Points to Ponder
I do not owe it to never have a snarky comment to anybody. I do not owe it to people to have a frontal lobotomy.
Former Prime Minister
KIM CAMPBELL, responding to criticism for publicly criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump
I definitely fell in love with this seal … all of a sudden here’s a top predator, and not only are you getting to see it, it’s interacting with you, it’s trying to force-feed you penguins, it’s trying to take care of you. It’s a very, very humbling thing.
Photographer and biologist PAUL
NICKLEN on the relationship he built with a
leopard seal, on NPR
I love the feeling of being part of a collective spirit.
One of my all-time favourite quotes is: “When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘we,’ even
illness becomes wellness.”
Actress, writer and producer JENNIFER PODEMSKI, in The Globe and Mail
I think people think that because I’ve had success that I’m confident 100 per cent of the time. But I’m not always confident.
Love It or List It’s JILLIAN HARRIS,
in Hello! Canada
With social media, people assume your life is perfect from pictures, but there are so many challenges. We don’t sleep a lot, we hope to God that we’re doing this parenting thing right and we’re constantly asking ourselves whether all of this work is worth it. We’re very lucky, but it’s definitely not perfection.
in Toronto Life
I have an expression: if you’re always right, you’re wrong. Because you’ve never taken that step off that might be a little different.
ISSY SHARP, founder of the Four Seasons hotel chain, in The Globe and Mail
Understanding someone artistically is one of the most powerful things you can be involved in.
Musician KEVIN DREW,
I think democracy depends on a sense of what I call “citizen efficacy” in a large number of people—a sense that there’s somewhere you can go, some levers you can push, some votes you can make, and that revivifies democracy.
Philosopher CHARLES TAYLOR, on
CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition
Landed in Newfoundland and was taken by someone I’d never met to someone else I’d never met’s house for lobster and rum. That’s hospitality! Or kidnapping.
Comedian DEEANNE SMITH,
When I was teaching at a university, a fellow faculty member shot a question at me during a staff meeting: when did I plan on getting pregnant? On other occasions, I was asked how I wanted to be treated: as a woman or as a scientist. Later, when I asked a university official why I was being paid in the bottom 10th percentile, I was told it was because I was a woman.
Minister of Science KIRSTY DUNCAN
on the gender gap in science, in The Globe and Mail
Part of my working theory on comedy—and maybe just all art— is that it’s supposed to feel like an inside joke, but you’re supposed to try to get everyone to feel like they’re in on the inside joke.
Twitter celebrity JONATHAN SUN,
author of the book Everyone’s a Aliebn When
Ur a Aliebn Too