Over the centuries many wise minds have pondered the human predicament and found words to shed light on our common situation - life.

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James.

Some people fear finding themselves alone - and so they don’t find themselves at all. Andre Gide.

What a man can be, he must be. Abraham Maslow.

The desire to be important is the deepest urge in human nature. John Dewey.

We should remember our dying and try to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world. John Steinbeck.

I believe there is only one story in the world and only one. Humans are caught - in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindnesses and generosity too - in a net of good and evil. John Steinbeck

The gods help them that help themselves. Aesop’s Fables.

Debt is the slavery of the free. Publilius Syrus.

Learning is not compulsory … and neither is survival. W Deming

The best things in life are not things. C Woods

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way. Christopher Morley.

Too many people spend what they haven’t yet earned to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like. Will Rogers.

Money … ranks with love as man’s greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. John Kenneth Galbraith.

The unexamined live is not worth living. Plato.

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. Laozi.

Stare too hard at the past and you are blind in one eye. But ignore it completely and you are blind in both. Russian Proverb.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? … Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine … Marianne Williamson.

If you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have.

Most people are nicer to total strangers than they are to their loved ones and to themselves. W W D