Archive for May, 2011

I am always amused at the number of postings I receive on my Facebook page, and by email from people stating their political point-of-view; as if their post or email is going to suddenly sway me one way or the other.  In my humble opinion, (which is the correct one by the way) politics, much like religious beliefs are to be lived  and practiced…not talked about.  One of my favorite quotes about politics comes from newspaper columnist and author, Dave Barry:  “The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery.  They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire.  I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy.  The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn’t bother to stop because they’d want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.”

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Words have great power both spoken and written…however, we always need to exercise caution and care.  Here’s one of my favorite quotes about the power of words:

“We may have the right to gossip under the First Amendment,but exercising this right is wrong – and inconsistent with the spirit of the Ninth Commandment: ‘You shall not bear false witness.’”

– Alan M. Dershowitz – Legal Expert and Best-Selling Author

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“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them to become what they are capable of being.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next-door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” – Mother Theresa

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“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

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“To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone – just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over….” – John Hersey

“The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything.” – John Irving

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” – Eugene Ionesco

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“When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters-one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”

– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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William SafireGreat Rules of Writing

“Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.”

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As anyone knows who follows this blog, my reading interests cover a wide range of topics.  One of my favorite spiritual authors is Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton who  wrote some wonderful and very insightful books, prayers, and essays. The following quotes is a great example of his work:

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”

— Thomas Merton

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Today’s Quotes:

“Why do we trust one another so little? I know there must be a reason, but still I sometimes think it’s horrible that you find you can never really confide in people, even in those who are nearest to you”. -Anne Frank

“Because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” -Anne Frank

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I enjoy reading; so much can be gained from reading. One of my favorite authors said it best: “For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.” — Louis L’Amour

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