Is an ending

one staring eye

… Self-love is an ending, she said,
and not a beginning….”

From the book SELECTED POEMS by Robert Bringhurst


Other Robert Bringhurst quotes:

When you think intensely and beautifully, something happens. That something is called poetry. If you think that way and speak at the same time, poetry gets in your mouth. If people hear you, it gets in their ears. If you think that way and write at the same time, then poetry gets written. But poetry exists in any case. The question is only: are you going to take part, and if so, how?”

— from The Tree of Meaning: Thirteen Talks

In a badly designed book, the letters mill and stand like starving horses in a field. In a book designed by rote, they sit like stale bread and mutton on the page. In a well-made book, where designer, compositor and printer have all done their jobs, no matter how many thousands of lines and pages, the letters are alive. They dance in their seats. Sometimes they rise and dance in the margins and aisles.”

— from The Elements of Typographic Style

‘A man who would letterspace lower case would steal sheep,’ Frederic Goudy liked to say. If this wisdom needs updating, it is chiefly to add that a woman who would letterspace lower case would steal sheep as well .”

— from The Elements of Typographic Style

photo credit: Hani Amir via photopin cc


Struggle and failure: necessary before hope


A few quotes from another excellent talk by Brene Brown (who I’ve quoted before):

Hope is not a way of feeling. Hope is a way of thinking. …And it’s 100% teachable.

The people who have the highest levels of hope have the most experience of failure.

One of the things that’s happened in our culture is we are not letting our children have any experiences of failure. No experiences of “hard work > failure > more hard work > success.”


Photo has been modified; original source: Duncan on flickr