I have been putting together a scrapbook since I was a teenager. Some of the contents might be a bit old or even infantile, and unfortunately, I don't know to whom credit goes. However, most are great, and I'd like to share them.
If we fill our hours with regrets of yesterday and with worries of tomorrow, we have no today in which to be thankful.
If you wait until conditions are perfect before you act,
you'll never act.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows,
It empties today of its strength.
Nothing can make you inferior without your consent.
May your happiest days of the past
be your saddest days of the future.
Darwinian Man, though well-behaved,
At best is only a monkey shaved.
In my mind my thoughts are plenty,
But for now I'll keep them inside.
And some day when the time is right
I'll give you permission to seek and to find.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
The environment you fashion out of your thoughts ... your beliefs ... your philosphy ... is the only climate you will live in.
If you keep people at arm's length long enough, you may find, when you lower your arm, there is no-one there.
In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
The giving and receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
Maybe our bodies simply have to expand to hold all the wisdom and love we've acquired!
OUR CRAZY LANGUAGE
We take English for granted, but when we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, and boxing rings are square.
And why is it that a writer writes, but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce, and hammers don't ham?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't the plural of booth be beeth? One goose, two geese - so one moose, two meese? One index, two indices - one kleenex, two kleenices?
Doesn't it seem loopy that you can make amends but not just one amend, that you comb through the annals of history but not just one annal? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and you get rid of all but one, what do you call it?
If the teacher taught, why isn't it true that the preacher praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? If you wrote a letter, perhaps you also bote your tongue?
In what other language do you recite at a play and play at a recital? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? How can overlook and oversee be opposites, while quite a lot and quite a few are alike? How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell the next?
Did you ever notice that we talk about certain things only when they are absent? Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Have you ever run into someone who was gruntled, ruly, or peccable?
And where are the people who are spring chickens or who actually would hurt a fly?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down and in which your alarm clock goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all).
That is why, when stars are out they are visible, but when the lights are out they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it.