From Dr Seuss (A Horton hears a who!)…
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
[A/N: Dr Seuss was one of my all time favourite children’s authors. As a kid, I found his stories very inspirational! And still, after so many years, I am inspired all over again.]
From Ursula K. Le Guin…
“The creative adult is the child who has survived.”
From Kurt Vonnegut (in Mother Night)….
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
From Mulan (Walt Disney Movie)….
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”
[N.B.] Ignoring for a moment all the academic frowny faces this movie and other disney movies gets, Mulan is one of my favourite Disney movies.
Something Kind of Related to this Quote: The Desert Rose
From Marily Monroe…
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
From Sun Tzu, The Art of War…
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
(I would also like to think of some of these quotes as related to the Art of Life too lol)
From Robert Louis Stevenson…
“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”
From Eleanor Roosevelt…
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
From Sigmund Freud…
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
From Albert Camus…
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
The other day in class we were discussing “trans-languaging”. That is, looking at one language, yet seeing the meanings and ideals translated across. For example, one of the most widely used languages in the world today is English. There are many reasons why people chose to learn English, be a speaker of English and there are the debates on the ownership of English now. What’s fascinating about English being an internationally used language in many different contexts, is that people, all over the world, use it differently for different reasons. Yoko Ono though, wrote poetry, poetry, that might not actually mean much at a first glance (if you’re not looking for it, or not a poetry fanatic, maybe) but on closer look, there is a deeper meaning to it. As part of my class the other day, we looked at My Hometown by Yoko Ono. The purpose was to look at “trans-languaging”.
Ono, writes about the notion of “hometown” and while reading it the first time round, I thought, it’s a nice poem, but it doesn’t quite relate to me. Because to me, I don’t have a “hometown”. I have a suburb where I go home to, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I see it in the same way as Ono has illustrated her definition of “hometown” in her poem. When I watched the video below, I actually understood better, her definition, watching the animation to fill in the spaces in my mind and knowledge of what “hometown” meant. And believe or not, I felt strangely enlightened. Not only was I enlightened, I read the poem again with different eyes, and this time, it was like a light that been switched on. This time, it was as though in my eyes, it was glowing. I was actually a bit stunned by this development.
So I would like to share this piece of “trans-languaging” with everyone, even if others have already read this, and I’m five hundred years too late (jokes!), I want to share what I have been inspired by! I think it’s very touching, and I think I might be more interested in Yoko Ono’s works from now on!
Do you know where your hometown is?
Your hometown is a place you choose.
Get a map of the world.
Pin a little flag on a place on the map you’d like to go to.
The place you’ve put your flag is your hometown.
Let’s find a way to make this flag something you’ll be proud of.
Start by giving your hometown a name you want to call it by.
Find out some things about your hometown
Make a scrapbook of images and people from your hometown, and add your comments about them
Look after your hometown in your mind.
Send it lots of love.
In your mind help anyone there who needs help.
If there are any broken-down houses, mend them in your mind
If there are any people who are ill, make them better in your mind
If any of the streets need cleaning, clean it in your mind
If there are any children who are crying, wipe their tears away in your mind
Find out about the past and present of your hometown.
If anything terrible has ever happened there, think about it, and try to take away the pain that’s still there.
If there’s something terrible going on there now, focus your thoughts on it, and try to take away all the pain.
Quietly tell your best friends about the problems of your hometown, and ask them to solve them in their minds.
Put up some nice photos of your hometown in your room.
Write a diary about your hometown.
Keep sending your powerful energy to your hometown until more people start to smile and laugh and enjoy themselves.
Keep going until your efforts start to make things better in your hometown.
One day we’ll realize that all the towns in the world are someone’s hometown.
From Maya Angelou…
“Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
From Oscar Wilde…
“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
The thing your love said, at the most random moment.
From Frank Zappa…
“So many books, so little time.”
[I swear this is how I’m feeling right now]
From Dr Seuss…
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
From Albert Einstein…
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
From Margaret Mitchell…
“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”