Archive for the ‘Thought of the Day’ Category

Nothing takes the Place of Persistence

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence alone is omnipotent.

— Calvin Coolidge

Persistence is omnipotent. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Persistence is omnipotent. www.walled-in-berlin.com

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com. Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

 

 

 

How to motivate an individual

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

Is Life Really Black and White?

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

 

The ignorance of the world often makes people believe that life should be black and white – that you must choose sides – and so the world of colorful gradients goes unadmired.

— A. J. Darkholme

 

Fave beans in black and white. Think about how much color might have added to this picture. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Fava beans in black and white. Think about how much color might have added to this picture. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

 

 

 

Life is like a piano

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness. The black keys represent sadness. But as you go through life, remember that the black keys make music too.

— Anonymous

Life is like a piano. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Life is like a piano. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com

The world is a dangerous place

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The world is a dangerous place to live in, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

— Albert Einstein

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com

Living on Earth is Expensive

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

— Anonymous

Living on Earth is Expensive. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Living on Earth is Expensive. www.walled-in-berlin.com

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com

The control paradox

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

 

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.

— Steve Maraboli

Relax. You are not in control anyway. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Relax. You are not in control anyway. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

 

The Hope of Freedom

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.

— Pearl S. Buck

Birds enjoying their freedom. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2016. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Birds enjoying their freedom. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2016. www.walled-in-berlin.com

We could learn a lot from Crayons

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

We could learn a lot from crayons: Some are sharp, some are dull, some are pretty, some are colorful. But they all fit very nicely into the same box.

— Anonymous

Crayons get along. Can't we? www.walled-in-berlin.com

Crayons get along. Why can’t we? www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

 

How to recognize a truly happy person

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

 

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

— Anonymous

A truly happy person can enjoy this sight even on a detour. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www.walled-in-berlin.com

A truly happy person can enjoy this sight even on a detour. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www.walled-in-berlin.com