pameladlloyd: icon from <lj comm=musesrealm> (Not All Who Wander Are Lost)
I'm at the Learning Center, between students, and getting ready to brush up on my algebra skills (I've started helping students with math, as well as writing), and I came across the following quote in an algebra text:

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.


I love the quote, but must acknowledge that there's a bit of irony in my use today, since I'm attempting to remaster something I had previously mastered, but have since forgotten.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (lady with cup)
Via [livejournal.com profile] truepenny:

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

--Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
The Gulag Archipelago


Via [livejournal.com profile] abydosangel, in the comments to [livejournal.com profile] truepenny's post:

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
--James A. Baldwin
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (multiverse)
I've discovered that iGoogle offers a bunch of daily quote gadgets, so now I have an entire tab devoted to quotes.

A sampling of today's quotes includes: )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (writing)
"A poem is never finished, only abandoned." - Paul Valery
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (dangerous for your health)
Okay, it's not a serious addiction, I don't even indulge in it every day, but I do love other people's words. :)

Today, while scrolling though My Favorite Sayings, Quotes, and Thoughts I found the following:

"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." Oliver Wendell Holmes

I grew up with that one, and I've always felt it a pretty good measure of civility. We all have the right to our own opinions and actions, just so long as we aren't harming others.

I was also amused to find these:

"I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!" Will Rogers

"If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" Will Rogers

By the way, it's been up for a very long time, but I just discovered tonight that Elizabeth Bear ([livejournal.com profile] matociquala and [livejournal.com profile] elizabethbear) posted a podcast of her story "The Chains That You Refuse" as a "bedtime story" and thought I'd share. I hope everyone has (or had) a lovely evening.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (screwy robot)
From Quotes of the Day:

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.

Ring Lardner (1885 - 1933), "How to Write Short Stories"

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