Try and try and try again, my friends.

Nothing in the world can take place of persistence.

Talent will not…

Genius will not…

Education will not…

Persistence and determination are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

(From Yarn Harlot Daily Calendar Sept 27 2009)

This is how Murphy-the-cat functions; persistence and determination will beat me down every time.  Meow.


Zen Quote Oct 2008

From my Zen Quote-a-Day from the month of September:

If the teaching doesn’t feel like it’s forcing something upon you, it is not good teaching.

Shunryu Suzuki

It remains me of one of my favorite quotes from JBS Haldane in the Introduction of Daedalus:

…it is the whole business of a university teacher to induce people to think.

Zen Quote for August

The most important thing is, only do it.  When you only do something 100 percent, then there is no subject, no object.  There is no inside or outside.  Inside and outside already become one.  That means you and the universe are never separate.  There is no thinking.

Seung Shan

Zen Quote for July

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.

Lin Yutang

Having no plates to eat from, moves washing up from a nonessential to an essential, unfortunately.