“Writing is the best gig in the whole business, as far as I’m concerned. You just sit down and make shit up.”
Robert Mark Kamen
“When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one’s energy, that one’s modesty, another’s generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we’re practically showered with them. It’s good to keep this in mind.”
“The journey is filled with ups and downs. Don’t confuse the two as ever being everlasting. Get up everyday and apply yourself, be authentic, trust your instincts and know that the more you apply yourself the better you get day by day. The day you are waiting for is the day you want to give up, that is when you MUST keep going. That’s the barrier between normal and greatness.”
“Hope is not an emotion: It’s a cognitive process—a thought process made up of what researcher C. R. Snyder called the trilogy of “goals, pathways, and agency.” Hope happens when we can set goals, have the tenacity and perseverance to pursue those goals, and believe in our own abilities to act. Snyder also found that hope is learned. When boundaries, consistency, and support are in place, children learn it from their parents. But even if we didn’t get it as kids, we can still learn hope as adults. It’s just tougher when we’re older because we have to resist and unlearn old habits, like the tendency to give up when things get tough. Hope is a function of struggle. If we’re never allowed to fall or face adversity as children, we are denied the opportunity to develop the tenacity and sense of agency we need to be hopeful.”
“You are what you love, not what loves you.
Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
Laurence J. Peter,
educator and writer
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.
“We’ll light the candle together when she’s ready. For now I’ll trust the darkness for us both.”
Terri St. Cloud
When a man imagines, even after years of striving, that he has attained perfection, his decline begins.
poet and biographer
The older I get, the less I care about what people think of me. Therefore, the older I get, the more I enjoy life.
Though I walk through the valley in the shadow of death I will fear no evil: for thou art with me…
~ Psalm 23:4 KJV Bible
Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.
General George Marshall
If you don’t succeed…attack again.
Lt Col. Ralph Huber
In war, only the simple succeeds.
Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg
Sweat saves blood, blood saves lives, and brains save both.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
“Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am.”
Thomas Merton, Journal
“Just as coffee can grow . . . under 7,000 [feet] and cedar over 7,000, I think that every human being requires a certain type of soil, temperature, and altitude, very narrowly defined for some, almost universal for others,—in order to feel free and happy, that is to say, free to develop his nature to the utmost of which it is capable. I believe that one can feel completely free both in a Trappist monastery or at the court in Berlin; but I think it would have to be an unusual and an unusually gracious personality that would feel free in both places.”
Isak Dinesen, letter, August 19, 1923
“All severity that does not tend to increase good, or prevent evil, is idle.”
Samuel Johnson, quoted in John Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson
Come to terms with death. Thereafter anything is possible.
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now!
Pope Paul VI
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good, but that most people can’t eat it.
No brain is stronger than its weakest think.
humorist and editor
Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.
“I turn over a new leaf every day. But the blots show through,”
Let sleeping dogs lie — who wants to rouse ‘em?
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
“The past is what the past is.”
First, say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.
Knowledge is a scarce national resource.
W. Edwards Deming,
engineer, professor and consultant
Not many skeletons left in my closet because I invite them to dance all over the front room!
You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.
Stephen C. Hogan
“If you could go back and change things, you might not be the person you are right now.”
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. “
Difficult doesn’t mean impossible. It simply means that you have to work hard.
You know you’re on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back.
People who shine from within don’t need the spotlight.
I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.
Dreams Don’t Have Deadlines
LL Cool J
“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.”
Don’t give other people permission to ruin your day.
A Kind life’s a beautiful life. Around and around their rage goes. Walk away before you’re dizzy. Be kind to you.
Claudia Hall Christian
Don’t be normal.
In the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful.”
Gertrude Stein, Paris France
“October is a fine and dangerous season in America. It is dry and cool and the land is wild with red and gold and crimson, and all the lassitudes of August have seeped out of your blood, and you are full of ambition. It is a wonderful time to begin anything at all.”
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain
I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.
Courtesy of Unknown and Anonymous at the Chive:
As a teenager in the 90s, inserting an unlabeled VHS tape into the VCR and pressing play was my generation’s “risky click.”
I don’t think I have ever picked up a pair of tongs without clicking them together a couple of times.
In Jurassic Park the goat came up to feed the T-Rex from underground. There had to have been a massive underground tunnel system everyone could have escaped through
We charge more for jobs using our brains than our muscles. But we look after our physical health much more carefully than our mental health.
If plants made gargling noises when being watered, a rainy day would be the most uncomfortable and awkward thing ever.
All the good skipping rocks are in the middle of the lake.
Sometimes, when I wake up, I am honestly impressed at the complexity and overall quality of the story I told myself in my dreams. I’m not nearly that creative when I’m awake.
When I’m in a place of high security, I focus so hard on not looking sketchy that I end up looking sketchy.
Cardboard boxes are pretty flimsy until you try to stuff them into the trash can.
The saying ‘Money can’t buy you happiness’ should be changed to ‘Money can’t prevent sadness’
The last ten tissues in a box should be a different color so you know to buy a new box.
I worry more about getting a ticket for speeding than the actual dangers of speeding.
In all reality, your floor is just the largest shelf in your house.
In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you are stuck on.
Accomplishment is something you cannot buy. If you have a chance and don’t make the most of it, you are wasting your time on this earth.
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead; therefore we must learn both arts.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.
Max De Pree,
businessman and writer
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.
Roy E. Disney
At the end of the day, the world will either be more kind or less kind because of your presence.
“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.”
That balance between caring deeply, yet seeking to listen rather than change someone’s mind, is a knife’s-edge balance!
It’s an offering. So we worked to do our best and then just watched for the signs to show us where this was supposed to go. The only intention we’ve had is to try to have some healing.
“One should not wish anyone disagreeable conditions of life; but for him who is involved in them by chance, they are touchstones of characters and of the most decisive value to man.”
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
When you surround yourself with smart people, they challenge you to think harder and in entirely different ways.
“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”
Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
“Awareness is the birthplace of possibility. Everything you want to do, everything you want to be, starts here.”
“Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, than when you don’t…you aren’t.”
Once you’ve accepted your flaws no one can use them against you.
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
You will know when a relationship is right for you. It will enhance your life, not complicate your life.