Miscellaneous/Philo

General:

  • “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.”– Ralph Ransom
  • “Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.”– Thomas Edison
  • “Ain’t only three things to gambling: knowing the 60-40 end of the proposition, money management, and knowing yourself. Even a donkey knows that.”– “Puggy” Pearson
  • “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”– Abraham Lincoln
  • “The Longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home, or a chorus. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am conviced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes.”– Charles Swindol
  • “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”– Norman Vincent Peale
  • “I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation.”– Mike Todd
  • “Wait for a miracle and it will never come. Take responsibility and you’ll invite a miracle.”– Laura Berman Fortgang
  • “The mind once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimension.”– Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster.”–Weston H. Agor
  • “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way; if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”– Unknown
  • “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”– Confucius
  • “You can’t lose what you don’t put in the middle…But you can’t win much either.”– Mike McDermott (Rounders)
  • “The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.”– Philip Fisher
  • “Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.”– Edward Gibbon
  • “In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.”– Charlie Munger
  • “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”–Elinor Smith
  • “High aims form high characters, and great objects bring out great minds.”–Tryon Edwards
  • “True happiness is not made in getting something. True happiness is becoming something. This can be done by being committed to lofty goals. We cannot become something without commitment.”–Marvin J. Ashton
  • “The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.”–Johann von Goethe
  • “An individual who doesn’t consciously select his goals is not really in control of his life. He is controlled. Without really knowing it, he is controlled by goals imposed by outside pressures (the expectation of other), or by habits (procrastination), or by desires (the longing to be honored and admired) and so on.”– Anonymous
  • “Beaten paths are for beaten men.”–Eric Johnston
  • “First, the only certainty is that there is no certainty. Second, every decision as a consequence is a matter of weighing probabilities. Third, despite uncertainty we must decide and we must act. And lastly we need to judge decisions not only on the results, but how those decisions were made.”– Robert Rubin
  • “We cannot promise to beat the market or even to match the market. But we can promise that nobody will care more about your money and work harder than the team that we have assembled.”– Bill Miller
  • “When we think about the future of the world, we always have in mind its being where it would be if it continued to move as we see it moving now. We do not realize that it moves not in a straight line… and that its direction changes constantly.”– Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • “The big money is not in the buying and selling…but in the waiting” it– Jesse Livermore
  • “It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions”– Aristotle
  • “Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way… you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.”– Aristotle
  • “Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.”– Aristotle
  • “The five ascending levels of intellect: Smart, Intelligent, Brilliant, Genius, Simple.”– Einstein
  • “Compounding is mankind’s greatest invention.”– Einstein
  • “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”—  Mark Twain
  • “At each thing that happens to you, remember to turn to yourself and ask what capacity you have for dealing with it. If you see a beautiful boy or woman, you will find the capacity of self-control for that. If hardship comes to you, you will find endurance. If it is abuse [abusive words], you will find patience. And if you become used to this, you will not be carried away by appearances.”—  Epictetus
  • “Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.”—  René Descartes
  • “Don’t fight for the past, don’t fight for how it used to go. It’s a matter of being adaptable.” —  John Mayer
  • “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds; while they will only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”—  Charles Mackay
  • “Companies or securities can be analyzed only in context. No particular variable taken by itself is either goof or bad. What is good in one context or time becomes bad in another.”—  Martin J. Whitman
  • “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • “I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.” ~ Everett Dirksen
  • “You cannot solve a problem that is based on too much debt and too much consumption, by offering a solution that creates more debt and more consumption.” – Jim Rogers
  • “Be slow in action and when you act be steady” ~ Bias of Priene
  • “Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise.  Seek what they sought.” ~ Basho
  • “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” – Yogi Berra
  • “Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it”.~Andre Gide

