Bite-sized Wisdom: Hellman

In the midst of creating new patterns for yourself? Make sure you have the first ingredient.

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“Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.”

– Lillian Hellman

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Margulies

This playwright’s pretty renowned for his ability to craft beautiful stories. Maybe here’s the reason why:

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“Telling takes away the need to write. It relieves the pressure. And once that tension dissipates, so does the need to relieve it. First write it, then we’ll talk about it.”

– Donald Margulies

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Cocteau

Don’t be afraid of the grey territory between reality and dreams. What may appear to be hazy terrain may actually be the birthplace of creativity.

“Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.”

– Jean Cocteau

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Deavere Smith

Words aren’t always easy to come by; the next time you find yourself without them, realize that you might be showing off the most beautiful side of yourself.

“I think we can learn a lot about a person in the very moment that language fails them. In the very moment they they have to be more creative than they would have imagined in order to communicate. It’s the very moment that they have to dig deeper than the surface to find words, and at the same time, it’s a moment when they want to communicate very badly. They’re digging deep and projecting out at the same time.”

― Anna Deavere Smith

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Jackson

In honor of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’s opening, this week’s tidbit comes from the inimitable man himself:

“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”
– Andrew Jackson

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Brecht

Never discount a new idea – terrifying as it may be. But do your best to find viewpoints that inspire and move you – no matter how antiquated or novel.

“Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.”

– Bertolt Brecht

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Simon

If it’s been a while since you’ve done something for the very first time, challenge yourself to find a new way. You never know what  surprise it may bring.

“If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.”

– Neil Simon

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Musset

Because the term ‘perfection’ is normative anyway – most of life’s journey is about showing up and doing what little bit you can each day.

“Perfection does not exist. To understand this is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.”

– Alfred de Musset

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Bernstein

It’s amazing how a little pressure can move us to do great things. This tidbit from the gifted composer illuminates some of the keys to getting it all done.

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.”
– Leonard Bernstein
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Bite-sized Wisdom: Brook

Having just finished The Empty Space, figured it was about time to share some of this man’s intuitive insight. Let time be a friend, a force for good in all that you do.

“Time, which is so often an enemy in life, can also become our ally if we see how a pale moment can lead to a glowing moment, and then turn to a moment of perfect transparency, before dropping again to a moment of everyday simplicity.”

― Peter Brook

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Bradbury

In honor of a man whose work defined what it means to be courageous. Thanks for the ever-inspiration Ray. You will be missed. 

“If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,”I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore…” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.” 

– Ray Bradbury

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Renard

This turn of the century playwright shares a bit of insight that still applies today…and tomorrow…and next year…and always. Happy Friday all.

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”

– Jules Renard

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Hughes

Still on the road, but thought I’d leave this tidbit here for you. And remember this one applies to more than just travel. Enjoy the weekend all. 

“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”

– Langston Hughes


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