Thoughts for the day and a few reminders!

"Je suis qui je suis!"


WE MUST NEVER FORGET!

A 9-11 reminder and tribute.


A few "thoughts for the day", week, etc.
Some may work better for last week, tomorrow, next year, etc. 
Come back often, take small bites.

 

Richard Bach  J.R.R. Tolkien  Albert Einstein  Andrew Carnegie  Nikola Tesla
Robert Heinlein ~ Notebooks of Lazarus Long  Freud Don Juan (on perception)
William Blake  John Magee Bill Gates ~ "Rules to live by"  World Summary
G B Shaw  Communications  Jesse Jackson Power Beyond Measure
Marianne Williamson  Aristotle  Plato  Durant  Pierre de Chardin  Kierkegaard
Shakespeare  Montaigne  Nietzsche  Ernest Hemingway John D. MacDonald
John Wooden  Tecumseh  Time is  Confucius  Founding Fathers 2nd Amendment
Achtung!  James Joyce ~ Ulysses (excerpt)

Philosophy comes from the Greek φιλοσοφία [philosophia], which literally translates to "love of wisdom".
 


Other quote resources
Aristotle | John Adams |Samuel Adams | Einstein | Friedrich Nietzsche | Nikola Tesla
Liberty Tree Quotes - Index A



Richard Bach

Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain
you don't have anything to learn from them.
Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Get this in mind early: We never grow up. ~ The Bridge Across Forever

You are never given a wish without also being given the power
to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.
We seek problems because we need their gifts."
Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Learning is finding out what you already know.
Doing is demonstrating that you know it.
Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you.
WE ARE ALL learners, doers and teachers."
Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet
than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood,
but of respect and joy in each other's life.
Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours.
Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves,
no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we
need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach
the places we've chosen to go." ~ The Bridge Across Forever

Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true.
 ~ The Bridge Across Forever

It is by not always thinking of yourself, if you can manage it,
that you might somehow be happy. Until you make room
in your life for someone as important to you as yourself,
you will always be searching and lost.

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.  ~  Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Avoid problems and you'll never be the one who overcame them. ~ Running From Safety

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished:
if you're alive, it isn't.  ~  Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
 

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J.R.R. Tolkien

""It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish."
— J.R.R. Tolkien

"A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it."
— J.R.R. Tolkien
 

“All that is gold does not glitter,
   not all those who wander are lost;
      the old that is strong does not wither,
         deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
   a light from the shadows shall spring;
      renewed shall be blade that was broken,
         the crownless again shall be king.”
 


“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

J.R.R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fellowship of the Ring

"I sit beside the fire and think
I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair

I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see

For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green

I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people that will see a world
That I shall never know

But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door"

J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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Albert Einstein

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly."

~ Albert Einstein in a letter to Morris Raphael Cohen, professor emeritus of philosophy at the College of the City of New York, defending the controversial appointment of Bertrand Russell (author of "Principia Mathematica" and "A History of Western Philosophy") to a teaching position, March 19, 1940. Bertrand gained the position but then lost it due to his book "Marriage and Morals." His opinions made him "morally unfit" and therefore unfit to teach.


Andrew Carnegie

"The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do."

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Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla (July 9/July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943) was a physicist, inventor, and electrical engineer of unusual intellectual brilliance and practical achievement. He was of Serb descent and worked mostly in the United States.

Tesla is most famous for conceiving the rotating magnetic field principle (1882) and then using it to invent the induction motor together with the accompanying alternating current long-distance electrical transmission system (1888). His patents and theoretical work still form the basis for modern alternating current electric power systems.

"Like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams of my motor. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrestled from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence." ~ Nikola Tesla
 


"Einsteins relativity work is a magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king... its exponents are brilliant men but they are metaphysicists rather than scientists." ~ New York Times (11 July 1935), p. 23, c.8
 


"The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries. If timely, it is quickly adopted; if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout lured out of the ground by warm sunshine, only to be injured and retarded in its growth by the succeeding frost."
 


"I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything."

