Thoughts and Favorite Passages

Don’t fall in love with the moment and think you’re in love with the girl.

-A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.

Look up at the stars and you’re gone.

If you’re going to try, go all the way… You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire… It’s the only good fight there is.

-The best vision is insight

Holding a grudge is like drinking poison hoping it will kill the other person.

-You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little sidebets about the outcome of life. either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. and if you don’t play you can’t win

Prevention is the number one cure.

-We find time for things that are important to us.

-It seems to be in the nature of politics that people neither read nor understand history before making political judgments.

Never waste you assets for short term gain.

– I would love to say you make me weak at the knees but to be quite upfront and completely truthful you make my body forget it has knees at all.

-The good ones pretend they don’t train hard, the bad ones say they train like Olympic champions.

-There are people who have no bodies, only heads. And many athletes have no heads, only bodies. A champion is someone who has trained their body and their mind, who have learned to conquer pain for their own purposes. A great athlete is at peace with themselves, and the world. They have fulfilled themselves. They envy no one. Wars are caused by those who have not fulfilled themselves.

-Be careful who you trust; the devil was once an angel.

-Meditation you are my therapist.

-As a 7th grader I asked out a college girl to a dance which was not allowed. The college guy got a bit defensive and jealous. Next year she remembered me and asked me. My intentions were always good.

It isn’t what you say that counts, it’s what you don’t say.

-If you’re the smartest person in the room; you’re in the wrong room.

-When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms.

Perfection is achieved when there is not more to add, but rather nothing more to take away.

-When the morning’s freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles quiver under the strain, the climb seems endless, and suddenly nothing will go quite as you wish. It is then that you must not hesitate.

-I don’t believe at love at first sight; I believe in taking a deeper look.

-One who makes no mistakes makes nothing.

-I have been rejected many times in every aspect of my life.

-She wanted me. I did as well. I would have made love to her, yet I was far too young, and I was not going to have sex without a condom. I was not going to ruin her life by getting her pregnant. She caught every eye, but why did she choose me? She had a great energy, and she got us kicked out from the dance. She apologized to me. I was not mad at her. She sat next to me and it was a lovely moment.

-As an orphan I realized no one really cared. No one cares if you live or die. Yet there is freedom in that as well.

-The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.

-I have two rules honesty, and discretion. I cannot make any promises to you. I simply will not mislead you because there is much sadness in this world, and I refuse to lie to you.

-Running to him was real; the way he did it the realest thing he knew. It was all joy and woe, hard as a diamond; it made him weary behond comprehension. But it also made him free.

-There is no such thing as destiny. We ourselves shape our lives.

-You can’t live your life to suit other people. The harder you try, the more restrictions they’ll put on you just for the fun of seeing you jump through their hoops.

-You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time, and place. Because you’ll never be this way again.

-The brain said, “I’m the smartest organ in the body.” The heart said, “ who told you.”

-Sometimes I like to make things awkward on purpose.

-The key question is always. What is the best thing I can do under these circumstances?

-A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people in a sense know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.

-We accept the love we think we deserve.

-Hey listen, I already have a complete list of silver linings. It’s the goddamn cloud that’s killin me.

Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be

-Life isn’t fair… Parents tend to beat this mantras into their children’s heads. What they forget to explain is that you always have a choice, a choice in how we respond to what’s before us.

Foreplay starts the moment you make eye contact.

-As I sat next to her she told me a secret. Afterwards she said,  “I’ve never told that to anyone, not even my best friend.” I’m glad she did. I was not going to betray her. She was vulnerable. It was beautiful, and it made me realize how easily people seem to trust me. So many people have shared with me things they have never told anyone. How sad it is that a woman cannot express her true desires, and fears because she is afraid to be labeled and judged.

-Don’t think of cost, think of value(Business insight)

I’m glad I grew up in extreme poverty. No one would ever guess I was a poor orphan before I came to America. I do not talk about it simply because I am more interested in others.

-Don’t listen to what people say, watch what they do.

-The strongest people are the ones who feel pain, accept it, learn from it, and fight through it. They turn their wounds into wisdom.

Greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.

-If you could be either God’s worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?

I wish I had never met you. And in all my life I will not forget lying beside you, body to body, and wanting you.

-Stop asking for opinions and start proposing solutions.

-When the guy kissed her, Cassidy felt a stab of pain that was close to physical, and therefore within the penumbra of hurts he told himself he could bear.

-Recently I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him.

People just don’t understand how many men it takes to build one good man. Next time you’re in Manhattan and you see one of those mighty skyscrapers going up, pay attention to how many men are engaged in the enterprise. It takes just as many men to build a sturdy man, son, as it does to build a tower.

-The simple willingness to improvise is more vital, in the long run, than research.

-This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.

-For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.

-Yeah she’s pretty but what is she gonna do when that is gone?

Make no apology, take full responsibility.

-Strange how in Russia no one made a big deal about me being calm, and quiet. In America if you are not loud they think you are strange.

Being polite means you don’t actually have real connections with people. Trying to make sure the boat is never rocked means you just sail past each other.

-The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.

-The status quo can be wrong.

