By Faran Fagen
“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
– From “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books of all time.
This time of year, as I set up my classroom, get my kids’ school supplies, and re-assess my writing goals, always tests my time management skills.
Every year, it all works out.
If you feel the same, you’ll enjoy these quotes about juggling and balance from writers, celebrities and other famous folks. See if you can guess who said what. A few of the authors are Benjamin Franklin, Ellen Degeneres and comedian Chris Rock. Enjoy!
“Life is a juggling act with your own emotions. The trick is to always keep something in your hand and something in the air.”
“Juggling and balancing effectively required that we make clear, legacy-driven choices about what we’re trying to keep in the air and how we sequence our movements down the beam. Because the ultimate grade in life is not based on how far and fast we’ve walked the beam or how many things we’ve juggled—it’s based on how much we’ve enjoyed the exercise.”
“Most of us have trouble juggling.
The woman who says she doesn’t is someone whom I admire but have never met.”
“Do three things well, not ten things badly.”
“I’m happy when I’m juggling, but I feel like I’ve gonefrom, like, 3 balls to 10 bowling balls. But, that’s a good problem. I don’t really have a complaint about that.”
“Juggling is sometimes called the art of controlling patterns, controlling patterns in time and space.”
“The fact of the matter is, when I’m on tour,
I’m juggling so hard to keep all the balls in the air that I don’t often get to really enjoy what I’m out there doing.”
“The world cannot be governed without juggling.”
“Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls,
some scenes you can juggle five balls.
The key is always to speak in your own voice.”
“Speak the truth.
That’s Acting 101.
Then you start putting layers on top of that.”
“My grandmother was a Jewish juggler:
she used to worry about six things at once.”
“A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.”
“Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways.
You learn to deal with crisis.
I’ve become a juggler, I suppose.”
“It’s all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do.”
“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.”
“The world cannot be governed without juggling”
“When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children.”
“Juggling is an illusion. … In reality, the balls are being independently caught and thrown in rapid succession. … It is actually task switching.”
“You need not feel guilty about not being able to keep your life perfectly balanced.”
“Juggling everything is too difficult. All you really need to do is catch it before it hits the floor.”
“Writing is one of the few careers for which you essentially train yourself, the other two major ones being juggling and acting.”
“I like being busy and juggling a lot of things at the same time. I get bored easily, so I need to do a lot.”
“I need to recharge creatively, and get off the clock of having to be somewhere just because, and having to keep juggling all these things.”
I’ll leave you with this quote about learning from mistakes. One of my favorites:
“Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness”-Sasha Guitry