Use what talent you possess the woods

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.  ~Author unknown, quoted in The Ladies Repository: A Monthly Periodical, Devoted to Literature, Arts, and Religion, September 1874, commonly misattributed to Henry Van Dyke and Henry David Thoreaualso sometimes misquoted as Use the talents you possess – for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best. walden.org/Library/Quotations/The_Henry_D._Thoreau_Mis-Quotation_Page

I cling to my imperfection as the

I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.  ~Anatole France (Jacques Anatole François Thibault), The Garden of Epicurus, 1894MBT

The human story does not always unfold

The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four.  Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye.  ~Winston Churchill, quoted in F.B. Czarnomski, The Wisdom of Winston Churchill, p59, speech, London, 7 May 1946HM

Ring the bells that still can ring

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.
~Leonard Cohen

The imperfections of a man his frailties

The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues.  You can’t separate them.  They’re wedded.  ~Henry MillerCUL

One minute was enough tyler said a

One minute was enough, Tyler said, a person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort.  A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.  ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

I want to stay as close the

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over.  Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.  ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Player Pianordqqoct01

He who hath not a dram of

He who hath not a dram of folly in his mixture hath pounds of much worse matter in his composition.  ~Charles LambCUL