Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Quotes Of The Day

Roy Scheider died a few days ago, and he was the star of, among other things, the movie All That Jazz, which is what they call a "semi-autobiography" of Bob Fosse, (I think so Fosse could include unpleasant traits of the character representing him but still have deniability that they were his own faults or actual deeds) which made me think of of this Fosse quote which I had written down a while ago:

"If you think you can do better, then do better. Don't compete with anyone, just yourself. When you are in trouble or have a dilemma, ask yourself, 'What's the important thing?' And when you wake up in the morning, ask yourself how you can be a better person, not just a better performer."

and for some reason, this always makes me think of this quote:

"First thought, best thought." - Allen Ginsburg

which always makes me think of this one, from Goethe:

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."

Call them the Anti-Procrastinators.

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