Two quotes.

I read the first quote today during school, and was reminded of the second quote. I thought I had already posted that here when I read Sesame and Lilies, but I couldn’t find it.

Some people who are very dissatisfied with their lives nevertheless have no intention of changing their own behavior. They want to keep on doing what they have always done, but just have it turn out differently.

From Thomas Sowell’s ‘essay’ “Random Thoughts” which is found in “Barbarians Inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays.” Actually, that one reminds of the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.

If you prepare a dish of food carelessly, you do not expect Providence to make it palatable; neither if, through years of folly, you misguide your own life, need you expect Divine interference to bring round everything at last for the best. I tell you, positively, the world is not so constituted: the consequences of great mistakes are just as sure as those of small ones, and the happiness of your whole life, and of all the lives over which you have power, depend as literally on your own common sense and discretion as the excellence and order of the feast of a day.

Sesame & Lilies, by John Ruskin.

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