Sunday Seven – for Women

On International Women’s day – some of my favorite quotes about how strong women really are.

  • Our backs tell stories no books have the spine to carry. Rupi Kaur.
  • Though she be but little she is fierce. William Shakespeare.
  • We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn. Unknown
  • She wasn’t looking for a knight. She was looking for a sword. Atticus
  • You had the power all along my dear. Glinda the Good Witch, Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
  • I am both war and woman and you cannot stop me. Nikita Gill.
  • They whispered to her, “You cannot withstand the storm,” she whispered back, “I am the storm.”
  • A people is not defeated until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Cheyenne saying.

Sunday Seven – Walt Disney

Last week at a debate tournament, the impromptu speaking event was based on Walt Disney’s quotes – which seemed too perfect to not use them for this week’s Sunday Seven. These quotes make you realize what a happy and positive person Walt Disney really was.

  • I only hope that we will never lose sight of one thing – that it was started by a mouse.
  • All our dreams can come true, if we have courage to pursue them.
  • When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are.
  • It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
  • There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
  • We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
  • When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.
  • When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.

Sunday Seven – Andy Warhol

The Great American pop artist Andy Warhol died on Feb 22, 1987.  Not only was he an incredibly talented artist, he was the master of the unexpected and had some absolutely brilliant and witty quotes.  Here are some of his gems as this week’s Sunday Seven:

  • People should fall in love with their eyes closed.
  • Don’t pay attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.
  • I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.
  • The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.
  • In the future, everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes.
  • I never fall apart, because I never fall together.
  • As soon as you stop wanting something you get it.
  • It’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are.
  • Art is what you can get away with.

Sunday Seven – Valentine’s Day

  • If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you (A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh).
  • All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love (Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace).
  • For you, a thousand times over (Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner).
  • If you ever need of my life, come and take it (Anton Chekhov, The Seagull).
  • You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful (John Green, The Fault in Our Stars).
  • Her love was entire as a child’s, and though warm as summer it was fresh as spring (Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd).
  • You might not have been my first love, but you were the love that made all other loves irrelevant ( Rupi Kaur, milk and honey).

Sunday Seven – New York City

I went on an Art History trip to New York City recently.  I am amazed at the vibrancy of the city – it is full of life and lights.  My Sunday Seven this week are an ode to this gorgeous city and its friendly people.

The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world (F. Scott Fitzgerald).

Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life (Irving Berlin).

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline (Ayn Rand).

Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough (John Steinbeck).

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years (Tom Wolfe).

It couldn’t have happened anywhere but in little old New York (O’Henry).

I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway that belongs to me because I belong to it (Truman Capote).

Sunday Seven – Kobe Bryant

As we all mourn the loss of the legend and his daughter, I thought it would be appropriate to honor his legacy with some of his quotes.

  • If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.
  • I’m going to do what I always do: I’m going to break it down to its smallest form, smallest detail, and go after it. Day by day, one day at a time.
  • Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.
  • I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t’ understand you. I don’t  want to understand you.
  • I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward.  I reflect with a purpose.
  • The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.
  • I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at at the arena and I’m like, “My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.” We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.

Sunday Seven – MLK

A great Leader… and a great orator.

Lightning makes no sound until it strikes (Martin Luther King, Jr).

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now (Martin Luther King, Jr).

Only in the darkness can you see the stars (Martin Luther King, Jr).

No person has the right to rain on your dreams (Martin Luther King, Jr).

Change does not roll in on the wheels on inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle ((Martin Luther King, Jr).

We cannot walk alone (Martin Luther King, Jr).

We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends (Martin Luther King, Jr).

The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just (Martin Luther King, Jr: Why I am opposed to the War in Vietnam).

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will (Mahatma Gandhi).

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever (Mahatma Gandhi).

Sunday Seven

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).