Friday, November 30, 2018

Quotes from Joseph Conrad, born December 3, 1857

Here are some quotes from the author of Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness:
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
All roads are long which lead to one's heart's desire.
Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.
It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog.
If you don't make mistakes, you don't make anything.
To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.--Chinese proverb
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.--Cicero
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.--Seneca
Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors?--Saint Basil
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.--Estonian proverb
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.--American Indian saying
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.--Meister Eckhart
Many of our prayers were not answered, and for this we are now grateful.--William Feather
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.--Thornton Wilder
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.--Willie Nelson
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.--Oprah Winfrey