1 Apr

To take what there is in life and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived, to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that; this, doubtless is the right way to live.  (Henry James)

Next, Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life, writing a note of encouragement to Mary Karr:

Don’t approach your history as something to be shaken for its cautionary fruit…Tell your stories and your story will be revealed…Don’t be afraid of seeming angry, small-minded, obtuse, mean, immoral, amoral, calculating or anything else.

Take no care for your dignity.

Those were hard things for me to come by and I offer them to you for what they may be worth.

(I know I am doing at least one thing right – I have taken no care for my dignity.)


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts and don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.  (Kurt Vonnegut)


It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work,

and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.  (Wendell Berry)


One Response to “Inspiration”

  1. dad April 2, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    Hear, hear, Wendell. Were you speaking to me?

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