Katherine Michel


"In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that… In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back." Albert Camus Pretty by Katie Makkai This is about the self-mutilating circus we have painted ourselves clowns in. About women who will prowl 30 stores in 6 malls to find the right cocktail dress, but haven't a clue where to find fulfillment or how wear joy, wandering through life shackled to a shopping bag, beneath those 2 pretty syllables. About men wallowing on bar stools, drearily practicing attraction and everyone who will drift home tonight, crest-fallen because not enough strangers found you suitably fuckable. This, this is about my own some-day daughter. When you approach me, already stung-stayed with insecurity, begging, “Mom, will I be pretty? Will I be pretty?” I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer, “No! The word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be, and no child of mine will be contained in five letters. “You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing. But you, will never be merely 'pretty'.” "Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson "Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives" -Unknown "Take criticism, smash it into dust, add color & use it to paint breathtaking images of unicorns frolicking thru endless fields of greatness." Matthew Gray Gubler "It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight." - Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, Part Two, Ch. 29 "Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." W.B. Yeats Mameen Be infinitessimal under that sky, a creature even the sailing hawk misses, a wraith among the rocks where the mist parts slowly. Recall the way mere mortals are overwhelmed by circumstance, how great reputations dissolve with infirmity and how you, in particular, live a hairsbreadth from losing everyone you hold dear. Then, look back down the path as if seeing your past and then south over the hazy blue coast as if present to a wide future. Remember the way you are all possibilities you can see and how you live best as an appreciator of horizons, whether you reach them or not. Admit that once you have got up from your chair and opened the door, once you have walked out into the clean air toward that edge and taken the path up high beyond the ordinary, you have become the privileged and the pilgrim, the one who will tell the story and the one, coming back from the mountain, who helped to make it. -- David Whyte from River Flow "A good heart is the best religion" His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama "A little bit of what you love is good for you" ... Dorchester Spatisserie Menu "When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy." His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama "Stay hungry; Stay foolish" ... Steve Jobs via Whole Earth Magazine " ...because we were on the right side of history" ... Bill Clinton "Everywhere I look, there is a Church." "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920. The Road Not Taken ‘The right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural, and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized." United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development 1986. "Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people." Thor Heyerdahl "Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplacable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours." Ayn Rand "Arr 21 Jul 1892 New York City aboard the SS Darmstadt." A geneaological entry I found regarding some of my ancestor who immigrated from Germany to the Russian colony Kratzke then to the U.S. "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart . . ." Anne Frank "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt Our inner strengths, experiences, and truths cannot be lost, destroyed or taken away. Every person has an inborn worth and can contribute to the human community. We all can treat one another with dignity and respect, provide opportunities to grow toward our fullest lives and help one another discover and develop our unique gifts. We each deserve this and we can all extend it to others.-Unknown. "And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave . . ." Francis Scott Key "Rock Chalk Jayhawk, KU" . . . according to Teddy Roosevelt, greatest college chant he had ever heard "People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within." Ramona L. Anderson "I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man upon the street who had no feet." Unknown "We find the defendants incredibly guilty" . . . Jury Foreman in the Producers (1967) "Sometimes I just think funny stuff" . . . Arthur Field Marshall to Queen Mary: "You are the big potato; the other queens of Europe are small potatoes." The Bill Clinton finesse- about Bob Dole during debate- "It's the age of his ideas that I question." "I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." Ronald Reagan "People who like this sort of thing will find this is the sort of thing they like" . . . Abraham Lincoln in book review "I coulda been a contender. I coulda been a somebody." Terry Malloy, On the Waterfront Clark: "Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?" Eddie: "Naw, I'm doing just fine, Clark." Marat Kozhikov in Principles of PM class- "We can predict the future?" "Heerrrre's Johnny," Ed McMahon introducing my favorite comedian, Johnny Carson. Every great quote from the Ulimate Carson Collection

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