Archive Of Today's Thoughts

Apr 22, 2018:
"The hero and the coward have this in common -- that each thinks they did what anyone else would have done."

Apr 21, 2018:
"Honor is something you never think about until you fancy it's been attacked, whereupon you dig it out of mothballs, air it out and defend it to the death."

Apr 20, 2018:
"Yes there are people who take me for granted, and in a world of suspicion and distrust, I consider that an accomplishment."

Apr 19, 2018:
Darwin called the appearance of flowers in evolution "an abominable mystery."  So even if you doubt an intelligent designer, there seems to be evidence of a Florist.

Apr 18, 2018:
"On the whole I would not wish to live a dog's life, except for the times when you show up to help and are told to go lie down."

Apr 17, 2018:
"When it's a chorus against a lone voice, you can usually take a wild guess which is telling the truth."

Apr 16, 2018:
"You can awaken each day to obligations you never chose, or you can decide today to choose them."

Apr 15, 2018:
"What counts in the end is how we treat each other in practice, never mind that we despair of the human race in theory."

Apr 14, 2018:
"To listen only to self-interest, and shut out your conscience, is to gerrymander your own mind."

Apr 13, 2018:
"If you're having one of those days when nothing seems worth doing, there's a list of things worth undoing you can get started on."

Apr 12, 2018:
"One thing about parenting is the flexible hours, which can be any arrangement totaling 24/7."

Apr 11, 2018:
"No kid ever enters his or her teen years with a well-thought-out exit strategy."

Apr 10, 2018:
"Be reluctant to judge a person whose shadow you have never cast."

Apr 9, 2018:
"The trouble with having  a physical body is that people know you're in there somewhere."

Apr 8, 2018:
"There's fact, and there's fiction, which is a good thing, because it's hard to explain anything using just the one."

Apr 7, 2018:
"The tricky thing about cowardice is that it loves to pose as the common sense thing to do."

Apr 6, 2018:
"It would be sad, at the end of your life, to look in the mirror each day and see the only person you forgot to please."

Apr 5, 2018:
"There are reasons why no one could ever love you -- and you can be sure that those who love you know them all.

Apr 4, 2018:
"I had this dream.  It was my memorial service, and friends were fondly recalling the things I used to complain about the least."

Apr 3, 2018:
"I remember well the road I took -- and the friends I traveled with.  Did we ever get to where we were going?  That I don't recall."

Apr 2, 2018:
"It's a basic life choice -- you can travel the interstate and do text stops, or you can take the scenic route and send postcards."

Apr 1, 2018:
"Never lose hope, because miracles happen, and they need something to work with."

Mar 31, 2018:
"There are three dimensions of time, two of which contain better days."

Mar 30, 2018:
"The lesson of Good Friday is to never lose hope -- or at least give it the weekend."

Mar 29, 2018:
"There is in every truth a wise saying, and in every contradiction, two wise sayings."

Mar 28, 2018:
"You don't have to have an opinion about everything, and if you do, not everyone needs to know what it is."

Mar 27, 2018:
"We find hope the way we find happiness -- by giving it to someone else and borrowing a little of it back."

Mar 26, 2018:
"A modest goal for any day is to make everyone you encounter feel a little less invisible."

Mar 25, 2018:
"Finding out that what we've always believed isn't true seldom changes what we've always believed."

Mar 24, 2018:
"Loneliness?  It's like when a stranger gives you the time of day, and you wonder if might deepen into love."

Mar 23, 2018:
"Life is a series of things that seem to be your fault, when it's that damn butterfly flapping its wings in Mongolia."

Mar 22, 2018:
"The one chance to repair a reputation for dishonesty is while you are the only one who knows about it."

Mar 21, 2018:
"It was the usual love match -- he thought she was perfect, and she thought he was perfectible."

Mar 20, 2018:
"Seems like nothing ever brings you back to reality that makes you want to stay there."

Mar 19, 2018:
"The proof that you are loved is not that your perfections are praised but that your imperfections are defended."

Mar 18, 2018:
"If you spend your life waiting for a chance, you are spending your chance waiting."

Mar 17, 2018:
"The trouble with letting trivial things ruin your life is that they keep getting more trivial."

