It’s now very common now to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that,’ as if it gives them certain rights; it’s actually nothing more … it’s simply a whine. It’s no more than a whine.
‘I find that offensive,’ it has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase.
‘I am offended by that,’ . . . well so fucking what?
Some of these are OK, and some seem a but silly. I do like the marbles in the fence idea though, interesting.
I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance.
—Vincent Van Gogh
We’re not ordinary people, we’re morons.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not here; I did not die.
—Mary Elizabeth Frye
Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but, when we look back everything is different.
—C. S. Lewis
A man is only as good as what he loves.