Craig's Quotations About Life Page

Citations are provided where available.

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
— Mark Twain

Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death.
— Betty Bender

The best revenge is success.
— Paul Pezzella

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift; that's why we call it the present.
— Winnie the Pooh

Just remember, we're all in this alone.
— Lily Tomlin

If you aren't actively seeking improvement you're just whining.
— kitz (2000-10-27)

This hurts like hell! Woo hoo!
— Glenn Stowe, conveying his attitude toward Adventure Racing

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
-- Sir Winston Churchill

Plan, schman, let's mount up!
-- Xander, Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Life is like a box of chocoloates: a cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift no one ever asks for. Unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So you're stuck with this mostly undefinable whipped mint crap, mindlessly wolfed down when there's nothing else to eat during the game. Sure, once in a while you get a peanut butter cup or an English toffee, but it's gone too soon and the taste is fleeting. In the end you're left with nothing but broken bits of hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts, which if you are desperate enough to eat, leaves nothing but useless brown paper wrappers.
-- Cancer Man, The X Files

There is always something to learn even from the worst critics.
-- Edric Keighan

You learn more by getting your butt kicked than by getting it kissed.
-- Tom Hanks

Don't take this the wrong way, y'know, 'cuz I'm greatful for the sex and all, but you look like ten pounds of misery in a five-pound bag.
-- Butch Patterson, Private Dick

'Impossible' is a word that humans use far too often.
-- Seven of Nine

Boys romanticize women, men romance them.
-- paraphrased from "Cider House Rules"

I have spent the last quarter century conducting cutting edge research in unified quantum field theories, and have led an international scientific investigation into the nature and origin of human consciousness. The conclusion of these 25 years of research is that human consciousness, at its deepest level, and the unified field which underlies the whole of Nature, are one and the same.
-- U.S. Natural Law Party candidate John Hagelin

Generally speaking, people who overuse the phrase "crying out for help", are crying out for help.
-- Craig Bruce

Failure has a thousand explanations. Success doesn't need one.
-- Sir Alec Guinness(?)

For evil to succeed, all that is required is for no good man to stand against it.
-- unknown

The Ferengi Five Stages of Acquisition:
Infatuation, justification, appropriation, obsession, and resale.
-- Star Trek: Voyager

I am not convinced that anything worthwhile comes from reading teen magazines, worrying about fashion, or trying to be cool.
-- Kirrily "Skud" Robert

Nothing succeeds like a glorious failure in holding people's imagination.
-- unknown

If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse, you may be dead.
-- Gelett Burgess

Evan's and Bjorn's Law
No matter what goes wrong, there is always someone who knew it would.

Fox on Problematics
When a problem goes away, the people working to solve it do not.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-- Emerson

It is a tremendous freedom not to ride the love/sex roller coaster - I have very serious career goals that takes alot of energy, concentration and time. The last thing I want to do is spend my spare time listening to some half-wit in a bar rambling on about blahblahsexblahblahbestblahmyplaceblahblah -- YUK!"
-- anonymous, but probably a woman

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything one learned in school.
--Albert Einstein

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
-- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

A friend of mine once told me how to win the heart of girl. She wrote:
"You have to convince her that life is more fun with a boyfriend than without. As a second step, you have to convince her that you are this boyfriend".
-- Bernd Meyer

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
-- Albert Einstein

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
-- Bertrand Russell

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.
-- Doug Larson

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
-- George Bernard Shaw

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.
-- E. M. Forster

Rule a kingdom as though you were cooking a small fish - don't overdo it.
--Lao Tzu

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.
-- Shunryu Suzuki

I am become death, shatterer of worlds.
-- J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), citing from the Bhagavadgita, after witnessing the world's first nuclear explosion

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935)

Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.
-- Madeline L'Engle

We trained hard...but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
-- Petronius Arbiter, 210 BC

When you find a job you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life.
-- unknown

Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
-- A. Linkletter

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.

Wasting time is an important part of living.

I'd rather be pissed off than pissed on.

