“Impossible is just a small word that is thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they’ve been given to explore the power they have, to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It is a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing!”— Muhammad Ali, iconic boxer.
“The Great Gatsby was last updated in 1924. You don’t need it to be refreshed, do you? Maybe nobody will care about printed books 50 years from now, but I do. When I read a book, I’m handling a specific object in a specific time and place. The fact that when I take the book off the shelf it still says the same thing - that’s reassuring. Someone worked really hard to make the language just right, just the way they wanted it. They were so sure of it that they printed it in ink, on paper. A screen always feels like we could delete that, change that, move it around. So for a literature-crazed person like me, it’s just not permanent enough.”—Jonathan Frazen in defense of the printed book — “Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society.” (via oliveryeh)
I’m currently reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. I was supposed to read the book for a book club meeting this past October, and failed to get my hands on it in time. I think it worked out for the best because this interesting read is PACKED with information and facts that I find myself thinking about for several moments before moving on to the next sentence (meaning I wouldn’t have finished the book on time any way).
Today while reading, the following statement struck a chord with me:
Following Kennedy’s assassination, President Johnson professed his commitment to the goal of “the full assimilation of more than twenty million Negroes into American life”, and ensure the passage of comprehensive civil rights legislation.
I re-read that sentence and shook my head in disgust. Years after the Emancipation, “Negroes” were STILL not considered to be Americans. The fact that a race of people (whom by this time, I think it is safe to say were Americans regardless of where their ancestors were “stolen” from), who are twenty million strong needs to be assimilated in a country where they have existed for years, fought in their wars and helped build.
I have all these aspirations but I don’t know which one is Gods plan for me & it’s stressing me out. I just need a sign, a nudge in the right direction, my eyes are closed & my ears have never been so open. Please. -Cates
I am right here with you on this one. Here’s hoping that we both receive our signs, though for me, outright shoves nudges tend to be better. I’m hard-headed.
“It’s well known in wisdom communities that delays are not denials. Remember this at all times. Keep focused on what you can do in the moment, and if there is nothing to be done – you are being taught patience. Apply yourself everyday towards your deepesdt desire – work hard, then let go. This is how mastery is attained.”— Jackson Kiddard, author & polymath.
“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”— Gloria Naylor, is an African American author.