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Quotes July 20, 2021

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
Oscar Wilde
 
 
 
 
“Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?”
Rose Kennedy
 
 
 
 
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
Paulo Coelho
 
 
 
 
Faith is a withholding of conclusion so that you allow what is to arise.
Adyashanti
 
 
 
 
Though leaves are many, the root is one.
William Butler Yeats
 
 
 
 
The word En’owkin in the Okanagan language elicits the metaphorical image of liquid being absorbed drop by single drop through the head (mind). It refers to coming to understanding through a gentle process of integration.
Jeanette Armstrong
 
 
 
 
Our longings are a unique manifestation of the universe’s longings. In listening to the depths of life, within our lives and within every life, we will hear the longings of the One that are deeper than the fears that divide us.
John Philip Newell
 
 
 
 
My work is loving the world.
Mary Oliver
 
 
 
 
The justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations.
Glenn Gould
 
 
 
 
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner
 
 
 
 
Editing is really like plumbing a good deal of the time. You put two things together, and a current runs through it.
Thelma Schoonmaker
 
 
 
 
I ushered at the Shubert in New Haven during graduate school when plays en route to Broadway still went out of town to try out. I worked backstage at summer stock doing jobs from garbage man to strapping on Herbert Marshall’s wooden leg to fixing Gloria Swanson’s broken plumbing in her dressing room with her yelling at me as I worked the plunger.
John Guare
 
 
 
 
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
Dolly Parton
 
 
 
 
“Strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.”
Michelle Obama
 
 
 
 
“It’s not what you look for that matters, it’s what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau
 
 
 
 
“This is a youth-oriented society, and the joke is on them because youth is a disease from which we all recover.”
Dorothy Fuldheim
 
 
 
 
“There are going to be people in your life who change your trajectory. They’re going to walk into your life for a moment, a lifetime, or anytime in between. And they’re going to disrupt something in your life. They’ll challenge you, they’ll shake your beliefs, they’ll trigger you and then stand by you as you work through your healing. These people will teach you and be taught by you. You’ll dance and play. You’ll see the softer sides that others don’t get to see. They’ll lay down markers on your life’s timeline. Markers that roar “I was here”. Pre me. Post me. They’re the life changers. The good type of change. Not the one that takes you away from yourself… but the one that brings you home. “
Vienna Pharaon

Quotes July 18, 2021

A day of bad writing is always better than a day of no writing.
Don Roff
 
 
 
 
Here she is mending her dress; mending her dress as usual, he thought; here she’s been sitting all the time I’ve been in India; mending her dress; playing about; going to parties; running to the House and back and all that, he thought, growing more and more irritated, more and more agitated, for there’s nothing in the world so bad for some women as marriage, he thought; and politics; and having a Conservative husband, like the admirable Richard. So it is, so it is, he thought, shutting his knife with a snap.
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
 
 
 
 
They were now both ready, not to begin from scratch, but to continue with a love that had survived for thirteen years in hibernation. They were no longer travellers without baggage. They were no longer twenty. They’d both been around the block a bit and had suffered without the other. They’d both lost their way without the other.
Each had tried to find love with other people.
But all that was now finished.
Guillaume Musso, Que serais-je sans toi?
 
 
 
 
That’s the trouble, I can’t forget him. He was everything to me, except mine.
Jennifer Worth, The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
 
 
 
 
Coal is a portable climate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
Poetry was the maiden I loved, but politics was the harridan I married.
Joseph Howe
 
 
 
 
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society
Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
Hubris is interesting, because you get people who are often very clever, very powerful, have achieved great things, and then something goes wrong – they just don’t know when to stop.
Margaret MacMillan
 
 
 
 
One cannot rule out a blizzard in Minnesota after Labor Day, and so when I travel for Thanksgiving or any time in the fall, I am careful to fly into Des Moines instead of Minneapolis and then drive the 200 miles north to my hometown.
Hope Jahren
 
 
 
 
Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence.
George Steiner
 
 
 
 
Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
 
 
 
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
Coco Chanel – 1883-1971 – French Fashion Designer
 
 
 
 
There are infinite ways back to ourselves.
AmyAnn Cadwell
 
 
 
 
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Unknown

Quotes July 07, 2021

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.
Emma Stone – Actress
 
 
 
 
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
Audrey Hepburn – 1929-1993 – British Actress-Humanitarian
 
 
 
 
Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream.
Oprah Winfrey – – Actress-Entrepreneur-Talk Show Host-Media Executive-Philanthropist
 
 
 
 
May we be humble students of nature’s gentle instruction.
We all would benefit from doing less, with more presence and engagement.
AmyAnn Cadwell
 
 
 
 
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
Martin Luther
 
 
 
 
“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.”
Hillary Clinton
 
 
 
