We have all heard important quotes at different times in our lives. Quotes that become meaningful because the source and the time come together in such a way that our thoughts and feelings are altered.
Of course, if I posted hundreds of quotes a day from just the few books of quotes resting on my shelves I could not come close to sharing all the possible wisdom, inspiration, insight, clarity or humor possible. Then there are so many more sources in which to find just the right phrase or statement. Renowned and lesser known people have all said meaningful things. There is reassurance to be found in the thoughts and words of others.
Even though clichés are often quoted, I intend to stay with statements that can be attributed to the original source. It could be quibbled that much of Shakespeare has become clichéd phrases. Not the same at all. It is still Shakespeare whether the individual using the cliché knows the source or not. More than a few essays have been written on how Shakespeare permeates our cultural communication and understanding.
Invite a conversation with someone by asking about a quote that matters to them. When did they hear it? Who told them or where did they read it? What did it change for them? Be ready to offer the same information. Chances are there are multiple quotes for both of you. Sharing wisdom is a powerful form of communication.
I intend to share a variety of quotes in future posts. The words could give you pause for a few moments to consider how the thought or idea could inform your thinking. Or not. Either outcome is a useful and thoughtful exercise.
Scroll down for interesting quote posts and thank you for your consideration.
At the very least, a quick check on Wikipedia will tell you that Joseph Wood Krutch was a remarkable man. The biographies of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau along with the natural history of the Grand Canyon are just a small sampling of his writing. Then there is his ability to observe with wit and rigor and compassion.
No requirement to be a cat person to recognize the truth. And to be a little jealous. Perhaps the observation could be said for dogs as well. A creature that has troubles and ailments can still manage to sleep. A lovely goal.
Troubles can make fierce demands on the day. Do not give up all the rewards of sleep. Collect the benefits to better respond to whatever challenges you. There are basic sleep hygiene strategies. They appear in magazines and various places on a fairly regular basis. The strategies are useful. They are outlined, with my own commentary and suggested application on the Soothing Slumber page. They are worth taking a thoughtful review. See if any of them can improve your sleep. If not, after sincere effort, then it may well be time to seek additional help to restore healthy sleep. At any given time, approximately half the population is sleep deprived.
Life will keep happening - rest up.
James Thurber was a treasured humorist. He was a thoughtful observer of the humble human experience. His doodles, fiction, and essays offered an intimate view of the quiet struggles of people.
Long before the saturation of “Mindfulness” in the current conversation, Thurber understood the essence and purpose of practicing mindfulness. This simple powerful clarifying quote underlines our struggle with how we can complicate our current existence with dwelling on the past in anger and pain and fearfully predicting a future of more pain. A terrible use of imagination.
This quote, this directive, has guided my understanding of our distress for over two decades. It also informs an essential path out of our suffering.
When looking around you, in the present, in awareness so much becomes possible. This is the goal of mindfulness. Always ongoing as the present keeps introducing itself moment by moment.
I want to start this occasional series with the quote from Albert Einstein featured in the photo gallery on the home page and repeated here.
Sometimes knowledge is enough. It is important to know useful things. Then there are times when the most useful thing we can know is that we do not know enough and then realize we do know where to go to find the information we need.
Imagination is the pathway to solutions.
Then there is imagination. The creative spark within all of us. An event, experience, dilemma, or challenge ignites possibilities in novel ways. Artists striving to provide a singular new view, musicians mastering sound, writers penning experience into poems, scientists puzzling through questions we didn’t even know how to ask, and philosophers staying thoughtful with the questions mankind has asked throughout the ages.
Follow the demands of your imagination in pursuit of solutions.
Albert Eistein knew what he was talking about.