I feel much the same way about words as the narrator of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” does.

"Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, how vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?"
I’ve been collecting words in the form of columns, lyrics and quotes - among other things - for as long as I can remember. Rather than keep them in a notebook or in a box under my bed, I’ve decided to store my collection here for all to enjoy and, hopefully, be inspired by. I realize that inspiration comes in many forms, so I’ll throw in a video or photograph once in a while, too. I also understand that there are countless other inspirational articles, blog posts, essays, speeches, et cetera that I’ve yet to stumble upon. If you’re a keeper of something enlightening that you don’t see on the site, please share it by clicking “Lay A Brick” in the menu on the right side of this page.

Umm, what else? Oh right, the weird name.

The phrase “I do not have to build a perfect wall today. I just have to lay a perfect brick.” is from a “Reader’s Digest” interview with actor Will Smith. Immediately after reading the interview I adopted the quote as one of my favorites. You can read part of the interview for yourself below.

That's all for now. Thanks for visiting. Let's lay some bricks.


"When my father got out of the Air Force, he started his own refrigeration business. I might have been twelve and my brother nine when one day he decided he wanted a new front wall at his shop. He tore the old one down, it was probably sixteen feet high and forty feet long, and he told us that this was going to be our gig over the summer. We were standing there thinking, ‘There will never, ever, be a wall here again.’ We went brick by brick for the entire summer and into winter and then back into spring. One day there was a wall there again. I know my dad had been planning this for a long time. He said, “Now, don't you all ever tell me there's something you can't do.” And he walked into the shop. The thing I connect to is, I do not have to build a perfect wall today. I just have to lay a perfect brick. Just one brick..."

Will Smith, "Reader's Digest"

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