“There is no way of writing well and writing easily.” Anthony Trollope
When I write letters home from prison it takes me at least six rewrites. I wish I could write better so that I could write easier–and do it in half the rewrites. Butt then it would only be half as good.
“Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive, easy to govern but impossible to enslave.”
My mother was a Dr. Spock mom who believed in education and communication with us kids. It was pretty easy to lead us with reason, but when she’d try to drive us to do something, I think we tended to drive her a little nuts. Oh sure, we wanted to do the right thing, and we were a pretty good bunch of kids by and large. But there was no way to keep us from sneaking out of the window on a warm summer’s night.
“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it for themselves.” James Barrie
I find when I’m cheerful around others, pretty soon I convince myself that I’m also feeling rather pleasant myself. Then for some reason the whole world seems to be smiling and I find I am, too!
“If a man does his best, then what else is there?” General George Patton
I was raised in a highly religious home and, I must say, I was rather offended that we were so easily condemned to eternal hell for some personal failure. When I told my mom I’m on this earth to try to do by best–and not to be condemned for it–she said that I’d forgotten just one thing: her opinion.