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.
The Irony of American History
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)
Act III, Scene 2
No one can embarrass you without your permission.
“Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intention to hurl it at your enemy; you are the one burned and harmed.”
Attributed to the Buddha.