Quotations: Part Six

I’ve been sharing quotations on Facebook and recapping on this blog. These quotations typically come from my own reading/learning/listening and therefore have significant meaning in my life (or at least to a life I aspire to).

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It would be many years before I began to understand that all of life is practice: writing, driving, hiking, brushing teeth, packing lunch boxes, making beds, cooking dinner, making love, walking dogs, even sleeping. We are always practicing. Only practicing. — Dani Shapiro

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We are all entitled to our opinions and religious beliefs, but we are not entitled to make shit up and then use the shit we made up to oppress other people. Cheryl Strayed

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There is considerable danger in standing too close to the river of another’s thoughts—the faster the current, the easier it is to fall in and be swept away from ourselves. Bruce Lee

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I made a conscious decision not to do any specific research on the Vietnam War and the political turmoil surrounding it. I felt that the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives.  – Maya Lin: Designer of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial

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There are so many ways people are forced to disappear, uprooted, erased, told that this is not their story and not their place. – Rebecca Solnit: Recollections of My Nonexistence

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Quotations: Part Five

I’ve been sharing quotations on Facebook and recapping on this blog. These quotations typically come from my own reading/learning/listening and therefore have significant meaning in my life (or at least to a life I aspire to).

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Make sure the team members know they’re working with you, not for you.  – John Wooden

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Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.  – David Foster Wallace

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There are many ways to move on, and pretending to feel a certain way isn’t one of them. – Lori Gottlieb

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But part of getting to know yourself is to unknow yourself—to let go of the limiting stories you’ve told yourself about who you are so that you aren’t trapped by them, so you can live your life and not the story you’ve been telling yourself about your life. – Lori Gottlieb

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We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender. – Rebecca Solnit

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Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don’t–and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. – Rebecca Solnit

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Quotations: Part Four

I’ve been sharing quotations on Facebook and recapping on this blog. These quotations typically come from my own reading/learning/listening and therefore have significant meaning in my life (or at least to a life I aspire to).

The provocation of anger is essential to government by manipulation, and the angriest people are often the most credulous, willing to snatch up without scrutiny whatever feeds their fire. – Rebecca Solnit: Call Them by Their True Names

If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn. – Charlie Parker: Jazz Musician

I will incline my ear to a proverb;
    I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp.
– Psalm 49.4

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. – John Wooden

“Freedom from fear” could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.  – Dag Hammarskjold

It is difficult to undo our own damage, and to recall to our presence that which we have asked to leave. It is hard to desecrate a grove and change your mind. The very holy mountains are keeping mum. We doused the burning bush and cannot rekindle it; we are lighting matches in vain under every green tree.  (Annie Dillard – Teaching a Stone to Talk)

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Quotations: Part Three

I’ve been sharing quotations on Facebook. These quotations typically come from my own reading/learning and therefore have significant meaning in my life (or at least to a life I aspire to). At the end of the week I’m recapping the quotations on my blog.

He is in the clean and well-lit prison of one idea. – G.K. Chesterton

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Character is what you really are; reputation is merely what you are perceived to be. – John Wooden

The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness, not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free. . . . Hospitality is not a subtle invitation to adopt the life style of the host, but the gift of a chance for the guest to find [their] own. – Henri Nouwen – Reaching Out

I have a different perspective on booing.(Paraphrased comments from Bob Dylan about being booed at concerts after going electric. Source: No Direction Home – Martin Scorsese)

I thought what an awful thing is idealism when reality is so marvelous. – Marion Milner: A Life of One’s Own

I would like to learn, or remember, how to live. – Annie Dillard: Teaching a Stone to Talk

The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” and so it goes away. Puzzling.  – Robert Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. 

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Quotations: Part Two

I’ve been sharing quotations on Facebook. These quotations typically come from my own reading/learning and therefore have significant meaning in my life (or at least to a life I aspire to). At the end of the week I’m recapping the quotations on my blog with the source material.

There seemed to be endless obstacles preventing me from living with my eyes open, but as I gradually followed up clue after clue it seemed that the root cause of them all was fear. – Marion Milner: A Life of One’s Own

MANY PEOPLE DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO ACTUALIZING A CONCEPT OF WHAT THEY SHOULD BE LIKE, RATHER THAN ACTUALIZING THEMSELVES. This difference between SELF-ACTUALIZING and SELF-IMAGE ACTUALIZING is very important. Most people only live for their image. – Bruce Lee: Artist of Life

The trouble was the familiar one: too much power, too little knowledge. – Wendell Berry: What Are People For?

When I’m sometimes asked ‘When will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]?’ and I say ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that. –  Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

ANY CULTURE TELLS YOU HOW TO LIVE your one and only life: to wit, as everyone else does. -Annie Dillard: The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New

The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes. – Annie Dillard: The Writing Life

If the opponent does not move, then I do not move. At the opponent’s slightest move, I move first. – Wu Yu-hsiang (from Josh Waitzkin: The Art of Learning)


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