Quotations: Part Ten

I’ve been sharing quotations on Facebook and then 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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Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.

― Alain de Botton

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We cannot be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and they end up using us.

― Eugene H. Peterson

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There’s another story about wounds and repair . . . It’s about the Japanese art of kintsugi, which literally means golden repair. It’s a method of mending broken ceramic vessels with a bond made of powdered gold mixed with lacquer. The result turns the breaks into veins and channels of gold, emphasizing rather than hiding that the vessel has been broken and making it precious in another way than it was before. It’s a way to accept that things will never be what they were but that they can become something else with a different kind of beauty and value. 

― Rebecca Solnit: Recollections of My Nonexistenc

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“You are more likely to learn something by finding surprises in your own behavior than by hearing surprising facts about people in general.” 

― Daniel Kahneman

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Before diagnosing people with depression, make sure they’re not surrounded by assholes.

— Lori Gottlieb: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

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Days pass and the years vanish and we walk sightless among miracles.

― Source unknown / Quoted by Dani Shapiro / Interview: From The Inside Out Podcast with Rivkah Krinsky and Eda Schottenstein.

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Quotations: Part Nine

I’ve been sharing quotations on Facebook and then 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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Spend the afternoon, you can’t take it with you. – Annie Dillard

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The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future. – Daniel Kahneman

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A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. – Daniel Kahneman


I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me . . .
Kick me under the table all you want, I won’t shut up. – Fiona Apple

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Myriad forms of injustice became visible in ways that made it seem normal to recognize them and easy to forget by what toil they became visible (which always raises the question of what else we do not yet see, and for what failings future eras will rebuke us). – Rebecca Solnit

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I think it’s tragic that people still have to march, protest, and fight for rights that I’ve had for over sixty years. – (I said that.)

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Quotations: Part Eight

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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The sheer pleasure of meeting new voices and ideas and possibilities, having the world become more coherent in some subtle or enormous way, extending or filling in your map of the universe, is not nearly celebrated enough , nor is the beauty in finding pattern or meaning. But these awakenings recur, and every time they do there’s joy. – Rebecca Solnit: Recollections of My Nonexistence

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To forgive is to grieve—for what happened, for what didn’t happen—and to give up the need for a different past. – Dr. Edith Eger: Holocaust Survivor 

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For me, childhood roaming was what developed self-reliance, a sense of direction and adventure, imagination, a will to explore, to be able to get a little lost and then figure out the way back. I wonder what will come of placing this generation under house arrest. – Rebecca Solnit: A Field Guide to Getting Lost

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Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives. – Bessel A. van der Kolk: The Body Keeps the Score

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I speak because I can to anyone I trust enough to listen. 
You speak because you can to anyone who’ll hear what you say.
  – Laura Marling

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Quotations: Part Seven

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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“Sometimes birds return to their cages when the door is open, sometimes people free to make their own choices choose to abandon that power.”  – Rebecca Solnit: Recollections of My Nonexistence

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“Perfectionism is the belief that something is broken – you. So you dress up your brokenness with degrees, achievements, accolades, pieces of paper, none of which can fix what you think you are fixing.” ― Edith Eger

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“[T]he sky is more shades of blue than you can count as it fades from where the sun is to the far side where other colors are happening. If you look away for a moment you miss a shade for which there will never be a term, and it is transformed into another and another. The names of the colors are sometimes cages containing what doesn’t belong there, and this is often true of language generally, of the words like woman, man, child, adult, safe, strong, free, true, black, white, rich, poor. We need the words, but use them best knowing they are containers forever spilling over and breaking open. Something is always beyond.” – Rebecca Solnit: Recollections of My Nonexistence

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“There is a difference, I point out to them, between self-blame and self-responsibility, which is a corollary to something Jack Kornfield said: “A second quality of mature spirituality is kindness. It is based on a fundamental notion of self-acceptance.” In therapy we aim for self-compassion (Am I human?) versus self-esteem (a judgment: Am I good or bad?).”   – Lori Gottlieb: Maybe You Should Talk To Someone

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“When I think of the wisest people I know, they share one defining trait: curiosity. They turn away from the minutiae of their lives—and focus on the world around them. They are motivated by a desire to explore the unfamiliar. They are drawn toward what they don’t understand.” – Dani Shapiro

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“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” – Ursula K. Le Guin 

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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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