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Honesty – Thomas Jefferson

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

– Thomas Jefferson

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Vices / Virtues – Erich Fromm

“The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.”

– Erich Fromm

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What you see – Henry David Thoreau

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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Excellence – Aristotle

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
– Aristotle

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Trapped – Rilke

‎”We can so easily slip back from what we have struggled to attain, abruptly, into a new life we never wanted; can find that we are trapped, as in a dream, and die there, without ever waking up.”
– Rilke

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Goals – Charles C. Noble

“You must have long range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.”
– Charles C. Noble

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Richer – Michel de Montaigne

“We are all of us richer than we think we are.”
– Michel de Montaigne

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Happiness – Chuang-Tzu

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.”
– Chuang-Tzu

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Poor – Claudian

“The covetous man is always poor.”
– Claudian

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Undervalue – Malcolm Forbes

“Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are.
– Malcolm Forbes

Shakespeare did not have the makings of a bank president. Mozart could never have been a stockbroker. The gifts they possessed, however, more than made up for their failure to achieve any recognition in the financial profession.

Don’t bewail what you cannot do. Focus like a laser beam on the talents you do possess, practice them, refine them, and use them to achieve your own kind of greatness.

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Stillness – Rabindranath Tagore

“In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height; In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

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Regret – Sidney J. Harris

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
– Sidney J. Harris

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Smooth seas – African proverb

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”
– African proverb

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They got you by the balls – George Carlin

“Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice…you don’t.

You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear.

They got you by the balls.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying … lobbying, to get what they want … Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want … they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking.

They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that … that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that.

You know what they want? They want obedient workers … Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it … they’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in The big club.

By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.

Good honest hard-working people … white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what colour shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means … continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all … at all … at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on.

The fact that Americans will probably remain wilfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream cause you have to be asleep to believe it…
– George Carlin

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Hell – Aldous Huxley

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”
― Aldous Huxley