 
“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”
Arthur C. Clarke
 
 
 
 
Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.
Brene Brown – Professor-Lecturer-Author

Quotes July 05, 2021

“Since writing is very hard and rewriting is comparatively easy and rather fun, I always write my scripts all the way through as fast as I can, the first day, if possible, putting in crap jokes and pattern dialogue—“Homer, I don’t want you to do that.” “Then I won’t do it.” Then the next day, when I get up, the script’s been written. It’s lousy, but it’s a script. The hard part is done. It’s like a crappy little elf has snuck into my office and badly done all my work for me, and then left with a tip of his crappy hat. All I have to do from that point on is fix it. So I’ve taken a very hard job, writing, and turned it into an easy one, rewriting, overnight. I advise all writers to do their scripts and other writing this way.”
John Swartzwelder, one of the most revered comedy writers of all time, on writing.
 
 
 
 
“Sometimes I think we choose the things we spend our time doing just because of the difficulty and pain they cause us. A positive way of looking at this might be to say we like to “test ourselves,” while a more cynical view might hold that we are all, to some extent, magnificent self-torturers.”
Ultimate Glory
Timeless Insight
 
 
 
 
“It is easier to keep adding exceptions and justifications to a belief than to admit that a challenger has a better explanation.”
Zeynep Tufekci
Knowledge Project
 
 
 
 
“I think the future belongs to people who are what I call meta-rational. That is, people who realize their own limitations. So not all the skills that you think are so valuable actually will matter in the future. Don’t just feel good about yourself, but think critically, what am I actually good at that will complement emerging sectors and emerging technologies. The world of the future, even the present will be a world of algorithms. … People who think they can beat the algorithms will make a lot more mistakes. … So know when you should defer. It’s easier than ever before to get advice from other people, including on podcasts, right? Or, you know, go to Yelp. When can you trust the advice of others? Having good judgment there is becoming more important than just being the smartest person or having the highest IQ.”
Tyler Cowen on preparing for the future.
 
 
 
 
“When buying things, time and money trade-off against each other. If you’re low on money, take more time to find deals. If you’re low on time, stop looking for great deals and just buy things quickly online.” (My take: Time is a better investment than money. )
100 Tips for a Better Life
A Quote to Think About
 
 
 
 
“If you want to do a good deed, do it now. The time will pass, and you will not have the chance again.”
Leo Tolstoy in A Calendar of Wisdom
 
 
 
 
Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.
Herbert Hoover,
politician, businessperson, engineer, 31st US president

Quotes July 03, 2021

Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.
Wendy Flynn – Consultant
 
 
 
 
If you can dance and be free and not be embarrassed, you can rule the world.
Amy Poehler – Actress-Writer-Comedian-Producer
 
 
 
 
I thrive on obstacles. If I’m told that it can’t be done, then I push harder.
Issa Rae – Actress-Writer-Producer
 
 
 
 
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
Eleanor Roosevelt – 1884-1962 – Former First Lady of the United States
 
 
 
 
“Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore.”
Florence Nightingale
 
 
 
 
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
George Moore
 
 
 
 
“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”
Bertrand Russell
 
 
 
 
Democracy means a great many things to a great many people. But it must never be a quiet business.
Anthony Romero,
civil liberties advocate
 
 
 
 
Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.
Janelle Monae,
singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, model
 
 
 
 
You don’t have to choose between doing good and doing well. It’s a false choice, today more than ever.
Tim Cook,
CEO of Apple
 
 
 
 
To start, we just need to change one simple word. Change ‘why’ to ‘what.’
Lauren Esposito,
arachnologist, co-founder of 500 Queer Scientists
 
 
 
 
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
James Russell Lowell,
poet, diplomat

Quotes June 22, 2021

Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing it’s not the fish they are after.
Henry David Thoreau – 1817-1862 – American Naturalist
 
 
 
 
In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard.
Nicholas Sparks – American Novelist-Screenwriter-Philanthropist
 
 
 
 
The hardest stories we tell are always about ourselves.
Jose Antonio Vargas,
journalist, writer, filmmaker, immigration rights activist
 
 
 
 
You can’t merely emulate, you have to innovate, or at the very least create your own path into the process.
Carrie Brownstein,
musician, actor, comedian
 
 
 
 
Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door.
Benjamin Jowett – 1817-1893 – Tutor-Administrative Reformer University of Oxford
 
 
 
 
If you want to improve the quality of your life, start allocating a portion of each day to changing your paradigm.
Bob Proctor – Author-Speaker
 
 
 
 
“Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.”
Arthur Koestler
 
 
 
 
“The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.”
Mario Puzo
 
 
 
 
“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.”
Winston Churchill
 
 
 
 
“America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.”
Walter Cronkite
 
 
 
 
“I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.”
Abraham Lincoln
 
 
 
