“Little by little, one travels far.”
[ J. R. R. Tolkien ]
“Do not let yourself be bothered by the inconsequential.
One has only so much time in this world,
so devote it to the work and the people most important to you,
to those you love and things that matter.
One can waste half a lifetime with people one doesn’t really like,
or doing things when one would be better off somewhere else.”
“Making a record is a lot like surgery without an anesthetic.
You first have to cut yourself up the middle.
Then you have to rip out every single organ, every single part and lay them on a table.
You then need to examine the parts, and the reality of the situation hits you.
You find yourself saying things like
“I didn’t know that part was so ugly.”
“I better get a professional opinion about that.”
You go to bed hollow and then back into the operating room the next day
. . .facing every fear,
every disgusting thing you hate about yourself.
Then you pop it all back in, sew yourself shut and perform
. . . you perform like your life depended on it
—-and in those perfect moments you find beauty you never knew existed.
You find yourself and you friends all over again,
you find something to fight for,
something to love.
Something to show the world.”
[ Gerard Way ]
“It seems to me that our three basic needs,
for food and security and love,
are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.
So it happens that when I write of hunger,
I am really writing about love and the hunger for it,
and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it…
and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…
and it is all one.”
[ All credit to Phil, who most generously permitted me to use one of his pictures ]
“Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
[ Milan Kundera ]
“I’ve known too many stupid intellectuals to believe that education and wisdom come as a package deal along with facts,
it’s your perspective that counts –
your ability to see differently, not just to see a lot.”
[ Sidenote: I tried finding out more about Mrs. or Ms. Decker apart from her being the author of “Empty Spoon”. The little I found is limited to her having been a white High-School English teacher at a predominantly black High-School. If you know more about her, please let me know. ]
“I’ve learned a lot this year..
I learned that things don’t always turn our the way you planned,
or the way you think they should.
And I’ve learned that there are things that go wrong
that don’t always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before.
I’ve learned that some broken things stay broken,
and I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones,
as long as you have people who love you.”