"I want to be my own design" Clive Barker - Imajica

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - XXIX

“Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class -- whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.” 
― Frank HerbertChildren of Dune

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - XXVIII

“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.” 
― Frank HerbertDune

Friday, January 27, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A quote a day for 2017- XXVI

“Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.” 
― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - XXIV

"The mind can go either direction under stress - toward positive or toward negative; on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end.
The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training."

Bene Gesserit axiom

Frank Herbert - Dune.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - XXI

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."
Nelson Mandela 

Friday, January 20, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - XIX

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” 
― Thomas Jefferson

A quote a day for 2017- XVIII

Today its not just a quote, it's song lyrics. Seems appropriate as we head into Inauguration Day. 


I must've dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear the marching feet
They're moving into the street.

Now did you read the news today
They say the danger's gone away
But I can see the fire's still alight
There burning into the night.

There's too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can't you see
This is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

Ooh Superman where are you now
When everything's gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour.

This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there's not much love to go round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

I remember long ago -
Ooh when the sun was shining
Yes and the stars were bright
All through the night
And the sound of your laughter
As I held you tight
So long ago -

I won't be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
We're not just making promises
That we know, we'll never keep.

Too many men
There's too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can't you see
This is a land of confusion.

Now this is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for.

This is the world we live in
And these are the names we're given
Stand up and let's start showing
Just where our lives are going to.

A quote a day for 2017 - Inauguration Day - XX

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.

There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America.

Barack Obama 

Today is Inauguration Day. All I am saying about that is that I will greatly miss the Obama family and the style, grace, and respect that they brought to the White House over the last 8 years. I didn't agree with everything he did or said (I'd argue that it's impossible to have an elected official that you agree with 100% of the time) but he was the first president that I genuinely felt an sense of pride for. His sense of humor in light of all the pressures of his office, his obvious love for his family, his willingness to do what he felt was right even when it may not have been the best thing to do politically. Michele showed little girls everywhere that you can be smart, fierce, stunning, and badass. Again, not perfect, they are just people after all but I will miss them greatly. I will always appreciate what they did for their country. 

For real, thanks Obama. You will be missed in that office. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - XVII

“I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?” 
― VoltaireCandide: or, Optimism

Monday, January 16, 2017

A quote a day for 2017, XVI

seemed appropriate given what is coming up in a couple of days....

In honor of a good man - Martin Luther King, Jr

He wasn't a perfect man but he was a great man, a brave man, a wise man. A man who genuinely cared about people and our place in the world. He fought against injustice and wasn't afraid to speak up when he saw injustice and worse, the inaction of other people. He's been one of my heroes since childhood. His strength, his eloquence, his willingness to stand up and fight for what is right. Equal rights for ALL people, regardless of color.We should all learn from his example. Now, in this time of strife and division, his message is still just as relevant as it was then.

 The world is a far better place for having had him in it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A quote a day for 2017, XV

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
― Voltaire

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - XIV

“A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.” 

Friday, January 13, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - XIII

“[how can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.” 
― Thomas MoreUtopia

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - XII

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” 
― Voltaire

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A quote a day for 2017, XI

A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again.
Alexander PopeAn essay on Criticism

Monday, January 9, 2017

A quote a day for 2017, IX

“Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.”

― Virginia WoolfOrlando

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A quote a day for 2017, VIII

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” 
― Kurt VonnegutMother Night

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - VI

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” 
― Robert A. Heinlein

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - V

"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life."
— W. Somerset Maugham (Books and You)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

A quote a day for 2017- II

“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.” 
― Arnold Bennett

2016 reading challenge wrap up and 2017 goals

For 2016 my goal was to read 100 books and at the time I set it, I knew it was a pretty ambitious goal but I thought it was worth a shot. I didn't meet my goal or even get halfway there but I still feel pretty good about my results.
2016 totals
I read 33 books
14,038 pages
I love that I can see the number of pages along with the number of books on Goodreads, because it helped me really understand how much I actually read in 2016. I mean, 33 didn't feel like a lot of books but when I looked at my actual page count and did the math, it showed me that I read about 38 pages a day which isn't too shabby in my mind. Here are a couple of cool graphics from Goodreads that showed me some neat information about my reading habits in 2016

One thing I didn't realize until it was too late was that if I re-read a book from years past, I had to actually change the read date in Goodreads in order for it to count towards my reading goal so at least I know that for 2017. 

For 2017 my goal is to read 50 books. I feel like this is much more achievable right now than reading 100 books especially as I do tend to reach for books that have a pretty high page count. 

Did you have a reading goal for 2016? Did you make it? What is your goal for 2017?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A quote a day for 2017 - I

“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."

― T.S. Eliot

I've decided to do a quote a day here pulling from various sources including literature, poetry, tv, film, interviews, music, whatever strikes my fancy.

Time to remember the power of a well turned phrase.