Fear of the New

Sunday, June 15, 2008 – Fear of the New  

 

There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know. ~ Ambrose Bierce

 

When I was praised I lost my time, for instantly I turned around to look at the work I had thought slightly of, and that day I made nothing new. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall find something new. ~ Voltaire

 

Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them. ~ John Updike

 

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards. ~ Alberto Salazar

 

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 

While we deliberate about beginning it is all ready too late to begin. ~ Quintilian

 

It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

 

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first. ~ Blaise Pascal

 

Style ain’t nothing but keeping the same idea from beginning to end. Everybody got it. ~ August Wilson

 

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door. ~ Albert Camus

 

Almost everything comes from nothing. ~ Henry F. Amiel

 

In all matters, before beginning, a diligent preparation should be made. [In omnibus negotiis prius quam aggrediare, adhibenda est praeparatio diligens.] ~ Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero), De Officiis (I, 21)

 

First things first, second things never. ~ Shirley Conran

 

We live in a rainbow of chaos. ~ Paul Cézanne

 

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not yet invented. ~ Henry Miller

 

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. ~ A. A. Milne

 

Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done. ~ George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

 

When the wayfarer whistles in the dark, he may be disavowing his timidity, but he does not see any the more clearly for doing so. ~ Sigmund Freud

 

Women do not like timid men. Cats do not like prudent rats. ~ H.L. Mencken

 

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. ~ Robertson Davies

 

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. ~ Andre Gide