Don’t muddle it up

“Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.”

–Shel Silverstein

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

— Dr. Seuss

What do you want to do next?

“How does what you did before relate to what you want to do now and how might that get you to what you want to do next?”

–Dr. Meg Jay

Testing

“The idea that one can read books without having passed any exams is quite foreign to most young people.”
— Doris Lessing

Simple tastes

“My tastes are very simple. I like only the best.”

–Oscar Wilde

Live all you can

“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.”

–Henry James

Self-employed writers

“Self-employed writers are paid ‘per word, per piece, or perhaps'”

— Robert Enchley

Making good time

I’m currently reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and thought the following passage too moving not to share:

“You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.

On a cycle the frame is gone. Your’e completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it’s right there, so blurred you can’t focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness.

Chris and I are traveling to Montana with some friends riding up ahead, and maybe headed farther than that. Plans are deliberately indefinite, more to travel than to arrive anywhere. …We want to make good time, but for us now this is measured with emphasis on ‘good’ rather than ‘time’ and when you make that shift in emphasis the whole approach changes.”

–Robert M. Pirsig

Worthy dialogue

“I don’t like people to talk for no reason, but I really like dialogue between people who aren’t listening to each other.”

–Raymond Carver

Let each new year find you a better person

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin