Echoes through time: what guides the actions of the wise

“Observe carefully what guides the actions of the wise, and what they shun or seek.” Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations

The journey of journalling – @patrickrhone

Here’s a comforting and inspiring thought from Patrick Rhone’s analogue writing blog, The Cramped: “even one of literature’s great writers and thinkers struggled to keep a journal, questioned the entire idea of it, did so only in fits and starts, but kept at it all the same.” The rest, here.

You don't always win your battles …

A great quote, via The Impossible Cool, from Lauren Bacall: “You don’t always win your battles, but it’s good to know you fought.”

You don’t always win your battles …

A great quote, via The Impossible Cool, from Lauren Bacall: “You don’t always win your battles, but it’s good to know you fought.”

Echoes through time: A man's power

“A man’s power is in the half-light, in the half-seen movements of his hand and the unguessed-at expression of his face.  It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.” Thomas Cromwell (1485 – 1540), as characterised in Hilary Mantel’s novel Wolf Hall (Yes, I […]

Echoes through time: A man’s power

“A man’s power is in the half-light, in the half-seen movements of his hand and the unguessed-at expression of his face.  It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.” Thomas Cromwell (1485 – 1540), as characterised in Hilary Mantel’s novel Wolf Hall (Yes, I […]

Echoes through time: the first opinion of a ruler's intelligence …

“The first opinion that is formed of a ruler’s intelligence is based on the quality of the men he has around him.  When they are competent and loyal he can always be considered wise, because he has been able to recognise their competence and to keep them loyal.” Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), The Prince

Echoes through time: the first opinion of a ruler’s intelligence …

“The first opinion that is formed of a ruler’s intelligence is based on the quality of the men he has around him.  When they are competent and loyal he can always be considered wise, because he has been able to recognise their competence and to keep them loyal.” Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), The Prince

Echoes through time: that uneasy, dissatisfied feeling

“A good way to rid one’s self of a sense of discomfort is to do something. That uneasy, dissatisfied feeling is actual force vibrating out of order; it may be turned to practical account by giving proper expression to its creative character. The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in […]

Echoes through time: Life isn’t about finding yourself …

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) The above quote comes via Kurt at Cultural Offering, who also provides this image of the man in his writing shack:

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