Growing wiser on the wisdom (or stupidity) of others
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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

"Once the picture has been taken or once you have taken off your clothes and showed it, there's always going to be people sticking that in your face." -- Heidi Klum, German supermodel, in an interview on TV's "Access Hollywood," explaining why she declined a $1 million offer to pose for Playboy magazine, via Notable Quotes

"Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids." — Aristotle

"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all." — Sam Ewing

"You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one." — James A. Froude

Character | "Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." — Abraham Lincoln

Quotes - Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views)

"One can make this generalization about men: they are ungrateful, fickle, liars, and deceivers, they shun danger and are greedy for profit; while you treat them well, they are yours. They would shed their blood for you, risk their property, their lives, their children, so long, as I said above, as danger is remote; but when you are in danger they turn against you." -- Niccolo Machiavelli, via Right Wing News

“It’s false to think the only jobs that could go overseas are low-skilled jobs that pay low wages.” -- John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the Chicago-based outplacement firm, via MSN Money

"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." -- Jack London

Friday, September 26, 2003

Memory | "The chain of memory is resurrection." -- Charles Olson

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

"I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?" -- Henry Moore

"As for boredom... I notice that it leaves me as soon as I am doing something that has got to be done." -- John Jay Chapman

"His Labor is a Chant --
His Idleness -- a Tune --
Oh, fo a Bee's experience
Of Clovers, and of Noon!"

-- Emily Dickinson

"Each of us brings to our job, whatever it is, our lifetime of experience and our values." -- Sandra Day O'Connor

"There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and activity." -- Donald G. Mitchell

"As one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move." -- Katharine Hepburn

"Here hath been dawning another blue day: think, wilt thou let it slip useless away?" -- Thomas Carlyle

"The gospel is meant to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." -- Garrison Keillor

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" -- Satchel Paige, baseball pitcher

"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." -- Satchel Paige, baseball pitcher

"We don't feel part of the country scene any longer, it can't be our home any more." -- Martie Maguire, Dixie Chicks violinist, via Ananova

"Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer, poet and philosopher, (1803-1882)

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -- James Baldwin, American writer, (1924-1987)

Sunday, September 21, 2003

"Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them." — Agatha Christie

"Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with it apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence." — Norman Podhoretz

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." — Joseph Chilton Pearce

"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by orginality, overcomes everything." — George

"Will and wisdom are both mighty leaders. Our times worship will." -- Clarence Shepard Day

Friday, September 19, 2003

"One of the best ways to win any game is to write the rules." -- Michael S. Malone

Thursday, September 18, 2003

"Planning is as natural to the process of success as its absence is to the process of failure." -- Robin Sieger

"I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances." -- Martha Washington

"Long before the child learns to talk properly -- and long before it thinks philosophically -- the world will have become a habit." -- Jostein Gaarder

"The day we stop resisting our instincts, we'll have learned how to live." -- Federico Garcia Lorca

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen." -- Ernest Hemingway

"To the man who only has a hammer in the tool kit, every problem looks like a nail." -- Abraham Maslow

"Marriage should always combat the monster that devours everything: habit." -- Honore de Balzac

"It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal." -- Stirling Moss

"Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold -- but so does a hard-boiled egg." -- Anonymous

"Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you." -- Dr. Frank Crane

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -- Confucius

"Words spoken on the road are heard by snakes in the grass." -- Mo Yan

"Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it." -- Woody Allen, via email from Carla

"Love is the most universal, the most tremendous and the most mysterious of the cosmic forces." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, via email from Carla

"For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation." -- Rainer Maria Rilke, via email from Carla

"Love is creation raised to a higher degree." -- Toyohiko Kagawa, via email from Carla

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Whose Faulty Vision: the blog

DanHW often posts some interesting quotes, like this one:

"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things." -- Dan Quayle
Thanks again to IreneQ, the Official Blogger of Introspection of 'Journey Inside My Mind,' for the link.

