"You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
In 1959 John Howard Griffin (left in photo below) darkened his skin in order to pass as black, and then traveled through the deep South. Smithsonian Magazine looks at the book he wrote about his experience.
"Fifty years ago this month, Griffin published a slim volume about his travels as a “black man...Black Like Me, which told white Americans what they had long refused to believe, sold ten million copies and became a modern classic."
“If a white man became a Negro in the Deep South,” he wrote on the first page of Black Like Me, “what adjustments would he have to make?” Haunted by the idea, Griffin decided to cross the divide. “The only way I could see to bridge the gap between us,” he would write, “was to become a Negro.”
I read this book in 1968 while living in Hampton, Virginia and attending a segregated school. As a child of fairly progressive parents in a military family, living in integrated military housing, I'd glimpsed some of the contrasts, but this book opened my eyes to how diffficult whites could make life for blacks.
"from 1980 to 2005, more than 80 percent of [the] total increase in Americans' income went to the top 1 percent"1
"income distribution in the United States is more unequal than in Guyana, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and roughly on par with Uruguay, Argentina, and Ecuador"1
"the path of income inequality over the twentieth century is marked by two main events: a sharp fall in inequality around the outbreak of World War II and an extended rise in inequality that began in the mid-1970s and accelerated in the 1980s [emphasis added]"2
"Income inequality today is about as large as it was in the 1920s"2
The thoughts of Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf Should I be worried that the top Google result (update: in October of 1994) for Relentlessly Optimistic is to the former Iraqi Information Minister?
That's somewhat offset by the fact that the #3 link is to Sponge Bob Square Pants.