 
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense that once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”
James Baldwin

Quotes June 19, 2021

We can’t name it, but we can sing along.
Carrie Brownstein,
musician, actor, comedian
 
 
 
 
I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.
Beyonce – Singer-Songwriter-Actress
 
 
 
 
I’m no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is yes.
Leonard Bernstein,
composer, conductor, pianist
 
 
 
 
Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.
Oprah Winfrey – Actress-Entrepreneur-Talk Show Host-Media Executive-Philanthropist
 
 
 
 
It’s not about thinking outside the box. It’s about realizing there is no box.
Jari Askins – Judge-Lawyer
 
 
 
 
“A person’s emotional connection with money and finances is the starting point and one that has been overlooked or even worse, dismissed.”
Martha Adams
 
 
 
 
Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.
If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
Rita Mae Brown,
writer, screenwriter
 
 
 
 
When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?
Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
Miguel de Cervantes,
writer
 
 
 
 
Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.
Miles Davis – 1926-1991 – American Trumpeter

 
 
 
 
The two things in life you are in total control over are your attitude and your effort.
Billy Cox – Keynote Speaker

Quotes June 17, 2021

Your capacity to keep your vow will depend on the purity of your life.
Mahatma Gandhi – 1869-1948 – Lawyer-Nationalist
 
 
 
 
The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.
Billie Jean King,
professional tennis player
 
 
 
 
The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.
Thomas Sowell
 
 
 
 
I took the speed reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It’s about Russia.
Woody Allen
 
 
 
 
“You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
Lupita Nyong’o
 
 
 
 
“Take the rose—most people think it very beautiful: I don’t care for It at all. I prefer the cactus, for the simple reason that it has a more interesting personality. It has wonderfully adapted itself to its surroundings! It is the best illustration of the theory of evolution in plant life.”
Charles Proteus Steinmetz
 
 
 
 
I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.
Herman Melville,
writer, poet
 
 
 
 
“We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
 
 
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Emma Lazarus
 
 
 
 
Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.
Unknown

Quotes June 08, 2021

We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.
Persius – Greek Hero
 
 
 
 
Hope is holding a creative tension between what is and what could and should be, each day doing something to narrow the distance between the two.
Parker Palmer
 
 
 
 
I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.
Richard P. Feynman
 
 
 
 
There is some deep internal intelligence.
Some non-verbal narrative, which nourishes us,
which has its own natural wellspring.
Slobodan Dan Paich
 
 
 
 
Even in the midst of suffering and grieving, people rally around one another, help where they can, open their arms and their homes to those who have lost even more.
Trebbe Johnson
 
 
 
 
Don’t apologize for the sorrow, grief, and rage you feel. It is a measure of your humanity and your maturity. It is a measure of your open heart, and as your heart breaks open there will be room for the world to heal.
Joanna Macy
 
 
 
 
Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.
Ovid
 
 
 
 
The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how
to use one’s eyes.
George Sand
 
 
 
 
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
Moliere
 
 
 
 
There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.
Linda Hogan
 
 
 
 
Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.
Carlos Fuentes
 
 
 
 
You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life
Mary Oliver
 
 
 
 
Life is embodied network.
David George Haskell
 
 
 
 
Thoughts don’t come from “within”; neither do they come from “without.” They emerge “between.”
Bayo Akomolafe
 
 
 
 

I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
Albert Einstein

Quotes June 02, 2021

Somewhere the deepest desire for a soul is to be appreciated, to be loved.
Jean Vanier
 
 
 
 
You change your life by changing your heart.
Max Lucado
 
 
 
 
Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.
Quentin Crisp
 
 
 
 
To achieve the nonchalance, which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.
Hardy Amies
 
 
 
 
Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquillity that no religion can bestow.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
Our lives are but specks of dust falling through the fingers of time. Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.
Socrates
 
 
 
 
You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.
Jen Campbell
 
 
 
 
Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.
Bo Bennett
 
 
 
 
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is ugliness.
Rodney Dangerfield
 
 
 
 
“We come unbidden into this life, and if we are lucky we find a purpose beyond starvation, misery, and early death which, lest we forget, is the common lot.”
Abraham Verghese
 
 
 
 
“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat.”
William Shakespeare
 
 
 
 
“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.”
Lord Byron
 
 
 
 
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
Epictetus
 
 
 
 
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Charlotte Bronte
 
 
 
 
“Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Jack Parr
 
 
 
 
“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”
William Wordsworth
 
 
 
 
“Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life-rafts.”
Eugene McCarthy
 
 
 
 
“Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women.”
Michelle Obama
 
 
 
 
“If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?”
Kahlil Gibran
 
 
 
 
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”
Plato
 
 
 
 
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
Leo Tolstoy
 
 
 
 
If you’re asking someone for money wear a tie.
Unknown