"Systems governed by only one set of rules are more vulnerable than those with variety." -- Geoff Mulgan

Fear | "My wife was afraid of the dark...then she saw me naked and now she's afraid of the light." -- Rodney Dangerfield, via IreneQ, the Official Blogger of Introspection of 'Journey Inside My Mind'

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Quote of Today

Thanks to IreneQ, the Official Blogger of Introspection of 'Journey Inside My Mind', for the link!

"Dialogue is the oxygen of change." -- Jim Maclachlan


  • "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." -- Albert Camus
  • "The New Normal isn't where you wait for the next boom. It's about the rest of your life." -- -Roger McName, Investor First Impression. Fast Company.

purloined from Fred Sampson's Radio Weblog

Monday, September 15, 2003

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." — Robert Louis Stevenson

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." — Eddie Rickenbacker

"Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air." — John Quincy Adams

"The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others." — Hasidic Saying

"Every generation has underestimated the potential for finding new ideas...Possibilities do not add up. They multiply." -- Paul M. Romer

Saturday, September 13, 2003

"The mind thinks, not with data, but with ideas whose creation and elaboration cannot be reduced to a set of predictable values." -- Theodore Roszak

Thursday, September 11, 2003

"Only in America do we have a general in charge of the post office and a secretary in charge of defense." -- Unknown, via

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

"Habits do not like to be abandoned, and besides, they have the virtue of being fools." -- Charlotte Painter

"People will never look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." -- Edmund Burke

"Little by little does the trick." -- Aesop

"Love comforteth like sunshine after rain." -- William Shakespeare, via email from Carla

"Love consists of this, that two solitudes protect, and touch, and
greet each other."
-- Rainer Maria Rilke, via email from Carla

"A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper
where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it."
-- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, via email from Carla

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." -- Walter Winchell, via email from Carla

"Friendship is one mind in two bodies." -- Mencius, via email from Carla

"Television has spread the habit of instant reaction and has stimulated the hope of instant results." -- Arthur M. Schlessinger Jr.

"Those who have the habit of revelation lose the habit of thought." -- Robin Skelton

"The difference between the most dissimilar characters... seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and education." -- Adam Smith

"The shortest answer is doing." -- English Proverb

"It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it." -- Charlotte Brontë

"Learning organizations may be a tool not just for the evolution of organizations, but for the evolution of intelligence." -- Peter M. Senge

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

"To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they can control it, wish to influence its direction." -- Theodore Zeldin

Monday, September 08, 2003

"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved--loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." -- Victor Hugo, via email from Carla

"I am a part of all that I have met." -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, via email from Carla

"Champion the right to be yourself. Dare to be different and to set your own pattern: Live your own life, and follow your own star." -- Lin Yutang

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -- Lin Yutang

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." — Douglas Adams

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." — Andy Warhol

Thursday, September 04, 2003

"Make yourself necessary to somebody." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, via email from Carla

"Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer." -- Ed Cunningham, via email from Carla

"A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway." -- Father Jerome Cummings, via email from Carla

"Give me one friend, just one, who meets
The needs of all my varying moods."

-- Esther M. Clark, via email from Carla

"Love is the same as like except you feel sexier." -- Judith Viorst, via email from Carla

"Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition." -- Alexander Smith, via email from Carla

"The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands." -- Alexander Penney, via email from Carla

"The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries." -- Dame Iris Murdoch, via email from Carla

Love | "Love can sweep you off your feet and carry you along in a way you've never known before. But the ride always ends, and you end up feeling lonely and bitter. Wait. It's not love I'm describing. I'm thinking of a monorail." -- Jack Handey, via email from Carla

Love | "If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile." -- Lynda Barry, via email from Carla

"In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes." -- Elizabeth Ashley, via email from Carla

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Temptation | "There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice." -- Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Humor | "Good humor is a tonic for mind and body." — Grenville Kleiser

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are." — Marcus Aurelius

Peace | "The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment." — Henry Miller

Truth | "Truth hath a quiet breast." — William Shakespeare

Peace | "I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace." — Helen Keller