Anatole France: Naive hearts

English: Anatole France

English: Anatole France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.”
Anatole France

Emily Dickinson: Heartbreak

English: A cabinet card copy of a daguerreotyp...

English: A cabinet card copy of a daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson (unauthenticated) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. ”
Emily Dickinson

 

Zoe Koplowitz: Have a dream

English: Progression types of Multiple sclerosis

English: Progression types of Multiple sclerosis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You’ll get there, I promise.

Zoe Koplowitz, marathon runner who is afflicted with multiple sclerosis and diabetes

Colin Powell: Advice to aides

Cover of "Soldier: The Life of Colin Powe...

Cover of Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell

How To Survive as My Aide—Or What Not To Do

—Don’t ever hesitate to ask me what to do if uncertain.

—Don’t ever sign my name.

—Never use your money on my behalf.

—Avoid “The General Wants” syndrome—unless I really do.

—Provide feedback but be tactful to those who ask—talks between you and me are private and confidential. Alma (my wife) has nothing to do with the office.

—Never keep anybody waiting on the phone. Call back.

—I like meetings generally uninterrupted. I ask a lot of questions. I like questions and challenges.

—I like to remain enormously accessible. I like to do things with people.

—I will develop ways of getting to know what’s happening.

—Don’t accept speaking engagements without my knowledge.

—Keep track of whom I have seen.

—I tend to get moody, preoccupied. I will snap but that clears the air.

—Be punctual, don’t waste my time.

—I prefer written information rather than oral.Writing tends to discipline.

—I like to do paperwork—and I do a lot.

—NEVER, NEVER permit illegal or stupid actions.

—No surprises.Bad news doesn’t get any better with time.

—If there is a problem brewing, I want to know of it early—heads up as soon as possible—I don’t like to be blindsided.

—Speak precisely—I often fudge for a purpose. Don’t over-interpret what I say.

—Don’t rush into decisions—make them timely and correct.

—I like excellent correspondence—no split infinitives.

-Excerpted from Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell by Karen DeYoung

 

Colour-blind

Español: Dibujo de Albert Schweitzer realizado...

Español: Dibujo de Albert Schweitzer realizado por Arthur William Heintzelman. English: Albert Schweitzer, Etching by Arthur William Heintzelman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red spotlight… The truly wise person is colour-blind.
Albert Schweitzer

Allergy to consciousness

James A. Thurber

James A. Thurber (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness. ”
James Thurber