Alden Nowlan quotes

  • The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
    -- Alden Nowlan

    #Forgiveness #Wise #Wisdom

  • My country has no history, only a past.
    -- Alden Nowlan

    #Country #Past #History

  • Growing up is never straight forward. There are moments when everything is fine, and other moments where you realize that there are certain memories that you'll never get back, and certain people that are going to change, and the hardest part is knowing that there's nothing you can do except watch them.
    -- Alden Nowlan

    #Memories #Growing Up #Knowing

  • Being a foreigner is not a disease.
    -- Alden Nowlan

    #Disease #Foreigners

  • Offhand, the only North American writers I can think of who have come from a background of rural poverty and gone on to write about it have been Negroes.
    -- Alden Nowlan

    #Writing #Thinking #Gone

  • On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute.

  • Thus let bygones be bygones. Let past differences, as nothing be.

  • I am slow to listen to criminations among friends, and never espouse their quarrels on either side. My sincere wish is that both sides will allow bygones to be bygones, and look to the present & future only.

  • Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.

  • Therefore, since the world has still Much good, but much less good than ill, And while the sun and moon endure Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure, I'd face it as a wise man would, And train for ill and not for good.

  • It comes back to the old question: How can the Bible be so wise in some places and so barbaric in others? And why should we put any faith in a book that includes such brutality?

  • I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.

  • Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind.

  • To be free from bondage the wise person must practise discrimination between One-Self and the ego-self. By that alone you will become full of joy, recognising Self as Pure Being, Consciousness and Bliss.

  • Be with Allah, You will find Allah with you.