Monday, December 16, 2013


…It’s freezing outside this morning; 31 degrees.  Ducks and geese really like cold water because there are a few dozen of them floating outside on the lake, some of the ducks diving below the surface for several minutes.  Me, I’m not a fan of cold weather or cold water.

…But I am a fan of these things to start a new week:

"Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success." Oscar Wilde

"All I would tell people is to hold onto what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others.  You've got to find it on your own terms." Harrison Ford

"He liked to like people, therefore people liked him." Mark Twain

“That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” Simone de Beauvoir

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

"To write, a person has to take off their coat, shirt and skin." Dan Pence

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood.  I'd type a little faster." Isaac Azimov

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection." Thomas Paine

"My idea of the modern stoic sage is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into information, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking." Nassim Taleb

"You're first sentence makes a promise that the rest of the story must keep." Barbara Kingsolver

"If you are patient in one moment of anger you will save a thousand days of sorrow."

“Good days, they come around the oddest corners.” Colum McCann, “Let The Great World Spin

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Einstein

"No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."  Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the common place, the slaves of the ordinary." Cecil Beaton

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