Lori Pickert: “Eventually you realize…”

Eventually you realize that it’s not reaching your goals that gives your life meaning, purpose, and happiness, but the process of working towards it.

Lori Pickert

Georgia O’Keefe: “I know I cannot paint a flower…”

I know I cannot paint a flower, but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower significant to me at that particular time.

George O’Keefe

Brendan Gill: “Talent is usually innate…”

Talent is usually innate. There’s nothing you can do about that, but you can practice discipline and make use of your high energy… You have to be a personality who wants to leap out of bed in the morning and start running at top speed.

Brendan Gill

Human language…

Human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, when all the time we are longing to move the stars to pity.

Gustave Flaubert


Reflect upon your present blessings…

Reflect upon your present blessings of which every[one] has many–not on your past misfortunes, of which all… have some.

Charles Dickens


Those who dream by day…

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many tings that escape those who dream only at night.

Edgar Allan Poe


Good order…

Good order is the foundation of all things.

Edmund Burke



Every cloud…

Every cloud engenders not a storm.

William Shakespeare


Difficulty is the excuse…

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

Edward R. Murrow


Being in bed…

Being in bed, having a shower, having breakfast in the kitchen, sitting in my study writing, walking in the garden, cooking and eating our common lunch at my office with my friends, going to the movies, taking my family to eat at a restaurant, going to bed again. There are a few more.
There are surprisingly few of these patterns of events in any one person’s way of life, perhaps no more than a dozen. Look at your own life and you will find the same. It is shocking at first, to see that there are so few patterns of events open to me.
Not that I want more of them. But when I see how very few of them there are, I begin to understand what huge effect these few patterns have on my life, on my capacity to live. If these few patterns are good for me, I can live well. If they are bad for me, I can’t.

Christopher Alexander

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