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Vinculums of the Nexus
The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.
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.
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.
To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits
in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
God offers to everyone his choice between truth and repose. Take which you please--you can never have both.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
~Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
~Henry David Thoreau
from Walden: Reading, 1854
It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.
Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.
Intuition isn't the enemy, but the ally, of reason.
~John Kord Lagemann
Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.
PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil, perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.
Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
Flon's Law: There is not now, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be, any programming language in which it is the least bit difficult to write bad code.
Who is righteous? Anyone who is repenting. No matter how bad he has been, if he is repenting, he is a righteous man. There is hope for him. And no matter how good he has been all his life, if he is not repenting, he is a wicked man. The difference is which way you are facing. The man on the top of the stairs facing down is much worse off than the man on the bottom step who is facing up. The direction we are facing, that is repentance; and that is what determines whether we are good or bad.
from "Of All Things" p. 7
You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
Beware of too much laughter, for it deadens the mind and produces oblivion.
Perhaps love is the process of my leading you gently back to yourself.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery