Alan Robert Neal Quotes

American author, philosopher

People who take too much are always on the hunt for people who give too much.
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You + Bad Attitude = Bad Results
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Dismissing another’s achievement is an ideal strategy for excusing your own failure.
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He was bright enough to be clever but too undisciplined to be intelligent.
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Asked the cause of my injury, I explained: “My back couldn’t bear the weight of my stupidity.”
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You can’t prove you’re not a child by engaging in childish behavior.
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It’s frightening seeing in ourselves the same ingredients as dysfunctional members of our families. Fortunately, as it is with baking, the proportions, mix, and temperature of the exact same ingredients can yield anything from burnt cookies to elegant souffl├ęs.
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Sadness misses happiness not here; depression discounts happiness that is.
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What you think you deserve, minus what you are unwilling to provide, equals what you are likely to get.
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When you select the “It’s just who I am” rationalization to excuse a stupid action, then who you are is an idiot.
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Karma is just cause and effect, where the connection between the two is distant enough to not notice, forget, or lie about.
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If you only want advice with which you agree, go to yourself.
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The insecure are as self-absorbed as the boastful. The former worry that everyone is watching them. The latter worry that everyone is not.
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If he was half as sorry as he always claimed, he would have half as many occasions to claim it.
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Wearing clothes that compliment your physique, as opposed to those that highlight it, reveals whether you’re comfortable with who you are or just pretending to be.
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The greater your number of self-congratulations, the lower the number of people who agree with you.
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Preconceived notions are like dark sunglasses worn indoors. You see just enough to detect big shapes, and not enough to discern crucial details.
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Harsh judgment of others conceals a harsher indictment of ourselves.
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Confidence produces new growth in any soil and climate. Arrogance clings to existing branches and finite conditions.
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Don’t invite annoying people into your life, and set ground rules for the ones you inherited.
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“How dare you! [mention my bad behavior]” is a polite way of saying “Go away while I destroy myself.”
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It’s easy to misread someone’s behavior if you think their actions are driven by the same motivations as yours.
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It’s ironic that we want to dismiss or hide our pain, given that our deepest relationships are bonded by it.
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If you’re making a long-term decision for a short-term gain, you’re in trouble. If you don’t believe me, just ask someone who’s in a bad relationship.
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Love is a sensation – hatred an opinion.
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We confront our worst behaviors when their cost exceeds our fear.
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The best way to prevent repeatedly echoing past mistakes is to operate as if your emotional pathology is always in play unless proven otherwise, not vice versa.
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It’s a wish, not a need, if you’re not willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
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The most considerate gift you can offer to someone who gave you advice is to not saddle them with the fallout of you ignoring it.
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It’s easier to let go of a wish than a delusion.
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Just because you can’t see all of your attributes doesn’t mean they’re not there.
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Do not take any advice… from any person… on any topic… in which that person’s success and happiness is not greater than yours.
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Some assume that their unique talents are common in others. They are the ones who forfeit confidence. Others assume that their common talents are unique. They’re the ones who forfeit friends.
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Disrupting other people’s lives is the solution of choice for those who mismanage their own.
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Three problems with trying to be perfect: It’s unachievable; it won’t retroactively resolve your childhood issues; and, everyone resents “perfect” people.
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The problem with acting as your own advisor is that you’re often seeking advice from the person who created the problem.
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The people who continually whine about receiving bad advice are the ones who never follow good advice.
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There’s a fine line between acceptance and denial. and, it’s not always easy to know which side of that line you’re on.
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We should judge ourselves relative to our capacity and not that of others.
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Our greatest blessing is the fortune of good friends, being loved, and loving others.
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On an emotional front, needy and greedy go hand in hand.
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There’s no personal growth to be had by focusing on what others did wrong.
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He was the most content person they had ever met – surely more than them – but that didn’t stop them from suggesting what they thought he should do differently.
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You are either complaining or appreciating, so if you think you’re doing neither, it’s the former.
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The more you regard yourself as special, the lonelier you’ll be.
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A dog’s formula for happiness: “Feed me. Love me. Include me. Let me smell disgusting things.” Imagine how grand our relationships would be if we were content with having those first three.
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Our greatest growth emerges from what we stop indulging.
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The more frequent your epiphanies, the more likely you should be listening to someone other than yourself.
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More times than not, reality doesn’t care what I think.
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A relationship is never good for one person and not the other. It’s just that desperation leads one to deceive and the other to deny.
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