To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven
Hamlet, scene ii, Act IV
There’s a divinity that shapes our ends
Rough-hew them how we will
Dragonriders of Pern
When is a legend a legend? Why is a myth a myth? How old and disused must a fact be for it to be relegated to the category “Fairy-tale”? And why do certain facts remain incontrovertible while others lose their validity to assume a shabby, unstable character
Is age a prerequisite for a loving heart? Does maturity always bring compassion?
Silly people waste time assigning or assuming guilt.
There are many ways of loving.
Living was struggling to do something impossible—to succeed or die, knowing you had tried!
Why explain anything?
There is a point at which ought has little to do with actions.
When bad fortune occurs, the unresourceful, unimaginative man looks about him to attach the blame to someone else; the resolute accepts misfortune and endeavours to survive, mature, and improve because of it.
Some customs need changing badly.
You never know when old information becomes new, viable and valuable.
All the planning in the world sometimes doesn’t get you to the right point at the right time.
Nothing will change yesterday. So now you must deal with today.
The way to avoid arguments was to keep them from starting.
Your focus determines your reality
For the first time, he understood that the Force didn’t come in two shades only: dark and light, distinct and combative, never meeting in the middle to form gray. Those were ideals, and ideals existed solely for philosophers and theoreticians to argue over. In the real world, dark and light co-existed in varying proportions; nothing was ever static…we’re always moving, he thought, toward the dark or toward the light. It’s impossible to stand still…Some hovered eternally in gray, never entirely choosing a side. There were, in fact, no actual sides, just the direction in which one happened to be moving. It was all relative.
We should be forgiving of those who fail.
A life without hope was worse than no life at all.
Trust your feelings
Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.
There are alternatives to fighting.
You will find many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.
Always in motion is the future.
A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head on and licks it or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
James T. Kirk
Logic isn’t enough. I’ve got to feel my way.
Death, destruction, disease, horror. That’s what war is all about…That’s what makes it a thing to be avoided.
We can admit that we’re killers, but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes.
Man stagnates if he has no ambition, no desire to be more than he is.
All men are brothers.
I don’t believe in the no-win scenario.
What I have done, I had to do.
May fortune favour the foolish.
I don’t want my pain taken away! I need my pain.
Some people are afraid of what might happen.
I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists.
I’m not interested in the opinion of the majority.
If there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else’s.
Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.
We all need our darker side. It’s half of who we are.
Life and death are seldom logical.
War is never imperative.