Philosophy

  • “Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.” ~ Miyamoto Musashi
  • “Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” ~ Lin Yutang
  • “We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves.” ~ Francois de la Rochefoucauld
  • “I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself.  I will be rich by myself and not by borrowing.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
  • “If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.” ~ Socrates
  • “No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
  • “The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.” ~ Aesop
  • “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “When the mind is in a state of uncertainty the smallest impulse directs it to either side.” ~ Terence (195/185 – 159 BC
  • “It’ easy to see — hard to foresee.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  • “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraithe
  • “The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.” ~ Zhuangzi
  • “All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  • “The average man doesn’t wish to be told that it is a bull or a bear market.  What he desires is to be told specifically which particular stock to buy or sell.  He wants to get something for nothing.  He doesn’t even wish to have to think.” ~ Jesse Livermore
  • “He who has a why to live for, can bear almost any how.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
    • “Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression.  No man is free who cannot control himself.” ~ Pythagoras
    • “I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man.” ~ Socrates, from The Death of Socrates, as quoted by Plato.
    • “All know the way, few actually walk it.” ~ Bodhidharma
    • “I quote others only in order to better to express myself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
    • “Wall Street never changes:  The pockets change, the suckers change, the stocks change, but Wall Street never changes, because human nature never changes.” ~ Jesse Livermore
    • “As life closes in on someone who has borrowed far too much money on the strength of far too little income, there are no fire escapes.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith
    • “…an individual who undertakes to live by borrowing, soon finds his original means devoured by interest, and next no one left to borrow from…” ~ Abraham Lincoln
    • “Thought is the organizing factor in man: intersected between the ‘causal’ primary instincts and the resulting actions.” ~ Albert Einstein
    • “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  The mind is everything.  What we think we become.” ~ Buddha
    • “Money often costs too much.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.  The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.  The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking for itself.” ~ A.A. Milne
    • “Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth — don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.” ~ Aesop
    • “Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.” ~ Epictetus
    • “A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
    • “There is no truth.  There is only perception.” ~ Gustave Flaubert

