Quotes

Favorite Quotes

If, while in the bull ring of life
you are tossed both to and fro,
'tis but proof my friend,
that you are in the ring,
not in the spectators row.

Ross Sloan - 1966

Nothing will get your money or your life any quicker than a car.

Ross Sloan, Sr.

HATE IS NOT A VIRTUE-ROSS SLOAN

CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH CRITICISM, HE LEARNS TO CONDEMN.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH HOSTILITY,HE LEARNS TO FIGHT.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH RIDICULE, HE LEARNS TO BE SHY.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH SHAME, HE LEARNS TO FEEL GUILTY.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH TOLERANCE, HE LEARNS TO BE PATIENT.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH ENCOURAGEMENT, HE LEARNS CONFIDENCE.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH PRAISE, HE LEARNS TO APPRECIATE.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH FAIRNESS, HE LEARNS JUSTICE.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH SECURITY, HE LEARNS TO HAVE FAITH.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH APPROVAL,HE LEARNS TO LIKE HIMSELF.

IF A CHILD LIVES WITH ACCEPTANCE AND FRIENDSHIP HE LEARNS TO
FIND LOVE IN THE WORLD.



                     Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.                                              Albert Einstein



EVERY THOUGHT WE HAVE IS A SUGGESTION!

SUGGESTIONS DETERMINE BELIEFS

BELIEFS DETERMINE FEELINGS

FEELINGS DETERMINE ATTITUDES

ATTITUDES DETERMINE BEHAVIOR

BEHAVIOR DETERMINES SUCCESS OR FAILURE

Eric Hoffer
The frustrated follow a leader less because of their faith that he is leading them to a promised land than because of their immediate feeling that he is leading them away from their unwanted selves. Surrender to a leader is not a means to an end but a fulfillment. Whether they are led is of secondary importance.

There is perhaps no better way of measuring the natural endowment of a soul than by its ability to transmute dissatisfaction into a creative impulse. The genuine artist is as much a dissatisfied person as the revolutionary, yet how diametrically opposed are the products each distills from his dissatisfaction.

The hatred and cruelty which have their source in selfishness are ineffectual things compared with the venom and ruthlessness born of selflessness.

The revulsion from an unwanted self and the impulse to forget it, mask it, slough it off and lose it, produce both a readiness to sacrifice the self and a willingness to dissolve it by losing ones individual distinctness in a compact collective whole.

There is a guilty conscience behind every brazen word and act and behind every manifestation of self-righteousness.

The desire to belong is partly a desire to lose oneself.

To know a persons religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.

When watching men of power in action it must be always kept in mind that, whether they know it or not, their main purpose is the elimination or neutralization of the independent-individual, the independent voter, consumer, worker, owner, thinker and that every device they employ aims at turning men into a manipulable 'animated instrument" which is Aristotle's definition of a slave. 

We are unified both by hating in common and by being hated in common.

Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many which make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one can then point us out, measure us against others and expose our inferiority.

The wise learn from the experience of others and the creative know how to make a crumb of expience go a long way.

There is apparentiy some connection between dissatisfaction with onesself and proness to credulity. The urge to escape our real self is also an urge to ecape the rational and the obvious. The refusal to see ourselves as we are develops a distaste for facts and cold logic. There is no hope for the frustrated in the actual and the possible. Salvation can corne to them only from the miraculous, which seeps through a crack in the iron wall of inexorable reality. They ask to be deceived.

Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know. One often obtains a clue to a persons nature by discovering the reasons for his or her imperviousness to certain impressions.

ERIC HOFFER (1902-1983) longshoreman, philosopher

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny
individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

AYN RAND

Nothing has a uglier look to us than reason when it is not on our side.

LORD HALIFAX

Law is often but the tyrants will and always so when it violates the
right of an individual.

THOMAS JEFFERSON


Everyone who lives, dies, but not everyone who dies has lived.   author unknown to me



He who thinks religion and politics do not go hand in hand, knows little of either.  Mahatma Ghandi


The Harder I work, the luckier I get. Samuel Langhorn Clemens  aka Mark Twain

To know best what you believe, know well what you do not believe.  Ross Sloan
He who dies Happy, Wins.  Ross Sloan

Laughter is the window to ourselves. It tells you where we live. We seek to make laughable and ludicrous that which can hurt us. If we can make it laughable and ludicrous, it cannot hurt us so much.  Sigismund Sclomo Freud           I read Freud's book on Wit and Humor and Its Relationship to the Subconscious and could not exactly verify this quote but from what I know of Freud, it seems to definitely reflect his thinking. Along with vanity, it may be the next greatest insight into humanity there is. 



A CONSERVATIVE wants to save the country as it was.

A LIBERAL wants to save the country as it is going to be.
Both should always be considered.

Ross Sloan


LIFE IS A GAME.......AND IT COMES WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS
ZIGGY

Censorship is the height of vanity. 
Martha Graham


Dear Reader, The quote I am adding was memorized by me over 30 yrs ago, and I am only 39...you believe me don't you??? :-)))))  Everyone who has read much on this blog knows me quite well.  However, the quote below is the best capsulation of moi I know.  Please remember that I majored in history in college and graduate school and I make an effort at being sensitive to the evolution of history.  The quote comes from "El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha via the movie Man of la Mancha.   Personally, aside from Miquel Cervantes probable invention of the side kick, I am not aware of other prior pieces of Western literature that name both horses of the protagonist.  Historically, the horse that comes to my mind is Bucephalus and there may be others but I am not an academician so I do not currently know of any others.  Cevantes novel was the first best selling novel in the West in 1604 (2 parts) and this particular quote I chose to memorize is very melancholy and it may be the best understanding of me in this entire blog.     Thanks, Ross                                              


I HAVE LIVED FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND SEEN LIFE AS IT IS; PAIN, MISERY, CRUELTY ALMOST BEYOND BELIEF.  I HAVE BEEN A SOLDIER AND A SLAVE.  I HAVE SEEN MY COMRADES FALL IN BATTLE OR DIE MORE SLOWLY UNDER THE LASH IN AFRICA.  BUT THEY DIED DISPARING,  NO GLORY, NO CRYING OUT OF LAST WORDS, BUT, IN THEIR EYES, FILLED WITH CONFUSION, QUESTIONING WHY.   I DO NOT THINK THEY WERE QUESTIONING WHY THEY WERE  DYING, BUT WHY THEY HAD EVER LIVED.      

WHO KNOWS WHERE MADNESS LIES.  PERHAPS TO BE TOO PRACTICAL, THIS MAY BE  MADNESS.  TO SEEK TREASURE WHERE THERE IS ONLY TRASH.  TO SURRENDER DREAMS, THIS MAY BE MADNESS.   TOO MUCH SANITY MAY BE MADNESS.  AND MADDEST OF ALL, TO SEE LIFE AS IT IS AND NOT AS IT SHOULD BE.    M. CERVANTES


There is a guilty conscience behind every brazen word & act & behind every manifestation of self righteousness.  - Eric Hoffer

The desire to belong is partly a desire to lose oneself. - Eric Hoffer

DEAR READER, YOU KNOW ME SO VERY WELL.  THANKS FOR THE HONOR OF SHARING,     SINCERELY,      Ross    10/23/2013                  This blog was first established 8/3

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