Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift


Fall down seven times, get up eight.

-Japanese proverb


Every man dies. Not every man lives.

-William Wallace


They do not love that do not show their love.

-William Shakespeare


The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

-Eleanor Roosevelt


If you make a mistake today, it’s an excellent omen — a sign that you’re really going for it. You deserve a little credit for that, right? Maybe even a non-ironic pat on the back.

-Holiday Mathis, Horoscope, StarTribune, 10-09-2018


Art is never finished, only abandoned.

-Leonardo da Vinci


Life has many ways of testing a person’s will — either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.

-Paulo Coelho


There is a need for people knowing about their shadow, because there must be somebody who does not project. They ought to be in a visible position where they would be expected to project and unexpectedly they do not project! They can thus set a visible example which would not be seen if they were invisible.

-Carl Jung, The Essential Jung (1983)


Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

The Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

Alice: “I don’t much care where—”

The Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

Alice: “—so long as I get somewhere.”

The Cat: “Oh, you’re sure to do that … if you only walk long enough.”

-Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)


It’s really the belief. Not just thinking every day, but believing every day that what you’re doing is right and that you’re going to achieve what you’re looking to achieve. It’s not going to happen right away. But if you truly believe it, it’s going to happen.

-Connor Hellebuyck as told to Jared Clinton, “The Peg’s Perfectionist,” The Hockey News, 2018-2019 Yearbook