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
-- Ernest Hemingway

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
-- Henry David Thoreau, Walden(1854),I,Economy

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
-- Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), What Is Man?(1906)

Aim for the stars and maybe you'll reach the sky.
-- unknown

Better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven.
-- Milton

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.
-- Arthur Conan Doyle, Complete Sherlock Holmes, Valley of Fear

The process is supposed to serve the objective. When serving the process becomes the objective, then you have serious problems.
-- Peter Vretanos, paraphrased

"I've decided that I want to be an Industry Pundit for a day. It looks to be far too much fun in comparison to actual work."
-- Paul Ferris

"It might perhaps broaden your horizons to read a book that doesn't march in lockstep with your personal dogmas of hatred."
-- scrytch, on a book about Bill Gates to the Slashdot crowd

You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.
-- Vincent, _Gattaca_, describing how he beat his genetically superior brother

Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.
-- Red, _The Shawshank Redemption_

Sticks and stones just break bones but words can shatter a soul.
-- unknown

Sticks and stones may break my bones but whips and chains excite me.
-- unknown

For those who believe in eternal love, no explanation is necessary;
for those who do not, no explanation is possible.
-- unknown

Life is a comedy for those who think and a tradgedy for those who feel.
-- Anonymous (or is it vice-versa)

Hating somebody is like burning down a house to get rid of a rat.
-- unknown

Pay no attention to that man beind the curtain.
-- The Wizard of Oz

Don't go where the puck is. Go where it's gonna be.
-- Wayne Gretsky

-- Captain Celebok, Notes on Bachelorhood.

Chance is irrelevant. We will succeed.
-- Seven of Nine, Star Trek: Voyager

It's an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous.
-- Gloria Steinem

Children - the universal scapegoats for any political agenda.

There must have been a door there in the wall
When I came in.
-- "The Trial", Pink Floyd, _The Wall_

If you place a small value on your self, the rest of the world will not raise the price.

Use the gift of time from unearned success, to earn it.

What kind of world is this when I can only hate a man if he's white.
-- Hank Hill, King of the Hill

There are no blueprints for friendships, each one is custom made.
-- Robert Scotellaro

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
--Dennis Wholey

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
-- George Sand

In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.
-- Paul Harvey

A man simply cannot admit weakness and then expect to get anywhere -- I don't care how understanding or sympathetic the women involved think they are.
-- M. M.

No two persons ever read the same book.
-- Edmund Wilson

Small minds discuss people,
Average minds discuss events,
Great minds discuss ideas.

The secret of being boring is to tell everything.
-- Voltaire

"You'll see it when you believe it."

"Nothing will come of nothing."
-- King Lear

Love is funny that way. Kind of like a cat, really. It'll ignore your best efforts to coax and cajole it, then jump straight in your lap the moment you try to do anything non-cat-related.
-- Cindy Ketterling

Don't pretend to be someone you're not. Your date might like this other person. She'll call this other person, she'll come to see this other person, she might even sleep with this other person. But when she says F*** YOU, she'll be saying it to you not the other person.
-- JE Dixon

I read somewhere ("Sex Tips for Girls" by Cynthia Heimel, I think) that a "date" is "a prearranged meeting with someone about whom you have indecent intentions."
-- Anne

I do want to say this: "If you have to take more than one meeting with someone to decide how you truly feel about them, then it's not true love at all" had better not be true. I've heard that men take about 5 dates to decide, women about 12 (I think this comes from a book called "A Fine Romance"). Let me put it this way: if another _man_ claimed to know me well enough to judge me after just one meeting, I would be outraged at his arrogance.
-- Richard A. O'Keefe

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. This is the first lesson to be learned.
--Thomas Henry Huxley

With all due respect, Sir, I believe this is going to be our finest hour.
-- Gene Kranz, Director of Flight Operations, Apollo 13

And that's the way things are: If you don't do anything, nothing happens.
-- joel

The best conversationalist is a really good listener.
-- proverb

A mind cannot really grow very much by only accumulating more and more new knowledge. It must also develop new and better ways to use what it already knows.
-- Marvin Minsky, AI professor

Planting a seed doesn't make it grow.
-- Sass Jordan

I know, and it's such a waste of precious time to worry about stuff like this -- and that's another vice of mine: I wish I didn't waste so much time worrying about relationship bullshit. It's just so banal.
-- Janeane Garofalo

Every time she opens her mouth, "I am stupid" comes flowing out!
-- some woman on Rhona at Night

No amount of darkness can put out the light of a single candle.
-- unknown

There is nothing noble in being superior to another. True nobility arises from being superior to one's past self.
-- unknown

Interviewer: "When you left [acting school], were you giving up the expectation of being an actor?"
Donald Sutherland: "No. I was giving up the expectation of being a student."

"Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker."

"Some people dream of success, others stay up and make it happen."

"And no, loving him more will not make him different." - Jeff Hartt
 (works for 'her' too)

"[Love]--it's 75% hormones, 10% delusion, and 15% sheer desperation, usually..."
        - Richard Watts?

"We're not here to be happy -- We're here to ruin ourselves, to break our
 hearts, to love the wrong people, and to die."

"Which is the non-smoking lifeboat?"
 -- Eric Praetzel 

"There's been so much concern about what might happen that what's actually
 happening has passed almost unnoticed."
 -- Eric Praetzel

"Being honest is another form of selfishness."

"You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight
 of the shore."

~"What I like about _The Far Side_ humor is that it kind of sneaks up on you
  from behind.~"  -- Kevin Phillips

"I don't want a woman who needs me,
 I need a woman who wants me."       -- Mr. Bitter

"Damage control report: Dehydration level 45%; Recall of previous evening
 2%; Embarrassment factor 91%!  Advise repair schedule: Reboot startup
 disk, offline for 36 hours and replace head. Boy! What a night!" -- Red Dwarf

"You know what the difference between rats and humans?
 When a rat tries something and it doesn't work, it tries
 something else!" -- Guy Genin?

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest
 reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a
 last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
    --Thomas Jefferson

"The easy way to get perfect marks from makers who allow unexplained
 assumptions:  Take a blank piece of paper and write on it: 'assume that
 there is a solution to the problem and that I know it.'"
    -- ~David Fellows

"Patterns of light
 On the video screen.
 Images bright
 Flow in an endless stream.
 Bits of information,
 Logic black and white.
 Bits and bytes of information
 Turning darkness to light." -- Bits and Bytes, TVO

"Let me tell one thing about people.  If you lock ten of them in a room, they
 may not elect a leader... but they'll pick someone to hate."
     -- _Witch Hunt_ the movie

"You're never really alone if you have yourself and your spirituality."
                           -- Susan Ott-Lin

"I rarely even watch the news on tv... the local news is particularly
 disgusting; it's nothing but the day's body count."  -- Jacqueline Hamilton

"That's why Microsoft is on top. Not the best, not the fastest, just the most."
                      --Mike Welch

"Cancerman: What's this?
 Skinner:   This is where you pucker up and kiss my ass, you son of a bitch!"
                  --The X Files

"Some people need to fill their lives with explanations, and they don't care
 if they are true of not - religions, being the MAJOR example!" --Pontus Berg

"We the jury find the defendent Lenny Bruce not guilty of violation of
 section 311.6 of the penal code of the state of California to with
 speaking or singing obscene words or ballads in a public place."

"...It's unfortunate that the people who most need somebody to care about
 them and be attracted to them seem to be the least likely to receive such
 caring."  -- friend of Pam's

">My friend thinks she is talking to me because she wants the homework answers."
"Friends are often more jealous than useful in these situations!"
                             -- Alaric B. Williams

"... If that fails, flash some tit at him.  It works real fast!  But the
     above might be a little more subtle."
                   -- Extract from  Greg's No fuss (get it or get kicked)
                      guide to quick relationships.

