Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S Is For...


S is for…


Success
“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”― Bessie Anderson Stanley

Stupidity

“Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”― John Wayne

I'm over at Untethered Realms today talking about Satyrs and what role they play in my Jewels of Chandra fantasy series. Hope to see you over there!

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23 comments:

  1. Given the way that stupidity thrives (and multiplies) I suspect that many would NOT agree with John Wayne.

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    1. Weeding out the gene pool is a full-time job, EC. ;)

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  2. That success quote is perfect.
    So is John Wayne's on stupidity.

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    1. The success quote gets to the heart of the matter, doesn't it, Alex? :) It's the little things that count.

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  3. Like my John Wayne fan trucker hubby says, 'you can't fix stupid'.

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  4. HI, River,

    LOVE the success quote!

    And stupid people don't know any better.

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    1. Unless they're being stupid because they don't care, Michael...you know, the jerks of the world. I don't equate unintelligent with stupid. :)

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  5. I love that you put together quotes for success and stupidity. ;)

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    1. Hah! I wonder what I was thinking, Chrys? ;)

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  6. I love reading quotations from smart people who can say so much with few words. It is a good model for a writing life if you write in long run on sentences before editing, as I do. Thanks for the work it has taken to post #atozchallenge.

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    1. LOL, Stepheny! I write - and talk - in run-on sentences too. And she boldly through in a bunch of semi-colons. :)

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    2. And that would be "threw." Jeesh. Flying fingers that don't think. ;)

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  7. That success thing... sounds hard. Although this: "to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;"

    Yeah. I think I did manage to do that.

    And... What a happy puss you've pictured, River.

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    1. Isn't he a happy fellow, Kevin? And yes, anything done with enthusiasm and exultation counts as success!

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  8. Thank you, John Wayne (and River). Now I know why life is so damned hard for me!

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    1. Hah! As if, Ron. ;) I think you're brilliant!

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  9. When a kid or his dog likes me, I know I'm an okay person. Either one can spot a phony. Yay for Success.

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    1. You are eminently likeable, Lee! Every kid and dog knows that. :)

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  10. Oops, River,

    Backtracking here. Gosh, I'm nice. Success is when folks and animals meet you and they see your charming sincerity. You make them smile and thus you smile. Success.

    As for John Wayne. The dude didn't know where his acting stopped and reality kicked in.

    Yes, finally and once again, goodnight y'all.....

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    1. I agree, making people and animals smile is success, Gary. As for John Wayne, I never cared much for his type of movies but he was an icon of his era. :)

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