Nikola Tesla | Nikola Tesla quotes


 


"Were we to seize and eliminate from our industrial world the result of Mr. Tesla‘s work, the wheels of industry would cease to turn, our electric cars and trains would stop, our towns would be dark, and our mills would be idle and dead.  His name marks an epoch in the advance of electrical science."

~ B. Behrend, Vice President of the Institute of Electrical Engineers

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From The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
(Who was Lazarus Long)
in
"Time Enough For Love"
{& other publications where noted}
by
Robert Heinlein

Specialization  Religion  Political tags  Little girls  Jealousy


Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American novelist and science fiction writer. He is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of "hard science fiction". He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality.

Note: "Time Enough For Love" is a science fiction novella encompassing many worlds and times.  Thus, the numerous references below to ships, time, worlds, etc.
 

"History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion -- i.e., none to speak of."

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects."

"What are the facts?  Again and again and again — what are the facts?  Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell", avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history"!  What are the facts, and to how many decimal places?  You pilot always in to an unknown future; facts are your only chance. Get the facts!"

"One man’s "magic" is another man’s engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word."

"When the need arises — and it does — you must be able to shoot you own dog. Don't farm it out — that doesn't make it nicer, it makes it worse."

"If the universe has any purpose more important than topping a woman you love and making a baby with her hearty help, I've never heard of it."

"When the ship lifts, all bills are paid. No regrets."

"Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it, all over, before he is born and long before he learns to use sight, hearing, or taste, and no human ever ceases to need it. Keep your children short on pocket money — but long on hugs."

"Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors — and miss."

"An armed society is a polite society."
… Beyond This Horizon

"The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery.  Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest and least productive industry in all history."

"I’ve never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith — it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe."
-Jubal Harshaw, Stranger in a Strange Land

"History does not record anywhere a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help."

"Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily.  All other "sins" are invented nonsense."

"A monarch’s neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright."

"Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed."

"It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics."

"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."
~ Professor Bernardo de la Paz, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

"Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort."

"If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you’ll abort it if you do.  Be patient and you’ll give birth to it when the time is ripe. Learn to wait."

"The supreme irony of life is that no one gets out of it alive."

"Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor."

"Learning isn’t a means to an end; it’s an end in and of itself."

"… brainpower is the scarcest commodity and the only one of real value."

"Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. (He is also a fool.)"

" ‘Love’ is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."
- Jubal Harshaw, Stranger in a Strange Land

"First, what is it you want us to pay taxes for? Tell me what I get and perhaps I’ll buy it."
~ Manuel O’Kelly, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

"All men are created unequal."

"History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it."

"A zygote is a gamete’s way of producing more gamete’s.  This may be the purpose of the universe."

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites.  Moderation is for monks."

"Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves.  Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child."

"Always listen to the experts.  They'll tell you what can't be done, and why.  Then do it."

"There is no conclusive evidence of life after death. But there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know.  So why fret about it?"

"Get a shot off fast.  This upsets him long enough to let you make your second shot perfect."

"By the data to date, there is only one animal in the Galaxy dangerous to man — man himself. So he must supply his own indispensable competition. He has no enemy to help him."

"If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion."

"Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth."

"Small change can often be found under seat cushions."

"Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate — and quickly."

"Of all the strange ‘crimes’ that human beings have legislated out of nothing, ‘blasphemy’ is the most amazing — with ‘obscenity’ and ‘indecent exposure’ fighting it out for second and third place."

"The phrase ‘we (I) (you) simply must—’ designates something that need not be done.  ‘That goes without saying’ is a red warning.  ‘Of course’ means you had best check it yourself.  These small-change clichés and others like them, when read correctly, are reliable channel markers."

"Never crowd youngsters about their private affairs — sex especially. When they are growing up, they are nerve ends all over, and resent (quite properly) any invasion of their privacy.  Oh, sure, they'll make mistakes — but that's their business, not yours.  (You made your own mistakes, did you not?)"

"There is only one way to console a widow.  But remember the risk."

"It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier."

