Category Archives: BEHAVIOUR

It doesn’t matter what people call you unless they call you pigeon pie and eat you up.

― Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

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“We have an obligation to one another, responsibilities and trusts. That does not mean we must be pigeons, that we must be exploited. But it does mean that we should look out for one another when and as much as we can; and that we have a personal responsibility for our behaviour; and that our behaviour has consequences of a very real and profound nature. We are not powerless. We have tremendous potential for good or ill. How we choose to use that power is up to us; but first we must choose to use it. We’re told every day, “You can’t change the world.” But the world is changing every day. Only question is…who’s doing it? You or somebody else?”

― J. Michael Straczynski

It’s meant I will act like less of an asshole, but feel much more like one.

― Koren Zailckas, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

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“Drunkenness – that fierce rage for the slow, sure poison, that oversteps every other consideration; that casts aside wife, children, friends, happiness, and station; and hurries its victims madly on to degradation and death.”

― Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz

My eyes are two professional pickpockets, stealing everything away in my mind. I lose track of the minutes we trample over.

― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

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“Time talks behind our back. To our face it’s friendly and logical, never hesitating to give more of itself. But when we’re not looking, it steals our lives and says bad things about us to the parts of us it’s stolen”

― Jonathan Carroll, A Child Across the Sky

The 1930s, Kennedy said, ‘taught us a clear lesson; aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war

― John F. Kennedy

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“Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.”

Donna Quesada, The Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers

Much hostile and aggressive behaviour among animals is the expression of social insecurity.”

― Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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“It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the
addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour.”

Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

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“There are people who are very resourceful, at being remorseful,
And who apparently feel that the best way to make friends is to do something terrible and then make amends.”

Ogden Nash