Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dave Chappelle on Consequences

You can't get unfamous. You can get infamous, but you can't get unfamous.

Dave Chappelle

On Inside the Actor's Studio
Season 14, Episode 2
© 2008 The Actor's Studio


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Elyane Boosler on Safety

I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.

Elayne Boosler


Gail Sheehy on Mourning

Pathfinders will step beyond Elizabeth K├╝bler-Ross' stages of dying (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) when life continues...

If fully completing the four phases of a normal passage -- anticipation, separation, expansion, incorporation -- is essential to successful pathfinding, it could be said that the person who is forged by a life accident into a pathfinder is one who probably has fully completed the mourning process. The critical tasks that I suggest turn adversity into strength are these:

Making sound detachments: In the grip of the most acute pain, anger, fear, and confusion, making extraordinary efforts to separate from the person or situation with thought for the future.

Intervention: Consciously changing our inner image (initially negative) of what we will be like after the accident. Plunging into some constructive action during the recovery process.

Transcendence: Linking up the end of the mourning process with another beginning -- a commitment to a new work, love, idea, or a purpose larger than oneself.

Gail Sheehy

Source: Pathfinders
by Gail Sheehy
©1981, Bantam Books, pages 398 - 404

Betty Lehan Harrigan on Earning a Living

A career afterall, is a complete course or progress extending through life, that can abound in remarkable actions or incidents. Let's face it, there is only one reason to work -- to make money. If you approach working realistically -- that is as a gambling game that everybody plays -- you might find what you're looking for. A job can mean money, a challenge, a chance to use skills and talents you didn't know you had, a marvelous theatre of the absurd to watch and participate in, an opportunity to grow up, to meet all kinds of people, to function in society, to have an impact on that society. And, if you play skillfully, it should only take about forty or fifty hours a week, leaving you plenty of free time to develop an active, meaningful, satisfying private life.

Betty Lehan Harrigan

Source: Games Mother Never Taught You
by Betty Lehan Harrigan
©1977, Warner Books, pages 172 - 173

Playskool on Resliency

Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.

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Rabindanath Tagore on Resiliency

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it. Let me not look for allies in life's battlefield but to my own strength. Let me not cave in.

Rabindanath Tagore


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Dave Barry on Baseball

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.

Dave Barry


Dorothy Parker on Literature

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Dorothy Parker


Laurence Boldt on Perspective

Change isn't happening to us. We are happening in a sea of change.

Laurence G. Boldt

Source: The Tao of Abundance
by Laurence G. Boldt
©1999 Laurence G. Boldt
Penguin Compass

The I Ching on Living

The greatest virtue between heaven and earth is to live.

The I Ching

Source: The Tao of Abundance
by Laurence G. Boldt
©1999 Laurence G. Boldt
Penguin Compass

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Albert Schwietzer on Gratitude

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer


Barack Obama on The Journey

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

Barack Obama


Anthony Robbins on Crossroads

You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.

Anthony Robbins


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Alex Noble on Each Day

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.

Alex Noble


Despair, Inc. on Beauty

Beauty: If you're attractive enough on the outside, people will forgive you for being irritating to the core.

Despair, Inc.


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