Friday, January 06, 2012

Weekly Quotes 2012-1

Due to the length of this "Weekly Quotes" post, I'm going to forego my interjecting any thoughts. As usual, if you read a quote and want to know why I wrote it down, feel free to ask.  And hopefully by then, I won't have forgotten why.

And apparently either blogger or amazon has changed something which explains why none of the title links work but you can click on the book cover, if you're so inclined.  I could change the title links so that they work but, to be honest, I've spent over an hour on this post already and I really need to go do something else for a while.

Simple Abundance

It’s easier to recover from physical abuse than self-inflicted psychic brutality.  (October 21)

Most of our problems in handling money stem from unexamined patterns rather than from uncontrollable urges.  (October 26)

It used to be that goddesses performed miracles.  Now they write books telling us how to perform our own.  (November 4)

When admiration leads to adoration, we unconsciously create graven images that diminish rather than enrich our lives.  We deny our own authenticity.  (November 5)

Being poor in self-confidence and creative energy keeps us in lack much more than a lean purse.  (November 5)

[S]tart letting everyone else be good enough just as they are.  (October 7)

Love is an emotion, but a relationship is an undertaking.  (October 30)

In expressing our anger, we reveal our hopes; in speaking our anger, we reveal the inestimable value we place on our own souls.  (November 3)

Only very gifted or very loving parents allow their children to teach them.  (November 19)

How have you cut off your own impulses to give?  What compliments have you kept to yourself?  What offerings, material or spiritual, have you been a little too shy to share?  What do you have to give that you’ve been holding back?  (November 27)

What can you do, now and always, to encourage the blossoming of your children?  (December 30)

When in doubt, go to the library.  (255)

It is our choices . . . that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. (333)

By focusing our energy in a positive way, we are far more likely to generate good experiences.  (42)

How can I really feel good in this moment?  What thoughts can I think right now that will make me feel better?  (45)

When something good happens in your life, you want to go to the mirror and say, ‘Thank you. That’s terrific!  Thank you for doing this,’ . . . .  Or if something awful happens to you, you want to go to the mirror and say, ‘It’s okay, I love you.  This thing will pass, but I love you and that’s forever.’  (78)

If we can make a habit of putting ourselves down, we can make a habit of building ourselves back up too!  (124)

Our thinking either makes us feel good or it makes us feel bad.  (118)

People could push and pull at you, and poke you, and probe as deep as the could go.  They could even tear you apart, bit by bit.  But at the heart and root and soul of you, something would remain untouched.  (90)

That is the strangest thing about the world:  how it looks so different from every point of view. (167-168)

The shit we create doesn’t ever disappear, especially when we leave it for someone else to clean up. (25)

We knew how hard we could push, but we knew how much we could forgive.  (26)

You need to figure out where you’re going from here first and what of this history is coming with you.  (66-67)

[U]niforms make the people who wear them disappear.  (141)

Tending bar is a triage all its own.  (145)

You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us?  (427)

How one reads novels . . . depends . . . on how one reads one’s culture and one’s place within it.  (xvi)

. . .  Mrs. Morland endeavoured to impress on her daughter’s mind the happiness of having such steady well-wishers as Mr. and Mrs. Allen, and the very little consideration which the neglect or unkindness of slight acquaintance like the Tilney’s ought to have with her, while she could preserve the good opinion and affection of her earliest friends.  (228)

Wherever you are you should always be contented, but especially at home, because there you must spend the most of your time.  (230)

She had three sons before Catherine was born; and instead of dying in bringing the latter into the world, as any body might expect, she still lived on—lived to have six children more—to see them growing up around her, and to enjoy excellent health herself.  (3)

These are points in which a doubt is equally possible. Not to keep a journal!  How are your absent cousins to understand the tenor of your life in Bath without one?  How are the civilities and compliments of every day to be related as they out to be, unless noted down every evening in a journal?  How are your various dresses to be remembered, and the particular state of your complexion, and curl of your hair to be described in all their diversities, without having constant recourse to a journal? . . .  [I]t is this delightful habit of journalizing which largely contributes to form the easy style of writing for which ladies are so generally celebrated.  Every body allows that the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly female.  Nature may have done something, but I am sure it must be essentially assisted by the practice of keeping a journal.  (16-17)

[W]e linger over what we like; we skim briskly what we don’t find interesting or attractive or pleasurable. (58)

Poetry, imaginatively, take place within the world.  It does not take place on a sheet of paper.  (67)

When you read the poem thoughtfully, you are a scholar.  When you read the poem thoughtfully and feelingly, you are a scholar and a participant.  (89)

Under the eye of the struggling reader, your poem has failed. (90)

Our nimble minds learn to do, even easily, what at first is extremely difficult.  (91)

It takes courage to be an artist.  (208)

Remember it is the making of art not, the reception of your art that makes you an artist.  (212)

Quoting Brooks Atkinson
I have no objection to churches so long as they do not interfere with God’s work.  (224)

Quoting Samuel Johnson
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.  (231)

Quoting William Trevor
I write out of curiosity and bewilderment.  (238)

When we talk about mortality we are talking about our children.  (13)

Try to imagine the seductive sea if you can.  (35)

I no longer want reminders of what was, what got broken, what got lost, what got wasted.  (44)

