- 11 months ago
"The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens."
- Gustave Flaubert
"If you think of life as a race, then every setback means that you have fallen behind…But if you think of life as a journey, then every setback helps direct you to a place where you will be more likely to succeed. Every risk has a potential adventure behind it, or at least a learning experience."
- Charles Wheelan, 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said
"Only recently a prominent public man was criticized throughout the newspaper world as one not having enough character to keep his promises. He had not the stamina to make good when to do so proved difficult. He hadn’t the timber, the character fiber to stand up and do the thing he knew to be right, and that he had promised to do. The world is full of these jelly-fish people who have not lime enough in their backbone to stand erect, to do the right thing. They are always stepping into the spotlight in the good-intention stage, and then, when the reckoning time comes, taking the line of least resistance, doing the thing which will cost the least effort or money, regardless of later consequences. They think they can be as unscrupulous about breaking promises as they were about making them. But sooner or later fate makes us play fair or get out of the game"
- Orison Swett Marden, Making Life a Masterpiece, 1916
- 2 years ago
"The thing about sports, at least for guys, is that nobody ever defines the rules, not even in gym class. Asking what a penalty means is like asking who Jesus was. It’s one of those things you’re just supposed to know, and if you don’t there’s something seriously wrong with you."
- Loggerheads by David Sedaris
"But lo! men have become the tools of their tools."
- Walden, Henry David Thoreau