A Man Without Ethics

‘A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.’
– Albert Camus

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Hopes

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
– Nelson Mandela

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Hope

Hope is a state of mind, not a state of the world
Either we have hope within us or we don’t.
Hope is not a prognostication—it’s an orientation of the spirit.
You can’t delegate that to anyone else.

Hope in this deep and powerful sense is not the same as joy
when things are going well,
or the willingness to invest in enterprises
that are obviously headed for early success,
but rather an ability to work for something to succeed.

Hope is definitely NOT the same as optimism.
It’s not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense,
regardless of how it turns out.

It is hope, above all, that gives us strength to live
and to continually try new things,
even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now.
In the face of this absurdity, life is too precious a thing
to permit its devaluation by living pointlessly, emptily,
without meaning, without love, and, finally, without hope.

– Vaclav Havel

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Affirm and Lift Up

“People are complicated… Societies and cultures are really complicated… These are living organisms, and it’s messy. And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding.”
– Barack Obama

From this New Yorker piece by David Remnik.

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No Place for Self-Pity

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.”

– Toni Morrison

No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist’s Task in Troubled Times

Life

“Life is best thought of as service.”
– W.R. Lethaby

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Time

“Time heals what reason cannot!”
– Seneca

Creativity

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou

Skepticism and Wonder

“Both skepticism and wonder are skills that need honing and practice. Their harmonious marriage within the mind of every schoolchild ought to be a principal goal of public education. I’d love to see such a domestic felicity portrayed in the media, television especially: a community of people really working the mix — full of wonder, generously open to every notion, dismissing nothing except for good reason, but at the same time, and as second nature, demanding stringent standards of evidence — and these standards applied with at least as much rigor to what they hold dear as to what they are tempted to reject with impunity.”
Carl Sagan

Believe Them

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
– Maya Angelou

Present

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”
– Albert Camus

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Success

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou

Doubt

“I don’t think there’s an artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”
– Francis Ford Coppola

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Legacy

“Your legacy is every life you have ever touched.”
– Maya Angelou

Negative Emotions and The Creative Process

“Rigor is the key to overcoming obstacles and completing tasks—and good mood doesn’t improve problem-solving, which involves judgments that almost by necessity won’t feel good: critique and evaluation, experimentation and failure. The stress that arises from problems may be unpleasant but it also motivates us to complete tasks, Davis says. In other words, negative emotions are actually beneficial to the creative process.”

Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative

Calder on Fan Mail

“My fan mail is enormous – everybody is under six.”
– Alexander Calder

From the book Art is the highest form of hope

Backed by Action

“Be a practical dreamer, backed by action.”
– Bruce Lee

Climb That Mountain

The fact is: sometimes you just have to do things for no other reason than to do them. Do them because you can. Because they exist. As George Mallory said when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest: “Because it’s there.”

3 important life skills nobody ever taught you.

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Stop

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions.”
– Will Smith

A Bit Shaky

“Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe stirred, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely utterly, wildly terrified? Good. Keep going.”
– Victoria Erickson

Vacationing Is Good For You

“Before you can go to the Bahamas for a week, don’t you first need to learn how to tolerate an entire elevator ride without checking your email?”

This Slate article explains why we need to take more vacation and offers examples of how some companies get more of their employees to do so. Definitely something you don’t need to teach the Swiss, but seems to be the case here in the US.


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Children

Meet the Perennials

“We are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology, and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded, risk takers who continue to push up against our growing edge and know how to hustle. We comprise an inclusive, enduring mindset, not a divisive demographic.”

Gina Pell on the Perennials, the growing group of people who aren’t bound by age in the way most people in society used to be.

Be Generous

“Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.”

Part of a post by Maria Popova in which she shares 10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings.