Thursday, January 17, 2008
Two of my favorite philosophers
An uncanny likeness, don't you think?
I cannot take credit for this observation, however --- It was my friend Alison who pointed it out to me, and one quick google search later, I found these two images, which I could not resist sitting side by side. I should mention that I actually think Ellen is quite attractive, but isn't it amazing what happens when you place her next to Thoreau? She looks much better next to Portia de Rossi. And then of course, there are some of my favorite quotations by each of them:
Henry David Thoreau...
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
Human beings only use ten percent of their brains. Ten percent! Can you imagine how much we could accomplish if we used the other sixty percent?
In the beginning there was nothing. God said "Let there be light!" And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.
I'm a godmother, that's a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me god for short, that's cute, I taught her that.
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
and the motto by which I've lived most of my adult life:
I don't need a baby growing inside me for nine months. For one thing, there's morning sickness. If I'm going to feel nauseous and achy when I wake up, I want to achieve that state the old fashioned way: getting good and drunk the night before.
See how they have the same powers of observation, too?