If one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . .Henry David Thoreau
My favorite quote from “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams….
“What is becoming real?” the Veleveteen rabbitt asked, “Becoming real happens when someone loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real. It doesn’t happen all at once,” … “It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
“…I urge you, please don’t settle for happiness. It’s not good enough. Of course you deserve it, but if it is all you have in your mind-happiness-I want to suggest to you success devoid of meaningfulness, free of a steady commitment to social justice, that’s more than a barren life, it is a trivial one. It’s looking good instead of doing good.”
Commencement address at Rutgers University, 2011
Some things cannot be spoken or discovered until we have been stuck, incapacitated, or blown off course for awhile. Plain sailing is pleasant, but you are not going to explore many unknown realms that way.
- Monday, 4 July 2011 6:35
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