There is only one you for all
time. Fearlessly be yourself. This
is the time for which we were born ~ TTBOOK '08
A closed mouth, gathers no
feet. ~Steve's Mom
principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new
frontiers. ~Arthur Koestler
know what we are, but know not what we may be. ~
is a human creation-- the Universe does not judge.
are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You
may have to work for it though. ~ Richard Bach
quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
see things and say "Why?" but I dream things that never were and I
say "Why not?" ~ George Bernard Shaw
cannot discover new oceans until he has courage to lose sight of the shore.
is the secret of abundance. ~ Sivananda
... Simply moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing
press and radio and television and satellites and all that.
A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a
thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work,
since modern communications put him or her in to daily competition with
nothing but world's champions.
The entire planet can get along nicely now with maybe a dozen champion
performers in each area of human giftedness.
A moderately gifted person has to keep his or her gifts all bottled up
until, in a manner of speaking, he or she gets drunk at a wedding and
tap-dances on the coffee table like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers.
We have a name for him or her. We
call him or her an "exhibitionist."
How do we reward such an exhibitionist?
We say to him or her the next morning, "Wow! Were you ever drunk
Kurt Vonnegut in Bluebeard
can you not make [science] funny? Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony
in just about anything a human does. There's all this PB&J: passion,
beauty, and joy. But there's also the futility of the whole thing. We're just
humans on this dying planet, and it doesn't much matter what we do. We're
always setting up expectations, whether scientific or otherwise, and failing
to meet them. That creates comedic tension. The more you find out about the
world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.
Bill Nye Wired Apr ‘05
Nothing! Sticking to it is
the genius! Any other bright
minded fellow can accomplish just as much if he will stick like hell and
remember nothing that’s any good works by itself.
You’ve got to make the damn thing work!…
I failed my way to
Thomas A. Edison
wants to be mediocre, so what it takes to make anything more than mediocre is
such a f#cking act of will. Anyone
who makes something for a living, or even not for a living, if they’re
really excited about it… You
just have to exert so much will into something for it to be good.
Glass in The Onion November 2003