Mar 16, 2018:
"All I ask, if they start investigating my finances, is to let me know if they find any."

Mar 15, 2018:
"Love is a decision you might wisely reconsider, if it were a decision, and you could reconsider it, and you were likely to be any wiser."

Mar 14, 2018:
"Imagine, in the first winter, the odds you could have gotten against the first spring."

Mar 13, 2018:
"It is perhaps unfair to hold against someone the very thing that attracted us to them in the first place."

Mar 12, 2018:
"There is no fonder memory of anyone than of the things that made them happy."

Mar 11, 2018:
"We all want to be liked, often mistaken for wanting to be understood."

Mar 10, 2018:
"The best evidence that you're doing the right thing is that it isn't easy."

Mar 9, 2018:
"There are things happening today that don't make sense, and you dread the sense they would make if they did."

Mar 8, 2018:
"I've been looking over the list of spring chores I made up last fall, and darned of they aren't fall chores, after all."

Mar 7, 2017:
"The best things in life are not only free, they take less trunk space."

Mar 6, 2018:
"It is only when we have a child we cannot love enough that we realize why our parents loved us too much." 

Mar 5, 2018:
The conclusion, "Nobody cares," is always based on an insufficient sampling. 

Mar 4, 2018:
"The object of most prayers is to wangle an advance on good intentions." 

Mar 3, 2018:
"Before you discourage a child, recall your own childhood and consider what damage to your self-confidence you now believe was temporary." 

Mar 2, 2018:
"Sometimes I wonder -- maybe faith is what you get when you appeal to reason and accept its answer." 

Mar 1, 2018:
"As a rule of thumb, the more abusive your adversary, the more likely you have the right adversary." 

Feb 28, 2018:
When truth, logic and common sense are all against you, about all you can do is cry "Conspiracy!" 

Feb 27, 2018:
"It is futile to blame our unhappiness on someone who doesn't care, and so we blame it on someone who does." 

Feb 26, 2018:
"In a world of self-confident bluster, do not underestimate the sexiness of being quiet and unassuming and, at times, seeming a little lost." 

Feb 25, 2018:
"How do you find love?  You just keep showing a brave face to the world, and one day it melts someone's heart." 

Feb 24 2018:
"Shall I subtract each day of my life from some imaginary allotment of days left?  No, on the contrary, I shall add each day of my life to my treasure of days lived, and each day my treasure will grow, not diminish." 

Feb 23, 2018:
Despite all the new safety alerts in cars, nothing has ever replaced someone in the passenger's seat shouting, "Dear God!" 

Feb 22, 2018:

"Most often the person for whom we would climb any mountain and swim any sea would settle for a little conversation at dinner." 

Feb 21, 2018:

"We tend to cherish the things for which we have sacrificed, none more than the lie for which we sacrificed the truth." 

Feb 20, 2018:

"If the good Lord had intended me to make excuses for who I am, He would have given me better excuses." 

Feb 19, 2018:

"Nothing we feel entitled to ever comes to us in sufficient abundance to make us happy." 

Feb 18, 2018:
"Beware a belief that has long withstood the test of not being challenged." 

Feb 17, 2018:
"A partial action is better than a full intention."

Feb 16, 2018:
"I would rather be mortal and know that death is inescapable than be immortal and know that life is inescapable. "

Feb 15, 2018:
"We don't get to choose happiness over sorrow.  We get to choose a full life over an empty one -- and take what it brings."

Feb 14, 2018:
"Some say that true love is a mirage.  Seek it anyway, for all else is surely desert."

Feb 13, 2018:
"We are, each of us, a private soul hiding behind a public mask, complaining that our public mask gets no understanding."

Feb 12, 2018:
"To achieve great success, you must not only ignore your critics, you must ignore friends telling you you're doing the best you can."

Feb 11, 2018:
"A good part of leadership is interpreting blank looks as agreement."

Feb 10, 2018:
"Eventually you realize that nothing that benefits you and you alone benefits anyone,"

Feb 9, 2018:
"Never mind what the world expects of you.  It is too low a standard to be concerned about."

Feb 8, 2018:
"Ever get the feeling that sometime early in your life there was a briefing you missed?"

