Friday, December 26, 2014

Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

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We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Posted by Madison Archie at 9:23 AM 1 comments
E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman

Posted by Madison Archie at 9:48 AM 1 comments
Ask yourself these three questions, Tatiana Metanova, and you will know who you are. Ask: What do believe in? What do you hope for? What do you love?

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman

Mother Teresa

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Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Mother Teresa

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Abraham Lincoln

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In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement.

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic & Baby

Posted by Madison Archie at 10:28 PM 1 comments
In the end, you have to choose whether or not to trust someone.

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic & Baby

Monday, December 22, 2014

Walt Whitman

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Argue not concerning God,…re-examine all that you have been told at church or school or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your soul…

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Walt Whitman

Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Posted by Madison Archie at 9:12 AM 1 comments
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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According to Aristophanes in Plato's The Banquet, in the ancient world of legend there were three types of people.
In ancient times people weren't simply male or female, but one of three types : male/male, male/female or female/female. In other words, each person was made out of the components of two people. Everyone was happy with this arrangment and never really gave it much thought. But then God took a knife and cut everyone in half, right down the middle. So after that the world was divided just into male and female, the upshot being that people spend their time running around trying to locate their missing half.

Inspirational Quotes And Sayings by Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

 

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