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I get lots of ideas for what I write from reading and as I read I jot down random things that make me think as well as free writing, just writing with no rhyme nor reason. This week I jotted down the following and thought it good enough to just stand by itself:

Occasionally ask yourself this question: “If I were to stop fooling myself, what would I do at this moment?”

“The thing about a social slight is this — that it has no existence unless you let yourself feel slighted.”

“If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.”

“There is no daily chore so trivial that it cannot be made important by skipping it two days running.”

“A child quickly figures out that no matter how many reasons adults give for doing something, they do it for the real reason.”

“Never look back, unless it’s to toss someone a tow rope.”

“Decisiveness is the art of minimizing the number of reasons you require to act for the obvious reason.”

“The explanation is always longer when there isn’t any.”

“Be wary of the man who explains his reason by giving another reason.”

The first rule of politics is “Never explain and do so at length.”

“Once a man has won a woman’s love, the love is his forever. He can only lose the woman.”

One thing you really want to hold onto in this life is the capacity to be appalled.

Looking back, you realize that there are just three things needed in life — faith, family and an occasional quiet …

a. Cigar

b. cup of tea

b. glass of whiskey

c. stroll in the woods

d. walk by the sea

e. (your choice)