“Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne as read in Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Sharing quotes, verses and poems that I've written down in various notebooks and scraps of paper throughout the years. Sources range from Jay-Z to F. Scott Fitgerald, Teddy Roosevelt to Tina Brown. Most have made me reflect, others have made me laugh, think, and shed an occasional tear. I hope they serve the same purposes for others. As for the name of the blog, anyone that knows me well, knows I love Honest Abe Lincoln.
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"A liking for words - for the feel of words fitting and falling into their places like pennies in the slot. I caught myself using a good many words the meaning of which I could not define precisely. I admired these words, but was afraid to use them for fear of being absurd." - Sir Winston Churchill from The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory by William Manchester
"I felt I understood the secret grandeur of dying, all the knowledge held back from all humankind until the very end: no pain, no fear, magnificent detachment, lying in state upon the death barge and receding into the grand immensities like an emperor, gone, gone, observing all the distant scurryers on shore, freed from all the human pettiness of love and fear and grief and death." - The Goldfinch
"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—
I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.
"He stirred in his sleep and she lay now with her head down below his chest and played softly and searchingly making small intimacies and discoveries." - Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway (p. 185)
The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith:
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.