Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one's ability to persuade.
Matthew had called her harmless. Harmless. And being with him made Frankie feel squashed into a box - a box where she was expected to be sweet and sensitive (but not oversensitive); a box for young and pretty girls who were not as bright or as powerful as their boyfriends. A box for people who were not forces to be reckoned with.Frankie wanted to be a force.
When people gain the right knowledge, in such a way that they understand it completely, and then have the opportunity for effective instruction to apply what they comprehend then like magic, they can see the fruits of their efforts in the form of changes that serve us feedback in their lives.
Do not love half lovers. Do not entertain half friends. Do not indulge in works of the half talented. Do not live half a life and do not die half a death. If you choose silence, then be silent. When you speak, do so until you are finished. Do not silence yourself to say something. And do not speak to be silent. If you accept, then express it bluntly. Do not mask it. If you refuse then be clear about it for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance. Do not accept a half solution. Do not believe half truths. Do not dream half a dream. Do not fantasise about half hopes. Half a drink will not quench your thirst. Half a meal will not satisfy your hunger. Half the way will get you no where. Half an idea will bear you no results. Your other half is not the one you love. It is you in another time yet in the same space. It is you when you are not. Half a life is a life you didn't live. A word you have not said. A smile you postponed. A love you have not had. A friendship you did not know. To reach and not arrive. Work and not work. Attend only to be absent. What makes you a stranger to them closest to you and they strangers to you. The half is a mere moment of inability but you are able for you are not half a being. You are a whole that exists to live a life not half a life.
His passion she had expected, even his expertise, for a man of his years would not have been without women. She had even, in the long days of yearning, suspected his tenderness, which led him now to kiss her temples and the inner crook of her elbow with the same attention he gave to her lips and breasts. What she had not anticipated was that he would be vulnerable as well.
Winter then in its early and clear stages, was a purifying engine that ran unhindered over city and country, alerting the stars to sparkle violently and shower their silver light into the arms of bare upreaching trees. It was a mad and beautiful thing that scoured raw the souls of animals and man, driving them before it until they loved to run. And what it did to Northern forests can hardly be described, considering that it iced the branches of the sycamores on Chrystie Street and swept them back and forth until they rang like ranks of bells.
We need to drive down requirements for the schools. In the 19th century, we increased the quality of the schools by higher education saying, 'You can't come in unless you have these skills, unless you've taken these courses.' We did that in Wisconsin when I was there, it helped to transform the secondary school system.
Intelligence is attractive, but so is life experience. You can't amass it just by reading a ton of books. But you can live a lot of life in a short time. Travel. Talk to everyone. Collect adventures, and use them to understand the world. That's how you learn to treat people well. And that's sexy.
Ere to sleepThou liest down, prepare to guard thy life--A man is friendless in the hour of trial. . . .I to the needy gave, the orphan nourished,Esteemed alike the lowly and the great;But he who ate my bread made insurrection,And those my hands raised up, occasion seizedRebellion to create. . . . They went aboutAll uniformed in garments that I gaveAnd deemed me but a shadow. . . . Those who sharedMy perfumes for anointment, rose betimesAnd broke into my harem.