Quotes September 13, 2017

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Barack Obama


“The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.”
Alain de Botton
“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.”
Flannery O’Connor
“All knowledge is interesting to a wise man, and the knowledge of nature is interesting to all men.”
Matthew Arnold


“The ego is the false self-born out of fear and defensiveness.”
John O’Donohue
“These days, whether you are online or not, it is easy for people to end up unsure if they are closer together or further apart.”
Sherry Turkle, Alone Together
“I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.”
Benjamin Franklin
“It is easier for me to take ten good pictures in an airplane bathroom than in the gardens at Versailles.”
Sally Mann, Hold Still
“Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth,’ said his cousin. ‘But we seem to have no other.’”
Ivy Compton-Burnett, Manservant and Maidservant
There are always obstacles and competitors. There is never an open road, except the wide road that leads to failure.
Herbert Casson,
“She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it).”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Meanwhile, as we read, two little girls slept as if couched on zephyrs on the south side of the parlor floor, in a room that had bunny wallpaper…and a bookcase crammed with the collected Beatrix Potter. Snow White was in a youth bed and Rose Red was in a crib, and next to them was the little blue and white guest room that one of them would have one day. Because I recognize emotions only in retrospect, I didn’t know that I was happy. As always, there was something nagging at my mind’s corners. But I did know that I had all that it is proper in this world to wish for.”
Mary Cantwell, Manhattan, When I Was Young
“Life is short. Say what you’ve wanted to say. Do what you’ve wanted to do. Don’t wait until the only thing you can say is, I wish I’d had the courage to do it sooner.”
Lori Deschene