“Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these 10 things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever til the end of time…but he loves you.”—
“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”—Albert Einstein (via sweetcaroline)
“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.”—~ Frank Zappa (via gatekeeper)
“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.”—~ Dale Carnegie (via gatekeeper)
ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. THREE. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. FOUR. When you say, “I love you,” mean it. FIVE. When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye. SIX. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much. SEVEN. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely. EIGHT. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. NINE. Don’t judge people by their relatives. TEN. Talk slowly but think quickly. ELEVEN. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?” TWELVE. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. THIRTEEN.When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. FOURTEEN. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions. FIFTEEN. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. SIXTEEN. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. SEVENTEEN. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. EIGHTEEN. Spend some time alone.