Archive for November, 2019

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.

—King Solomon (The Judgment of Solomon, by Rubens; Public Domain)

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To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.

—John Milton (1629; Public Domain)

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The Citizen and the Traveler

“Look around you,” said the citizen. “This is the largest market in the world.”

“Oh surely not,” said the traveler.

“Well, perhaps not the largest,” said the citizen, “but much the best.”

“You are certainly wrong there,” said the traveler. “I can tell you….”

They buried the stranger in the dusk.

—Robert Louis Stevenson (by Henry Walter Barnett; Public Domain)

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Will Rogers on Economists

An economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s, I reckon.

Will Rogers (1922; Public Domain)

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The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1753, By Maurice Quentin de La Tour; Public Domain)

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I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.

Alfred Lord Tennyson (by George Frederic Watts; Public Domain)

I admit it, I much prefer happy, uplifting quotes. But more importantly, I prefer quotes that can help someone with what they are going through. Not only does this very brief quote by Tennyson remind us that grief, despair, and depression afflicted even the most famous people in history (in fact, these dark forces generally helped shape who they would become), it also gives us a clear pathway out of the shadows. No matter how dark of a time we might be going through, we still have the mental capacity to choose where we would like to be, and define what actual steps it will take to get there. When our mind wants to focus on the darkness, let us recognize this condition and lose ourselves in the actions needed to move forward. It is amazing how this simple step will make the melancholy abate.

—Mike Hazell

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People to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance of events.

T.S. Eliot (Image Licensed)

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