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Distractions Quotes

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Patricia Highsmith
“My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people.”
Patricia Highsmith

Winston S. Churchill
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
Winston S. Churchill

Stephanie Perkins
“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting.The way he looked at you? He wasn't distracted. He was consumed.”
Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After

Sarah Rees Brennan
“He punched me in the face," Ash said, who understandably did not seem to find the situation humorous at all. "And then he yelled at me for sleeping with our personal trainer!"
"I was told breakup scenes were a good way to distract people," Jared said with beautiful simplicity.
"Ash looked so surprised," Holly said. "He had no idea what was going on. He said, 'I didn't sleep with our personal trainer! We don't even have a personal trainer!'"
Angela and Holly giggled. Ash held the back of his hand to his bleeding mouth and glared.
Jared was still grinning like a maniac. "In that case," he told Ash solemnly, "I will consider taking you back.”
Sarah Rees Brennan, Unspoken

C.S. Lewis
“In those days a boy on the classical side officially did almost nothing but classics. I think this was wise; the greatest service we can to education today is to teach few subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.”
C.S. Lewis

“Social media not only snatches your time, but it also teaches you attention deficiency.”
Neeraj Agnihotri, Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation from Procrastination

Dean Koontz
“Fire, ice, asteroids and pole shifts are bogeymen with which we distract ourselves from the real threat of our time. In an age when everyone invents his own truth, there is no community, only factions. Without community, there can be no consensus to resist the greedy, the envious, the power-mad narcissists who seize control and turn the institutions of civilization into a series of doom machines.”
Dean Koontz, Relentless

“Frequently we do not leave the past behind. We clasp on to it. We dissect it, and let fears for the future, tempered by the past, unconsciously prevent us from taking up the task eternal.”
Ray Simpson, Exploring Celtic Spirituality

Francesca Lia Block
“War is being reminded that you are completely at the mercy of death at every moment, without the illusion that you are not. Without the distractions that make life worth living.”
Francesca Lia Block, House of Dolls

Rainer Maria Rilke
“We lead our lives so poorly because we arrive in the present always unprepared, incapable, and too distracted for everything.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Life

“Procrasdemon is fighting hard to feed off of distractions and pleasures.”
Neeraj Agnihotri, Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation from Procrastination

Carlos Wallace
“I just follow God's lead. One step, one day and one opportunity at a time. The hardest part is not becoming distracted.”
Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity

“Procrastination is an eclipse to your true potential.”
Neeraj Agnihotri, Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation from Procrastination

Tom Robbins
“My bedroom is separated from the main body of my house so that I have to go outside and cross some pseudo-Japanese stepping stones in order to go to sleep at night. Often I get rained on a little bit on my way to bed. It’s a benediction. A good night kiss.

Romantic? Absolutely. And nothing to be ashamed of. If reality is a matter of perspective, then the romantic view of the world is as valid as any other - and a great deal more rewarding. It makes of life and unpredictable adventure rather that a problematic equation. Rain is the natural element for romanticism. A dripping fir is a hundred times more sexy than a sunburnt palm tree, and more primal and contemplative, too. A steady, wind-driven rain composed music for the psyche. It not only nurtures and renews, it consecrates and sanctifies. It whispers in secret languages about the primordial essence of things.

Obviously, then, the Pacific Northwest's customary climate is perfect for a writer. It's cozy and intimate. Reducing temptation (how can you possibly play on the beach or work in the yard?), it turns a person inward, connecting them with what Jung called "the bottom below the bottom," those areas of the deep unconscious into which every serious writer must spelunk. Directly above my writing desk there is a skylight. This is the window, rain-drummed and bough-brushed, through which my Muse arrives, bringing with her the rhythms and cadences of cloud and water, not to mention the latest catalog from Victoria's Secret and the twenty-three auxiliary verbs.

Oddly enough, not every local author shares my proclivity for precipitation. Unaware of the poetry they're missing, many malign the mist as malevolently as they non-literary heliotropes do. They wring their damp mitts and fret about rot, cursing the prolonged spillage, claiming they're too dejected to write, that their feet itch (athlete's foot), the roof leaks, they can't stop coughing, and they feel as if they're slowly being digested by an oyster.

Yet the next sunny day, though it may be weeks away, will trot out such a mountainous array of pagodas, vanilla sundaes, hero chins and god fingers; such a sunset palette of Jell-O, carrot oil, Vegas strip, and Kool-Aid; such a sea-vista display of broad waters, firred islands, whale spouts, and boat sails thicker than triangles in a geometry book, that any and all memories of dankness will fizz and implode in a blaze of bedazzled amnesia. "Paradise!" you'll hear them proclaim as they call United Van Lines to cancel their move to Arizona.”
Tom Robbins, Wild Ducks Flying Backward

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most people frequently waste their life, mostly in front of a screen.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The most frustrating thing in life is having a conversation with someone who never looks up from their cell phone. How did we get here?”
Sanita Belgrave

Ron Baratono
“The issue that’s causing you to lose sleep is the very issue that could turn out the exact opposite of what you’re thinking. Most of them do. When we understand this, and its natural foreseeing outcome; we can clear our minds to get a good night sleep. Living life day by day will serve you better through any of life’s false distractions.”
Ron Baratono

Douglas Lim
“He wants us to resist being charmed by the glitter of city lights and the potpourri of neon signs—some of the things the world uses to distract us. In its place, He wants us to seek only Jesus' dazzling light that shines in the deep niches of a believer's heart.”
Douglas Lim, Moments Remembered - A 30-Day Devotional for Families

“One thing that keeps us from excellence is distractions”
Malcolm Lewis

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Push notification’ is a euphemism for ‘pull attention’.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Colson Whitehead
“True faith is too serious to have room for the distraction of passion.”
Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist

Ron Baratono
“The issue that’s causing you to lose sleep is the very issue that could turn out the exact opposite of what you’re thing. Most of them do. When we understand this, and its natural foreseeing outcome; we can clear our minds to get a good night sleep. Living life day by day will serve you better through any of life’s false distractions.”
Ron Baratono

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Have we yet come to understand that if we missed the mark it was not for lack of aim? It was simply that we were aiming at something else.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Dan Desmarques
“Unfortunately, we live on a planet with many limitations — genetic, mental, physical, etc — and on top of that, we have our memory erased at birth, which I believe to be a very diabolical thing, even though many spiritualists see it as a positive thing. So in a way, being delusional does provide more comfort, which is why many people want it. Why think about growing old when I can just play video games and forget about it? And why not waste my time with as many distractions as possible?”
Dan Desmarques

Dan Desmarques
“True love is found only when paths cross, not from the angle of what is observed within a cognitive conceptualization but rather the angle of spiritual desire. It is in this outcome, manifested in a receiving through giving, gaining through offering and winning through losing, that you understand the mystery veiled by the emotions you have attracted. Then, and only then, you will understand the limitations of distance, time and location as merely distractions in the path to the ultimate goal, which is the fulfilling of your own faith. That faith is rewarded through the eyes that will reflect your own desires.”
Dan Desmarques

“Pleasure distracts us from the deeper Self.”
Bert McCoy

Karl Kristian Flores
“But he played music so loudly he could not hear his pain. He stunted his growth beneath a bass that decorated his aura and lyrics that hardened the glass parts of him. He was indeed an autumn leaf dipped in concrete. He wanted sound, any sound but his own thoughts. Ears that needed songs louder than the mind were ears afraid of what they might hear inside.”
Karl Kristian Flores, A Happy Ghost

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