Posts Tagged ‘Albert Camus’

The Urban Lifestyle!

May 25, 2016

I can’t explain it, but despite having grown up on a farm (a vineyard with winery, actually) in rural northern lower Michigan, I have always been drawn to the city.  I’m apparently much more comfortable with the hustle and bustle that accompanies an urban environment.  So here are some definitions of the word “city” that I found in my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.

“A place where you are least likely  to get a bite from a wild sheep.” (Brendan Behan)

“Not a concrete jungle, but a human zoo.”  (Desmond Morris)

“Millions of people being lonely together.”  (Henry Thoreau)

“The only desert still available to us.”  (Albert Camus)

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Be Revolutionary!

June 8, 2015

The theme of this year’s SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference in Boston: Be Revolutionary!  So, I thought I would consult my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone, to see how they defined “revolution” and “revolutionary.”  Here’s what I found out . . .

Revolution:
” A trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.”  (Tom Stoppard)

“An attempt to substitute misrule for bad government.”  (Anthony Butler)

Revolutionary:
“Someone who ends up either as an oppressor or a heretic.”  (Albert Camus)

Go Forth and Be Happy!

April 14, 2011

Every now and then, it is always a good idea to remind ourselves of certain principles.  Happiness is the one that I will focus on today and I will use a few quotations to help.  I firmly believe that happiness can be a state of mind so seize the day, and enjoy every moment.

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” — Albert Camus
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have.”  — Anonymous

And, of course, a couple of humorous entries from  The Cynic’s Dictionary:

“Knowing that you don’t require happiness.”  — William Saroyan
“The interval between periods of unhappiness.”  — Don Marquis

Alone, But Not Lonely!

June 7, 2010

Solitude . . . I never seem to have enough.  I fill my days with activities and appointments, but rarely just take a moment to sit still and ponder (myself, the future, or anything else for that matter).  I just recently discovered that “solitude” is the #1 habit of highly creative people!   Just think of how more creative I could be if I were able to rid myself of a bit more “noise”  in my life.  I’ve certainly taken positive steps to help create these moments (I do not have a television, a radio, or a stereo, and I do not subscribe to any newspapers), but I continue to fill my hours with too many activities.  About twice a month I will actually NOT schedule anything (I call this my “Tom-time”) in an effort to afford myself some of this long-sought solitude.  I probably should attempt to schedule more “Tom-time,” but for now, what little I get will have to do.

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for contructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.”  (Rollo May)

Here are a couple more definitions of “solitude” from my Cynic’s Dictionary (by Aubrey Dillon-Malone)

“The playfield of Satan.”  (Vladimir Nabokov)

“The luxury of the rich.”  (Albert Camus)