During Christmas break, I visited Amsterdam, and the Anne Frank House. So much has been written about Anne Frank, that I wouldn’t know what to add. In one of the display cases, there were Anne’s journals, and a note saying that Anne’s father had told her to write down the beautiful, meaningful sentences or quotes she came across while reading. That registered with me – I too come across beautiful sentences and quotes, and I think every Sunday I will list a minimum of seven that I have come across during the week.
So here is my first list of seven.
Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better. Leave them different (Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming).
There are tales that are older than most countries, tales that have long outlasted the cultures and the buildings in which they were first told (Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming).
I took half a packet of smokes to Geel Piet, who thought all his Christmases had come at once (Bryce Courtenay: The Power of One).
Mankind at its most desperate is often at its best (Bob Geldof).
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world (Anne Frank).
Wie boter op zijn hoofd heft, moet uit de zon blijven (He who has butter on his head should stay out of the sun) (Dutch proverb).
I didn’t always have things, but I had people – I always had people (Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me).
No one is useless in this world, who lightens the burdens of another (Charles Dickens).