Growing wiser on the wisdom (or stupidity) of others
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Friday, May 30, 2003

The Human Spirit and Music

Music | "The greatest moments of the human spirit may be deduced from the greatest moments in music." -- Aaron Copland, composer of "Fanfare for the Common Man"

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Setting the Soul in Operation

Music | "Music is edifying, for from time to time it sets the soul in operation." -- John Cage

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

"It is always difficult to pose as something that one is not." -- Arnold Loebel

"It is better to sleep on what you intend to do than to stay awake on what you have done." -- from the markerboard at the therapist's office

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

"We propose a five-word constitutional amendment: There shall be open borders. People are the great resource, and so long as we keep our economy free, more people means more growth, the more the merrier. Study after study shows that even the most recent immigrants give more than they take." -- The Wall Street Journal, link via The Liberty Log

Monday, May 26, 2003

Music | "If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation." -- Oscar Wilde

Sunday, May 25, 2003

"Often intuition will direct you. If it feels right, it's probably right." -- Oprah Winfrey

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be at your back. May your mission in life feed your passion like no other." -- Unknown

"Tonight, when you lay your head on your pillow, forget how far you still have to go. Look instead at how far you've already come." -- Bob Howard

"The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all." -- Pablo Casals

Saturday, May 24, 2003

"Imagination is not an empirical or superadded power of consciousness, it is the whole of consciousness as it realizes its freedom." -- Jean-Paul Sartre

Friday, May 23, 2003

"The force of mind is only as great as its expression; its depth only as deep as its power to expand and lose itself." -- G. W. F. Hegel

Thursday, May 22, 2003

"The old life has swept before me like a panorama; the old days have trooped by in their old glory, again; the old faces have looked out of the mists of the past; old footsteps have sounded in my listening ears; old hands have clasped mine, old voices have greeted me, and the songs I loved ages and ages ago have come wailing down the centuries!" -- Mark Twain

"The fountains of my great deep are broken up and I have rained reminiscences for four and twenty hours." -- Mark Twain

"Hardly any cats are affected by music, but [mine] are. When I sing they go reverently away, showing how deeply they feel it." -- Mark Twain, in his autobiography

"Nothing can make a Wagner opera absolutely perfect and satisfactory to the untutored but to leave out the vocal parts. I wish I could see a Wagner opera done in pantomime once." -- Mark Twain

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little influence in society." -- Mark Twain

"A classic is something everybody wants to have read and nobody has read." -- Mark Twain

"I was born modest -- it didn't last." -- Mark Twain

"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is: infinite.
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern."
-- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

"Whenever you kill a human being you are killing a source of thought too. A human being is a collection of ideas, and these ideas take moral precedence over a society. Ideas are patterns of value." -- Robert T. Pirsig

"Everybody here loves to gamble. They're backstage right now checking the latest odds on the Dixie Chicks playing the Bush family reunion." -- Reba McEntire, during her opening monologue at the 2003 Academy of Country Music Awards, which were held in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

"Knowing who you are is good for one generation only." -- Flannery O'Connor

Monday, May 19, 2003

"The accomplishment of individual and collective purposes in the most fulfilling ways possible will create winning organizations." -- Craig R. Hickman

Sunday, May 18, 2003

"For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kings." -- William Shakespeare

Saturday, May 17, 2003

"I will make divine magnetic lands, With the love of comrades, With the life-long love of comrades." -- Walt Whitman

Friday, May 16, 2003

"The soul is characterized by these capacities: self-nutrition, sensation, thinking, and movement." -- Aristotle

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 :: google with quotes

Thanks to Carla for the link.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

"Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him the longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of the confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world." -- Albert Camus

"The danger to which the success of revolutions is most exposed, is that of attempting them before the principles on which they proceed, and the advantages to result from them, are sufficiently seen and understood." -- Thomas Paine {1737-1809 American Political Theorist & Writer}

Monday, May 12, 2003

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals." -- Sydney Smith

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." -- Jim Rohn

"If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen." -- Cher

"A cleric who loses his faith abandons his calling; a philosopher who loses his redefines his subject." -- Ernest Gellner

Saturday, May 10, 2003

"A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one." -- Heraclitus

Success | “Success is going from one failure to the next and never losing your enthusiasm.” -- Winston Churchill

“The important thing is to start, to lay a plan and then follow it step-by-step no matter how small or large each step by itself may seem.” -- Charles Lindbergh

Friday, May 09, 2003

Contentment | "My life consists in my being content to accept many things." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

"When you're a professional, you come back no matter what happened the day before." -- cryptogram answer

"'Tis one thing to know virtue, and another to conform the will to it." -- David Hume

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Change | "The world is so fast that there are days when the person who says it can't be done is interrupted by the person who is doing it." -- Anonymous

Change | "I'm going to stop punishing my children by saying, 'Never mind! I'll do it myself.'" -- Erma Bombeck

Change | "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." -- Maya Angelou

Change | "No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside." -- Marilyn Ferguson

Change | "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." -- William Arthur Ward

Change | "We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped." -- Lyman Lloyd Bryson

"If everything on earth was rational, nothing would ever happen." -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Change | "Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal." -- Arthur Schopenhauer

Change | "Don't be afraid to take a big step is one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps." -- David Lloyd George

Change | "For what is passes so swiftly and irrevocably into what was, no human claim can be of the least significance." -- Joyce Carol Oates

Change | "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." -- W. Edwards Deming

Change | "None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting to change all the tenor of our lives." -- Kathleen Norris

Change | "Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken." -- Frank Herbert

Change | "At times, a change of routine can be most helpful." -- Arnold Lobel

"If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men." -- Maria Montessori

"Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality." -- Dame Iris Murdoch

Change | "I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they've gone through and through me, like wind through water, and altered the colour of my mind." -- Emily Brontë

"We must not seek to fashion events, but let them happen of their own accord." -- Napoleon III

Change | "Unless we change our ways and our direction, our greatness as a nation will soon be a footnote in the history books." -- Margaret Thatcher

"The will does not choose between good and evil; it is its choice, rather, that makes it good or evil." -- Karl Jaspers

Monday, May 05, 2003

Gratitude | "For what I have recieved may the Lord make me truely thankful. And more truely for what I have not received." -- Storm Jameson

Hope | "'Hope' is the thing with feathers--that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words--and never stops at all." -- Emily Dickinson

"You gotta talk, you gotta listen, you gotta laugh." -- Rita Wilson

"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning." -- James Russell Lowell

Confusion | "Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation." -- Edward R. Morrow

"Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting." -- Elizabeth Polbesco

Trials | "Storms make oaks take deeper roots." -- George Herbert

"God doesn't want us to do extraordinary things; he wants us to do ordinary things extraordinarily well." -- Bishop Charles Gore

Friendship | "A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked." -- Bernard Meltzer

Goals | "When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get them, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either." -- Leo Burnett

"The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand." -- Robert Vallett

"To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world." -- Unknown

"We all take differnt paths in life, but no matter where we go we take a little of eachother everywhere." -- Tim McGraw

Saturday, May 03, 2003

"The supreme paradox of all thought is the attempt to discover something that thought cannot think." -- Søren Kierkegaard

Friday, May 02, 2003

"Politics is opposed to morality, as philosophy to naïveté." -- Emmanuel Levinas

Thursday, May 01, 2003

" not an inconsequential chucking of one's weight about, it is the disciplined overcoming of self." -- Iris Murdoch