Posts Tagged 'Quote'

Quote for Today

I don’t know that I necessarily want to get into doing a QOTD type thing, but here’s a quote I found, and it’s lovely for today.

 

For now she need not think about anybody.  She could be herself, by herself.  And that was what now she often felt the need of—to think; well, not even to think.  To be silent; to be alone.  All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk with the sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others.  Although she continued to knit, and sat upright, it was thus that she felt herself; and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.  When life sank down for a moment, the range of experience seemed limitless….Beneath it is all dark, it is all spreading, it is unfathomably deep; but now and again we rise to the surface and that is what you see us by.  Her horizon seemed to her limitless.

– Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

 

I hope you enjoyed that.  I found it to be a wonderful description of what’s possible by letting go and being present.  Living in this precise moment is more expansive than one might realize, if you can manage it.

Eleanor Roosevelt Once Said ….

It’s not her birthday, or anything, but I was thinking about Mrs. Roosevelt today.  I have a refrigerator magnet that shows a picture of Eleanor Roosevelt, and a quote from her:  “Do something every day that scares you.”

That’s not such a hard philosophy for me to follow.  I’m usually pretty scared of everything.    I’m scared of everything staying the same, and I’m scared of things changing.    I’m scared of my past, and I’m scared of my future.   Hell, I’m scared of sock monkeys.   I just need to remember that if some decision I face or some circumstance frightens the daylight out of me, well then I’m probably doing something right.    Life shouldn’t be too easy.

Momser read me this quote once, where she said: “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”

I can only be myself.    I cannot be what people need me or want me to be, unless what they want and need me to be is just myself.   I struggle with being myself.    But I know that I, myself, sometimes have to do things that other people don’t understand or wouldn’t do.   And if there’s something in the way of me being as me as I can be, well I guess it’s my duty to break it down.

That all got me to thinking quite a bit more about Mrs. Roosevelt, and so I started going through collections of her quotes, and here are a few more that have some meaning to me.

She said: “A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.”

I need to take a step back, and look around.   Nothing needs to be this complicated.  It is.  I am.

She said: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

I need to stop worrying so much about what others think of my actions.  I have to do what I have to do.   There will always be someone who disagrees or who would do it differently.     They’re not looking my reality in the face.

She said: “I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.”

I should try to find some more pleasure in being different.   I can’t always agree, and I don’t want to.   It wouldn’t be much fun.  Life wouldn’t be as much fun if we all agreed about anything.   From the big things to the little things, I need to find a way to say, “I don’t agree with you.”

She said: “Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

And finally she also said: “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

So I’m going to live my life, be myself, cut the fat, voice my unpopular opinions, scare the crap right out of myself.   And if I do this, if I follow the advice of Eleanor Roosevelt, well, I think I might not be too bad off.    And I think if Eleanor were here, she’d give me an encouraging smile and tell me to get to it.    Because …”It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”

And as always, I’m just sayin’.

Quote of the Day – Self-Promoting Edition

Peggy Lu Who said

I need a catch phrase with more syllables

I kind of feel like it’s wrong to be so amused by my own stupid joke, but I was pretty proud of that.

Quote of the Day

K4-713 wrote in a MySpace bulletin:

First one that tells me to google it earns a punch in the ovaries.

I don’t know why I find that so funny. Possibly, quite possibly, it’s the skewing of the gender norm, by threatening to inflict pain on the ovaries, as opposed to the standard testicle threat.

I heart K4. I have a hetero girl crush on her.

Quote of the Day

This made me stop crying for a second:

 Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it, but only you can feel it’s true warmth.

This is from an email one of my co-workers forwarded to me.  It was about true friendship as opposed to the sappy friendship that only exists in forwarded emails.

New Favorite Quote Ever!

“Despite what most products of the Hollywood comedy boys’ club would have you believe, it is possible to possess both a uterus and a sense of humor.”

— A.O. Scott in his New York Times review of “Juno.”

Found on Broadsheet.


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