Good Words

Life:

You see what I have learned is the importance of detaching from other people’s lunacy as one has enough to worry about keeping oneself on course.

-Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Certainly, she didn’t suffer from the sort of madness that required drugs or incarceration. It was more like ungovernable eccentricity — comments out of the blue, sudden frowns, shrieks of laughter.

-The Curse of the Appropriate Man, “Family of Shadows” – Lynn Freed

“I don’t feel good,” she said.

“Bloody good thing too,” he said. “Never feel good. The corruption of the good by the belief in their own infallible goodness is the most bloody dangerous pitfall in the human spectrum. Once you have conquered all your sins, pride is the one which will conquer you. A man starts off deciding he is a good man because he makes good decisions. Next thing, he’s convinced that whatever decision he makes must be good because he’s a good man. Most of the wars in the world are caused by people who think they have God on their side. Always stick with the people who know they are flawed and ridiculous.”

- Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination – Helen Fielding

My heart is in the work.

- Andrew Carnegie

Life is too short for any vain regretting;
Let dead delight bury its dead, I say,
And let us go upon our way forgetting
The joys and sorrows of each yesterday
Between the swift sun’s rising and its setting
We have no time for useless tears or fretting:
Life is too short. 

Life is too short for any bitter feeling;
Time is the best avenger if we wait;
The years speed by, and on their wings bear healing;
We have no room for anything like hate.

- excerpt from “Life is Too Short,” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Health:

[regarding a recent eating binge] I managed to undo two months of progress in two weeks. And if I don’t stop now, when will I stop? … Those behaviors are what made me, and kept me, heavy and unhappy most of my life. Those behaviors, left unchecked, will bring me back to a life I don’t ever want to return to.

*Bitch Cakes*

Look at that change. It still amazes me sometimes. But it’s possible. And it all happened one tiny decision at a time. Every decision counted. Every choice I made got me to where I am today. It’s not a miracle, it’s just the sum of all my decisions.

- *Bitch Cakes*

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