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Humanities 100


Most of our habits work well for us and leave little room for thought. It is when we are mistaken, when we are not satisfied, that we think about our actions. Hope, love, trust, respect, knowledge fuse desire and reason in our attempts to explain the unwanted consequences of our choices, and increase the likeliness of satisfying our purposes.



You see things; and you say, "Why?"
But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
-----George Bernard Shaw


I wanna see it untame itself and break its owner.
-----Doug Martsch


Man is free, but not if he doesn't believe it.
-----Giasomo Casanova De Seingalt


A man must not swallow more beliefs then he can digest.
-----Havelock Ellis


The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
-----Wilhelm Wundt


Abide by whatever task is set before you as if it were a law,
and as if you would be committing sacrilege if you went against it.
But pay no attention to whatever anyone says about you, since that falls outside what is yours.


We all think we know what we want
and if we are lucky
we realize what we really need.
And some of us even have the courage to go after whatever that might be.
-----Fran Kuhn


If you are not hungry, you have no guts.
-----Japanese Proverb


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
-----Francis Bacon




Plan and maintain your life around the longest lived life form in your habitat.

Treat others as they want to be treated as long as you do no injustice to yourself.

Make what you want a principle of satisfaction for others.

Avoid those who do not recognize conflict or respect your differences; they can neither forgive you or forgive themselves.

Blind fear, rage, and revenge dull the imagination and exhaust the spirit. Avoid them.

Set your own standards and play by them.

Never forget; then forgive.

Make doubt truth's companion.

I may be wrong and you may be right!





You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
-----Dale Carnegie


Men stumble over the truth from time to time,
but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
-----Sir Winston Churchill


Ne te quaesiveris extra (do not seek outside yourself).

Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, of good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
               .....Epilogue to Beaumont and Fletcher's Honest Man's Fortune


From "Self Reliance"
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men,--that is genius. The great man is he who in the midst of a crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.  To be great is to be misunderstood. Whenever a mind is simple, and receives a divine wisdom, old things pass away,--means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs the past and future into the present hour. And so the reliance on Property, including the reliance on governments which protect it, is the want of self-reliance. A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick, or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.


In Brief

A matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
-----William Jennings Bryan

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
-----Aldous Huxley

Variety is the spice of life that gives it all its flavor.
-----William Cowper

Don't dream it--be it.
-----Ricard O'Brien

You can't climb a mountain looking down.
-----Leontyne Price

People are usually convinced by reasons they discovered themselves, then those found by others.
-----Blaise Pascal

The young don't know enough to be prudent,
and therefore they attempt the impossible--and achieve it, generation after generation.
-----Pearl S. Buck

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
-----Mark Twain

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.
-----C. H. Spurgeon

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead
-----Benjamin Franklin

Man is born to enjoy. Within everyone is an unlimited reservoir of energy, intelligence, and happiness.
-----Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Don't let your fears chase you away from your dreams.
-----Rich Johnson

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
-----Will Rogers

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.
-----Abraham Lincoln

The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts
is in eternal bondage to himself.
-----Eric Hoffer

We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
-----May Becker

Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life,
as by the obstacles he or she has overcome while trying to succeed
-----Booker T. Washington

Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.
-----Malcolm X

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh--at yourself.
-----Ethel Barrymore

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
-----Dorothy Fisher

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge--that myth is more potent than history--that dreams are more powerful than facts--that hope always triumphs over experience--that laughter is the only cure for grief--and I believe
that love is stronger than death.
-----Robert Fulghum

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
-----Twyla Tharp

The only living life is in the past and future--the present is an interlude--
a strange interlude in which we call on past and future to bear witness we are living.
-----Eugene O'Neil

It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle;
it takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
-----Norman Schwarzkopf

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
-----Sigmund Freud

A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is nonscientific.
Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice.
-----Karl Popper