Quotes and aphorisms (page 5)
Being out there in the ocean, God's creation, it's like a gift He has given us to enjoy.
Whatever your situation might be, set your mind to whatever you want to do and put a good attitude in it, and I believe that you can succeed. You are not going to get anywhere just sitting on your butt and moping around.
When the seasons shift, even the subtle beginning, the scent of a promised change, I feel something stir inside me. Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it's welcome.
Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent.
The biggest obstacle to people becoming better is that you have to really want to be a good person in order to be a better person, and most people would rather be other things.
Although images of perfection in people's personal lives can cause unhappiness, images of perfect societies — utopian images — can cause monstrous evil. In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the twentieth century.
Conservatives divide the world in terms of good and evil while liberals do it in terms of the rich and poor.
To deny that human beings are filled with anti-social passions betrays a denial of reality and a lack of self-awareness. One has to be taught nonsense for a great many formative years to believe it.
Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.
My best friend and I went to sleep-away camp every summer. We'd share stories of making out with boys, but we never did, so we made it all up. My real first kiss was at a friend's house when I was in junior high. He was such a good kisser, and we're still close friends!
Now that I have a daughter, I've been thinking about how I'll define beauty to her. I watched a video of Kendall when she was three, and she was putting on makeup. I don't know how I feel about that. But my daughter already watches me do it. When do you let them start wearing it? I don't know yet.
Where are the people who don't have goals headed? Those 97 percent end up working for the three percent.
Money is a very important tool to make a big difference in people's life. It is positive or negative depending on the values.
The erosion of extended family concept and losing out on values are the two things that are primarily responsible for the growing mismatch in the parent-child relationship.
If a child goes the wrong way, it is not the child who is to be blamed; it is the parents who are responsible.