Hugh Prather

A Quote by Hugh Prather on change, future, meaning, time, and value

I can not 'make my mark' for all time - those concepts are mutually exclusive. 'Lasting effect' is a self-contradictory term. Meaning does not exist in the future and neither do I. Nothing will have meaning 'ultimately.' Nothing will even mean tomorrow what it did today. Meaning changes with the context. My meaningfulness is here. It is enough that I am of value to someone today. It is enough that I make a difference now.

Hugh Prather

Source: (Notes to Myself)

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A Quote by Hugh Prather on betrayal, facts, fear, heaven, justice, and mistakes

I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. My fear of making a mistake seems to be based on the hidden assumption that I am potentially perfect and that if I can just be very careful I will not fall from heaven. But a 'mistake' is a declaration of the way I am, a jolt to the way I intend, a reminder I am not dealing with the facts. When I have listened to my mistakes I have grown.

Hugh Prather

Source: (Notes)

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A Quote by Hugh Prather on death, experience, justice, life, and mistakes

Perfectionism is a slow death. If everything were to just like I would want it to, just like I would plan for it to, then I would never experience anything new; my life would be an endless repetition of stale successes. When I make a mistake I experience something unexpected.

Hugh Prather

Source: (Notes)

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A Quote by Hugh Prather on argument and god

Sometimes when I generalize, I am saying, 'Let's pretend I am God,' and of course the other person argues that point endlessly. But I notice that if the other person takes a stand for himself and states his thoughts as his thoughts, I pay more attention to what he is saying and look deeper in myself.

Hugh Prather

Source: (Notes)

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A Quote by Hugh Prather on life and trouble

My trouble is I analyze life instead of live it.

Hugh Prather

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A Quote by Hugh Prather on change, justice, learning, and life

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes and I am left the same. The more things change the more I am the same. . . . I am what I started with, and when it is all over I will be all that is left of me.

Hugh Prather

Source: Notes to Myself

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A Quote by Hugh Prather on agreement, control, justice, people, and trying

When someone disagrees with me, I do not have to immediately start revising what I just said. People don't want me to always agree with them. They can sense this is phony. They can sense I am trying to control them: I am agreeing with them to make them like me. They feel; "I don't want to exist to like you. I DON'T exist to like you."

Hugh Prather

Source: Notes

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A Quote by Hugh Prather

I want you to be able to say anything. Even what you don't mean

Hugh Prather

Source: (Notes to Myself)

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A Quote by Hugh Prather on clarity, friendship, mistakes, and support

Support your friends - even in their mistakes. But be clear, however, that it is the friend and not the mistake you are supporting.

Hugh Prather

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A Quote by Hugh Prather on attitude, future, happiness, and present

Happiness is a present attitude and not a future condition.

Hugh Prather

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