As an aspiring writer, this quote really kicks me in the jewels. What does he mean by stand up to live? Live life? All of it? No one can possibly know everything. So do we just need to write about what we’ve lived through? Doubt Thoreau would say that. To me what Thoreau is saying here, in excellent parallel structure, is to keep an open mind and never seclude yourself from the world, no matter how important you think what you have to say is.
2) “One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings.”
The irony of quoting this quote really gets me. That’s all.
3) “I never think about the future. It comes soon enough.”
The older I get, the faster the future seems to arrive. I’ve guessed that it’s because adults can absorb more info at one time, and they think farther into the future. Maybe we shouldn’t be so stressed about what is to come and focus on what is right in front of us (cliché!).
4) “Being mediocre gets you absolutely nowhere in life.”
Eric was the editor-in-chief of my university’s newspaper the semester I worked for them, and at every weekly review of the paper, he would say something that stirred our little patriot journalist souls and rouse us to tackle the next week. I’m sure he’s not the first to say something like this, and he definitely won’t be the last, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend the rest of my life trying to get ahead. I love the idea of bettering myself, but it’s not a race. Eric’s rhetoric definitely did its job, the paper had an awesome semester, but I wouldn’t call these words to live by.
5) “I never trust anyone who’s more excited about success than about doing the thing they want to be successful at.”
These are definitely words to live by, and even apply to yourself, obviously in the career world but I’ll venture to extend it to relationships as well. So many girls I know will date just so they can be dating, and even I’ve done it before, but if you don’t care about the guy then what’s the point? Or going out with a group of friends you hate just so you can be hanging out with people. It’s lame. Enjoy what you do, not the shell of its side effects.