“Life… has to be lived for something, not just against something.”
-Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People (137), in discussing the perspective of Martin Gray, holocaust survivor.
“…There are two entirely opposite attitudes possible in facing the problems of one’s life. One, to try and change the external world, the other, to try and change oneself. Although both attitudes are potential in everyone, most of us have become one-sided, biased toward the preferred attitude in most of our dealings…”
-Marion Milner (pseudonym Joanna Field), A Life of One’s Own, Preface.
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
-George Orwell, Why I Write (1946)
For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears.
-Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
This is what it means to create: not to make something out of nothing, but to make order out of chaos. A creative scientist or historian does not make up facts but orders facts; he sees connections between them rather than seeing them as random data.
A creative writer does not make up new words but arranges familiar words in patterns which say something fresh to us.
-Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People (51, 52)
Thanks to Confessions of an Irish Procrastinator for nominating me for quotes. I only like to share one, myself; but thanks for shouting out. 🙂
If you expect the worst from a person you can never be disappointed.
-Anthony Burgess, The Wanting Seed
If success causes happiness, then every employee who gets a promotion, every student who receives an acceptance letter, everyone who has ever accomplished a goal of any kind should be happy.
But with each victory, our goalposts of success keep getting pushed further and further out, so that happiness gets pushed over the horizon.
Shawn Achor, Introduction to The Happiness Advantage
“You mean you’re comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?”
“Yes.” Mrs. Whatsit said. “You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.”
Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of the Leopard.”
-Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
If you read only one satire in your life; please, please, please, please read Adams.