Sunday, August 14, 2011

$3 Inspiration

It's amazing what a few bucks and a trip to DI can do for the soul.

Note: If you don't actually want to read any back story, and want some good quotes, skip to the bottom. I'll make a nice big title thingy that will say "Quotes!". Just for you lazy types :)

When I was younger and had all my siblings living at home, my older brother Trevor would always take me places. He was the brother who actually liked to do things with me. He'd take me to the mall, let me hang out with his girlfriend, take me out to eat, and so many other things. But my favorite thing to do with him was to go to DI. We'd shop around the whole place looking at all the cool and random things we could find. We had a set pattern of how we would browse the store. It's true. Not that it was intentional, but it just kinda happened every time we went.

Every time we went, he'd always stop and look at the books. Never at novels or fiction, because he always read to learn. He'd buy books on how to start a business successfully, hypnosis studies, and how-to's on just about anything. I thought he was just silly. But now I have picked up the habit.

Yesterday I went to DI after looking around in the library for a while. I wanted my own collection of books that I could mark up and read and study without needing to return them. So I spent at least half an hour looking through just one isle of non fiction books. I ended up buying "Mastering Healthcare Terminology", "Drawing From Life" and "The Harper Book of Quotations"

The last book I almost didn't buy. I thought I'd never actually use it; that I just liked the idea of buying it and using it. But it was only 3 bucks, so I figured "What the heck! Why not?"

Let's just say this book has quotations that I needed to hear. Holy crap. Let's just share some of them below.
"The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be renewed by intervals of absence."
- Samuel Johnson
"We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love -- first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage."
- Albert Camus
"The irony of love is that it guarantees some degree of anger, fear and criticism."
- Harold H. Bloomfield
"The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go."
-Friedrich Nietzsche
" Weak people cannot be sincere."
- La Rochefoucauld
"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love -- for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of [God]* no less than the trees and the stars; you have right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world."
- From the works of Max Ehrmann
*Originally it said "the universe" instead of God. Just my small adjustment to the quote.
And those are just a few of the fantastic quotes in this book. I've already spent at least an hour just looking through a few quotes. It's been awesome :)
With love,

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