Showing posts with label Wisdom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wisdom. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mother Teresa - Life is...

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

- Mother Teresa

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Our Deepest Fear

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Words of Wisdom: Michael Levy's Gatherings

By Michael Levy

One sunny morning, a happy-go-lucky man was walking in a park overflowing with beautiful flowers and trees. He was holding a large basket over one arm. Every so often, he would grab out at the sky and put something into his basket.

A small boy was watching the man with considerable fascination. After a while, his curiosity got the better of him. He approached the man and asked, pardon me mister, but what are you doing?

The man replied, this afternoon I am to give a keynote speech at a grand historic conference. It will be attended by all the greatest minds in the world who believe in their own opinions, ideas and perceptions of the truths, in their religions and science.

I am grabbing different aspects of truth, putting them all in my basket, so that I can present them to all the noble minds. It may enable them to study and understand their own truths more clearly. The little boy looked inside the basket to find it full of thin air.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Writing Quotes of the Day

“The great thing about writing is that you can do all these antisocial things and you get paid for them and nobody ever arrests you because they're all make-believe. Then that way if you were actually ever driven to do any of those things, the pressure's off because you'd have already written them down. It's therapy.”
—Stephen King


“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”


“First sentences are doors to worlds.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin


“Writing that springs from the surface of existence—when there is no other way and the deeper wells have dried up—is nothing, and collapses the moment a truer emotion makes that surface shake.

"That is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why there can never be enough silence around one when one writes, why even night is not night enough.”

—Franz Kafka


“Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats. I read newspapers, textbooks on crime. I talk to private investigators, police officers, jail administrators, doctors, lawyers, career criminals. Ideas are everywhere.”
—Sue Grafton

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Creativity & The Third Man

"In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." - from the movie, The Third Man

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Quote of the Day: Quentin Crisp

"Artists in any medium are nothing more than a bunch of hooligans who cannot live within their income of admiration." - Quentin Crisp

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Writing Quotes of the Day

“I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.”—James Joyce

“The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.”—William Faulkner

“To have something to say is a question of sleepless nights and worry and endless ratiocination of a subject - of endless trying to dig out of the essential truth, the essential justice.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I take the reporting side of writing more seriously than the writing side. I think it really is a lot of work to get things right, so I trained myself. I sort of take notes the way photographers take photos. You just sort of scattershot, record everything, because you never know what's going to prove invaluable...”—Jon Krakauer

“What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful.”—Edward Dahlberg

“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success—but only if you persist.”—Isaac Asimov

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day's works is all I can permit myself to contemplate.”—John Steinbeck

“The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.”—Richard Harding Davis

“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”—Jack London

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”—Rudyard Kipling

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Poetry Quotes of the Day

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”—from the movie “Dead Poets Society”

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is a painting that speaks.”—Simonides

“Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait.”—Jean-Paul Sartre

“Poetry is subconscious conversation; it is as much the work of those who understand it and those who make it.”—Sonia Sanchez

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does.”—Allen Ginsberg

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.”—Paul Dirac

“Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.”—Plato

“Poetry is not sought but received. The puritan habits of hard work are not much help. Oh, they may help you get in the chair, keep you at the task, but the real lure is the gift of the word, the line that surprises.”—Donald M. Murray

“The poet knows that he speaks adequately then only when he speaks somewhat wildly, or ‘with the flower of the mind’... not with the intellect alone but with the intellect inebriated with nectar.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Poetry is being, not doing.”—E.E. Cummings

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Monday, December 21, 2009

10 Ways to Stay Happy

I cannot stake claim to these - in fact, I couldn't find out who did write these - but I adore them!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight, and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop."

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath, laugh until your last breath.

6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourself. LIVE while you are alive.

7 Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Writing Quotes of the Day

“One must be pitiless about this matter of ‘mood.’ In a sense, the writing will create the mood...I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing seemed worth enduring for another five minutes...and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”—Joyce Carol Oates

“Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.”—Albert Camus

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”—Scott Adams

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.”—Cyril Connolly

“Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.”—Bonnie Friedman

“Detail is the lifeblood of fiction.”—John Gardner

“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Learning to write may be a part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes from a superior devotion to reading.”—Eudora Welty

“Probably, indeed, the larger part of the labor of an author composing his work is critical labor; the labor of sifting, combining, constructing, expunging, correcting, testing. This frightful toil is as much critical as creative.”—T.S. Eliot

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Poetry Quotes of the Day

“Poets need not go to Niagara to write about the force of falling water.”—Robert Frost

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.”—Emily Dickinson

“Everywhere I go, I find a poet has been there before me.”—Sigmund Freud

“The business of the poet and the novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things, and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things.”—Thomas Hardy

