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PassiontoLearn.com - Power Thoughts_095

PassiontoLearn.com - Power Thoughts_095

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Thefutureishere.It'sjustnotwidelydistributedyet.-WilliamGibsonAndifthestudentfindsthatthisisnottohistaste,well,thatisregrettable.Mostregrettable.Histasteshouldnotbeconsulted;itisbeingformed.-FlanneryO'ConnorMentripnotonmountains,theystumbleonstones.-OldsayingTotheveryyoungthen,Iwouldfainofferoneortwomattersforthought,if,perchance,theywillhearkentoonewhohasgrownoldinunwaveringsympathywiththeirstrugglesanddoubts.Iwouldbegthemtokeepeverbeforetheireyesthevitaltruththatsincerityisthewell-springofalllastingachievement,andthatnogoodthingevertookrootinuntruthorself-deception.Iwouldurgethemtorememberthatifeveryexcellentworkisstampedwiththepersonalityofitsauthor,noworkcanbeenduringthatisstampedwithaborrowedstamp;andthat,therefore,theirfirstdutyistoseethatthethoughts,theemotions,theimpressionstheyfixonhecanvasareinverytruththeirownthoughts,theirownemotions,theirownspontaneousimpressions,andnotthoseofothers:forworkthatdoesnotspringfromthehearthasnoroots,andwillofcertaintywitherandperish.TheothermaximalsoIwouldurgeonthem-thattruegeniusknowsnohurry,thatpatienceisofitsessence,andthoroughnessitsconstantmark;and,lastly,Iwouldaskthemtobelievethatthegatheredexperienceofpastagesisapreciousheritageandnotanirksomeload;andthatnothingwillfortifythembetterforthefuture,andfreedevelopment,thanthereverentandlovingstudyofthepast.-SirFredericLeighton,AdvicetoYoungArtists,1893.Whatcomprisesgoodperformance?Theabilitythroughsingingorplayingtomaketheearconsciousofthetruecontentandaffectofacomposition.-CarlPhilippEmanuelBachWhatweobtaintoocheap,weesteemtoolightly:itisdearnessonlythatgiveseverythingitsvalue.Heavenknowshowtoputaproperpriceuponitsgoods;anditwouldbestrangeindeedifsocelestialanarticleasFREEDOMshouldnotbehighlyrated.-ThomasPaineWatchthelittlethings;theyareimportant.-UnknownTotheyoungmindeverythingisindividual,standsbyitself.Byandbyitfindshowtojointwothingsandseeinthemonenature;thenthree,thenthreethousand;andso,tyrannizedoverbyitsownunifyinginstinct,itgoesontyingthingstogether,diminishinganomalies,discoveringrootsrunningundergroundwherebycontraryandremotethingscohereandfloweroutfromonestem.Itpresentlylearnsthatsincethedawnofhistorytherehasbeenaconstantaccumulationandclassifyingoffacts.Butwhatisclassificationbuttheperceivingthattheseobjectsarenotchaotic,andarenotforeign,buthavealawwhichisalsoalawofthehumanmind?Theastronomerdiscoversthatgeometry,apureabstractionofthehumanmind,isthemeasureofplanetarymotion.Thechemistfindsproportionsandintelligiblemethodthroughoutmatter;andscienceisnothingbutthefindingofanalogy,identity,inthemostremoteparts.Theambitioussoulsitsdownbeforeeachrefractoryfact;oneafteranotherreducesallstrangeconstitutions,allnewpowers,totheirclassandtheirlaw,andgoesonforevertoanimatethelastfiberoforganization,theoutskirtsofnature,byinsight.--RalphWaldoEmerson,TheAmericanScholar.Booksareforthescholar'sidletimes.WhenhecanreadGoddirectly,thehouristooprecioustobewastedinothermen'stranscriptsoftheirreadings.-RalphWaldoEmerson,TheAmericanScholar.Educationiswhenyoureadthefineprint;experienceiswhatyougetwhenyoudon't.-PeteSeegerVigorouswritingisconcise.Asentenceshouldcontainnounnecessarywords,aparagraphnounnecessarysentences,forthesamereasonthatadrawingshouldhavenounnecessarylinesandamachinenounnecessaryparts.Thisrequiresnotthatthewritermakeallhissentencesshort,orthatheavoidalldetailandtreathissubjectsonlyinoutline,butthateverywordtell.-WilliamStrunk,Jr.,TheElementsofStyle,1918.Itisinvaintousewordswhendeedsareexpected.-ProverbTheonlycausesofregretarelaziness,outburstsoftemper,hurtingothers,prejudice,jealousy,andenvy.-GermaineGreer

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