"Mary chose the better part."

What is the better part? It is God, and consequently everything, but it is called the better part because it must be chosen; one does not recieve everything as everything, that is not how one begins: one begins by choosing the better part, which is, nevertheless, everything.

The person who will one thing that is not the Good, he does not truly will one thing. It is a delusion, an illusion, a deception, a self deception that he will only one thing. For in his innermost being his is, he is bound to be, double-minded. Therefore the Apostle says, "Purify your heartless ye double minded, that is purify your hearts of double mindedness." In other words, let your heart in truth will only one thing, for therein is the heart's purity.

(Soren Kierkegaard)




"It is a wise thing to be polite. It is a stupid thing to be rude."

"Not everyone is blessed with charm and wit. But we can control our unpleasant qualities and obscure them when necessary."
(Robert Greene)

"The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones."
(Solomon Ibn Gabirol)

"Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go."
(Margaret Walker)

"Good manners are appreciated as much as bad manners are abhorred."
(Bryant H. McGill)

"The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream. To be unaware that it's offensive to not participate in a different culture than yours is barbaric. To show respect for someone's culture, first see it. Only by seeing your fellows as they really are do you have any prayer of respecting them."

"The prejuduice (feelings/preferences) of those around you is their music. You're either willing to learn, listen and play to their music, or you can be a hermit."

"I know that the arms of friendship are long enough to reach from the one end of the world to the other."

"You can't really afford to be an idiot among a network of people. A friend is someone you can be stupid with. But remember, most people will only be friendly to you precisely because you are not their friend. Do you have harmful weaknesses? Do not draw attention to it, you'll merely provoke insecurity. It's not worth the fuss. Do you have talents that will make others jealous? Hide your talents for the same reason you would hide a harmful weakness. Most people are constantly vulnerable to feeling contempt or jealousy; two negative emotions that are poles apart. Neither one is desirable.
(Cosimo De Winter)

Clean Boy


"We often hear of important gatherings of the "great and the good." Sadly the great have not often been good. But the good have learned that it is better to be good than to be great." (Grant Fairley)

"The majority is almost always wrong. The crowd is untruth. Scapegoating is demonic." (Brian Zahnd)

"The best way to avoid becoming a scapegoat is to find one." (Warren Eyster, The Goblins of Eros)

"We are too prone to make technological instruments the scapegoats for the crimes of those who wield them. The products of modern science are not in themselves good or bad; it is the way they are used that determines their value." (David Sarnoff)

"Every man to whom salvation is offered has an inalienable natural right to say 'No, thank you: I prefer to retain my full moral responsibility: it is not good for me to be able to load a scapegoat with my sins: I should be less careful how I committed them if I knew they would cost me nothing.'" (George Bernard Shaw, Androcles and the Lion)

"Maybe it ain't about others' mistakes, but only your need for someone to blame." (Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity)

"Clones: Why should you take the blame for your mistakes when there's a genetic replica of yourself that'd make a perfectly good scapegoat?" (Jarod Kintz, A Zebra is the Piano of the Animal Kingdom)

"A leader must take responsibility for all his actions and not blame anyone for his problems. The follower, on the other hand, is always in search of a scapegoat or a miracle worker who can solve his problems. That is why leaders and followers complement each other. A leader is one who is willing to take on responsibility of not only his own failures but also that of his followers." (Awdhesh Singh, The Secret Red Book of Leadership)