"And don't appologize for being young and idealistic. Somebody has to have
 hope for the future and most older folks are too emotionally scarred or
 cynical to carry that load."  -- Phil

"If your dog sniffs the butt of another dog who happens to
 be on a leash connected to a pretty woman, you are in luck." --Gil G Silberman

"Think about it.  You are not going to positively influence people by
 alienating them.  Even I know that."  -- Craig Bruce,
                                          (commenting on radical feminism)

"I have found out (and [am] still finding out) that the guys that nice women
 confide in and ask favors of are not the same as the ones who they have real
 relationships with."  -- Kurt Deichmann

"You're right, there's no chance for you bozo.
 Shut up and take it up the ass like a NiceGuy(TM)."  -- THE DOKTOR,alt.romance

"Sigh.  I try to buzz past articles like this, but it's like picking a scab."
   -- Don MacQuarrie, who couldn't help but get involved in a tedious
      newsgroup discussion

"I have read many times, statements by Anthropologists who say that
 women are attracted to men who can dominate their male peers."  -- garyj

"Discussion takes place in an NT format, with logical dissection of
 statements being standard, and ruthless brutal reason being applied to
 everything." -- from the FAQ for the NT-Debate Mailing List

"WELL, the NT mailing list is an interesting place, that's for
 sure...watching NTs converse about personality psychology is a bit like
 watching blind men talk about rainbows and sunsets..." -- Daniel Kirsner

"I didn't care what people thought because I knew what they were thinking: ?!!?"
                                      -- Sandra Hamel

"You have to learn to laugh at yourself--compassionately." -- Sandra Hamel

"Lightning Bolt is Here ... THUNDER IS COMING!"

"For some reason unkown to me sad songs, especially ones that have personal
 meaning, always make us depressed until we feel better." -- Jim Griffin

"She who laughs...lasts."  -- 'Relief Valve' A Nguyen

"Don't try to convince her that he's a manipulator.  You _cannot_ convince
 her; she has to work it out for herself, at this stage. ... She'll find out
 in the end, the easy way or the hard way; either way you've warned her,
 you've done all a friend can do, and now you have to let her make her own
 mistakes."  -- Geoffrey Brent

"A clean wound is a happy wound..." - Gryphon

"Make as many mistakes as you can, then learn from them."
    -- Bill Mullen

"A bend in the road isn't the end of the road unless you fail to make
 the turn."
    -- Successories

"...I'm talking about ways to manage to be true to your introverted,
 intuitive, thinking, and judging self in a social situation that favors the
 feeling extrovert."  -- Alison Evans

"Stephen!  Wake up and smell the coffee, madear!  You are probably
 what most women want in life ... you are nice, you are kind (I've
 read your posts, remember...) you are able to comprehend a
 feeling as well as a thought, and you 'shy, introverted' types
 usually make the most thoughtful of lovers -- well, that's what
 I've 'read' anyway! "
       -- Anna
         (take special note her self-defeating hypocrisy at the end...)

"And Elaine is thinking: Maybe I'm just too idealistic, waiting for a knight
 to come riding up on his white horse, when I'm sitting right next to a
 perfectly good person, a person I enjoy being with, a person I truly do care
 about, a person who seems to truly care about me. A person who is in pain
 because of my self-centered, schoolgirl romantic fantasy." -- Dave Barry

"If the girl kisses you that can be a good sign, but yet again it can be a
 friendly kiss.  If she slips you the tongue, that can be a good sign, but
 then again it could be just a friendly tongue slipping.  I'll stop now..."   
                   -- Christopher Koziol

"Yes.   Exactly.   Some  people are very obvious with this behaviour - these
 people  can  wind  up  with bad reputations because of this, ie they appear
 flirty  and/or  easy.   Of  course  the ideal is when you can "broadcast" a
 sexual  interest  (as  a  bargaining  chip)  and have the intended 'victim'
 respond on a sub-conscious level.  Hope that makes sense." --Martin L Baker

"Students with high hope set themselves higher goals and know how to work
 hard to attain them.  When you compare students of equivalent intellectual
 aptitude on their academic achievements, what sets them apart is hope."
                -- C.R.Snyder, psychologist

"Optimism and hope -- like helplessness and dispair -- can be learned.
 Underlying both is an outlook psychologists call self-efficacy, the belief
 that one has mastery over the events of one's life and can meet challenges
 as they come up."  -- Daniel Goleman, psychologist

"People's beliefs about their abilities has a profound effect on those
 abilities."  -- Albert Bandura, psychologist

"You yourself are in an ecstatic state to such a point that you feel as
 though you almost don't exist.  I've experienced this time and again.  My
 hand seems devoid of myself, and I have nothing to do with what is
 happening.  I just sit there watching in a state of awe and wonderment.
 And it just flows out by itself."  -- A composer, describing "The Zone"

"When I was single, I always said, 'I'm between dysfunctional relationships.'
 That always gets a laugh and 'Yeah, I know what you mean.'"
                      -- joel

"The problem is wired right into our nervous systems, which is the
 culmination of everything we've ever done.  Our conscious motives are
 peanuts compared to that."  -- M. M.

