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  • It is helpful to regard all printed material as history, and not as something that describes the present; telephone books, dictionaries, instruction manuals, menus, etc. all describe what may or may not have existed at the time of their printing, and perhaps more importantly, may or may not be relevant to the present and to the future.


  • The future will not be the same as the past, but most of the ruts will be.


  • The freedom of nation is not measured by its citizens doing anything that they want; that is chaos. The freedom of a nation is not measured by its citizens being free from worry; that is dependency. The freedom of a nation is not measured by its citizens having their dreams fulfilled by government; that is the responsibility of the individual. The freedom of a nation however, is measured by the absence of restraints placed upon its citizens by government other than those restraints that prevent its citizens from interfering with the freedoms of others.


  • If we are inclined to climb to a great height, we shouldn’t fault others for not placing a net below us.


  • Hope is not necessarily a desire for a change, as a happy person might very well hope that nothing changes; but I guess, if nothing changed, even that would be a change from the way things have always been.


  • Unlike a coo-coo, another can not hatch our obligations; obligations can only originate within us. Whenever another does something that causes us to feel the need to reciprocate, we need to always remember that the feeling originated within. This is also as true about retribution as obligations.


  • How strange it is that we can agree with so many others on their conclusions but dispute all of their assumptions.


  • One thing, that we have today, that will be near worthless tomorrow, but would have been precious could it have been had just one year ago, is today’s newspaper.


  • We tend to think of inventing as desirable for mankind, and in most cases it is; but, when one starts inventing truths, there is seldom any benefits except to the inventor.


  • There is only one surefire way to be called great, and that is to get your name changed to “Great”.


  • Generalizations are generally inapplicable to the specific, and the specific inapplicable to the generalization.


  • It is often impossible to distinguish between a genius and one that just relentlessly perseveres.


  • Goodness is only a label that we attach to whatever we like, and withhold from the things that we dislike. To assume that goodness lies innately within anything is to ignore that goodness lies only within our minds.


  • Even when gossip starts its journey as a truth, it arrives finally as an untruth.


  • Whether the grave is a final resting place or a new beginning, is not determined by popular opinion.


  • One of the great hoaxes of modern life is the generally accepted belief that wealth will bring happiness; the most that wealth can do is reduce some of the causes of deprivation that promote unhappiness.


  • A life, led without hardship, is a life incapable of understanding the vast majority of humanity.


  • There is no doubt but what a healthy outlook on life helps to determine the health of the body; the problem with some that know this is that they believe that only a healthy outlook can produce a healthy body.


  • Once the assumption of “free will” is held as a fact, its mother dies, and determinism is buried and forgotten.


  • Probably everyone, that was ever called a hero for a courageous act, would confess that there were many other unimportant acts that required much greater bravery.


  • Homophobia is as irrational as any other kind of prejudice, whether it be racial, religious, or gender.


  • The most honorable among us are often never honored while the most dishonorable among us are frequently honored.


  • Those, them as that claim to have no fears, have just inferred that they fear that others may think of cowards.


  • Those, that claim to have no fears, have just inferred that they fear that others may think of them as cowards. It is well known, that hunger will make delicious, foods that were disliked before; now if only we could develop a hunger of the mind for those ways of looking at things that we found distasteful yesterday. Then understanding our differences would not be a problem.


  • WALT HASKINS




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