quotation

What is Real?

The Velveteen Rabbit“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

From “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams

quotation

Quotation of the Day

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

~James Baldwin

George at the Harvard Co-op Bookstore (2010)

quotation

Quotation of the Day: Books Edition

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

~Anna Quindlen,
“Enough Bookshelves,”
New York Times, 7 August 1991
I am a voracious reader, and we have books everywhere in our house.

I must admit that most of my recent reading has been done on the Kindle app for the iPad. I feel like I’m betraying the gods of reading. Right now, though, I’m reading a paperback (Authority) which I bought instead of the Kindle version so that George can read it when I’m done. It’s nice to have the weight and smell of the book in my hands. I will still be happy to go back to my eBooks. I like to be able to search and have a built-in dictionary.

How do you read books these days? And are there any books you’d recommend?

childhood, quotation

Quotation of the Day: Go Play

Happy Jumping Child by Chris Roll
Image courtesy of Chris Roll / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“There’s a huge part of the advertising industry whichis designed to capture children. And it’s destroying childhood. Anyone who has any experience with children can see this. It’s literally destroying childhood. Kids don’t know how to play. They can’t go out and, you know,like when you were a kid or when I was a kid, you have a Saturday afternoon free. You go out to a field and you’re finding a bunch of other kids and play ball or something. You can’t do anything like that. It’s gotto be organized by adults, or else you’re at home with your gadgets, your video games. But the idea of going out just to play with all the creative challenge, those insights: that’s gone. And it’s done consciously to trap children from infancy and then to turn them into consumer addicts. And that means you’re out for yourself. You got the Ayn Rand kind of sociopathic behavior, which comes straight out of the consumer culture. Consumer culture means going out for myself; I don’tgive a damn about anyone else. I think it’s really destroying society in a lot of ways. And education is part of it.”

~Noam Chomsky

Click here for the full interview.

economy, politics, quotation

They Should Study Their History Books

“History speaks pretty clearly that the markets do better with Democrats. Republicans’ ideas of what constitutes fiscal responsibility simply are not good for the stock market. Democrats have many tendencies, but one of them is to look after the workers, and actually that tendsto be good for demand and good for markets. These capitalists who ware desperate to elect Republicans should study their history books,”

~Jeremy Granham, co-founder of GMO
quotation

I Am Enough

A great story, “Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect” on cnn.com. (Thanks to Courtney for posting the link on FB!)

Courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. If we want to live and love with our whole hearts and engage in the world from a place of worthiness, our first step is practicing the courage it takes to own our stories and tell the truth about who we are. It doesn’t get braver than that.