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Thoroughly selfish individuals can be entirely happy. They will be unlikely to find life very meaningful.

To such individuals, meaning often seems accidental, coincidental, or tangential … The reason this is so is that selfish people will find life meaningful only when they are not themselves; when they forget their selfish desires and act in a manner more consistent with agape (selfless love).

Meaning seems accidental, coincidental or tangential to their lives because, by and large, selflessness is accidental, coincidental and tangential to their lives.

There is nothing unpredictable about meaning, only the presence of selflessness in the life of a selfish person.


James Castleton, MD, Mending of a Broken Heart

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JAMES A. GARFIELD
This merger would give General Dynamics a permanent monopoly in nuclear submarines and would substan...
CHARLES A. JAMES
The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life com...
JAMES A. MICHENER
The Occupy Wall Street project feels like a burning ember that might light the torch of justice and ...
JAMES A. FORBES
The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other.
JAMES A. GARFIELD
Music is the language of all. It tames the savage beast and allows us to get over heartbreak. It hel...
JAMES A. MURPHY
a soldier lives always for the next battle, because he knows that before it arrives impossible chang...
JAMES A. MICHENER
Seeking excellence means choosing to forge your own sword to cut through the limitations of your lif...
JAMES A. MURPHY
The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no rem...
JAMES A. GARFIELD
The difficulties in diagnosing DID result primarily from lack of education among clinicians about di...
JAMES A. CHU
Civilizations may clash, but they surely fall if robbed of light from above. It could come from the ...
JAMES A. FORBES
The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
Advice is the easiest thing to give and often the hardest thing to receive. When you need it, and ot...
JAMES A. MURPHY
No matter how great you ‘think’ you are or how successful you've become. Never forget those who ...
JAMES A. MURPHY
A substantial minority of DID patients report sadistic, exploitive, and coercive abuse at the hands ...
JAMES A. CHU
A historic transition is occurring, barely noticed. Slowly, quietly, imperceptibly, religion is shri...
JAMES A. HAUGHT
They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by 100,000 unattached American men.
JAMES A. MICHENER
Philosophy goes no further than probabilities, and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve.
JAMES A. FROUDE
People who laugh actually live longer than those who don't laugh. Few persons realize that health ac...
DR. JAMES A WALSH
The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.
JAMES A. FROUDE
Human improvement is from within outward.
JAMES A. FROUDE
We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.
JAMES A. FROUDE
If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of...
JAMES A. MICHENER
Science rests on reason and experiment, and can meet an opponent with calmness; but a belief is alwa...
JAMES A. FROUDE
The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness.
JAMES A. FROUDE
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit shoul...
JAMES A. GARFIELD
Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor ju...
JAMES A. GARFIELD
Right reason is stronger than force.
JAMES A. GARFIELD
Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?
JAMES A. BALDWIN
You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the w...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.
JAMES A. GARFIELD
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on ...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
Ben Rome was a perfectionist. He checked every letter that went out to make sure the English was cor...
A. JAMES CLARK
We expanded primarily for our people - if you don't offer more opportunities, you don't keep...
A. JAMES CLARK
It's nice to work with your own alma mater.
A. JAMES CLARK
The best are the ones built without controversy, when the owner, the architect, and the builder work...
A. JAMES CLARK
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better...
JAMES A. MICHENER
I am always interested in why young people become writers, and from talking with many I have conclud...
JAMES A. MICHENER
Moving a magazine is like ordering 100,000 gallons of alphabet soup, to go. Last week, in Manhattan,...
JAMES A. LINEN
Suicide is not a remedy.
JAMES A. GARFIELD
It's not that we spend five days looking forward to just two. It's that most people do what they enj...
JAMES A. MURPHY
Justice and goodwill will outlast passion.
JAMES A. GARFIELD
A man needs selfacceptance or he can't live with himself; he needs selfcriticism or others can't li...
JAMES A. PIKE
Moving a magazine is like ordering 100,000 gallons of alphabet soup, to go. Last week, in Manhattan,...
JAMES A. LINEN
Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce....
JAMES A. GARFIELD
Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is...
JAMES A. GARFIELD
A law is not a law without coercion behind it.
JAMES A. GARFIELD
Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.
JAMES A. GARFIELD
Ideas control the world.
JAMES A. GARFIELD
Unless you think you can do better than Tolstoy, we don't need you
JAMES A. MICHENER
These divestitures ensure that consumers of milk, an American staple, continue to get the benefits o...
CHARLES A. JAMES
By assuming control of Platinum before the expiration of the required waiting period while the Justi...
CHARLES A. JAMES
Faith is about going through hell, coming out with some scars, and becoming a wiser person from the ...
JAMES A. MURPHY
Good times are a reminder and a reward for dealing with the difficult and challenging times we all g...
JAMES A. MURPHY
Thoughts turn to other's just a little more this time of year. Days grow shorter and memories grow l...
JAMES A. MURPHY
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. Everything is fascinating and holds their at...
JAMES A. MURPHY
The really great writers are people like Emily Brontë who sit in a room and write out of their limi...
JAMES A. MICHENER
It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid.
JAMES A. MICHENER
Long before I fell in love with writing, I fell in love with reading. Sometimes, honestly, I feel li...
JAMES A. MOORE
When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action ...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
It took her three seconds-one, two, three-to know that her destiny required her to join this man, an...
JAMES A. MICHENER
The older I get the more I realize how simple life is and how complicated we make it...
JAMES A. MURPHY
There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are peo...
JAMES A. LOVELL
I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance.
JAMES A. AUTRY
If you find you're not getting what you want, stop and think about what it is you really need. If th...
JAMES A. MURPHY