“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” Mary Oliver, via Brain Pickings.
“They lose the day in waiting for the night, and the night in fearing the dawn.” Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD), On the Shortness of Life
Groucho Marx via Execupundit: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.” Our Home Secretary’s skin-crawlingly poisonous plan to force firms to declare their foreign workers comes to mind. That can hardly be a way to build a successful, global-trading economy. It’s no way to […]
Don Miguel Ruiz, via Cultural Offering: 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best.” — Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
“The forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone, but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true gentleman. The power which the strong have over the weak, the employer over the employed, the educated over the unlettered, the experienced over the confiding, even […]
“Now strange words simply puzzle us; ordinary words convey only what we know already; it is from metaphor that we can best get hold of something fresh.” Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), Rhetoric
Here’s a great resource: the 35 greatest speeches in history, according to the Art of Manliness blog. The list, with descriptions and excerpts, ranges from the Ancients up to date; from Cicero and Demosthenes, via Chief Joseph and William Wilberforce, up to Churchill, Kennedy and Reagan. Definitely a post to bookmark.
Here’s a fantastic resource for writers. Wally Bock has collated advice from writers of all genres and eras. Kudos to Michael Wade at execupundit for signposting this. Here are a couple of highlights: William Faulkner: “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a […]
“Observe carefully what guides the actions of the wise, and what they shun or seek.” Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations
Interesting timeline from the BBC. Many elements contribute to making a speech iconic; excellent oratory skills, carefully chosen words, snappy sound-bites or the ability to convey emotion. But even the most gifted orators have found that public speaking requires plenty of practice.