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