Lionel Fisher Quotes

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Curmudgeons speak up because they have to, because it's become critically important for them to tell the truth as they see it. Telling the truth is as natural to them now as when they were children. The fact that no one cares to listen is inconsequential. What curmudgeons don't realize, however, is that most people can't handle the truth they force on everyone within earshot-not when it comes from others. For the truth is something we need to discover for ourselves, each in our own heart, each in our own time, each in our own way. The truth-your truth, my truth-is something we need to hear directly from God, preferably on long walks by the sea." But curmudgeons don't care. Most annoying of all, they don't understand that no one appreciates the absurdities of the human condition flung in their faces-reason enough for them to bite their tongues, but they seldom do.

-Lionel Fisher


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