Monday, November 25, 2019

Anyway | Quote by Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway. 
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway. 
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway. 
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway. 
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway. 
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway. 
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway. 
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway. 
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway. 
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

A cross inscribed in sandstone at Ocean Beach, California,
along with other symbols.
I've called the photo "Impermanence,"
because most people worship only
the moldy robes of their prophets and saviors;
they consume them;
they commodify them;
and then they move on.
Almost always,
what people claim to worship--
Christ, the Buddha, truth, beauty, art--
they don't.
Almost always it is something far less lofty,
far less noble,
far less empowering,
far less spiritual.
It is in that light
that Keith's words become truly understandable.