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How can you think and hit at the same time? -- Yogi Berra

The quality of our life isn't determined by what we encounter in a lifetime. It is determined by how we encounter life. -- Franklin Covey, Choice, Choosing the Proactive Life You Want to Live

In theory there is nothing to hinder our following what we are taught; but in life there are many things to draw us aside. -- Epictetus, Chap. xxvi.

Desire without knowledge is not good, and one who moves too hurriedly misses the way. -- Proverbs 19:2, NRSV

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. -- Will Rogers

Paralysis through analysis.

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. -- Epictetus

Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal -- Japanese Proverb (?)

You plan things that you do not even attempt because of your extreme caution.

If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right. -- Henry Ford

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens. -- Bengamin Disraeli

You can't start worrying about what's going to happen. You get spastic enough worrying about what's happening now. -- Lauren Bacall (?)

Experience is the worst teacher. It always gives the test first and the instruction afterward.

Nothing is as simple as it seems at first Or as hopeless as it seems in the middle Or as finished as it seems in the end.

If you have more than one reason for not doing something, there is just one that really counts: "I don't want to." All the rest is commentary.

I know what you went through was terrible, but can't you just be stoic and get on with it. -- London Underground saying

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. -- Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it---and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again---and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. -- Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910)

Knowledge is the reward of action. For it is by doing things that one becomes transformed. Executing a symbolical gesture, actually living through, to the very limit, a particular role, one comes to realize the truth inherent in the role. Suffering its consequences, one fathoms and exhausts its contents. -- Heinrich Zimmer [?]

If we couldn't laugh at things that didn't make sense, we couldn't react to a lot of the world around us. -- Calvin and Hobbes (?)

It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools. -- Spanish Proverb

I prefer rogues to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest. -- Alexandre Dumas, fils

When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do towards other humans. -- Marcus Aurelius, VII.65

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. -- Sigmund Freud

Suffering makes you live time in detail, moment after moment. Which is to say that it exists for you: over the others, the ones who don't suffer, time flows, so that they don't live in time, in fact they never have. -- E. M. Cioran, The New Gods

What are the facts? Again and again and again -- what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history" -- what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts! -- Robert A. Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. -- Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See

Just because the cat gave birth in the stove, that don't make them kittens biscuits.

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