The test of one’s decency is how much of a fight one can put up after one has stopped caring.Willa Cather
"A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity."
To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.Eleanor Roosevelt
Final Interstellar trailer.
One of her closest cast members is Poehler, whom she considers a mentor as well as one of her best friends. ‘She teaches me things every day, and the way that she has aged in her career and her life is exactly how I’d want to do it,’ she says. ‘She’s taught me how important female relationships are. That men come and go – husbands, boyfriends, whatever – but female relationships last for ever, and it’s important to cultivate them and be precious about them. It’s sisters before misters.’Aubrey Plaza (x)
My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want— and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.Nicki Minaj
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice trailer.
Withnail & I is getting a restoration and theatrical re-release. This is the best news in months.
September 28, 1948: Eleanor Speaks in Favor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On this day in 1948, United Nations delegate and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt delivered a speech in Paris entitled, “The Struggle for Human Rights.” Her goal was to create a sense of unity among nations through the common principles of the Declaration, a document that she helped draft and approve. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved by the UN General Assembly that December.
Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt with the English version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Wikimedia Commons
I’m watching the Roosevelts documentary for the second time, before the streaming expires, and I’m struck by how little I previously understood about Eleanor Roosevelt as an individual. She was, in a single inadequate word, extraordinary. I now have about six biographies on my “books to buy” list.
"I have a Masters in history, a Masters in anthropology, and a PhD in education."
"What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?"
(Mexico City, Mexico)
"It’s death by a thousand cuts. Every day you’re faced with some comment, some snide remark, some inability to get a name on a research paper. And with an accumulation of those experiences, women tend to walk with their feet."