Quote Tarot

Oct. 7th, 2008 07:52 pm
vesta_aurelia: Fangirl your Armor (minerva in mist)
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So this whole "people I know having medical crises" thang can Stop Right Now.
Just. Sayin'.

B with her pituitary tumor, D with ALS, M with his brain cancer, J with her car crash, D with her colitis....I sure hope Hallmark appreciates the money!

I never really thought I was very empathic until people I know started hurting. Then I realized that I've just pushed away most folks so I didn't feel so torn up the middle, so much and so often. Bleargh. (And it really is torn -- like my ribcage is corrugated cardboard and someone's just grabbing one side and pulling... Quite unpleasant, really.)

I'm coping okay with it. It just takes me a little more time and energy to sit back and say to myself Perspective!  *snort*  Hey, it works most of the time, so don't knock it.

I've been reading this book called "The Secret of Letting Go" by a guy named, appropriately, Guy (Finley). Very helpful. There are certain phrases he uses that I have underlined and have copied over to my Quote Tarot.

Quote Tarot? you ask.
Ahhh, Grasshopper!

I have an old recipe box full of index cards. Contained on each card is one quote (duly cited). I do a random draw from the Quote Tarot whenever I feel vexed or pressed. (I understand that some people do this with the christian bible...) My Quote Tarot is filled with pagans (yay Seneca!), authors (yay Bujold!), philosophers (yay William James!) and ordinary folks (yay Sophie Veritas!). Random pulls from the Quote Tarot:

"A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace" -- Ovid
"We tell ourselves stories as a dress rehearsal for life" -- MaryAnne, Flights of Fancy
"The present winter is worth an age, if rightly employed" -- Thomas Paine
"Nothing is mere-- Richard Feynman
"The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart" -- Miles Vorkosigan/Lois McMaster Bujold
"Promises aren't things you give to people; they're things you ask of yourself" -- Sophie Veritas

I'm always looking for new, meaningful quotes for the Quote Tarot. Got a suggestion?

Date: 2008-10-08 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymathea.livejournal.com
"Alvays remember - any plan vere you lose you hat is a *bad plan*" - Jaegermonster philosophy, Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio


Date: 2008-10-08 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maevebran.livejournal.com
I have a caligraphy project I'm going to get to one of these days with quotes for an office if I get one as a writer. Some of these will be Bible verses.
Some of my favorites.
"When the going gets wierd, the weird turn Pro." Hunter S. Thompson.

"Obsessive people tend to do extraoridinary things." Christian Bale

"As always, mean what you say, and (damn it!) say what you mean. " Michael Shanks.

Date: 2008-10-08 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elfie-chan.livejournal.com
"Defend the small spaces, don't run with scissors, and remember that there is often an unexpected chocolate...And never resist a perfect moment." --Terry Pratchett, _Thief of Time_.

Words to live by.

Also, from the same book:

"Look, that's why there's rules, understand? So that you think before you break 'em." --Terry Pratchett, _Thief of Time_.

I'm fond of Terry Pratchett for pithy quotes to ponder.

Date: 2008-10-08 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kargashina.livejournal.com
"People need their fictions" -- Jane Brown ( my schoolmate's mom)

Date: 2008-10-08 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ariadne3.livejournal.com
"This wasn't Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood..." Albert Bandura, developmental theorist, on his summer working in the muskeg, in reference to the characters encountered there. ("I remember flying into Whitehorse in a military plane...then taking a bus to the base camp. As I got off the bus at 2 a.m., they were loading someone into the ambulance. I asked if someone was injured. The denizens of the camp replied, 'Hell no, that's our cook. He drank all the lemon extract for the alcohol, so we have to take him in to get his stomach pumped out.'" (Bandura, interview, unspecified by web source, frustratingly enough.))

Date: 2008-10-08 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ariadne3.livejournal.com
Oh yes, and: "The pig is in the Burma-Shave?!" (Bill, mishearing me say "the pig is in the drawer of shame.")

Date: 2008-10-08 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fjorlief.livejournal.com
"Time is a dressmaker, specialising in alterations"
- Faith Baldwin

(I want to paint this one over the sewing room door.)


"If you don't like having choices made for you, you should start making your own"
- Neil Stephenson

Date: 2008-10-08 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightshadowsky.livejournal.com
Ok, i have lots of random quotes, but they're all the bizarre stuff i'm hoarding as dares for Nanowrimo. Not sure if that's the kind of uplifting you're looking for. :)

quote tarot...from the 14th Dalai Lama

Date: 2008-10-08 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avalaine.livejournal.com
If the blessed Buddha cannot please all sentient beings, then how could I? Even an enlightened being, with limitless knowledge and power and the wish to save all others from suffering, cannot eliminate the individual karma of each being.

quote tarot...

Date: 2008-10-08 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avalaine.livejournal.com
No joke this was in my fortune cookie at dinner...

In order to live the life you love, you must love the life you live.

From my cat...

When playing with something and it ceases to be fun...growl to let them know your irritated, smack it to let them know you are done, and go nap in a sunbeam to show them that all is right in your world.

Date: 2008-10-08 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sjusts.livejournal.com
"Never put off until tomorrow what you can get someone else to do today"

"Handle stressful situations like a dog. If you can't eat it or play with it, Just pee on it and walk away."

Somewhere I have a file folder filled with quotes and sayings but it has to be in a box somewhere. Life is so fun when half of everything you own is in a storage locker.


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