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S: Aaron Hobe

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1: "There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will." Epictetus

2: Personal Don’t take it personal, they said; but I did, I took it all quite personal— the breeze and the river and the color of the fields; the price of grapefruit and stamps, the wet hair of women in the rain— And I cursed what hurt me and I praised what gave me joy, the most simple-minded of possible responses. The government reminded me of my father, with its deafness and its laws, and the weather reminded me of my mom, with her tropical squalls. Enjoy it while you can, they said of Happiness Think first, they said of Talk

3: Get over it, they said at the School of Broken Hearts but I couldn’t and I didn’t and I don’t believe in the clean break; I believe in the compound fracture served with a sauce of dirty regret, I believe in saying it all and taking it all back and saying it again for good measure while the air fills up with I’m-Sorries like wheeling birds and the trees look seasick in the wind. Oh life! Can you blame me for making a scene? You were that yellow caboose, the moon disappearing over a ridge of cloud. I was the dog, chained in some fool’s backyard; barking and barking: trying to convince everything else to take it personal too. -Tony Hoagland, "Personal," Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty

5: "Of pleasures, those which occur most rarely give the most delight." Epictetus

6: "You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection." Buddha

8: "All art is an imitation of nature." -Seneca

9: "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell." -Buddha

11: “The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation — a force for construction and destruction.” -Jonathan Haidt

13: Windy today and I feel less than brilliant, driving over the hills from work. There are the dark parts on the road when you pass through clumps of wood and the bright spots where you have a view of the ocean, but that doesn't make the road an allegory. -Tony Hoagland

15: “If our goal is to understand the world, to seek a deeper understanding of the world, our general lack of moral diversity here is going to make it harder. Because when people all share values, when people all share morals, they become a team.” -Jonathan Haidt

17: There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. -Epictetus

18: A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. -Seneca

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