Archive for June, 2013

2013

dreamer

Yes, I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world.

Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist (II) (1891)

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2013

triumph

For a while the spirit of knowledge triumphed over the spirit of Love. But not for ever.

Charlotte Carmichael Stopes, “Three types of fairies: Puck, Oberon and Titania” in Shakespeare’s Industry (1916)

2013

thirty

‘I’m thirty’ I said. ‘I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor.’

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)

2013

where we go

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.

Virginia Woolf, The Waves (1931)

2013

period

No iron can stab the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.

Isaac Babel, “Guy de Maupassant” (1932)

2013

melody

Even the utmost goodwill and harmony and practical kindness are not sufficient for Friendship, for Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.

Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849)

2013

glory

Not once or twice in our rough island-story,
The path of duty was the way to glory.

Alfred Tennyson, “Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington” (1852)

2013

the cry

If the Tiber reaches the walls, if the Nile does not rise to the fields, if the sky doesn’t move or the Earth does, if there is famine, if there is plague, the cry is at once: ‘The Christians to the lions!’

Tertullian, Apologeticus (197)

2013

shift

My advice is to abandon the passion mindset which asks “What does this job offer me? Am I happy with this job? Is it giving me everything I want?” Shift from that mindset to Steve Martin’s mindset, which is “What am I offering the world? How valuable am I? Am I really not that valuable? If I’m not that valuable, then I shouldn’t expect things in my working life. How can I get better?”

Cal Newport, interview with Eric Barker (2013)

2013

summer

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James, remarked to Edith Wharton “one perfect afternoon we spent at Bodiam”; quoted by Wharton in A Backward Glance (1934)

Note: A Backward Glance was published in 1934; I don’t have an exact date for the comment.

2013

loss

You have nothing to lose unless it’s meant to be lost.

Anna Harris, in a conversation with me (2013)

2013

apostrophe

In the family of punctuation marks these days…the apostrophe is the abused victim.     

John Humphrys, interview with The Guardian (2008)

2013

success

The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.

Joe Girard, handwritten note, quoted on Mashable (2013)

2013

time

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

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