"One man's theology is another man's belly laugh."

"Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse."

"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom.  Don't ever count on having both at once."

"Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark."

"In a mature society, ‘civil servant’ is semantically equal to ‘civil master’."

" ‘No man is an island — ’ Much as we may feel and act as individuals, our race is a single organism, always growing and branching — which must be pruned regularly to be healthy.  This necessity need not be argued; anyone with eyes can see that any organism which grows without limit always dies in its own poisons.  The only rational question is whether pruning is best done before or after birth. Being an incurable sentimentalist I favor the former of these methods — killing makes me queasy, even when it's a case of ‘He's dead and I'm alive and that's the way I wanted it to be.’  But this may be a matter of taste.  Some shamans think that it is better to be killed in a way, or to die in childbirth, or to starve in misery, than never to have lived at all. They may be right. But I don't have to like it — and I don't."

"Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house."

"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of — but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."

"Thou shalt remember the Eleventh Commandment and keep it Wholly."

"A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an ‘intellectual’ — find out how he feels about astrology."

"A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity."

"Money is the sincerest of all flattery.
Women love to be flattered.
So do men."

"You live and learn.  Or you don't live long."

"Whenever women have insisted on absolute equality with men, they have invariably wound up with the dirty end of the stick. What they are and what they can do makes them superior to men, and their proper tactic is to demand special privileges, all the traffic will bear. They should never settle merely for equality.  For women, ‘equality’ is a disaster."

"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."

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What is a Freudian slip?

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.

When cryptography is outlawed, bayl bhgynjf jvyy unir cevinpl.

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On Perception

"For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have heart,
on any path that may have heart.
There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is
to traverse its full length.
And there I travel—looking, looking, breathlessly.

Don Juan Matus ~ The Teachings of Don Juan:
A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

by Carlos Castaneda

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On William Blake

"I do not behold the outward creation… it is a hindrance and not action."  Thus William Blake - -painter, engraver, and poet - - explained why his work was filled with religious visions rather than with subjects from everyday life.  Few people in his time realized that Blake expressed these visions with a talent that approached genius.  He lived in near poverty and died unrecognized.

Today, Blake is acclaimed one of England's great figures of art and literature and one of the most inspired and original painters of his time.

 

     To see a World in a grain of sand
       And a Heaven in a wild flower,
         Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
           And Eternity in an hour.

 

Tyger, Tyger

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
  In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
      Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
  Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
    On what wings dare he aspire?
      What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
  Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
    And when thy heart began to beat,
      What dread hand? and what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain?
  In what furnace was thy brain?
    What the anvil? what dread grasp
      Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
  And water'd heaven with their tears,
    Did He smile His work to see?
      Did He who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
  In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
      Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

 

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High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


John Gillespie Magee, Jr, September, 1941
 


 


Words of wisdom from Bill Gates

Bill Gates speech to a High School commencement regarding the 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He speaks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

  1. Life is not fair - get used to it!
     

  2. The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
     

  3. You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
     

  4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
     

  5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
     

  6. If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
     

  7. Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
     

  8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
     

  9. Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
     

  10. Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
     

  11. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.


    If you can read this - Thank a teacher!
    If you are reading it in English -Thank a soldier!!

 

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From the "World Teach" Ecuador newsletter
A Summary Of The World

"If we could, at this time, shrink the Earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this: There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere (North and South America) and eight Africans; 70 would be non- white, 30 white; 70 would be non- Christian, 30 Christian; 50 percent of the entire world wealth would be in the hands of only six people, all six would be citizens of the United States; 70 would be unable to read; 50 would suffer from malnutrition; 80 would live in sub-standard housing; only one would have a college education."

"When one considers our world from such an incredibly compressed perspective, the need for both tolerance and understanding becomes glaringly apparent."

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The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change.  Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard.  People can only hear you when they are moving toward you and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them.  Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower.  Attitudes are the real "figures of speech".

Edwin H. Friedman

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"The single biggest problem in communications is the illusion that it has taken place."