Feb 7, 2018:
"Raising kids is a series of mistakes that it is critical to make at the recommended age."

Feb 6, 2018:
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" -- a reason, every so often, to break it.

Feb 5, 2018:
"The attraction of a lie is that it invites us into an exclusive club, whereas the truth welcomes all."

Feb 4, 2018:
"A relationship is in trouble not when the passion goes but when the everyday courtesies go."

Feb 3, 2018:
"They are Godseekers both, the churchgoing believer and the pilgrim to an unknown shrine."

Feb 2, 2018:
"One rule I try to follow is to never say anything in public that I am hearing for the first time."

Feb 1, 2018:
"Politics is always about what to do when the right thing to do is a non-starter."

Dec 17, 2017:
"What I remember most fondly about childhood is that there were explanations for things -- and they were fascinating."

Dec 16, 2017:
"Today let us acknowledge all the jobs that magically do themselves -- and the women who do them."

Dec 15, 2017:
"It's nice to know the definition of love, but it's probably more important to know the definition of partner."

Dec 14, 2017:
"Sweeter than any success is having someone you can't wait to tell about it."

Dec 13, 2017:
"Essential to happiness, I believe, is the ability to discard your regrets once they have served their purpose."

Dec 12, 2017:
"You can wait for a miracle, but it's generally a better strategy to meet it halfway."

Dec 11, 2017:
"Shall I sit in a sunlit present, recalling a moonlit past, or shall I envision a starlit future?"

Dec 10, 2017:
"To grow old with a loving companion is to outlive all your regrets."

Dec 9, 2017:
"If you will keep your eyes open for it, there is always some gosh darn thing that will restore your faith."

Dec 8, 2017:
"If it makes you feel more like a fool than a saint, then you probably did the right thing."

Dec 7, 2017:
"You don't become beautiful in someone's eyes by being beautiful but by finding the someone."

Dec 6, 2017:
"If a wedding were a sales agreement, marriage would be in the fine print."

Dec 5, 2017:
"The worst thing about reacting to slights and snubs is not that it magnifies trivial things but that it enlarges small people."

Dec 4, 2017:
"In the end we're the person we pretend to be.  It is the person we thought was pretending who only existed in our mind."

Dec 3, 2017:
"Never explain -- until you meet that one special person who understands your inner soul, and then, well, God help them."

Dec 2, 2017:
"There are days I like to devote to things that don't require any action on my part."

Dec 1, 2017:
"There are many reasons to marry, marrying for marriage being the most prudent."

Nov 26, 2017:
"In an age when manners and civility have gone the way of dressing for dinner, you begin to understand why people dressed for dinner."

Nov 25, 2017:
"There is a child in every one of us, not always accompanied by an adult."

Nov 24, 2017:
"We live in unusual times.  There has always been hypocrisy, but rarely does it come out of hiding and parade down Main Street."

Nov 23, 2017:
"Lord, we gather as a family to thank Thee for all Thy blessings, most especially for making us this family and granting us this gathering."

Nov 22, 2017:
"A Happy Thanksgiving to all, especially to grandmother, be she the welcoming host, or the honored guest, or the treasured memory."

Nov 21, 2017:
"You wonder if somewhere on Thanksgiving Day there is a gathering of the departed where they raise a glass to those left behind."

Nov 20, 2017:
"So often the search for happiness takes you down a familiar street to an old address."

Nov 19, 2017:
"In a day and age when all manner of things are believed against contrary evidence -- hey, why not believe there's a little good in everyone."

Nov 18, 2017:
"Nothing today is so little appreciated as the moral character it takes to be a normal, everyday person."

Nov 17, 2017:
"A question to ask, as parent or teacher, is whether a child who never won your approval ever knew it was available."

Nov 16, 2017:
"I would tell you the secret to success if I knew what part of getting up, dressed and out the door were a secret."

Nov 15, 2017:
"We complain that life is not easy.  But did we pray for an easy life, or did we pray for happiness and fulfillment -- and did we suppose it would be easy?"

Nov 14, 2017:
"To be true to one another is not merely a promise.  There are times in a marriage when it's your only plan."

Nov 13, 2017:
"So often the person in our lives who most needs a little empathy from us is that figure in the mirror."

