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  • "I urge you to please notice when you are happy."
    Kurt Vonnegut  (via thatkindofwoman)

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  • "We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come."
    C.S. Lewis, The Weight of The Glory   (via thatkindofwoman)

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  • "I didn’t say I liked it. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference."
    Oscar Wilde, adapted from The Picture of Dorian Gray

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  • "I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the halfway, the almost, the just-about, the in-between."
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
  • "When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans you lose all that. And you are constantly saying, “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are."
    Ram Dass
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  • "Anyone can tell a woman she’s beautiful. Making her believe it is where the genius lies."
    Aramis (The Muskateers on BBC)
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  • "Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."
    Thomas Jefferson

    (Source: onequotetoanother)

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  • Rosetta Stone Photos of the Day

    I purchased the online Rosetta Stone Spanish for Latin America package (half the cost of getting the CD ROM set…does anyone even know what a CD ROM set is anymore?) Upside is I may know what people are saying to me by the time I return to Argentina early next year. Downside is the hit my pride is taking when I know my roommate can hear me mumbling “dos pollos” five times in a row into my computer. Entertaining-side is that Rosetta Stone uses some pretty hilarious images to knock the Spanglish out of you. Some examples below. De nada.

    Rosetta Stone says: “I’m not a student.”

    Photo says: “But I definitely like students.”

    Rosetta Stone says: “Ellos nadan. They swim.”

    Photo says: “Lane 3 may also drown.”

    Rosetta Stone says: “La mujer come arroz. The woman eats rice.”

    Photo says: *whispers through her teeth* “Someone get me a spoon.”

    Rosetta Stone says: “Un abrigo. A coat.”

    Photo says: “You say forest I say coat hanger heaven.”

  • "So what if your life’s going to be messy. Perfect isn’t the plan. Purpose is."
    Ann Voskamp (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

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  • Signing Things

    Other than emails and the occasional attempt at a witty Twitter post, I haven’t written much in a while. I’m not sure how anyone handles being a professional writer. I can’t even write in my blog without thinking “someone’s already said this, this is pedantic.” I don’t know how someone spends three years on one novel they hope Oprah will like. I imagine despite the rep they get for being the flakey artistic type who work one month a year, writers are pretty formidable in their discipline. Good ones, that is. 

    Speaking of, I just finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book, The Signature of All Things. It’s a novel featuring some light topics like evolution, colonialism, love and family woven into an ongoing lesson on botany. Ha. It’s a marathon. Maybe even a super marathon. I can’t remember the last time I read a book or even watched a movie that covered the entire span of a character’s life from birth to death (Benjamin Button doesn’t count). It lost me at points, mainly because I was shamelessly waiting for something reality-show-level-dramatic to happen. And when it didn’t, and in fact nothing too mind-blowing happened for a hundred pages, I instead thought back on all the little things I had missed waiting for a big thing (Note: That’s a metaphor for life that just happened). I wasn’t raving about the book every chapter while reading, but looking back on each chapter I now appreciate it for the characters and themes it constructed slowly but steadily into a mind-ninja of an ending. I underline bits and pieces of text that I really like as I read, and I may or may not have underlined the entire last chapter. 

    This book reaffirmed how I rate my favorite reads:

    • You miss the characters, no matter how un-lovable, as soon as you’re done reading. In fact, the more un-lovable characters you miss, the better the novel.
    • You want to meet the author to find out exactly what inspired every idea, character and sentence.
    • You are already picking out the actors you would want to play in the movie/HBO mini-series version.
    • You’re copying the underlined parts into Evernote to make sure they are always easily accessible.
    • You file it away to recommend to only those who will appreciate it the way you deem appropriate.

      I didn’t hang onto every word, but there are little persistent pieces of this novel that will hang onto me for a while.

      Here’s one:

      "I believe that evolution explains nearly everything about us, and I certainly believe that it explains absolutely everything about the rest of the natural world. But I do not believe that evolution alone can account for our unique human consciousness. There is no evolutionary need, you see, for us to have such acute sensitivities of intellect and emotion. There is no practical need for the minds that we have. we don’t need a mind that can play chess, Miss Whittaker. We don’t need a mind that can invent religions or argue our origins. We don’t need a mind that causes us to weep at the opera. We don’t need opera, for that matter-nor science, nor art. We don’t need ethics, morality, dignity, or sacrifice. We don’t need affection or love—certainly not to the degree that we feel it. If anything, our sensibilities can be a liability, for they can cause us to suffer distress. So I do not believe that the process of natural selection gave us these minds — even though I do believe that it did give us these bodies, and most of our abilities. Do you know why I think we have these extraordinary minds?

      …I will tell you why we have these extraordinary minds and souls, Miss Whittaker…We have them because there is a supreme intelligence in the universe, which wishes for communion with us. This supreme intelligence longs to be known. It calls out to us. It draws us close to its mystery, and it grants us these remarkable minds, in order that we try to reach for it. It wants us to find it. It wants union with us, more than anything.
  • "One thing you notice very early on is that conversation is how we become human. The word “infant” literally means “without the possibility of phatic expression.” We begin our lives by being spoken to and then slowly by responding. It’s what makes us come together as a kindred species. Without this dialogue, without this possibility of exchange, part of our humanity — that which makes us truly human — is lost. So for me conversation is a way of going back to that initial moment. Conversation is a giving and a taking, back and forth."

    Paul Holdengräber, The New York Public Library’s interviewer extraordinaire, on the secrets of great conversation.

    Couple with this timeless 1866 guide to the art of conversation

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  • "Jobs fill your pocket. Adventures fill your soul."
    Jaime Lyn Beatty (via fortheloveofmegan)

    (Source: mylittlebookofquotes, via immeganmaria)

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  • "It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone."
    Margaret Thatcher (via unplannedchild)

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