It's rest I want--there, I have said it out--
From cooking meals for hungry hired men
And washing dishes after them--from doing
Things over and over that just won't stay done.
By good rights I ought not to have so much
Put on me, but there seems no other way.
Len says one steady pull more ought to do it.
He says the best way out is always through.
And I agree to that, or in so far
As that I can see no way out but through--
Leastways for me--and then they'll be convinced.
-Robert Frost, A Servant to Servants, 1914
Some people see French as sacrosanct, like it comes down from God and is immutable. But it's created by humans. And it can change.
- Chantal Contant, a linguist at the University of Quebec, New spelling rules bring French purists to tears (Canada)
Most people, though, the ones with great jobs, are in the business of dancing with entropy, not creating it. Take what comes, sort it, leverage it, improvise and make something worthwhile out of it. -- The secret of dancing is that you must respect and admire your partner. Thus, entropy isn't the enemy, and the goal isn't for "everything to be all right." -- Without random events, there is no dance. -- There is no good, there is no bad, there's just what happened. Dance with it.
- Seth Godin, blog December 16, 2009
Logic will not change an emotion, but action will.
- Zig Ziglar
You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows.
And a dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes.
Trying to learn from what's behind you and never knowing what's in store
makes each day a constant battle just to stay between the shores.
And I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky.
I'll never reach my destination if I never try,
So I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
Too many times we stand aside and let the water slip away.
To what we put off 'til tomorrow has now become today.
So don't you sit upon the shore and say you're satisfied.
Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tides.
- Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw, song "The River"
The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both.
-James A. Michener,
She put herself completely in the hands of the director more than any other actress I have worked with. Jennifer took what you gave her and made it distinctly her own.
- John Houston, about Jennifer Jones, 90
Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.
We know that the increasing concentration of CO2 [in the air] is making the oceans more acidic. It affects marine life, it affects coral, and that in turn could affect the amount of fish in the sea - and a billion people in the world depend on fish for their principal source of protein. It doesn't get as much attention as the other problems; it is really important.
- Hilary Benn
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
- Jim Rohn
The internet is at the level of black-and-white televisions.
- Tim Richardson, E-commerce lecturer