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  • Reply , Marcus Aurelius, ,   



    If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it.
    Marcus Aurelius


     
  • Reply Adults, , Marriage, Peter de Vries, ,   



    The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
    Peter de Vries


     
  • Reply Connection, Jeff Brown, Love, , , Resonance, , Timelessness, Transformation   



    You don’t measure love in time. You measure love in transformation. Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth, while the briefest encounters change everything. The heart doesn’t wear a watch – it is timeless. It doesn’t care how long you know someone. It doesn’t care if you had a 40 year anniversary if there is no juice in the connection. What the heart cares about is resonance. Resonance that opens it, resonance that enlivens it, resonance that calls it home. And when it finds it, the transformation begins.
    Jeff Brown


     
  • Reply Aeschylus, , , , Safety,   



    Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety. Aeschylus


     
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    True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character. Aristotle


     
  • Reply Customer, Peter Drucker, ,   



    Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the customer gets out of it. Peter F. Drucker


     
  • Reply , , Plato, , War   



    Only the dead have seen the end of war.

    Plato


     
  • Reply , , Frederick Douglass, , , ,   



    I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you this day rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?

    Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” July 5, 1852; Rochester, NY


     
  • Reply Conquest, , Knowledge, , Morality, ,   



    It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

    Ronald Reagan, 40th anniversary of D-day


     
  • Reply , , , , Patrick Henry, , , ,   



    Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

    Patrick Henry


     
  • Reply , , Marcel Pagnol, , , Present,   



    The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is and the future less resolved than it will be.

    Marcel Pagnol


     
  • Reply , , Mark Twain, Obscurity, ,   



    Obscurity and a competence – that is the life that is best worth living.

    Mark Twain


     
  • Reply , , Mark Levy, , ,   



    Persistence can change failure into an extraordinary achievement.

    Mark Levy


     
  • Reply Defeat, Learning, Lesson, , , Tom Landry   



    I’ve learnt that something constructive comes from every defeat.

    Tom Landry


     
  • Reply , , , , , , Nature, , , , Tom Stoppard, Utopia   



    “Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn’t disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don’t value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life’s bounty is in its flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it’s been sung? The dance when it’s been danced? It’s only we humans who want to own the future, too. We persuade ourselves that the universe is modestly employed in unfolding our destination. We note the haphazard chaos of history by the day, by the hour, but there is something wrong with the picture. Where is the unity, the meaning, of nature’s highest creation? Surely those millions of little streams of accident and wilfulness have their correction in the vast underground river which, without a doubt, is carrying us to the place where we’re expected! But there is no such place, that’s why it’s called utopia. The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. If we can’t arrange our own happiness, it’s a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.”

    Tom Stoppard, The Coast of Utopia


     
  • Reply Despair, , Law of diminishing marginal utility, Lemony Snicket, ,   



    “It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means “ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue,” and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase “root beer float” without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.”

    Lemony Snicket, The End


     
  • Reply Circle of influence, Epitectus, , , , Will,   



    There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.

    Epitectus


     
  • Reply Chuck Palahniuk, , Pain, , , , Scar   



    It is so hard to forget pain, but it is even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.

    Chuck Palahniuk


     
  • Reply , , Paulo Coelho, , , , Unhappiness   



    No one should ever ask themselves that: Why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy every thing. If we ask the question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy.

    Paulo Coelho


     
  • Reply Conscience, , Duty, George Sand, , , , , Stoicism   



    One is happy as a result of one’s efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.

    George Sand


     
  • Reply , , , , , Soul   



    Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.

    Aristotle


     
  • Reply Adolf Huxley, Goal, , , ,   



    Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.

    Adolf Huxley


     
  • Reply , , , , Robert Collier,   



    Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

    Robert Collier


     
  • Reply , , Marianne Williamson, , , ,   



    Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called, ‘All things that could go wrong’.

    Marianne Williamson


     
  • Reply Improvement, , , , Tim Duncan   



    Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and better is best.

    Tim Duncan


     
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