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

George Bernard Shaw


Powerful Beyond Measure

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so
that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."

from

A Return to Love
by
Marianne Williamson
published in 1992

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"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

~ Aristotle
 

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

~ Will Durant, The Story of Civilization
 


He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age,
but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.

~ Plato, The Republic

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

~ Plato, The Republic

You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.

~ Plato, Dialogues, Theatetus


"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience."

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin ~ French Philosopher and Paleontologist


"The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about,
nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived."

"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.
Not to dare is to lose oneself."

Soren Kierkegaard ~ Philosopher


"Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win.
By fearing to attempt. "

William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure" ~ Playwrite


"We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge
but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom."

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) ~ French Philosopher and Writer



"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger."

"I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you."

Friedrich Nietzsche - (1844-1900) German classical Scholar & Philosopher

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"Anything capable of arousing passion in its favor will surely raise as much passion against it."

Ernest Hemingway - (1899 - 1961) Pulitzer & Nobel Prize winning American writer/journalist

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"Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable."

John D. MacDonald - (1916 - 1986) American crime-suspense writer

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"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

John Wooden

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Tecumseh

Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

~ Tecumseh  (Tekamwthē: "He who Walks Across [the Sky]" 1768-1813
famous Shawnee leader


"Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived."

Captain Jean-Luc Picard ~ "Star Trek: Generations"

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"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

"Upon seeing the shadow of a pigeon, one must resist the urge to look up."

Confucius (550-478 B.C.)

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Be nice to your siblings!
They are your best link to your past and
the people most likely to stand by you in the future!


On Denial

"Denial is the most predictable of all human responses."

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Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw
is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning, and end.

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"Hope: it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously
the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness."

The Architect (The Matrix Reloaded  ~  2003)

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"Words Of Wisdom" from the Founding Fathers
(& a few related quotations)

"Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation."
~ John Quincy Adams

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and "tyrants."
~ Thomas Jefferson

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
~ John F. Kennedy

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
~ Patrick Henry,
before the Virginia legislature, March 23rd, 1775

"The way to be safe is never to be secure"
~ Benjamin Franklin

Samuel Adams (& others)

"In a state of tranquility, wealth, and luxury, our descendants would forget the arts of war and the noble activity and zeal which made their ancestors invincible. Every art of corruption would be employed to loosen the bond of union which renders our resistance formidable. When the spirit of liberty, which now animates our hearts and gives success to our arms, is extinct, our numbers will accelerate our ruin and render us easier victims to tyranny. Ye abandoned minions of an infatuated ministry, if peradventure any should yet remain among us, remember that a Warren and Montgomery are numbered among the dead. Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say ‘What should be the reward of such sacrifices?’  Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plow, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom—go from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"

~ Samuel Adams
before the State House in Philadelphia, August 1, 1776

"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions."

~ Samuel Adams


"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.  We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."

~ Samuel Adams

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.  We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.

"We will not walk in fear, one of another.  We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to associate, to speak and to defend the causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

"We can deny our heritage and our history but we cannot escape responsibility for the results.  We proclaim ourselves, indeed as we are, the defenders of freedom wherever it continues to exist in the world.  But we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home."

~ Edward R. Murrow 1954
"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."

~ Thomas Payne


"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed!  If you do read the newspaper,
you're misinformed!"

~  Mark Twain
 


"The most valuable of talents is that of never using two words when one will do."

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."

~ Thomas Jefferson

"It Is The Soldier"

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army
© Charles M. Province, 1970, 2005 


"Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned."

~ Harold Geneen

"Each new plateau of risk, when first attained, seems to be the last; but, as we grow accustomed to it, a new horizon beckons. What insulates us from fear as we approach the danger is simply habit, the familiarity of a point we have reached and all the points we’ve left behind.

Until one steps too far, it’s often hard to tell the difference between recklessness and skill."

~ Major Chris Miller, U.S. Army


"I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it."

~ Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men)

 


"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."

~ Winston Churchill (miscellaneous quotation, no date)

Interesting "Ronin" quote:

Sam: "Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt. That's the first thing they teach you.

