15th September 2012

“C’est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante”

“It is the time that you have spent on your rose that makes your rose so important”

Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Another quote from a French childrens book that I absolutely love. The whole meaning of this quote teaches that its the time, effort and care that you invest into something that makes it so important. It rings true for your work, your achievements, your relationships and most things that we value in life. I just love how simply it is put.

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19th August 2012

“If you speak to a man in a language he understands it goes to his head; if you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela

I actually quoted this in my personal statement for my university application, which I came across today, and it reminded me why I’m doing what I’m doing. Languages are very powerful, allowing communication, expression, emotion, care and structure – from running a government to international relations, to relationships. I love that by learning new words, grammar, idioms and expressions, I can convey so much to so many people. Just the other day, I spent 20 minutes speaking German on the phone and managed to book some train tickets, as well as have a laugh and a joke with the German man on the other end!