Jumped In With Both Feet

Trying to gather my thoughts, after involving myself in our small town political race.

It’s the pure hatred and lies that knot up my stomach and to be honest … it scares me that people hate this much … especially when they post it anonymously online.

Didn’t their parents ever tell them not to lie … or for that matter … that hate isn’t a word?

Mine did.

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“It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.” ― Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us.  But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.  ~Tad Williams

Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer’s mind without his being distracted by secondary thoughts, and partly because he feels that here he is not being corrupted or deceived by the arts of rhetoric, but that the whole effect is got from the thing itself.  ~Arthur Schopenhauer, translated from German

The truth is the only thing worth having, and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are removed, facing it is almost the only courageous thing left to do.  ~E.V. Lucas

The truth needs so little rehearsal.  ~Barbara Kingsolver

The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.  ~Thomas Babington Macaulay

I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.  ~Matthew Henry

Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.  ~Davy Crockett

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.  ~Japanese Proverb

I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.  ~Thomas Jefferson, 1809

God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won’t.  ~Alfred Korzyybski

Have no fear of robbers or murderers.  They are external dangers, petty dangers.  We should fear ourselves.  Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders.  The great dangers are within us.  Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses?  Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.  ~Victor Hugo

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t.  You cannot shirk this and be a man.  To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let me label you as they may.  ~Mark Twain

Whether you end up in heaven or hell, it’s not God’s plan it’s your own.  ~Cowboys & Aliens

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.  ~G.B. Shaw

“In time we hate that which we often fear.” ― William Shakespeare

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.  ~B.C. Forbes

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