Do not confuse your vested interests with

Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics. Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949lcd

Tough and funny a little bit kind

Tough and funny and a little bit kind:  that is as near to perfection as a human being can be.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966CSN

Fear less hope more eat chew whine

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.  ~Swedish Proverb

Every one should keep a mental wastepaper

Every one should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it – torn up to irrecoverable tatters.  ~Samuel Butler

It is better to stir up a

It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up.  ~Joseph JoubertCUL

Speak what you think to day in words

Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-tomorrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The important thing is this to be

The important thing is this:  to be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become.  ~Charles Du Bos, Approximations, 1922, translated from French  (Thanks, Lorianne!)Per Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Dubois – The quote has been widely attributed to Charles Dubois. However, its correct attribution appears to be to Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), the French critic of French and English literature. The quote comes from his book Approximations (1922): “…premier tressaillement vital; surtout il s’agit ? tout moment de sacrifier ce que nous sommes ? ce que nous pouvons devenir.”

In this age which believes that there

In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.  ~Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

Never make your home in a place

Never make your home in a place.  Make a home for yourself inside your own head.  You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things.  That way it will go with you wherever you journey.  ~Tad Williams

Youve got a lot of choices if

You’ve got a lot of choices.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.  ~Steven D. Woodhull1999 (U.S. geologist, 1976-)

One can enjoy a wood fire worthily

One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet.  ~Odell ShepardCUL, sp Shepherd

Have courage for the great sorrows of

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. ~Victor Hugo

On the bathing tub of king tang following

On the bathing-tub of King T’ang the following words were engraved:  "If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day.  Yea, let there be daily renovation."  ~Confucian AnalectsQSO

If you hate your lot but wouldnt

If you hate your lot but wouldn’t trade it, it’s not your lot you hate.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966CSN, TPV

What a strange narrowness of mind now

What a strange narrowness of mind now is that, to think the things we have not known are better than the things we have known.  ~Samuel JohnsonCUL

Youve got to do your own growing

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.  ~Irish ProverbCUL; also sometimes attributed to Abraham Lincoln

I make the most of all that

I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.  ~Sara Teasdale, "The Philosopher" in Poems That Touch the Heart, edited by A.L. Alexander

Create each day anew by clothing yourself

Create each day anew by clothing yourself with heaven and earth, bathing yourself with wisdom and love, and placing yourself in the heart of Mother Nature.  ~Morihei Ueshiba

Is bread the better for kneading so

Is bread the better for kneading? so is the heart.  Knead it then by spiritual exercises; or God must knead it by afflictions.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV

Half the failures in life arise from

Half the failures in life arise from pulling in the horse as he is leaping.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV

I think it pisses god off if

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it…. People think pleasing God is all God care about.  But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.  ~Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982

Think of your faults the first part

Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.  ~Chinese ProverbCUL

If you have to do it every

If you have to do it every day, for God’s sake learn to do it well.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN

I thought growing up was something that

I thought growing up was something that happened automatically as you got older.  But it turns out it’s something you have to choose to do.  ~From the television show Scrubs

Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are

Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us.  We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Just be ordinary and nothing special eat

Just be ordinary and nothing special.  Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you’re tired, go and lie down.  The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand.  ~Bruce Lee

Leaves are light and useless idle wavering

Leaves are light, and useless, and idle, and wavering, and changeable; they even dance; and yet God in his wisdom has made them a part of oaks.  And in so doing he has given us a lesson, not to deny the stout-heartedness within because we see the lightsomeness without.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV