Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds.” Laura Ingalls Wilder, novelist (1867-1957) Everything we see, hear, feel is colored by what we prefer seeing, hearing and feeling, not even aware that we are blind and deaf to much of what surrounds us.
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.” Barbara W. Tuchman, writer, journalist, historian (1912-1989) This one scares me as it may be our undoing as I write this.
A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.” José Martí, poet, writer, revolutionary philosopher (1853-1895) I write poetry and always thought you can say more difficult truths in verse than you have in prose.
Several excuses are always less convincing than one.” Aldous Huxley, writer, novelist (1894-1963) People bend over backwards and overexplain when something is not quite right, which makes it not ring true.
Nothing so soon the drooping spirits can raise, As praises from the men, whom all men praise.” Abraham Cowley, poet (1618-1667) It is strangely true that most of us feel more complimented by a well-known person, yet honest feedback can come from any true caring individual.
The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.” Hector Berlioz, composer (1803-1869) A talent for luck is really the ability to keep one’s eyes trained to the opportunities that may lurk in the shadows.
Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles M. Schutz, cartoonist (1922-2000) The gears we never use could always be time-activated by new learnings. It takes time and discipline to acquire new skills; it has to be a worthwhile effort.
When people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together. “ “The Relativity of MORE >
It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, but neither are you free to absolve yourself from it. “ Yehudah HaNasi (Judah the Prince), second-century rabbi and chief redactor and editor of the Mishnah—the core teaching of the Talmud (135 -220 CE) This statement is interesting because it is ambiguous. What I think MORE >
The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” Madeleine L’Engle, author and poet (1918–2007) Except that sometimes I am nostalgic for who I was as well as nostalgic for all the ages my children have been.