Sunbeams – The Sun Magazine May 2014

I subscribe to The Sun, an ad free (imagine that) magazine with a heavy emphasis on writing. Some journalism, some fiction, some interviews and stunning photography put together with the participation of a very active subscriber/writer base.

Seriously, if you enjoy writing, in any capacity, you should subscribe. It’s not always great, but it’s always good.

07_sunbeams_saddleAt the back of each issue is what they call “Sunbeams”, quotes from deities to laypeople. They’re amazing.

I received the May issue yesterday and on the way into work got to read Sunbeams. And for some of them were too good to not pass along:

There are two things over which you have complete dominion, authority and control – your mind and your mouth.

Molefi Kete Asante

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

Sydney J. Harris

A lot of you cared, just not enough.

– Jay Asher

And even when they refuse to listen, I’ll keep talking anyway, hoping on a slim chance that the things inside my head are worth something to someone.

Terry Eagleton

Normally, when you challenge the conventional wisdom – that the current economic and political system is the only possible one – the first reaction you are likely to get is a demand for a detailed architectural blueprint of how an alternative system would work, down to the nature of its financial instruments, energy supplies, and policies of sewer maintenance. Next, you are likely to be asked for a detailed program of how this system will be brought into existence. Historically, this is ridiculous. When has social change ever happened according to someone’s blueprint?

– David Graeber

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sunbeams is typically the first thing I read when I get The Sun each month. Which seems counterintuitive as it is literally the last page but it almost always makes the day just a little easier to muscle through.

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