I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.
March 29, 1944: A Dutch minister in exile said during a radio broadcast that the diaries of citizens should be preserved as a record of life during wartime. Anne Frank heard the program and soon began to revise parts of her diary, with a view towards future publication.
You’ll hit gold more often if you simply try out a lot of things.
Happy 56th birthday, Ira Glass! The radio mastermind, who currently hosts This American Life, is largely responsible for launching the career of humorist David Sedaris. They met when Sedaris was reading a portion of his diary at a Chicago club.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Theodor Geisel (born March 2, 1904), a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, acquired his pseudonym as a student at Dartmouth. He was caught drinking with friends and, as punishment, was forced to drop out of his extracurricular activities. That didn’t stop him from continuing to write for the campus humor magazine using his mother’s maiden name, Seuss.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (born February 24, 1955) was adopted as a baby but reunited with his biological mother when he was 31. Jobs also met his sister, the author Mona Simpson, who later wrote a novel based on his life, A Regular Guy.
All I ever really want to know is how other people are making it through life—where do they put their body, hour by hour, and how do they cope inside of it.
Happy 41st birthday, Miranda July! The writer, artist, and filmmaker set up an online store in conjunction with the publication of her novel, The First Bad Man. It offered items mentioned in the book, including a dollar bill and bobby pin, which sold for $103.