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  • When we are weak, we accuse and blame; growing stronger we become able to forgive; once we are strong, we discover that there is nothing to forgive.


  • Why is it that we tend to find that those that are the most interesting are the ones that speak little but listen a lot?


  • When we hear, we reduce doubt; when we read we suspect; when we see, we believe; when we do, we know.


  • If a cancer cell could think, do you suppose that it would kill its host by its unbridled growth? We think, but we do it anyway to our host the Earth.


  • Perhaps the twig grows as it is bent, but if not careful it snaps and dies.


  • Whether it is a promise or a threat is in the ear of the listener.


  • Among all of the Earthís creatures, we are the only ones that can rise above our fears and passions.


  • Because of our insecurities we are driven to know and accept much of what is clearly false as being certain.


  • We have no need to fear the computer until they stop installing an off-switch.


  • Loneliness falters once we share it with another.


  • Few rejoice at the birth of a new idea, but later many will claim to be its father.


  • Some despotism of a Caligula slumbers in each of us only waiting to be awakened by the gift of great power.


  • If we could catalog our beliefs, we would probably find that few come from verifiable facts while most come from verifiable fears and desires.


  • At the fading of our inner sunsets, the last flicker of light is called hope.


  • One of the greatest harms that come from anger is that anger always denies us the understanding of the other.


  • Time for each of us doesnít proceed like the links of a chain but like the links in chain mail; for this reason long-term expectations are seldom long-term realizations. To become truly free, we need to extract our inner-self from our body, and then provide the body with its needs and not its demands; this will leave that inner-self free to seek what it needs but will never demand.


  • It does seem to be that each of us rises to our own level of incompetence in our outward lives, but the same also seems to be true in dealing with our own emotional and intellectual development as well.


  • If mankind were entirely rational, there would be no need for governments and its laws, but since we arenít entirely rational we have to endure governments and its laws that are even less rational than its citizens.


  • We all need to be needed by another, but not by crippling and making dependent, but by helping them become free and more independent.


  • The most brutish animal responds to the lash and its physical demands, and never to any form of reason; it would seem that the highest aim of mankind would be to strive to be just the opposite.


  • WALT HASKINS


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