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  • There are times when it seems like we handle problems with our minds and eyes wide shut and our mouths wide open.


  • Oneís greatest treasure isnít stored in a bank, but in the hearts of others.


  • We are never completely free to think, even though we generally believe that we are, rather our thoughts are always channeled; the differences between us are the widths of our channels.


  • Blades of grass will survive the winds that bring down the strongest trees.


  • Each of us should remain a student of life until graduation.


  • When we remove the peril of saying the truth, fewer lies will be.


  • Our lives are spent hewing stones that, no matter how we may arrange them, those that follow will rearrange to suit their needs.


  • The shortest distance between two points is always when the points touch one another.


  • The problem isnít in wanting to become a know-it-all, the problem is in thinking one is.


  • The greatest risk that we ever take is when we decide to understand ourselves.


  • Any humility displayed by the young is probably just pride dressed up in bib-overalls.


  • Beauty is something that can be discovered almost anywhere; beauty can be found even in the movement of oneís body if one would only concentrate on its discovery.


  • One should excel at many things, but should be concerned if one excels at losing.


  • One is served well by focusing only on what one does and thinks, and not what oneís neighbors do and think, for what their bodies do and what their brains do, should be only their concern.


  • If we become upset over matters outside of ourselves, we are unknowingly giving power to those matters instead of our retaining our power over them.


  • Education will never be over for those that retain the gift of curiosity.


  • One kind of thing that should never be doubted is our feelings, but, there should always be doubts as to whether we should have particular feelings in certain circumstances.


  • It is our ignorance of one another that stirs our fears; it is our knowledge of one another that discloses that we are alike, even our fears of being the same, and indicates that fears are the cause of our conflicts.


  • To live wisely, we should hope that we raise more questions than we will ever answer.


  • When we discover moments that seem particularly uplifting to our spirits, it is wise to inspect the immediately preceding thoughts and events to discover their causes, as these, once discovered, can usually be reintroduced in our futures for lifeís enrichment.


  • When we discover those in need, itís always easier to be the second to help.


  • One of the most persistent problems that arise between individuals and even within ourselves, is the failure to recognize that feelings and reasoning are two separate entities, and that we cannot solve problems of feelings with reasoning, and that we cannot solve problems of reasoning with emotions. To fail to make these distinctions is like using a plumberís wrench to sew a button on a garment. No amount of reasoning will ever explain a feeling, and to inject feelings into our reasoning usually thwarts any reasoning.


  • It is true that we canít make a new beginning, but we can still make a better middle.


  • Memories are like wines; some may improve with age and others may spoil, but none remain for long as they first were made.


  • To be better than we are requires no voice from a pulpit, no words from a book, and no inspiration from nature; all thatís required is to look within ourselves and discover that which was always there.


  • When we aim a derogatory remark at another, we tend to damage ourselves far more than the target.


  • Though probably just an impression, it seems like the less that we plan for something, the greater the likelihood of its happening; this probably is because that which we plan for is handled quickly and quickly forgotten.


  • Scapegoats tend to breed best in a climate of insecurity.


  • Although we are guaranteed the right to pursue happiness, few things would slow American commerce more than an epidemic of happiness. Our commerce is more founded on the pursuit of happiness than on its realization; dissatisfaction is essential to commerce and destructive to happiness.


  • When others say that they know what theyíre thinking, but they just donít know how to put it into words, what theyíre trying to express are feelings and not thoughts.


  • The fanatic never recognizes fanaticism within, only intense realities without.


  • Those with a weak sense of themselves will seek out celebrities for an autograph, handshake, or even a glimpse, as though the fame of another could be transferred in small part by that experience.


  • WALT HASKINS


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