-I will always love Eastern European/Russian women more simply because they are brutally honest and feminine. Although I like American women, most of them just do not compare. American women can at times be too arrogant, and entitled. I’m always amazed by the difference.

Not making a decision or doing nothing is a decision of itself.

-If you need a rapper to tell you how to live your life, then maybe you ain’t got no life(Lil wayne)

-Shoot myself to love you; if I loved myself I’d be shooting you.

Self improvement is masturbation

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

-You can easily judge the character of a person by looking at how they treat those who can do nothing for them.

Everything in moderation including moderation.

Don’t let a broken heart change who you are.

-Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom(Marcel Proust).

-I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

-You can choose between being a victim of destiny or an adventurer who is fighting for something important.

A man who can make fun of himself is a man at peace with himself, completely and unapologetically being himself, never shy about being put on the spot, with nothing to prove and no fear of ridicule.

-To milk the pigeon comes from an old English phrase meaning to do the impossible.

-They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

I have loved women even to madness, but I have always loved liberty better.

-To live is the rarest thing. Most people exist, that is all(Oscar Wilde).

Numbing the negative aspects of your life makes you numb to the positive aspects too.

Nice people don’t change the world.

-As I walked out of the classroom I heard him talk about his recent conquest. The girl would have never imagined he would talk about it to some guys. I felt truly sad for her. I never understood why guys talked about that. It should only be between you and the girl.My discretion is perhaps why so many trust me.

-On the motorcycle I feel alive. I am frightened, and calm. I have crashed a few times, yet why doesn’t it stop me? It is fun, and relaxing. It forces me to become truly present because a simple mistake could cost me my life. But I must sell it because I have little fear of it and that concerns me, and I want to use the money to travel instead.

If it can bleed, we can kill it.

Nice people are actually assholes when it comes to dating because they typically do nice things because they want something. They do not necessarily try to be nice and accommodating because they are good. They do nice things because they think it will get them something. They can use their niceness to manipulate.

-Boy: You are the funniest and most beautiful girl I have ever met

Girl: You just want to fuck me.

Boy:Wow and smart too.

-A jealous woman does better research than the FBI.

Mondays are fine it’s your life that sucks.

-I am glad I grew up as an orphan. What amazing adventures I had.

-If someone angers you, they control you.

-Most rules are social agreements.

-There are a lot of things we don’t want to know about the people we love.

-He was more concerned with his character than his reputation.

-If you cant swallow your pride, you cannot lead.

-Every great or significant life change comes from an event in which a person is thoroughly demolished.

Unquestioning obedience is for slaves, the uneducated and the pathetic.

-This moment is not your life. This is just a moment in your life.

-He took this without a sign of embarrassment. Ability to absorb insults and embarrassment like a sponge was turning out to be one of his greatest accomplishments.

-You can tell so much about a person by the way they leave you.

Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.

Define your fears instead of your goals

-Most people seem to marry a stranger.

-If you get in a fight do not let your emotions control you. Emotions will make you blind.

-Do not be arrogant, we must keep an open mind because we do not know everything.

-You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior.

-But even as a young man, Rockefeller had sangfroid: unflappable coolness under pressure. He could keep his head while he was losing his shirt. Better yet, he kept his head while everyone else lost theirs.

-Epictetus had his students, to picture themselves observing the person having sex.(when they felt nervous about public speaking)

-Perception precedes action.

-Don’t accept answers from people, challenge them.

-One minute of anger robs you 60 seconds of happiness.

Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast. Fast is deadly.

-The whole idea of conventional existence was kryptonite to me.

Everyone is insecure, and most hide it.

-Any man who tries to be good all the time is bond to come to ruin among the great number who are not good.

-To have a good enemy choose a friend: He knows where to strike.

-Ubuntu(I am because of you)

-Fools say they learn from experience. I prefer to profit by others experience.

-I don’t want to die without any scars.

-When you perceive yourself an expert you have already stopped learning.

-You cannot become what you hate.

-Russian women you are lovely thank you for raising me.

-The enemy will recover, and will seek revenge. Crush him, not only in body but in spirit.

Never make the mistake you elevate yourself by humiliating others.

Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm, you gain the decided advantage.

Owning your desire is the core of seduction.

-The funny thing about regret is that it’s better to regret something you did. Than to regret something you haven’t done.

-It is better to be interested than to be interesting.

-The best conversationalists are the ones that master silence.

-When I opened my eyes the wolf stared at me through the window. The eyes were a blazing red color. It was beautiful, frightening, and mesmerizing. The wolf was immensely calm. I just laid there between a group of women staring at the wolf. I felt connected to the lone wolf.

-If you live your life governed by fear that is what it means to be a slave.

-I do not drink because I will not get anything out of it. It’s not like I’m gonna lose any more of my inhibitions.

-Most people believe a relationship needs work. That’s not true. The best relationships are the ones that persist on their own, and require little to no work.

-Nothing makes you miserable, you choose to be miserable.

Civil responsibilities are not your duty. Only things you choose for yourself are your duty.

-It’s more important to have an enjoyment of the process than chasing after happiness.

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes(William Gibson).

Subjective criticism does not matter and should be ignored.

–Less specific, more direct and succinct.

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