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Psycho Proverb Zone Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 7
[Notes From Editor]
I have to admit, summer at Berkeley is quite interesting. Just when you're getting tired of the gloomy overcast that sometimes span as long as five days, the sun pops out and greets you. And quick as it came, the sun disappears behind the clouds again, leaving you to wonder when its next visit will be. For those of you who are interested in what I do beyond attending summer engineering and computer science classes, I'll admit I've actually found a hobby -- cooking. Actually preparing dinner is more of a necessity rather than luxury here; eating out every day is rather unhealthy. Of course, I'm not saying I'm a perfect cook, far from that. Here's a hint: the fish I fried last time blew up. Okay, I think that explains quite a lot. . .
Anyway, the topic for this month is "end." Everything eventually comes to an end -- whether it's a pleasant or horrible ending depends on decisions you make along the way. Now, don't immediately equate end and death. Although they are similar, they are far from being the same. Graduation, for example, is an ending, but it paves the path to future career. Death, despite what people might think in the contrary, is an ultimate closure. Having said that, I hope you will enjoy the quotes I've hand-picked this month. As usual, if you have any comments or criticisms you would like to share, you can find my email address at the end of this newsletter.
"A sad thing about life is meeting someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never bound to be and you just have to let go."
"Any road followed to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little to test it's a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain."
-- Bene Gesserit
"Compromise does not satisfy, but dissatisfies everybody; it does not lead to any general fulfillment, but to general frustration; those who try to become everything to all people end up by not being anything to anyone."
-- Ayn Rand
"Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end."
"I have learned this at least by my experiment: If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
-- Henry David Thoreau
"If we think of love as in itself the answer to all the problems human beings face, we will constantly be disappointed by it. If we search for perfection in a mate and refuse to be satisfied by anything less than that, we will never really experience sexual or marital love. If we are unwilling to undergo the interpersonal negotiations. . .we will never be able to give our love to anyone. Since love does not simply happen, as I have been suggesting, it must emerge as the saving remnant of our endless yearning for happy and meaningful lives."
-- Irving Singer
"Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if the world should perish twice, I think I know enough of hate, to say that for destruction, ice is also great, and would suffice."
-- Robert Frost
Hopefully the topic for this month wasn't too gloomy for liking. Of course, if you object to gloomy themes, you're always welcomed to email me and complain -- I guess I'm providing an incentive for people to write. Frankly, I don't get any feedback on these newsletter, so I really have no idea what you guys would like to see in it. I'll accept anything that's less than flame, so don't worry if you don't want to write something nice. Just write! With that, I sign out for this month and wish everyone stay healthy.
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