Sometimes after a relatively quiet weekend spent reading and writing and puttering, I feel recharged and full of ideas I’m hot to share. And sometimes Sunday evening rolls around and I realize that I got nothin’ whatsoever, and find myself casting around wildly for some kind of motivation. Not inspiration, particularly—the inspiration will come if I just find something worth thinking about and start plugging away. But on a Sunday night, without the adrenaline of the workweek or the need to prove anything to anyone, getting started can be an issue.
Which is why I wish Sloshsplot, “the online home of offline nightlife,” would sell their Mark Twain Motivational Posters. I’m of the generation raised on those things, from “Hang in there baby, Friday’s coming” inside my grade-school locker onward. And who’s more quotable on matters of the mundane than Mr. Clemens?
Character: “Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.” So far, so good. My favorite, I think, is Free Will: “I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t.”
And of particular value to people on the internet everywhere, Twain on Attributes: “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.”
(via Hayden’s Ferry Review Blog.)