‘You have your wonderful memories, ‘ people said later, as if memories were solace.  Memories are not.  Memories are by definition of times past, things gone. . . .  Memories are what you no longer want to remember.  (64)

I do not know many people who think they have succeeded as parents. (93)

But she is very, very mean. . . . And she makes everybody mean about her. . . .  Thus it is, when rich people are sordid.  (47)

Female economy will do a great deal my Lord, but it cannot turn a small income into a large one.  (112)

When the tea things were removed, Tom began to talk of his carriage—but the old card table being set out, and the fish and counters with a tolerably clean pack brought forward from the beaufit by Miss Watson, the general voice was so urgent with him to join their party, that he agreed to allow himself another quarter of an hour.  (125)

When her Letter was concluded she had an opportunity of witnessing the truth of that assertion which says that Sorrows are lightened by Communication. . . . (439)

It is strange, but when you’re dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.  (317)

The left sock was bright red and had a pattern of broomsticks upon it:  the right sock was green with a pattern of Snitches.  (409)

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.  (525)

I use the Pensieve.  One simply siphons excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure.  It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understands, when they are in this form.  (597)

‘If I thought I could help you,’ Dumbledore said gently, ‘by putting you into an enchanted sleep and allowing you to postpone the moment when you would have to think about what has happened tonight, I would do it.  But I know better.  Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.’  (695)

Anytime we have a visceral reaction to something we’re reading, we’re meant to pay attention, especially if our reaction is to slam the book shut.  Think of it as your future extending an invitation for a heart-to-heart between your present and your past.  Your body is the go-between.  (423)

When you’re young and in love/lust, courage is the last thing you connect with marriage because you believe that anything’s possible if you have each other.  When you’re older, you know that the most precious gift you can give another is emotional courage.  (459)

Feminism taught us that when we share what is most shameful and private, we learn that it is most universal and shared.  The commonality of female experience allows us to challenge old lies and create the space for truth. (45)

What is not named does not exist.  (54)

Women are wise to maintain a healthy skepticism toward all experts who presume to tell us what is true, and to prescribe how we should think, feel, conduct ourselves.  (65-66)

Faking orgasm is an important example of pretending and self-betrayal in women’s lives that bolsters our sexual partners and protects them at the expense of the self.  It reflects the myths we have internalized about what men need from women and have a right to expect from us.  (92)

What’s between our legs is still misnamed or not named by the dominant group culture, and women are still complicitous with this lie.  (52)

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday
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Persuasion by Jane Austen

Jane Austen's Pelisse or outer coat
Image from this site
 I had no more discoveries to make, than you would have as to the fashion and strength of any old pelisse, which you had seen lent about among half your acquaintance, ever since you could remember, and which at last, on some very wet day, is lent to yourself.  (63)

a long cloak or coat made of fur or lined or trimmed with fur.
This definition from this site.

This is yet another example of a word that I could easily guess at and probably have read many times but didn't think I needed to look it up.  But I did learn a little something about the fact that a pelisse is traditionally a fur lined or trimmed article of clothing and the image I found online doesn't show any fur trim so I'm assuming it's lined.  The etymology of this word is especially interesting.

French, from Old French pelice, from Late Latin pellicia, from feminine of pellicius made of skin, from Latin pellis skin

Sedulously Quotes
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Immediately surrounding Mrs. Musgrove were the little Harvilles, whom she was sedulously guarding from the tyranny of the two children form the Cottage, expressly arrived to amuse them.  (132)

involving or accomplished with careful perseverance
diligent in application or pursuit
This definition from this site.

One of these days I'll post a list of words, none of which I understood.  However, until that day comes along, there is this adverb (or adverbial, to be more precise) which I've seen used and abused online more often than I care to consider.  So there's a strong argument for people to look up a word before they use it, if only to avoid the embarrassment of someone like me linking to it.  Unfortunately, there are so very many that I don't have time to create that many links.

Image from this site.
. . .  tressels and trays, bending under the weight of brawn and cold pies, where riotous boys were holding high revel.  (132)

tressel (noun)
(redirected to "trestle")  

a braced frame serving as a support 
brawn  (noun)
the flesh of a boar
Both definitions from this site.

Bonus Recipe!  I found a recipe for a Brawn.  Click here!  

I learned a few things here.  I assumed a tressel table was a sideboard style of table where one would lay out an array of foods.  But "tressel" has more to do with how the frame is braced and, when I saw this I realized that a tressel table has a very specific design.  Brawn was also a surprise and finding a recipe for making brawn definitely interested me. Then I read the ingredients.  I'm not going to make it.  I may never even try ti but you never know. Has anyone reading my blog tried brawn?  What did you think of it?

Image from this site.
Every body has their taste in noises as well as in other matter; and sounds are quite innoxious, or most distressing by their sort rather than their quantity.  (133)

innoxious (adjective)
(redirected to "innocuous")

producing no injury : not harmful
This definition from this site.

I wouldn't have shared this word at all because it has been replaced with 'innocuous" and this interested me enough to pass it along to you.  After all, we still use the word "noxious" so why don't we still use "innoxious"?  And we don't use "nocuous" but we still have "innocuous" and it is this dichotomy that fascinates me.  That and I'm not sure why this America's Next Top Model contender is one of the first images that popped up.  Her, a puppy, and two different kitties.  I suppose the implication is that "cute" equals "innocuous."  I don't think any human is "innocuous" once they've hit puberty.