A Quote by Portia Nelson on life, learning, blame, habits, patterns, understanding, enlightenment, and autobiography

Chapter One of My Life.  I walk down the street. There's a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in.
I am lost. I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It still takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter Two.  I walk down the same street. There's a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again. I can't believe I'm in the same place! But it isn't my fault. And it still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter Three.  I walk down the same street. There's a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I still fall in. It's a habit! My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter Four.  I walk down the same street. There's a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter Five.  I walk down a different street.

Portia Nelson

Contributed by: Aradhana

A Quote by Sol Luckman on character, writing, creativity, creation, co-creation, imagination, manifestation, rhetoric, heart, human, journey, path, imaginal, language, fiction, autobiography, and metafiction

I’m arguably the least real of all my characters, a state of affairs for which I make no apologies, being, indeed, altogether proud of the fact. I am, as it were, the created creating--a paradox, for all its rhetorical trappings, at the beating heart of our shared human journey, and one I invite you to struggle with just as I have while, day in and day out, word by word and line by line, constructing a fictitious autobiography for myself in these pages.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 24

Contributed by: Celena

A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on dath, cheating death, memoirs, autobiography, memory, hannah arendt, mortality, natality, injustice, and suffering

I spent a lot of time mulling over what S. B. had told me about his thirteen months in solitary confinement, surrounded by death, and the "wild thinking" that drew him back to his beginnings. It seemed to me that this urge to retrace one's steps nto the past arises neither from nostalgia nor from a need to tell one's story to the world. It is a way of cheating death. An instinct for life in the face of oblivion. For to recollect the innocence of childhood o the viogr of youth in a moment of peril is to retrieve a sense of leife's infinite possiblitiy, ot conjure a period in our life when the wold seemed ours for the taking, and we thought we would never die. It is, in essence, to recapture a sense of our capacity to act and initiate someothing new, for, as Hannah Arendt notes, action is synonymous with our capacity to bring new life into the wold. Mortality is thus conuntermandded by natality, ai ti si this unquenchable desire for renewal, this refusal to go gently into that good night, that explains why we go back, tumbling through the darkness, in search of the light that flooded and filled our first conscious years. The days of wine and roses. When our livesstretched before us liek a field of dreams. But if our imagniation springs to our rescue in such dark times, holding out the promise of rebirth, how do we fare when we are released from darkness, and are returned to our everyday lives? How do we address the injustices we have endured, the life we have wasted, the pain we have so needlessly suffered?

This question was much on my mind the day I wen to see Fina Kamara in the Murraytown Amputee Camp.

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 64-65

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by Samuel Goldwyn on autobiography and death

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead.

Samuel Goldwyn (1882 - 1974)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Robert Dash on autobiography and garden

All gardens are a form of autobiography.

Robert Dash

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Henry Havelock Ellis on art and autobiography

Every artist writes his own autobiography.

Henry Ellis (1859 - 1939)

Source: The New Spirit

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by George Orwell on autobiography, defeat, good, lies, life, and trust

An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Federico Fellini on art and autobiography

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.

Federico Fellini (1920 - 1993)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Eliza Roxey Snow on autobiography, change, children, facts, love, people, reflection, strength, and time

Autobiography of Lorenzo Snow Our former loved associates Have mostly passed away; While those we knew as children Are crowned with locks of gray. We saw Time's varied traces Were deep on every hand - Indeed, upon the people, More marked than on the land. The bands that once with firmness Could grasp the axe and blade, Now move with trembling motion, By strength of nerve decayed. The change in form and feature And furrows on the cheek Of Time's increasing volume, In plain, round numbers speak. And thus, as in a mirror's Reflection, we were told, With stereotyped impressions, The fact of growing old.

Eliza Roxey Snow (1804 - 1887)

Source: Autobiography of Lorenzo Snow, By Eliza R. Snow, p. 580.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by D. V. Lindley on autobiography, belief, facts, ideas, knowledge, originality, simplicity, virtue, work, and writers

I believe that almost all important, useful ideas are simple. Peter Whittle has recently put it nicely in an autobiographical essay. "If a piece of work is heavy and complicated then it is wrong." . . . Some writers feel that to express their ideas in simple terms is degrading. Some use complexity to disguise the paucity of their material. In fact, simplicity is a virtue and when, as here, it is both original and useful, it can represent a real advance in knowledge.

D. V. Lindley

Source: "Simplicity", RSS News, April 1995, page 1

Contributed by: Zaady

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