FROM THE DIFFERENT STROKES CHRONICLES:

Eccentricity is extremely stimulating. Do not underestimate the entertainment value of people in harmless orbit outside of total circularity. I love the odd duck!

Before surrendering to the poor policy of using other people, give serious thought to what could possibly give you the right to put your needs, your value, your worth above theirs. 

Darkness can frighten or soothe, it can invoke escape or inspire resolution. Things are lost in darkness, and things are found -- much as one might stroke on the sweet smell of soap and strike off the stink of a bad day.

Everything is beautiful, but only some people see it.

Help to make the world safe for diversity.. . 

Travel down your own life highways without feeling compelled to criticize those who take other roads.

I am open to growing as a person, so I can be contradicted without feeling persecuted. Everybody has a right to censure, but I most respect those who also have the heart to help. I try not to be hard on others because I fully realize that each and every one of us is at one time a songbird, at another, a buzzard. We are just doing the best we can with what we know at the time. 

Such lovely quiet. No howling, screeching, booming, crashing, no idle conversation, no dishwasher sighing through changes, no ice cube clunking as it drops.... just slow, deep, contented breathing across a large gray field of contemplation, just the sounds I make myself...directly below heaven. 

Generosity of emotional support is not singularly a selfless act. Partially it is about strength and control. If you are constantly the giver, you have it, but if the receiver - not. Try to test a theory by attempting to "give" a suspected person something, anything. All attempts will be made to refuse it in order to sustain a not always self-recognized agenda of control. I know this is true because my father, perhaps unintentionally, groomed me to be such a person, and I fear, I have passed it on. 

In human relationships, articulate your appreciation because few people are mindreaders, and a kind word is the currency of emotion.

People who are fond of learning cannot avoid growing wise.

Some of the smartest people I know are those who know when to pretend they are stupid.

When you learn something new, that's good. When you use it -- great.

Hard work could get you to the top, but character is what will anchor you there. 

The size and swirl and loop of someone's handwriting can reveal their character to some degree, and if you're lucky you might even be able to read it.

Character builds over a lifetime, but one bad choice can almost instantly bring it down.

Poor character is often revealed when one man sorely describes another.

It is sad that so often pain is the strongest motivation for change.

Be careful... If you are highly sensitive, greatly empathetic, the manipulators (who are always looking) will find you.

I personally believe that a high percentage of men are not misogynistic. They just enjoy being the strong one, the protector, without any "worth" element factored into it. 

"Yes" and "No" are complete responses. The wise know when to press for explanation.

Boundaries serve double purpose. First, to show the limit of what others dictate, or where they have gone. Second, as an indication of where to begin in productive situations by which you might go farther, or further. 

If I was looking for agreement with everything I say, every gesture, every move - I would look to my shadow. Instead, I look (and I don't have to look far) to those who enrich my thinking with their views.

I feel like getting out. I think I'll go someplace fun on my phone this weekend.

Another season of gardening is over, and although I do not have a garden, I do have great "garden appreciation," at least to the point that I can look at dry seeds and see rainbows in their future. But I never plant anything. I guess I am more an acolyte, a follower who reaps benefits. I, probably to the chagrim of neighbors, do not apply standard human values to my yard either, letting grow what will, without taking affront to crap sometimes deposited (and for which there does result a deeper green of plant appreciation). I do, however, have my yard mowed regularly to demonstrate to doubters that I am at least partially civilized and marginally sane.

Did you ever notice that we as human beings so often resort to the most violent and the most unkind action as a possible solution to a problem? 

So much is beyond us. Human management is by no means superior to natural process.

I began to value the thinking process at an early age, in great part, I believe, because I was seldom shouted back to the footpath.

Accomplishments need not be chronicled, nor even seen. At their best, they are deeply felt. 

Rewilding occurs not because mankind is admired less, but because nature is appreciated more.

Do not condemn an effort before you can show where hope lies. 

It is not so bad to have a bad dream if you wake to a compassionate world.

Do not cast away all things wild. Offer a hand to a being with feral eyes and it might well be filled with happiness.

Many women can shop for hours and hours, trying to find out what it is they really want. I don't like to shop at all because I know that what I want isn't there.