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Food Of Love

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

-William Shakespeare



 

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Wider Than The Sky



“The brain is wider than the sky for put them side by side – The one the other will contain with ease and you beside – The brain is deeper than the sea – For hold them blue to blue – The one the other will absorb – As sponges buckets do – The brain is just the weight of God for heft them pound for pound – And they will only differ if they do – as Syllable from sound.

Emily Dickinson



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Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly: and listen to others, eve the dull and ignorant, for they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive person for they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter; for their will always be persons greater and lesser than yourself. enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your career, however humble. It is a real blessing in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in times of misfortune. But do not stress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you may conceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your own soul.

With all of its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Desiderata

-Max Ehrmann
1927


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Attitude

“Most people will come up with ten reasons why they can’t do something rather than come up with one good reason why they can and should. Be the kind who finds a way to make it work. With an attitude of failure we are whipped before we start. Be realistic, but start out with an attitude of optimism”

-R.B. Royal

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Addiction, Procrastination and Laziness

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“Concrete future events , with concrete consequences most effectively motivate a person to take action in opposition to their present desires.”

“Strong feeling of hunger produces a similar state psychologically speaking as anxiety.”

“It is by no means a far fetched claim that future and/or prospective events bear or a persons present mind via thoughts, associations and affects they call up when thought about.”

“Deadlines act on procrastination by prompting them to carry out their desired task last minute.

“An entrance barrier equals activation energy, let that sink in.”

“A persons desire for a behavior itself and their desire for its results both contribute a motivating role toward whether or not the task is completed. Each exerts their own pull and if the two oppose one another the one that is stronger generally determines the persons manifest behavior”

“The psychological factor that eventually instigates them to take action is anxiety of the consequences of not doing it.”

“The psychological factors that deters one from getting started is the dread of the act.”

“It isn’t simply that people behave or even think irrationally , but that the conscious control we exert over are own behavior has sometimes partial, sometimes little and sometimes no bearing on our actions at all.”

“Willpower is ultimately an insignificant factor in achievement.”

“We often confuse our desire for results with the action that produces these.”

“The magnitude of results will outweigh an aversion to the act or task that produces them.”

“The mind does not want to simply attain pleasure. It seeks to increase it.”

“In every instance that our attention strays so involuntary and automatically from reading, it is invariably the result of one of these two factors; It is given up in place of something more pleasurable, or because something dis-pleasurable has been evoked.”

“We can regard any type of effort, no matter how slight or trivial as evoking in anticipation of it some amount of pleasure.”

“If the pleasure principle only roughly directs and controls human behavior, we can assume that it does so almost entirely for animal behavior.”

“The pleasure unconscious only realizes two inputs, pleasure and displeasure, it’s sole function propels the organism to seek the former and avoid the latter. This most basic binary functionality speaks of its ancient evolutionary origins.”

“Anxiety provides an evolutionary benefit in that it helps one avoid danger.”

“We can infer that after the evolution of instincts and emotions (or perhaps at the same time) evolved associative memory, giving brains the ability to imprint and associate stimuli with the pleasure, pain, emotions and instincts they once evoked.”

“The major determining forces behind human thought are not cognitive but connotative.”

“Our attention can be used or put to use for two functions; perception and action.”

“In addition it is not just the stimuli from the environment we can perceive, but our unconscious thoughts, imagination, hallucinations,associations as well as our conscious.”

“The first thing a stimulus requires to affect a persons cognition is to be perceived by them.”

“Become aware of whether the behavior we are trying to control is motivated by relieving displeasure or acquiring pleasure.”

 

 

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Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

“That government is best which is governs not at all, and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they have.”

“Government is at its best expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.”

“The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.”

“The American government – what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired, but each instant losing its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single man living, for a single man can bend it to his will.”

“The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished, and it would have been done somewhat more if the government had not sometimes got in its way.”

“Trade and Commerce if they were not made of India Rubber would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are constantly putting in their way, and if one were to judge these men wholly by their intentions, they would deserve to be  classed and punished with those mischievous persons who put obstructions on the railways.”

