What do you want to be?

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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut

Who do you want to be?

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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut

Enjoy the moment

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Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.

Kurt Vonnegut

Who do you want to be?

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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut

Please notice when you are happy

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And now I want to tell you about my late Uncle Alex. He was my father’s kid brother, a childless graduate of Harvard who was an honest life insurance salesman in Indianapolis. He was well-read and wise. And his principal complaint about other human beings was that they so seldom noticed it when they were happy. So when we were drinking lemonade under an apple tree in the summer, say, and talking lazily about this and that, almost buzzing like honeybees, Uncle Alex would suddenly interrupt the agreeable blather to exclaim, If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is. So I do the same now, and so do my kids and grandkids. And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.

Kurt Vonnegut 

Push your limits

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I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you can see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

Kurt Vonnegut

What do you pretend to be?

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut

/phil

The amber of the moment

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.

Kurt Vonnegut

/phil

Go into the arts.

Go into the arts. I’m not kidding.

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.

Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem.

Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward.

You will have created something.

Kurt Vonnegut

/phil

The world is a beatiful place

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.

Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe the world to be a beatiful place.

Kurt Vonnegut

As simple as that.

The world is beatiful, never ever lose your trust in that.

/phil