statue of Marcus Tullius Cicero

old thinking from Cicero

Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century;

Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others,
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected,
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it,
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences,
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind,
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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religion and evil

People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.

Umberto Eco
protest banner with the words the homeless are people too

the homeless

Tonight I did something I have never done before. I sat down, took time, and spoke to one of our homeless people.

william gibson

the future is here

The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.

William Gibson
william gibson

before diagnosing depression…

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.

William Gibson
photo of eleanor Roosevelt sitting in a cane chair

pay attention to Eleanor

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt
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testing your will

Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.

Paulo Coelho
an open book

my credo

I never had to apologise for something I didn’t say.