Attributed to Mark Twain:
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
It’s a whole other reason for me not to lie, or obscure the truth. Much too difficult to keep up with all the fabrications anyway, even if I am a first-class fibber. And I really am.
I’ve often wondered how I developed the skill, when growing up I never had any good reason to lie. Very few things were forbidden to me, and if they ever were, I always found ways around the obstacles.
I’m on one of my quotations/poetry compulsions. So bear with me. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll derive even a modicum of the pleasure/inspiration I receive.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Oh, I don’t know. The older I get, the more I just want to fold. This is meant to be encouraging but I can’t help dwelling on how much I’ve failed at this. Miserable.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
This reminds me of being a child, when everything was fresh, new and exciting. And when everyone didn’t seem to mind answering all of my questions. Now, my questions are usually construed as rhetorical, or inconsequential.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Along the same vein as Mr. Emerson up there. It’s a fine thing to write about, but in practice it is so arduous. And I’ve already mentioned several times before how tired I am.
Robert A. Heinlein:
“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
And this, this just made me chuckle.