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Quote for today

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”– A. A. Milne

“People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full are missing the point. The glass is refillable!”-- Author Unknown

“We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it, because we need it. We all need it.”-- Janis Joplin

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“No, there is no escape. There is no heaven with a little of hell in it–no plan to retain this or that of the devil in our hearts or our pockets. Out Satan must go, every hair and feather!” -George MacDonald-

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

– Barack Obama

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”– Abraham Lincoln

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”-- Stephen R. Covey

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” - Mark Twain-

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” - Oscar Wilde-

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” -George Carlin-

"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” -Mark Twain-

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.” - Mark Twain-

"I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: “Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together”. -Mark Twain-

Note

Twain’s prediction was accurate; he died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut, one day after the comet’s closest approach to Earth.

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“It is difficult to live in and enjoy the moment when you are thinking about the past or worrying about the future. You cannot change your past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about your future. Learn from the past, plan for the future. The more you live in and enjoy the present moment, the happier you will be.”

– Roy T. Bennett

Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well-ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and spend some time in his own company.
Seneca, Letter ll, tr. Robin Campbell

“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realize that that is enough to be happy. There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.”

– Charlotte Eriksson

“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.”-- Abraham Lincoln

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“We need to set our affections on some good man and keep him constantly before our eyes, so that we may live as if he were watching us, and do everything as if he saw what we were doing…Happy too is the person who can so revere another as to adjust and shape his own personality in the light of recollections of that other. A person able to revere another thus will soon deserve to be revered himself…there is a need in my view for someone as a standard against which our characters can measure themselves. Without a ruler to do it against you won’t make the crooked straight.”

(Of course we have such a man - if man he be - in our Lord)
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, letter xi, tr. Robin Campbell

“Discussions are always better than arguments, because an argument is to find out who is right, and a discussion is to find what is right.”-- Author Unknown

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“Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance.” -Isaac Watts-

“Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.” -Isaac Watts-

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“One does not walk into the forest and accuse the trees of being off-center. Nor do they visit the shore and call the waves imperfect. So why do we look at ourselves this way?”-- Tao Te Ching

The notion that we should always and everywhere apportion belief to evidence in such a way that we affirm only that for which we have sufficient evidence ignores the fact that belief for beings like us subserves action. If one acted only on those beliefs for which one had sufficient evidence one would not act as one must to live well.

When a young person believes that he or she can do such-and-such, it is almost always on the basis of insufficient evidence. And yet such belief beyond the evidence is a sine qua non of success. There are two necessary conditions of success in life: one must believe that what one proposes to do is worth doing, and one must believe that one is capable of doing it. In both cases one believes and acts on evidence that could hardly be called sufficient.

This strikes me as a good maxim: Don’t let insufficient evidence prevent you from believing what you are better off believing than not believing. BV

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"Don’t forget you’re human. It’s okay to have a meltdown, just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you are headed. "-- Author Unknown

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Worrying is a waste of time . Good and bad things happen in life, you just have to keep living and not stress over what you can’t control. Worrying is a waste of time . It doesn’t change anything; It messes with your mind and steals your happiness.

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Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959 , tr. Ryan Bloom, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010, p. 177:

The Revolution is good. But why? One must have an idea of the civilization one wishes to create. The abolition of property is not an end. It is a means.

This is foolish. Private property is the foundation of individual liberty. The problem is not private property, but too few people owning property, property they have worked for, and thus value and care about. I include among private property the means for the defense of life, liberty, and property against assorted malefactors from unorganized criminals to rogue elements in the government. - BV

…Nothing can be lost that is not first owned. Just as a parent is compelled by civil law to be responsible for his family and his property, so the Creator --by His own divine law–in compelled to take care of the children He has created. And that means not only caring for the good children, but for the bad ones and lost ones as well. So the word lost came to be for Mrs. Smith (Hannah W. Smith), a term of greatest comfort. If a person is a “lost sinner” it only means that he is temporarily separated from the Good Shepherd who owns him. The Shepherd is bound by all duties of ownership to go after all those who are lost until they are found. -Catherine Marshall-

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“I’m learning skills I will use for the rest of my life by doing homework… procrastinating and negotiation.”-- Bill Waterson

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”-- Joseph Addison