to our personal best nourishes us; while that ambition that merely seeks to rise above others, becomes our poison.

  • Long before mankind ever communicated with words, we communicated with our eyes, and today we often still do.

  • We are all born into a dense forest in which we must make our own way out. In this effort, our eyes should be directed skyward to the sun and stars to make sure that we don’t travel in monotonous circles.

  • It is not the intrusions into our life that upset us, but the way we think about those intrusions, that so upsets. A different way of thinking often .nullifies the upset,

  • We need to be sure when waiting, that our feet don’t take root.

  • Every author of every book was at one time no more skilled than every reader of any book.

  • Those, whose talents are the same as their occupation, have received a great blessing.

  • Should mankind ever cease to exist, the next inhabitants of the Earth might say that we died of too much of ourselves.

  • Each word, each sentence, and each paragraph that we cast is received by others, only to then be painted with their own versions of what they hold to be the truth.

  • It is the fate of every individual to be judged by his peers. To not ever be judged would be like being in a gravity-free Universe. Even when mankind goes into space and thinks himself free of gravity, he is only experiencing periods when gravitational forces are equal in their opposition. So it is with judgments; we can only hope that the judgments of us by others will also be equal in their opposition, and thus allow us to soar freely.

  • If some poisons are administered in gradually increasing doses, we develop a tolerance so that normally fatal doses are no longer fatal. So also is it with creativity. If criticisms are gradually added, enough can eventually be tolerated that would have before been fatal to one’s creativity.

  • Unless beauty is found within, it is unlikely to be found without.

  • The person that we will always find easiest to fool is ourselves.

  • One of the most valuable things that we possess also proves to be toxic in proportion to the amount that we’ve used. That thing is time.

  • More important than the strengthening of muscles is the strength that we gain by conquering our weaknesses of character.

  • We like to believe that we live in a world of things almost entirely, but what we live in is almost entirely a world of symbols represented by those things. Were the symbols somehow stripped away, we would find the world barren and bereft of warmth.


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