"You can't really tell why this person is rude from a single episode.  What
 you can't do is let it dissuade you from being friendly to people you
 encounter in daily life.  Common courtesy transcends gender politics, or at
 least it ought to."  -- Andrew A. Poe

"I worked in customer service when I was in college, as many people do at
 some point in their lives.  Believe me, it's always a treat to see a
 customer look you in the eye when he or she talks to you." -- Andrew A. Poe

"In terms of the formation of long-term relationships, it's far better to
 get false negatives than false positives." -- Eric Pepke

"You're saying, 'Be willing to do something very hard without the slightest
 assurance of success.' Isn't that a good working definition of a complete
 waste of time?" --Weemba
"Not at all.  It's called life."  --Matthew Snyders

"The purpose of small talk is not to communicate weighty information, and if
 you dismiss it because it doesn't contain weighty information, then you're
 missing the point.  The purpose of small talk is to act as a conduit for
 social reassurance."  -- Eric Pepke

"You wouldn't believe how much time people spend looking for evidence that
 something couldn't possibly work for them.  If they spent one-tenth the time
 looking for something that DID work, they'd have their problem solved almost
 immediately."  -- Eric Pepke

"I only broke out of the behavior pattern two and one-half years ago, so I
 have considerable sympathy for others who do the same thing.  However, I
 have to say that, if you defend your limitations, they're yours.  It's a
 guaranteed win."  -- Eric Pepke

"Jung said that we fear our power more than our powerlessness.  I think he
 was right."  -- Eric Pepke

"I recently saw a television program which had some anthropologists
 claiming that the ability to lie was the sine qua non of civilized social
 interaction.  I think they're right.  Social interaction requires
 diplomacy, which requires lying."  -- Eric Pepke

 (Note: "Sine qua non" == "absolutely indispensable or essential thing")

"Love is like a game with secret rules played on an invisible board."
                  -- Brooke Lorren

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to
 become what they are capable of becoming." -- Goethe

"Your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others."
            -- Joseph Conrad

"Objectivity is a farce."  -- Rob Levine

"It's hard to decide who's more to blame: scientists who lie for the sake of
 increased funding or the media who need bad news to sell their
 advertising."  -- Sandy Atwal

"Flirting is [a game of] emotional 'Chicken'." -- Eric Praetzel

"The receptive ability of the masses is very limited, their understanding
 small; on the other hand, they have a great power of forgetting."
                             -- Adolf Hitler, 1933

"Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours." -- Richard Bach

"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it
 true.  You may have to work for it, however."  -- Richard Bach

"If you will practice being fictional for awhile, you will understand that
 fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and
 heartbeats."  -- Richard Bach

"In order to live happily and freely, you must sacrifice boredom.  It is not
 always an easy sacrifice."  -- Richard Bach

"A strange game... the only winning move is not to play." -- Joshua

"True power comes from being _asked_ to help."  -- Stefan Cassadine

"Change your thinking, and you change the world."  -- Imran Peerbhai

">She touched my arm while we were talking.  What does this mean?
 It means you should touch her arm while you are talking."  -- Eric Pepke

"The [QWERTY] keyboard is the most humiliating and despicable object we have
 to work with in our daily lives."  --A New York-based designer and editor

"You can actually see it in people's faces and posture and movement when
 things start to change for them, but the converse is also true, if things in
 their bodies start to shift, the attitudes will follow.  'Free your mind and
 your ass will follow' or 'Free your ass and your mind will follow' take your
 pick." -- Jenny Hill

"People who have been living with serious problems for a long time find
 it hard to imagine that there's been a solution within their reach all
 along.  For the short term, it's easier to go on putting up with the problem
 than it is to change one's expectations."  -- paulwl

"Habits are habit forming."

