Friday, May 08, 2009

You can do anything.

“Our children will be born of our actions. Our accidents will become their destinies. Oh, the actions will remain. It is a simple matter of what you will do when the chips are down, my friend. When the fat lady is singing. When the walls are falling in, and the sky is dark, and the ground is rumbling. In that moment our actions will define us. And it makes no difference whether you are being watched by Allah, Jesus, Buddah, or whether you are not. On cold days a man can see his breath, on a hot day he can’t. On both occasions, the man breathes.”
--Zadie Smith, 'White Teeth'

“Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.”
--F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.”

"The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me."
--Ayn Rand

"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."
--Erma Bombeck

"If a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?"
--Germaine Greer

“How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.”
--Oscar Wilde

“Just one thing,” she says, raising her head and looking me straight in the eye. “I want you to remember me. If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”
--Haruki Murakami, 'Kafka on the Shore'

“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”
--Gabriel Gárcia Márquez, 'Love in the Time of Cholera'

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”
--Lao Tzu

“You can do anything, but not everything.”
--David Allen

“There are four things you cannot recover. The stone, after the throw. The word, after it’s said. The occasion, after the loss. And the time.. after it’s gone.”

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