Live What You Believe

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“Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it…and then it’s gone. But to surrender what you are and to live without belief — that is more terrible than dying young.”
~Maxwell Anderson (from Joan of Lorraine)

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Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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19 Responses to Live What You Believe

  1. Words to live by, for sure.

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  2. well said Mitch,. Short and as sharp as things can get and then some. Thanks for the bright of today. Norm

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  3. Agreed, Mitch. We are all living, or dying for something. Even if we don’t know what it is.

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  4. Dawn Marie says:

    Indeed, indeed, indeed! 💕

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  5. Great word, deep thoughts.

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  6. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Love this post Mitch

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  7. jboelhower says:

    I like when life gives me some dots to connect… been battling with giving up writing. But somehow it is what I do, it reflects my belief in this life…

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  8. TamrahJo says:

    Reminds me of Ben Franklin’s quote:
    ““Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.”

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  9. shankjoejoe says:

    Excellent! 😊😊😊

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  10. Ann Coleman says:

    I honestly believe that the only way to be truly happy, or even content, is to live what we believe. Everything else just leads to internal conflict.

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  11. revruss1220 says:

    A to the MEN! Is “Joan of Lorraine” a play? And if so, would we also know her as Joan of Arc?

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Yes, it’s a play about Joan of Arc. Anderson was a highly-regarded playwright during the mid-20th century, but his plays aren’t often produced these days.

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      • revruss1220 says:

        That’s a shame. This is a profound piece of writing.

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      • mitchteemley says:

        He’s associated with a shortlived revival of blank verse, particularly his critically acclaimed plays ‘Winterset’ and ‘High Tor.’ He co-wrote the screenplay for ‘Saint Joan’ (1948) adapted from ‘Joan of Lorraine’ — but hated what they did with it, saying they turned Joan into “a plaster saint” and that Ingrid Bergman’s performance was [insert curse-laden insult here]. He wrote plays like ‘The Bad Seed’ and ‘Ann of a Thousand Days’ that were later turned into hit movies (by others), as well the screenplays for early talky classics ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ and ‘Death Takes a Holiday.’ So, no shrinking violet he.

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