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Just because you put higher-octane gasoline in your
by Neil Sheehan

Just because you put higher-octane gasoline in your
car doesn't mean you can break the speed limit.
The speed limit's still 65.
- Neil Sheehan

We thought that whatever we wanted to do was right and good,
simply because we were Americans, and we would succeed
at it because we were Americans.
- Neil Sheehan

These men were wrongfully rejected, the veterans.
The fighting man should never have been blamed for Vietnam.
- Neil Sheehan

The unthinkable occurred: two communist countries went to war with each other.
- Neil Sheehan

 

I never got away from the war.
Not because I was obsessed with it in those years,
but because it was the event of my generation and I
started out covering it so I stayed with it.
- Neil Sheehan

I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI,
and I never could get away from the war.
- Neil Sheehan

We had a military and political leadership at that
period which was genuinely deluded.
- Neil Sheehan

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We wanted to see this country win the war just as much as those advisors did.
We felt we would help to do that by reporting the truth.
And so there was the moral outrage over this general
and the ambassador in Saigon who kept denying the truth we would see.
- Neil Sheehan

You remember all those phrases about how "these people" -
Asians -
don't value human life like we do.
Well if you spend any time around them,
you discover that they love their children just as much as we love ours.
That is certainly true of the Vietnamese.
- Neil Sheehan

At least I'm at peace with myself.
I have done my best to write a book about what really
happened there and why it happened and it's done,
it's published.
I won't write another book on Vietnam.
- Neil Sheehan

World War II had been such a tremendous success story
for this country that the political and military leadership
began to assume that they would prevail simply because of who they were.
We were like the British at the turn of the 19th century.
- Neil Sheehan

The destruction of civilian hamlets,
the killing and the wounding of civilians,
became vastly greater than it had been before,
and it was very upsetting; but I still couldn't bring
myself to understand that the policy itself was wrong.
- Neil Sheehan

I think you have to remember that Americans saw their
purpose as so innately good that they could excuse
the pain they would inflict on others to carry out those purposes.
Because the purposes were so good, they would justify
this pain we were inflicting on other people.
- Neil Sheehan

People talked to me in a way I think they would not
have talked to somebody who hadn't shared the experience;
they gave me their papers,
they gave me their diaries.
I found people constantly opening up to me.
And I think they did because I had shared that experience with them.
- Neil Sheehan

Americans, particularly after World War II,
tended to romanticize war because in World War II our
cause was the cause of humanity,
and our soldiers brought home glory and victory,
and thank God that they did.
But it led us to romanticize it to some extent.
- Neil Sheehan

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

I love you just the way you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

I wrap the potential for bitterness,
resentment, martyrdom in the blanket of forgiveness
and just set it down.
Then it just melts in the warmth. And goes away.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Just start dancing and the band will find you.
- Tama Kieves

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
- Mother Teresa

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never give up, for that
is just the place and time
that the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

It is darkest just before the dawn.
- Proverb

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

For a happy marriage,
love and accept your spouse just the way they are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Could you risk believing that everything
will unfold just fine if you completely let go
of all concern about everything else,
and simply are here, now - if only for a moment?
- Dmitri Bilgere

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

Just another cold, misty morning inviting,
"want to go again?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Truth never damages a cause that is just.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Just Do it!
- Nike ad

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

If you want to feel rich,
just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
- Anonymous

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And just dance a little.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

One must know not just how to accept a gift,
but with what grace to share it.
- Maya Angelou

What you don't do daily, you probably won't do weekly either.
What you make a habit of putting-off
just keeps getting pushed away again and again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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