TILT Feb. 12, 2012

Today, I finished the book The Right Words at the Right Time. It’s a compilation of essays from actors, comedians, architects, businessmen and so on.

It’s about the words they’ve heard at some time during their lives that helped define them, their path and led to their success.

Some were sappy, some were funny, some were forgettable.

But some were quote worthy.

Here’s one from Christiane Amanpour:

People will always try to knock you in life — and knock your dreams. In a peculiar way, that’s not such a bad thing. In the end, it gives you an opportunity to prove you want it enough, and that you’re strong enough to keep going. Life isn’t supposed to be too easy.

And here’s part of Dr. Peter Doherty’s, of St. Jude’s Research Hospital, essay.

The quest for knowledge is endless and we must be tireless if we hope to improve our lives and world. If we allow setbacks and failures to stop us in our tracks then we have already lost. To our own selves we must be true, to our passions and curiosities. And it must fallow, as the night the day, that mankind will benefit.

And here’s a little something from Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

Anger, resentment, envy and self-pity are wasteful reactions. They greatly drain one’s time. They sap energy better devoted to productive endeavors. Of course it is important to be a good listener — to pay attention to teaachers, coworkers, and spouses. But it also pays, sometimes, to be a little deaf.

And from Wendy Wasserstein:

 For a comic writer whose greatest fear is not to be respected — perhaps because she’s too sweet or too funny or too chubby — when a friend turns to you and says, “I take you seriously,” it guides the rest of your life.



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