You freeze where you are, time stops, and your heart thunders in your ears. Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. I looked up and saw a bunch of military-looking guys in coveralls, holding big, bulky rifles and wearing hooded gas masks with tinted face-plates. After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one. It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted. If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others. There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice. My friend is one... who take me for what I am. Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Let not the sands of time get in your lunch. Sometimes love will pick you up by the short hairs...and jerk the heck out of you. I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer. Act as if it were impossible to fail. Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste. Make a decision, even if it's wrong.
Some people make headlines while others make history. The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier. If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city. Neither did the cop car that went past, nor the firetruck, nor the next three cop-cars. The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.
We are always in search of the redeeming formula, the crystallizing thought. If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity. A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary. A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool. For the most part, fear is nothing but an illusion. When you share it with someone else, it tends to disappear.
A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them. When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. You're dealing with the demon of external validation. You can't beat external validation. You want to know why? Because it feels sooo good. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. In America, they want you to accomplish these great feats, to pull off these David Copperfield-type stunts. You want me to be great, but you don't ever want me to say I'm great? With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Is love supposed to last throughout all time, or is it like trains changing at random stops. If I loved her, how could I leave her? If I felt that way then, how come I don't feel anything now? Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. I stand in awe of my body. Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form. Rest is the sweet sauce of labor. I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity. The transfer is not paying off. Sure, muscles are unreliable, but they represent several million years of accumulated finesse.
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking. He called me a quitter. The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. I don't own a cell phone or a pager. I just hang around everyone I know, all the time. If someone wants to get a hold of me, they just say 'Mitch,' and I say 'what?' and turn my head slightly. Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self. Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly. Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be.
Optimism and hope are our best friends. Let�s reach out and Laugh together at our confounding traits and still, let�s keep in mind that our sympt oms and traits are very real with consequences, never to be underestimated or discounted. I?m telling you, things are getting out of hand. Or maybe I?m discovering that things were never in my hands. Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry. If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it. I think people want their illusions and writers are mostly illusion. When you read their words, you read a flattened, incomplete version of the writer.
It's never just a game when you're winning. Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats. Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it. When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong-- or absolutely right. Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else. At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote. I am not young enough to know everything.
TV is chewing gum for the eyes. Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. You should not live one way in private, another in public. I don't believe in intuition. When you get sudden flashes of perception, it is just the brain working faster than usual. But you've been getting ready to know it for a long time, and when it comes, you feel you've known it always. The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues. I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.
On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down. Try to put your happiness before anyone else's, because you may never have done so in your entire life, if you really think about it, if you are really honest with yourself. I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious. The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field - and keep on doing it. Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but, unlike charity, it should end there.
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we'd been saying they were. The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier. Your world is made of your memories, and your memories are given to you by your world. The whispering voice of happenstance is always in our ears. 'This is the world. This is the way things are. Look. Pay attention. Remember.' Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence. Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune. To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. No matter what I do, no matter how predictable I try to make my life, it will not be any more predictable than the rest of the world. Which is chaotic.
Truth has beauty, power and necessity. Someone went upside my head again. If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect. My friend is one... who take me for what I am. By the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd be grown up. He who boasts of his ancestry is praising the deeds of another.