The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
– G. K. Chesterton
If friendship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.
– Abraham Lincoln
Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.
– C.S. Lewis
It’s a powerful quote and one that resonates with me. My mother was fond of giving me the silent treatment and since then, I’ve gotten pretty good at dealing with it. As they say, sometimes silence says more than words. Silence is ambiguous; it can be a loving silence, a caring silence, a cold silence, or even an uncaring silence. The worst part about silence? You don’t really know which one it is and we tend to assume the worst. That’s where communication comes in. There’s nothing worse than silence. I know.
We see the world, not as it is, but as we are — or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms.
-Stephen R. Covey
What do I take away from this quote? It’s all about perspectives. What we bring to the world is a reflection of us, so always choose your words wisely and think before you speak. When we speak, we’re not being objective; we never are. It’s always tainted and marred by our own perspectives. Keep that in mind every time someone says something to you or every time you say something to another.
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
– John Ruskin
What a beautiful quote. I was just writing about how much I love San Francisco Sunset district “weather”. Most people would disagree, but I love fog and rain with a dose of wind. I think John Ruskin captured it all right here.
Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature.
– Abram T. Collier
The rest of it goes: “Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely does he test all his powers or find himself whole. But in the hills and on the water the character of a man comes out.” And with that I leave you to ponder the beauty and inspirational nature of…nature.
He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.
– Thomas Fuller
It’s not just about the sea, the ocean, and sailing. This quote goes way beyond that. Most quotes can be applied to other larger ideas and this one is no different. Loosely speaking, it can be roughly translated as: if you always live in fear and worry about things outside of your control, you’ll do more damage than good. It is ideal that you set sail not when circumstances are all right, but when most of them are. Dangers are inherent in life and holding off on living life because of them isn’t living at all.