Monday, June 18, 2012

Ideas or Feelings

Over the weekend I watched The Iron Lady where Meryl Streep plays an elderly Margaret Thatcher.  I was hoping for more of a historical documentary, so I was a bit disappointed that the movie was primarily about a confused old woman talking to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband. However, I was intrigued by this comment she makes to her dead husband.
People don’t think any more, they feel. One of the greatest problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas. Now, thoughts and ideas, that’s what interests me.
She then goes on to quote...
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
I've seen this quote attributed to various sources, including Ghandi, and it generally includes a first statement to "watch your beliefs for they become thoughts."  Either way, it is a good quote.

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