“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

I stumbled upon this quote recently reading the novel Shelter by Jung Yun. It’s the epitaph.  I think it’s beautiful. I just love the brevity and the message.

(Shelter’s great, too – I’ve only read chapter one, but it’s a hell of a first chapter!)



To kick off with something provocative here is my favourite quote, a gem from the American writer and humorist Jean Kerr:

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it’s just possible you haven’t grasped the situation.

She is of course satirizing Kipling’s famous poem ‘If’.  I can never understand why people say they find that poem inspiring?  I don’t, since it’s quite obvious that no one could possibly be as noble as he’s suggesting. If I’d been his son I would have curled up and died right there and then.

Please feel free to disagree!



2 thoughts on “Quotes

  1. “If” is too well known and satirized easily but it plainly speaks to ordinary people…and to me. I have known, too often, “the unforgiving minute to fill with 60 seconds worth of distance run” I wish I had written anything half so good!


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