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To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach for another is to risk involvement. To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To believe is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. They may avoid suffering an d sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their attitudes they are slaves; they have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is free.

Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.
Every great person has first learned how to obey, whom to obey, and when to obey.
Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.
Ninety percent of politics is deciding whom to blame.
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.
The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.
Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.
The ordinary politician has a very low estimate of human nature. In his daily life he comes into contact chiefly with persons who want to get something or to avoid something. Beyond this circle of seekers after privileges, individuals and organized minorities, he is aware of a large unorganized, indifferent mass of citizens who ask nothing in particular and rarely complain. The politician comes after a while to think that the art of politics is to satisfy the seekers after favors and to mollify the inchoate mass with noble sentiments and patriotic phrases.
Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. The decisive consideration is not whether the proposition is good but whether it is popular -- not whether it will work well and prove itself but whether the active talking constituents like it immediately. Politicians rationalize this servitude by saying that in a democracy public men are the servants of the people.
As in private life one differentiates between what a man thinks and says of himself and what he really is and does, so in historical struggles one must still more distinguish the language and the imaginary aspirations of parties from their real organism and their real interests, their conception of themselves from their reality.
Nature makes us poor only when we want necessaries, but custom gives the name of poverty to the want of superfluities.
A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.
A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
If you can't stand a little sacrifice and you can't stand a trip across the desert with limited water, we're never going to straighten this country out.
Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.
Where all think alike, no one thinks very much
Man's unique agony as a species consists in his perpetual conflict between the desire to stand out and the need to blend in.
Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
Miss: A title with which we brand unmarried women to indicate that they are in the market. Miss, Misses (Mrs.) and Mister (Mr.) are the three most distinctly disagreeable words in the language, in sound and sense. Two are corruptions of Mistress, the other of Master. If we must have them, let us be consistent and give one to the unmarried man. I venture to suggest Mush, abbreviated to MH.
Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
In its purest sense, nicknaming is an elitist ritual practiced by those who cherish hierarchy. For preppies it's a smoke signal that allows Bunny to tell Pooky that they belong to the same tribe, while among the good old boys it serves the cause of masculine dominance by identifying Bear and Wrecker as Alpha males.
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
Night is a dead monotonous period under a roof; but in the open world it passes lightly, with its stars and dews and perfumes, and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature. What seems a kind of temporal death to people choked between walls and curtains, is only a light and living slumber to the man who sleeps afield.
I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
To love yourself is the beginning of a lifelong affair.
No one worth possessing can be quite possessed.
In treat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. [Ruth 1:16]
Madness is something rare in individuals -- but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.
Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised.
The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.
Still your mind in me, still yourself in me, and without a doubt you shall be united with me, Lord of Love, dwelling in your heart.
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
ORIGINALITY is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe -- you can't take a taxi.
In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.
Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.
Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.
You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.
You aren't learning anything when you're talking.
In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person.
Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.
What's so remarkable about Love at first sight? It's when people have been looking at each other for years that it becomes remarkable.
If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.
Every day I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well.
Love without attachment is light.
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs-jolted by every pebble in the road.
Comedy is a tragedy plus time.
Habit is stronger than reason.
Of all God's gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.
A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants.
When you rationalize, you do just that. You make rational lies.
If you wish to strengthen a lie, mix a little truth in with it.
Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
There's a side of ourselves that goes out trying to change the world to our own image, and there's another side of ourselves trying to find our image in the outside world.
You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy.
Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now.
A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes, but to get into accord with them; they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
The heaviest thing you can carry in this life is a grudge.
The dominant religion in this country in this century is not Christianity, but romantic love. We celebrate it with a fervor once reserved for religious devotion: you are my everything, our love is perfect and eternal, etc. We expect romantic love to bring us the sort of trnascendental bliss that other cultures associate only with deap spiritual existence.
Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad? Job knows that God is the God of Good and Evil, light and darkness, harmony and discord.
Psychological or spiritual development always requires a greater capacity for anxiety and ambiguity.
Patriotism means supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.
Most of our suffering lies in retrospection or anticipation; pain itself is very brief.
In order to tell the truth, there must be some detachment from one's immediate environment; from the opinions of neighbors; from ambition, money, power, fame, comfort, security, and ease.
In order to love yourself, you must behave in ways that you admire.
Humor is what occurs when we are told the truth more quickly zand more dcirectlythan we ar used to.
Happiness does not notice the passing of time.
God created a flawed universe in order to give every creature a role in its resotration.
For those who have come to grow, the whole world is a garden. For those who have come to learn, the whole world is a university. For those who have come to know God, the whole world is a prayer mat. -
Feelings are much slower learners than thought.
Don't believe everything you think.
