Friday, October 30, 2009

to-may-to, to-motto

While perusing Cornell University's English Department website today, I came across the following quote, which I have since written on our chalkboard and adopted into my growing list of graduate school application slogans:

"To pretend I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend."
-Jacques Derrida

This gives me hope: if I can just continue to act like I know what I'm doing for the next five-to-seven years, I'll magically end up with a dissertation and a fancy title at the end.

Other (less snobbishly academic) mottos-o'-mine*:

"Whoa! Dream big."

Trying hard now
it's so hard now
trying hard now

Getting strong now
won't be long now
getting strong now

Gonna fly now
flying high now
gonna fly, fly, fly...."
-The "Rocky" Theme Song

*Being unsure of the plural of "motto," I checked it out on, which indicated that both "mottos" and "mottoes" are correct derivatives. I have chosen "mottos" here for the obvious reason that "mottoes" looks silly.


  1. Hello, again, Haylie. So nice to see you back in the blogging milieu. I wish I could share my motto, but I am still at a loss to find one that accurately encompasses this phase of my life.

  2. You are too delightful for words! Why don't we hang out more? I wish I had more of your joyous nature.