It is often to the wary that the events in life are unexpected. Looser types – people who are not busy weighing and measuring every little thing – are used to accidents, coincidences, chance, things getting out of hand, things sneaking up on them. They are the happy children of life, to whom life happens for better or worse.”
Laurie Colwin, “A Mythological Subject,” in The Lone Pilgrim
To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
activist and political leader
Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
John F. Kennedy,
35th US president
The minute you’re satisfied with where you are, you aren’t there anymore.
No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is long left without proper reward.
Booker T. Washington,
educator, writer and orator
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”