“It would be lovely if the world just handed you things. But alas, it doesn’t work like that. Sometimes a dream job requires real work. Most people pay their dues. Yes, it’s a lot of hours, it’s repetitive, it’s boring, but that’s usually the way to learn. Very few successful people were successful the first time out. They were frustrated, bored, annoyed….feel free to enter in any descriptive word that you want, because everything has good and bad.
“Sometimes you have to give things a shot. Sometimes you need to work. That’s just life.”
-LA, “Laterally Thinking“
“A day without sunshine is, like, you know, night.”
people are strange: they are constantly angered by
but on a major matter
totally wasting their lives,
they hardly seem to
–wandering in the cage, by Charles Bukowski
“It is one of the great ironies of our age that we are blessed with so much and yet we can be so unhappy.
“Happiness doesn’t come from external circumstances.
“It comes from the inside –regardless of what is happening around us.”
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “All is Well,” July 2015
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
-Winston Churchill -though, actually, probably from an advertisement in the 1920’s.
“One of the first things we have to say to a beginner who has brought us his [manuscript] is, ‘Avoid all epithets which are merely emotional. It is no use telling us that something was “mysterious” or “loathsome” or “awe-inspiring” or “voluptuous”. Do you think your readers will believe you just because you say so? You must go quite a different way to work.
“‘By direct description, by metaphor and simile, by secretly evoking powerful associations, by offering the right stimuli to our nerves (in the right degree and the right order), and by the very beat and vowel-melody and length and brevity of your sentences, you must bring it about that we, we readers, not you, exclaim “how mysterious!” or “loathsome” or whatever it is.
“‘Let me taste for myself, and you’ll have no need to tell me how I should react to the flavour.'”
-C.S. Lewis, Studies in Words
“When we choose a goal and invest ourselves in it to the limits of our concentration, whatever we do will be enjoyable. And once we have tasted this joy, we will redouble our efforts to taste it again.
“This is the way the self grows.”
–Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (listen)
“Happiness cannot be captured and put in a cage but has to fly free so that we can observe it in sudden tranquil moments amidst the noise of life.”
Len, “The Bluebird of Happiness“
“[I]t’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now.
“I mean, I say that confidently as if I’m about to go bungee jumping or something—I’m not. I’m not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”
-Hugh Laurie, “Hugh Laurie sings the blues,” Time Out