Archive for August 2010

Practice

August 30, 2010

 

 

In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.
Ansel Adams

Teach and practice, practice and teach – that is all we have; that is all we are good for; that is all we ever ought to do.
Ernest Holmes

 Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.
Epictetus

Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.
Richard Bach

Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.
Mia Hamm

You don’t know how much artists go through to make it look so easy. It’s all in the practice.
Lauryn Hill

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
Martha Graham

Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.
E. M. Forster

Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.
Sydney J. Harris

 

 

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Try

August 27, 2010

 

God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
Mother Teresa

 Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
Mark Twain

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
C. S. Lewis

The sea

August 25, 2010

 

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
Thomas Jefferson

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
William Shakespeare

Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.
Jimi Hendrix

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

 

Nature

August 23, 2010

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.
Hal Borland

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
Rose Kennedy

 Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
William Wordsworth

 Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Sons

August 18, 2010

 

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

“If”, by Rudyard Kipling

Wisdom

August 16, 2010

 

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
Elbert Hubbard

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

Believing

August 12, 2010

 

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
Buddha

I believe that every person is born with talent.
Maya Angelou

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
Mohandas Gandhi

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
Walt Disney

We are what we believe we are.
C. S. Lewis