Category Archives: Favourite Quotes
Yesterday, knowing that today is the longest day, I briefly considered that I might get up this morning pre-dawn and go out with my camera seeking pictures of daybreak. Very briefly! Laziness won and the anticipation of a full eight hours sleep totally trumped the idea of clambering, bleary-eyed, out of bed at some ungodly hour this am.
“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”
Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – 1900
Could I have as a favourite quote one which I only discovered in recent weeks – I decided that yes I could as it resonates strongly.
Albert Schweitzer 1875 – 1965
Today’s post was meant to be about something else but as is the way of the world I ended up devoting time that I had set aside for blog writing to something entirely different. The hours sped by and all of a flash the planed post was toast. Let me explain and bear with me while I veer off piste on a minor digression before I arrive at what I led you to expect when I typed this post’s title.
I am a huge fan of Apple products and I was very sad to hear of Steve Jobs untimely death. I saw this Jobs quote, from a speech he made at Stanford University in 2005, on a large number of websites this morning.
‘But we get accustomed to mental as well as bodily pain, without, for all that, losing our sensibility to it; it becomes a habit of our lives and we cease to imagine a condition of perfect ease as possible for us. Desire is chastened into submission, and we are contented with our day when we have been able to bear our grief in silence and act as if we were not suffering. For it as such periods that the sense of our lives having visible and invisible relations beyond any of which our present or prospective self is the centre, grows like a muscle that we are obliged to lean on and exert.’
From Adam Bede by George Eliot 1819 – 1880.
I came across this passage many years ago; I find it comforting. So when ever life seems somewhat bleak and I have to rummage through dense dark clouds in search of hidden silver linings I read it again, the words have never failed to soothe.
Ernest Hemingway 1899 – 1961.
I like this quote because it reminds me that I although I hear a lot, I am not always listening. I need to be more attentive. I think listening skills are sadly vastly underrated.