interesting quotes

Introducing Interesting Quotes

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. 

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. 

Clichés versus Quotes  

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.

Have an Interesting Conversation 

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.

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Scroll down for interesting quote posts and thank you for your consideration.

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"Every generation laughs at the old fashions but religiously follows the new." Henry David Thoreau

Then Thoreau finds the path beyond fashion - beyond new - into the land of classic    timeless    deliberate. 

What is simple; what is minimalist? more specifically - what is Thoreau's, and others, philosophy transcendentalism.    


A uniquely American philosophy which we can be "at our best" when the pursuit is one of creative imaginative intuitive understanding of ourselves. Of the world around us. Of relationships. Relationships founded on the belief that all are equal.  

Link to nature

We are at our best when we begin with and rely on our connection with nature.

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"It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help." Miss Manners (Judith Martin)

It is refreshing to be going about your own business, doing what you do. Doing it well, with style, with substance, with thoughtfulness. Because that is the level of attention you bring to what you do. Just because, whether you are noticed or not.

Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior

Miss Manner's Guide politely sits on a shelf of a bookcase full of ideas and theories and suggestions. 

I reach for it when I am asked for a book to help with self-esteem issues. Or there are exhausting  concerns about "what other people think." Always startling and delightfully received direction. The simplest message - do not contribute to the thickening brew of rudeness. As tempting as it is  - refrain from correcting others or, perversely, helping others feel more comfortable even as they err. 

And a reminder - reading other people's mind is just plain rude.

Everyday a Chance to Read More

If you have never read Miss Manners' column, then please do. We can wait for you to catch up.

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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Source: "The Innocents Abroad" By Mark Twain

Go beyond the internet.

The web is just an introduction to all that is available. Instead of the web overwhelming us with all the people and places we will never go or know - the web can begin the introduction. Offering glimpses and growth.  

There are too many reasons to make and keep your world bigger  richer  diverse. And no good reason to bind it  hide it   swaddle it.

Keep your passport current and at hand.

Home is for the return, to rest and reflect. Then plan again.

 Antique Statue photo - personal travel photo 

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"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were to long words and exhausted idioms, like cuttlefish spurting out ink." George Orwell

In his essay " Politics and the English Language" (1946)  Orwell wrote about the importance of precise and clear language, arguing that vague writing can be used as a powerful tool of political manipulation because it shapes the way we think. In that essay, Orwell provides six rules for writers:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

 Politics are the larger format to "speak for the People" until politicians no longer speak for the people. A constant concern of Orwell's.

Let these rules for writers guide your own listening and speaking. Speak for yourself and others more clearly. Distinctly.  With no gap between your declared and real aims. And listen just as clearly for congruent language in others.

The cure for insincerity is integrity.   

Animal Farm & 1984

In case you are fuzzy on your recollections of George Orwell from High School or college - Wikipedia does a lovely and thorough job, including the description of Orwell's six rules found above. 

Look for real and clear language when it matters.

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"It's a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all of one's life and find out at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advise than 'Try to be a little kinder.'" Aldous Huxley

The author of Brave New  World and Island  spent his life as a humanist and a pacifist. Thinking long  and hard and writing a great deal on his fears and concerns and observations of  people.  Novels, essays, short stories, screenplays and poetry. And near the end he realized what so many mystics and prophets and philosophers want us to learn.  Our current condition is what ever it is -

be kind.

What is Real Kindness?

Authentic kindness is a personal decision and is one factor that defines who you are. Some people show kindness to make themselves feel good, but real kindness gives others a feeling of hope. Kindness deepens your appreciation of what you have and what you can give. ... Kindness connects us to a world we never knew about.


Definition courtesy of an essay at by Niki Shaw 2/3/15 

If there ever was a time for kindness...

Every point and pivot in time is defined by how people respond and care for each other long after the details of the events fade. Did we care for each other? How do we continue to be kind? 

We do so by creating and sustaining hope in others, and therefore ourselves, through continuing relentless kindness.

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“Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are prone to a good many different ailments, but I have never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.” Joseph Wood Krutch

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. 

Protect your sleep.

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. 

Work to be more like a cat.

Life will keep happening - rest up.

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“Look back not in anger, nor forward in fear, but around you in awareness.” James Thurber

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.

Now known as "Mindfulness"

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. 

... but around you in awareness.

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.

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A beginning...

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.

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Albert Einstein

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.

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