“There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that?”
Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may take a second for you to say it, but for them it could last a lifetime.
The Minds Journal
You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot in front of the other, and God damn it, you will refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.
“For the love of God and my sisters (so charitable toward me) I take care to appear happy and especially to be so.”
St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul
I, who have never willfully pained another, have no business to pain myself.
In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.
Deep ecologists assert that there is an ontological realism, that humans are part of the natural system, the web of life, and that we can rediscover our authentic existence.
“While you are alive collect moments not things, earn respect not money and enjoy love not luxuries.”
Not everyone thinks the way you think, knows the things you know, believes the things you believe, nor acts the way you would act.
Remember this and you will go a long way in getting along with people.
“One must never be either content with, or impatient with, oneself…”
C. S. Lewis, Letter, March 31, 1954, reprinted in Letters to an American Lady
This thing we’re doing here, you, me. I’m in. I am all in.
“With what pleasure do we look upon a family, through the whole of which reign mutual love and esteem, where the parents and children are companions for one another, without any other difference than what is made by respectful affection on the one side, and kind indulgence on the other, . . .”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
“You can never predict what little things in the way somebody looks or talks or acts will set off peculiar emotional reactions in other people.”
Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: (From A to Be and Back Again)
The organization is, above all, social. It is people.
My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards.
“To see things in their true proportion, to escape the magnifying influence of a morbid imagination, should be one of the chief aims of life.”
William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life
A man without a vision for his future, always returns (or maybe reruns) to his past.
Be careful who you call “friends.” I’d rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies any day.
My father used to say, “Don’t raise your voice to improve your argument.”
I will win. Maybe not immediately, but definitely.
Seek respect, not attention. It lasts longer.
Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction.