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The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.— Winston Churchill, November 12, 1936
Bran – "Can a man still be brave when he's afraid?" Eddard – "That's the only time a man can be brave."— Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell
Difference between how a person treats the powerless versus the powerful is as good a measure of human character as I know.— Bob Sutton [author, The No Asshole Rule]
Nuggets of wisdom from Bill Watterson’s most endearing, stupendously brilliant, Calvin and Hobbes. There are sixteen pieces but here’s four that sent me over the moon.
On life’s constant little limitation
Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.
Calvin: Everybody seeks happiness! Not me, though! That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world. Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!
On why we are scared of the dark
Calvin: I think night time is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction.
On the unspoken truth behind the education system
Calvin: As you can see, I have memorized this utterly useless piece of information long enough to pass a test question. I now intend to forget it forever. You’ve taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. Congratulations.
These delightfully gave me a good 15 years rewind. How I miss the hours of guffaws during those lazy afternoons pouring over Calvin comics. More over at bookriot.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.— The Great Devotion
By, President Theodore Roosevelt (26th, 1901-09) [1858-1919]
To put 1st Corinthians 13 in perspective – fill in your name.
___ is patient and kind; ___ does not envy or boast; ___ is not arrogant or rude. ___ does not insist on it’s own way; ___ us not irritable or resentful; ___ does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. ___ bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ___ never ends…
faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The human heart has hidden treasures In secret kept, in silence sealed. The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures Whose charm are broken if revealed.— Evening Solace
by Charlotte Bronte (1816 – 1855)