“But to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.”

“Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step towards obtaining it.”

“I think we should be men first and subjects second.”

“It is not so desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.”

“The mass of men serve the State thus, not as men mainly but as machines with their bodies.”

“They put themselves on the level of wood and stone and earth, and wooden men can be perhaps manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or lumps of dirt. They have the same worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these are commonly esteemed as good citizens.”

“A wise man will not be useful as a man, and will not submit to be “clay” and stop a hole to keep the wind away.”

“I am too high-born to be propertied. To be at secondary control. Or useful serving-man or instrument. To any sovereign state throughout the world.”

“All men recognize the right to revolution, that is, the right to refuse allegiance to and resist the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.”

“Be just. Cost what it may.”

“I quarrel not with far off foes, but with those who, near at home, co-operate with and do the bidding those far away, and without whom the latter would be harmless.”

“There are thousands who are in opinion opposed to slavery and the war, who yet in effect do nothing to put an end to them, who, esteeming themselves children of Washington and Franklin, sit down, with their hands in their pockets. And say they know not what to do, and do nothing, who even postpone the question of freedom for the question of free trade. They hesitate, they regret, and sometimes they petition, but they do nothing in earnest and with effect. They will wait, well disposed, for others to remedy the evil, that they no longer have to regret it. At most, they give only a cheap vote, and a feeble countenance and Godspeed, to the right (virtuous) as it goes by them.”

“What is the price-current for an honest man and a patriot today?”

“There are 999 patrons of virtue to one virtuous man, but it is easier to deal with the possessor a thing than with the temporary guardian of it.”

“All voting is a sort of gaming, like cheques or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it; a playing with right and wrong.”

“Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail.”

“A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There us but little virtue in the action of masses of men.”

“A man who is a man, has in his back a bone which you cannot pass your hand through.”

“If I devote myself to others pursuits & contemplation, I must first see that I do not pursue them sitting upon another mans shoulders. I must get off him first, that he may pursue his contemplation’s too.

“Unjust laws exist, should we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, or obey them until we have succeed or shall we transgress them at once?”

“For it matters bot how small the beginning may seem to be; what is once done well is done forever. But we love better to talk about it; that we say is our mission. Reform keeps many scores of newspapers in service, but not one man.”

“Under a government who imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is prison.”

“Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but whole influence.”

“A minority is powerless if it conforms to the majority; it is not even the minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.”

“When the subject has refused allegiance, and the officer has resigned his office, then the revolution is accomplished. But even suppose blood should flow. IS there not some kind of blood-shed when the conscience is wounded? Through this wound a mans real-man-hood and immortality flow out, and he bleeds to an everlasting death. I see this blood flow now.”

“The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to carry out those schemes which he entertained  when he was poor.”

“Absolutely speaking, the more money the less virtue.”

“You must live within yourself, always tucked up and ready for a start, and not have many affairs.”

“Confucius said, “If a state is governed by the principles of reason, poverty and misery are subjects of shame, if a State is not governed by the principles of reason, reason and honors are the subjects of shame.”

“I saw yet more distinctly the State in which I lived. I saw to what extent the people among who I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends that their friendship was for the summer weather only, that they did not greatly purpose to do right, that they were a distinct race from me by their superstitions and prejudices.

“Let him see that he does only what belongs to himself & the hour.”

“I think sometimes. Why this people they mean well, they are only ignorant; they would do better if they knew how.”

“I do not wish to quarrel with any man or nation. I do not wish to split hairs, to make fine distinctions, or set myself up as better than my neighbors. I seek rather, I may say, an excuse for conforming to the laws of the land. I am but too ready to conform to them.”

“Seen from a lower point of view, the Constitution, with all of its faults, is very good; the law and the courts, are very respectable, even this State and this American government are in many respects very admirable and rare things to be thankful for, such as great many have described them, but from a point of view a little higher, they are what I have described them, seen from higher still, and the highest , who shall say what they are, or that they are worth looking at a thinking of at all?”

 

Civil Disobedience and Other Essays (Dover Thrift Editions)