Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I feel a sense of dread, tear after tear is falling,
my rigid heart is tenderly unmanned---
what I possess seems something far away
and what had disappeared proves real.

Ein Schauer faßt mich, Träne folgt den Tränen,
Das strenge Herz, es fühlt sich mild und weich;
Was ich besitze, seh ich wie im Weiten,
Und was verschwand, wird mir zu Wirklichkeiten.

--Faust: A Tragedy, lines 29-32

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yoko Ono

What is teaching me is the fact that we have to learn how to turn around negative energy into positive energy. On a very small scale, for instance, people used to call me Dragon Lady. And I didn't answer that one. And one day I said, Thank you for calling me Dragon Lady, because the dragon is such a powerful animal. And thank you for thinking I'm so powerful. From then on nobody called me Dragon Lady.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sarah Vowell

Being a nerd, which is to say going too far and caring too much about a subject, is the best way to make friends I know.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Margaret Lee Runbeck

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

George Carlin

No one knows what's next, but everyone does it.


Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Marcus Aurelius

Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

Mother Teresa

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.