When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.
It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.
If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.
John A. Simone, Sr.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis
It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change.
In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
The whole business of marshaling one’s energies becomes more and more important as one grows older.
There is always some specific moment when we become aware that our youth is gone; but, years after, we know it was much later.
There is an anti-aging possibility, but it has to come from within.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Man is the animal that intends to shoot himself out into interplanetary space, after having given up on the problem of an efficient way to get himself five miles to work and back each day.
Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.
Society is based on the assumption that everyone is alike and no one is alive.
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn’t want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.
W. Somerset Maugham