In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.

Haruki Murakami

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C.S. Lewis

Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.

– C.S. Lewis

 

It’s a powerful quote and one that resonates with me. My mother was fond of giving me the silent treatment and since then, I’ve gotten pretty good at dealing with it. As they say, sometimes silence says more than words. Silence is ambiguous; it can be a loving silence, a caring silence, a cold silence, or even an uncaring silence. The worst part about silence? You don’t really know which one it is and we tend to assume the worst. That’s where communication comes in. There’s nothing worse than silence. I know.

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Stephen R. Covey

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are — or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms.

-Stephen R. Covey

What do I take away from this quote? It’s all about perspectives. What we bring to the world is a reflection of us, so always choose your words wisely and think before you speak. When we speak, we’re not being objective; we never are. It’s always tainted and marred by our own perspectives. Keep that in mind every time someone says something to you or every time you say something to another.

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John Ruskin

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

– John Ruskin

What a beautiful quote. I was just writing about how much I love San Francisco Sunset district “weather”. Most people would disagree, but I love fog and rain with a dose of wind. I think John Ruskin captured it all right here.

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Thomas Fuller

He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.

– Thomas Fuller

It’s not just about the sea, the ocean, and sailing. This quote goes way beyond that. Most quotes can be applied to other larger ideas and this one is no different. Loosely speaking, it can be roughly translated as: if you always live in fear and worry about things outside of your control, you’ll do more damage than good. It is ideal that you set sail not when circumstances are all right, but when most of them are. Dangers are inherent in life and holding off on living life because of them isn’t living at all.