If one Godfather offers you an opportunity and another Godfather offers you an advantage, go with the former.
Sacrifice of the self is sheer stupidity if sacrifice is not for the self.
Fear is a weakness. It makes a person lose her nerve and her cool. It makes people jumpy and organizations nervous, and when that happens, there is always a chance to take advantage.
You should love yourself to an extent where you can’t let anyone take advantage of you, no matter who they are.
That’s like being a hockey player born on January I.
Water shrinks wool, urgency shrinks time.
Shrinkage may be an advantage or the reverse, according to expectation.
Religion is a means of exploitation employed by the strong against the weak; religion is a cloak of ambition, injustice and vice . . . . Truth breaks free, science is popularized, and religion totters; soon it will fall, in the course of centuries–that is, tomorrow. . . . In good time we shall only have to deal with reason.
[From Bizet, by William Dean. Colier Books, 1962]
When you look through a window you gasp at the beautiful tree in the backyard or the magical sunrise coming over the horizon, No one looks at a window and is taken away by the complexity of the transparency of millions of atoms joined together to form, from our perception of a crystal clear yet structural opening to the exterior, the same is with life, if you spend your whole life being a medium to enable others then you will be nothing but a sheet of glass, overused, underappreciated, and fragile to opportunity
Ours was not going to be a clone of the usual expeditions, oozing with sleekness. It was clear from the start that oddity was our advantage.
Do not allow another person to set you back. Continue moving forward not backwards. When someone pulls you back, be like the arrow to a bow and spring forth greater than ever. And, what they thought would be your disadvantage, you turn it into your advantage.