I have been keeping a journal since 1976 and have begun to read some of that old stuff again. I wrote the following on 10th July 1977, 4 days before my 20th birthday and it's interesting looking back on it almost 30 years later -
* He who hesitates is not lost, it just may take him longer to get somewhere.
* He who delights in solitude is neither a beast nor a God, just a fool masquerading as one.
* Mistakes should never be dwelt upon, but should be accepted and filed away for future reference.
* "Honesty is the best policy" but only when deception won't work.
* "if at first you don't succeed - try, try again" - What a lot of shit. If it doesn't work the first time try something else.
* "Look before you leap" by all means, but don't let the consequences change your mind too often. Too much caution can breed stagnation.
* If you look to the future and ignore the past and present you will have no future.
* Be wary of self professed wise men; more often than not they are self deceived half wits.
* Always throw the first blow; that way you may not have to throw another.
* "The more the merrier" depends much on what you're talking about.
* Memories; some are sad, some are painful, but none should ever be regretted. No matter what emotions they conjure, we can always learn something from them, and through learning we may better ourselves.