Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.

Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

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“Just remember that sometimes the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.”
― John Green

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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“Take for instance a man driven to incessant work by a sense of deep insecurity and loneliness; or another one driven by ambition, or greed for money. In all these cases the person is the slave of a passion, and his activity is in reality a “passivity” because he is driven; he is the sufferer, not the “actor”. On the other hand a man sitting quiet and contemplating, with no purpose or aim except that of experiencing himself and his oneness with the world, is considered to be “passive”, because he is not “doing” anything. In reality, this attitude of concentrated meditation is the highest activity there is, an activity of the soul, which is possible only under the condition of inner freedom and independence”
― Erich Fromm

Sometimes, if you aren’t sure about something, you just have to jump off the bridge and grow your wings on the way down.”

— Danielle Steel

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“My dad is much too smart and complicated to ever express himself through brute violence, but he had a bad temper under the influence. When he was drunk, he’d act out by making inappropriate comments at the expense of those in his presence. Needless to say, he burned many bridges that way.”

― Slash with Anthony Bozza

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.

(Pearl S. Buck)

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“It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.”

― Stephenie Meyer, The Host

Life is not easy. I paint the memory of happiness.

– Anvar Saifoutdinov Quoted by M S Mason in Christian Science Monitor,19 Nov1992.

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“Time is a false thing, meaningless when it’s not attached to colours and people and light because in the dark there is nothing – only the stilted shadows of lie as they wait for the sun.”

― Laekan Zea Kemp, The Things They Didn’t Bury

You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.

William Henry Hudson (1841 – 1922), Afoot in England, 1909

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“The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
― Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.

Charles and Ann Morse

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“We would also have to say goodbye to the joy of watching this next generation soak up the massive quantities of love their grandmother would have given them, and seeing them learn that there was someone in the world who loved them as much as their parents did: a grandmother who was delighted by all their quirks and who thought they were the most amazing creatures on earth.”

― Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club

Should doubt knock at your doorway, just say to those skeptical, disturbing, rebellious thoughts, I propose to stay with my faith, with the faith of my people.

– Thomas S. Monson

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Not many sounds in life, and I include all urban and rural sounds, exceed in interest a knock at the door.

 Charles Lam Essays of Elia,’Valentine’s Day’.