Friday, May 25, 2012

Quotes and Cookies: Everyone's a Genius


“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”

~Albert Einstein


I love Albert Einstein. I think I love him a little more because of this quote. We are all geniuses! Just at completely different things. And I think it is SO important to figure out what those things are that we're geniuses at. Those are our talents, and we're supposed to develop them! Make them shine. Sometimes it's hard to figure out what our writing strengths are. If we rock at writing life-like characters, or an engaging plot, or an enticing setting, or a sweeping epic or the intricacies of a political structure, or the dynamics of a family, or writing with lyrical language-- we need to figure that out.

No one wants to feel stupid trying to climb a tree with fins. So once you realize you're a fish, swim! Then work to be the best darn swimmer in the sea. (And if you figure out that you're actually a spider monkey, then by all means, get climbing that tree!)

Photo Credit and link for Whipped Bakeshop

Have a fantastic weekend!

32 comments:

Steph Sessa said...

This quote is awesome! It really puts things into perspective. Also that fish cookie is adorable!

Cristina said...

this quote is brilliant, the man must have been a genius or something :)
have an awesome weekend :)

Tara Tyler said...

perfect! we are not all created equal! let children find out what they are good at and learn what they need to build on it! (our us scores would rocket!)

Joshua said...

Oh that crafty Einstein. Mmm...more cookies.

Paige Kellerman said...

Must. Have. Fish cookie.

Laura Marcella said...

I love this quote!! I tweeted it a couple weeks ago. It was hard getting it down to 140 characters, LoL. But I managed!! I love the idea that we're all geniuses, too.

Delia said...

This is one of my favorite quotes ever! Love Albert. And the cookie is adorable.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I see this quote everywhere. And I like the fish cookie. It looks tasty.

S.P. Bowers said...

Love that quote! Thanks for the uplift.

Kristine said...

Wow! I think this is my new favorite quote. Very awesome.

Elana Johnson said...

This is so true. Like, I am a genius at ordering pizza. Ha!

Also, I WANT THIS COOKIE.

Clarissa Draper said...

I agree. We all have our strengths and it's important to remind ourselves of them to avoid discouragement.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Great quote!

I want that cookie! Oh my goodness, yum!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

This is a great post. I need to get better at figuring out what I'm really good at and enhance those strengths...that's what I'm working on right now.

Imogen said...

That means even I'm a genius! Wow, I'm really liking this quote. And this fish is so cute. Can I take it home?

Lan said...

It's so hard to remember you're a genius when the writer paranoia strikes. Thanks for the reminder Peggy! That cookie is the coolest thing Ive ever seen. People are so creative!

Carrie Butler said...

I cannot stop staring at that cookie. It's so bright and colorful. I love it! :D

Have a great weekend!

The Golden Eagle said...

Great quote! The right expectations and knowing what you're good at are a big help. :)

Leslie Pugh said...

I love that quote! Gives me hope that I'm not completely terrible at everything. :) Can a person be a genius at grilled cheese grilling and Sunday nap taking?

Annalisa Crawford said...

What a lovely reassuring quote. I'm not good a climbing trees without fins though!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

That is a beautiful cookie! And if I could figure out what (if anything) I'm good at, I would be happy to. Alas, there are a lot of days when I don't think any form of writing is on the list. I am very good at eating cookies though! :)

Daisy Carter said...

What an excellent post! LOVE this quote!

Libby said...

Great fish cookie, and an even better quote.

Jeff King said...

I want that cookie... thx for the quote.

E.D. said...

Einstein definitely had a way with words too!

Julie said...

Love this! Such a great post ( :

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

LOVE! And boy is that cookie yummy looking. :)

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Good advice Peggy! We should all use what we're good at and not waste time trying to be what we are not! Love the quote and the fishy cake!!!

Tonja said...

Very true. Great quote.

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LisaAnn said...

Love this quote, and love being back in the world of blogging. I have missed you!

Paul Tobin said...

Great quote and uplifting post. I know I can swim! Cracking cookie as well.