Quotes

“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€”

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“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

Back in college, I remember philosophy geeks loved to say, “Well, Kierkegaard said…” and would quote him and act all superior. It was so annoying.

Kierkegaard

But now I get it, dammit. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ The dude was smart. Here’s one of my favorite quotes.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

SΓΈren Kierkegaard

It’s the basic trick of life. Take what you’ve learned so far in life and use it to more forward. ➑

I really like this quote because, like with Rumi, it’s practical advice about living a good life. It’s right on the edge between “cool ideas” and basic self-help.

Wait, am I become a philosophy geek? 😱

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“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

You gotta love this guy. He’s a real Einstein.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein

All the greatest scientists had wild imaginations. Otherwise you’re just a nerd in a lab coat.

Interesting things like time travel, black holes, and atomic energy can’t be solved by simply using what we know. You have to expand your mind.

And if you want to be extra smart about it, develop some theories and test them against reality (aka science). That’s such a powerful combination. 🀩

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“Move, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.”

Another gem from Rumi, the 13th-century Persian fountain of wisdom. 🀯

Move, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.

Rumi

Rumi was part of the old-school philosophy (quite literally) that focused on how to live a good life rather than the big questions of the universe. Although these two questions can certainly meld together.

πŸ‘‰ This open and fearless attitude might be useful for those anti-vaxxers among us.

I’m adding Rumi to my list of ancient people I wish I could hang out with, along with Marcus Aurelius, the Roman philosopher king and self-awareness guru who pre-dated Rumi by over 1000 years.

Quotes · The World

“Consider yourself blessed if you have a passion for anything.”

At the end of an article about a decades-long archaeology effort in Southern California, the protagonist says this:

Consider yourself blessed if you have a passion for anything. Passion is a way of organizing your life; otherwise you go off in 20 different directions, and in the end, you wonder what you have.

Fred E. Budinger (LA Times | Apple News)

This dude knows what he’s talking about.

Fred E. Budinger has been pushing to prove, from the evidence in the ground in the Mojave Desert, that humans were in North American 200,000 years ago (not 11,000 years ago as previously thought) despite decades of misfortune, hostility, and even vandalism.

Good luck to you, Fred (pictured right, below). ✌️ Your passion is inspiring.

Quotes · You

“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.”

I’m going to wrap up my recent Maslow kick with one last little kick in the butt.

You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.

Abraham Maslow

You see people play it safe all the time and end up in the doldrums of easy choices, eventually stagnating and even sinking right where they are.

It’s like when your favorite band tries out a new sound. Sometimes the result is a career changer. Sometimes it’s annoying or just so very very bad. But it is almost certainly better than doing the same crap forever.