The First Doctor:The least important things, sometimes, my dear boy, lead to the greatest discoveries.
The Second Doctor:Well now I know you're mad, I just wanted to make sure.
The Third Doctor:Courage isn't just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.
The Fourth Doctor:You're a classic example of the inverse ratio between the size of the mouth and the size of the brain.
The Fifth Doctor:An apple a day keeps the... Ah, never mind.
The Sixth Doctor:Planets come and go. Stars perish. Matter disperses, coalesces, forms into other patterns, other worlds. Nothing can be eternal.
The Seventh Doctor:Yes, that's right, you're going. You've been gone for ages. You're already gone. You're still here. You've just arrived. I haven't even met you yet. It all depends on who you are and how you look at it. Strange business, time.
The Eighth Doctor:I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren't there.
The Ninth Doctor:The thing is, Adam, time travel is like visiting Paris. You can't just read the guidebook, you've got to throw yourself in! Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers!
The Tenth Doctor:People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect... but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff.
The Eleventh Doctor:The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”—Anne Frank
“You can be a really different dancer if you take enough classes to get good, then go on a mystical alone journey. The masses don’t feel the need to empower themselves to learn on their own because there are so many amazing instructors. While it’s great there are so many amazing instructors now, there’s only so much they can tell you about how your body moves. …The only reason you listen to [advanced lindy instructors] is because they went on their own to figure [their own body movement] out.”—Nina Gilkenson, lindy hopper extraordinaire
Jason Scott, the historian and digital archivist, told me at Webstock that a fitting epitaph for his headstone would be: “He gave a crap. He didn’t give a fuck.” That sentiment might not be found on a motivational poster, but I found it inspirational. Care deeply about your personal values and live them fully in this world. Don’t get caught up in worrying about other people’s checklists to tell you what good work means to you.
“And you who wish to represent by words the form of man…relinquish that idea. For the more minutely you describe, the more you will confine the mind of the reader, and the more you will keep him from the knowledge of the thing described. And so it is necessary to draw…”—Dan Roam’s introduction to “See What I Mean” by Kevin Chung, quoting Leonardo da Vinci
“Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.”—9 Rules for Success by British Novelist Amelia E. Barr, 1901 via SwissMiss
“Don’t get depressed about not being where you want to be. This nagging feeling of anxiety is actually called ambition. Ambition is your friend.”—Atom Egoyan’s ten rules on filmmaking, applicable to other things as well. (via jenmyers)
If someone sitting near you adds LOL or, heaven forbid, ROTFLMAO, to an email or chat message and you know they did not LOL, or ROTFLTAO, is it proper etiquette to call them out on it, or let it slide?
Curious in Columbus
You’re not really friends if you don’t call them out. I lived down the hall from a friend in undergrad and wrote “LOL” to an instant message. He shouted, “LIAR! I HEARD NO LAUGHING. YOUR LAUGH IS VERY DISTINCT.”
I’m going to his wedding in August. So you see, real friends call each other out.
Author Belinda Kroll brings quirky Victorian Romance to audio book lovers via Amazon’s new independent audio book publishing service, which removes middle-man between voice over narrators and authors.
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“Haunting Miss Trentwood,” having sold consistently since its original paperback and eBook release in October 2010, will be available as an audio book in mid-June 2012 at Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes. A synopsis of “Haunting Miss Trentwood” is available at the author’s website,http://worderella.com/fiction/haunting-miss-trentwood/.