Our doubts are traitors and make us

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.  ~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, 1604, act 1, scene 4, line 78; PMB, p224

Every day we slaughter our finest impulses

Every day we slaughter our finest impulses.  That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty.  Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths.  We all derive from the same source.  There is no mystery about the origin of things.  We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.  ~Henry Miller, Sexus

It is folly for a man to

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.  ~Epicurus

Only as high i reach can grow

Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.
~Karen Ravn

Im not old enough to play baseball

I’m not old enough to play baseball or football.  I’m not eight yet.  My mom told me when you start baseball, you aren’t going to be able to run that fast because you had an operation.  I told Mom I wouldn’t need to run that fast.  When I play baseball, I’ll  just hit them out of the park.  Then I’ll be able to walk.  ~Edward J. McGrath, Jr., "An Exceptional View of Life," quoted in Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen, 1993

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs.  Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.  ~E.F. Schumacher

All that adam had all caesar could

All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do…. Build, therefore, your own world.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, 1836/1849, sect. 4MBT

As soon seek roses in december ice

As soon
Seek roses in December, ice in June;
Hope constancy in wind, or corn in chaff;
Believe a woman or an epitaph,
Or any other thing that’s false, before
You trust in critics.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers", line 75; BMC

Its me who is my enemy me

It’s me who is my enemy
Me who beats me up
Me who makes the monsters
Me who strips my confidence.
~Paula Cole, "Me," This Fire

Life marks us all down so its

Life marks us all down, so it’s just as well that we start out by overpricing ourselves.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN, TPV

I was thinking of my patients and

I was thinking of my patients, and how the worst moment for them was when they discovered they were masters of their own fate.  It was not a matter of bad or good luck.  When they could no longer blame fate, they were in despair.  ~Anaïs NinCUL

We are all such a waste of

We are all such a waste of our potential, like three-way lamps using one-way bulbs.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN, TPV