Dr. Yoho's Favorite Quotes
Dr. Yoho is a quote collector, and the below are some of his favorites. Most of the unattributed material is from Aurelius's Meditations
The first principle is that you must never fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. Feynman
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of inanition (and action) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise have never occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision raising in one's favor all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings which no man could have dremt would have come his way. WN Murray Scottish Himalayan expedition 1951
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Geothe
And the heart in my bosom laughed. Odyssey
In the midst of winter I found within myself an invincible summer. Camus
Are my guiding principles healthy and robust? On this hangs everything. The rest whether I can control it or not is but smoke and the grey ashes of the dead. Aurelius
You can't master reading and writing without study; this applies even more to mastering the art of living.
Have before you at all times the icon of an ancient who practiced virtue.
When you are overwrought with anger or impatience think how fleeting this life is and how soon you and your vexations will be laid out in the grave.
Our rage and lamentations do us more harm than whatever caused our anger and grief in the first place.
Plainly no situation is better suited for the practice of philosophy than the one you are now in.
Whatever happens either you have the strength to bear it or you do not. If you have the strength, stop complaining be grateful and bear it. If you lack the strength there is no reason to lose patience, for once your strength is consumed, the struggle will end. But remember you have he power within you to endure anything, for your mere opinion can render it tolerable, perhaps even acceptable, by regarding it as an opportunity for enlightenment or a matter of duty.
Once I was the luckiest of men lacking nothing. But what does it mean to have good luck and lack nothing? It means to have good moods, good desires, and good behavior.
The best revenge is not to do as they do.
Do your duty, and never mind shivering or warm, sleeping on your feet or in your bed, hearing yourself slandered or praised, dying or doing something else. Yes even dying is an act of life and should be done, like everything else, to the best of your abilities.
It's the big day (every day) Unk.
Arnold: 3 D's: discipline, determination, decisiveness plus don't look back.
Problems are reality. Every negative is offset by a positive. The law of averages guarantees success at nearly anything if you keep making attempts. Ringer
Chinese saying (abbreviated): Whatever you can put in your head no one can take from you.
It's all about the diet. (speaking about health and training) Alessandro Komedina
Einstein: The formula for success is: work plus play plus keeping your mouth shut.
I have noticed that nothing that I never said did me any harm. C Cooledge.
I have never repented of eating too little. Jefferson
Persistence is a form of vitality. Dawn Steele
Eisenhower: Never think about people you don't like.
Shelly: Nothing so tranquilizes the mind as a steady purpose..
I wished this had never come to pass. (Frodo) So do all who live to see such times. All we have to do is to decide what to do with the time that is given us. (Gandalf) LOTR
Praxis (activity not theory)
Develop your pieces. (basic chess maxim)
Never accept a bad jam. Peter Croft regarding crack climbing (and metaphor).
I will die. I don't know when. What do I do next? Unk.
Sew a thought and you reap an act: sew an act and you reap a habit: sew a habit and you reap a character: sew a character and you reap a destiny. Covey
Shakespeare: there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Your greatest need is to be patient, calm and trusting. Your mind is so powerful that you must control it w great firmness...or it will move you away from your desires. Brian Tracy
Something always happens – Churchill before USA entered WWII.
Assume the way is clear. Meriweather Lewis.
Every situation is heaven sent to confer some benefit or teach some lesson--Clement Stone
Only the dead have seen an end to war--Plato.
If you are stressed you are at the wrong job. Mark McCormick
Castaneda: a warrior lives by acting not thinking about acting nor by thinking about what he will think when he finishes acting.
Action leads to genius and magic, power, motivation and more action. Goethe
The world belongs to the askers. Brian Tracy
Force yourself to take action and motivation will follow. Ringer
Words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service and touch are necessary for family relationships.
Over time, a person who makes counterfactual arguments loses his reverence for the truth. Corngold
If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster. Clint Eastwood.
