Posts tagged words to live by.
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Erma Bombeck, A Marriage Made in Heaven
Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions—predigested books and ideas, marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short…and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be “different”.
Plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom.
Lord Byron, Don Juan
What interests me when I’m writing is being able to crawl into a character’s head and speak from his or her mouth. It’s not pulling the strings on a marionette, it’s not playing ventriloquist, and it’s not mimicry. It’s about inhabiting a character, and, at the same time, being totally unaware of what you’ve become.
- Nathan Englander (New Yorker, Dec. 2011)
Tomorrow Sarah Jones will meet with Nathan Englander and discuss the launch of his new book “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.”
The room is booked solid (are you suprised??), but if seats do become available, we will offer them on a first come, first-served basis.
posting this one (again) separately since it’s my favorite :D:D