Welcome to the archived web site of
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
 
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit

Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated
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Articles by Dr. Friedman (except where noted otherwise)

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From His Book | Meditations For Life | The Flow of Money, Business and Innovation | Transpersonal/Mind-Body | Approaches, Worldview and Will-isms

Skills For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | Feeling, Thought, Communication & Action

Strategies/Distinctions For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free

Awakening Stories/Metaphors For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | The Way It Is

Holiday Family Gatherings | Cartoons, Jokes and Humor | Poems and Quotes | Song Lyrics, Wit and Wisdom

Jokes, Cartoons and Wisdom

The World According to G. K. Chesterton
 

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) often wrote from a Christian perspective and spoke of himself as primarily a journalist. He was a British critic, artist, and author of essays, verse, novels and short stories. By all reports G.K. was one of the most colorful, outspoken and beloved personalities of English literature.

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Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.

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Mysticism is a transcendental form of common sense.

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Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.

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The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.

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There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there.

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The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.

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One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.

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Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.

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From time to time, as we all know, a sect appears in our midst announcing that the world will very soon come to an end. Generally, by some slight confusion or miscalculation, it is the sect that comes to an end.

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Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.

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The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.

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It is ludicrous to suppose that the more skeptical we are the more we see good in everything. It is clear that the more we are certain what good is, the more we shall see good in everything.

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No skeptical philosopher can ask any questions that may not equally be asked by a tired child on a hot afternoon.

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It is assumed that the skeptic has no bias; whereas he has a very obvious bias in favour of skepticism.

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Pride consists in a man making his personality the only test, instead of making truth the test. The skeptic feels himself too large to measure life by the largest things; and ends by measuring it by the smallest thing of all.

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If there were no God, there would be no atheists.

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A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

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Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

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When learned men begin to use their reason, then I generally discover that they haven't got any.

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[On so many rich men:] To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.

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He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.

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Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.

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A detective story generally describes six living men discussing how it is that a man is dead. A modern philosophic story generally describes six dead men discussing how any man can possibly be alive.

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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.


George Demont Otis         San Pablo Bay

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.

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It's not that we don't have enough scoundrels to curse; it's that we don't have enough good men to curse them.

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The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice.

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It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

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There'd be a lot less scandal if people didn't idealize sin and pose as sinners.

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There are some desires that are not desirable.

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The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

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The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.

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Complaint always comes back in an echo from the ends of the world; but silence strengthens us.

The center of every man's existence is a dream. Death, disease, insanity, are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel.

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The comedy of man survives the tragedy of man.

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The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.

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Progress should mean that we are always changing the world to fit the vision, instead we are always changing the vision.

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To hurry through one's leisure is the most unbusiness-like of actions.

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The past is not what it was.

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I have formed a very clear conception of patriotism. I have generally found it thrust into the foreground by some fellow who has something to hide in the background. I have seen a great deal of patriotism; and I have generally found it the last refuge of the scoundrel.

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By experts in poverty I do not mean sociologists, but poor men.

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A good man's work is effected by doing what he does, a woman's by being what she is.

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Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men.

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There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.

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A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.

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An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

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How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.

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I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

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The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.

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The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.

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The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.

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To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

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You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

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Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

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Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.

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You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

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To be simple is the best thing in the world.


George Demont Otis     Summer Shadows

 


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