The Humor of Life

“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.”
~Hugh Sidey

Remember this, dear fellows: if you don’t have a sense of humor, you’ll never get out of life alive. Humor is divine in its way–an outlet, a defense mechanism, an escape. It holds at bay the devil of reality as sure as any intricate dose of reading, any flashing sea of lights we call the big screen. It softens our interactions toward others, steels our own resolves.

Writer or no, it’s something we should embrace. The soul yearns for what little lights it can get. Jokes go a long way. Do you think half of the writers of the world would have such endurance in the face of rejection without the ability to laugh? Don’t let the world get to you. Let it in, but then let it back out–with a laugh, and a smile.

Because if there’s one thing to remember about life: we’re all just passing through.

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”
~Henry Ward Beecher

It’s all in Perseverance

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.
~Henry Ward Beecher

“He conquers who endures.” 
~Persius

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Perseverance

FDR. Image care of Wikimedia Commons.

Here’s a few quotes for the would-be writers of the world. The topic this week? Perseverance:

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.” 
~Henry Ward Beecher

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” 
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling.” 
~Lucretius