Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these. ~ Susan B. Anthony
There’s one way to get the “stray dogs” to leave. Stop providing them with free food and beer.
Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care, and the other twenty percent are glad you have them. ~ Lou Holtz, American Football Coach
Never forget, your dog is your best psychiatrist.
To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. ~ J. K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
To the well-organized mind, death comes after “C”, and precedes “E”.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. ~ Coco Chanel
Yes, what a relief it is to no longer want to be president, but just Tippy Gnu.
Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood. ~ Beryl Bainbridge, Novelist
So make it your lifelong mission to rebel against those who abuse their authority.
There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl’s complexion. ~ Audrey Hepburn
So that’s why they insist on dimming the lights.
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. ~ Malala Yousafzai, Activist for Education & Women’s Rights
But when everyone is talking, the silent ones are who you have to watch out for.
Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded. Someone sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be. ~ Rumi
Maybe the craziest thing would be to never go crazy in this way.
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
He’s a bad man! He’s a very bad man! Don’t be like him. You can learn all about praising God with this helpful video:
As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don’t have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn’t matter as much as how you do what you do. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
So if you work at the DMV, just put on a friendly face, and you’ll be doing the world a service.