Some people are that - more than a parent, more than a role model, more than anything less than a religion.Margaret Cho, weblog, 05-04-04
Heaven endures and the earth last a long time because they do not live for themselves.Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
But all who are not lunitics are agreed about certain things: That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than to be a slave. Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy.Bertrand Russell, from the essay The Science to Save Us From Science
Adulthood isn't an award they'll give you for being a good child. You can waste... years, trying to get someone to give that respect to you, as though it were a sort of promotion or raise in pay. If only you do enough, if only you are good enough. No. You have to just... take it. Give it to yourself, I suppose. Say, I'm sorry you feel like that and walk away. But that's hard.Lois McMaster Bujold
The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.Thich Nhat Hanh
In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.Michel de Montaigne
Common sense and education are highly compatible in fact, neither is worth much without the other.
Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored.