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  • One our greatest treasures is the power that we possess that is concealed from others and which we never use unless necessary for a common good.

  • If the most valuable of all uncut-diamonds were found by the road, it would seem like nothing but just another stone to us. It is in this light we should regard one another, as we are all unable to recognize whether there is a gem or just another stone within that person at our first meeting.

  • When we are with someone that we love, we find that there are so many hours that pass that are of little value, but after that loved one is gone forever, how longed for becomes those hours so long ago discarded.

  • A gift with strings attached is not a gift but an arrangement.

  • What is more contrary to reason than to use reason for the purpose of controlling others but neglecting it in controlling ourselves?

  • To put the right spin on our mistakes, we say that they profited us.

  • If we drink and drive, we will probably loose our balls in the rough.

  • Without some preparation, our tomorrows become unruly mobs.

  • We should always remember that when we fear those that are hostile to us that they also fear our resolve to resist their hostilities.

  • We are all aware that freedom means our ability to act without arbitrary restraints; what isn’t commonly regarded as freedom is our ability to not act at all on matters of personal significance. One kind of freedom is just as important as the other. When we are free, We are free to not join the religion of those about us even when they urge that we do; we are free to not share the same interests of those about us even when they urge that we do; we are free to not have beliefs that conform to those about us even when they become unsettled by our beliefs; and, we are free not share in the tastes of anyone else, even when our different tastes cause others to doubt their own tastes. Unless we have the freedom to not do, the freedom to do will always cause us to remain just half free.

  • One thing that is never regretted is a kindness, whether received or given.

  • Living should be like painting in that one has a blank canvas where anything, whim or inspiration, can be put upon it, however today, most of us paint only if first given a kit to “paint by numbers”.

  • One should note that when a candle is burnt at both ends, that most of the candle drips away to the benefit no one, as is also a life so spent.

  • We would be much less concerned about what others think of us if we only knew how seldom they do.

  • A wise person takes the risks that are more than compensated by the likelihood of succeeding and how rich the reward. An ordinary person that takes a risk tends to focus only on the size of the reward. A fool ignores both and focuses only on personal fears and desires regardless of how unlikely the success or small the reward.

  • If you want to remember something, just focus on it and do your best to forget it.

  • If it is an art to say the right thing at the right time, what is it to say the wrong thing at the right time?


  • In trying to solve life’s problems, no one thing probably interferes more than our emotions, as emotions prevent the reasoning of which we all are capable. Solving problems is done with reasoning, not emotions. This is most obvious when extremes of fear and desire overwhelm our reason almost entirely, causing us to make choices that lead to calamity.

  • It would seem that there isn’t an alternative to emotions in life because emotions tend to spring up spontaneously and often without any hint or warning. There are many circumstances where this can’t be prevented, but most of life’s problems can be solved without encountering one’s disruptive emotions if one only develops a plan to deal with those problems that have some predictability of being encountered.

  • For instance, there are few problems so needing a solution as finding a suitable lifelong partner to share one’s life with in order to avoid the emotionally crushing divorce that is so common today. If one would first establish what criteria in another that would be needed, in order to be most probably satisfying for the rest of one’s life, one could set about looking for someone likely to fulfill those needs. Once found, then that is the time to fall in love.

  • If one first falls in love, the desires of love tend to obliterate any awareness of our needs that are likely to be crucial in a long-term relationship. This is contrary to the popular notions of love, but it isn’t contrary to having a lifelong happy marriage. We should always remember that our passions and fears blind us to even the most obvious needs for using reason, and few of life’s decisions will have as much positive or negative effects as choosing a marriage partner.

  • It is well documented that emotions are extremely destructive in making investment decisions. In fact, if one can detect any emotion when considering an investment, one would be better off finding another investment. An investment plan is essential to long-term investing success, but few develop a plan, and those that do are often quick to abandon their plan when the predictable failures occur, as no plan produces profits all of the time.

  • But, one might ask how a plan can be made without emotions being present at the planning. After all, one must first have a desire for an outcome, or the fear of an outcome, for a particular plan to be chosen. This is true, but this should be the end of any emotional involvement in planning. After that, choices should only be made by employing reason in choosing the alternatives that are most likely to achieve ones goals. Once the goal has been achieved, then that will be the time to “pop the cork” on one’s emotions.

  • To those that are accustomed to being emotional through most of the day, this approach may seem cold and unfeeling, and they are correct when it comes to solving problems, however most of one’s day is isn’t usually spent solving problems but interacting with others, at which time emotions and spontaneity are usually valued. But those that are emotional should reflect on the emotional consequences of failing in achieving life’s most important goals. The emotional person is usually more devastated than others, and this is the main reason why emotional people are more likely to have a life full of positive emotions if they would just use reason and planning where problem solving is most needed, and reserve their emotions for the times that emotions add value to living.


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