Growing wiser on the wisdom (or stupidity) of others
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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

"Whoever degrades another degrades me." -- Walt Whitman

"One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others." -- Molière

"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost." -- C. C. Colton

"I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion. I know too well the weakness and uncertainty of human reason to wonder at its different results." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Prejudice is the reasoning of the stupid." -- Voltaire

"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another." -- Jonathan Swift

"Hate as though some day you will have to love." -- Aristotle

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Some Friendship Quotations From Bene Diction

Bene Diction Blogs On has some nice quotations on friendship.

"It's time to return Al Franken back to the normal obscurity he's accustomed to." -- A Fox News spokeswoman on the network's decision to drop its suit against comedian-pundit Al Franken. Fox had claimed the subtitle of Franken's book, "A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," was a take-off on its own slogan. via Reuters Notable Quotes

Balance | "The more balanced our lives, the more serene we feel." — Ann Smith

"What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action." — Meister Eckhart

"In adversity, remember to keep an even mind." — Horace

"Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is in love, laughter, and work." — Elbert Hubbard

"Dreams are the most powerful motivators of all." -- Nick Thornely

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

"To escape hatred is to triumph." -- Cicero

"Only when he has ceased to need things can a man truly be his own master and so really exist." -- Anwar al- Sadat

Monday, August 18, 2003

From the Guestbook

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Thursday, August 14, 2003

"Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew." -- Saint Francis de Sales

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." -- Vincent van Gogh

Habit | "One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it." -- Helen Hayes

Habits | "See, a good habit makes a child a man,
Whereas a bad one makes a man a beast."

-- John Webster

"Do not shorten the morning by getting up late; look upon it as the quintessence of life, and to a certain extent sacred." -- Arthur Schopenauer

"A person often falls very ill in order to become someone else and then returns to health much disappointed." -- Elias Canetti

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

"It's kind of harsh to say it's been a bad year when I've won four times. Everyone's been on me for how bad I've played this year. Christ, I've won four times." -- Tiger Woods, Golfer, in his response to criticism that he's having a bad year because he hasn't won a major tournament yet, via Reuters Notable Quotes

"And by the way, a few months ago, I trademarked the word 'funny.' So when Fox calls me 'unfunny,' they're violating my trademark." -- Al Franken, Humorist, fighting back against Fox News Network over a lawsuit it filed claiming he infringed on its "fair and balanced" trademark by using the phrase on the cover of his upcoming book, via Reuters Notable Quotes

Habits | "Thinking is the great enemy of perfection. The habit of profound reflection, I am compelled to say, is the most pernicious of all the habits formed by civilized man." -- Joseph Conrad

Discipline | "Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic, or plain idiotic demands that for the habit of discipline." -- Barbara W. Tuchman

Temperance | "A man takes a drink, a drink takes another, and the drink takes the man." -- Sinclair Lewis

As the character is, such is the speech. -- Aristides

Hatred | "One drop of hatred in your soul will spread and discolor everything like a drop of black ink in white milk." -- Alice Munro

Follow-Through| "If thou hast commenced a good action, leave it not incomplete." -- The Talmud

Habits | "To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time." -- Katharine Hepburn

Addiction | "Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism." -- Carl Jung

Habits | "Our deeds still travel with us from afar,
And what we have been makes us what we are."

-- George Eliot

Literature | "All literature wavers between nature and paradise and loves to mistake one for the other." -- Elias Canetti

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

"The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful." — Henry David Thoreau

"Encouragement is oxygen to the soul." — Harvey Mackay

"…When people don’t take time out, they stop being productive." — Carisa Bianchi

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." — Mark Twain

"I have no respect for reality as soon as it is acknowledged as such. I am interested in what I can do with unacknowledged reality." -- Elias Canetti

Monday, August 11, 2003

"Knowledge of peace passes from country to country, like children's games, which are so much alike, everywhere." -- Yehuda Amichai

Monday, August 04, 2003

"Well, Woody, it's a dog eat dog world, and I'm wearing Milk Bone underwear." -- Norm, "Cheers", via Dog News

"Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement." -- Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000), (Snoopy), via Dog News

"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives." -- Rita Rudner, via Dog News

Saturday, August 02, 2003

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." -- Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), via Dog News

"Giving a man space is like giving a dog a computer: the chances are he will not use it wisely." -- Bette-Jane Raphael, via Dog News

America | "America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair." -- Arnold Toynbee (1889 - 1975), via Dog News

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." -- Andrew A. Rooney, via Dog News

"Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man." -- Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary, via Dog News

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons." -- James Thurber (1894 - 1961), via Dog News

"A traveler must have the back of an ass to bear all, a tongue like the tail of a dog to flatter all, the mouth of a hog to eat what is set before him, the ear of a merchant to hear all and say nothing." -- Thomas Nashe, via Dog News

Music vs. Language

Music | "There are things that music can do that language could never do, that painting can never do, or sculpture. Music is capable of going directly to the source of the mystery. It doesn't have to explain it. It can simply celebrate it." -- Marsha Norman

"Make peace with imperfection." -- Anonymous, found on the markerboard at the therapist's office

"Some people are like balloons -- easy to blow up and full of wind." -- Anonymous, found on the markerboard at the therapist's office

Friday, August 01, 2003