The Curious Autodidact

March 10, 2014

Hawthorne on the Power of Words

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 10:05 am

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Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

-Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer (1804-1864)

February 10, 2014

The Wisdom of Edward Everett Hal

Filed under: helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:56 pm

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I am only one, / But still I am one. / I cannot do everything, / But still I can do something; / And because I cannot do everything, / I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

-Edward Everett Hale, author (1822-1909)

January 10, 2014

Wisdom of Arthur Schopenhauer

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 2:48 pm

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Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer
German philosopher (1788 – 1860)

December 10, 2013

Changed Perspectives: Considering Points of View

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 1:59 pm

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. -Harper Lee, writer (b. 1926)

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Einstein’s Words Live On…

Filed under: end of life,helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 10:08 am

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Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.

~Albert Einstein

November 10, 2013

Samuel Johnson’s Wisdom

Filed under: Uncategorized — Honilima @ 1:58 pm

Always, Sir, set a high value on spontaneous kindness.
He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord,
will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.

-Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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October 10, 2013

A Wise William James Quotation

Filed under: helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:57 pm

Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves … But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean’s bottom.

-William James, psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)

September 10, 2013

Proust on Wisdom

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 3:51 pm

“We do not receive wisdom,
we must discover it for ourselves,
after a journey through the wilderness,
which no one else can make for us,
which no one can spare us;
for our wisdom is the point of view
from which we come at last to regard the world.”
~Marcel Proust

August 10, 2013

Wisdom of Women: Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Filed under: helpful hints,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 3:50 pm

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and author (1926-2004)

July 10, 2013

Books as Friends

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 3:47 pm

Awaiting a weary friend

In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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