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    Don't know if this has been posted already - 'Death is Nature's way of telling you to slow down!'

    I take this seriously, as I know several people with crowded, busy lives who died young with heart problems, including my father who died at the age of 48.
    It's a reminder to pace yourself and savour life as you live it, rather than rushing stressfully from one thing to another.
    ~ Mollie ~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    Don't know if this has been posted already - 'Death is Nature's way of telling you to slow down!'

    I take this seriously, as I know several people with crowded, busy lives who died young with heart problems, including my father who died at the age of 48.
    It's a reminder to pace yourself and savour life as you live it, rather than rushing stressfully from one thing to another.
    What they say is to stop and smell the roses, or something like that. And it is too easy to say tomorrow I'll stop and enjoy a fresh breeze. No. You have to stop and enjoy that fresh breeze as it happens. Live the moment, not in the past or the future.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    He who defines himself can’t know who he really is
    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

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    A wise and ancient folk saying handed down from the early Greeks in the city of Drama (Δράμα):
    "Mock not the shortened form of Kalogeropoulos, lest the queens of that fair city doth rip your liver out and stamp on it".

    Last name origins & meanings
    Callas
    Greek: short form of any of several compound surnames composed with the first element kalos ‘good’, ‘beautiful’, for example Kalogiannis ‘good John’.
    Greek: short form of the surname Kalogeropoulos
    Last edited by TalkingHead; May-01-2015 at 21:56. Reason: Secret

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    Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.

    Lao Tzu
    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

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    Learning not to be bored is a way of transcending ego, of living outside yourself. To experiment with trying to put yourself in the realm of whatever is not yourself, whether it’s a subway conductor or a stained-glass window, allows you to transcend boredom. The late avant-garde American composer and artist John Cage said, “The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.” When we probe something deeply enough, it grows interesting. If you give the world a chance to astound you, it will. It’s just a matter of putting in a bit of effort. I am often surprised by how few people really do this. It’s far more common to merely live than it is to be alive. To be bored is to be anti-life
    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwarchc View Post
    Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.

    Lao Tzu
    On that note, a great read:


    I know it's not the reading thread, but I could not help it.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    "The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. The objection to it is not that it is predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in sense."

    -H. L. Mencken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dim7 View Post
    "The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. The objection to it is not that it is predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in sense."

    -H. L. Mencken
    Nobody has to be bored - pity someone didn't tell him that!
    ~ Mollie ~
    My fiddle my joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwarchc View Post
    Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.

    Lao Tzu
    There's a lot of truth in this, and I myself ought to stop worrying so much about people's reactions - BUT the person who isn't bothered at all what people think usually turns out to be a terrible bighead!
    ~ Mollie ~
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    "If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere."

    -- Groucho Marx

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    Attachment 69400i am sure you heard this.

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    "That is why man can also never understand himself: For he is himself a timeless act; an act which he performs continuously, and there is no moment in which he might not perform it, as there would have to be to understand himself."

    -- Otto Weininger

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    What is meant by the word "nihilist": "a person who doesn't share my values".

    -Me (I think)
    Last edited by Dim7; Jun-05-2015 at 22:24.

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    Lets see now: A nihilist is someone who shares nobodys' values because he/she is too busy flailing in the wind, trying to come up with a value to adhere by...

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