Life’s greatest lessons were not shown to me, read to me, illustrated or explained to me; they happened to me.
Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘Your table is ready.
I was still very much embroiled in the racist politics of the National Front, living a double-life in which I wrote hate-filled propaganda during the day and read the love-filled pages of Chesterton and Lewis at night. I was not aware of any contradiction, at least at first, and sought to bring the two warring viewpoints together by a process of Orwellian doublethink, which is defined in Nineteen Eighty-four as “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Sometimes you like to keep things bottled up, but that is not the best policy.
You are my life.
Just be yourself to change everything.
Beaming and melting in smiles of benevolence and self-effacement, they sidled up and plumped down next to Lucette, who turned to them with her last, last, last free gift of staunch courtesy that was stronger than failure and death.
My father had taught me-mostly by example-that if a man wanted to be in charge of his life, he had to be in charge of his problems.
The love and hope that we are born with is what keeps us relentlessly moving toward joy. We get the most happiness from the simplicity of being devoid of wants and needs.
Speak less, listen deeply.