Category: Quotes

The paradox of our time

(This essay appeared under the title “The Paradox of Our Age” in Words Aptly Spoken, Dr. Moorehead, 1995)

The paradox of our times

Is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers.

Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but we have less.

We buy more but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses, but smaller families.

More conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees, but less sense. Read More

disABILITY

Disable Inequality


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Erin, by Thomas Moore

Erin! the tear and the smile in thine eyes
Blend like the rainbow that hangs in thy skies,
Shining through sorrow’s stream,
Saddening through pleasure’s beam,
Thy suns with doubtful gleam,
Weep while they rise.

Erin, thy silent tear never shall cease,
Erin, thy languid smile ne’er shall increase,
Till, like the rainbow’s light,
Thy various tints unite,
And form in heaven’s sight
One arch of peace!

Thomas Moore (28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852)

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Think different…

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Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules, and they
have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them,
glorify and vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore
them because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as crazy,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.
(Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc.)


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Health is not valued until sickness comes

Sadly my attempt to post daily has not had much success so far. Blame the old trigeminal nerve pains in my face and/or occipital pains behind my eyes. That said, I continue reading because the book I’m in love with right now is regarding psychology, good old Dr. Sigmund Freud and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It’s hard to put the book down but at times I need to be mindful of the aches and pains so they don’t get any worse. And that means that I am not blogging as much as I want to.

Like Albert Schweitzer once said: “Serious illness doesn’t bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.” I am also because life is bigger than my neurological illness, and life will always be much more interesting than having multiple sclerosis. Read More

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” (Dr. Seuss)

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious
way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained
in all the books through your skin,
without even opening them.”

(Mark Twain)

“There are worse crimes than burning books.
One of them is not reading them.”
(Joseph Brodsky)

 “If you have a garden and a library,
you have everything you need.”

(Marcus Tullius Cicero)

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W.B. Yeats’ pain

“If suffering brings wisdom,
I would wish to be less wise”

(William Butler Yeats)


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Education

Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.
(William Butler Yeats)


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Irish character

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character,
I say look at the trees.

Maimed, stark and misshapen,
but ferociously tenacious.”

(Edna O’Brien)

County Wicklow, Ireland 2011


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Ireland

Your feet will bring you where your heart is
(Irish proverb)


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Ireland

Your feet will bring you where your heart is
(Irish proverb)


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Welcome to the book fetish club!

There’s no certainty in life anymore. You can lose your job… just like that; you can be so stressed your heart starts beating much too fast or you can end up in fights even when you tried so hard to avoid having words.

But then… there’s your bookcase. That tall, sturdy oak piece of furniture that holds secrets, explains wars, teaches you a foreign language, helps you relax or take you to some imaginary world you wished you could live in. I can sit in my living room, bedroom or any other place where I have books lying around and just look at those books. Enjoy their silence even when their characters scream for help. Just sit there and look forward to turning page by page by page, enjoy their scent of all things old or enjoy their fresh new pictures that smell of bookbinding materials.

You cannot open a book without learning something
Confucius
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Oscar Wilde’s gutter

“We’re all in the gutter,

but some of us are looking at the stars”

(Oscar Wilde)


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Dublin: a state of mind

Dublin is as much a state of mind as it is a city’
Tom MacDonagh

 

It is, that I can tell you for sure. Dublin has a way of getting under your skin. In a good way and in a lesser way. Dublin is Dublin is Dublin, but sadly Irishness is disappearing from the city. Read More

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