Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
Henry David Thoreau
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A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must lay it down and commence living on its hint… What I began by reading I must finish by acting.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life… I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life… to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.
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Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
Do it! People who succeed don’t just sit and think about what they want to do. They take meaningful, purposeful, directional action consistently and persistently. Every step they take puts them toward the outcome they’re looking for.
How many legs does a dog have, if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.
Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
You’ve got to teach youngsters the difference between right and wrong, but you shouldn’t try to poke it down their throats. Let them ask the questions and then give them the answers.
It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.