Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Peter McWilliams, fully Peter Alexander McWilliams

American Writer and Self-Publisher of Self-help books, Cannabis Medical Activist due to being terminally ill with AIDS and cancer, convicted for violating federal marijuana laws, even though medical marijuana was legal under California state law, later choked to death on his own vomit when forced to switch from cannabis to Marinol in order to remain free on bond pending sentencing

"Although a lot can be learned from adversity, most of the same lessons can be learned through laughter and joy."

"All the things you think you should have done that you didn't do, and all of the things that you shouldn't have done, accept them. You did (or did not) do them. That's reality. That's happened. No changing the past."

"As the world gets dumber and dumber, I feel more and more at home."

"Anger begins as an inner twinge. We sense something long before it blossoms (explodes?) into an emotional tirade. If we listen to this twinge -- and follow its advice -- the emotional outburst (or in burst) is not needed."

"Don't accept the limitations of other people who claim things are 'unchangeable'. If it's written in stone, bring your hammer and chisel."

"Everyone thinks they can be a writer. Most people don't understand what's involved. The real writers persevere. The ones that don't either don't have enough fortitude and they probably wouldn't succeed anyway, or they fall in love with the glamour of writing as opposed to the writing of writing."

"Guilt is anger directed at ourselves - at what we did or did not do. Resentment is anger directed at others - at what they did or did not do."

"Be easier on yourself, on everyone, on everything. Suspend your judgments on the way things should be, must be, and ought to be. Suspending judgments gives you greater ease. Consider ease the antidote for disease."

"For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction... A lot of people suffer"

"Feeling right is a strong drug. Some people sacrifice a lot to be right. Ever hear the expression dead right?"

"If our early lessons of acceptance were as successful as our early lessons of anger, how much happier we would all be."

"I'd have a nervous breakdown except that I've been through this too many times to be nervous"

"If you take good care of the moment, the years will take care of themselves."

"If we aren't actively pursuing what we want, we don't really want it."

"I'm past the point of going quietly insane. I'm getting quite noisy about it."

"I'm a confirmed negaholic. I don't just see a glass that's half full and call it half-empty; I see a glass that's completely full and worry that someone's going to tip it over."

"Ironically, the more immune to programming you think you are, the more susceptible you become."

"It's not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us, that creates the quality of our life."

"I'm a gay Libertarian. I'm one of those 'laisse fairies.'"

"It's your life. Live it with people who are alive. It tends to be contagious."

"Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on?"

"Pettiness seems to go hand in hand with vindictiveness. The smaller the person, the larger the need for revenge. This may account for the fact that some consensual crimes have stiffer penalties than do most crimes with innocent victims."

"No matter what you do, no matter how stupid, dumb or damaging you judge it to be, there is a lesson to be learned from it. No matter what happens to you, no matter how unfair, inequitable or wrong, there's something you can take from the situation and use for your advancement."

"Marijuana is the finest anti-nausea medication known to science, and our leaders have lied about this consistently. [Arresting people for] medical marijuana is the most hideous example of government interference in the private lives of individuals. It's an outrage within an outrage within an outrage."

"Programming can happen to anyone. Intelligence, education, common sense, belief, or convictions offer little protection. All it takes is repetition (the slow route) or vulnerability (the fast route) and, eventually, we're hooked. Master programmers - from cult leaders to cigarette companies to government agencies - do both, as often as possible, whether you like it or not."

"Positive thoughts (joy, happiness, fulfillment, achievement, worthiness) have positive results (enthusiasm, calm, well-being, ease, energy, love). - Negative thoughts (judgment, unworthiness, mistrust, resentment, fear) produce negative results (tension, anxiety, alienation, anger, fatigue)."

"Resentment is anger directed at others--at what they did or did not do."

"Send the light of your own loving ahead of you. When you get there, the loving will have prepared a place for you. Be kind, gentle, and enjoy the journey."

"The comfort zone takes our greatest aspirations and turns them into excuses for not bothering to aspire."

"The laws against public nudity make no sense. The idea that Jerry Falwell can go topless while Cindy Crawford cannot is an absolute affront to logic, common sense and the 5000 year human struggle for aesthetic taste."

"The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news... and it's not entirely the media's fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news."

"The media tends to report rumors, speculations, and projections as facts... How does the media do this? By quoting some expert... you can always find some expert who will say something hopelessly hopeless about anything."

"To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all."

"To affirm is to make firm."

"The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones."

"To overcome a fear, here?s all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway."

"There is nothing to be done. Only accept it... and hurt."

"This is our true wealth -- the riches we take with us, the joy we carry inside, the support we learn to give ourselves, and the self-loving that flows as a natural by-product of that support."

"Ultimately, censorship comes down to taste. What offends me may enlighten you."

"Unlike money, wealth is not just what you have. Wealth is what you can do without."

"What would the masters do? When people aren?t successful, they sometimes wonder, why not? They get answers, then they wonder why those answers don?t seem to meet their needs. They get the wrong answers, and they get upset about it. Perhaps they?re really getting the right answers, but answering the wrong questions. Too many people ask nothing but Why questions. They analyze and analyze problems - but no solution. You can analyze a glass of water and you?re left with a lot of chemical components, but nothing you can drink. Why? questions can drive us crazy. What? questions drive us sane. What questions lead us to practical solutions."

"When we're no longer running from what we call loneliness, we can begin to appreciate the joy of being alone- solitude."

"Worrying is the interest paid on a debt you may not owe."

"Whenever something good happens, write it down. Buy a special notebook . . . and use it to list all the good in your life."

"You are no more at fault for having depression than if you had asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or any other illness."

"Your Master Teacher knows all you need to learn, the perfect timing for your learning it, and the ideal way of teaching it to you. You don't create a Master Teacher / that's already been done. You discover your Master Teacher."

"You can't afford the luxury of a negative thought."