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ergophobe

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #240 on: February 28, 2018, 04:24:24 AM »
"I am the storm."

This is from Mallory Hagan, 2013 Miss America, who had alleged that the board of the pageant had tried to ruin her career. People wrote her off... until emails from the pageant board got released. People were calling for the board to step down, but they were shrugging it off.

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In one video on social media, Hagan challenged board members who were reluctant to step down. “They thought they could weather this storm,” she said into the camera. “I am the storm.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-political-playbook-for-2018-get-angry-then-get-elected/2018/02/16/d29df57e-1265-11e8-9065-e55346f6de81_story.html?utm_term=.077b39ef5760

The board members are now apparently all gone and Hagan is running for Congress. I'd vote for her if I lived in Alabama. Gotta believe she's a longshot (Democrat in AL), but... she's got style!

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #241 on: April 06, 2018, 06:41:25 PM »
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I'm a happy person. Because the cure for depression is action.

 -- Yvon Chouinard
https://www.gq.com/story/patagonia-versus-donald-trump

Update: another quote from the same article
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If you're not getting attacked, you're not trying hard enough.

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“In business, this is what we do here—we just break the rules,” he said. “Life is so much easier by breaking the rules than trying to conform to the rules. It's so much easier.”
« Last Edit: April 06, 2018, 06:47:10 PM by ergophobe »

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #242 on: June 11, 2018, 07:18:18 AM »
You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.

    - Sam Levenson

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #243 on: June 11, 2018, 06:12:28 PM »
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You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
But Lord, there are days when it feels like you can.

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #244 on: August 16, 2018, 03:06:53 AM »
"For 50 million years our biggest problems were too few calories, too little information. For about 50 years our biggest problem has been too many calories, too much information." - Penn Jillette
http://www.vulture.com/2018/08/penn-jillette-in-conversation.html

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #245 on: September 12, 2018, 08:12:25 PM »
Segal's Law: "A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.

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« Reply #246 on: September 12, 2018, 09:38:42 PM »
Those two are tied together.

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« Reply #247 on: September 12, 2018, 11:05:08 PM »
Those two are tied together.

Entirely accidental. I hadn't seen aaron's quote when I came to post Segal's Law, but was pleased to see that it fit so well with his quote.

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #248 on: September 18, 2018, 01:31:21 PM »
"Empires place their reliance upon sword and cannon. Republics put their trust in citizens’ respect for the law. If law be not sacred, a free government will not endure."  -- John Ireland

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #249 on: September 24, 2018, 03:00:23 AM »
I'm not big on companies using a bunch of short videos instead of writing stuff out.

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« Reply #250 on: September 24, 2018, 06:58:24 PM »
Never vacation in a place where you are in the middle of the food chain.

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #251 on: October 14, 2018, 03:34:40 AM »
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But the long run is made up of short runs.

Seth Godin - https://seths.blog/2018/09/the-daily/

It's similar to another favorite idea of Seth's that I repeat to myself all the time.

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Someone asked me where I get all my good ideas, explaining that it takes him a month or two to come up with one and I seem to have more than that. I asked him how many bad ideas he has every month. He paused and said, "none."

And there, you see, is the problem.
https://seths.blog/2009/12/fear-of-bad-ideas/

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #252 on: October 24, 2018, 08:59:30 PM »
"When there is a lot going on and you do not know what to do, you do what's right in front of you."

 -- Paraphrase from a TV show, Ozark

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #253 on: November 09, 2018, 01:46:36 AM »
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Because here's something else that's true. In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship-be it J.C. or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles-is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things-if they are where you tap real meaning in life-then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already-it's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story. The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness. Worship power-you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart-you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on.

Look, the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they're evil or sinful; it is that they are unconscious. They are default-settings. They're the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that's what you're doing. And the world will not discourage you from operating on your default-settings, because the world of men and money and power hums along quite nicely on the fuel of fear and contempt and frustration and craving and the worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom to be lords of our own tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talked about in the great outside world of winning and achieving and displaying. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default-setting, the "rat race"-the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing.

I know that this stuff probably doesn't sound fun and breezy or grandly inspirational. What it is, so far as I can see, is the truth with a whole lot of rhetorical bullshit pared away. Obviously, you can think of it whatever you wish. But please don't dismiss it as some finger-wagging Dr. Laura sermon. None of this is about morality, or religion, or dogma, or big fancy questions of life after death. The capital-T Truth is about life before death. It is about making it to thirty, or maybe fifty, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head. It is about simple awareness-awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over: "This is water, this is water."

It is unimaginably  hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive, day in and
day out.

David Foster Wallace

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #254 on: November 09, 2018, 04:41:47 AM »
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It is about making it to thirty, or maybe fifty, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head.

From someone who hung himself at age 46.

But it reminds me of the line in the Bill Murray version of Razor's Edge that goes something like: "I don't want a big house, a new car every year and a bunch of friends with big houses and new cars every year."