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Post by weimy froob » Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:46 pm

the last of the adversity chapter/quotes with this post.

"good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."- william saroyan

"everyday...life confronts us with new problems to be solved which force us to adjust our old programs accordingly."- dr. ann faraday

"what can any of us do with his talent but try to develop his vision, so that through frequent failures we may learn better what we have missed in the past."- william carlos williams

"there are more serious problems in life than financial ones, and i've had a lot of those. i've been broke before, and will be again. heartbroke? that's serious. lose a few bucks? that's not."- willie nelson

"a life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. one must fight for a life of action, not reaction."- rita mae brown

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“Its Christmas Eve! Its the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.” – Bill Murray

“Christmas Eve, a perfect night to express affection for your family, to forgive those who failed you and to forget past mistakes.” – Unknown

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” – Clement Clark Moore

“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart...filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.” – Bess Streeter Aldrich

“Christmas Eve ought to be a very joyful evening to us in all its associations, in all the truths which it naturally brings to the soul.... A man's soul is to be as the heavens were on the night when the shepherds looked up and saw them full of angels as well as stars.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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Post by weimy froob » Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:44 am

it looks like i began putting down quotes from this book about 32 months ago. we finally got to the last chapter: self-pity. it's not a very big chapter so it won't be too long before we're finished. i have another book lined up though-so we can keep it going for awhile more.

"self-pity comes so naturally to all of us."- andre maurois

"every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated."- ralph waldo emerson

"self-pity is our worst enemy."- helen keller

"what poison is to food, self-pity is to life."- oliver c. wilson

"being sorry for myself is a luxury i can't afford."- stephen king and peter straub

"self-pity is one of the most dangerous forms of self-centeredness. it fogs our vision."- anonymous

"grumbling is the death of love."- marlene dietrich

"to hear complaints is wearisome to the wretched and the happy alike."- samuel johnson

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Post by weimy froob » Thu Dec 31, 2020 11:24 am

i see a very short chapter too. we'll be into the new book before i know it. that's not very big-so it will be probably be only a quote or two a post-but then i have a real big quotations book that is author based to keep the thread going. i think there's a couple more years to go-God willing.

"sympathy is never wasted except when you give it to yourself."- john w. raper

"the opposite of having faith is having self-pity."- og guinness

"optimism and self-pity are the positive and negative poles of modern cowardice."- cyril connolly

"he who complains, sins."- saint francis de sales

"this life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction."- henry david thoreau

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Post by weimy froob » Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:46 am

how to get past self-pity

"is life so wretched? isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? you are the one who must grow up."
- dag hammarskjold

"suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is."- christian n. barnard

"you can overcome anything if you don't bellyache."- bernard m. baruch

"there is only one way to end a self-pity cycle: stop comparing yourself to others, simply follow Christ."- linda harry

"do not weep; do not wax indignant. understand."- baruch spinoza

"when any fit of gloominess, or perversion of mind, lays hold of you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints."- samuel johnson

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taking action is a great way to overcome self-pity

"the secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. the cure for it is occupation."
- george bernard shaw

"the cure for grief is motion."- elbert hubbard

"i got the blues thinking of the future, so i left off and made some marmalade. it's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges or scrub the floor.- d.h. lawrence

"when you find yourself overpowered, as it were, by melancholy, the best way is to go out and do something."- john keble

"the best mask for demoralization is daring."- lucan

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Post by weimy froob » Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:31 pm

we choose to indulge in self-pity

"self-pity is a death that has no resurrection, a sinkhole from which no rescuing hand can drag you because you have chosen to sink."
-elizabeth elliot

"pain is inevitable. suffering is optional."- anonymous

"i am convinced, the longer i live, that life and its blessings are not so entirely unjustly distributed as when we are suffering greatly we are inclined to suppose."- mary todd lincoln

"despair is the absolute extreme of self-love. it is reached when a man deliberately turns his back on all help from anyone else in order to taste the rotten luxury of knowing himself to be lost."- thomas merton

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weimy froob wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:49 am
taking action is a great way to overcome self-pity

"the secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. the cure for it is occupation."
- george bernard shaw

"the cure for grief is motion."- elbert hubbard

"i got the blues thinking of the future, so i left off and made some marmalade. it's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges or scrub the floor.- d.h. lawrence

"when you find yourself overpowered, as it were, by melancholy, the best way is to go out and do something."- john keble

"the best mask for demoralization is daring."- lucan
Need these ones atm. :thumbsup:

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Post by weimy froob » Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:37 am

well this is the last post from the book. as said earlier i've got another, much smaller, book waiting in the wings. and then a general book of quotations that is an even bigger book than this one to go after that-so this thread will continue to move forward. i'll probably only use a quote or two from at least the first book per post-but i'll play it by ear.

"i never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
a small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself."- d.h. lawrence

"a man's as miserable as he thinks he is."- marcus annaeus seneca

"your distress about life might mean you have been living for the wrong reason, not that you have no reason for living."
-tom o'connor a person living with ARC

"sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue."- andre gide

"he's simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed."- saki (h.h. munro)

"despair is criminal."- samuel johnson

"even the cry from the depths is an affirmation: why cry if there is no hint or hope of hearing?"- martin marty

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Post by weimy froob » Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:36 am

throw out a couple happy quotes until we make the transition to the new book.

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”- Denis Waitley

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Post by weimy froob » Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:27 pm

okay this is the book that i pulled out to keep this thread going. i read it probably five years ago-so it'll be good for me to get the re-read in too. it's called "quotes for mindfulness: timeless wisdom for the modern world". it might not be your cup of tea-but it isn't a very big book and i have another one in the wings.

mindfulness is...

