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  • #1
    Stephen Fry
    “The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriousity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”
    Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

  • #2
    Mary Oliver
    “Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #3
    Stephen Fry
    “It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

    [I saw hate in a graveyard -- Stephen Fry, The Guardian, 5 June 2005]”
    Stephen Fry

  • #4
    Pope John XXIII
    “See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little.”
    Pope John XXIII

  • #5
    Lao Tzu
    “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #6
    Stephen Fry
    “If I had a large amount of money I should certainly found a hospital for those whose grip upon the world is so tenuous that they can be severely offended by words and phrases and yet remain all unoffended by the injustice, violence and oppression that howls daily about our ears.”
    Stephen Fry, Paperweight

  • #7
    Stephen Fry
    “Certainly the most destructive vice if you like, that a person can have. More than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins - is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred's a subset of self pity and not the other way around - ' It destroys everything around it, except itself '.

    Self pity will destroy relationships, it'll destroy anything that's good, it will fulfill all the prophecies it makes and leave only itself. And it's so simple to imagine that one is hard done by, and that things are unfair, and that one is underappreciated, and that if only one had had a chance at this, only one had had a chance at that, things would have gone better, you would be happier if only this, that one is unlucky. All those things. And some of them may well even be true. But, to pity oneself as a result of them is to do oneself an enormous disservice.

    I think it's one of things we find unattractive about the american culture, a culture which I find mostly, extremely attractive, and I like americans and I love being in america. But, just occasionally there will be some example of the absolutely ravening self pity that they are capable of, and you see it in their talk shows. It's an appalling spectacle, and it's so self destructive. I almost once wanted to publish a self help book saying 'How To Be Happy by Stephen Fry : Guaranteed success'. And people buy this huge book and it's all blank pages, and the first page would just say - ' Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself - And you will be happy '. Use the rest of the book to write down your interesting thoughts and drawings, and that's what the book would be, and it would be true. And it sounds like 'Oh that's so simple', because it's not simple to stop feeling sorry for yourself, it's bloody hard. Because we do feel sorry for ourselves, it's what Genesis is all about.”
    Stephen Fry

  • #8
    Theodore Roosevelt
    “The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

  • #9
    Stephen Fry
    “Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.”
    Stephen Fry

  • #12
    G.K. Chesterton
    “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”
    G.K. Chesterton

  • #14
    François de La Rochefoucauld
    “We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.”
    François de La Rochefoucauld

  • #16
    Stephen Fry
    “Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.”
    Stephen Fry

  • #18
    Anaïs Nin
    “The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #20
    Stephen Fry
    “People who can change and change again are so much more reliable and happier than those who can’t”
    Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot

  • #22
    Augusten Burroughs
    “I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
    Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking

  • #32
    Salman Rushdie
    “What kind of Christmas present would Jesus ask Santa for?”
    Salman Rushdie, Fury

  • #33
    Tom Robbins
    “Oh God, are there so many of them in our land! Students who can’t be happy until they’ve graduated, servicemen who can’t be happy until they are discharged, single folks who can’t be happy until they’ve found a mate, workers who can’t be happy until they’ve retired, adolescents who aren’t happy until they’re grown, ill people who aren’t happy until they’re well, failures who aren’t happy until they succeed, restless who can’t wait until they get out of town, and in most cases, vice versa, people waiting, waiting for the world to begin.”
    Tom Robbins

  • #34
    Robert Frost
    “A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.”
    Robert Frost

  • #35
    Norman Mailer
    “The only faithfulness people have is to emotions they're trying to recapture”
    Norman Mailer
    tags: truth

  • #41
    Blaise Pascal
    “Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back”
    Blaise Pascal

  • #42
    Dale Carnegie
    “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
    Dale Carnegie

  • #43
    David Sedaris
    “Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you're offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone's feelings”
    David Sedaris, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

  • #44
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #45
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
    “The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.”
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

  • #46
    John Steinbeck
    “It is one of the triumphs of the human that he can know a thing and still not believe it.”
    John Steinbeck

  • #47
    E.B. White
    “I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”
    E.B. White, Letters of E. B. White

  • #48
    Madeleine L'Engle
    “When I start a new seminar I tell my students that I will undoubtedly contradict myself, and that I will mean both things. But an acceptance of contradiction is no excuse for fuzzy thinking. We do have to use our minds as far as they will take us, yet acknowledge that they cannot take us all the way.”
    Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet

  • #49
    David Sedaris
    “I haven't the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.”
    David Sedaris, Naked

  • #50
    William Arthur Ward
    “Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority.”
    William Arthur Ward

  • #51
    Helen Keller
    “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
    Helen Keller



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