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  • In the search for personal happiness, few things are as productive as constantly asking ourselves if having something or avoiding something is important to our happiness. When it is, then pursue or avoid it; often though, desires and fears are only impulses that are extraneous to happiness at best, but more often we will find them destructive to our happiness.

  • Relentless persistence will overcome virtually all of our other deficiencies.

  • “I am.” Is as short of a sentence that we can make, but is also one of the most profound; for in our being we proclaim that we are not part of a whole, but that we are the whole of our own existence. Being the entirety of an entity means that we aren’t obligated by our existence to conform to the standards of others any more than they are obligated to conform to ours; we are free to pursue our own goals as long as they don’t destroy another’s pursuits; we are free to suffer the consequences as well as the rewards of our acts, and that we are free to continue existing without any restraints from others as long as we don’t obstruct them. In other words, “I am” embodies the profound declaration, - “I am free.”

  • When we give our word to another, it may be impossible to retrieve.

  • The ills that we have done in the past stains what we are today, but the goodwill that we do today bleaches that stain away like the sun bleaches away the mold of the past.

  • Those that withhold a kindness for concern that it won’t be returned or appreciated were only considering providing an obligation, not a kindness.

  • An untruth, all by itself, is far easier to detect than an untruth imbedded within several truths, and helps explain why so many untruths are now imbedded within our beliefs. Strychnine would not ever be swallowed alone because of its extreme bitterness, but mixed in with other desired foods, it becomes fatal.

  • Mankind’s inhumanity becomes even more inhumane by our indifference.

  • Nothing dulls the keenness of a youth’s curiosity more than the presence of an authority, be that authority a teacher, a clergy, or a parent. An unquenchable curiosity is more precious than whatever these authorities could ever impart to the young unless they impart more curiosity.

  • Inspiration doesn’t come to us like drips from a leaky faucet, but like a geyser that has no particular time schedule and no particular volume to expect.

  • Perhaps the greatest secret in America today, is how little material wealth is actually needed to open the many doors to happiness.

  • If each of us would pause just a few minutes each week and ask ourselves the question: “If I knew that tomorrow would be the last day of my life, what would I do?” We would then know from the answers what course to follow daily and if we are moving towards or away from the individual values buried deep within each of us.

  • Nothing obscures our past as quickly or as surely as what we do in the present.

  • Perhaps the reason that our hatreds are clung to so tightly, is because if they were lost we would have to deal with the real source of all hatreds-our insecurities.

  • It is wise to not be concerned because there are those that dislike you; for if it could be known, most of these don’t even like themselves.

  • Our lives flow by like a river, a river that has rapids, falls, and tranquility. Like a river, it sometimes merges with other rivers to form even greater rivers, but like all great rivers, it is certain to be dissolved into an ocean, the greatest of all bodies of water.

  • One of the reasons so many of us fail in life is because many of us fail to read the owner’s manual supplied within each of us, and instead resort to reading the manuals that are intended for other models.

  • It would seem than many have very little value for their lives when they so willingly put it at risk for miniscule gain.

  • Those that seek to be envied, seek to bring out the worst in others.

  • We all are probably mad in some way, and for this we should be thankful for, without this madness, we would never have known what we could become.

  • Those that distrust science seem to trust ignorance even more.

  • Our hopes should be treated as children, to be protected, nurtured, and reared to fulfillment.

  • Only those that have conquered their desires fail to recognize any temptations.

  • The birth pains of a new idea are more painful to those that receive the newborn than to the one that bore it.

  • To despise one’s past is to despise one’s self as we are only the product of our past.

  • Some people, instead of growing wiser as they get older, just grow wider as they grow older.

  • It proves of little benefit to others to pound on the doors of our minds to make its beliefs exit, as they will only exit when there are no demands from without.

  • The bearer of enlightenment is the one that becomes most enlightened.

  • Freedom has such a powerful allure to us that many will fight and die to gain freedom for others when any close inspection will reveal that they had little of it for themselves.

  • Ideals are valuable to possess, not because we ever expect to arrive there, but because ideals serve as navigational tools to aid us in getting to our realistic life-goals.


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