“Don't ask a poet to explain himself. He cannot.”—Plato
“There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money either.”—Robert Graves

“Poetry should be like fireworks, packed carefully and artfully, ready to explode with unpredictable effects."—Lilian Moore

“Poetry, I feel, is a tyrannical discipline. You've got to go so far, so fast, in such a small space, that you've got to burn away all the peripherals.”—Sylvia Plath
“A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.”—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.”—Kahlil Gibran

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

MLK's Wisdom

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Writing Quotes of the Day

“It is not enough merely to love literature, if one wishes to spend one's life as a writer. It is a dangerous undertaking on the most primitive level. For, it seems to me, the act of writing with serious intent involves enormous personal risk. It entails the ongoing courage for self-discovery. It means one will walk forever on the tightrope, with each new step presenting the possibility of learning a truth about oneself that is too terrible to bear.”—Harlan Ellison

“If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.”—Kingsley Amis

“In good writing, words become one with things.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.”—Robert Frost

“Writing is pretty crummy on the nerves.”—Paul Theroux

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”—T. S. Eliot

“Writing, I explained, was mainly an attempt to out-argue one's past; to present events in such a light that battles lost in life were either won on paper or held to a draw.”—Jules Feifer

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”—E. M. Forster

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and the lightening bug.”—Mark Twain

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cornel West Interview with Tavis Smiley

I love the way Cornel West speaks, the beautiful way he puts words together, and he never fails to make me think.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Poetry Quotes of the Day

“The poet doesn't invent. He listens.”—Jean Cocteau

“The poet ... may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.”—Lionel Trilling

“By making us stop for a moment, poetry gives us an opportunity to think about ourselves as human beings on this planet and what we mean to each other.”—Rita Dove
“Poetry amounts to arranging words with the greatest specific gravity in the most effective and externally inevitable sequence.”—Joseph Brodsky

“A poet's work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep.”—Salman Rushdie

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”—Edgar Allan Poe

“The joy of poetry is that it will wait for you. Novels don't wait for you. Characters change. But poetry will wait.”—Sonia Sanchez

“Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.”—Christopher Fry

“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.”—Randall Jarell

“When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.”—Niels Bohr

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Poetry Quotes of the Day

“The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A poem is energy transferred from where the poet got it, by way of the poem itself, all the way over to the reader.”—Charles Olson

“A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.”—Jean Cocteau

“Everywhere I go, I find a poet has been there before me.”—Sigmund Freud

“Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.”—Percy Shelley

“You arrive at truth through poetry; I arrive at poetry through truth.”—Joubert

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”—T.S. Eliot

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”—Robert Frost

“The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.”—James Fenton

“No good poem, however confessional it may be, is just self-expression. Who on earth would claim that the pearl expresses the oyster.”—C. Day Lewis

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Friday, October 2, 2009

What Gandhi Said

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?"

"The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within."

"It may be long before the law of love will be recognized in international affairs. The machineries of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another."

"As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side."

"There is more to life than simply increasing its speed."

"We must be the change we wish to see."

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

"The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted."

"Suffering cheerfully endured, ceases to be suffering and is transmuted into an ineffable joy."

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Poetry Quotes of the Day

"Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood."
Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

"Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls." Voltaire

"Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them."
Dennis Gabor

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech."

"Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn."
Thomas Gray

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Writing Quotes of the Day

“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.”—Kurt Vonnegut

“A writer should concern himself with whatever absorbs his fancy, stirs his heart, and unlimbers his typewriter.... A writer has the duty to be good, not lousy; true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error. He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down.”— E. B. White

Usually this means giving the reader an enjoyable surprise. Any number of methods will do the job: humor, anecdote, an unexpected quotation, a powerful fact, an outlandish detail, a circuitous approach, an elegant arrangement of words.”—William Zinsser

“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.”—Orson Scott Card

“I don't believe for a moment that creativity is a neurotic symptom. On the contrary, the neurotic who succeeds as an artist has had to overcome a tremendous handicap. He creates in spite of his neurosis, not because of it.”—Jack Kerouac

“Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.”—Harlan Ellison
“In nearly all good fiction, the basic—all but inescapable-—plot form is: A central character wants something, goes after it despite opposition, and so arrives at a win, lose or draw.”—John Gardner

“Never mistake motion for action.”—Ernest Hemingway

“In a longish life as a professional writer, I have heard a thousand masterpieces talked out over bars, restaurant tables and love seats. I have never seen one of them in print. Books must be written, not talked.”—Morris L. West

“Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.”—Rod Serling

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