I'm an old man and have known many troubles, most of them never happened. Twain
Trust your gut. I had misgivings about the trip all along. It just didn't feel right. Your gut tells you what to do. I didn't and a lot of people are dead and I have to live with it. Debbie Kiley Deep Survival
One man after burying another has been laid out dead, and another buries him; and all this in a short time. Hippocrates after curing many diseases himself fell sick and died.. and lice killed Socrates... What means all this? ...All human things are smoke, and nothing at all; and it is not for us, but for the gods, to settle whether we play the play out, or only a part of it. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and tend thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew. ... Do not act as if thou wert going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over thee. While thou livest, while it is in thy power, be good. Marcus Aurelius
Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea shores, and mountains, and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the commonest sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt chose to retire into thyself. Fornowhere either with more quiet or with more freedom does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in perfect tranquility, which is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind. Constantly then give to thyself this retreat, and renew thyself; and let thy principles be brief and fundamental, which, as soon as thou shalt recur to them, will be sufficient to cleanse the soul completely, and to send thee back free from all discontent with the things to which thou returnest.
Unhappy am I, because this has happened to me? Not so, but happy am I though this has happened to me, because I continue free from pain; neither crushed by the present, not fearing the future.
Do not waste the remainder of thy life in thoughts about others, when thou dost not refer thy thoughts to some object of common utility. For thou losest the opportunity of doing something else when thou hast such thoughts as these. What is such a person doing, and why, and what is he saying, and what is he thinking of, and what is he contriving, and whatever else of the kind makes us wander away from the observation of our own ruling power.
If thou workest at that which is before thee, following right reason seriously, vigorously, calmly, without allowing anything else to distract thee, but keeeping thy divine part pure, as if thou shouldst be bound to give it back immediately; if thou holdest to this, expecting nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with thy present activity according to nature, and with heroic truth in every word and sound which thou utteret, thou wilt live happy. And there is no man who is able to prevent this.
Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then with a continuous series of such thoughts as these: for instance, that where a man can live, there he can also live well.
The art of life is more like the wrestler's art than the dancer's, in respect of this, that it should stand ready and firm to meet onsets which are sudden and unexpected.
It is in thy power to live free from all compulsion in the greatest tranquility of mind, even if all the world cry out against thee as much as they choose, and even if wild beasts tear in pieces the members of this kneaded matter which has grown around thee. For what hinders the mind in the midst of all this from maintaining itself in tranquility, and in a just judgment of all surrounding things, and in a ready use of the objects which are presented to it...
Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
Let no man any longer hear thee finding fault with the court life or with thy own.
A cucumber is bitter. Throw it away. There are briars on the road. Turn aside form them. This is enough. Do not add, And why were such things make in the world?
Remind yourself that it is not the future or the past which bears down on you but the present, always the present, which becomes an even smaller thing when isolated in this way.
It all depends on your opinion of it and that depends on you. Jettison your opinion and you will find yourself like a sailor rounding the headland on a calm sea in a bay without waves.
Bad luck borne nobly is good luck.
How easy it is to push away and block out every rude and unwelcome idea and suddenly recover ones peace of mind.
Don't become disgusted with yourself, lose patience, or give up if you sometimes fail to act as your philosophy dictates, but after each setback, return to reason and be content if most of your acts are worthy of a good man.
Only a fool or a stranger on this planet will be surprised by anything in this life.
Jettison your cargo of opinion and you are saved. who prevents you from doing this.
How at this moment am I using my mind? This is a question worth asking all the time how do my words and deeds measure up to the ruling reason within me.
This is not a debate over trifles, but over whether we will be sane or not. Epictetus
On occasion of every accident that befalls you remember to turn to yourself and remember to inquire what power you have for turning it to use. Epictetus
Just because you find the work too hard to do, don't leap to the conclusion that it is humanly impossible: but if the work can and should be done by a man then consider yourself capable of doing it.
How shameful and absurd for the spirit to surrender when the body is able to fight on.
Come round, put yourself together, wake up. Admit that what is troubling you are dreams: the products of a lively imagination. Start to see things for what they are again.
You always have the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to trouble yourself about things beyond your control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.
Don't fear the future. You will face it, if that is your fate, armed with the same reason that guides you in the present.
Let come what may to those who are affected by outward circumstance. They will always find something to complain about. For myself, if I choose not to view whatever happens as evil, no harm will come to me. And I can so choose.
My student days are over... nevertheless you can still learn to check your arrogance, learn to rise above pleasure and pain, learn to ignore flattery, and learn not to be upset with the gauche and ungrateful.... Aurelius
Feeling the god's headwind beating on our backs, we pull harder on the oars and make no complaint.