I think I disagree with number one as writing poetry is now an important part of my life - writing has never been easy for me, particularly expressing personal or emotional things, and it was only after discovering haiku, and later limerick, writing that I became able to express some of my deepest thoughts on screen. As for number two, since July that isn't an option for me. Numbers three and four are truisms of life!
All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things. Bobby Knight (1940 - )
When love is gone, there's always justice. And when justice is gone, there's always force. And when force is gone, there's always Mom. Hi, Mom! Laurie Anderson
Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties. Doug Larson
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992), Salvor Hardin in "Foundation"
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), (attributed)
A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive, it won't be so hard in the end to lie down and rest. Pearl Bailey (1918 - 1990)
Think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived. Anna Quindlen (1953 - ), A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000
This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what you’re doing, or it comes out flat. You can’t fake your way through this. Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 29, 2004
Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do. Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.' Helen Hayes (1900 - 1993)