Given the present presence of “protest” that seems to be engrained in the global mindset – Arab Spring, Anti-Wall Street Rallies in the U.S. to name a few – I think it would behoove me to put up a few words on “Civil Disobedience” for this week’s quotes for thought…
“Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.”
“You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.”
“Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.”
~George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists
William Murray, Lord Mansfield. Care of Wikimedia Commons.
Consider what you think justice requires, and decide accordingly. But never give your reasons; for your judgment will probably be right, but your reasons will certainly be wrong.
Opportunity is a bird that never perches.
The flower that you hold in your hands was born today and already it is as old as you are.
This week’s Quotes of the Week deal with a harsher aspect of reality – but also a beautiful part of it. Pain, in life, M. Kathleen Casey once wrote, is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Pain is a part of life, but it also presents an opportunity for us to shine, for us to overcome, for us to prove the mettle of our humanity. This week’s quotes deal with that adversity, and its overcoming…
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
“If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it. ”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?”
“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”
On Saturday, I will be undergoing my college’s commencement ceremony, and for all intents and purposes in the eyes of Michigan State University, I shall be henceforth a graduate…nevermind that finals aren’t until the week after that. Because that makes perfectly logical sense. Nevertheless, in honor of the day, and the nervousness of what’s coming after, I give you these quotes for the week…
“We acquire the strength we have overcome.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”
Behind me now is the LSAT, bearer of much stress, master of anxiety. All Saturday was spent on seeing it done, but so it is, and here I am, alive and well.
Now, most importantly, I can begin to focus on other things. I can think to the future, and that is the focus of this week’s quotes. And you should start seeing more posts again from me now, as I should now have more time than was previously available to me. Hopefully you enjoy what comes of it–and hopefully you enjoy the quotes!
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” ~Winston Churchill
“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” ~Wayne Dyer
“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” ~John M. Richardson, Jr.
The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
He that will not reflect is a ruined man.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
“If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations; of heartaches and of remorse as his own…how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.” ~William Allen White
“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” ~Barack Obama
“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.” ~Alex Noble