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20 quotes on IDEAs

1. “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” – Albert Einstein

2. “If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo May

3. “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” – Oscar Wilde

4. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck

5. “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.” – Linus Pauling

6. “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

7. “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead

8. “A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” – Ovid

9. “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

10. “No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

11. “Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.” – Thomas Edison

12. “It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.” – Charles Peguy

13. “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.” – Emile Chartier

14. “I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.” – Samuel Goldwyn

15. “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” – Charles Dickens

16. “Why is it I always get my best ideas while shaving?” – Albert Einstein

17. “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

18. “The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.” – Henry Ford

19. “Capital isn’t that important in business. Experience isn’t that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas.” – Harvey Firestone

20. “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” – Mary Kay Ash


What is wrong with John Grisham…?

…or is it just me?

I am giving him a second chance to impress me and captivate me in a similar way The Hunger Games series, to entertain me like Douglas Adams’es or P.G.Wodehouse’s works, to teach me things about myself like Ray Bradbury, to enrich my vocabulary like J.K.Rowling did or… to do anything to withhold me from regretting I lost precious hours of my life trying to find why is he so famous of his writings.

It does not work as he does nothing for me. I am somehow not buying the style, the whole package – the “insight” in the world of law, lawyers, solicitors, attorneys, barristers, judges and who-not-among-them; the cheesy American dream, the working 80 hours a week rookie that will eventually become a partner and on his way to the top will meet vile-tempered people but will fight them with his impeccable moral code and will always remain the good boy, the hero who will leave the scene and begin a brand new lawyer’s life in some other firm (already waiting for him). Mhm. Too everything-is-on-the-surface. Too over-the top.

My first John Grisham novel was “The Associate”. A true bore. Back in my senior year at the university I had to translate it for one of my exams. It took me good three months of struggle and I got the feeling some nevrons might have died in the battle.

I hated all Grisham-related talks ever since up until very recently when I decided to give him a second chance. This time with “The Firm”. 25% now (Kiki-reading) and nothing thrilling happened. Yes, the guy met with an FBI agent. So what? I am pondering over should I lose time for the next  75% or I should call it a day (in this case a novel) and go back to the readings I enjoy…?

What is your Grisham experience?

Have I taken a wrong turn or is he just the male version of the chick-lit without its humour and lightheartedness?

Still wondering is it him or is it me,

Shh, she’s writing

..and then reading it. And then writing again.

If you feel that you could use some music to shut out from the outer world (and noises) and have some concentration, here you have a wonderful mix of instrumentals to help you. My favourite contemporary classic, Ludovico Einaudi:


Writingly yours,

I don’t believe in tests…


A couple of days ago I posted an interesting online based vocabulary test and my result of 17.000.

Yesterday I got back to it and did the test once again (as you may have expected, I know the same set of words), BUT this time I checked different post-vocabulary fileds. Instead of “All of my subjects were in English” (or sth of the kind) I checked that I no more learn English and that I stopped about an year ago (true fact). On the additional questions (this time there were much more – I checked that I read, speak, and write a lot: with one word communicate a lot in English (the truth). Guess what, this time my result was not 17.000 but 23.500.

So, I decided to take another test and to see what would my n:

Found this one:

Result: 50.052

Pff, what should that mean?

For one it surely means that the tests are lost on me. The lot of them and all the pals, mates, and peers they might have.

I remembered how we once had that perfect candidate for the place of attorney in our office. He got 100/100 on each and every test but turned to be a weird psycho bloke post-hiring. He did know the matter but had no clue how to use it.

So, I’ll stop with tests and will continue with reading, speaking and writing a lot and…

come what may.

Your remaining-untested-in-the-future,

Thou rank, hasty-witted bugbear

Do you have a random acquaintance or a smug, priggish colleague that you wish you could [insert swearing here] but you just keep a stiff upper lip and walk away?

Here are some praiseworthy ideas for you that I bet they would not even understand (shouted or muttered under your breath):

(click to download)

Shakespeare’s insult kit

The memory be green,

Quote of the day

I have a realistic grasp of my own strengths and weaknesses. My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind … and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” Tyrion tapped the leather cover of the book. “That’s why I read so much, Jon.”

Tyrion Lannister, The Imp

How many words do you know?

A nice tool that claims to access your English command (or, at least a rough estimate number of words that you may know):

Test your Vocab

  • 1,500–3,000 words: a couple of years of English courses
  • 4,000–7,000 words: intermediate English (4–6 years)
  • 8,000–10,000 words: advanced English (8 years) for a particularly good student

Anything much beyond 10,000 words generally only comes from living abroad in an English-speaking country for a significant period of time, or else spending tremendous amounts of one’s own time exposed to English media (books, sitcoms, movies, etc.).

Mine are about 17.000 – 23.500*

*Did it once again, same words, different check ot the additional questions after the words.

Not bad for a non-native speaker, huh 😉

What is your result (no cheating, please 🙂 ) ?

Targeting 30 000,

Reading equals life

Passion. Hunger. Need.

I wake up and one motion I do –  a book I reach out for. Eyes still closed, I caress its cover, my door to imagination. The first thing in morning, the last thing at night. More than love. Sometimes an obsession. Reading is what gives me the drive, the motivation, the strive to live. Another world I submerge into. Hundreds of thousands of billions of ideas, of minds, of stories.  In some of them I may find just a teeny-tiny piece of useful information, others could read my mind and expose me head to toe, naked to them, as if they had been written for myself and only me in the world. Good books tell us what we already know but hesitate to confess – our deepest concerns, fears, loves and hopes. Our selves.  

I dream about libraries and the soft, vanilla-like scent of books, centuries talks about life and the adventure of living and loads of dedicated to writing souls to show you the way.

I do not care about night clubs or posh meeting places, as long as I had a nice reading, blanket (and a cuppa tea).

Take books away from me  and I will feel lost and confounded. Alone. Deserted.

Bring them back and I will breathe and smile again.

What does reading mean to you?

Shhh, I am taking a book,

so please write silently

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