A Man who lies to himself ….

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no loveContinue reading “A Man who lies to himself ….”

People are afraid of themselves ~ Jim Morrison

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake usContinue reading “People are afraid of themselves ~ Jim Morrison”

Quote: Hermann Hesse, To Hold Our Tongues

“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: allContinue reading “Quote: Hermann Hesse, To Hold Our Tongues”

Poem: Walt Whitman, Miracles

“As for me, I know nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water, Or stand under the trees in the woods, Or talk by dayContinue reading “Poem: Walt Whitman, Miracles”

A Man Who Lies ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no loveContinue reading “A Man Who Lies ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky”

Changing Seasons

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. -George Santayana This work A Pondering Mind is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

I am poor and naked,… – Red Cloud

I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love. -RedContinue reading “I am poor and naked,… – Red Cloud”

If People Walk In The Woods For The Love… Henry David Thoreau

If people walk in the woods for the love of them half of each day, they are in danger of being regarded as loafers; but if they spend their whole days as speculators, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, they are esteemed industrious and enterprising citizens. As if a townContinue reading “If People Walk In The Woods For The Love… Henry David Thoreau”