More than 99% of my wealth will go to philanthropy during my lifetime or at death. Measured by dollars, this commitment is large. In a comparative sense, though, many individuals give more to others every day. Millions of people who regularly contribute to churches, schools,and other organizations thereby relinquish the use of funds that would otherwise benefit their own families. The dollars these people drop into a collection plate or give to United Way mean forgone movies, dinners out, or other personal pleasures. In contrast, my family and I will give up nothing we need or want by fulfilling this 99% pledge. Moreover, this pledge does not leave me contributing the most precious asset, which is time. Many people, including — I’m proud to say — my three children, give extensively of their own time and talents to help others. Gifts of this kind often prove far more valuable than money.

It’s often been observed that the first casualty of war is the truth. But that’s a lie, too, in its way. The reality is that, for most wars to begin, the truth has to have been sacrificed a long time in advance.

May 12, 2017 L. Neil Smith ,

If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.

February 20, 2017 Lao Tzu ,

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

February 19, 2017 Pablo Picasso

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

February 18, 2017 Anonymous ,

I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.

February 17, 2017 Muhammad Ali

A year from now, you will wish you had started today.

February 16, 2017 Karen Lamb ,

If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.

February 15, 2017 Azim Premji ,

Work hard in silence; let your success be your noise.

February 14, 2017 Frank Ocean

The battle between good and evil is a legitimate theme for a Fantasy (or for any work of fiction, for that matter), but in real life that battle is fought chiefly in the individual human heart. Too many contemporary Fantasies take the easy way out by externalizing the struggle, so the heroic protagonists need only smite the evil minions of the dark power to win the day. And you can tell the evil minions, because they’re inevitably ugly and they all wear black. I wanted to stand much of that on its head. In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.

February 13, 2017 Anonymous , , ,