People are made of stories

The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang — Subterranean Press

“People are made of stories. Our memories are not the impartial accumulation of every second we’ve lived; they’re the narrative that we assembled out of selected moments. Which is why, even when we’ve experienced the same events as other individuals, we never constructed identical narratives: the criteria used for selecting moments were different for each of us, and a reflection of our personalities. Each of us noticed the details that caught our attention and remembered what was important to us, and the narratives we built shaped our personalities in turn.”


Assorted religious quotes

Some very old, one quite new:

“It is no stranger for an atheist to live virtuously than it is strange for a Christian to live criminally. We see the latter sort of monster all the time, so why should we think the former is impossible?” – Peter Bayle

“We know the impression made on people’s minds by the idea that they are fighting for the preservation of their temples and altars … how courageous and bold we become when we fixate on the hope of conquering others by means of God’s protection, and when we are animated by the natural aversion we have for the enemies of our beliefs.” – Peter Bayle

“If the Multiplicity of Religions prejudices the State, it proceeds from their not bearing with one another but on the contrary endeavouring each to crush and destroy the other by methods of Persecution. In a word, all the Mischief arises not from Toleration, but from the want of it.” – Peter Bayle

“The cause of the worst crimes of Christians is repeatedly identified as false zeal, a passion that masquerades as the love of God but that really amounts to politico-religious partisanship mixed with hatred of anyone who is different.” – Michael W. Hickson

Something all writers should keep in mind

Italo Calvino:

“I began doing what came most naturally to me – that is, following the memory of the things I had loved best since boyhood. Instead of making myself write the book I ought to write, the novel that was expected of me, I conjured up the book I myself would have liked to read, the sort by an unknown writer, from another age and another country, discovered in an attic.”

Adam Grant, Ph D, on working at your peak production level

Dr. Grant is the youngest full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania – and the most productive. He has a good piece of advice that I think applies to all creative people:

“To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction.”

Yes, further evidence that multitasking is evil.

Miscellaneous Quotes

In no particlar order:

autopodóplo- shooting one’s own foot.- Remy Porter,

If you ask for yourself what you deny to others, your asking is a mockery. –St. Peter Chrysologus

Nations spend money on weapons and armies. When war becomes a business (as it has in much of the world these days), I think the need to show that “We’re getting value for our money” leads to a lot of wars. 😦 – David W. Jones

Motto of the Moravian Church: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, love”

An old English folksong:

Oh, for a booke and a shadie nooke,

Eyther in doore or out;

With the grene leaves whispering overhead

Or the street cryes all about;

Where I maie reade all at my ease,

Both of the newe and olde;

For a jollie goode booke whereon to looke

Is better to me than golde.

“While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance, and when he is dead, we rate them by his best.” Samuel Johnson

“Imitation, even of the best models, is my aversion; it is servile and mechanical, a trick that has enabled many to usurp the name of author, who could not have written at all, if they had not written upon the pattern of somebody indeed original.” William Cowper

Assorted quotes in no particular order

​”Mistake, mishap, and disaster are socially organized and systematically produced by social structures.” – Diane Vaughan

“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers will bring us to Him. When it becomes really necessary (i.e. for our spiritual life, not for controversy or curiosity) to know whether a particular passage is rightly translated or is Myth (but of course Myth specially chosen by God from among countless Myths to carry a spiritual truth) or history, we shall no doubt be guided to the right answer. But we must not use the Bible (our ancestors too often did) as a sort of Encyclopedia out of which texts (isolated from their context and read without attention to the whole nature and purport of the books in which they occur) can be taken for use as weapons.” – C. S. Lewis in a letter to Mrs. Johnson, written on November 8th 1952

“I think post-singularity AI is more likely to keep us as pets than exterminate us. They’ll have been initially programmed to help and protect humans, and will probably pass that imperative down to their descendants as a part of their culture. Based on this reasoning I conclude that cats invented humans.” – CarrieVS (@xaade) at

“In the name of Jesus, go forth and piss off the wolves wherever they show up; in your home, your school, the streets, the church, in City Hall—or in the White House.” – John Pavlovitz, Stuff That Needs To Be Said