Kurt Vonnegut passed away yesterday. I read Slaughterhouse-Five several years ago when I learned that he was a great author that was alive in my time. While it was long enough ago that I don’t recall the storyline of the book, I do remember liking it. This morning on NPR they gave one of his […]
I just came across a quote that I like. What one fool can do, another can. — Ancient Simian Proverb I’ve heard that one in the past, but just stumbled across it a moment ago. Its motivating to me because most of the stuff I want to do has been done by other people. If […]
I’ve posted some inspirational or meaningful quotes over the past few days. Its time for the pendulum to swing the other way. Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come. -Matt Groening Embrace love, not the ice weasels.
I received this Nelson Mandela quote a couple of days ago. Someone had it as their email signature. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing […]
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. – John Wesley
I found another quote in my email. The opposite of love is not hatred, it is indifference. When we have learned indifference, when we are really skilled and determined at the business of ignoring others, of putting our own well-being or options first, of thursting our own ego into life as the ideal form of […]
I found a great quote in my inbox today. I don’t remember where I found it, because I had emailed it to myself (I do that). My so-called love for humanity, for instance, isn’t something I get to carry around in my heart. It has to find application among the weird, desperate people who populate […]
I like quotes. Here’s one that struck me: I know men, and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of […]
Another textbook quote: To earn the respect of intelligent people and to win the affection of children; To appreciate the beauty in nature and all that surrounds us; To seek out and nurture the best in others; To give the gift of yourself to others without the slightest thought of return, for it is in […]
All that is superfluous displeases God and Nature. All that displeases God and Nature is evil. -Dante Alighieri I like this quote. I found it in, of all places, my Vector Calculus textbook. We should all strive for simplicity.