It's important to begin a search on a full stomach. Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady. Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience. A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. The Past is to be respected and acknoledged, but not to be worshiped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness. I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless.
To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all. Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death. Things are only impossible until they're not. Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so. He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therin to be content
You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand? Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others. As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. 'Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.' Under the influence of this pestilent morality, I am forever letting tomorrow's work slop backwards into today's, and doing painfully and nervously today what I could do quickly and easily tomorrow. It felt like they used a baton or something -- it was harder than anyone had ever hit me in the head before. It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy. I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!
Get pleasure out of life...as much as you can. Nobody ever died from pleasure. To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all. 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. History is more or less bunk. Rest is the sweet sauce of labor. All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance. For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth. Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast. Typos are very important to all written form. It gives the reader something to look for so they aren't distracted by the total lack of content in your writing. So quick and so fiercely I barely had time to gasp before it was locked on me. A neurosis is a secret that you don't know you are keeping. A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack. Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent. Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. Sometimes love will pick you up by the short hairs...and jerk the heck out of you. Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers. Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper. To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not. Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing. Hope is tomorrow's veneer over today's disappointment. Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it. Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child. There isn?t much better in this life than finding a way to spend a few hours in conversation with people you respect and love. You have to carve this time out of your life because you aren?t really living without it.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in life. Our patience will achieve more than our force. Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be. I shouted, and earned a hard thump on my head for my trouble. The only difference between a rut and a grave... is in their dimensions. It is not enough to aim; you must hit.
Looks are part of business. A businessman should never stand out more than his customers. His mannerisms, his clothes, everything about him... Moderation is the key. I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me. Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth?Tame the dragon and the gift is yours. I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people. The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
I like coincidences. They make me wonder about destiny, and whether free will is an illusion or just a matter of perspective. They let me speculate on the idea of some master plan that, from time to time, we're allowed to see out of the corner of our eye. A neurosis is a secret that you don't know you are keeping. For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field - and keep on doing it. I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking. He called me a quitter.
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. I like coincidences. They make me wonder about destiny, and whether free will is an illusion or just a matter of perspective. They let me speculate on the idea of some master plan that, from time to time, we're allowed to see out of the corner of our eye. When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy. A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left him. Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it. Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats. How could you be a Great Man if history brought you no Great Events, or brought you to them at the wrong time, too young, too old?
Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend. If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice. Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. It's the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion. If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city. Humor is also a way of saying something serious. Speak when you are angry--and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self! 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. You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence. We cannot destroy kindred: Our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break. In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too. It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.' I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business. I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy. When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. Sooner or later, we've got to work at it, no matter how many other careers we've had or wanted. No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it. If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read "President Can't Swim". All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it. The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life. Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.