If you are reading this, be sure to count this on your blessings list.
You have two choices: You can make a living, or you can design a life.
The choices she’s made have left her without choice.
A person’s looking for a simple truth to live by, there it is. CHOICE. To refuse to passively accept what we’ve been handed by nature or society, but to choose for ourselves. CHOICE. That’s the difference between emptiness and substance, between a life actually lived and a wimpy shadow cast on an office wall.
There is always a choice.” “You mean I could choose certain death?” “A choice nevertheless, or perhaps an alternative. You see I believe in freedom. Not many people do, although they will of course protest otherwise. And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is...
A person cannot direct his emotional life in the way he bids his motor system to reach for a cup. He cannot will himself to want the right thing or to love the right person or to be happy after a disappointment, or even to be happy in happy times. People lack this capacity not...
I don’t want to be told that it’s the people with power over us who are guilty, that we’re innocent slaves, that we’re not guilty because we’re not free. I am free! I’m building a Vernichtungslager; I have to answer to the people who’ll be gassed here. I can say “No”. There’s nothing can stop...
My destiny plays with me in such a wayI feel I play with my destiny.
We equate choice with freedom, but they are not the same.
There are many differing viewpoints on nature versus nurture, and there are those who believe that bad behavior can be excused and understood if a person doesn’t know better. The theory that someone who has been abused as a child will go on to abuse their own children, and so on, because they don’t know...
We don’t choose our wildest dreams. They choose us.
We have more choice than ever before about where and how we buy and read books.
It’ll be more difficult to call somebody on the outside for the more choice assignments.
Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.
And he who wields white, wild magic gold is a paradoxFor he is everything and nothingHero and foolPotent, helplessAnd with one word of truth or treacheryHe will save or damn the earthBecause he is mad and saneCold and passionateLost and found
The more choices we have, the greater the need for focus.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
The reason we feel alienated is because the society is infantile, trivial, and stupid. So the cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation. I grapple with this because I’m a parent. And I think anybody who has children, you come to this realization, you know—what’ll it be? Alienated, cynical intellectual?...
Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment.
This path was not that of my conscious choosing. But after persistent subconscious confrontation, I have finally embraced what is, ‘souly’ for me…and I am thankful, when called upon, to be able to share and give to those who seek their own way of the path.
Life, for the living, is a gift of opportunity; an exercise of the will to choose.
I freely will the best choice, thus willing the same will
Most people’s greatest regret is not living the life they knew they could live.
The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice.
One could even argue that we have a duty to create and pass on stories about choice because once a person knows such stories, they can’t be taken away from him. He may lose his possessions, his home, his loved ones, but if he holds on to a story about choice, he retains the ability...
We feel pretty embarrassed. But we have no choice but to keep pressing on.