Archives - June 2003
June 1, 2003
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
June 2, 2003
Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.
June 3, 2003
When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it --- don't back down and don't give up --- then you're going to mystify a lot of folks.
June 4, 2003
Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
June 5, 2003
Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.
June 6, 2003
Television is the first truly democratic culture --- the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.
June 7, 2003
Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.
June 8, 2003
Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon the direction in which that train of thought is going.
June 9, 2003
Few things are more satisfying than seeing your own children have teenagers of their own.
June 10, 2003
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
June 11, 2003
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
June 12, 2003
You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
June 13, 2003
A film is --- or should be --- more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
June 14, 2003
A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.
June 15, 2003
Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers --- and fathering is a very important stage in their development.
June 16, 2003
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them --- every day begin the task anew.
June 17, 2003
A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.
June 18, 2003
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
June 19, 2003
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves.
June 20, 2003
A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
June 21, 2003
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
June 22, 2003
Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of --- for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
June 23, 2003
Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.
June 24, 2003
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
June 25, 2003
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
June 26, 2003
Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought --- particularly for people who cannot remember where they left things.
June 27, 2003
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
June 28, 2003
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
June 29, 2003
You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can't sit back and wait.
June 30, 2003
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.