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Advice: If you happen upon the skull of a dragon, leave that place quickly. For whatever killed it, may still be around.
---Thieves Proverb
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"STRESSED? Spell it backwards for the cure." ~Anonymous
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You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once. 
Robert A. Heinlein 


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Do but consider what an excellent thing sleep is: it is so inestimable a jewel that, if a tyrant would give his crown for an hour's slumber, it cannot be bought: of so beautiful a shape is it, that though a man lie with an Empress, his heart cannot be quiet till he leaves her embracement to be at rest with the other: yea, so greatly indebted are we to this kinsman of death, that we owe the better tributary, half of our life to him: and there is good cause why we should do so: for sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.
--Thomas Dekker (c. 1572 – 25 August 1632)
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The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.
-- Samuel Johnson
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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)
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You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
--Wayne Gretzky
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It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.
-- Helen Keller
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I Googled for Heinlein quotes, because I wanted to find a particular one:

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love by Robert A. Heinlein.

Every now and then, I read that and think, "There's a few skills on that list that I should learn."

So, I came across a whole bunch of Robert A. Heinlein quotes and here are three that I really like. The last one gave me goosebumps and l send it to all of you as a heartfelt wish.

"Of all the strange 'crimes' that human beings have legislated of nothing, 'blasphemy is the most amazing - with 'obscenity' and 'indecent exposure' fighting it out for the second and third place."

"'Love' is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own... Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy.

"May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live."
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A man who studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
(Lacroix in Forever Knight)
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[livejournal.com profile] baronscartop made a post about love. It reminded me of this quote:

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. 
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
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You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

--Anne Lamot Lamott
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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
--Helen Keller
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Thought for the day:

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."

Helen Keller
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Thought for the day:


Chinese Proverb:

"When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others."



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"Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire." --Arab Proverb

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