Wednesday, February 10, 2010

19 SHORT BUT LIFE-CHANGiNG LESSONS




A tribute to those whose quips have stuck with me and helped me lead a better life. Some silly, some serious, not at all comprehensive.

Photo by Laura Aldridge

“Doubt means don’t.”
- Oprah Winfrey
.
“Again! Five six seven eight!”
- Lisa Clark, dance instructor and choreographer
.
“If you learn just one thing from me,
let it be the importance of always spelling a person’s name correctly.
And that tissue paper is tacky.”
- Boss at first fashion PR internship
.
“I broke up with him by using a red pen to circle each 


'I' or 'me' he wrote in his letter and then sent it back to him.”  
- Nonie
.
“If he isn't more excited for you that you are for yourself, dump him!”
- Mando Robles, Visual Communications teacher
.
“You teach people how to treat you.”
- Dr. Phil
.
“Be so, but don’t go on about it.”
- Karl Lagerfeld
.
“Fake it till you make it.”
- Pam Fox, gymnastics instructor
.
“That is worse than a ragged foot with chipped nail polish
hanging out of a $600 pair of Manolos.”
- Vogue
.
“The sound of teeth against a fork is my pet peeve.”
- Gwyneth Paltrow
.
“True beauty is grace, gratitude, and generosity.”
- Renee Zellwegger
.
“Her final demise was posing for Playboy.”
- Vogue
.
“Paganism seems silly now, but look out at the sea, the sky.
The ancient Greeks saw exactly what you see now,
only without your resources to explain all this natural wonder.
What is that blazing beauty high above that lights our world at day?
Why does the tide come in with such violence?
Get lost in the natural scene you see,
let go of the words and faith you are lucky enough to have to explain it away.
See this miraculously frightening world the way they did.
You will understand.”
- Corinna, professor and house mother, study abroad program on Hydra Island, Greece
.
“Feel the music.”
- Mrs. Goodfriend, 5th grade violin teacher
.
“That’s enough.”
- Mom
.
“I like smart girls with creative voices.”
- Marc Jacobs
.
“Love doesn’t hurt.”
- Oprah Winfrey
.
“We strive to do our little perfectly with truth, beauty, and goodness.”
- Kappa Kappa Gamma
.
“But I still believe, in spite of it all, that people are still good.”
- Anne Frank
.

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