Sunday, June 21, 2009

I am tired of being brave.

I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.

Hypocrisy is annoying but not evil. Someone who says one thing and does another has doubled there chances of being half right.

When I was young I was misled by flash cards into believing that xylophones and zebras were much more common.

There is a subtle difference between a mission and a promise. A mission is something you strive to accomplish -- a promise is something you are compelled to keep. One is individual, the other is shared. When a mission and a promise are one and the same... that's when mountains are moved and races are won.
--Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.
--Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State and Ambassador to the U.N.

Do not kiss your children so they will kiss you back but so they will kiss their children, and their children's children.

Childhood is a strange country. It's a place you come from or go to -- at least in your mind. For me it has an endless, spellbound something in it that feels remote. It's like a little sealed-vault country of cake breath and grass stains where what you do instead of work is spin until you're dizzy.
--Lyall Bush

Why are we inspired by another person's courage? Maybe because it gives us the sweet and genuine surprise of discovering some trace, at least, of the same courage in ourselves.

If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse.

"You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw. Our whole guise is like giving a sign to the world to think of us in a certain way, but there's a point between what you want people to know about you and what you can't help people knowing about you."
--Diane Arbus

“It is June. I am tired of being brave.”
--Anne Sexton

Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise.

“This made her so angry that she did the dishes. We never did this unless we were trying to be grand and self-destructive. I stood in the doorway and tried to maintain my end of our silence while watching her scratch at calcified noodles. In truth, I had not yet learned how to hate anyone but my parents. I was actually just standing there in love. I was not even really standing; if she had walked away suddenly I would have fallen.”
--Miranda July, 'Something That Needs Nothing'

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
--Benjamin Franklin

"Walk in the rain, smell flowers, stop along the way, build sandcastles, go on field trips, find out how things work, tell stories, say the magic words, trust the universe."
--Bruce Williamson

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