"mindfulness in its most general sense is about waking up from a life on automatic, and being sensitive to novelty in our everyday experiences."
- daniel j. siegel

"mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different.; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't).- james baraz

"mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of buddhist meditation. it's not about buddhism, but about paying attention. that's what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used.- jon-kabat-zinn

"to pay attention, this is our endless and proper work."- mary oliver

"mindfulness is a quality that's always there. it's an illusion that there's a meditation and post-meditation period, which i always find amusing, because you're either mindful or you're not."- richard gere

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Post by weimy froob » Mon Jan 25, 2021 6:34 pm

mindfulness is...cont'd.

"mindfulness is the quality of fullness of attention, immediacy, non-distraction. in that sense, it is the key to life."- sharon salzburg

"life is a dance. mindfulness is witnessing that dance."- amit ray

" a mind which is not protected by mindfulness is as helpless as a blind man walking over uneven ground without a guide."- buddha

"mindfulness refers to that move where you notice your mind wandered. with mindfulness you monitor whatever goes on within the mind."
- daniel goleman

"mindfulness isn't difficult, we just need to remember to do it."- sharon salzberg

"mindfulness doesn't cure all, but it always cures."- thich nhat hanh

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a new chapter: live each day

'nothing is worth more than this day."- goethe

"begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life."- seneca

"there is no enlightenment outside daily life."- thich nhat hanh

"in today's rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being."- eckhart talle

"a bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."- chinese proverb

"slow down. calm down. don't worry. don't hurry. trust the process."- alexandra stoddard

"the man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of life."- euripides

"we spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. it would be nice to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives."- maya angelou

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live each day cont'd.

"how we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives."- annie dillard

"your daily life is your temple and your religion. whenever you enter into it take with you your all."- kahlil gibran

"to do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life."- t.s. eliot

"it's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth--and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up--that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the onl one we had."- elisabeth kubler-ross

"you had better live your best and act your best and thing your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow."- harriet martineau

"if you are depressed you are living in the past. if you are anxious you are living in the future. if you are at peace you are living in the present."
- lao tzu

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Post by weimy froob » Fri Feb 05, 2021 4:44 pm

the final live each day quotes.

"don't let yesterday use up too much of today."- cherokee proverb

"if you daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call for its riches."- rainer maria rilke

"so teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."- psalms 90:12

"i think, what has this day brought me, and what have i given it?"- henry moore

"one of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year...a day is a miniature eternity."- ralph waldo emerson

"tomorrow doesn't matter for i have lived today."- horace

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a new chapter: this is the moment

"life is now. there was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be."- eckhart tolle

"be happy in the moment, that's enough. each moment is all we need, not more."- mother teresa

"gladly accept the gifts of the present hour."- horace

"rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee."- montaigne

"above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. he is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past."- henry david thoreau

"no mind is much employed upon the present: recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments." samuel johnson

"with the past, i have nothing to do; nor with the future. i live now."- ralph waldo emerson

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this is the moment cont'd.

"the only use of knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present. no more deadly harm can be done to young minds than by depreciation of the present. the present contains all that there is. it is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future."- alfred north whitehead

"the best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."- abraham lincoln

"i never think of the future. it comes soon enough."- albert einstein

"real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present."- albert camus

"breathe. let go. and remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure."- oprah winfrey

"drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves--slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. only this moment is life."- thich nhat hanh

"living in the present moment creates the experience of eternity."- deepak chopra

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this is the moment cont'd.

"the whole of life is but a moment of time. it is our duty, therefore, to use it, not to misuse it."- plutarch

"the older one gets,the more one feels that the present moment must be enjoyed, comparable to a state of grace."- marie curie

""every moment that i am centered in the future, i suffer a temporary loss of this life."- hugh prather

"forever--is composed of nows--"- emily dickinson

"i have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is."- alan watts

"you must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment."- henry david thoreau

"why not live in the moment, especially if it has a good beat." goldie hawn

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a new chapter: free your mind

"do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts. what good does it do to brood on the past or anticipate the future.? remain in the simplicity of the present moment."- dilgo khyentse rinpoche

"a man should remove not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for then superfluous activity will not follow."- marcus aurelius

"when the mind is full of memories and preoccupied by the future, it misses the freshness of the present moment. in this way, we fail to recognize the luminous simplicity of mind that is always present behind the veils of thought." matthieu ricard

"of course i realized there was a measure of danger. obviously i faced the possibility of not returning when i first considered going. once faced and settled there really wasn't any good reason to refer to it again." amelia earhart

"if your eyes are blinded with your worries, you cannot see the beauty of the sunset."- jiddu krishnamurti

"the day is never so dark, nor the night even, but that the laws of light still prevail, and so may make it light in our minds if they are open to the truth. i never yet knew the sun to be knocked down and rolled through a mud puddle; he comes out honor-bright from behind every storm."
- henry david thoreau

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free your mind cont'd.

"if water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind!"- chuang tzu

"how much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened."- thomas jefferson

"tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. and no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream."
- paulo coehlo

"most people don't realize that the mind constantly chatters. and yet, that chatter winds up being the force that drives us much of the day in terms of what we do, what we react to, and how we feel."- jon kabat-zinn

"one way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us."- daniel goleman

"the perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting thing in it for us to be interested properly in any of them."- g.k. chesterton

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free your mind cont'd.

"for him who has no concentration, there is no tranquility."- bhagavad gita

"we should have much peace if we would not busy ourselves with the sayings and doings of others."- thomas a kempis

"don't believe everything you think. thoughts are just that--thoughts."- allan lokos

"the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. it is as it is."- eckhart tolle

"if you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? what is there to fear?"- confucious

"a single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. so or prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts."- henry david thoreau

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