Sunday, September 07, 2008

How Right You Are

'If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.'
--Henry Ford


At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Faith is the turning of dreams into deeds."
-Clarence Johnson

"What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it."
-Hugh Mulligan

"He is only rich who owns the day."

"The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it."
-John Ruskin

"If at first you do succeed - try to hide your astonishment."
-L.A. Times Synd.

Thank you John.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I especially like that last one.

At 1:31 AM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."

—from "The Messiah's Handbook" in Richard Bach's novel "illusions"

At 9:42 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That line has a nice rhythm, Art. Can I assume that book gets your highest recommendation?

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

You can. It's a delightful little book, not very long and pretty easy to read, but it contains some pretty deep mind-bombs that most readers find they keep thinking about for some time afterwards. It's a book I've re-read several times, and given away copies of. Possibly one of Bach's best books; his other best books being those in the St-Exupery mode wherein he talks about flying and his passion for small airplanes.

"The MEssiah's Handbook" was originally a book within a book, in the novel "Illusions." I see now that it has been published separately. I would still recommend reading Illusions, as the context gives a lot of meaning to the Handbook.

At 10:50 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Nice. And I think you've coined a nice new phrase, mind bombs, that I'll be sure to return to, remembering (I hope) to credit you. It reminded me of a similar phrase a writerly colleague used to use, which I wrote about here:

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

"Erin O'Brien."

At 2:47 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

As always, Erin, thanks for stopping by, and it was good bumping into you the other night. But I'm guessing you may have been missing something in that last comment. Unless of course you simply wanted to remind us of your name, which we couldn't forget in any case.


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