"because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well, and yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. how many more times will you remember, a certain afternoon of your childhood? an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? perhaps, 4 or 5 times more? perhaps not even that. how many more times will you watch the full moon rise? perhaps 20. and yet it all seems limitless.." "If too many people agree with your way of thinking, check your way of thinking. It's better to be a first rate version of yourself than a second rate version of someone else. Don't think you're on the right road just because it's the well beaten path. The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect. One who walks in another's path leaves no footprints." "if you are reading this... congratulations, you're alive if that's not something to smile about, i don't know what is."