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

Friday, August 15, 2008

Frank Abagnale in "Stealing Your Life" wrote:

...haste is the enemy of accuracy.

Still from Frank Abagnale in same book:

Not all justified complaints have a happy resolution.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mark J Penn in " Microtrends" wrote:

"We live in a world with a deluge of choices."
click on his name to go to his site.

photo by anyjazz65

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mark Twain, in "Following the Equator" as quoted in "The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain" by Alex Ayres, wrote:

"It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you."

photo by cia de foto

Nick Rosen in "How to Live off-grid" wrote:

"The twenty-first-century challenge is how to disconnect, how to pull back mentally and physically from the endless merry-go-round that is modern life....I wanted to grab back what social change has stolen from us, or rather what we have stolen from ourselves- a sense of place, of being here and now."
click here to go to his website.

photo by Mike Licht. Notions

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Marilyn Yalom in "A History of the Wife" wrote:

"I have no illusion about the nature of work in general. It does not always challenge the intellect, and rarely allows for innovation and imagination. It can produce stress and pain and damage to private life. Yet I cannot imagine the world of the immediate future without it."

photo by PCP.Senthil Kumar

Marilyn Yalom in "A History of the Wife" wrote:

"To be the intimate witness of another person's life is privilege one can fully appreciate only with time."

photo by bravenewtraveler

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Oscar Wilde in "The Importance of Being Earnest" wrote:

"I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can't go anywhere without meeting celver people. The thing gas become an absolute public nuisance."

photo by Jsome1

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Theodore Dreiser in "The Lost Phoebe" wrote:

Old Henry...and his wife Phoebe were a loving couple. You perhaps know how it is with simple natures that fasten themselves like lichens on the stones of circumstance and weather their days to a crumbling conclusion. The great world sounds widely, but it has no call for them...

Old Henry and his wife Phoebe were as fond of each other as it is possible for two old people who have nothing else in this life to be fond of...

Old Henry, who knew his wife would never leave him in any circumstance, used to speculate at times as to what he would do if she were to die. That was the one leaving that he
really feared...

photo by prakhar

Theodore Dreiser, on different opinions regarding success, even between married couples, wrote the following in his story "Free":

...perhaps it was not just obtuseness to certain of the finer shades and meanings of life, but an irritating aggressiveness at times, backed only by her limited understanding, which caused her to seek and wish to be here, there and the other place; wherever, in her mind, the truly successful --which meant nearly always the materially successful of a second and third rate character-- were, which irritated him most of all. How often had he tried to point out the difference between true and shoddy distinction--the former rarely connected with great wealth.

But no. So often she seemed to imagine such queer people to be truly successful, when they were really not--usually people with just money, or a very little more...

Monday, May 5, 2008

Robert Heller, writing about Warren Buffet, wrote in "Roads to Success":

"...Do not get swayed by emotion rather than reason.
Do not use better.

Do not pay attention to the seller's forecasts of future earning."

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Saturday, February 9, 2008

ROBERT BROWNING in "Love in a Life" (Poem)

"She goes out as I enter.
Spend my whole day in the quest,—who cares?"

photo by Sontra

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