Overcome Your Fears

Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things.  Believe in yourself.  Do what you love.  And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.  – Stacy London

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.  – Nelson Mandela

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.  – Mark Twain 

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Message for Mom

Dear Mom,

I just wanted you to know, I think you are an amazing mother.  You always encouraged me to follow my dreams.  You always celebrated my victories, no matter how small.

Most important of all, you never left me on the side of the road with a note that said, “Free to good home.”  I admit, I was a difficult child and I didn’t always use my creative powers for good.

Anyway, happy birthday Mom and I hope you have a wonderful day.

My mom had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.  – Mark Twain

Writers Talking About Writers

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The book, “Writers on Writers” contains quotes from famous writers discussing other famous writers.  I must say, a lot of what they said was rather harsh.  However, the book was interesting and funny.

My favorite quotes from the book:

  • Marry Russell Mitford talking about Jane Austen – Mamma says, she was then the prettiest, silliest, most affected husband-hunting butterfly, she ever remembers.
  • Mark Twain talking about James Fenimore Cooper – Cooper’s art has some defeats.  In one place in “Deerslayer,” and in the restricted space of two-thirds of a page, Cooper has scored 114 offenses against literary art out of a possible 115.  It breaks the record.
  • Oscar Wilde talking about George Meredith – As a writer, he has mastered everything except language; as a novelist he can do everything, except tell a story; as an artist he is everything except articulate.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche talking about Dante Alighieri – A hyena that wrote poetry in tombs.
  • Cyril Connolly talking about George Orwell – He would not blow his nose without moralizing on the state of the handkerchief industry.

The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

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My favorite quotes from The Wit & Wisdom of Mark Twain:

  • A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
  • It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist.
  • An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.
  • I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
  • Experience is an author’s most valuable asset; experience is the thing that puts the muscle and the breath and the warm blood into the book he writes.
  • Many a small thing has been made large by advertising.
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).
  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.