Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Quote for the day

"I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself." — Marlene Dietrich

A FRIEND OF ours, the delightful Sue Smith, often shares a quote on Facebook, Her selections always provide a good laugh. I'm going to borrow her idea, although not her quotes — okay I might steal one or two —  and have some sort of pithy, funny, inspirational or, from time to time, snarky quote whenever I write an entry on Hey Look

Paul and I have at least three books of quotations on our bookshelves at home, ones I purchased before I met him, because I like the power of words, and as far as I'm concerned, I always need the benefit of the wisdom, courage, morality and humanity of others as a guide for how to live.

From here out, I'll have a "quote for the day", however I'm also going to go backwards in time and add one to every previous post. It will take me awhile, for sure. So in case you're interested, although I'm sure you have much more important things to do, you can go back in time with me. They'll always be at the top of the page, so you won't have to search to find them.

In the process of looking for relevant quotes to our time spent in Omaha watching the Olympic swimming trials, I found the one below, and it was just too great to bury in a past post with the possibility of not having it seen by anyone, so here it is:

Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals. — 
Kieren Perkins, three-time Olympic medalist in long distance swimming 
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