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Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. — General George S. Patton (10.30.05)

Our problem is not to find better values but to be faithful to the ones we profess. — John W. Gardiner (9.30.05)

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. - Booker T. Washington (04.13.05)

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson (02.01.05)


If you canít be a good example, then youíll just have to be a horrible warning. - Catherine Aird (10.19.04)

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. - Charles Darwin (09.10.04)

For me there is an excitement of adventure in preparing such a thing as an order of Crepes Suzette and then watching after a lovely lady has had her first taste, to see her smile and know that actually what I compounded was not Crepes Suzette but a later stage in its transmogrification, a happy human being. - Henri Charpentier (08.20.04)

God's jokes are the soul's curriculum. - John Perry Barlow (07.31.04)

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Sir Winston Churchill (07.16.04)

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. - George Bernard Shaw (06.25.04)

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!' - John F. Kennedy (05.28.04)

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches. - Rainer Maria Rilke (04.20.04)

Scarcity becomes abundance when we see more clearly what we have in front of us. - David Schaller (04.06.06)

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice, it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. - William Jennings Bryan (02.02.04)


Do not be afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still - Chinese Proverb (10.27.03)

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work. - Thomas A. Edison (03.18.03)

Do your work as though it was to last a thousand years and you were to die tomorrow. - Ann Lee (01.05.03)


There are seven sins in the world: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice and politics without principle. - Mahatma Gandhi (12.01.02)

In a situation where there is no righteous person, try to be a righteous person. - Hillel (10.01.02)

The real moment of success is not the moment apparent to the crowd. - George Bernard Shaw (08.04.02)

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer (04.22.02)

It is never too late to be what you might have been. - George Eliot (04.10.02)

Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - †Mark Twain (03.22.02)

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. - Charles Kingsley (02.04.02)

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - GK Chesterton (01.03.02)


When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. - Indian Proverb (10.23.01)

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke (10.09.01)

If you want peace, work for justice. (09.12.01)

If I did not wear torn pants, orthopedic shoes, frantic disheveled hair, that is to say, if I did not tone down my beauty people would go mad. Married men would run amuck. - Brenda Ueland (09.10.01)

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. - Christopher Robin to Pooh (09.03.01)

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. - Rabindranath Tagore (08.20.01)

To live content with small means. To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion. To be worthy not respectable, and wealthy not rich. To listen to stars and birds and babes and sages with an open heart. To study hard, think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions. Hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual, the unbidden and the unconscious rise up through the common. This is my symphony. - William Henry Channing (06.28.01 - in the weblog)

Let your speech be better than silence, or be silent. - Dionysius (05.30.01)

In a situation where there is no righteous person, try to be a righteous person. - Hillel (03.01)

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. - Bertrand Russell (02.01)


No one can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it - Talluhah Bankhead (12.00)

I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything. - James Boswell (09.00)

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - JK Rowling (08.00)

Who can refute a sneer? - William Paley (07.18.00)

A mask tells us more than a face. - Oscar Wilde (06.00)

Paradises an only be made with our own hands, with our own creativity in harmony with the free creativity of nature. - Friedensreich Hundertwasser (05.00)

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill (02.16.00)

Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer. - Norwegian Proverb (02.07.00)

One never goes so far as when one doesn't know where one is going. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (01.29.00)

Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone's task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it - Viktor Frankl (01.00)


He who praises everybody, praises nobody. - James Boswell (1999)

To write weekly, to write daily, to write shortly, to write for busy people catching trains in the morning or for tired people coming home in the evening, is a heartbreaking task for men who know good writing from bad. - Virginia Woolf (10.13.99)

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger. - Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867-1959 (10.01.99)

Let me see you stripped down to the bone... - Martin Gore (07.04.99)

Woe be to him that reads but one book. - George Herbert (06.23.99)

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt (05.99)

The moon has set, and the Pleiades; it is midnight, and time passes, and I sleep alone. - Sappho (05.99)

That favorite subject, Myself. - James Boswell (04.99)


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