    • “The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons — Greed, anger, and delusion.” ~ Bodhidharma
    • “Fear always springs from ignorance.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • “The markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.” ~ John Maynard Keynes
    • “The emotions aren’t always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action.” ~ William James
    • “The most common cause of low prices is pessimism — sometimes pervasive, sometimes specific to a company or industry.  We want to do business in such an environment, not because we like pessimism but because we like the prices it produces.  It’s optimism that is the enemy of the rational buyer.” ~ Warren Buffett
    • “I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
    • “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” ~ Confucius
    • “To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.” ~ Plutarch
    • “Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there.  What you choose to do with them is up to you.” ~ Richard Bach
    • “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell
    • “The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.” ~ Rene Descartes
    • “You have power over your mind — not outside events.  Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
    • “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
    • “Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.” ~ William Shakespeare
    • “I tell you that virtue does not come from money but from virtue comes money and every other good of man.” ~ Socrates
    • “Before the beginning of brilliance, there must be great chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.” ~ From the I Ching, traditionally viewed as written by Fu Hsi (2852-2738 BC)
    • “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” ~ Socrates (c.469-399 BC)
    • The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
    • “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” ~ Thomas Jefferson (1762-1826)
    • One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.~ Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
    • “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” ~ Willa Sibert Cather
    • “Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth — don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.” ~ Aesop
    • “Human misery must somewhere have a stop: there is no wind that always blows a storm.” ~ Euripides
    • “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” ~ Oscar Wilde
    • “That’s one thing about a little education.  It spoils you for actual work.  The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.” ~ Will Rogers
    • “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” ~ Buddhist Proverb
    • “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” ~ Lau-tzu
    • “Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly.” ~ Chinese Proverb
    • “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.  Then the victory is yours.  It cannot be taken from you…” ~ Buddha
    • “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.” ~ Socrates
    • “Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.” ~ Epictetus
    • “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus
    • “Histories make men wise; poets, witty; mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.” ~ Francis Bacon
    • “Bad reasoning as well as good reasoning is possible; and this fact is the foundation of the practical side of logic.” ~ Charles Sanders Peirce
    • “The emotions aren’t always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action.” ~ William James
    • “It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible.” ~ Aristotle
    • “The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons.  Greed, anger, and delusion.” ~ Bodhidharma
    • “Those who have knowledge, don’t predict.  Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” ~ Lau tzu
    • “A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.” ~ Bertrand Russell
    • “The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us.  If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.” ~ Euripides
    • “The investor’s chief problem — and even his worst enemy — is likely to be him self.” ~ Benjamin Graham
    • “Journeys, like artists, are born and not made.  A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will — whatever we may think.” ~ Lawrence Durrell
    • “All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
    • “It takes a long time to become young.” ~ Pablo Picasso
    • “If you are going through hell, keep going.” ~ Winston Churchill
    • “There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.” ~ Siren Kierkegaard
    • “Happiness is a quality of mind.  It is something we possess within… If we do not have it within, nothing outside can give it to us.” ~ Paramananda
    • “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.” ~ Will Rogers
    • “If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.” ~ Emerson M. Pugh
    • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
    • “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.” ~ Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning
    • There was a time in the evolution of everything you know how to do, when you didn’t know how to do it. — D. Giglio
    • “Too keen an eye for pattern will find it anywhere” – T.L.Fine
    • “The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else” — Aristotle
    • “For the things we have to learn before we can do, we learn by doing” — Aristotle
    • “With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.” —  Aristotle
    • “Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.”– Aristotle
    • It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.”Aristotle
    • “It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.” — Aristotle
    • “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle
    • “It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.” — Aristotle
    • “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”– Aristotle
    • “To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.” — Aristotle
    • “To perceive is to suffer.” — Aristotle
    • “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d rather have been talking.” — Aristotle
    • “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” — Aristotle
    • “Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.” — Aristotle
    • The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance” — Aristotle
    • “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.” — Aristotle
    • “The greatest crimes are not those committed for the sake of necessity but those committed for the sake of superfluity. One does not become a tyrant to avoid exposure to the cold.” — Aristotle
    • Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.” — Aristotle
    • Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.” — Aristotle
    • “No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.” — Aristotle
    • “In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.” — Aristotle
    • “It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.” — Aristotle
    • Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.” — Aristotle
    • “Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.” — Aristotle
    • “Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.” — Aristotle
    • “Wit is well-bred insolence. ” — Aristotle
    • “It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.” — Aristotle
    • “The ideal society we have described can never grow into a reality or see the light of day, and there will be no end to the troubles of states, or indeed of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers.” ~ Plato
    • “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” ~ Plato
    • “Moderation, which consists in indifference about little things, and in a prudent and well-proportioned zeal about things of importance, can proceed from nothing but true knowledge, which has its foundation in self-acquaintance.” ~Plato
    • “You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.” — Plato
    • “There is only one good, which is knowledge, and one evil, which is ignorance.” — Plato
    • “The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared to that of which we are ignorant.” — Plato
    • “No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.” — Plato
    • “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” — Plato
    • “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” Plato
    • “You can learn more about a man in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation.” — Plato
    • “When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.” ~ Plato
    • “How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy” — Marcus Aurelius
    • “Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • “What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • All things are implicated with one another, and the bond is holy; and there is hardly anything unconnected with any other things. For things have been co-ordinated, and they combine to make up the same universe. For there is one universe made up of all things, and one god who pervades all things, and one substance, and one law, and one reason.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • Very little is needed to make a happy life.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • “Look to the essence of a thing, whether it be a point of doctrine, of practice, or of interpretation.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; if we begin with doubts, and are patient, we shall end in certainties.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • “To change your mind and to follow him who sets you right is to be nonetheless the free agent that you were before.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.”– Marcus Aurelius
    • Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • A wrongdoer is often a man who has left something undone, not always one who has done something.” — Marcus Aurelius
    • Reading furnishes the mind only with materials for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” — John Locke
    • “New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.” — John Locke
    • “No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.” — John Locke
    • “It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.” — John Locke
    • Life is a business that does not cover the costs.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • “Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts. Many books, moreover, serve merely to show how many ways there are of being wrong, and how far astray you yourself would go if you followed their guidance. You should read only when your own thoughts dry up, which will of course happen frequently enough even to the best heads; but to banish your own thoughts so as to take up a book is a sin against the holy ghost; it is like deserting untrammeled nature to look at a herbarium or engravings of landscapes. ” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • “Reading is thinking with some one else’s head
 instead of one’s own.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • “Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. ” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • Talent works for money and fame; the motive which moves genius to productivity is, on the other hand, less easy to determine” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. ” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • “Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but also a disruption of thought.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • Men of learning are those who have read the contents of books. Thinkers, geniuses, and those who have enlightened the world and furthered the race of men, are those who have made direct use of the book of the world. ” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • Talent hits a target no-one else can hit; genius hits targets no-one else can see.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • The less a man is forced to come into contact with others, the better off he is.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • “There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is generally adopted.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • “Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer’s mind without his being distracted by secondary thoughts, and partly because he feels that here he is not being corrupted or deceived by the arts of rhetoric, but that the whole effect is got from the thing itself.” — Arther Shopenhauer
    • “No greater mistake can be made than to imagine that what has been written latest is always the more correct; that what is written later on is an improvement on what was written previously; and that every change means progress. Men who think and have correct judgment, and people who treat their subject earnestly, are all exceptions only. Vermin is the rule everywhere in the world: it is always at hand and busily engaged in trying to improve in its own way upon the mature deliberations of the thinkers.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations.” — Arther Shopenhauer
    • Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.” – Arthur Shopenhauer
    • “A reproach can only hurt if it hits the mark. Whoever knows that he does not deserve a reproach can treat it with contempt.” — Arthur Shopenhauer
    • “We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.” — Arthur Shopenhauer

    Desiderata by Ehrmann:

    Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible, without surrender,
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even to the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
    they are vexatious to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain or bitter,
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs,
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals,
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.
    Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love,
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be.
    And whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life,
    keep peace in your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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