So here are some thoughts and unrelated selections of art from my hard drive:
If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.
– Carl Sagan
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
– Bertrand Russell
Take the case of courage. No quality has ever so much addled the brains and tangled the definitions of merely rational sages. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. “He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,” is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. This paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if he will risk it on the precipice. He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.
Is this real life?
– David after dentist
Am I not destroying my enemies by making friends of them?
– Abraham Lincoln
I honor my importance and the importance of others. None of us is dispensable, none of us is replaceable. In the chorus of life each of us brings a True Note, a perfect pitch that adds to the harmony of the whole. I act creatively and consciously to actively endorse and encourage the expansion of those whose lives I touch. Believing in the goodness of each, I add to the goodness of all. We bless each other even in passing.
– Julia Cameron
If he’s so smart why is he dead?
– H. Simpson
Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
– W. Somerset Maugham
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
– Winston Churchill
I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend…
– Faramir, The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers, Book IV, Chapter 5
(this is dad’s plane)
The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.
– Friedrich Nietzsche