I thought I would run out of bits of “found wisdom” before the month was finished, but quite the opposite is true. As I shuffle through just the remaining “clippings” from the book of quotes that provided much of the fodder for our thought mill, I puzzle over what to do with them all. I’ve been itching to do a collage; so the impulse hits me: “Collage them!”
…These aren’t exactly collages, more like random paste-ups, but here they are (most of them): a couple clusters of more seeds for you to plant and nurture in your mind at your future leisure. If you journal or blog or otherwise write, maybe some will serve as springboards to words you’ll pour out through your pen or keyboard. Maybe they’ll just be good for pondering on a cold winter’s night by a crackling fire. Whatever, may they become for both you and me real wisdom, which is not just thought and pondered, but lived.
As a footnote I have typed them all out below with their cited sources, in case you can’t read them clearly in the photos and so that you can copy them to your own computer.
“The stationary condition is the beginning of the end.” -Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher
“The reason most people give up so fast is that they look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come.” -Anonymous
“Seek your own answers in life, and not what others dictate to you.” -Jemina Akhtar, author
“If I never got to make a living doing what I loved, I’d still do it–for fun and for free.” -Susan E. Isaacs, author
“No group picture is going to have the power of an individual portrait. -Annie Leibovitz, photographer
“Sometimes you have to work hard for what you want. Sometimes, hard work is what makes it precious.” -Ute Carbone, author
“The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” -Michelangelo, artist
“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry James, author
“The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.” -John Greenleaf Whittier, poet.
“I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday, I have today and I know Him who holds tomorrow so I know tomorrow will be beautiful for me.” -Jaachynma N. E. Agu. author
“A kite only flies if it’s tethered.” -Victor Robert Lee, author
“Be steady and well-ordered in you life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”
-Gustave Flaubert, author
“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” -Mary Shelley, author
“If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.” -Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker
“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… We are in charge of our attitudes.” -Charles R. Swindle, pastor
“It does not take many words to tell the truth.” -Sitting Bull, Lakota chief
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything else you do.” (cited as anonymous, but strangely familiar to me. See Proverbs 4:23)
“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” -Harper Lee, author
and, just before that, upside-down:
“Someday this upside-down world will be turned right-side up. Nothing in all eternity will turn it back again. If we are wise, we will use our brief lives on earth positioning ourselves for the turn.” -Randy Alcorn, author