Sunday, September 27, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #136: Copy and Paste Platititudes and Proverbs

I am apparently suffering from ranter's silence, but not writer's block, as evidenced by me typing out letters, words, phrases, clauses, sentences, and at least one paragraph with little problem (but little content, unfortunately).  Since none of the current news has inspired me to look up more, and read more, and feel more, and type more about it, I will just copy and paste some public domain (?) platitudes and proverbs that could make sense together:

A Japanese proverb says, "Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare." Thomas Edison is attributed to have said, "What it boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration." Using Wikiquote and ThinkExist's search engine, we can follow this thread of inspiration. Stephen Kaggwa is credited to have said, "Try and fail, but don't fail to try." (I have no idea who Mr. Kaggwa is.) On the other hand, Yoda (but really George Lucas, Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan) said, "Do. Or do not. There is no try."  Then again, Tom Krause (who's a motivational speaker, and apparently these guys make a living selling books and seminars full of platitudes and proverbs) said, "If you only do what you know you can do- you never do very much."  And that brings us to Gandhi, who said, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

In any case, the above quotations are meant to inspire, and to learn, try, and do things beyond your own perceived limitations, but to paraphrase what Edison said above: Inspiration ain't nothing without actually doin' stuff.

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