Right, I am on a roll!
Got some Deftones on the Skullcandy ‘phones, a glass of wine and the desire to write!
So, quotes. There are so many to choose from. Some of my favourite people to lift quotes from are Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein, so instead of just one, I am going to treat you to three, one from each. Oh, and the wonderful and heart warming example from Cookie Monster in the picture 🙂
“I can resist everything except temptation”
“I find that when taken in sufficient quantity, alcohol provides all the symptoms of drunken-ness”
– both Oscar Wilde
Wonderful witticisms from the absolute master, Oscar Wilde was a tragic figure in Victorian London. Loved by the theater going public for his amusing plays and hated by the establishment once his sexual tendencies became public through(I very highly recommend the film “Oscar” with Stephen Fry playing him masterfully, I defy anyone to compete it with dry eyes).
If you have the slightest interest in being “clever” with words then you should at least watch one of the many versions of “The Importance of Being Ernest”, and if you are still interested then read “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
“Never, never, never give up”
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; it is also what it takes to sit down and listen”
– both Winston Churchill
Being both an Englishman and a depression sufferer I have plenty in common with Winston, and along with many of my countryfellows I hold him in extremely high regard. That is not to say I am blind to his failings, he was removed from the “man on the street” by about as far as it is possible to be and was not a peacetime leader at all. He was however exactly what we needed in our hour of need.
Many quotes of his are flying around the internet and are dredged up and pretty much any opportunity, so I have tried to choose a slightly less well known one (the second) along with one of his shortest (the first). If I had to choose just one quote from all those mentioned here it would be the first one here. I have had moments where all I wanted to do was give up, for good, on everything. Knowing that someone with the same issues I have led our country through some of it’s darkest hours is one hell of an inspiration to keep going, and that is all it is saying really, just keep going!
“Imagination is more important than knowledge”
“I never think of the future; it comes soon enough”
– both Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was, for me, as extraordinary for his attitude as for his amazing contributions to science. He maintained that he was nothing out of the ordinary, that he was just a bit more curious and tenacious than most people. There was a humility about him regarding his work that is really attractive and something that we could aspire to.
The first quote here needs several reads I think before it really comes to life. Knowledge is a static thing, it is, it just is. If one is trying to discover something, to push the envelope, to really learn something for ones-self then imagination is so much more essential. Where would Einstein have been without the imagination to see that there was some universal absolute that could be written down and used to explain the whole of everything, if that isn’t the greatest use of imagination ever then I don’t know what is!
The second quote here is a good one for me personally at the moment as I am looking into Mindfulness and how it might be able to help me in getting through life. The essence of mindfulness is to be in the now. to absolutely focus on whatever you are doing right now, to the exclusion of the past or the future. This removes regret and tempers worry to the point where peace is attained. For the depression sufferer that sounds pretty much like the holy grail!
So there we go, my second post of the day and I have caught up a little on the 365 day plan. I don’t know if I have another in me tonight, will see how well the wine lasts 🙂