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when the swine overwhelm, retreat into the wisdom of these words

Monday, May 22, 2006

"I'm only one person and I can't do everything. But I can do something. I will not let the fact that I can't do everything prevent me from doing what I can." ~Helen Keller

Monday, May 15, 2006

Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.

Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.

I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that.

I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing.

It's a man's world, and you men can have it.

Our being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.

Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given, that all fidelities are undermined.

They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not.

You can't write about people out of textbooks, and you can't use jargon. You have to speak clearly and simply and purely in a language that a six-year-old child can understand; and yet have the meanings and the overtones of language, and the implications, that appeal to the highest intelligence.

~Katherine Anne Porter

Friday, May 12, 2006

I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher. ~William Butler Yeats

Thursday, May 11, 2006

“So, then, to every man his chance — to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining golden opportunity — to every man his right to live, to work, to be himself, to become whatever his manhood and his vision can combine to make him — this, seeker, is the promise of America.” ~Thomas Wolfe, “You Can’t Go Home Again”

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