By Kurt Vonnegut Jr., John Bartlett
For a hundred and fifty years humans have appeared to Bartlett's prevalent Quotations for knowledge, thought, and natural enjoyable. right here now's a chic new number of the easiest recommendation ever given, inspiring phrases from the world's wisest women and men.
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Across these years, I found restoration again and again at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, and I was fortunate to retreat there for a last, cathartic edit. The Birchwood Café in Minneapolis is my enduring place of local, momentary retreat, and many of the words in here have spent time there with beautiful local food, wine, coffee, and company. My incredible and beloved team of comrades at On Being is a source of everyday joy and inspiration. Our move to independent enterprise in 2013 delayed and complicated the writing of this book, but it ultimately unleashed a creativity, joy, and integrity that I had not known in my working life before.
And they also are drawn towards language that shimmers, individual words with power. They will stop you and ask you to repeat a shimmering word if they’re hearing it for the first time. You can see it in their faces. I have a young son too—can you think of one of those words? Well, actually, if they were right here, they would love hoodwinked and bamboozled. People sometimes ask me when they read poems that have an “I” in them that seems to be autobiographical—people are interested in the details.
And in an immersive 24/7 news cycle, we internalize the deluge of bad news as the norm—the real truth of who we are and what we’re up against as a species. But our world is abundant with beauty and courage and grace. I’m aware of a growing aspiration to attend, with all the tools we have at hand, to the human change that makes social change possible. The digital world, though a new Wild West in many ways, is on some basic level simply another screen on which we project the excesses and possibilities of life in flesh and blood.
Bartlett's Words to Live By: Advice and Inspiration for Everyday Life by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., John Bartlett