Archive of January 2018
Jan 24, 2018
The greatest obstacle to having a meaningful life is the sense one has too much life left.
— Alain de Botton
Nothing any good isn’t hard.
— (via F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing: Letters of Advice to a Friend’s Teenage Daughter and to His Own – Brain Pickings)
I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.
As a man is, so he sees.
— Walt Whitman
Jan 19, 2018
Maul halten und Hirn einschalten.
— Christoph Waltz (via Der Schauspieler Christoph Waltz im Interview über Größenwahn und Demut - Kino/Film/Theater)
Jan 16, 2018
We're talking about a compassionate optimism, one that bears witness to the terrible things that are happening on our watch, and doesn’t shy away from the pain.
It's a courageous optimism, one that admits the profound difficulty of the tasks that lie before us, and even the possibility of total failure.
It's an intelligent optimism, informed by incredible advances in science and technology, and inspired by stories of human progress and environmental stewardship.
It's a practical optimism, which takes a long, hard look at everything that's going on around us and says, "we can do better than this."
Most importantly, it’s a collective optimism, one that recognises that progress doesn't happen by magic, but is the result of sustained, committed efforts by millions of people over decades, who keep on showing up and insisting that it's possible to create a vibrant, life sustaining global society that works for everyone.
— (via The Crunch # 51)
Jan 12, 2018
There is one simple thing wrong with you – you think you have plenty of time … If you don’t think your life is going to last forever, what are you waiting for? Why the hesitation to change? You don’t have time for this display, you fool. This, whatever you’re doing now, may be your last act on earth. It may very well be your last battle. There is no power which could guarantee that you are going to live one more minute.
— Carlos Castaneda
Jan 10, 2018
We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.
— Michael A. Singer
Jan 8, 2018
By retreating into ourselves, it looks as if we are the enemies of others, but our solitary moments are in reality a homage to the richness of social existence. Unless we’ve had time alone, we can’t be who we would like to be around our fellow humans. We won’t have original opinions. We won’t have lively and authentic perspectives. We’ll be – in the wrong way – a bit like everyone else.
Jan 3, 2018
Procrastination gives you time to consider divergent ideas, to think in nonlinear ways, to make unexpected leaps.
— Adam Grant
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