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Notes & Quotes From Hugh Prather August 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

In college, a friend shared her copy of Notes to Myself with me.  Years later, I read through Notes on Love & Courage.  Both books, by Hugh Prather, contained considerable fuel for thought.

Here’s a few quotes to stoke your fire within:

“An argument is always about what has been made more important than the relationship.”

“There are only three things you need to let go of ~ judging, controlling, and being right. Release these three and you will have the whole mind and twinkly heart of a child.”

“Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty. When I am honest I never feel stupid. And when I am honest I am automatically humble.”

~ Hugh Prather

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Rivergirl - August 19, 2019

Good advice. Not always easy to follow though!

nrhatch - August 19, 2019

What I like about the way he writes is that he doesn’t really “give advice” . . . he just makes observations. Often astute.

He leaves it to the reader to consider the observation.

2. Jill Weatherholt - August 19, 2019

Great words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

nrhatch - August 19, 2019

I often find myself nodding as I read his observations about life and people and interactions. He must have been both awake and aware as he watched what was going on around him.

3. Ally Bean - August 19, 2019

I loved Notes to Myself when I was in college. I haven’t revisited it in years. Thanks for the reminder.

nrhatch - August 19, 2019

A lot of his quotes are available with a quick google ~ I could get lost in his words because they so often ring true.

4. Kate Crimmins - August 19, 2019

If only we can remember this stuff “in the moment” but I’m working on it!

nrhatch - August 19, 2019

Soon you will have “the whole mind and twinkly heart of a child.”

A child who is drinking Starbucks!

5. joyroses13 - August 19, 2019

I am going to have to look more of his quotes up. These are all so true and good!

nrhatch - August 19, 2019

I am sure that you will find some that resonate ~ maybe even some to share on Tuesday.

joyroses13 - August 19, 2019

That was what I was thinking.

nrhatch - August 19, 2019

Good luck! 😀

6. L. Marie - August 19, 2019

Very good advice! I admit I sometimes want to be right. 😄 But sometimes I really need to let go of the need to be right.

nrhatch - August 19, 2019

I love being “right” . . . but being “wrong” is 2nd best! 😀

7. Val Boyko - August 19, 2019

Worth a share today! Thank you 💛

nrhatch - August 19, 2019

Thanks, Val. Here’s to the good stuff!

8. Behind the Story - August 20, 2019

Good advice. Thank you, Nancy. I missed hearing about Hugh Prather and his books when I was in college. Now many years later, thanks to you, I’ve been introduced to him.

nrhatch - August 20, 2019

I’m not sure what happened to my copies. i must have shed them in one of our moves. But it was pleasant delving into a few of his observations while choosing quotes for this post.


9. Debra - August 21, 2019

What would I do with all the time left available if I let go of “judging, controlling, and being right.” LOL! There is nothing good in any of these habits–nothing that ultimate leads to peace, that’s certain. Thank you, Nancy! Good reminders.

nrhatch - August 27, 2019

Morning! I just found this in my “Pending” file where it’s been twiddling its thumbs for the past 5 days. I guess that Akismet judged it unfairly!

I would rather be “happy” than “right” . . . if only others weren’t so “wrong” all the time! 😆

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