Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Food For Thought

Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. - Russell Lynes

No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are. - Eric Hoffer

A certain compensation balances every gift and every defect. For every thing you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something… As no man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him, so no man had ever a defect that was not somewhere made useful to him… Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults…. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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