I was sad to learn of the death of Gore Vidal last night. He was a great deep thinker, always challenged authority, and was an all-around smarty pants.
Everybody likes a bit of gossip to some point, as long as it’s gossip with some point to it. That’s why I like history. History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true. – Gore Vidal
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I love the power of words and I try to choose them with great care. I can’t believe i’ve never run across this quote before. So powerful and so truthful. I think this, striking a chord with the reader, is the one thing each writer strives for.
If … I can by any lucky chance, in these days of evil, rub out one wrinkle from the brow of care, or beguile the heavy heart of one moment of sorrow; if I can now and then penetrate through the gathering film of misanthropy, prompt a benevolent view of human nature, and make my reader more in good humor with his fellow beings and himself, surely, surely, I shall not then have written entirely in vain. – Washington Irving
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Today’s quote is inspired by the World Domination Summit going on in Portland, Oregon. I’m not there but many of my friends are and I’m watching from afar. Seems like such a powerful thing, to live in the moment, and it’s maybe the hardest thing to do. Welcome to Portland WDSers!
I have always been a great believer in today. Most people live either in the past or in the future, so that they really never live at all. So many people are busy worrying about the future of art or society, they have no time to preserve what is. Utopia is in the moment. Not in some future time, some other place, but in the here and now, or else it is nowhere. – Alfred Stieglitz
Looking for a special quote today. Then I ran across this one, which made me giggle. Because it’s the truth of how I normally feel, I very rarely let things fester, I get quickly angry, then I let it disperse as it’s not worth the waste of the makeup. And all that remains? Hard work. So I echo Mr. Bradbury’s great words. Rest in peace Mr. Bradbury.
I have two rules in life — to hell with it, whatever it is, and get your work done. — Ray Bradbury
This is quote a powerful quote when you sit and ponder it. What is truth, well that depends on who is telling it, don’t you think? At any rate, enjoy.
There is no ‘the truth’, ‘a truth’ — truth is not one thing, or even a system. It is an increasing complexity. The pattern of the carpet is a surface. When we look closely, or when we become weavers, we learn of the tiny multiple threads unseen in the overall pattern, the knots on the underside of the carpet. – Adrienne Rich
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I saw this quote today and thought, “It’s that the truth?” Therefore, it’s today’s quote.
Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them. – John Shirley
I have a lot of things to do today. I have a list. They’re all chores that need to be done, Oil changed, homework, etc. All these things have a time and place and they’re all obligations, some self-imposed. Still, things that need to be done, so today’s post is on obligation.
If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act — truth is always subversive. – Anne Lamott
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There’s always gotta be someone who can’t just leave well enough alone. “This isn’t Mother Teresa” Well fine. Then it’s just some Schmuck who said something wise.
I was looking for a quote today on Truth and Honesty. They seem to be big topics in my life this week. From Ellen vs. One Million Moms, to Howard Stern and Bill O’Reilly, to my friends Andrew Hayes and Sarah Salter. Truth and honesty are the greatest virtues in life. We all could use a little more.
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of having selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will gain false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten by tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and bluntness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and blunt anyway.
What you spend years building can be destroyed overnight.
Build it anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you help them.
Help them anyway.
Even if you live your life, you will die someday.
Live your life anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.