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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
-- 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
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.
Better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly
-- 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.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but whips and chains excite me.
For those who believe in eternal love, no explanation is necessary;
for those who do not, no explanation is possible.
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.
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
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
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
-- 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.
"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
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
-- 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
-- Gene Kranz, Director of Flight Operations, Apollo 13
And that's the way things are: If you don't do anything, nothing
The best conversationalist is a really good listener.
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.
There is nothing noble in being superior to another. True nobility
arises from being superior to one's past self.
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." --thom95 "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 there." -- 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:
-- Aveina Seegolam(?)
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.)