Life lessons can be harsh and painful. But, sometimes these lessons are necessary so that we can be stronger and wiser for them. However, there is a way to cushion, or avoid these painful lessons. That is, by learning from people who had been through those harsh lessons and written about them, or kept a record of them. Study these diligently, understand the lessons they are teaching. They will save you a lot of unnecessary heartaches and headaches.
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There simply is nothing to which we can attach ourselves, no matter how hard we try. In time, things will change and the conditions that produced our current desires will be gone. Why then cling to them now? - Master Hsing Yun
No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. - Epictetus
When, against one’s will, one is high pressured into making a hurried decision, the best answer is always “No,” because “No” is more easily changed to “Yes,” than “Yes” is changed to “No.” - Charles E. Nielson
Joy and sorrow are inseparable. Together they come and when one sits alone with you, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. - Kahlil Gibran
No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future. - Ian Wilson
Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception – do not confuse them with ‘facts’ and ‘truth’. Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that everybody has a different viewpoint. - John Moore
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The difference between a wise and foolish man is this – the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks. - William Scot Downey
When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. - Thich Nhat Hanh
We can talk about team or committee, but it is often the efforts of one or two people that keep things going. Then, when the project is completed successfully, everyone declares, “It is team work!” - Unknown
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubts often, and changes his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubts not; he knows all things but his own ignorance. - Akhenaton
History records the successes of men with objectives and a sense of direction. Oblivion is the position of small men overwhelmed by obstacles. - William H. Danforth
Although at the moment they may be equal in their lack of a real answer, the man who replies “I’ll find out,” is much more valuable to his employer, his neighbour, and to himself than the man who replies “l don’t know.” - Unknown
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