Quotes

Monday Madness

new-monday_madness-980x360“Without knowing the cause of illness,
any treatment must be considered a guess.”
(Richard Diaz)

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Erin, by Thomas Moore

Erin! the tear and the smile in thine eyes
Blend like the rainbow that hangs in thy skies,
Shining through sorrow’s stream,
Saddening through pleasure’s beam,
Thy suns with doubtful gleam,
Weep while they rise.

Erin, thy silent tear never shall cease,
Erin, thy languid smile ne’er shall increase,
Till, like the rainbow’s light,
Thy various tints unite,
And form in heaven’s sight
One arch of peace!

Thomas Moore (28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852)

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Think different…

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules, and they
have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them,
glorify and vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore
them because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as crazy,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.
(Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc.)

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I need a cure

If a person can turn from predicting illness
to anticipating recovery,
the foundation for cure is laid.
(Bernie Siegel)

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
(Albert Einstein)

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible
and achieves the impossible.
(Anonymous)

Illness shows us what we are
(Latin proverb)

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you,
they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.
(Bernice Johnson Reagon)

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Ulysses, by James Joyce

“The supreme question about a work of art is out of
how deep a life does it spring.
Paintings of Moreau are paintings of ideas.
The deepest poetry of Shelley, the words of Hamlet bring our mind
into contact with the eternal wisdom; Plato’s world of ideas.
All the rest is the speculation of schoolboys for schoolboys.”

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Health is not valued until sickness comes

Sadly my attempt to post daily has not had much success so far. Blame the old trigeminal nerve pains in my face and/or occipital pains behind my eyes. That said, I continue reading because the book I’m in love with right now is regarding psychology, good old Dr. Sigmund Freud and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It’s hard to put the book down but at times I need to be mindful of the aches and pains so they don’t get any worse. And that means that I am not blogging as much as I want to.

Like Albert Schweitzer once said: “Serious illness doesn’t bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.” I am also because life is bigger than my neurological illness, and life will always be much more interesting than having multiple sclerosis. Continue reading

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” (Dr. Seuss)

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious
way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained
in all the books through your skin,
without even opening them.”

(Mark Twain)

“There are worse crimes than burning books.
One of them is not reading them.”
(Joseph Brodsky)

“If you have a garden and a library,
you have everything you need.”

(Marcus Tullius Cicero)

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W.B. Yeats’ suffering

“If suffering brings wisdom,
I would wish to be less wise”

(William Butler Yeats)

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Education

Education is not filling a bucket,
but lighting a fire.
(William Butler Yeats)

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“Keep your thoughts positive because your
thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive because your
words become your behavior.

Keep your behavior positive because your
behavior becomes your habits.

Keep your habits positive because your
habits become your values.

Keep your values positive because your
values become your destiny.”
(Mahatma Gandhi)

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Irish character

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character,
I say look at the trees.

Maimed, stark and misshapen,
but ferociously tenacious.”

(Edna O’Brien)

County Wicklow, Ireland 2011

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Ireland

Your feet will bring you where your heart is
(Irish proverb)

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Einstein

I will not write much over the next few weeks but I wanted to leave my blog with this quote to keep us all going until I am fit enough to write again!

The quote below is one of my favourites for 2 reasons: a) Albert Einstein is always right and b) should Einstein not be right he still knows how to say it beautifully!

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.”© WVE and Ireland, MS and Me, 2011-2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to WVE and Ireland, MS and Me with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 
 

 

Welcome to the book fetish club!

There’s no certainty in life anymore. You can lose your job… just like that; you can be so stressed your heart starts beating much too fast or you can end up in fights even when you tried so hard to avoid having words.

But then… there’s your bookcase. That tall, sturdy oak piece of furniture that holds secrets, explains wars, teaches you a foreign language, helps you relax or take you to some imaginary world you wished you could live in. I can sit in my living room, bedroom or any other place where I have books lying around and just look at those books. Enjoy their silence even when their characters scream for help. Just sit there and look forward to turning page by page by page, enjoy their scent of all things old or enjoy their fresh new pictures that smell of bookbinding materials.

You cannot open a book without learning something
Confucius
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Oscar Wilde’s gutter…

“We’re all in the gutter,

but some of us are looking at the stars”

(Oscar Wilde)

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Dublin: a state of mind

Dublin is as much a state of mind as it is a city’
Tom MacDonagh

It is, that I can tell you for sure. Dublin has a way of getting under your skin. In a good way and in a lesser way. Dublin is Dublin is Dublin, but sadly Irishness is disappearing from the city. Continue reading

Learning to be sick

The secret of learning to be sick is this:

Illness doesn’t make you less of what you were.

You are still you.

(Tony Snow)

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A man’s illness

A man’s illness is his private territory and,

no matter how much he loves you and how close you are,

you stay an outsider.

You are healthy.

(Lauren Bacall)

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Living in Ireland: a life less ordinary

My blog title is “Life in Ireland yet there is very little to read just yet about well… life in Ireland. Somehow I ended up writing about what I know best for a few weeks, or about what I think I know best, so Ireland has been pushed a wee bit to the background in my head. Not that it ever should be pushed back to the dark recesses in my mind, because Ireland is so ever-present in daily lives, that we often wonder why on earth we are not better and more recognized for certain things because people would and might want to change their mind about the Irish if only they did, but that will be for a new blog sometime in the near future (Firstly though I want to apologize to those who think I am not Irish even though I refer to the Irish as “we”; legally I’m not but some well-established Irish people have told me several times I am more Irish than some of them… I can live with a tag like that so!) Continue reading

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