philosophy

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You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind.

You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. You don't have to be tired or bored.
Get interested in something. Get absolutely enthralled in something. Throw yourself into it with abandon.
-- Norman Vincent Peale - Clergyman/American Writer

We cannot live for ourselves

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results. -- Herman Melville

To laugh often and love much

To laugh often and love much,
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of
children,
to earn the appreciation and approbation of honest critics
and to endure the betrayal of false friends,
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others, to live of one's self,
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition,
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and
sung with exultation,
to know that even one life have breathed easier because
you have lived - this is to have succeeded.
-- Emerson

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly.

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
-- Henry Miller

I Would Pick More Daisies

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
I Would Pick More Daisies
BY Nadine Stair

I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax,
I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this
trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more
chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps
have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

Aim at perfection in everything

Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable. -- Lord Chesterfield

It is remarkable how much mediocrity we live with

It is remarkable how much mediocrity we live with, surrounding ourselves with daily reminders that the average is acceptable. Our world suffers from terminal normality. Take a moment to assess all of the things around you that promote your being "average". These are the things that keep you powerless to go beyond a "limit" you arbitrarily set for yourself. The first step to having what your really want is the removal of everything in your environment that represents mediocrity, removing those things that are limiting. One way is to surround yourself with friends who ask more

Putting Away Childish Things

In childhood our credulity serves us well. It helps us to pack, with extraordinary rapidity, our skulls full of the wisdom of our parents and our ancestors. But if we don't grow out of it in the fullness of time, our ... nature makes us a sitting target for astrologers, mediums, gurus, evangelists, and quacks. We need to replace the automatic credulity of childhood with the constructive skepticism of
adult science.
-- Richard Dawkins 'Putting Away Childish Things' skeptical Inquirer (Jan/Feb 1995

If you have been tempted into evil, fly from it. It is not falling into the water, but lying in it, that drowns

If you have been tempted into evil, fly from it. It is not falling into the water, but lying in it, that drowns

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination are omnipotent.

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