Nov 12, 2017:
"I have been blessed in life -- in a way that has left me never doubting the moments in Scripture when an angel appears."

Nov 11, 2017:
"Destiny -- a foreordained event, as when two raindrops, flung from the heavens, merge on a window pane."

Nov 10, 2017:
"There is hope for a country whose veterans still wave its flag and wear with pride its badges of honor."



Nov 9, 2017:
"Anger, sorrow, resentment -- there are a thousand different names for a little time that needs to go by."

Nov 8, 2017:
"We are taught to be wary of our happiness, as if it had some devious, ulterior motive.  My advice?  Do what makes you happy -- and trust in your happiness."

Nov 7, 2017:
"Man is the only animal who enjoys the consolation of believing in a next life.  All other animals enjoy the consolation of not worrying about it."

Nov 6, 2017:
The problem with settling for "good enough" is that it's so hard to distinguish it from "almost good enough."

Nov 5, 2017:
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a yearly salary increase."

Nov 4, 2017:
"There is a difference between denying reality and avoiding it whenever possible."

Nov 3 2017:
"The trick to succeeding is to stop thinking there's a trick to everything."

Nov 2, 2017:
"If there's an accusation most of us are guilty of, it is that we are trying to protect someone."

Nov 1, 2017:
"I believe there's a destiny that brings two people together -- but not for the purpose of making anything easier."

Oct 31, 2017:
"There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch."

Oct 30, 2017:
"There's a moment in life when you discover it's not all about you, usually when you meet the person it's all about."

Oct 29, 2017:
"A toast today to all the invisible people doing jobs mysteriously getting done."

Oct 28, 2017:
"One day, in your search for happiness, you find a partner by your side, and you realize that your happiness has come to help you search."

Oct 27, 2017:
"What a clever liar eventually learns is that telling the truth would have been more clever."

Oct 26, 2017:
"It is the worst trade we make in life -- who we are for what we want."

Oct 25, 2017:
"Sometimes people get the wrong impression about us because that is the one we keep making."

Oct 24, 2017:
"The problem with leaving behind a wasted planet is figuring out how to leave it behind."

Oct 23, 2017:
"Life is a series of experiences that make you an expert on what is best for someone else."

Oct 22, 2017:
"In times of distrust and division, a friendly smile is more than a gesture of civility -- it is a small protest."

Oct 21, 2017:
"The challenge of virtue is that it requires commitment, whereas evil is always offered as a free trial."

Oct 20, 2017:
"It is a rare blessing -- the love that stands in your shadow and considers it shade."

Oct 19, 2017:
"May you have the respect you earn, the gratitude you deserve and the love that leaves you wondering how you could have been so lucky."

Oct 18, 2017:
"I nod to a stranger, and the stranger nods back, and two people go off feeling a little less anonymous."

Oct 17, 2017:
"I am never two minutes into removing the clutter from my life before I start running into the clutter that is my life."

Oct 16, 2017:
"There are more martyrs to nonsense than truth, truth preferring missionaries."

Oct 15, 2017:
I always wonder, when someone tells me, "You know better than that," what I ever did to make them think so.

Oct 14, 2017:
Generally it's a good idea not to say "I love you" if there's something you don't mean by it.

Oct 13, 2017:
"I reject the notion that just because you call it reality, it doesn't have to meet some minimum standard."

Oct 12, 2017:
"So often when people tell you you must accept reality, it's not the same reality they accepted."

Oct 11, 2017:
"Ever wonder what might be achieved if climbing the management ladder and managing something were the same skill?"

Oct 10, 2017:
"I love you" -- if you've said it once, you've said it a thousand times.  But did you actually say it once?

Oct 9, 2017:
"One reason to learn from history is that it's such a good example of what happens if you don't."

Oct 8, 2017:
"The great thing about working in the arts is that every completed work leaves you a chance to try again what you had in mind."

Oct 4, 2017:
"If you don't learn from the past, you aren't likely to learn from the present, either."

Oct 3, 2017:
"If at first you don't succeed, you at least find out who your friends are."

Oct 2, 2017:
"Sometimes the best exercise of good judgment is knowing when to withhold your better judgment."

Oct 1, 2017:
"It is no secret but worth repeating.  At the core of all prejudice is self-loathing.  At the heart of all compassion is self esteem."

Sep 30, 2017:
"We are never too old, but we are always too young to realize it."

Sep 29, 2017:
"I am less motivated by people urging me to do the right thing than by people assuming I will."

Sep 28, 2017:
"You can live in an unfair world, feeling that somehow you deserve it, until one day you meet someone who clearly doesn't."

Sep 27, 2017:
"Those who warn of temptation rearing its ugly head have obviously never seen temptation."

Sep 26, 2017:
"If I chase a hopeless dream, it is because I have found it the best way to meet hopeful people."

Sep 25, 2017:
Another night, another "Why?"
I launch into the starry sky
To echo as a fading sigh
Across the reach of no reply.

Sep 24, 2017:
"You cannot return to a time, but sometimes, together, you can return to a beginning."

Sep 23, 2017:
"The enemy of great dreams is not so much the cynic as the small dreamer."

Sep 22, 2017:
"Do not spend your life seeking security and then wonder why you never found happiness."

Sep 21, 2017:
"Hope is not a plan, but without it, nothing else is a plan, either."

Sep 20, 2017:
"You can awaken each day to obligations you never chose, or you can decide today to choose them."

Sep 19, 2017:
"Another thing you can learn from your dog is when to go lie under the dining room table and await developments."

Sep 18, 2017:
"I am accused of favoring dogs over people when, in fact, I favor whoever comes running when I whistle."

Sep 17, 2017:
"To be a parent is to feel that when something bad happens to you and you alone, it has taken the decoy."

Sep 16, 2017:
"To know the innermost thoughts of anyone is to know the innermost thoughts of everyone."

Sep 15, 2017:
"Once you see yourself as a victim of circumstances, it is possible to find a circumstance in just about anything."

Sep 14, 2017:
"You can be sure that the person who disparages others in your presence disparages you in their presence."

Sep 13, 2017:
"It is rare that two people can remember what they were searching for when they found each other."

Sep 12, 2017:
"We can be all in this together or all in this apart, but make no mistake, we're all in this."

Sep 11, 2017:
"In every relationship there are situations you need to talk through -- and situations where you need to be through talking."

Sep 10, 2017:
"Never mind that your actions seem hopeless.  Act anyway, for you have a greater ability to act than to judge hopelessness."

Sep 9, 2017:
"There is a final stage in the relaxation of morals where everything is offensive, but it doesn't offend anyone."

Sep 8, 2017:
"The heart has its reasons, and they aren't debate topics."

Sep 7, 2017:
"Sometimes love is just a comfort in each other's presence that shows up as long silences on the interstate."

Sep 6, 2017:
"The most  deserving cries for help are never heard, because they are never uttered."

Sep 5, 2017:
"How, child, do I know where you're headed?  Because I'm there, and I can see you coming."

Sep 4, 2017:
"Life is too short to spend it wishing you could live it over again."

Sep 3, 2017:

"There are memories I choose not to live with, but we hang out at the same bar."

Sep 2, 2017:

"Do things while you can and while they matter to you, because neither is a permanent state of affairs."

Sep 1, 2017:

"Perseverance is not by itself a plan, unless, of course, all other parts of the plan have failed."

Aug 26, 2017:
"It is possible to live a simple, uncomplicated life, but we usually call it by a different name.  We call it loneliness."

Aug 25, 2017:

"There are times when happiness needs less to be pursued than welcomed."

Aug 24, 2017:
"Though you lose all hope, there is still hope -- and it loves to surprise."

Aug 23, 2017:

"You get to an age when no matter what happens, you wish someone would put a stop to it."

Aug 22, 2017:

"It is not unreasonable to have faith in that which is necessary for your happiness."

Aug 21, 2017:

"As a dispenser of goods and services, government is a vending machine that swallows every other quarter."

Aug 20, 2017:

"Life is a series of adult choices, most of which life will try to get you to make before age 21."

Aug 19, 2017:

Never ask, "Did I do the best I could?" without allowing for the possibility that you did.

Aug 18, 2017:
"Another day, another chance that the happiness you don't dare to seek will wander into your comfort zone."