Vincent: Who taught you?

Sam: I don't remember. That's the second thing they teach you.

"In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."

~ Eric Hoffer

 


"2nd Amendment" quotes

"By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia,' 'the security of the nation,' and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms,' our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy...

The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."

~ John F. Kennedy


"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."

~ John F. Kennedy


"The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!"

~ President Theodore Roosevelt
(last message to Congress)

"That rifle on the wall of the laborer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there."

~ George Orwell

"Hoplophobia is a mental disturbance characterized by irrational aversion to weapons, as opposed to justified apprehension about those who may wield them."

~ Jeff Cooper "To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth"


"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."

~ Sigmund Freud  "General Introduction to Psychoanalysis"


"The world is filled with violence.  Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose."

~ James Earl Jones


"To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness.  How unnatural.  How cowardly.  How pathetic."

~ Ted Nugent

 

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More interesting facts RE: the "founding fathers."

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying: "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water".

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying: "It's raining cats and dogs!"
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors That would get slippery in the winter when wet , so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying: "thresh hold".

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old!"

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning, occasionally death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the "upper crust".

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would sit in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift!) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be: "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer"!

Whoever said history was boring ! ! !
 

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The first time I encountered the following quote was in a neurophysiology research lab while I was at University.  The researcher had frequent visitors and felt compelled (in a funny sorta way) to caution everyone:

DON‘T TINKER WITH THE INSTRUMENTS!!!

ACHTUNG!

Das machine is nicht fur gerfingerpoken und mittengrabben!
Ist easy schnappen der springwerk, blowenfusen
und poppencorken mit spitzensparken.
Ist nicht fur gewerken by das Dummkopfen.
Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen hands in das pockets,
relaxen und watch das blinkenlights!


 

Ulysses ~ James Joyce - Molly Bloom's Soliloquy {excerpt from Episode 18, Penelope The final episode utilizes the "stream of consciousness" writing technique.}



 . . . my God after that long kiss I near lost my breath yes he said I was a flower of the mountain yes so we are flowers all a woman’s body yes that was one true thing he said in his life and the sun shines for you today yes that was why I liked him because I saw he understood or felt what a woman is and I knew I could always get round him and I gave him all the pleasure I could leading him on till he asked me to say yes and I wouldn’t answer first only looked out over the sea and the sky I was thinking of so many things he didn’t know of Mulvey and Mr Stanhope and Hester and father and old captain Groves and the sailors playing all birds fly and I say stoop and washing up dishes they called it on the pier and the sentry in front of the governors house with the thing round his white helmet poor devil half roasted and the Spanish girls laughing in their shawls and their tall combs and the auctions in the morning the Greeks and the Jews and the Arabs and the devil knows who else from all the ends of Europe and Duke street and the fowl market all clucking outside Larby Sharans and the poor donkeys slipping half asleep and the vague fellows in the cloaks asleep in the shade on the steps and the big wheels of the carts of the bulls and the old castle thousands of years old yes and those handsome Moors all in white and turbans like kings asking you to sit down in their little bit of a shop and Ronda with the old windows of the Posadas glancing eyes a lattice hid for her lover to kiss the iron and the wine shops half open at night and the castanets and the night we missed the boat at Algeciras the watchman going about serene with his lamp and O that awful deep down torrent O and the sea the sea crimson sometimes like fire and the glorious sunsets and the fig trees in the Alameda gardens yes and all the queer little streets and pink and blue and yellow houses and the rose gardens and the Jessamine and geraniums and cactuses and Gibraltar as a girl where I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.
 

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A Last Mention


Of course I am a spiritual person.  How can we look upon the night sky or participate in the many miracles that surround us and NOT BE???

However, it does not then follow that I am even slightly willing to buy into the wilted and often misdirected dogma that springs from organized followings too numerous to mention. NOR am I inclined to make up my own and ask that you believe it.

I often believe {as Pierre Teilhard De Chardin} that "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
 

Revised October 25, 2010


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