Saturday, March 3, 2012

More than portals to the world

Panes of glass have allowed humankind a material for physical and philosophical utilization.  We look through them.  We are seen through them.  Some are colored.  Some distort views.  Finding quotes over the past 9 weeks have allowed me windows into different points in time.  So the last theme for this challenge is windows.

“Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.” - Kahlil Gibran

“A house without books is like room without windows.” - Horace Mann

“I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.” - Max Beerbohm

 “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” - Mark Twain

 How do you use windows?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Eight hours a day

Another week at work is done.  And a busy week it was.  So today we'll look at work.

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.” - Bertrand Russel

“In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it.” - John Ruskin

How has your work been lately?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Well spoken

I have tried not to use my favorite authors too much.  For the author below, I have already used two quotes, but have not dedicated a post to him.  I started readying him in high school and, good or bad, he taught me to look at life from different angles.  I may not have always agreed with his point of view, but I had to respect it for what he taught.  I dreamed of meeting him one day.  I doubted the conversation would be intellectual, from my side at least, but I was hoping for the chance to see.  So when he passed in 2007 I realized I had met him through his numerous works which I had read, and that would be the part of him I took forward in life.

"Where is home? I've wondered where home is, and I realized, it's not Mars or someplace like that, it's Indianapolis when I was nine years old. I had a brother and a sister, a cat and a dog, and a mother and a father and uncles and aunts. And there's no way I can get there again." - Kurt Vonnegut, "The World according to Kurt" in Globe and Mail [Toronto] (2005)

What point in time is home for you?