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  • We never know what we can do, even after we have tried; we can only know what we have tried and not whether we will succeed on the next attempt

  • Out thoughts are chained to our past, but few and perhaps none that remain sane, will ever break those chains. The problem isn’t that we are chained, but that we imagine ourselves to be free and thus fail to compensate for our own nature and the nature of our fellow beings.

  • There is often a chasm between the motives behind our acts and the motives that others believe we had.

  • If we believe that we can have peace of mind, then it must be sought within ourselves and not outside of ourselves.

  • We all make mistakes, some of them quite stupid. What makes these worse is when we blame another for what we’ve done; the worst however is when we try and make a stupid mistake sound smart by employing reason that was never present until after the mistake.

  • As often as we misplace things, we should wonder if our hands aren’t doing things when we’re not watching.

  • One that is wise and growing intellectually should always be able to reflect back to ten years ago and wonder how one could have been so stupid.

  • To be revolting can be either active or inactive, and sometimes both.

  • We are shaped by what we do and what we think in very much the same way that a woodcarver produces a finished product from a piece of wood.

  • Those that believe that they understand the nature of man are like those that would assemble a large and very complex machine only to find that they have a bucket of parts left over.

  • “I think, therefore I am.” is probably true enough, but that poses the even more important question: “What am I?”

  • The easiest way to get one’s ideas accepted is to lay them softly before others to pick up and claim as their own.

  • To help carry the burden of another is uplifting to two.

  • Each life is as an hourglass where the constriction in the middle is the present and the unknown number of grains above are our future.

  • When we stretch our minds, we never need to worry that they’ll ever return to their original shapes, and we need never worry that our minds will break from overstretching.

  • Mimes would seem to have very much in common with the hypochondriac.

  • When determinism causes one to assume the existence of freewill, freewill will start to function as though there were no determinism.

  • April first should be a national holiday to celebrate the true nature of mankind.

  • All we have to do to make sure that the future controls us is –nothing.

  • The extent of most people’s philosophical interests begins at the front bumper and ends at the rear bumper.

  • We are often told that we shouldn’t go out on a limb for something, but aren’t we all already out on a limb? Perhaps we shouldn’t go further out, but it is futile to try and get off the limb altogether without dying.

  • We often claim that we don’t like to be deceived, and probably that is true when we are aware that another has done so, but how often do we deceive ourselves for no other purpose than being comforted by the deceit that we would knowingly reject if coming from another.

  • Some of the most expensive education that we ever purchase happens because we fail to read the fine print.

  • The “mind’s eye” is always in focus.

  • When young, it is best to establish any goal to aim for than to have none at all. When one establishes a goal, the goal can be changed or modified later; when one has no goal at all, it usually happens that the demands of life will impose their own.

  • Tyrants cause us to suffer if their demands remain unmet, therefore our fears and desires act as tyrants, and as tyrants they must be overcome if freedom is ever to be had.

  • Only a fool, or someone with a defective memory, would say that if life could be lived over again, that the same choices would he made, but this is far from saying that if life could have been lived over again that wiser choices would have been made.

  • It is unlikely that we’ll ever know what we can be until we first know what we are.

  • Most trustworthy are those that trust; most untrustworthy are those that distrust.

  • We can never cast our shadows on a flame.


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