Eloquent Words: FDR

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A shot of the wonderful FDR Memorial in DC.

“I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.”

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”

“The constant free flow of communication amount us-enabling the free interchange of ideas-forms the very bloodstream of our nation. It keeps the mind and body of our democracy eternally vital, eternally young. ”

“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Franklin’s illness…gave him strength and courage he had not had before. He had to think out the fundamentals of living and learn the greatest of all lessons – infinite patience and never ending persistence.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

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Reasonable Words, Seth Godin: It’s Not About You

Nice advice from Seth Godin’s blog on choosing not to make yourself miserable needlessly.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/06/its-not-about-you.html

The graphic design on this 1995 campaign for ENO was superb (as is most of their design, check out their web site). The underlying message, a little dodgy.
The graphic design on this 1995 campaign for ENO was superb (as is most of their design, check out their web site). The underlying message, a little dodgy.

Part of it is acknowledging that not all things are for all people, particularly when it comes to cultural activities. A few years back, English National Opera did a campaign called Everybody Needs Opera (playing on their acronym).  God knows I’m an opera evangelist, and during that campaign I worked for a trade and educational organization that promoted opera, so I was sympathetic to the sentiment. But it was a silly campaign; being open to giving everything a chance is one thing. But my life or yours is not necessarily impoverished by the lack of a specific enthusiasm, nor is your life less enriched by my inability to connect with all of your passions and interests.