Silence was the cure, if only temporarily, silence and geography. But of what was I being cured? I do not know, have never known. I only know the cure. Silence, and no connections except to landscape.
Manhattan, When I Was Young
There is a joy in the pursuit of anything.
The Art Spirit
To change fate, you do not choose small steps.
“How to Change Fate: Step 1,” in Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir
So coming back from a journey, or after an illness, before habits had spun themselves across the surface, one felt that same unreality, which was so startling; felt something emerge. Life was most vivid then.
To The Lighthouse
I had spent my whole life trying to fit in, but it would take the rest of my life to realize that some men are just meant to stand out.
CHARLES M. BLOW
Fire Shut Up in My Bones
It may well be that those whose work is their pleasure are those who most need the means of banishing it at intervals from their minds.
Painting as a Pastime
Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across a thousand miles and all the years we have lived.
The World I Live In
At a certain point one stands on the isthmus and sees clearly the Atlantic and Pacific of life. There is the destiny of going one way or the other and you must choose.
Burning the Days
Sartaj was thinking about how uncanny an animal this life was, that you had to seize it and let go of it at the same time, that you had to enjoy but also plan, live every minute and die every moment.
I shall never forget how the red ball of the sun hung on the horizon and raced along with the train for a short space, and then plunged below the belly-band of the earth. There have been other suns that set in significance for me, but that sun! It was a book-mark in the pages of a life.
ZORA NEALE HURSTON
Dust Tracks on a Road
If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.
One discovers the light in darkness, that is what darkness is for; but everything in our lives depends on how we bear the light.
The clearest indication of character is what people find laughable.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Maxims and Reflections
Humor is the antidote to overthinking. It’s a way of saying that life is paradoxical. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them. It says that the right way to exist among the contradictions, paradoxes, and absurdities of life is to cope with them through laughter.
How About Never: Is Never Good For You?
Quotes & Memes
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
Maxim Gorky – 1868-1936- Writer-Nobel Prize Nominee
“Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of life.”
“At the end it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you have lifted up, who you have made better. It’s all about what you give back.”
“The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.”
But the beauty is in the walking – we are betrayed by destinations.
The model we choose to use to understand something determines what we find.
We must become accountable to our time, our earth, our species, our people, and our loved ones, from the inside out.
Adrienne Maree Brown
See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
“In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.”
“Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.”
Navy SEAL Creed
“I am an American Special Forces Soldier! I will do all that my nation requires of me. I am a volunteer, knowing well the hazards of my profession.”
Army Special Forces Creed
“De Oppresso Liber” — “To Free the Oppressed.”
The Green Beret Creed
“Service in the 160th is a calling only a few will answer for the mission is constantly demanding and hard.
“And when the impossible has been accomplished the only reward is another mission that no one else will try. As a member of the Night Stalkers I am a tested volunteer seeking only to safeguard the honor and prestige of my country, by serving the elite Special Operations Soldiers of the United States.”
The Task Force 160th Army Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the Night Stalkers Creed
“It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save life and to aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts. These things I do, that others may live.”
Air Force Pararescue Creed
Combat Control Technician Creed
“Will be my goal. I will never quit, I will never surrender, I will never fail. I will adapt to the situation. I will gain and maintain the initiative. I will always go a little farther and carry more than my share.”
“Always faithful — always forward.”
The MarSOC Raider Creed
“In our nation’s time of need, an elite brotherhood of Sailors stands ready off distant shores and on shallow rivers. Defending freedom, they serve with honor and distinction. I am proud to be one of these Sailors.”
“I am a Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman: a quiet professional; tried, tested and dedicated to achieving excellence in maritime special operations. I am a disciplined, confident and highly motivated warrior.”
Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen SWCC Creed
From the experience of the past we derive instructive lessons for the future.
John Quincy Adams – 1767-1848 – Former President of the United States
It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.
Paulo Coelho – Author
It is sweet, sometimes, to hear cliches after long days of trying to say something new.
Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.
William Feather – 1889-1981 – Publisher-Author
“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get—only with what you are expecting to give—which is everything.”
“Don’t be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it’s just death.”
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe, from “Oldtown Folks”
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.”
“Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.”
If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?
writer, public activist, philosopher
In our deepest moments we say the most inadequate things.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.”
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”
“Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.”
“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”
“To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.”
“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.”
Barbara De Angelis
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
“People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.”
”If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self.”
“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.”
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
Winnie the Pooh
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt – 1884-1962 – Former First Lady of the United States
You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization.
Denis Waitley – Author and Speaker
“You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.”
“When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.”
“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”
“As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly; you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leave marks on you.”
“It all comes to this: The simplest way to be happy is to do good.”
“Value those people who tell you the truth, not just those people who tell you what you want to hear.”
The earth so old and haunted, so hungry and replete. It talks. Things past and things yet to be.
writer, poet, playwright
Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.
professional basketball player
June is Pride Month
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
“I love when people that have been through hell walk out of the flames carrying buckets of water for those still consumed by the fire.”
“Minimalism isn’t about removing the things you love. It’s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love.”
“Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself.”
“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself… You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow…”
“Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.”
Jenn Granneman, The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World
“Grief is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”
“Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude a key component to joy.”
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.”
“I can’t believe what I’m managing to get through.”
“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.”
“It’s true: people can change. People can learn, grow, and surprise us. But if someone does the same thing, over and over again—if they keep hurting, disrespecting, or disappointing you—it’s time to accept the way things are and ask yourself if you can really live with this. You can’t make someone change their pattern if they’re not willing or ready, but you can stop participating in it.”
“You are allowed to terminate your relationship with toxic family members. You are allowed to walk away from people who hurt you. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for taking care of yourself.”
Read your contracts. Up and down, left and right.
Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.
Successful negotiation is not about getting to ‘yes’; it’s about mastering ‘no’ and understanding what the path to an agreement is.
Labour once spent has no influence on the future value of any article; it is gone and lost for ever. In commerce bygones are forever bygones; and we are always starting clear at each moment, judging the values of things with a view to future utility.
William Stanley Jevons
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.
Andrew Carnegie – 1835-1919 – Industrialist
Long-range planning does not deal with the future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.
Peter F. Drucker – 1909-2005 – Educator-Author
“Each of us must decide whether it is more important to be proved right or to provoke righteousness.”
The only lasting truth Is Change.
Octavia E. Butler
Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.
Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
If you keep running in circles, you only screw yourself right into the ground.
Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you imagined.
“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”
Lt. Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
Army: A body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats.
A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living.
John F. Kennedy
Diplomats are just as essential in starting a war as soldiers are in finishing it.
Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.
Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.
We make war that we may live in peace.
In war there is no substitute for victory.
General Douglas MacArthur
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
Ernest Miller Hemmingway
The number of medals on an officer’s breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties from the front line.
Charles Edward Montague
Now I recall the Recon Marines ragged, filthy cammie shirted young men in green paint who move silent like the fog with deadly purpose in their eyes. Swift, Silent, Deadly. I smile.
GYSGT Correll, USMC, Retired– Recon Marine
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Epictetus – 50 AD-135 AD – Greek Stoic Philosopher
“Common sense is not so common.”
“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Buddha – Philosopher
My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
Charles F. Kettering – 1876-1958 – Inventor-Engineer
“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.
Octavia E. Butler,
“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.”
“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”
We have a choice. … To Live or To Exist.
singer, songwriter, actor
Faith by its definition is belief in the outcome of something which you’re not sure is ever going to be achieved.
activist, lawyer, writer
June is Pride Month