Saturday, August 2, 2008

(Some of) What I know to be true

Sometimes I wonder what--if anything--I've learned in my 45+ years on this planet, so below are a few things that have come to mind. They may sound trite & worn out, but I think at least some of them have withstood the test of time & remain as true as ever. They are listed in no particular order.

Disclaimer: Of course, as usual, this is simply my opinion based on my life thus far. My list may bear absolutely no resemblence to any real or potential list of your own making and you have every right to poke fun at, ridicule & question those things I have included; I just ask that, if you are so inclined, you remain civil & at least minimally-respectful in doing so. Remember, too, that simply because the source of the truth may not be of what you may consider the highest calibre, doesn't make it untrue or insubstantial. Sometimes you can find gold in the strangest places.

This is probably not a comprehensive list, and I will probably unintentionally leave out some very important lessons. Results may vary. The decision of the author of said list is final. Void where prohibited or taxed. No cash value.

No man is an island.

It takes a village.

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

To thine own self be true.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been!

...the hardest thing in this to live in it. Be brave. Live.

...whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

And last, but far, far from least:

For a long time is seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.


~Deb said...

What amazing quotes. I was just talking to my partner about how our life and getting to our destination should be the fun part: the journey getting there. We tend to focus so much on the past and much on the future without realizing the most important aspect: the present time.

Mr. C said...

Another quote:

"By George, I think she's got it!!"


CP said...

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt

I use this one as a tagline in my emails. I live by this motto.

Aaron said...

great quotes!
I've been having a rough couple of months and the last one has actually inspired me today!!

ankur said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences of life on this post,I found them very interesting to read.

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