Feb.11.2007

We used to look at environmentalism as a hobby for the high-minded. But conserving energy and living a “green” lifestyle is actually the most patriotic thing you can do today. It fights global warming, protects nature, shrinks our dependence on foreign oil, and makes America a model others want to follow. Green is the color of patriotism. Green is the new red, white and blue.

— Thomas Friedman
Author of The World is Flat and New York Times columnist

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The world is smaller than you think, and the people on it are more beautiful than you think.

— Bertram van Munster
Emmy® Award–winning executive producer/director

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If I have given my all and still do not win, I haven’t lost. Others might remember winning or losing; I remember the journey.

— Apolo Anton Ohno
Five-time Olympic medalist

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All unhappiness and stagnation results from a feeling that you are at the mercy of the world and the people in it. But what a joy it is, what a major shift to strength and power, when you no longer wait around for others to favor and love you, for others to flatter and reward you. Reward and flatter yourself, favor and love yourself.

— Kira Salak
Writer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer

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Life’s too short to read a book you don’t love. At age 50 or younger, give a book 50 pages to see if you like it. Over 50, subtract your age from 100 and that’s the number of pages to read before you bail on a book you’re not enjoying. And when you turn 100, you get to judge a book by its cover!

— Nancy Pearl
Librarian and author of Book Lust

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From the amazing site The Way I See It.

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8 thoughts on “Feb.11.2007

  1. I never read the Nancy Pearl quote but it certainly is a motto to live by! The older I get and the more my TBR shelf grows, I find myself putting a book down if I am really not enjoying it. There is too much fantastic books and writings awaiting to be read!

  2. Yes, I agree. There are some books in the past (One Hundred Years of Solitude) that I’ve tried so hard to get through and berated myself for quitting half through. No more. If I don’t like it fifty pages in, to the Salvation Army it goes. I have far too many books that I want to try to waste time on ones that don’t appeal to me. And, I’m trying to remind myself… that is OKAY!!

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