Art & Culture,  Books

Quips and Quotes


This week I stumbled upon several meaningful quotes while thumbing through newspapers

and magazines.  It was like finding water in the desert.  I dedicate so much time to visual

consumption that I have neglected one of my first passions … the written word,  I love a well-

crafted phrase.  The right combination of words can be truly magical – evoking sentiment, laughter,

insight or inspiration.  I may produce a blog about “all things design” – that I admit is 85% photos

but I do consider the words as important as the images.  Hopefully I engage my readers with each

opening paragraph by delivering a thoughtful, humorous and/or compelling statement that reaches

them as much as the subsequent eye candy.  I guess I’ll find out when I review the stats for this

post since it’s heavy on prose and light on pics.  With that in mind, I should probably cease typing

my amateur novella and bring you the words of those much wiser, wittier and emboldened than I. 



  letter-writing_springfield NJ library









Career / Success



“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”

– Benjamin Franklin



“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes of your goals.”

– Henry Ford



“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

– Jim Rohn



“Nothing bothers me more than people who suck up and scream down.”

– Katie Couric



“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

– Winston Churchill















“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

– Jim Carrey



“Guilt, the gift that keeps on giving.”

– Erma Bombeck



“Great ideas often start on cocktail napkins.  Especially when you consider a large vodka martini a great idea.”

– Advertisement for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas ; )















“If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.

– Michel de Montaigne



“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”

– H,L. Mencken 



“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

– Lao Tzu














Life & Wisdom


“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.”

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge



“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”

– Thomas Jefferson



“Wise men make more opportunities than they find,”

– Francis Bacon



“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”

– Lucille Ball













Writing That Inspires 


My taste in writing is about as random as my taste in movies, music and art.  If there is a

common thread among the writers below, I don’t know what it is.  They’re just all so good!







Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre was the first book I read that made me sob aloud uncontrollably.


Edgar Allan Poe

I love a good fright and Poe knows how to build suspense and fear like no one else.


David Sedaris

Quite possibly the funniest !@%$#% person alive.  Just looking at the bookcover above makes me laugh. 


Malcolm Gladwell

I have devoured his first three books – The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers – so What The Dog Saw is a must read.









And since we're on the subject of writing …

Thank you to the following blogs for their recent accolades and mentions.


A Thoughtful Eye


Bijou and Boheme c/o Breakfast at Toast,


and Providence Ltd. Design


Stylish blogger 


for the "Stylish Blogger Award".




Thrilled to be recognized by such talents!  Tricia xo



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