I have never felt that anything really mattered but the satisfaction of knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed, and had done the very best you could.
first lady, diplomat and activist
A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying … that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
“Of all the tasks which are set before man in life, the education and management of his character is the most important, and, in order that it should be successfully pursued, it is necessary that he should make a calm and careful survey of his own tendencies, unblinded either by the self-deception which conceals errors and magnifies excellences, or by the indiscriminate pessimism which refuses to recognize his powers for good. He must avoid the fatalism which would persuade him that he has no power over his nature, and he must also clearly recognize that this power is not unlimited.”
William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.
I do not burn bridges. I just loosen the bolts a little each day.
May the bridges I burn light the way.
“Sometimes you need to burn bridges to stop yourself from crossing them again.”
“The hardest lesson in life is figuring out which bridges to cross and which to burn.”
“Burning bridges takes too long. I prefer explosives.”
They say don’t burn bridges you may have to cross later. I say I don’t mind swimming if the bridge was fucked-up to begin with.