Aug 17, 2017:

"Just as darkness is the absence of light, ignorance is the absence of knowledge, and should not be mistaken for a point of view."

Aug 16, 2017:
"Do I believe in miracles?  Let me put it this way -- I believe in miracle workers."

Aug 15, 2017:

"So often the idea that something's stopping you is an obstacle illusion."

Aug 14, 2017:

"Pure evil does not promote itself as evil but as purity."

Jul 31, 2017:

"The challenge of caring only about yourself is to find sufficient motive."

Jul 30, 2017:

"Just when you think you've lost all interest in life, you lose a coin in a vending machine."

Jul 29, 2017:

"Occasionally it's good to devote a day to something in your life that's perfect but needs a little attention to stay that way." 

Jul 28, 2017:

"Good always has opportunity.  We need to give it motive.  Evil always has motive.  We need to deny it opportunity."

Jul 27, 2017:

"Just when you think you don't care, you meet some kid who thinks nobody cares."

Jul 26, 2017:

"The trouble with planning to repent on your deathbed is having to backpack the deathbed wherever you go." 

Jul 25, 2017:

"One does not grow wiser by knowing more but by becoming less certain." 

Jul 24, 2017:

There are people who never say, "In my opinion..."  They say, "The reality is..." when the reality is, it's their opinion. 

Jul 23, 2017:

"All we know about the universe is that it began as a swirling pool of hot gas that, as it cooled, began spinning off moral dilemmas." 

Jul 22, 2017:

"I have nothing against the human race.  I just think there are better role models for our children." 

Jul 21, 2017:

"Why would you bring a child into this world?  Because there is no other world and because your child has no other way into it." 

Jul 20, 2017:

"It is unlikely that any of us was born in order to find out what someone else would do in our shoes." 

Jun 20, 2017:

"I have never understood the purpose of hate, or how you know the purpose has been accomplished, and you can stop." 

Jun 19, 2017:

"Every lie has a reason, the reason also a lie." 

Jun 18, 2017:

"One perception you nearly always have wrong is that someone else would be better off if you weren't around." 

Jun 17, 2017:

"Whatever it is, it is better to discover it yourself than have it brought to your attention." 

Jun 16, 2017:

"No one is indispensable.  You live, you die, and everything you thought was your fault goes right on happening." 

Jun 15, 2017:
"I like friends who, when you tell them you need a moment alone, know enough not to stray too far." 

Jun 14, 2017:

"I dunno, you get to a point in life where you'd settle for life, liberty and the pursuit of can't complain." 

Jun 13, 2017:

"Failure is a lesson that has a moral to teach -- if you will focus less on the lesson and more on the moral." 

Jun 12, 2017:
"So often we choose to continue the life we know, only to discover that it was not one of the choices.." 

Jun 11, 2017:

"There is no more important leadership skill than the ability to interpret blank looks as agreement." 

Jun 10, 2017:

"It takes courage to risk a chance.  It takes heroism to risk the inevitable consequence." 

Jun 9, 2017:
"You have to pay the price for success.  It is a difficult thing to shoplift." 

Jun 8, 2017:

"Alas, by the time Fate caught up to my life, Chance had it all planned." 

Jun 7, 2017:

"Evidence suggests that every life form on earth was given the choice of intelligence or perfection -- and all but one chose perfection." 

Jun 6, 2017:

"I don't know if I ever met a certified fool, but I've met a few folks whose applications would be given serious consideration." 

Jun 5, 2017:

"The battle of good versus evil would be easier if evil would take a turn being the virtue." 

Jun 4, 2017:

"You can be a caring person or nobody's fool.  It is a difficult thing to be both." 

Jun 3, 2017:
"On the one hand, I'd like to expect the best of every human being I meet.  On the other hand, that would make me a cocker spaniel." 

Jun 2, 2017:

"Once there was a grain of sand that wanted to become a beach, an example of how you can't always do it all by yourself." 

Jun 1, 2017:
"Mostly what you learn from experience is that it would have better to learn from somebody else's." 

May 31, 2017:

"Those who warn of temptation rearing its ugly head obviously haven't seen temptation." 

