Quick Quotes June/July 2009

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

“Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.”  ~ Hermann Hesse

Knowing things is not the same as being wise.  Knowledge is the accumulation of facts and information; wisdom is knowledge tempered by experience and perspective.  We can acquire knowledge from others.  Becoming wise is a journey that we each must travel on our own.

I want to learn as much as I can from every possible source.  This will help me be smarter and more knowledgeable.  But however knowledgeable I may become, there is no shortcut to becoming wise.  I have to live and experience success and failure, day by day.

~ The entire above excerpt may be found in The Daily Book Of Positive Quotations by Linda Picone, Page 293.

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“We Had Him”

Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing, now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind.

Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace. Sing our songs among the stars and walk our dances across the face of the moon.

In the instant that Michael is gone, we know nothing. No clocks can tell time. No oceans can rush our tides with the abrupt absence of our treasure.

Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.

Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him.

He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance.

Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that.

He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.

We had him, beautiful, delighting our eyes.

His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.

And we laughed and stomped our feet for him.

We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing. He gave us all he had been given.

Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Black Star Square.

In Johannesburg and Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Birmingham, England

We are missing Michael.

But we do know we had him, and we are the world.

~ Maya Angelou’s poem read by Queen Latifah at Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service, Staples Center, July 7, 2009

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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of  it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

 ~ Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor and Philosopher, from the book, The Girls From Ames, A Story of Women & a Forty-Year Friendship

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Opportunities to Learn

“It is always in season for old men to learn.”  ~ Aeschylus

Every day is an opportunity to learn something new.  Reading a newspaper.  Listening to the radio.  Talking with friends.  Taking a class.  Or just watching what’s going on around us.

We regularly encounter things that we can learn from — if we would just open our eyes to them.  What if we were to really pay attention to the world around us?  What if we were to ask more questions?  What if we were to seek out answers to these questions?  Even if the answers only confirmed what we already knew, the search would help keep us sharper and more engaged.

I want to be a permanent student because it keeps me engaged with life — and makes me a more interesting person.

~ The entire above excerpt may be found in The Daily Book Of Positive Quotations by Linda Picone, Page 345.

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Every one of us is called upon, probably many times, to start a new life.  A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, a loss of a job.  And onward full tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore.  To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another — that is surely the basic instinct.  Crying out:  High tide!  Time to move out into the glorious debris.  Time to take this life for what it is.

~ Barbara Kingsolver, from High Tide in Tucson, in the section Live Your Best Life of the O Magazine, July 2009

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