The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post. People are always asking about the good old days. I say, why don’t you say, good now days?
A real friend knows when to listen, when to stop listening, when to talk, when to stop talking, when to pour wine, when to stop pouring wine, and hand over the bottle.
Whatever life gives you, even if it hurts, just be strong, and put on your game face. Strong walls shake, but never collapse.
The key to happiness is letting each situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be.
The reason people find it so hard to be happy is they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.
There are secrets I wil take to the grave – and other’s I’d feel safer having cremated.
Best friends don’t necessarily have to talk every day. They don’t even need to talk for weeks. But when they do, it’s like they never stopped talking. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.
You’re an old-timer if you can’t remember when setting the world on fire was a figure of speech. A bomb has nothing to do with fredome – except men’s freedom to kill each other.
Being a man or a woman is a matter of birth. Being a man or a woman makes a difference is a matter of choice. If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual care.
Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. There’s an awful lot of blood around that water is thicker than.
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.
One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us. There is no distance on this earth as far away as yesterday.
In every age “the good old days” were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them. Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change.
The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary. Dreams are free therapy. Consult your inner Freud.
Nostalgia for what we have lost is more bearable than nostalgia for what we have never had, for the first involves knowledge and pleasure, the second only ignorance and pain. Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia? Our time is forever now!
As important as keeping a grasp on reality is keeping a grasp on possibility.
Every person is their own ancestor, and every person their own heir. They devise their own future, and they inherit their own past. Every day ask yourself, “What would I do today if I were a better person?” At a certain point, some of us just sit down and watch the rest of our lives go by. Don’t let is happen to you!
Too often too late comes too soon. Why always “not yet”? Do flowers in spring say “not yet”? If you spend your life waiting for a chance, you are spending your chance waiting.
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