Apothegms and Observations XIV

  1. There is a certain desire for freedom that is itself a shackle.
  2. There is a certain desire for happiness that is itself an unhappiness.
  3. There is a certain desire for patience that is itself an impatience.
  4. There is a certain desire for success that is itself a failure.
  5. There is a certain desire for beauty that is itself an ugliness.
  6. There is a certain desire for peace that is itself a discord.
  7. There is a certain desire for strength that is itself a weakness.
  8. Charlie Rose is a master of the interview.
  9. In a large grief, small hurts and small joys do not matter. In a large happiness, small hurts and small joys are life’s soul.
  10. The emptiness of politics exhausts me.
  11. There should be no dispute over the existence of privilege. Privilege is being fortunate. There is dispute over its implications.
  12. Higher education is not higher morality.
  13. A morality that is not scalable is not worth listening to.
  14. It is perhaps good to be concerned with how we are perceived. But it is certainly better to be concerned with who we are.
  15. Uncle Iroh‘s words are wise: “While it is always best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can be a great blessing.”
  16. The man who finds a wife who is at peace finds a good thing.
  17. To be at peace does not mean to lack passion.
  18. Learning without thinking is like being at bat while blindfolded, relying on muscle memory alone. Thinking without learning is like playing soccer in the outfield as the baseball flies past.
  19. There is a good reason why Song of Solomon says three times, “Do not stir up or awaken love until it so desires.”
  20. These are profound words: do not fear.
  21. Kipling’s poem has much wisdom.
  22. Uncle Iroh’s words are wise: “There is nothing wrong with a life of peace and prosperity.”
  23. Your future does not ask your past about how it will proceed.
  24. When a close friend passes away, your perspective changes.
  25. When a friend takes his own life, your life changes.
  26. Sometimes, greatness is a way of coping with insecurity.
  27. Wisdom is not inflexible.
  28. I pity the man who has no mentor.
  29. I used to mock the authors who wrote articles on the difficulties of being single or the things to learn in a season of singleness, thinking, “Those insecure losers. There is plenty of wonderful people around; if you want to be married so badly, just pick one.” I now see that I was wrong.
  30. Grieving takes time. But it does end.
  31. Grief is caused by loss, and many things can be called loss.
  32. Without humility, there is no wisdom.
  33. A friend had this prediction: Last century was an age of scientific advancement. We discovered wonderful things, and now our lives are saturated with them. We have wonderful things; but what does this mean? This century will be an age of the artisan and philosopher.

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