Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A career: something admirable or something else?

"Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
But also consider:
"A decent man is not responsible for the vice or absurdity of his profession; and he ought not on that account refuse to pursue it; [. . .]there is money to be got by it, a man must live in the world and make the best of it, such as it is." - Michel de Montaigne

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wisdom or cowardice?

"I envy that man who passes through life safely, to the world and fame unknown." - Euripedes.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The desire to feel important

"Half of the harm that is done is this world is due to people who want to feel important . . . . They do not mean to do harm . . . . They are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." - T.S. Eliot
"Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have." - Arther E. Morgan 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Despite our faults . . .

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself." - Victor Hugo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Best advice?

"Follow your own advice."

It is so obvious, staring right at us, that we ignore it. Many times we know what needs to be done. And we help others. But we fail to benefit from our own wisdom.

Look inside. I think we'll find that we know more than we think. Apply our knowledge.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On leisure

"Life is work, rest, and recreation, and depending on that recreation is the story of one's success of failure." - F.D. van Amburgh
"I am never less at leisure than when at leisure, nor less alone than when I am alone." - Scipio Africanus 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


"The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears." - Arthur Benson
"No power is strong enough to be lasting if it labors under the weight of fear." - Cicero
"If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost." - Lloyd Douglas
"Never take counsel of your fears." - Andrew Jackson 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


"Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live." - Henry Van Dyke
"Live and let live is not enough; live and help live is not too much." - Orion Madison
"You ought to know how to rise above the trivialities of life, in which most people are found drowning themselves." - D. T Suzuki 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On failing

"He's no failure. He's not dead yet." - W. L. George
 "There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life." - Thomas H. Huxey
 "To be successful, you've got to be willing to fail." - Frank Tyger

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some thoughts on happiness, money, and health

"The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor." - William Temple
"Health is worth more than learning." - Thomas Jefferson
"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life - happiness, freedom, and peace of mind - are always attained by giving them to someone else." - Peyton March
"The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being except that they are so." - William Inge