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I wondered for a long time where this quote was from. I heard it used in a song a while back and even now have forgotten which song.

Stolen completely from Tabitha Dial’s page (found on the links):

self-actualization: noun
(breaking away from a brief definition, I’m lifting straight off page 39 of Schaeffer’s book)
“Listed here are the characteristics of people who are near self-actualization.

1. They accept reality.
2. They accept themselves, other people, and the world for what they are.
3. They are spontaneous.
4. They are problem-centered rather than self-centered.
5. They have an air of detachment and a need for privacy.
6. They are autonomous and independent.
7. Their appreciation of people and things is fresh rather than stereotyped.
8. Most have had profound mystical or spiritual experiences, although those experiences are not necessarily religious in character.
9. They identify with humankind.
10. Their intimate relationships with a few specially loved people tend to be profound and deeply emotional rather than superficial.
11. Their values and attitudes are democratic.
12. They do not confuse means with ends.
13. Their sense of humor is philosophical rather than hostile.
14. They resist conformity to the culture.
15. They transcend the environment rather than just cope with it.”

“Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print”.
“Never use a long word where a short one will do”.
“If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out”.
“Never use the passive voice where you can use the active”.
“Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent”.
“Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous”.

What a dude! DUDE!

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
Albert Einstein

I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Mohandas Gandhi

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Winston Churchill

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mohandas Gandhi

A leader leads by example not by force.
Sun Tzu

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
Albert Einstein

Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Socrates

If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.
Mark Twain

History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.
Mark Twain

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are ‘It might have been.’
Kurt Vonnegut

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
Mohandas Gandhi

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.
Warren Buffett

The biggest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter.
Winston Churchill

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
Steve Jobs

Find purpose, the means will follow.
Mohandas Gandhi
(Note from the Captain: When I read this I like to switch it around)

Knowledge will give you power, but character, respect.
Bruce Lee

I still believe that all you need is love.
John Lennon

Taken from “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel:

Pi: “Don’t you bully me with your politeness! Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?”
Mr Okamoto: “We’re just being reasonable.”
Pi: ” So am I! I applied my reason at every moment. Reason is excellent for getting food, clothing and shelter. Reason is the very best tool kit. Nothing beats reason for keeping tigers away. But be excessively reasonable and you risk throwing out the universe with the bathwater.”

Taken from Wikipedia:

“I think Oasis are the most overrated and pernicious band of all time. They had a totally negative and dangerous impact upon the state of British music. They have made stupidity hip. They claim to be inspired by The Beatles but, and this saddens me, they have failed to grasp that The Beatles were about constant change and evolution. Oasis are repetitive Luddites.”
– Kele Okereke

“They came first for the communists
and I didn’t speak up —
because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the Jews
and I didn’t speak up —
because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I didn’t speak up —
because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics
and I didn’t speak up —
because I was a protestant.

Then they came for me —
and by that time
no one was left to speak up.”

–Pastor Martin Niemoeller

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I’d been looking for this for a while and couldn’t remember how it went and then came across it randomly while looking for Malkavian hints and tips.

I’m just gonna quote a few things that stick out in my mind I remember people had told me for whatever reason – they’ve generally been quite important quotes to me I’ve chosen to never forget. I’m gonna post them up here so I can remember them. I wish I had pictures of some of these to explain them better – like the way I see them play out in my mind.

“You were always ahead of your time.” – An acquaintance I had back in high school and had re-met after not seeing them for quite some time. I’m sorry I’ve forgotten who they were but they were really cool that last time I met them.

“Hoi y-you (what’s his name?)… oi, Sadam!” – Woman at Diamond Recruitment Consultancy where I temped for 2 weeks.

“You would make a great teacher” – Gary Plenderleith when we were teenagers after explaining something to him for his science class.

“As long as you keep talking to your family and friends I think you will be OK.” – My Doctor when signing me off for 2 weeks for anxiety.

“Well done Shaheen, really well done! All that effort paid off.” – My Mum after my standard grades.

“Well, you haven’t changed fast enough.” – Sharif in one of his bouts of shouting at me

“Christ, well some of us haven’t changed.” – Alasdair Sadler when I had just come back from summer holidays to enter 3rd year at High School.

“I’m really glad to have you as part of the team.” – Derrick Ross, suprisingly considering some of the venomous things he said in my leaving speech recently.

“You’re a nice guy, don’t go changing.” – I think this was Maggie.

“Shazz is like, the God of Gigs.” – Andy S – he was drunk at the time but it’s a compliment I really appreciated.

“Shabeen’s a fannypad.” – A bunch of kids in High School. I remember Steven Summers walking away with them claiming that he’d came up with the witty play on my name to them afterwards when I’d always considered him a friend beforehand.

“I love you for who you are.” – Helena. Who else? :)

“Oh – Shane! Whereabouts in Ireland are you from?” – An instructor for a First Aid course I did in 6th year.

“Most of the girls and boys who have spent two years at the academy couldn’t write something like this.” – My Gran after I wrote a poem in primary 7 and she’d enjoyed reading it.

“I’m sorry Shazz but I don’t know what to say… I mean…I just can’t say it yet. I wouldn’t mean it.” – Maggie in the early stages of our relationship on love.

“You’re parents sound cool. I’d like to meet them some time.” – Chris Higgins whilst chatting about our background and families

“He smells of curry.” – Graeme Pollock in 5th year, whispering conspirationally to another person in my year, which I managed to overhear.

“Your house was always really cool. It was just really homely and relaxing. Your Dad would always just be sitting chilling with a bottle of Vodka or you’d be watching TV. He was really cool.” – Paul Latta on one of our nights out before he moved in with me.

“Oh what’s the point in having kids, you’s all just fight and don’t appreciate anything anyway!” – My Mum after me, my Dad and Sharif had a big row.

“You bastard, you won’t make it in this life. You won’t make it.” – My Dad after the last argument me and him had – which was over what to do about a guy who just wandered into the Lockerbie shop and hit our delivery driver at the time.

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