Saturday, January 11, 2014

Words To Live By

I have been a quote collector for as long as I can remember. Since the beginning of the year is such a reflective time (and because I was cleaning out my email inbox), here are quotes that I have been musing on for the past few months. 

Perhaps the secret of living well is not having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company. --Rachel Naomi Remen

What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better. --Doris Lessing

Funny, when you finally faced reality, it was amazing how clearly you could see things. --Mary Higgins Clark

Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer. --James Thurber

Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. --Lenore Hershey

Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. --George Saunders

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is. --Nadine Gordimer

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. --Carl Sagan

You don't write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid's burnt socks lying in the road. --Richard Price

Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful. --Kathleen Winsor

None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are. --Anne Rice

Sorrow is better than fear. Fear is a journey, a terrible journey. But, sorrow is at least an arriving. --Alan Paton

Of all sound of all bells... most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year. --Charles Lamb

And when you're done with this, check this out...It's a blog entitled "Don't Date a Girl Who Teaches". My favorite section says, "You thought PMS was bad? Try PEGPS. PEGPS stands for Pre End-of-Grading-Period Syndrome, the period of time before grades are due for report cards. Like PMS, PEGPS is characterized by extreme irritability, poor nutritional choices, and zombie-like fatigue. However, unlike PMS, PEGPS lasts for 2-3 WEEKS and happens four to six times per YEAR."  Considering it's the second week of January, I've been able to stave off the irritability, but Seth and I had French Fries and shakes for dinner last poor nutrional choices. Check....

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!!

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