Category Archives: Religion/Spirituality

The Role of Religion in Society

Edward Gibbon on Religion in the Roman World “The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosophers as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally … Continue reading

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Ruskin On Seeing Clearly

One Of Hemingway’s Favorite Quotations. Mine, too. “The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotations:Inspiration

Where Great Art Comes From: Kandinsky On Inspiration “Every artist knows, who works with feeling, how suddenly the right form flashes upon him…a true work of art must be like an inspiration.”  Wassily Kandinsky, famed Russian-born French abstract painter (1866-1944). … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde On Seeing

Unusual Quotations: Seeing “To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing.”   Oscar Wilde

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Unusual Quotations: Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s Self-portrait: A Quotation You Can Use At A Funeral Or Awards Ceremony Here’s a quotation by a famous designer with a surprising and thoughtful last four words. It’s apt for an individual whose life combines pragmatism with creativity. Use … Continue reading

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Parenting:If Your Kids Say They’re Bored

Parental Advice: If Your Kids Say They’re Bored If you’re a parent, you’ve doubtless heard it scores of times: “I’m bored.” I just read a thoughtful piece on boredom by Pamela Paul, an editor at The New York Times. Paul … Continue reading

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If You Suffer A Setback Or Painful Defeat, What You Say

What You Say If You Suffer A Setback Or Painful Defeat By Gene Griessman One of my books—-“The Achievement Factors”—tells the story of some of the most successful people of our time. Their names are synonymous with success: US Presidents, … Continue reading

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Art, creativity, and inspiration: Unusual Quotations

Art, creativity, inspiration, and intuition:  Where Does Great Art Come From, And How?   Wassily Kandinsky “Every artist knows, who works with feeling, how suddenly the right form flashes upon him…a true work of art must be like an inspiration.” … Continue reading

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A Poem Public Speakers Can Use: “The Chambered Nautilus”

Here are two stanzas from “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. I learned lines from this splendid poem in high school, in particular the phrase “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul.” And I’ve never forgotten its imagery … Continue reading

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Einstein Quote on the Mystery of Life

“You and I never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” Albert Einstein, letter to a friend

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