All posts tagged: quotes

This Week In Things of Note

Blank on Blank archives interviews by Leonard Lopate, who has been the host of The Leonard Lopate Show for almost 30 years. Their raison d’être is simple: to preserve the art of the interview and showcase the soundbites of history. You will find interview from Grace Kelly to Jane Goodall, and this pick from David Foster Wallace. Here’s David talking about ambition: If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. Because doing anything results in— It’s actually kind of tragic because it means you sacrifice how gorgeous and perfect it is in your head for what it really is.   A recent survey has surfaced the decline of the signature. While years ago, a generation of youngsters were purchasing coloured gel pens and practicing their signatures, from the survey, 30% of 18-34 year olds admitted to having a “flexible signature”. That is, they don’t have one single calligraphic identity — one signature may be a squiggle, another an initial, or another just their first name. 64% stated it was because of the great amount of …

Hetra Muller on How Silence Communicates More Than We May Think

As we sit, not a word being said, I realise that what we are saying now, means more than anything else we’ll ever say. Silence is also a form of speaking. They’re exactly alike. It’s a basic component of language. We’re always selecting what we say and what we don’t. Why do we say one thing and not the other? And we do this instinctively, too, because no matter what we’re talking about, there’s more that doesn’t get said than does. And this isn’t always to hide things—it’s simply part of an instinctive selection in our speech. This selection varies from one person to the next, so that no matter how many people describe the same thing, the descriptions are different, the point of view is different. And even if there is a similar viewpoint, people make different choices as to what is said or not said. This was very clear to me, coming from the village, since the people there never said more than they absolutely needed to. When I was fifteen and went to …

Quietly Happy: 15 Quotes For Introverts | Introvert, Dear

I find that people tend to forget that introverts have as much value as extroverts purportedly do. That’s why when Susan Cain’s Quiet came out, it was such a poignant moment in introvert history. Well, for me anyway. I never really considered that introverts were really thought of in such a gloomy way.  And in many ways I can’t really grasp why people even mind if someone is a little less talkative. Perhaps there is too high a premium on being a chatterbox, and too low acceptance of people’s silence. There is just as much value in saying little as saying a lot. It’s just a more efficient way of expression. Introverts just have a different way of dealing with and experiencing the world. I think it’s important for reminders about the goodness of the introvert’s personality to appear constantly, so we don’t all forget and lapse into an unfair judgment and criticism of an introverted personality.

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Midnight Collection

Oftentimes I somehow mentally transport myself into 1920s Paris. The beaded flapper dresses, the Charleston, bouteilles des vins rouges, Scott Fitzgerald and dimly lit brasseries — these are all things and aesthetics that I would like to have experienced. Obviously, it shall never be. However when Midnight in Paris came out it replenished my 20s era deficiency. (and also acquainted me with another understanding of why artists create: to help find an antidote to the emptiness of existence. These words were uttered by the Gertrude Stein character, addressing the real Stein’s views of what she called the Lost Generation.) I found it to be a great script, and these are some of the quotes that I thought were wonderful: quotes from Midnight In Paris by Woody Allen.   “Nostalgia is denial. Denial of the painful present.” — Paul “You have a glazed look in your eye. Stunned, stupefied, anesthetized, lobotomized” — Zelda Fitzgerald “No subject is terrible if the story is true. If the prose is clean and honest and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.” — Ernest Hemingway [regarding Gil’s book] “If it’s …