Monday, November 19, 2007

Quotes: Success. Suffering. Suicide.

Success 35 Success is a lousy teacher. Gates, The Road Ahead.

Wives and children create obstructions to success.
Success 2 Francis Bacon: “He that has wife and children hath given hostages to fortune.” Sorenson, Kennedy.

When I’m right, no one remembers; when I’m wrong, no one forgets.
Success 57 [Legendary verse]: Among life’s dying embers/These are my regrets:/ When I’m ‘right’ no one remembers,/ When I’m ‘wrong’ no one forgets. Sorenson, Kennedy

If you greet day and night with joy, your life is a success.
Success 495 If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs…that is your success. Thoreau, Walden.

If you don’t practice, someone else is and one day when you meet he will win.
Success 362 “If you’re not practicing,” Ed Macauley, one of my basketball mentors, once said, “remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and, given roughly equal ability, if you two ever meet, he will win.” Bradley, Time Present, Time Past.

Don’t try to make things happen; accept what happens.
Success 101 Marcus Aurelius: "Seek not to have things happen as you choose them, but rather choose that they should happen as they do; and you shall live prosperously." Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Francis Bacon.

Success 205 Every triumph sharpens the sting of later defeats. . Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Voltaire.

Success means struggle.
Success 282 Kant: …struggle is the indispensable accompaniment of progress. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Kant.

If you are dominated by the desire for success, you will be crushed.
Success 125 Faulkner: Success is feminine and like a woman; if you cringe before her, she will override you. Cowley, ed., Writers at Work.

You will have to deal with obstacles if you are going to succeed.
Success 261 “…it is a long hill to try to study medicine or to study something else; and if you are going to fear obstacles you will have a poor chance at success. Jewett, A Country Doctor.

Successful people don’t believe in luck; they believe their success has been caused.
Success 971 All successful men have agreed in one thing—they were causationists: they believed that things went not by luck, but by law…. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Power.

Success goes hand in hand with positive power.
Success 981 Success goes thus invariably with a certain plus or positive power…. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Power.

Our actions must have a high aim.
Success 1010 …whatever we do must always have a higher aim. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Wealth.

The only worthwhile success is joining in the united struggle of mankind.
Success 390 Holgrave to Hepzibah: “Henceforth, you will at least have the sense of healthy and natural effort for a purpose, and of lending your strength…to the united struggle of mankind…all the success that anybody meets with.” Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables.

Success is a habit.
Success 231 He was merely a man of the world who had got on and to whom success had become a matter of habit. Tolstoi, War and Peace.

Success Int. “Success is having to worry about every damn thing except money.” Johnny Cash. Feb. 26, 2006.

I don’t want to suffer twice: in actuality and reflecting on it.
Suffer 00 Ismene: I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect. Sophocles. Oedipus at Colonus.

He who learns must suffer.
Suffer 235 Aeschylus: God whose law it is that he who learns must suffer. E. Hamilton. The Greek Way.

For the Greeks, two principles: sympathy with suffering and the worth of every individual alive.
Suffer 252 Out of the pages written more than twenty-three hundred years ago sound the two notes which we feel are dominant in our world to-day, sympathy with suffering and the conviction of the worth of everyone alive. Euripides. E. Hamilton. The Greek Way.

The sufferer suffers alone; to watch someone suffer is to realize the barrier that exists between human beings.
Suffer 307 To suffer is to be alone; to watch another suffer is to know the barrier that shuts each of us away by himself. E. Hamilton. The Greek Way.

Who suffers greatly is greatly alive.
Suffer 309 They suffer greatly and passionately and therefore they are greatly, passionately alive. E. Hamilton. The Greek Way.

Suffering is not ennobling, but results in bitterness.
Suffering 97 He [Kennedy] once quoted Somerset Maugham-- Suffering does not ennoble, it embitters.” Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

The fate of mortals is to suffer.
Suffering 84 Nurse: It is fated for mortals to suffer. Euripides, Hippolytus.

Suffering is a test of physical and spiritual strength.
Suffering 25 Suffering, in fact, is always a great test not only of physical strength but also of spiritual strength. Pope John Paul II, Threshold

Suffering helps us realize the pleasure of living; without suffering, life would be tedious.
Suffering 581 Without suffering what would be the pleasure of it [life]…would be transformed into an endless church service; it would be holy, but tedious. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

If you cannot suffer deeply, you can only half-enjoy life.
Suffering and Enjoyment 890 You cannot suffer deeply; therefore, you can but half enjoy. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

To avoid suicide, keep busy.
Suicide 200 Voltaire: If you do not want to commit suicide always have something to do. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Voltaire.

Does committing suicide escape the burden of living or make it heavier.
Suicide 813 …wondering how deep it [the pool of water] was, and if any over-laden soul had ever flung its weight of mortality in…and if it thus escaped the burthen, or only made it heavier. Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance.

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