Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Alan Deutschman in "Change or Die" wrote:

People are blind to their own faults...but their flaws are easily seen by everyone around them.

more about A. Deutschman here

also from the same book/author:

Even though change is a vital part of life, people crave a feeling of consistency and continuity.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Neil Smith in "The Twitter Machine, Reflections on Language" wrote:

In linguistics as in politics, revolutions breed animosity as well as new ideas, with the partisans of each side indulging in hostilities against the enemy. While many linguists would dearly love to rid the earth of their rivals, less extreme measures are usually resorted to, with the combatants restricting themselves to vilification and verbal snipping.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Anita Shreve in "Light in Snow" wrote:

People are predictable...We go back to the places that once gave us a jolt.

James Rogers listed in "Dictionary of Cliches"

Eloquent Silence. Conveying more by saying nothing than by speaking.

In same book, he quoted Martin Tupper who wrote "Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Michael Jones, well known pianist, in his book "Creating an Imaginative Life", wrote:

Success offers us excitement, but failures give us weight, the weight that cracks open the heart to a quality of earthly love that success can never find...

life's pearls are sometimes found in unlikely places.

more about him here

Monday, August 18, 2008

Voltaire in "Candide" wrote:

..there were much greater misfortunes than that of which he complained...

...A hundred times I was upon the point of killing myself; but still I loved life...

...In the different countries which it has been my lot to traverse,...I have taken notice of a vast number of people who held their own existence in abhorrence,...

...I advise you to divert yourself, and prevail upon each passenger to tell his story; and if there be one of them all, that has not cursed his life many a time, that has not frequently looked upon himself as the unhappiest of mortals, I give you to leave to throw me headforemost into the sea...

photo by shawnbot

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Kate Chopin in a short story entitled " Desiree's Baby" wrote:

"That was the way all the Aubignys fell in love, as if struck by a pistol...
The passion that awoke in him that day, when he saw her at the gate, swept along like an avalanche, or like a prairie fire, or like anything that drives headlong over all obstacles."

more about Kate Chopin here.

photo by Jacob Botter