An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
—G. K. Chesterton
Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn’t matter.
Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Celerity is never more admired than by the negligent.
A wise man who is grateful, faithfully keeps good company and duly gives a helping hand to those who are in trouble is called a virtuous person.
Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.
—Abraham Joshua Heschel
Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.
—Robert Anton Wilson
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth ? and truth rewarded me.
—Simone de Beauvoir
When confronted with two courses of action I jot down on a piece of paper all the arguments in favor of each one, then on the opposite side I write the arguments against each one. Then by weighing the arguments pro and con and cancelling them out, one against the other, I take the course indicated by what remains.
As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
Combinations of wickedness would overwhelm the world, by the advantage which licentious principles afford, did not those who have long practised perfidy grow faithless to each other.
Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit; to become delightful, happiness must be tainted with poison.
In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
—Anthony J. D’Angelo