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  • Experience is said to be the best teacher; this is usually said as a response to failure. But, it may be that experience is the only teacher when it comes to life, whether the experience is positive or negative. Books only give us expectations of what life is probably going to be; it is the experiences of life that teach us whether the books were trustworthy or not.

  • It is a fact of life to know of lifeís beginning, but its ending could be what we are now mistakenly calling its middle.

  • Aim for perfection but donít expect to get it or else you will be perfectly miserable.

  • Choose while in doubt, but act while in certainty.

  • Many mistake abiding by the law as equivalent to being virtuous.

  • Those things about us that we wish were different, but arenít worth the effort to change, may as well be regarded as unchangeable as gravity.

  • Those that denigrate science because of its occasional errors; its elaborations; its premature findings, and its rejection of all of the unverifiable, would be hard pressed to find something more reliable on which to plan a future.

  • Disillusionment is a word that has negative connotations for most, but for those that like to deal with reality, it is the doorway through which we gain insight into both ourselves and those about us.

  • A stone that merely sits creates no change while one that is moving changes what is before it; this is another way of saying that a constant produces no change but a variable does. It is surprising how often, when we listen to others, how often an explanation is expressed by saying how something that didnít change (a constant) produced a change (a variable).

  • Problems should be look at like barbells in a gymnasium, put there to strengthen us, not to defeat us.

  • The greatest enemies of creativity arenít our ignorance; they are our habits, habits that dictate that ones actions, thoughts, and beliefs remain unchanged.

  • A prism will separate light into an infinite number of colors all composed of only red, yellow, and blue. What we need is a kind of ďbelief prismí that will take the infinite number of ďtruthsĒ and reunite them into the few basic truths that are common to us all.

  • There is a state of being, that for want of a better word, can be called detachment; detachment from not just the things about us but detachment even from oneself. In this state, it is easy to recognize how insignificant we are and how much we strive for the illusion of significance even though that illusion is momentary. In this state, one senses the infinite and feels apart of the infinite even in oneís finiteness. In this state, one senses neither fear nor desire, only a sense of tranquility that seems to unite with others in both time and space, and transcends mere existence. For these few moments, we become more than we ever thought ourselves to be yet none of what we long believed ourselves to be.

  • It is a sign of our weakness to feel elevated by compliment or feel lessened by criticism; neither of these increase what we are, and to be influenced in any way by them means that what we are, is in part, what others judge us to be.

  • Instead of looking at another as being just another person, just try and remember that every person was once a small girl or boy whose parentís wanted to grow up to be happy; is so doing, perhaps our attitudes towards those about us might soften.

  • Insightful ways of viewing things will always be perceived as a threat to the comfortable many, because they are.

  • The direct pursuit of happiness is fraught with the peril of being induced by drugs and other self-destructive pursuits. Happiness, when and if ever it comes, comes as an accompaniment to fulfilling that which is unique and imbedded deep within each of us. For this reason philosophers have enjoined us to look within and not without. Will modern man ever shun materialism as being equivalent to happiness?

  • Donít believe them; the harder you fall, the wider you splatter.


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