Archive for the 'Commonplaces' Category

Commonplace: Emerson.

21 November 2006

“A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace.”

–Emerson, “Self-Reliance”


Commonplace: Said

9 April 2006

“Above all, critical thought does not submit to state power or to commands to join in the ranks marching against one or another approved enemy.”

—Edward Said

Commonplace: Bradbury

29 March 2006

“Quantity produces quality. If you write only a few things, you’re doomed.”
—Ray Bradbury

Good advice for underprolific writers.

Commonplace: Kaufmann

18 March 2006

“The body of knowledge keeps increasing at incredible speed, but the literature of nonknowledge grows even faster.” –Walter Kaufmann

Commonplace: rabbits.

13 March 2006

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”
(Borrowed directly from David Lorenzo.)

Take it from this long-tim, hard-bitten multitasker and short-attention-span sufferer:  You get far more done when you focus on one thing all the way to completion.  Catch the first rabbit, then worry about the second one.

Commonplace: William James

11 March 2006

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
—William James

Commonplace: Sun Tzu

11 March 2006

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.  If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.  If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
–Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Commonplace: Napoleon

10 March 2006

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”
—Napoleon Bonaparte

Commonplace: Eno

5 March 2006

“Honour thy error as a hidden intention.”
–Brian Eno

(What hidden intentions do we shun because they present themselves to us as deviations from the set program?)

Commonplace: Emerson

26 February 2006

“Look sharply after your thoughts. They come unlooked for like a bird seen on your trees, and if you turn to your usual task, disappear, and you shall never find that perception again. Never, I say, but for years perhaps, and I know not what events and worlds may lie between you and its return.”