Born on the Eighteenth of February

February 18, my birthday. The day it all began, well for me anyway so many years ago. February 18 rolls around every year and I reflect on the good and not so good experiences I have had. I reflect on my family and feel all chuffed. Your birthday is a wonderful day for reflection and looking forward. I have never been one to think of the New Year as the day for goals and big plans. Your birthday makes perfect sense for that.

This year I thought about what lies ahead for me. What can I do to make it better? Here we are starting off this blog and looking at ways to earn income from home, of writing and reflecting. What hit me was ‘I know, what about quotes from people born on February 18?’ I checked around and indeed found some inspirational independent thought from people that shared my birthday. That has to be good right???

So here we are a selection of quotes from people born on February 18 that inspire the independence and aspirations that I seek. With a few that fit write in with the writing gig, others are just plain quirky.

Thoughts from those born on February 18

Sholom Aleichem (Russian writer 1859 – 1916)
  • “No matter how bad things get, you got to go on living, even if it kills you.”
AndrĂ© Breton (French Surrealist Poet & Writer 1896 – 1966)
  • “The man that cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot”
  • “Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.”
  • “No one who has lived even for a fleeting moment for something other than life in its conventional sense and has experienced the exaltation that this feeling produces can then renounce his new freedom so easily.”
  • 'Words make love with one another."
Helen Gurley Brown (American Writer 1922 -)
  • “Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork - reading, writing, thinking - can”
  • “Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.”
Audre Lorde (American Activist, Poet and Teacher 1934-1992)
  • “Words make love with one another”
  • “Our visions begin with our desires”
  • “The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.”
  • “Silence has never brought us anything of worth”
  • “When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid”
  • “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
  • Even the smallest victory is never to be taken for granted. Each victory must be applauded...”
  • “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
  • “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”
Toni Morrison (American writer Won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved; won Nobel Prize for Literature, 1931- )
  • “The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.”
  • “Bit by bit . . . she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
  • “If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.”
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (Indian philosopher 1836 – 1886)
  • “When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.”
  • “The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth.”
Charles M.Schwab (American Industrialist 1862-1939)
  • “The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.”
  • “The man who has done his best has done everything.”
Cybil Shepherd (American Actor 1950 -)
  • “I think the measure of your success to a certain extent will be the amount of things written about you that aren’t true.”
Juhan Smuul (Estonian writer and poet 1922 - 1971)
  • "Silence is now my bitterest enemy. Like a sorcerer in a magic hat, it stretches its cold hands through the porthole of my cabin and chokes me. It's an audible silence, a white river of time with a slippery bed. I wonder what the others feel?" - Antarctica Ahoy
Wendell L. Willkie (American Republican Presidential Candidate 1892-1944)
  • “Education is the mother of leadership.”

Let me know your favorite. If you have any other quotes you like send them along!


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