“You read any Greek myths, puppy? The one about the gorgon Medusa, particularly? I used to wonder what could be so terrible that you couldn’t survive even looking at it. Until I got a little older and I figured out the obvious answer. Everything.”
― Mike Carey & Peter Gross, The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity
Angry people are not always wise.
– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
“Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless … it’s absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers … and anger doesn’t provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever.”
[Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]”
― Toni Morrison
The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 – 1939), Saturday 5 September 1885
When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
“If you don’t figure out what is at your core, what you stand for, and what ultimately motivates you, you’ll always second-guess yourself. You’ll always have regrets. Uncover your core values and use them as a template to test decisions in your life.”
Jim Hayhurst, Sr.
― Coco Chanel
Patient, he attends
to the sick engine
of his shell
that’s wheeled him
to this Krankenhaus
Prince of Wales
to give fair crack.
Will this victim look
become a fashion
on this trendy street?
Cranky, he belts down
the bonnet lid.
Does his surgeon,
when his tools
treat his patient so?
La rabia de la tamalera: que otra se le ponga enfrente
What makes the tamal-vendor fly into a rage? Another tamal-vendor setting up shop in front of her?
We need our space.
“We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.”
― Alison Croggon
She’s one of the old blue hen’s chickens. [i.e., a hellcat, a termagant]
― J.R.R. Tolkien
“Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.”
~ Carol Lynn Pearson
When God cooks, you don’t see smoke.
(“Kuteka Lesa ke kumweka bwishi ne.” from Kaonde, Zambia)
― Kahlil Gibran
When a man finds that he was wrong to have refused to eat, he should leave his anger and play a harp to call for harmony.
The truth is out there somewhere, but the dog needs to be walked.”
― D.T. Max
– Steve Lacy
“My music teacher offered twittering madrigals and something about how, in Italy, in Italy, the oranges hang on the tree. He treated me – the humiliation of it – as a soprano.
These, by contrast, are the six elements of a Sacred Harp alto: rage, darkness, motherhood, earth, malice, and sex. Once you feel it, you can always do it. You know where to go for it, though it will cost you.”
― Mary Rose O’Reilley, The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd
― Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband
Life is magnificent – just as it comes.
Life has no need for fancy clothes, or lipstick.
Life is no pig.
Our life is the greatest gift of all creation.
When we are unhappy with life –
when we are shocked by the stock market,
or dismayed by our choice of political candidates,
let us not lash out in anger.
But also, let us not try to pretty up life
with some lipstick and some party clothes.
See life clearly – no rose coloured glasses –
and then CHOOSE to love life.
CHOOSE to be happy, be joyful, be grateful,
be forgiving of everyone and of every act
we believe has hurt us.
Life just “IS.”
We get to CHOOSE our relationship with life.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
For Justice, though she’s painted blind,Is to the weaker side inclin’d.
“Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows in perception if not in reality. The best response to terror is righteous anger, confidence in ultimate justice, a refusal to be intimidated.”
― Dean Koontz, Velocity
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them,
since you cannot even make yourself as you wish to be.
– T. A. Kempkis
– Arab Proverb
“Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”
― Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths
“Let’s just call things what they are. When a man’s love of finery clouds his moral judgement, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice.”
― Matthew Scully.
The one best precept-
the golden rule in dealing with a horse
-is never to approach him angrily.
Anger is so devoid of forethought
that it will often drive a man to do things
which in a calmer mood he will regret.
– Xenophon –
― Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont
“He grinned. “I was trying to remember all the deadly sins the other day,” he said. “Greed,envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry…”
“I’m pretty sure irony isn’t a deadly sin.”
“I’m pretty sure it is.”
“Lust,” she said. “Lust is a deadly sin.”
“I think that falls under lust.”
“I think it should have its own category,” said Jace. “Greed, envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry, lust, and spanking.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls