Quotes

Some quotes that have been piling up on my desk:

“The amateur can afford to lose; the expert is the man who stays put.” – Marshall MacLuhan

“Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success. … If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted. If a university concentrates on producing successful people, it is lamentably failing in its obligation to society and to the students themselves.”  – Thomas Merton . . . Thanks for this one, Paul.

“We assume miracles arrive like bolts from the blue. But most real miracles are built arduously, stone by stone, and only when seen from the perspective of the whole are they revealed to be miraculous. For this reason, we tend to miss the wonders happening right next to us, because they are occurring in slow motion and rendered invisible by the filter of our expectations.” ~ Celeste Fremon, journalist . . . Thanks for passing this onto me Jennie.

Even after all this time
the sun never says
to the earth,
“you owe me.”
Look what happens
to a love like that,
it lights up the whole
sky.
 
– Hafiz (early 1300s, Persian, I think)

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