Archive for the ‘Quotation’ Category

We Are All Endowed . . . !

September 7, 2017

According to Stephen Covey . . .

“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

Let’s look at these individually, shall we?

  • Self-awareness represents our capacity for introspection and our ability to recognize our unique personality and character (individuality from everyone else).
  • Conscience represents our ability to differentiate right from wrong; an awareness of the morality of our behaviors.
  • Independent will represents our capacity to act; to act based upon some guiding principle as opposed to reacting to emotion or circumstances.
  • Creative imagination represents the ability to form mental images or concepts of things not physically present to your senses.

Let’s use these endowments to choose, respond, and change in a productive manner.

Advertisements

Historical Fiction at Its Best!

August 23, 2017

The time has come for me to once again re-read the The Far Pavilions (which I do every three-to-four years for pure entertainment).  An epic novel of British-Indian history that was originally published in 1978 by M. M. Kaye (Mary Margaret).  I cannot explain exactly why I find this read so enthralling except for the possible reason that I’m a hopeless romantic deep down inside and enjoy the total “escapism” by reliving the story over and over.  It is by no means a quick read, either.  At just under 1,000 pages, this tome is a major undertaking, but is worth every treasured moment as I’m transported to nineteenth-century India for many evenings of adventure and romance.

In the opinion of Nancy Banks-Smith (critic for The Guardian), this book is “One of those big, fat paperbacks, intended to while away a monsoon or two, which, if thrown with a good overarm action, will bring a water buffalo to its knees.” (on 4 January 1984)

Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, category: Books, entry #2, p. 41.

Nonconformity!

April 29, 2017

Happy Saturday!  How about some oxymoronica to start the weekend?  According to Dr. Mardy Grothe, the word oxymoronica is used “to describe quotations that contain imcompatible or incongruous elements.”  Here’s a quotation from Bill Vaughn on nonconformity that exemplifies this point beautifully.

“If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.”

Source: Oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

Are You Responsible?!

March 22, 2017

Happy Wednesday!  Congratulations, you are nearly halfway through the week.  I ran across a great joke the other day  . . .

EMPLOYER: We need someone who is highly responsible.

APPLICANT: In that case, I’m your man.  At my last job, every time something went wrong, they told me I was responsible.

As I pondered the whole idea of responsible (and responsibility) I remembered a couple of quotations on the topic that really hit the mark:

“Responsibilities are given to him on whom trust rests. Responsibility is always a sign of trust.”  (James Cash Penney)

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”  (Winston Churchill)

Words From the Wise!

January 7, 2017

Happy Saturday!  Do you know the difference between being smart versus being wise? Here are nine (9) points of comparison (from Patrick Betdavid’s blog) to ponder (along with a most appropriate quotation).  Enjoy!

  1. Can anyone be smart?
  2. Logic versus emotion.
  3. Speed of growth creates wisdom.
  4. Does wisdom only come with age?
  5. When to open your mouth and when not to.
    “A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether or not to say it.”  (Author Unknown)
  6. Know-it-all versus willing to learn and grow.
  7. Knowing versus doing.
  8. Employing knowledge versus employing judgment under pressure.
  9. What did Solomon ask of God?

Stones as Projectiles!

December 7, 2016

When I ran across this quotation today, it got me thinking about “throwing stones” and the other quotable sayings involving stones as projectiles.  Quotations to ponder!

“In this world, some people will always throw stones in your path. It depend on you what you make from those stones… A wall or a bridge!”  — Author Unknown

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”  (Jesus Christ, John 8:7, King James Bible)

“People who live in glass houses, shouldn’t throw stones.”  (Proverb)

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”  (Winston Churchill)

Beware of Censorship!

November 16, 2016

No one likes to be censored.  By definition, a censor is “an official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds.” (Source http://www.dictionary.com)

So, I thought I would consult my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary (by Aubrey Dillon-Malone) to see what definitions I could find . . .

Censor
“A man who knows more that he thinks you ought to.”  (Laurence Peter)

Censors
“People who are paid to have dirty minds.”  (John Trevelyan)

Censorship
“A more depraving and corrupting practice than anything pornography can produce.”  (Tony Smythe)

“A legal corollary of public modesty.”  (Jonathan Miller)

“An excuse to talk about sex.”  (Fran Lebowitz)

“A practice as indefensible as infanticide.”  (Rebecca West)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.

An Autobiography By Any Other Name!

November 9, 2016

An autobiography is actually a literary genre and is defined (by Google) as “an account of a person’s life written by that person.”   However, I found some rather interesting alternative definitions in my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary.  Enjoy!

“An obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing.” (Quentin Crisp)

“Alibi-ography.”  (Clare Boothe Luce)

“A book that suggests the only thing wrong with the author is . . . his memory.”  (Franklin P. Jones)

“Books that ought to begin with Chapter Two.” (Ellery Sedgwick)

“Unrivaled vehicles for telling the truth — about others.”  (Philip Guedalla)

“What is now as common as adultery — and hardly less reprehensible.”  (John Grigg)

“The life story of a motor car.”  (Peter Eldin)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.

Hmm, I Imagine . . . !

August 3, 2016

While I don’t consider myself the most creative, curious, or imaginative person in the world, we all have our moments of creativity, curiousity, and imaginational wanderings. Part of the problem may lie in our lack of exercising these traits.  Here is an oxymoronic quotation that I ran across that deals with imagination.  Enjoy!

“To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.”  (Cynthia Ozick)

Source: Oxymoronica by Dr. Mandy Grothe, p. 179.

Overcome the Noise!

July 27, 2016

I don’t know about you, but every now and then I struggle with my self-esteem.  More often than not, it is directly connected to my perfectionistic tendencies and the fact that most times, “good enough” really is good enough.  Other times, it is connected to the opinions of others that I forget are merely opinions.  So, here’s a quotation from Steve Jobs that is a healthy reminder to once again, be true to yourself.

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”  (Steve Jobs)