June 4th, 2002


On Daring -- Eudora Welty/Thoughts and Rambles Sparked By Her Idea


All serious daring starts from within.
                                          ~ Eudora Welty

"I've heard it said that all serious daring starts from within.  I have to agree; at least, all my troubles seem to start with serious daring and be inseparable from ME, the essence of my personality, my..."

Okay, so now it is YEARS later, and I stumble on this while I'm trying to organize my stacks of quotes, get them on the computer, mark which ones were used in The Saga of Travels' Far Woman, even dividing them into ones used at the head of chapters in Book I, SummerCircles, Book II, Mountain Lover, etc.

But, at this point, I am unsure if I created the longer sentence, (which is certainly true, and possible), or I cribbed it from someone else.  Google was not very helpful.  I did discover who came up with the first part, a writer whose books I have here in the house and have known of for years.

When do ideas you were exposed to in your youth meld so fully with who you turned into as to become indistinguishable?

I think I've reached that point... Or maybe it's just the early onset of Alzheimer's...

Last updated 11/19/14 Located base quote, expanded on the idea of the original post.

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On Dealing With Handicaps -- Helen Keller


The one resolution, which was in my mind long before it took the form of a resolution, is the key-note of my life. It is this, always to regard as mere impertinences of fate the handicaps which were placed upon my life almost at the beginning. I resolved that they should not crush or dwarf my soul, but rather be made to blossom, like Aaron's rod, with flowers.
    -- Helen Keller

On Death -- Isaac Asimov


Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what would be considerably worse) going to the popularized version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism.
    -- Isaac Asimov

One of my all-time favorite authors... along with Twain and Dorothy Parker.

On Decisions -- Fools Crow

If I decide with my mind,
I am influenced by all kinds of thoughts that fight against one another.

If I try to decide with my eyes,
even though I see with love,
it is hard not to be influenced by what I actually see...
how people look,
and what they are doing.

If I decide with my heart,
my judgments are never harsh.
My heart takes into account the things that have hurt people...
what they have had to deal with just to stay sane and alive.
My heart thinks about fairness,
and hope.

    -- Fools Crow


Definition of Love -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary


Love, n. -- A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. This disease is prevalent only among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from its ravages. It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient.
    -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

On Depression --Jean Baudrillard


Depression moods lead, almost invariably, to accidents. But, when they occur, our mood changes again, since the accident shows we can draw the world in our wake, and that we still retain some degree of power even when our spirits are low. A series of accidents creates a positively light-hearted state, out of consideration for this strange power.
    --Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist, in Cool Memories</i>

On Depression -- Lesley Hazelton


When depression is stigmatized as illness and weakness, a double bind is created: If we admit to depression, we will be stigmatized by others; if we feel it but do not admit it, we stigmatize ourselves, internalizing the social judgment …. The only remaining choice may be truly sick behavior: to experience no emotion at all.
    -- Lesley Hazelton in The Right to Feel Bad

On Depression -- Ernest Hemingway


That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
    --Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), U.S. author. letter, Sept. 13, 1929, to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).

    Biographer and critic Leon Edel observed, in a 1988 interview, “The greatest enemy of writers is depression, which they can't avoid.”

On Depression -- Kate Millett


During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. No small talk, no anecdotes. Nothing can be risked on the board of talk. Because the inner voice is so urgent in its own discourse: How shall I live? How shall I manage the future? Why should I go on?
    -- Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. The Loony-Bin Trip

On the Depression --Agnes E. Meyer


The chief lesson of the Depression should never be forgotten. Even our liberty-loving American people will sacrifice their freedom and their democratic principles if their security and their very lives are threatened by another breakdown of our free enterprise system. We can no more afford another general depression than we can afford another total war, if democracy is to survive.
    --Agnes E. Meyer (1887–1970), U.S. journalist, in Out of These Roots

On Desire -- Omar Khayyám


Ah Love! could you and I with Him conspire
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
Would we not shatter it to bits -- and then
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire!


On Disabilities and Determination - Sir Douglas Bader


Don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can't do this or that. That's nonsense. Make up your mind, you'll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.
    -- Sir Douglas Bader, a British fighter pilot who lost both legs in a flying accident, but still fought in World War II. He was knighted for his work with the disabled, and the quote above is from his talk to a 14-year-old boy who had lost a leg in a car accident.