Quote #659 - Brick Walls #BrickWalls
23 Feb, 2015
"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They're there to stop the other people."
"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Thomas Alva Edison
Patience (last week's mmq)
is only of value when coupled with effort.
I mean, you can stand in front of a brick wall for a long, long time
and it won't just disappear because you want it to
(even if you visualize it, Werner Erhard).
Common and John Legend and Patricia Arquette
all stood up at last night's Oscars
and said some important truths
that needed to be heard and were.
So did the women on the red carpet who
--when asked about their wardrobe choices and dress designers--
answered with what they're working on
and what they're working for.
I just finished writing two short plays about
women up against brick walls
(biographical, for 365 Women a Year)
and I realize, looking back on my writing,
that this is the most prevalent theme in my work,
even in these Monday Morning Quote pieces
now extending back about 15 years
every single Monday morning.
They're all about those brick walls:
Historical belief systems.
All the brick walls we struggle against,
internally and externally.
But they're not there to stop us.
They're there for us to figure out what we're made of.
They're there for us to find a way through, around, over, under,
and thereby carve out not just a path
but a life.