Samara O'Shea

Words of the Weekend

I was in Manhattan this past weekend and stayed in Battery Park City with my friend Mickey. He lives a stone’s throw away from One World Trade Center (formerly known as The Freedom Tower). It’s about 80 floors right now—scheduled to be finished at the end of 2012. It will be the tallest building in the US when complete. I was in my apartment in Queens on September 11, 2001. I can’t believe it’s been ten years!

Mickey is a man of quotes. He has quotes all over his apartment—on his fridge, on the bookshelf, and even on the backside of the front door. Before I left I copied down my favorites:

“To acquire knowledge, on must study; but to acquire wisdom one must observe.”
~ Marilyn vos Savant

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” ~ Lena Horne

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Mickey also has a massive book collection. I left with a nonfiction work called Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton. I can’t wait to dive in. I’ll report back on my findings.