Growing wiser on the wisdom (or stupidity) of others
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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Great Men

"Great men are like high church towers: around both there is apt to be a great deal of wind." -- Immanuel Kant, 18th century philosopher, via

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"He was born. He lived. He died." -- Martin Heidegger on Aristotle, via

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Long String of Anecdotes

"Looking back on my life, it seems to me it has been a long string of anecdotes... If I am lucky, [death] will simply be the last anecdote." -- George Mikes, via

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Anecdotes vs. Biography

"One anecdote of a man is worth a volume of biography." -- William Ellery Channing, via

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"Ballads, bons mots, and anecdotes give us better insights into the depths of past centuries than grave and voluminous chronicles." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, via

"The more the wonders of the world become inaccessible, the more intensely do its curiosities affect us." -- Colette

"The greatest of all miracles is to be alive." -- Thich Nhat Hanh

Play with your ideas

"Play with your ideas; thinking should be fun." -- Harold R. McAlindon

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"In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better." -- Cynthia Ozick

"All the places to love are here, ... no matter where you may live." -- Patricia MacLachlan

"We can spend a whole lifetime enjoying various benefits and not appreciate their value until we are deprived of them." -- Jami

"Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world." -- Francis P. Church

"If happiness has not her seat
And center in the breast,
We may be wise or rich or great,
But never can be blest."

-- Robert Burns

"We need so little to feel loved; all we need to do is begin to notice the multitude of tiny gifts and small miracles that punctuate each day we are alive." -- Wayne Miller

"Three anecdotes may suffice to paint a picture of a man." -- Friedrich Nietzsche, via

"[From anecdotes one] can distinguish a true picture of the customs and characters of any given period." -- Prosper McRimee, via

"Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discerned; but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battles." -- Plutarch, via

"When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world." -- Benjamin Disraeli in Lothair (1870), via

"We are part of all we have met." -- John H. Patterson (1844 - 1922), Industrialist * Social Reformer * Patriot * Benevolent Tyrant * Father of Modern Selling, via NCR History | John H. Patterson

"If the information glut can be likened to the danger of eating too much, anecdotage... is like scarfing down too many sweets: It is a short-cut to quick pleasure and short-term satisfaction, but ultimately it can be unfulfilling, and even dangerous - 'empty calories' that can disturb a nutritious regimen." -- Will Winton, via

"Opinions are fallible, but not examples."
-- Isaac D'Israeli, Dissertation on Anecdotes), via

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

"He was a wise man who invented beer." -- Plato

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -- Benjamin Franklin, found on a Beer Trivia Quiz at Go figure.

Friday, November 12, 2004

"I took my [hair] extensions out. I had to when I was in the hospital. It was hurting my head, and whenever I can, it's nice to get them out. I can actually feel my scalp." -- Lindsay Lohan tells MTV in this interview

found on HipClicks, posted November 10, 2004

Thursday, November 11, 2004

"Salma's unique I must say. She walks the walk and does the whole thing really. So I've been told. I mean, I don't know." -- Pierce Brosnan, actor, to Late Show host David Letterman on sultry Salma Hayek, Brosnan's co-star in the new movie "After the Sunset."