To speak when there is nothing to be said: this is imprudence. To be silent when there is something to be said: this is deception. To speak without paying attention to the expression on the person's face: this is called blindness.
The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time.
The song that lies silent in the heart of a mother sings upon this lips of her child. --
Theology: There is a heaven, for ever, day by day/ The upward longing of my soul doth tell me so./ There is a hell, I'm quite as sure; for pray,/ If there were not, where would my neighbors go? --Paul Laurence Dunbar
It's better to have loved and lost than to live with the psycho the rest of your life.
I wish they would pass a law where all Democrats and Republicans had to wear Nascar racing suits, because if you look at the Nascar drivers, it tells who their sponsors are. And if they do that, we could then become informed voters, because we would know who owns them.
And all that believed were together, and had all things in common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
When we're in the grasp of certain emotions such as fear, anger, or jealousy, our world becomes very small.
When reason is against a man, he will soon turn against reason.
Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
When anger grips the mind, it dissipates the mind's repository of spiritual power.
What we attend to becomes our experienced reality, so if we attend to other's faults we will dwell in a world filled with disagreeable people.
The suppression of doubt is the secret seed of fanaticism in all its forms
The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.
Today the world is the victim of propaganda because people are not intellectually competent. More than anything the United States needs effective citizens competent to do their own thinking.
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
There is more music in me singing than crimes against my soul.
There is no where you can go and be only with people who are like you. Give it up. -Bernice Johnson Reagon
Impossiblities recede as experience advances.
Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.
The anguish of the neurotic individual is the same as that of the saint. The neurotic, the saint are engaged in the same battle. Their blood flows from similar wounds. But the first one gasps and the other one gives.
Good will should be taken in partial payment.
I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when not feeling it. I believe in God even when he is silent.
For nonconformity, the world whips you with its displeasure.
At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; at 45 they are caves in which we hide.
He understood that men were forever strangers to one another, that no one ever comes really to know any one, that imprisoned in the dark womb of our mother, we come to life without having seen her face, that we are given to her arms a stranger, and that, caught in that insoluble prison of being, we escape it never, no matter what arms may clasp us, what mouth may kiss us, what heart may warm us. Never, never, never, never, never.
Boredom becomes loneliness when you know what you're missing.
Be patient, heart, for there are paper stars and phantom dreams I still must chase.
Important principles may and must be flexible.
Write injuries in sand, but benefits in marble.
We do not want a thing because we have found reasons for it; we find reasons for it because we want it. We even elaborate philosophies and religions to cloak our desires. The intellect may seem to lead the will, but only as a guide leads his master.
The object of science is the universal that contains many particulars; the object of art is the particular that contains the universal.
Truth generally lies in the coordination of antagonistic opinions.
War strengthens the central power and subordinates all interests to those of the state. Progress depends on the cessation of war.
As capital become international, international peace becomes a necessity.
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
I confidently expect that the present generation will see Unitarianism become the general religion of the United States.
Reward direction, not perfection.
Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.
Success makes a fool seem wise.
I burnish bright the mirror of my heart until at last, reflected for my rapture, the Self's eternal beauty appears.
I died a mineral, and became a plant. I died a plant and rose an animal. I died an animal and I was man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
YOU WILL ONLY BECOME WHAT YOU ARE BECOMING RIGHT NOW. Though you cannot go back and make a brand new start, my friend, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.
Do not despise the bottom rings in your ascent to greatness.
Everything is still in the process of being created. There is no creation that has reached its completion.
Glory be to God for dappled things. For skies of couple-color as a brindles cow. For roso-moles that all in stipple upon trout that swim. Fresh fire-coal chestnut falls; finches' wings. Landscape plotted and pieced--fold fallow and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
And for all this, nature is never spent. There lives the dearest freshness deep down things. And though the last nights off the black West went/Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward , springs--/Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods with warm breast and Ah! bright wings.
The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out like shook foil. It gathers to greatness like ooze of oil. Crushed.
Nothing is so beautiful as spring -- when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.
All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past changed: Praise Him.
With men and women, does you believe that men should marry only one woman? Does you believe in mahogany?
Sex can lead to nasty things like herpes, gonorrhea, and something called relationships.
Virtue is doing great things while maintaining a very small sense of self as the doer. It is accumulating merit without attracting attention to oneself... As soon as pride overwhelms us, the merit of our meditation and good deeds is drained away.
I hope that when I die, people say about me, 'Boy, that guy sure owed me a lot of money.' Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts (1949 - )
All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.
My dear, when anything touches or enters your body, never say it is not God, for He and I are just trying to get close to you.God and I are rushing from every corner of existence, needing to say, "We are yours".
Many people never really grow up; they just learn how to act in public.

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