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Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care.
-- Jimmy Buffett
 

 

Thursday, February 4, 1999

The real thing

Arrogance is a poor substitute for confidence. Taking is a poor substitute for creating. Possessing is a poor substitute for appreciating.

Staying busy is a poor substitute for accomplishing something. Anger is a poor substitute for discipline. Rudeness is a poor substitute for eloquence. Aloofness is a poor substitute for joy. Envy is a poor substitute for effort.

Rationalization is a poor substitute for truth. Artful deceit is a poor substitute for integrity. Promises are a poor substitute for commitment. Gluttony is a poor substitute for nourishment. Stylishness is a poor substitute for courtesy.

Why settle for a meager substitute when you can have the real thing? Why bother with outward appearances when you can enjoy the genuine substance of life? Get real. Make the effort to be true to your best values. Live the real thing. It’s worth it.

— Ralph Marston

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