Archive for the ‘Sunday sayings’ Category

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

~fortune cookie saying

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.



To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.

~George Orwell,  English writer 1903 -1950

Bless you and yours
As well as the cottage you live in.
May the roof overhead be well thatched
And those inside be well matched.

~Irish Blessing


A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man’s attention and to inflame his ambition.  ~  John Adams
Life is making every route scenic. 

~Caribou Coffee

What can you do to make your life, and the lives of others, scenic?


In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

~George Orwell

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

~Theodore Roosevelt


“Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.”

~James Lowell


Shared joy is a double joy, shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

~Swedish saying