"It is not enough to run, one must start on time." French proverbNot only that, but one must wear proper shoes. And decent coffee and bread can only help.
Quotes-of-the day from the 2014 Keep Calm & Carry On desk calendar
"You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder." Emil Zátopek, Czech runnerCongratulations Calendar! A quote that admits that one might need assistance in order to succeed.
"Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair" Edmund Burke, 18th century British statesman
"Peace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew." John Greenleaf Whittier, 19th century American poet
"Just because someone has fancy sneakers doesn't mean they can run faster." Jon Bon Jovi, American musicianThis reminds me of something from many years ago, while I was still pursuing a career as an actor.
"History knows no resting places and no plateaus." Henry Kissinger, US diplomat
"We all pay for our choices, and whatever life we choose determines the kind of payment we make." EL Doctorow, American writerAn interesting quote from Ed Doctorow. Certainly food for thought.
"No spring -- no summer." John Ruskin, 19th century British art criticNo spring indeed! Today I hit the one page where the Keep Calm & Carry On people seem to have channelled the Farmer's Almanac. I doubt Ruskin was alluding to an endless winter like the current one we've been weathering in my part of the world (the East coast of North America), but it makes the quote seem no less apt.
"Happiness is the child of sweat." Lugbara proverb
"Nodding the head does not row the boat." Irish proverb
"Not all the labor of the earth is done by hardened hands." Will Carleton, American poetLess and less, as it happens. But I would say that none of the labor of the earth is done by hardened hearts. Anyone in that state tends to pass of the labor to others, while assuming all credit and/or benefit.
"All men are preparted to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened." Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss writer
"No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There's too much work to do." Dorothy Day, American activist.
"You have to be like the pebble in the stream, keeping the grain and rolling along without being dissolved or dissolving anything else." Joseph Jourbet, 19th century French essayist
"If we don't watch what we're doing, we can make great troubles for ourselves." Carl Sagan, American astronomer
"Still fisheth he that catcheth one." George Herbert, 17th century British poet
"Nice guys finish first. If you don't know that, then you don't know where the finish line is." Garry Shandling, American comedian
"If thou wish to reach the perfection of love, it befits thee to set thy life in order." Saint Catherine of Siena, 14th century Italian theologian
"The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured." Dean Acheson, American statesmanThis quote implies a great deal about Dean Acheson's personal experience. Could one say this if one had been raped? tortured? enslaved? forced to shoot one's own parents and join their enemies? It's reasonable to think that Acheson meant to encourage dignity in the face of adversity but, as an isolated sentence, this comment trivializes evil by implying that it pales by comparison to the manner in which the victim suffers it.
"Keep swingin'. Maybe you'll give them a cold." Gordan Bombay (Emilio Estevez) in The Mighty Ducks, screenplay by Steven Brill
"Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them far apart." Confucius, ancient Chinese philosopher
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Proverbs 17:22
"The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into actions." Germaine de Staël, 18th century Swiss writer
"Thou art made, if thou desir'st to be so." William Shakespeare, English playwright, Twelfth NightIn the actual play from which this is quoted, the line appears in a letter that promises Malvolio that "greatness" awaits him, if only he is bold enough to seize it. As he does desire to be so, he follows the instructions in the letter and utterly humiliates himself. Because the letter is a forgery, and the promise of greatness is false.
"Try not to make it worse than it already is." Russell Baker, American writerKicking off March with some good common sense from Russell Baker. This is the kind of simple advice that tends to slip through the mental cracks, simply because it's simple.