“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.” (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

Originally published October 28, 2016 You’re afraid of something You can confirm the truth of this quotation by simply thinking about your own life. With probably no exceptions, this will apply to anyone reading these words. So go ahead, think about your own situation. Is there not something you’re afraid of? Maybe a health concern? […]

“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” (Thomas Carlyle)

Originally published April 25, 2016 Thomas Carlyle was a highly influential Scottish philosopher, satirist, historian, and teacher. He’s credited with many excellent quotesand we may visit some of them in the future. But for now, let’s consider the above quotation. Planning is recommended The first thing we should avoid is concluding that this concept is […]

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” (G.K. Chesterton)

Originally published January 5, 2018 G.K. Chesterton was an English philosopher, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, and literary and art critic. He wrote 100 books and more than 4,000 newspaper essays. Some believe he was the most gifted writer of the 20th century. We looked at another G.K. Chesterton quote back in June, 2016. You can […]

“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” (Eddie Rickenbacker)

Originally published October 24, 2016 Edward (Eddie) Vernon Rickenbacker was an American fighter ace in World War I. He was America’s most successful fighter pilot in that war. He knew plenty about courage. Courage is so commonly misunderstood that I decided to explore it a bit. The common misconception is that courage is the absence […]

“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” (Louis Brandeis)

Originally published August 21, 2017 Preliminary thoughts I suppose that in some sense, the history of our nation has been a teetering between two extremes. On the one extreme we have unfair and unjust opposition to personal freedom. On the other extreme we have too much personal freedom. I suppose we’ll always teeter between these […]