May 30, 2017:

"Never lose hope, because miracles happen, and they need something to work with." 

May 29, 2017:
"I have never wished for more hours in the day, twenty-four being more than I have time for as it is." 

May 28, 2017:

"The first requirement in taking a step in the right direction is to take a step in some direction." 

May 27, 2017:

"Sometimes you need a missionary's faith, which is to say, a belief in the cumulative impact of actions that are all but hopeless." 

May 26, 2017:

"The hardest thing about making a difference is that it's never clear that you are." 

May 25, 2017:

"A nod, a smile, a pleasant hello -- they aren't anything.  And that's the point -- a little civility doesn't take anything." 

May 24, 2017:

Yes, I've been accused of wasting my time, to which I reply, "Whose time did you say that was again?" 

May 23, 2017:

"There is no actual law that says you cannot get locked into a daily routine that makes you happy." 

May 22, 2017:

"The great thing about advocating for animals is that it takes so little to satisfy your base constituency." 

May 21, 2017:

"If you could apply for a life of ease, what would you state as the purpose of your request?" 

May 20, 2017:
"Life is too short to care what people think of you who never do." 

May 19, 2017:

"The thing about people who understand you is that when they die, you can still visit them, and they still understand you."

May 18, 2017:

"We try to raise kids secure in our love and certain of their next meal, which, let's face it, doesn't leave much to negotiate with." 

May 17, 2017:

"No human being is anyone else's punishment or reward." 

May 16, 2017:

"Occasionally it's good to reassess those of your friendships in which you are the only participating friend."

May 15, 2017:

"Better to spend your time foolishly than to let it expire unused.".

May 14, 2017:

Whenever I see a lost soul and think, "There but for the grace of God go I," I realize that the grace of God was my mom.

May 13, 2017:
"There is exactly as much wealth as there are fair shares.  If someone has less than their fair share, someone else has more."

May 12, 2017:
"Once there was a couple who parted to go their separate ways only to discover that they didn't have any ways that were separate."

May 11, 2017:

"If all sins were forgivable, we wouldn't need forgiveness.  If everyone deserved mercy, we wouldn't need mercy."

May 10, 2017:

"The thing to realize about your prejudices is that they love to pose as your principles."

May 9, 2017:

"There are times in a relationship when the band plays, but mostly you dance to a remembered tune."

May 8, 2017:

"Let me put it this way -- I'm at the stage of life where no recent photograph of myself is recent enough."

May 7, 2017:

"Life is an educational process you can't drop out of -- you either learn the lesson or you become the lesson."

May 6, 2017:
"If you can't find God in 2 + 2 = 4, you won't find Him in E = MC squared, either."

May 5, 2017:

"Is it surprising that a generation that does not value marriage does not value compromise, generally?"

May 4, 2017:

"It is a sad lament -- the happiness you might have found if you had taken the path that still lies right there in front of you."

May 3, 2017:

"Who would not be a little dishonest if there were such a thing as a little dishonesty."

May 2, 2017:

"There is a state of denial called hope which I prefer to the state of denial called despair."

May 1, 2017:

"To be accepted for the person one pretends to be is all the understanding most people want."

Apr  30, 2017:

"The challenges of life would seem less daunting if we knew how daunting life can become without challenge."

Apr  29, 2017:

"If only mankind could start all over again -- and this time try it as womankind."

Apr  28, 2017:

"A simple rule -- never let anything that doesn't matter to you ruin something that does."

Apr  27, 2017:

"What does the devil want with your soul?  He wants to see what you'll pay to get it back."

Apr  26, 2017:

"Wouldn't it be cool if time traveled backwards, and everyone who was late had to wait around for everyone who was on time?"

Apr  25, 2017:
"The punctual have this in common with the chronically-late -- they run into exactly the same unexpected delays."

Apr  24, 2017:

"Sometimes Fate dilly-dallies in bringing two people together, and their guardian angels have to see to it."

Apr  23, 2017:

"Nothing makes a better first impression on me like some small visible evidence that you would like to."

Apr  22, 2017:
"The most common excuse of people who waited until the last minute is that something came up at the last minute."

Apr  21, 2017:

"The trouble with caring only about yourself is that it so often leads to not caring about anyone."