Quote About Working Hard

” Je härte ich arbeite, um so mehr Glück scheine ich zu haben.”

(The harder I work, the more luck I seem to have)

– Thomas Jefferson-

Quote on Writing

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

— Sylvia Plath

Near Schlossborn in the Taunus

Quote by Mark Twain in German

“Je mehr Vergnügen Du an Deiner Arbeit hast, umso besser wird sie bezahlt.”

(The more you enjoy your work, the more you get paid.)

– Mark Twain

Quote of the Day

Be proud of your pain, for you are stronger than those with none. – Lois Lowry

It’s a rare occasion for me to have actually met the author of a published quote. In this case, I have. Lois Lowry came as a guest speaker to Frankfurt International School (FIS) many years ago. At that time, we had a chance to talk – about both of our years spent in Japan (hers as a military child and mine much later as a young wife), and how she lost a son on military duty in Germany. Her son, a USAF major, was killed in the crash of his fighter plane in 1995.

This quote immediately brought her loss to mind.

More on that fateful day, 30 May, 1995, in the article Placing Blame at any Cost by Mark Thompson: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,135113,00.html

Her book, The Giver, for which she received the Newbery Medal, can be found here (for learners of English at B1 language proficiency level):

German Word for the Day: die Waldeinsamkeit

Waldeinsamkeit (lit: forest solitude) stands for the feeling of being alone in the woods, but it also implies our connection to nature and the universe.

Erst im Wald kam alles zur Ruhe in mir, meine Seele wurde ausgeglichen und voller Macht.

– – Knut Hamsun

It was only in the forest that everything came to rest, my soul became balanced and full of strength.

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