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“All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination
and then works its way out. Imagination is
more important than knowledge.”
~Albert Einstein

"It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane."
~Philip K. Dick

"We are what we pretend to be,
so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
~Kurt Vonnegut

SOLITUDE by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; 

Weep, and you weep alone. 

For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own. 

Sing, and the hills will answer; 

Sigh, it is lost on the air. 

The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care. 

Rejoice, and men will seek you; 

Grieve, and they turn and go. 

They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe. 

Be glad, and your friends are many; 

Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine, 

But alone you must drink life's gall. 

Feast, and your halls are crowded; 

Fast, and the world goes by. 

Succeed and give, and it helps you live, 

But no man can help you die.

There is room in the halls of pleasure 

For a long and lordly train, 

But one by one we must all file on 

Through the narrow aisles of pain.


"Respect your efforts, respect yourself.
Self-respect leads to self-discipline.
When you have both firmly under your belt,
that's real power."
~Clint Eastwood

"We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and -- in spite of True Romance magazines -- we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely -- at least, not all the time -- but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness."
~Hunter S. Thompson

Find out what it means to me.
Take care, TCB!"
~Aretha Franklin