favorite quotes

"Every calling is great when greatly pursued."
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of
your own mind."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Just as sharp-bladed grass, if wrongly held,
wounds the very hand that holds it - the
contemplated life, if wrongly grasped, drags you
down to hell." - Dhammapada, 22, translated by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

"What each of us makes of our lonliness is the
individual stamp of our destiny." - from the
accused murderer's journal in true crime novel
Never Enough by Joe McGuiness

"What you resist, persists." - I was told by a
friend that this is from the EST course, but we
don't know whether Werner Erhard himself
made it up or if he was quoting someone.

"Don't look back, something might be gaining on
you." - Satchel Paige

"Run to the roundhouse, they can't corner you
there." - (another one with an elusive origin, but
a friend of mine's mother used to say that as
well as "Don't run with a stick in your mouth"
and they both crack me up).

"The most damaging phrase in the language is:  
'It's always been done that way.'  Seeing
ourselves plainly, we can change, and as we do
so, it brings a feeling of great relief, as if we had
dropped a heavy load.  Never confuse a single
defeat with a final defeat.  If you wish to
understand yourself, you must succeed in doing
so in the midst of all kinds of confusions and
upsets.  Don't make the mistake of sitting dead
in the cold ashes of a withered tree.  I am
beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple
things of life which are the real ones after all." -
Grace Murray Hopper

"The greatest act of love that I have found is to
try not to change another human being." - E.
Wilson (personally, I think this was a mis-print.  
It makes more sense if the quote was "...I have
found is to NOT TRY...).

In Candler, NC, on a hotel marquee:  "If you are
on a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't
lead anywhere."

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Measure
for Measure", Act 1 Scene 4

"You never change things by fighting the
existing reality. To change something, build a
new model that makes the existing model
- Buckminster Fuller

"Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid
moments when he was merely stupid."
- Heinrich Heine

"A positive attitude may not solve all your
problems, but it will annoy enough people to
make it worth the effort."
- Herm Albright

"I am living so far beyond my income that we
may almost be said to be living apart."
- e.e. Cummings

"Cure for an obsession: get another one." -
Mason Cooley

"Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting."
- John Russell

"If at first you don't succeed, failure may be
your style." - Quentin Crisp

"A universe of life is a drop of dew at any
intersection." - Unknown

"Life is a gift.  Our philosophy is simple.  We do
all we can to make the most of life.  The
wonders of nature are here for us to enjoy, to
learn from, and to protect.  Happiness begins
with the health of the mind, body and spirit, and
wellness  is a focus of our lives.  We believe
there is something new to be discovered every
day." - It was a magazine ad, but I can't
remember the company that it belongs to.

"The only thing that stands between you and
what you want out of life is the will to try and
the faith to believe it's possible."

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you
said, people will forget what you did, but people
will never forget how you made them feel.” –
Maya Angelou

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” –
Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is our choices that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.” – J.K Rowling

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s
who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I
make mistakes, I am out of control and at times
hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my
worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at
my best.” – Marilyn Monroe

"Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice,
shame on me."

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with
one step." - Lao Tzu

"They're not doing it to you, they're just doing


The Liar's Paradox:

"The next sentence
is true.  The previous
sentence is false."

(I feel grateful to have someone like this.)

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