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The most decisive actions of our life… are most often unconsidered actions.
André Gide, The Counterfeiters, 1926
Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.
A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.
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Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Mark Twain, Following the Equator
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now.
First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down.
Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
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I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.
Anatole France, The Garden of Epicurus, 1894
Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways.
Samuel McChord Crothers
Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.
No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.
Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
Congratulations! You’re not perfect! It’s ridiculous to want to be perfect anyway. But then, everybody’s ridiculous sometimes, except perfect people. You know what perfect is? Perfect is not eating or drinking or talking or moving a muscle or making even the teensiest mistake. Perfect is never doing anything wrong – which means never doing anything at all. Perfect is boring! So you’re not perfect! Wonderful! Have fun! Eat things that give you bad breath! Trip over your own shoelaces! Laugh! Let somebody else laugh at you! Perfect people never do any of those things. All they do is sit around and sip weak tea and think about how perfect they are. But they’re really not one-hundred-percent perfect anyway. You should see them when they get the hiccups! Phooey! Who needs ’em? You can drink pickle juice and imitate gorillas and do silly dances and sing stupid songs and wear funny hats and be as imperfect as you please and still be a good person. Good people are hard to find nowadays. And they’re a lot more fun than perfect people any day of the week.
Stephen Manes, Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!
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People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.
There is a destiny that makes us brothers: none goes his way alone,
All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.
Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it.
The cool thing about free will is that even if one has a huge bag of karma there is still a lot of free will for all those souls coming into the world.
My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.
Thich Nhat Hanh