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  • No freewill exists for those that freely deny its existence.


  • Misery does love company, but only if the company is at least as miserable.


  • We can never begin to know how the small acts of small people will affect the future in major ways. A British soldierís choice to not shoot George Washington in the French and Indian Wars; and the choice of Hitlerís parents to make love at a particular time, were seemingly small choices that had enormous effects.


  • From adolescence on, we understand less and less until finally concluding that we understand nothing.


  • Although we may be created as equals, we are far from identical; and no matter how much we may try to be like others, we will always remain non-identical. The drive to become identical is a great source of internal conflicts between what we are and what we try to appear to be.


  • The most helpful words of bereavement come from those that have suffered the same loss themselves.


  • The long struggle for women to gain rights that are equal to menís, tells more about the deficiencies of men than about those of women.


  • There are no admissions that have to be paid for those that participate in the arena of life; it is the spectators that only watch that must pay the high price of admission.


  • A secret may be held by one, but once it is held by two, it has become the seed of a rumor which is certain to grow.


  • As long as mankind exists, curiosity and the creative spirit of mankind will illuminate its future. To turn this off would be as easy as turning off the Universe.


  • It is more physiological than virtuous that as men age they are less tempted by women.


  • It is one of the most difficult aspects of wisdom to take the advice of others as a genuine attempt to help us along our paths instead of merely being meddlesome attempts at controlling us.


  • Most of what we call virtues is but our faults masquerading in presentable fashions.


  • Our memories often function like a slow file clerk roaming through our gray cells looking for a misplaced file, often to come across that file days later and then proclaiming- Eureka, here it is!


  • Wisdom isnít something that one can be given; it must always be discovered within each of us. All others can do is provide the keys to unlock the doors to its discovery.


  • Weakness of character can be strengthened the same as one would a muscle, by using it frequently under gradually increasing stresses.


  • We never bore of those that seem eager for our next words while we easily become bored by those unconcerned of what we say.


  • That others donít agree with us shouldnít dismay if we would only remember that at one time, we also believed differently on the very same subject.


  • What we call a hero is only the person that does what others fear to do even if that person foolishly felt no fear or acted only to receive the acclaim of others.


  • We can never share in the fears and passions of another unless weíve had the same experiences; all we can do otherwise is bear witness.


  • Even in bright sunlight we still grope in darkness to discover what we are.


  • The activities that we tend to enjoy without end are those that touch some primitive part deep within us that we will never be able to identify or explain to another.


  • Nothing so imprisons our minds as the entrenched beliefs that we never challenge.


  • It is the rare individual whose problems come mostly from without.


  • Being indecisive may be a character fault; but on occasion when one lacks the information necessary for making a wise decision, it is valued highly.


  • It is doubtful that any person, in their last hours of life, ever looked back on that life and was glad for any possession.


  • It isnít a sign of general ignorance to say ďI donít know.Ē to a specific question, but many act as if it were.


  • Life should be like a lighted fuse of unknown length, so that wherever anything is happening, it is intense and remains so until finally blowing up.


  • Wherever we are, we always travel with shadows even if only below our feet.


  • As we grow, we should shed our useless habits of an earlier time, like the way the snake sheds its skin when it grows.


  • If we fill our lives with trivia, we tend to not leave room for the things that matter most to us. The problem is that most of us have never inventoried ourselves to discover the things that do matter the most.


  • Most of the things that bother us take place within our minds.


  • Although sleep may occupy a large percentage of the years that we live, sleep is not life but only the preparation for living starting with our next awakening.


  • Some individuals learn to love their theories so much that observations as to validity seem superfluous even when those observations are easily made. The greatest harm comes when those theories are impossible to confirm but attractive to a mass of people to believe. When this happens great destruction is usually the result.


  • WALT HASKINS


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