“Many men can make a fortune but very few can build a family.”
J. S. Bryan
“The neurotic lies awake at night, composing letters to those he hates.
He seldom thinks of dropping a line to those he loves.”
“When the body sinks into death, the essence of man is revealed.
Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied.
Only those relationships matter.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.”
“I often think about that fire, and about the many ghosts that visited the neighborhood that summer night. I’m sure I felt the ghosts of engineers who created a technical miracle called the phone network, that later spawned the 911 system, so I could report the fire within 15 seconds of seeing it. And I know I saw the ghosts of engineers who designed the fire equipment that allowed two small teams of firefighters to conquer a burning hill. And there were the ghosts of all the firefighters who have lived before, having bequeathed their skills and traditions to each new generation. Most notably, that night I was also visited by the ghosts of September 11th, my old friends. Almost every day they visit to remind me to be more alert, to investigate strange smells, strange sounds, as I did that night, until finding one window view that revealed the flames.
Philosophers have many views of the human soul. In the end, it’s undefined, unfathomable. The only thing I know for sure is that no one really leaves.
Appreciate your ghosts, especially the ones you can still hug. Have a great holiday.”
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