Here are some bits of wisdom I picked up over the years from people, books and film. Wherever possible I’ve made attribution.

“Never make a decision when you’re high in the sky or down in the dumps.” – my high school principal.

(On relationships) “If it isn’t fun in the beginning – forget it.” – female coworker

“When you first get married you should be having sex in every room of the house.” – same female coworker

“Marriage is society’s recognition of a deep spiritual and psychological process that occurs between two people. Most couples skip the process and just get married.” – my therapist

“Don’t get too wrapped up in dogma. Who knows? When we get to heaven there might be a Big Buddha laughing at us while we’re all running around going ‘Oh shit……!’” – a Catholic bishop

“The biggest asshole in a community is the guy who doesn’t change the toilet paper.” – a Trappist monk

“Look out for Number One.” – an old cop

“I never trusted a man who never smoked or drank.” – Abraham Lincoln.

“It’s easy to love people in China. It’s tougher to love the person living next door.” – I heard that one in confession

“Sometimes pathology matures into ability.” – a psychiatrist

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda

“It’s just a feeling. You don’t have to act on it.” – spiritual director

“Depression is anger turned inward.” – my shrink again.

“Sex isn’t life. But life’s impossible with out it.” – unknown

“Beware of the guy praying loudest in the amen corner.” – Harry S. Truman?

“Fighting should always be the last resort. But sometimes you just have to punch a guy in the nose.” – Unknown.

“No amount of money in the world is worth not being able to look at yourself in the mirror.” – Dad

“Some times the right thing is the terrible thing.” – unknown

“Love isn’t a feeling. It’s an act of will.” – spiritual director

“Count to ten.” – Mom

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” – William Congreve

“Never underestimate the power of giving a girl flowers.” – Unknown.

“No man is an island; but some are peninsulas.” – Robin Williams

“When you stare into an abyss for a long time, the abyss also stares into you.” – Nietzsche

“Suggesting evil is human doesn’t mean we can always understand it.” – Kanan Makiya

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” – Steven Weinberg

“When you’re young you want to change the world. When you’re older you just want to understand it.” – Unknown

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