‘There are only two mistakes that one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way and not starting.’

Buddha

 

 

‘Find the song inside and sing it to the world.’

Anon

 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas, poet

 

The attached  clip is enough to break the clouds on the rainiest of days. Mind you, I think he’d be royally buggered if he hooked a big fish.

 
  • Writer Robert M Pirsig has his first book rejected by 121 publishers. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance went on to become a cross generational bestseller in 27 languages.
  • Young Frank Woolworth was told he ‘didn’t have enough common sense to serve the customers’ when he was working in a dry goods store. He went on to found Woolworths, one of the largest retail outlets in the 20th century.
  • US president Harry Truman was turned down by the US Army and Navy because of poor eyesight. His previous jobs included being a mailroom clerk and cinema usher.
  • JK Rowling was a single unemployed mother living on benefits when she began writing a book about a young magician called Harry Potter. She is now the world’s best selling author and one of the richest women in the UK.
  • One of Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita’s first products was an electric rice cooker which sold poorly because it tended to burn the food. The pair went on to co-found electronic giant Sony.
  • Stephen King’s wife saved the manuscript for his first book from the rubbish bin after the frustrated writer binned it after numerous rejections. Carrie went on to become a bestseller and was one of the biggest grossing horror films of the 1970s. King is now one of the world’s most prolific authors having written more than 30 bestsellers including the Oscar winning Misery.
 

To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

 Lord Tennyson

 

“You ain’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.”

Comment made to a young Elvis Presley fired after one performance.


“It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.’

Publisher’s comments about George Orwell’s Animal Farm.


“We don’t like their sound. Guitar music is on the way out.”

Major company dismissing an unsigned band called The Beatles.


“Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and become a dishwasher or something?”

Casting director’s comments about Oscar winning actor Sidney Poitier.


“He lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

An employee after sacking a young Walt Disney.


“I’m sorry, Mr Kipling. You don’t know how to use the English language.”

Editor of the San Francisco Examiner dismissing the novelist of Kim.


“I was considered by all my masters and my father to be a very ordinary boy rather below the common standard of intellect.”

Charles Darwin, author of On the Origin of Species

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