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Quotes - April 2016

Alexei Muravsky

"Change is one of the most difficult things that we face, but change is inevitable. One reason we don’t like change is we get comfortable where we are. We get used to our friends, our job, the place we live, and even if it’s not perfect we accept it because it’s familiar. What happens is because we’re not willing to change, we get stuck in what God used to do instead of moving forward into what God is about to do. Just because God’s blessed you where you are doesn’t mean you can just sit back and settle there. You have to stay open to what God is doing now. What worked five years ago may not work today. If you’re going to be successful you have to be willing to change. Every blessing is not supposed to be permanent. Every provision is not supposed to last forever. We should constantly evaluate our friendships. Who’s speaking into your life? Who are you depending on? Make sure they're not dragging you down, limiting you from blossoming. Everybody is not supposed to be in our life forever. If you don't get rid of the wrong friends you will never meet the right friends."

- Joel Osteen, via Hopsin, ILL Mind of Hopsin 8

"Does the school deserve to congratulate itself over these statistics? Well, yes, it would seem, but with the recognition that when you are winning, you are disinclined to take too close a look at why. And you are certainly disinclined to change much of anything – just stay on your toes and be sure not to let standards slip. I was struck by the parallel between this stance on the part of school leaders and the stance on the part of students that we noted to be particularly strong at the best-practice school: “How I am doing” relative to others is the single indicator that defines accomplishment. This comparative focus, we found, dominated to the extent of obscuring attention to some other worthy questions – notably, what it is I am doing, and why."

- Deanna Kuhn, Education for Thinking

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations for nature cannot be fooled."

- Richard Feynman, The Fantastic Mr. Feynman (2013)

"We frame our explicit aims in terms of some alteration to be brought about. It is, then, no paradox requiring explanation that a given epoch or generation tends to emphasize in its conscious projections just the things which it has least of in actual fact. A time of domination by authority will call out as response the desirability of great individual freedom; one of disorganized individual activities the need of social control as an educational aim."

- John Dewey, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."

- James Baldwin via Elliot Aronson et. al, Social Psychology 5th Canadian Edition

"Regarding married couples, we note that some maintain flirtatious and playful communication patterns throughout their marriage (Frisby and Booth-Butterfield 2012). Interestingly, however, in the years after “the honeymoon’s over,” couples did not necessarily argue more. Instead their marriages showed a decline in signs of love and affection. “One year into marriage, the average spouse says ‘I love you,’ hugs and kisses their partner, makes their partner laugh, and has sexual intercourse about half as often as when they were newly wed.” Although marriages do not necessarily “become more antagonistic as time passes, the unpleasant exchanges that do occur are embedded in a less affectionate context, and thus, the spouses are likely to come to feel that their marriage is less of ‘a haven in a heartless world’” (Huston and Melz 2004, pp. 951-52)."

- Mary Ann Lamanna et. al, Marriages, Families, and Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society

"What made my father great, Michael Corleone had said at his father’s eulogy, was that nothing was ever just business. Everything was personal. My father was just a man, as mortal as anyone. But he was a great man, and I am not the only person here today who thought of him as a god among men."

- Mark Winegardner, The Godfather Returns

"I was old enough to understand that getting ready wasn’t simply a matter of playing “space mission” with my brothers in our bunk beds, underneath a big National Geographic poster of the Moon. But there was no program I could enroll in, no manual I could read, no one even to ask. There was only one option, I decided. I had to imagine what an astronaut might do if he were 9 years old, then do the exact same thing. I could get started immediately. Would an astronaut eat his vegetables or have potato chips instead? Sleep in late or get up early to read a book? I didn’t announce to my parents or my brothers and sisters that I wanted to be an astronaut. That would’ve elicited approximately the same reaction as announcing that I wanted to be a movie star. But from that night forward, my dream provided direction to my life. I recognized even as a 9-year-old that I had a lot of choices and my decisions mattered. What I did each day would determine the kind of person I’d become."

- Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

"Again, certain people reveal the most stupid indignation: they complain about the pride of their superiors because they did not have time to give them an audience when they wanted one. But can anyone dare to complain about another’s pride when he himself never has time for himself? Yet whoever you are, the great man has sometimes gazed upon you, even if his look was patronizing, he has bent his ears to your words, he has let you walk beside him. But you never deign to look at yourself or listen to yourself. So you have no reason to claim credit from anyone for those attentions, since you showed them not because you wanted someone else’s company but because you could not bear your own. Even if all the bright intellects who ever lived were to agree to ponder this one theme, they would never sufficiently express their surprise at this fog in the human mind. Men do not let anyone seize their estates, and if there is the slightest dispute about their boundaries they rush to stones and arms; but they allow others to encroach on their lives – why, they themselves even invite in those who will take over their lives. You will find no one willing to share out his money; but to how many does each of us divide up his life! People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy."

- Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

"The boy was smiling gamely and his head was nodding yes, and his eyes, which were as big around and blank as a pair of clay pigeons, were saying, “Not in a million years.” It was what was known in the coarse argot of real estate development as a grin fuck."

- Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full


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