Sample Quotes
  • I wept because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet.  -  Ancient Persian Proverb
  • If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred. -  Walt Whitman
  • If a man hasn’t discovered something that he would die for, he isn’t fit to live. -  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law,so much as for the right. -  Henry David Thoreau
  • He that’s merciful to the bad is cruel to the good. -  Thomas Randolph
  • When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality. -  Thomas Jefferson
  • Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. -  Mother Teresa
  • Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. -  Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco
  • It is easy to live for others; everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves. -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -  Robert Heinlein
  • Goodness is a special kind of truth and beauty. It is truth and beauty in human behavior. -  H.A. Overstreet
  • In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. -  Thomas Jefferson
  • Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money. -  Thomas Hobbes
  • It has been far safer to steal large sums with a pen than small sums with a gun. -  Warren Buffett
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -  Mahatma Gandhi
  • Life is not holding a good hand; life is playing a poor hand well. -  Danish proverb
  • Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. -  George Bernard Shaw
  • As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. -  Thomas A. Edison
  • Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes. -  Benjamin Disraeli
  • It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature knows no equality. -  Luc de Clapiers
  • When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. -  Lao-Tzu
  • The past cannot be changed. The future is still in your power. -  Hugh Lawson White
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been. -  George Eliot
  • The body is the soul’s image; therefore keep it pure. -  Sixtus I
  • The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. -  Theodore Hesburgh
  • Children need models rather than critics. -  Joseph Joubert
  • Some people seem compelled by unkind fate to parental servitude for life. -  Samuel Butler
  • Many a marriage hardly differs from prostitution, except being harder to escape from. -  Bertrand Russell
  • It is mind, not body, that makes marriage last. -  Publilius Syrus
  • He that marries for wealth sells his liberty. -  George Herbert
  • Sex is emotion in motion. -  Mae West
  • Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. -  David Hume
  • The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. -  Havelock Ellis
  • Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty. -  Jefferson Davis
  • Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. -  Theodore Roosevelt
  • A shortcut to riches is to subtract from one’s desires. -  Plutarch
  • You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims. -  Harriet Woods
  • Players must remember that the best victory is not over the opponent but over oneself. -  Benjamin Franklin
  • Blessed is he who carries within himself a God, an ideal, and obeys it. -  Louis Pasteur
  • True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. -  Louis Nizer
  • Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. -  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Living Sanely in an Insane World
Philosophy for Real People
Living Sanely In An Insane World

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About The Book

Would you like to be more productive, have more energy, have less jealousy of others, have a better, more focused plan with your life?

Do you ever ask yourself: Why do I feel so tired? What’s the point? What can I do to achieve my goals? Why doesn’t the world make more sense? Why do such good things happen to bad people, while bad things happen to people like me?

Living Sanely helps you get reenergized, and refocused on a productive, ethical way to deal with money, sex, marriage, parenthood, work, your body, and 30 other issues you face every day.

Some Ideas Discussed In Living Sanely

  • A critical part of living sanely is to understand that you need to focus your energies on the things you can change, and not waste energy on things that can be ignored.

    This cartoon is an illustration of that principle. If the things being thrown at you are not going to hit you, don’t waste energy on reaching out to your arms to deflect them. Just let them go by.

    Focus only on the dangers that are really going to harm you.

    News about world events? Mostly stress that serves no purpose. Ignore them.

    Insults, real or imagined? Let them go.

    Family tension? Better to focus on the positive?

  • It’s not because material possessions are bad, but because they’re often very good, that it’s easy to lose focus.

  • The real test is how long a person can maintain their values in the face of adversity.

  • Living for yourself is as natural as eating or breathing.

What Readers Say About Living Sanely

    • “Well written and easy to use as a reference.”
    • “Poignant and to the point. Definitely put many issues into perspective.”
    • “I liked it, not only can a person read it once, one can read it again and again.”
    • “It was short and to the point on what I needed to do with my life.”
    • “Overall, it was an easy read and practical!”
    • “It is a compact, easy to read guide to keeping what you really feel on the inside in sync with what you do on the outside, which is truly a gift.”

About The Author

John F. Groom

John Groom has written about a wide variety of topics for Internet sites and print publications. His essays have been published in The Washington Post, Builder Magazine, Montgomery Sentinel, Philanthropy, Export Today, and elsewhere.

In describing why he wrote this book, John writes, “I created this philosophy to answer questions that confronted me every day. My natural instinct is to think about my choices carefully, and make decisions that seem most likely to make me happy. And it’s always important to me to do the ‘right’ thing.”

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