Posts tagged words to live by

Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it - that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.
Stephen Fry

Elaine Stritch on Learning About Yourself: “They’re Hard Lessons” | TIME

Here’s to the ladies who lunch, and lead the way fearlessly. An icon in the truest sense of the word. We loved you, Elaine Stritch.

Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography: Frank Lloyd Wright: 9780764932434: Amazon.com: Books

The list of the “Fellowship Assets” Frank Lloyd Wright outlined for the architecture apprentices he worked with at Taliesin, his summer home, studio, and school:

1. An honest ego in a healthy body.
2. An eye to see nature
3. A heart to feel nature
4. Courage to follow nature
5. The sense of proportion (humor)
6. Appreciation of work as idea and idea as work
7. Fertility of imagination
8. Capacity for faith and rebellion
9. Disregard for commonplace (inorganic) elegance
10. Instinctive cooperation

A Comenzar

A Comenzar

Science and art having the same creative wellspring, which I believe can be expressed aphoristically: the ideal scientist thinks like a poet and works like a bookkeeper.
(via Albert Camus on Happiness and Love, Illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton | Brain Pickings)
Be a good human being, be kind, always help others if you can. Do stuff if you happen to be blessed with insight that others may not possess at this moment in time. Your own success is not what you have accomplished yourself but how others benefit from what your transition to those who take your place.
Phillip Ferguson (a friend)

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Always thankful for & amazed by people who take the time to do things like this. Perhaps someday, I will…

"It’s important to do tasks that are high leverage and meaningful, and it’s also important that you know how to manage your time, energy, and attention so you have the resources you need to get more done. But at the end of the day, when you have no more time, energy, or attention left, the only thing you’re left with is what you have accomplished, and the difference you have made in the world because you did something valuable with a day of your life.

That’s what productivity is all about.”

Atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities, rather than one of things or facts.
Werner Heisenberg
(via Janelle Monae)

"When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.

This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.

Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.”

(via Janelle Monae)

"When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.

This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.

Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.”

Your limits are liars. Your fears are thieves.
Robin Sharma
I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
Joan Didion

Self-esteem is that which gives us a feeling of well-being, a feeling that everything’s going to be all right – that we can determine our own course and that we can travel that course. It’s not that we travel the course alone, but we need the feeling of agency – that if everything were to fall apart, we could find a way to put things back together again.

Self-esteem cannot really be built from the outside. You begin to see the real evidence that you can, in fact, affect the things around you. These experiences ultimately integrate themselves inside — if that foundation is there. Self-esteem does not come from surrounding yourself with people and things that seem to increase your value. Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you.

In a fear-based, failure-averse culture, people will consciously or unconsciously avoid risk. They will seek instead to repeat something safe that’s been good enough in the past. Their work will be derivative, not innovative. But if you can foster a positive understanding of failure, the opposite will happen.