Growing wiser on the wisdom (or stupidity) of others
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Sunday, February 29, 2004

"Growth is not steady, forward, upward progression. It is instead a switchback trail; three steps forward, two back, one around the bushes, and a few simply standing, before another forward leap." — Dorothy Corkville Briggs

Mason Cooley on Creativity

"Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is." — Mason Cooley

"Life is a traveling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken." — D.H. Lawrence

"Look twice before you leap." — Charlotte Brontë

"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience." — Henry Miller

Monday, February 23, 2004

"To think is to differ." -- Clarence Darrow

The Ozzman Wants to Rock

"I'm gonna make the tour. ... I'm not dead. I'm ready to rock, man." -- Ozzy Osbourne, heavy metal legend, saying he will resume performing in the summer, even as he recovers from a near-fatal accident that left him in a coma late last year

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Lorraine Bracco on Celebrity

"Television has made me very recognizable. When I want to yell at the kids in the supermarket, that's not a good thing." -- Lorraine Bracco of "The Sopranos" in the Chicago Tribune

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Mel Gibson on Jim Caviezel

"We tried our best to make him comfortable but sometimes I'd get to planning the next shot, or get caught up in something, and I'd forget that he's up there on the cross." -- Mel Gibson, Director, on actor Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus in Gibson's "The Passion of Christ," quoted in the New York Daily News

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Bill Moyers on Death

"I look at it as an unconscious reality that is inevitable. When you have lived as long and fruitfully as I have, you're not afraid of what will come. I will miss reading the papers every day." -- Bill Moyers, 69, who is retiring as host of PBS's "Now," after the presidential election, telling The Philadelphia Inquirer how he views death

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The Donald on His Hair

"I don't say my hair is my greatest strength in the world but it's not terrible." -- Donald Trump, Developer-reality TV star, letting a Newsweek reporter examine his much-discussed hairdo

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"The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him." -- Henry L. Stimson

"Children pay little attention to their parents’ teachings, but reproduce their characters faithfully." -- Mason Cooley

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." -- Samuel Johnson

"If the things we believe in are different than the things we do, there can be no true happiness." -- Dana Telford

"If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it." -- Earl Wilson

Thursday, February 19, 2004

"We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up." -- Jesse Jackson

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin, via

Monday, February 16, 2004

"Life is now in session. Are you present?" -- B. Copeland

A Job Without Aggravation?

"If you have a job without aggravation, you don't have a job." -- Malcolm Forbes

Men vs Women

"Man has his will -- but woman has her way." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Geraldine Ferraro on Making a Difference

"We fought hard. We gave our best. We did what was right and we made a difference." -- Geraldine Ferraro

FDR on Individual Freedom

"Our Government is based on the belief that a people can be both strong and free. That civilized men need no restraint but that imposed by themselves against the abuse of freedom." — Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Gerald Ford on Balance in the Government

"We must introduce a new balance in the relationship between the individual and the government—a balance that favors greater individual freedom and self-reliance." — Gerald R. Ford

Teddy Roosevelt on Conscience

"It is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation as it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to another’s keeping." — Theodore Roosevelt

JFK on Political Responsibility

"We must place first the responsibility we owe not to our party or even to our constituents but to our individual consciences." -- John F. Kennedy

Lincoln on Individual Pursuits

"I believe each individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruit of his labor, so far as it in no wise interferes with any other man’s rights." -- Abraham Lincoln

Friday, February 13, 2004

Should a father talk about his own daughter like this?

"Jessica is sexy in a T-shirt or sexy in a bikini; you really can't stop her from being sexy, because that's who she is." -- Joe Simpson, father and manager of reality TV star Jessica Simpson, in Blender magazine

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Beauty Defined

"Beauty is momentary in the mind--The fitful tracing of a portal; But in the flesh it is immortal. The body dies; the body's beauty lives." -- Wallace Stevens

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Gordon Clapp on body shape and diet

"I did (make) a few dietary concessions. My Achilles heel of food is the apple fritter. But I'm very proud of my butt. I have a good, tight hockey butt. It's the beer belly I'm a little self-conscious about." -- Gordon Clapp, actor, who plays Medavoy on "NYPD Blue," about his upcoming nude scene on the show, quote in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Britney Spears's Marriage

"A singer marries a young man for a few hours and everyone thinks it's cute. It's not cute at all." -- Edward Cardinal Egan, head of the Roman Catholic Church in New York City, apparently referring to Britney Spears, in a World Marriage Day address, quoted in the New York Daily News.

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Persistance Makes Things Happen

"Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely and the likely definite." -- Author Unknown, found in signature line of an email message

Katharine Hepburn on Love

"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get—only with what you are expecting to give—which is everything." -- Katharine Hepburn

Love and Choosing It

"Choose thy love. Love thy choice." -- German proverb

Share your trouble so others can help

"Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough." -- Dinah Shore

Tell Them You Love Them

"I like not only to be loved, but to be told I am loved." -- George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

Peter Ustinov Defines Love

"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit." -- Peter Ustinov

Graham Greene on Traveling by Train

"When a train pulls into a great city I am reminded of the closing moments of an overture." -- Graham Greene

Friday, February 06, 2004

Henrik Ibsen on how we really change

"It is not by spectacular achievements that man can be transformed, but by will." -- Henrik Ibsen

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Earning and Spending Money

"We have heads to get money, and hearts to spend it." -- George Farquhar

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Molière on the Value of Things

"Things only have the value that we give them." -- Molière

Tower of Babble

Tower of Babble

"Sayings, quotes, and chatter... words from saints, sinners, and sages." - blog tagline

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

The Touchstone of Wit

"Improvisation is the touchstone of wit." -- Molière

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Keys to the Heart

"Words are the keys to the heart." — Chinese proverb

Catherine Ponder on Encouragement

"If you think a complimentary thought about someone, don’t just think it. Dare to compliment people and pass on compliments to them from others." — Catherine Ponder

Will Durrant Conversation Advice

"In conversation ask questions oftener than you express opinion; and when you speak offer data and information rather than beliefs and judgments." — Will Durrant

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. on Speech

"Speak clearly, if you speak at all; Carve every word before you let it fall." — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Conversation Hogs are Boring

"If you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody." — Helen Gurley Brown