Somebody Said

Sybil Bayless was a great friend. She said:

Confusion is good - certainty is almost always a sure sign of human error in progress.

“You know life is a series of choices. Like you decide to live in Minnesota. OK, then for some of the year you’ll be too cold and the rest of the time you’ll be too hot. These are not things you can change about Minnesota. You can only choose to change yourself: you move to North Carolina. Everything’s like that. Stop trying all the time to change the things in the world when you’re not prepared to change yourself. Sometimes the world does need to change. These are hard things that require real long term effort commitment and getting together with other people. Choose these things most carefully. They will define who you are.”

Susan Farmer said:

Well, you can't have it now. And when you can have it, you won't want it.

Henry Meyerding said:

In this life, you will be offered many things. Each comes with a price and you don't have to take any of them. Of course, that has a price, too.

Luckily, you are neither just a package of protoplasm judged solely by your outward appearance, nor are you the sum of other people's perceptions of you. You are someone in your own right. This is the first and foremost of rights, upon which all other rights depend.

Lyn Meyerding said:

Loving someone means respecting them. Respecting them means not lying to them.

Jeff Mincey said:

In this world of servitude, liberty is extreme. In this world of inequality, justice is extreme. In this world of greed, sharing is extreme. In this world of war, peace is extreme. If you oppose extremism for its own sake, then you oppose me.

Robert Kennedy

"What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."

”Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable”

John F Kennedy

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."

Oscar Wilde

“A life lived without regrets is no life at all.”

Jessica MacGilvray

"It is the acceptance of the inevitability of injustice that makes injustice inevitable."

"Things are not always what they seem to be, especially when what they seem to be is what they are."

"I don’t defend my right to identify as transgender. After more than half a century on this little planet, I ought to know what I am, even if everyone else is up for grabs. If asked, which doesn’t happen often, I say 'genderqueer.' When asked my race I put down 'homo sapiens.' If you don’t think you’d feel right calling yourself trans, if you were me and in my situation, that’s fine with me, and if it ever happens, please give me a call. We should talk."

First survive trauma, learn from it and trim away the layers of anguish until what remains is character, and if your are lucky, a little wisdom.

Please note, these are approximate quotations from my recollection. If I have misquoted you, my sincere apologies, please send me corrections.

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