Points to Pon­der

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Contents - BY CHRISTINA PALASSIO

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,

to Pitch­fork

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.


on Twit­ter

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

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