Saturday, August 27, 2016

Quote of the Day

We keep score in life because it matters.  It counts.  Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities, because they fear failure.  They don't understand commitment.  When you learn to keep fighting in the face of potential failure, it give you a larger skill set to do what you want to do in life.  It gives you vision.  But you can't acquire it if you're afraid of keeping score.

-- Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins, Sum It Up, p. 19

Friday, August 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.

-- Elbert Hubbard

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Quote of the Day

A mother's position frequently gives her unlimited power over the conscience of her adult daughter.  The thing she was never able to obtain from her own mother as a child -- presence and care -- are relatively easy to obtain from her grown-up daughter, as long as she can instill guilt feelings in her.

-- Alice Miller, The Body Never Lies, p. 197

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

If they end up facing one another in the general election, I have no idea how Hillary Clinton will respond if and when Donald Trump brags about the size of his penis -- or brings up "schlonging" -- during a debate.  I suspect her best option is some mix of shocked disbelief and haughtiness, revealing that she's neither laughing nor not laughing, but showing herself to be the kind of leader who finds that behavior beneath her and beneath our politics.  But again, the saddest part here is that Hillary Clinton will no doubt have to think hard about exactly how she responds to such a remark -- whereas Donald Trump is clearly not thinking at all in making it.

-- Sally Kohn, "Trump's 'size' is now a campaign issue. How's Hillary Clinton supposed to deal with that?"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Quote of the Day

I've always had passion, what John O'Hara called a "rage to live."

-- Gloria Vanderbilt, The Rainbow Comes and Goes, p. 182

Monday, August 22, 2016

Quote of the Day

I've noticed that great political leaders are energized by conflict.  I'm energized by listening to people's stories and trying to figure out shared solutions.  That's the work of an organizer.

-- Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road, p. 137

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

A number of publishers rejected J. K. Rowling's first novel.  They were very clear that no one makes money writing books for kids.  Her book was about a boy named Harry Potter.

-- Rob Bell, How to Be Here, p. 143