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  • Young people seem to believe death won’t visit them unless they send an invitation, which they seem prone to write during their next boring moment.

  • For many, food is served to only to keep others alive, and for many others, food is love served daily which keeps their loved ones alive.

  • Those that seek perfection in all that they do, have honed the perfect tool with which to torment themselves.

  • God gave each of us the ability to think for our self but others, not approving of the gift, do their best to see that we do so as little of it as is possible.

  • The fact that beauty is only skin deep is perfect for those with keen eyesight and dull minds.

  • Perhaps one of the reasons there are so many laws against prostitution is to protect men from their own weaknesses.

  • Were it not for the nosiness of people, few would come to those in trouble to offer help.

  • Few things will cause a person to become a pessimist as reliably as being surrounded by the perpetually optimistic.

  • As we age, we need to practice less and less the art of forgetting other’s offences, as it becomes more and more an achievement to just remember them at all.

  • Few things have the potential to undo our character as much as the adulation of the many.

  • To escape the pain of criticism, one must become either a god or become dead.

  • No security system has ever afforded us any protection from our greatest threat,-ourselves.

  • The most precious gift that we can give a loved one daily is an improved version of our self.

  • One good thing about the “tooth-for-a tooth” philosophy is that soon the combatants will no longer be able to bite anyone.

  • Some people’s deepest beliefs have a chameleon-like character in that they appear the same as whatever group that they happen to be in.

  • The only applause that we should need comes from within us.

  • Compassion most often signifies the strong, but seldom the weak.

  • Time is a kind of trader in that throughout life what is taken from us is replaced by something else until finally life is taken in exchange for the relief of infirmities.

  • Elderly men that take a young bride are like those that would build a home next to a river during a draught.

  • Those born after plastics became commonplace will never feel the wonder of them like those that were born before.

  • Strength of character is measured in how able one is to stand alone against the many.

  • The elevation caused by the lever of other’s good opinion of us is short compared to the long lever of our own opinion of ourselves.

  • There seems to be a general tendency to assume malice and/or greed when others do things that we dislike, as though through our arrogance we could somehow be privy to the workings of their minds.

  • We are more easily united through our fears than by our hopes.

  • Attitudes are changed not by dumping one overboard and taking on another,

  • but by the slow process chipping away the old one and adding a new one brick by brick. When there is a rapid change, the change is only a mask to hide the old.

  • Those that are tormented by their past, are paralyzed in the present, and prevented from seeing the promises in their futures.

  • There would be many more willing to resist temptation if they didn’t fear that they’d break the habit.

  • Why is it that we call predictions of behavior by two different names? When someone says that they will reward you if you do something, that is called a promise. If someone says that they will punish you if you do something, that is called a threat. Both are only predictions, and like all predictions, many things may intercede to prevent the predictions from ever being fulfilled.

  • We cannot simultaneously seek freedom and dependency; for the very nature of freedom means that one feels free of constraints, a condition that is free of dependency. Plus, when we become dependent on anyone or any institution, the other becomes tempted to exploit the dependency of others for their own selfish ends. Freedom may not be perfectly congruent with independence, but it is close.

  • The vain tend to believe every flattery and no criticism. The skeptic tends to believe every criticism and no flattery.

  • Perhaps there is a person that assumes others to be wiser than himself, but who has ever met such a person?

  • There are many that catch diseases so easily that merely reading of them is the start of a health crisis.

  • Unadmitted mistakes are like small chunks of lead we choose to carry on very long journeys.

  • Only a fool would be courageous in every imaginable situation. Only a fool would be a coward and shrink from every situation unless it was guaranteed to be safe.

  • The fact that only humans cry when born may be nature’s hint that we are more predisposed to sorrow than joy.

  • We generally are able to remember those things that are important to us. Because of this, perhaps the elderly remember less than the young because so much of life is then recognized as unimportant.

  • There are those that resent others that are happy as if the other’s happiness were stolen from them by means yet unknown.

  • If is true:”That what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” then we need to remember the same is also true of our enemies.

  • For some, love makes the world go ‘round; for others, it makes it go flat


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