Thursday, April 16, 2009

Quotes, kids.

At Teavana, in addition to a bevy of tea stuffs, we also sell coffee table books to promote a zen lifestyle. I was flipping through one I'd dismissed the entire time I worked there, due to it's horrifying layout. (read: generic awe-inspiring images on the page facing quotations in gigantic print with key words emboldened and in photo-coordinated colors) 

Much to my surprise, the quotation editor was a much more clever man than the photo editor. The quotes were lovely, and thus, this book was how I spent my (slow, rainy, no-one-in-the-store) day.  

(Photo Credit: Tallkev's flicker photostream) 

I also learned I'm a sucker for quotes with the word genius in them (transparent). 

Without further ado, the quotes I've gleaned from Coffee Table Book - 

Genius is formed in quiet. Character in the stream of life. 
      - Goethe

Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over 
      - F. Scott Fitzgerald

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief. But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them, naked and unbound.
      - Kahlil Gibran

Whatever you can do, or believe you can do, begin it, for boldness has genius, power and magic in it. 
      - Goethe

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. 
      - Winston Churchill

And the last one, the grande finale, the firework moment : 

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play,
his labor and his love, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion, he hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide wether he is working or playing.  To him he is always doing both. 
       - Zen Buddhist Text

That's it. All the knowledge I can impart before I've gotten out of bed for the day.

Let me know which is your favorite. :) 
Do you have any quotes you love?

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