Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Friday, August 21, 2015

ADHD Book Club

- monthly book club for adults w/ . First book will be Driven to Distraction by me and
 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Change What You Can




“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the

 world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” 

― Rumi








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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Is it time to move on?



The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're no longer willing to stay where you are. 
-Unknown

 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Why Change


“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner


"Acceptance makes an incredible fertile soil for the seeds of change."
- Steve Maraboli


“If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. 
- Anatole France

Monday, July 13, 2015

Progress requires Change

 "He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery." 
– Harold Wilson

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
– Benjamin Franklin.



Monday, May 25, 2015

Proust or Poseur? Podcast




John Crace digests Karl Ove Knausgaard's multi-volume autobiographical fiction, 'My Struggle', and asks if it is exceptional in anything apart from length.
Here, he takes on the autobiographical novel which has taken the reading world by storm, with Karl Ove Knausgaard acclaimed as Norway's Proust.

Three volumes are already out in the UK, with a fourth coming in the spring. But is it any more than an extended piece of literary navel-gazing?

Reading list:
Hari Kunzru on why My Struggle is a great work of literature
My Struggle: The Digested Read






Source:http://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2014/dec/25/karl-ove-knausgaard-digested-read-books-podcast-2014







Karl Ove Knausgaard

 
I ordered one of his ('boring' but enthralling) books at the library, just to see what the fuss is all about.


"As fans in New York will discover this week, the Norwegian writer’s rock’n’roll reputation is matched by actual drumming in a bona fide band. It seems odd that more writers don’t do likewise."

I have purchased thousands of books over time but they just become a storage problem.  Then I read:
... too bad we can't buy the time to read the books we buy...

“... that when you're buying books, you're optimistically thinking you're buying the time to read them.
(Paraphrase of Schopenhauer)”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

On Letterman Zevon talked about all the books he compulsively bought:
“We buy books because we believe we're buying the time to read them." 
― Warren Zevon

Nobody can buy more time...



“The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.” 
― Arthur SchopenhauerEssays and Aphorisms


“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” 
― Arthur SchopenhauerStudies in Pessimism: The Essays


“Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.” 
― Arthur Schopenhauer


“The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.”
― Arthur SchopenhauerReligion: A Dialogue and Other Essays

Der Mensch kann tun was er will; er kann aber nicht wollen was er will.

Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.” 
― Arthur SchopenhauerEssays and Aphorisms

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” 
― Arthur Schopenhauer





Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest......................................Mark Twain





Hiring Hillary


Hiring Hillary——It Takes A Private Jet, Presidential Suite, Lots Of Aides And $225K
by ZeroHedge • May 23, 2015



Late last month we highlighted an IB Times report which showed that Goldman Sachs paid Bill Clinton some $200,000 for a speech ahead of an effort to lobby The State Department (then led by Hillary Clinton) on Export-Import Bank legislation tied to a $75 million purchase order from a Chinese company to a Goldman-owned aircraft manufacturer.

The idea that the paid speech and the authorization of an Export-Import Bank loan to the Chinese firm were related was of course dismissed as “preposterous” by Goldman (draw your own conclusions) but what certainly isn’t preposterous is the fact that the Clintons reap millions for speaking engagements and as you can see from the following, if you want a Clinton, a quarter-million in cash isn’t all you’ll need to budget for.


Here is the rest: http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/hiring-hillary-it-takes-a-private-jet-presidential-suite-lots-of-aides-and-225k/?utm_source=wysija&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Mailing+List+Sunday+10+AM


Be Present In Your Life.

SANSKRIT PROVERB

Look at this day, for it is life, the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all the realities and verities of existence, the bliss of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power.

For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today, well lived, makes every day a dream, a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.



Mark Twain Quotes


We all have thoughts that would shame the devil.
Mark Twain - Notebooks (1935)

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.
Mark Twain - Speech in NYC, Jan. 22, 1906

 The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong; he can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way.
Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Mark Twain - Following the Equator

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
Mark Twain

The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible.
Mark Twain

Golf is a good walk, ruined.
Mark Twain - Following the Equator (1897)

Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to.
Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

Those who say truth is stranger than fiction have wasted their time on poorly written fiction.
Mark Twain

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Mark Twain - (attributed)

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Mark Twain

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.
Mark Twain

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Mark Twain

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
Mark Twain

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
Mark Twain

I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
Mark Twain

 Sacred cows make the best hamburgers.
Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds upon the heel that crushes it.
Mark Twain

I admire the serene assurance of those who have religious faith. It is wonderful to observe the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.
Mark Twain



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bringing back a Wandering Attention - William James



 William James was interested in mindfulness and attention:


 “The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is compos sui [master of himself] if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.”




William James, Psychology: Briefer Course, p. 424 (Harper Torchbooks, 1961)