Great accomplishments require hope, love, & forgiveness



Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. … Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.

–Reinhold Niebuhr
The Irony of American History
Page 63



Put your past in the past


How now, my lord!

Why do you keep alone,
Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
With them they think on?

Things without all remedy
Should be without regard: what’s done is done.

–Lady Macbeth to her husband
(and a million wives since,
to a million regretful husbands)

Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Act III, Scene 2