Quotes

“Why can’t things just be good?”

Kimi is a thriller about someone who steps in some πŸ’© working on a Siri– or Alexa-like voice assistant for a fictional company. It is a stylish, tech-savvy romp.

However, this quote stuck out for me when some characters were talking about having the “best” Thai food ever.

‘Why can’t things just be good? Why do things always have to be the best?’

Angela Childs (Kimi)

Hey, if it’s good Thai food, does it even matter if it’s the best Thai food? I just thought it was a cool observation nestled in the middle of a pretty good movie. 😜

πŸ‘‰ See also: β€œComparison is the thief ofΒ joy” and perfect is the enemy of good.

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“There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.”

Here’s a counterintuitive gem from one of those ancient Greeks. Euripides called it.

“There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.”

Euripides

Yeah, making a mistake feels terrible. But these are your best chances for change and end up defining who you are. So when you make a mistake, own it and accept the opportunity to rethink yourself. ✌️

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“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.

Timothy Leary

I love this perspective. Being flexible in light of new information is a key to growth and is likely to lead to a more interesting and fulfilling life.

I’m changing my mind about Timothy Leary. To me, he’s no longer just a hallucinogenic drug weirdo any more, but a pretty smart guy. πŸ˜† Staying’ young, folks.

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“All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.”

Fear makes people do stupid and crazy things.

Years ago, I vowed not to make any decisions driven by fear.

It’s not easy to do. But I’ve applied that idea most of the time (hey, I’m not perfect πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ). And when I didn’t, I regretted it.

When you do kind and loving things, good things happen — not immediately and not 100% of the time, but overall they send you (and those around you) to good places.

Okay, Eleanor Farjeon said it better. πŸ‘‡πŸ˜›

All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.

Eleanor Farjeon

See also: β€œLife can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

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“Noise is the enemy, clarity the goal.”

It’s cool that Jon Stewart is back with a new show. And it’s really cool it’s on a streaming service that I already have. πŸ˜›

In this interview, he’s is talking about doing his new show in a deeper and more focused way than he did The Daily Show, which was funny but all over the place.

In the interview, a really cool quote popped out to me.

 Noise is the enemy, clarity the goal.

Jon Stewart

It seemed so succinct and true. And probably applies to more than just TV shows. πŸ€”

Via Apple news.

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“One person’s annoying is another’s inspiring and heroic.”

Alright, I admit it. I like to post more than my share of inspiring quotes on here. If that’s not your cup of tea, feel then free to browse my section about the world we live in and not just what we aspire towards.

In the mean time, here is Leslie Knope (I always loved that ironic last name) acknowledging that she can be annoying to some but is still going to be herself.

One person’s annoying is another’s inspiring and heroic.

Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation”

Via Wisdom From the Best Characters in TV Comedy.

And remember what her pragmatist peer says πŸ‘‰ “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” (Ron Swanson)

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“Being one’s self is a twenty-four hour a day job anyway, isn’t it?”

It struck me recently that most of the quotes I post on this blog are from men; usually men from like 100 years ago or even 1000 years ago. I like the classics! πŸ›

Yeah, these guys have some great perspective. But it’s become a pretty stuffy group of old guys. πŸ€”

So I was happy to come across something a little lighter that just happened to be from a famous modern(ish) woman. It goes nicely with the self-awareness kick I’ve been on.

I am content to be Marilyn Monroe, to the best of my ability. Being one’s self is a twenty-four hour a day job anyway, isn’t it?

Marilyn Monroe

It turns out that this blonde bombshell had some interesting things to say, and she worked hard on her career. She just made it look effortless.

Portrait of Monroe aged 20, taken at the Radioplane Munitions Factory
Marilyn Monroe sporting a nerdy vibe in 1944 πŸ€“

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“Within me there lay an invincible summer.”

In my experience, this is dead on.

Albert Camus, gagnant de prix Nobel, portrait en buste, posΓ© au bureau, faisant face Γ  gauche, cigarette de tabagisme.jpg
“Al” Camus in 1957, three years before his death

In the depths of Winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

If you get through a hard time, and really conquer it, then you are 10x stronger on the other side.

The key is to actually go through your winter (not around it), own it, and then flip it.

This Al Camus guy seems interesting. Apparently he was a philosopher, author, and journalist (yes!) from French Algeria.

I should probably read some of his books. πŸ€”