Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ... Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs

Monday, November 07, 2005

Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.

Natalie Barney

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Indomitable perseverance in a business properly understood always ensures ultimate success.

Cyrus McCormick
When a true genius appears in the world,
you may know him by this sign,
that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

Monday, October 10, 2005

All communication is either a loving response or a cry for help.

A Course in Miracles

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Confucius said,

"The gentleman does not seek to satiate himself in eating, does not seek ease in living, is quick in his dealings and prudent in speech, and keeps to the correctness of those with the way. He can be considered as devoted to learning."

Lun Yu, Chapter One, Verse Fourteen
I think we must clear ourselves each one by the interrogation, whether we have earned our bread to-day by the hearty contribution of our energies to the common benefit? and we must not cease to tend to the correction of these flagrant wrongs, by laying one stone aright every day.

Emerson, Man the Reformer
Tseng Tzu said,

"Each day I examine myself on three counts: whether or not I am loyal to those in whose behalf I act; whether or not I am trustworthy in my dealings with friends; whether or not I practise what is imparted."

Lun Yu, Chapter One, Verse Four
His disciples questioned him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?"

Jesus said, "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate."

Gospel of Thomas

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Better to make a decision than to sit around wondering which is the right one.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.

Blaise Pascal

Monday, September 05, 2005

More are made good by exercitation, than by nature.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it! Begin it now!”

W.H. Murray, The Scottish Himalaya Expedition
Anything done right, however humble, is noble.

Sir Henry Royce (of Rolls-Royce)
Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt

Shakespeare, Measure For Measure

Friday, September 02, 2005

We accept the love we think we deserve.

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good fame,
Plans, credit, and the muse;
Nothing refuse.

'Tis a brave master,
Let it have scope,
Follow it utterly,
Hope beyond hope;
High and more high,
It dives into noon,
With wing unspent,
Untold intent;
But 'tis a god,
Knows its own path,
And the outlets of the sky.
'Tis not for the mean,
It requireth courage stout,
Souls above doubt,
Valor unbending;
Such 'twill reward,
They shall return
More than they were,
And ever ascending.

Leave all for love;—
Yet, hear me, yet,
One word more thy heart behoved,
One pulse more of firm endeavor,
Keep thee to-day,
To-morrow, for ever,
Free as an Arab
Of thy beloved.
Cling with life to the maid;
But when the surprise,
Vague shadow of surmise,
Flits across her bosom young
Of a joy apart from thee,
Free be she, fancy-free,
Do not thou detain a hem,
Nor the palest rose she flung
From her summer diadem.

Though thou loved her as thyself,
As a self of purer clay,
Tho' her parting dims the day,
Stealing grace from all alive,
Heartily know,
When half-gods go,
The gods arrive.

Emerson, Give All To Love
If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,--
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
"I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!"
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades,--

Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?

William Carlos Williams, Danse Russe