If you perceive the universe as being a universe of abundance, then it will be. ~Milton Glaser
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Quotes!
If you think of the universe as one of scarcity, then it will be. I always thought that there was enough to go around -- that there are enough ideas in the universe and enough nourishment.
Brainpicker says about that quote:
The most powerful aspect of Milton Glaser’s ethos, one all the more necessary as a lifeboat amidst today’s flood of cynicism, is his unrelenting optimism — an essential antidote to the zero-sum-game mentality of success that plagues so much of our modern thinking
Born 84 years ago today, Milton Glaser — legendary mastermind of the famous I♥NY logo, author of delightful and little-known vintage children’s books, notorious notebook-doodler, modern-day sage of art and purpose — is celebrated by many as the greatest graphic designer alive. From How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer (public library) — the same fantastic anthology of conversations with creative icons that gave us Paula Scher’s slot machine metaphor for creativity and Massimo Vignelli on intellectual elegance, education, and love — comes a fascinating and remarkably heartening conversation that reveals the inner workings of this beautiful mind and beautiful spirit.
What E. B. White has done for writing — “A writer has the duty to be good, not lousy; true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error. He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down,” he memorably asserted — Glaser has done for the visual arts...
optimism is a grand thing. and e.b. white, that's a great quote! (nice use of semicolons, mr. elements of style!)
We don't see enough sentences with multiple semicolons, Emily.
And yes, I love optimism!
:) and it's contagious!
Optimism IS contagious, which is why it's good to spend time with optimistic people.
Also from Brainpicker:
Echoing Rilke’s counsel to live the questions, Richard Feynman’s advocacy of allowing for doubt, John Keats’s insistence on the power of “negative capability”, and Anaïs Nin’s faith in the richness of living with ambiguity, Glaser reflects on the immutable impermanence of everything, the very thing he once intuited in his childhood experience of sculpting and destroying his modeling clay creations:
There is no security in the world, or in life. I don’t mind living with some ambiguity and realizing that eventually, everything changes.
Eventually, EVERYTHING changes.