Some people feel the rain; others just get wet. Roger Miller
This I was the first quote that I really connected with to the point that I wrote it out & pinned it above my desk. I think as a glass-half-full, every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining type of kid, I worried that my optimism was juvenile. It certainly wasn’t ‘cool’—drama, negativity & disaster were cool. This quote made me feel that being upbeat didn’t necessarily mean that I was being naïve; it means that I could see opportunities where others perhaps could not and that was certainly not a bad thing.
In a time of universal deceit—telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell (?) The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke (?)
Apparently there is some degree of doubt about the origins of both of these quotes but Orwell’s certainly sounds like him, don’t you think? In any case, it resonated with me and kind of sits nicely alongside the next one by Edmund Burke.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Douglas Adams
Now, who wouldn’t like this one? I’ve been a fan of Douglas Adams since I discovered the black-covered Hitchhiker’s Gide to the Galaxy in my school library. I had never encountered anything so quirky & was instantly in love.
Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that. Michael Leunig
Speaking of ‘love’ and ‘quirky’… Leunig is a fitting way to close this post because it’s true no matter whether you think of it as a couple or as society in general.