"Everyone is worried about attracting.  Nobody thinks about actual
 relationships."   -- Eric Praetzel

"Q: How many shy people does it take to change a lightbulb?
 A: (silence)"                                                 --unknown

"Dating is never easy for engineers.  A normal person will employ various
 indirect and duplicitous methods to create a false impression of
 attractiveness.  Engineers are incapable of placing appearance above
 function."  -- Engineers Explained

"Engineers are always honest in matters of technology and human
 relationships.  That's why it's a good idea to keep engineers away from
 customers, romantic interests, and other people who can't handle the
 truth." -- Engineers Explained

"With apologies to a colleague of mine who would probably like to
 say this, I need to point out to you and the Feds that you hardly
 represent anybody.  The great majority of students don't even bother
 to vote in student elections.  They don't particularly care.  They
 are here to get their degree, period.  The primary service of
 MathSoc that the undergraduate population uses are the photocopiers.
 And, heck, if they disappeared, students would go to the library
 or graphic services.  You guys all take yourselves a little too
 seriously (or at least your peers would seem to think so)."

     -- Herb Kunze, probably applicable to all student governments

"Criticism is applied based solely on the emotions of the woman.  If she
 doesn't like you, a simple smile and 'hello' can be construed as sexual
 harassment.  If she does like you, almost any mistake will be forgiven and
 even thought of as 'cute.'"  -- Eric Pepke

"A ship on the beach is a lighthouse to the sea."
 -- Dutch Proverb

"The greatest impediment to learning is knowledge."

"As I stood before the gates I realized that I never want to be as certain
 about anything as were the people who built this place."
 --Rabbi Sheila Peltz, on her visit to Auschwitz

"Why does life always begin tomorrow?"
 -- St. Elsewhere

"You lose 100% of the shots you don't take."
 -- Wayne Gretsky

"A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience."
 -- Doug Larson

"Just remember--when you think all is lost, the future remains. "
 -- Robert Goddard

"Go as far as you can see; 
 when you get there 
 you'll be able to see farther."
 -- Thomas Carlyle

"If you feel defeated, you are."
 -- David Morrill

"When you flame gold, you only burn away the impurities."
 -- P. K.

"A man in a relationship trades intimacy to get sex.
 A woman in a relationship trades sex to get intimacy."
 -- proverb

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit
 -- Will Rogers

"Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled
 by perpetually rejuvenated illusions."
 -- Albert Einstein

Womanese: "I'm not ready for a relationship right now."
English: "I'm not ready for a relationship WITH YOU, EVER!"

Womanese: "You're such a nice guy."
English: "You're no one that I would ever want to date."

Womanese: "Can we still be friends?"
English: "If I never see you again in my life, it'll be too soon!"

A friend is a present you give to yourself.

Friendship: Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are -- chaff and grain together -- certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away...
-- Dinah Mulock

Can miles truly separate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there?
-- Richard Bach

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
-- Reader's Digest

We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world,
and the best that we find in our travels
is an honest friend.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

I have always been sickened by violence. That we continually inflict pain and suffering on each other puzzles me. That we do it in the names of our Gods is even more bizarre. Our progress as a species remains mostly technological; this angers me and makes me want to kill somebody.
-- Ian Thomas

Go with what you feel. That's the first step in overcoming shyness, by the way - listening and acting on your own feelings.
-- David Stein

Top 5 things a relationship cannot endure without:
5. Laughter
4. Understanding
3. Passion
2. Honesty
1. Respect
-- Aveina Seegolam(?)

10 Rules for Being Human

1. You will recieve a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time school called, "Life". Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think of them as irrelevant or stupid.

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works".

4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. "There" is no better than "here". When your "here" has become "there" that will again, look better than "here". (When you get close to the green grass across the fence, there will be a lot of brown on it).

7. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources that you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. Your answers lie inside you. The answers to life's questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

10. You will forget all of this.

--(Found on a refrigerator door.)

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