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3:31 am - Mon 5/29/06
The Wisdom Of Coffee Cups, Refrigerator Magnets, And Greeting Cards

The Wisdom Of Coffee Cups, Refrigerator Magnets, And Greeting Cards

Mon 5/29/06 (2:13 a.m.)

Another bad effect of drinking–You’re much more likely to leave your “pocket journal” in your pocket while doing laundry.

Right now, I’m gingerly looking over my moistened book, seeing if there’s anything I want to pull out of it...

I see that the Fred Astaire quote I alluded to in my last entry was not from Kathyrn Grayson, but Kay Thompson. She referred to Astaire as “irritating...a most disconsolate person...he was just somebody who was frightened”.

I recently wrote down a number of quotes while working retail at the theater (Quotes that were on coffee cups, refrigerator magnets, and greeting cards).

Be the change you want to see in the world
-Gandhi-

I was thinking about that, and the first thing that popped into my head, when I wondered in what respect I was “the change I want to see in the world”, is that I’m a pretty nice guy. I have my off days, of course, but I really feel, by and large, that these days I leave good feelings behind me when I move about in the world.

At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are, and you know what you want.

-Lao Tzu-

(Or to say it another way...)

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

-Dr Spock-

I think the struggle involved in “trusting myself” is one of the central issues of my life. That, and getting what I “know”--which is considerable--from my head to my heart.

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

-Emerson-

The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter. And in these, the spirit blooms...

-Santayana-

The last quote reminds of something from Anthony Burgess that I have in another book, and am too lazy to find at this point. Something about the “real God” abandoning Earth, and a “fake God” taking over and mucking things up, but he essentially makes the same point–While the world is a mess, there remains much to take pleasure in.

And I agree.

I’ve always been touched by Marilyn Monroe, and this quote I saw in the newspaper goes a long way towards explaining why, in a nutshell:

I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.

I also thought she was really pretty.

With The DaVinci Code playing at the theater, we have Jesus and Leonardo “action figures” in the gift shop.

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

(I wish I’d known that quote back when I was in school, so I could have whipped it on teachers while I was busily doing “the least work”...)

Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation...even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

-Leonardo DaVinci-

If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Ask, and it shall be given to you; Search, and you will find; Knock, and the door will be opened.

I’ve known that verse forever–I grew up going to Sunday school–but it never really meant much to me. Now I find myself thinking “I obviously need to step up the asking, searching, and knocking...!”

Do not worry about tomorrow...Today’s trouble is enough for today.

-Jesus Christ (From the book of Mathew)-

And of course, words of wisdom from one of our greatest modern-day thinkers, “Homer Simpson”...

Trying is the first step towards failure.

Well, I was going to get into the whole thing about me being “Wile E. Coyote, Super-Genius”, but it’s gotten late, and I’m tired, and kind of sick, so I’m going to bed...


 

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