Bite-sized Wisdom: Keller

Doubt sneaking in? Remember that you have a powerful tool at hand that is ready to go into action for you at any time. Words from this wise and empowering woman:

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Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.

– Helen Keller


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Bite-sized Wisdom: Oates

Here’s to a beautiful weekend ahead. May the universe surprise you in wonderful ways.

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“Nothing is accidental in the universe – this is one of my Laws of Physics – except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.”

– Joyce Carol Oates 

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Holmes

This playwright/composer/singer-songwriter speaks on life’s daily adventures. Hope you have a few this weekend!

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“For me, the most memorable adventures are still the perils that we face daily in life and love, from the mundane to the meaningful. Where the comedy is often at our own expense, but where the drama, even if painful, reminds us that we are living and feeling here in the real time, with the ever-recurring possibility that this latest chapter will end with new understanding, hope and perhaps even happiness.”

– Rupert Holmes

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Nash and Weill

Need a tune to hum? Look no further than the songwriter combo of Nash and Weill.

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“Time is so old and love so brief
Love is pure gold and time a thief.”

– “Speak Low” Ogden Nash & Kurt Weill

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Stroman

Repping the female directors of Broadway today with a little wisdom from Susan:

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“Whenever I found myself in a conundrum I looked to my father for advice. And always he offered the same encouragement: ‘Ask yourself, What’s the worst that could happen? Someone might tell you no, but there’s no harm in that.’ Just take a chance. Ask the question.”

– Susan Stroman

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Ephron

Whether writing books, plays or screenplays, this lady’s always won her way into the heart with her wry humor and ability to say things that others wish they could say:

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“Here are some questions I am constantly noodling over: Do you splurge or do you hoard? Do you live every day as if it’s your last, or do you save your money on the chance you’ll live twenty more years? Is life too short, or is it going to be too long? Do you work as hard as you can, or do you slow down to smell the roses? And where do carbohydrates fit into all this? Are we really all going to spend our last years avoiding bread, especially now that bread in American is so unbelievable delicious? And what about chocolate?”

– Nora Ephron

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Burnett

From one of the best funny ladies out there, a little thought to take with you into the weekend:

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“You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That’s an education in itself.”

– Carol Burnett

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Corneille

Never hurts to get into this habit, especially when all people usually need is a little kindness:

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“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”

– Pierre Corneille

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Kerr

There’s something to be said for keeping your wits about you during times of struggle. And I happen to think this lady says it well:

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“Some people have such a talent for making the best of a bad situation that they go around creating bad situations so they can make the best of them.”

– Jean Kerr

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Ebert

We said goodbye to a great one yesterday. From his Life Itself: A Memoir, take this comforting notion with you into the weekend. 

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“I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

– Roger Ebert


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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: Vonnegut

Is it more important to make a living or make a life? This treasured writer gives his take:

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“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

– Kurt Vonnegut

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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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