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Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's Thoughtful Thursday!

Today is Thoughtful Thursday. Thoughtful Thursday is my day to sit and think. Right now I'm sitting here thinking what the heck do I post at BookOrBust.


The Republican Convention is going on. But I am not political. Besides, those thoughts are private. Nobody knows what side of the political fence I stand. It's my secret. Come seven-year locusts, plague, famine, or world war, no matter what happens, I intend to keep it that way. So nix that political blog post think thing.

Recently, I saw an old acquaintance, someone I hadn't seen in a long long time. I could write about that. But already I forgot that person's name; what that person looked like. Heck, I barely caught a glimpse. And what, if anything, could I possibly write about that event that could possibly be of interest to a reader. So I won't and I will -- forget about what I already forgot about.

By the way, yesterday I got a call from an editor of a children's magazine. She says her magazine maybe *operative word, maybe* interested in my non-fiction article, the one I submitted one week ago. She says if I am willing to submit rewrites she can maybe push my work into Phase 2, for possible acceptance. Hmmm, maybe I will write about that.

Thinking is hard for me. Kind of like squeezing a grape and expecting diamonds to drop out. But come to think of it, when I really put on my thinking cap and think hard, what comes to my mind is a list of favorite quotations on favorite topics, like posting quotations on common sense and using good common sense when thinking about politics and selecting a person for high office; good common sense when meeting up with a stranger and remembering to forget why you stopped seeing that person; and using good common sense when pondering edits on a manuscript.

In honor of the above, and none of the above, on this Thoughtful Thursday, I offer a few of my favorite quotations all about common sense.

I hope they motivate and inspire you.

I hope they give you cause to pause and think deep thoughts.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed posting them:

"Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it."
--George Carlin

"Things do not change. We change."--Henry David Thoreau

“People are in one of two states in a relationship. The first is what I call positive sentiment override, where positive emotion overrides irritability. It’s like a buffer. Their spouse will do something bad, and they’ll say, ‘Oh, he’s just in a crummy mood.’ Or they can be in negative sentiment override, so that even a relatively neutral thing that a partner says gets perceived as negative.”--Malcolm Gladwell, from his book, "Blink."

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results."--An old boyfriend

"Common sense is calculation applied to life."--Henri Frederic Amiel

"Common sense is seeing things as they are, and doing things as they should be done."

"Common sense is not so common."--Voltaire

That's it. That's all she wrote. I think.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna

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3 comments: said...

I've always been partial to Voltaire...

Martha J. M. Orlando said...

Your post came at a most interesting juncture as I've been thinking, thinking, thinking about what I'll write for my Tuesday post (Friday's is ready to go!). :) Loved the quotes, too! I think the one you've attributed to a former boyfriend was penned by Albert Einstein. You might want to check?
Blessings for a long Labor Day weekend, Linda!

LindaDellaDonna said...

Thank you for stopping by BookOrBust to read today's post. That was most thoughtful. lol

Voltaire is a favorite of mine. As for Einstein being the author that quote, I'll bet he was. I did a google search as in who said...? but it came up unknown. Thank you, Martha, for helping set the record straight.