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Quotes of the day: Peter McWilliams

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 14 2014

Peter Alexander McWilliams (August 5, 1949 - June 14, 2000) was an American self-help author and marijuana advocate.

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As the world gets dumber and dumber, I feel more and more at home.

Be easier on yourself, on everyone, on everything. Suspend your judgments on the way things should be, must be, and ought to be. Suspending judgments gives you greater ease. Consider ease the antidote for disease.

Definition of a victim: a person to whom life happens.

Don't accept the limitations of other people who claim things are 'unchangeable'. If it's written in stone, bring your hammer and chisel.

Fear is something to be moved through, not something to be turned from.

Guilt is anger directed at ourselves- at what we did or did not do. Resentment is anger directed at others- at what they did or did not do.

I'd have a nervous breakdown except that I've been through this too many times to be nervous

I'm a gay Libertarian. I'm one of those 'laisse fairies.'

I'm past the point of going quietly insane. I'm getting quite noisy about it.

If our early lessons of acceptance were as successful as our early lessons of anger, how much happier we would all be.

If we aren't actively pursuing what we want, we don't really want it.

If you change the belief first, changing the action is easier.

If you take good care of the moment, the years will take care of themselves.

If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.

In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts.

It's not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us, that creates the quality of our life.

It's your life. Live it with people who are alive. It tends to be contagious.

Keep your goals away from the trolls.

Learn to ask for what you want. The worst people can do is not give you what you ask for, which is precisely where you were before you asked.

Life is not a struggle. It's a wiggle.

Many people weigh the guilt they will feel against the pleasure of the forbidden action they want to take.

Mistakes show us what we need to learn.

Nothing adventured, nothing attained.

Our thoughts create our reality- where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.

Pettiness seems to go hand in hand with vindictiveness. The smaller the person, the larger the need for revenge. This may account for the fact that some consensual crimes have stiffer penalties than do most crimes with innocent victims.

Stubborness is also determination. It's simply a matter of shifting from 'won't power' to 'will power.'

To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.

To overcome a fear, here's all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway.

Ultimately, censorship comes down to taste. What offends me may enlighten you.

Unlike money, wealth is not just what you have. Wealth is what you can do without.

When we put things off until some future- probably mythical- Laterland, we drag the past into the future. The burden of yesterday's incompletions is a heavy load to carry. Don't carry it.

When we're no longer running from what we call loneliness, we can begin to appreciate the joy of being alone- solitude.

Worrying is the interest paid on a debt you may not owe.

You are no more at fault for having depression than if you had asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or any other illness.

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