The Curious Autodidact

May 19, 2017

Ben Franklin on Justice

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 2:59 pm

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)

May 11, 2017

Dangerous Citizen

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 2:51 pm

One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.

Charles A. Beard, historian (1874-1948)

April 30, 2017

You Must Dream

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 2:49 pm

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act,

but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”

Anatole France

April 17, 2017

The Bicycle

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 10:56 pm

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The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.

-Iris Murdoch, writer (1919-1999)

April 1, 2017

Hurston on the Difference a Year Can Make

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There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist and writer (7 Jan 1891-1960)

March 17, 2017

Rilke: Words of Wisdom

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 12:14 am

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

 

 

March 12, 2017

Old Age

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

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Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a

scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.

~Jim Fiebig

March 1, 2017

Wisdom of Margaret Fuller

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:12 am

 

A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. –Margaret Fuller, author, critic, and women’s rights advocate (1810-1850)

February 27, 2017

The Wise Words of Mark Twain

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 9:59 pm

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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

Mark Twain

February 20, 2017

Krista Tippett: A Gem

 

Krista Tippett is a National Treasure. She lived in Germany and was a foreign correspondent for the NYT. She went to divinity school and has become an expert in creating spaces for civil conversations in a time of too little of this.

She hosts a show called “On Being” that books fascinating guests. She was the recipient of the  National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2014, and has won a Peabody Award. I am surprised more people aren’t aware of her work and her great show.

She most recently is the author of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living which she has issued a great discussion guide for each chapter to encourage people to share their thoughts about the book.  She explores the materials for a meaningful life:

Words — The language we use to tell stories to ourselves and others;
Body — “The body is where every virtue lives or dies”;
Love — More than something we fall into or out of, love is “the only aspiration big enough for the immensity of the human community.”;
Faith — “Literal reality is not all there is.”;
Hope — Hope has nothing to do with optimism or wishing, rather it reflects reality and reveres truth. Hope is a habit.

She has also written Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit and Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters—and How to Talk About It. 

Her interview style is intelligent and almost always enlightening. She features guests you are familiar with a some that you will not be. Also interesting is the fact that she releases the one-hour edited show and also the raw version.

Some of my favorites of her podcast include Rep. John Lewis, Pico Iyer, Parker Palmer with Courtney Martin, David Isay, Maria Popova, Ruby Sales, Mary Karr, Gordon Hempton, Isabel Wilkerson, Jimmy Wales, and Pauline Boss.

Here Krista is interviewed by the talented Debbie Millman.

 

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