The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
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If He Tom Sawyer had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other persons point of view and see things from that persons angle as well as from your own.
Like an enemy I knew as intimately as any friend, I came to know the nagging, constant emptiness of the incongruent life. I ignored myself and lived for people, purposes, and goals that weren’t my own. I betrayed who I was and instead accepted a fictional substitute that was defined from the outside in.
The best way is always the simplest. The attics of the world are cluttered up with complicated failures.
The Smiths dream into my ear on this lost and lonely morning. I sing along like it is the only prayer I know (forgive me, Mother Mary).
Little difficulties are made to swell until they fill our horizon while the real big blessings of life are dwindled down to nothing.