More Golden Real Estate Quotes

More "Golden Real Estate Quotes" -- David Walker's collection of thoughts and quotes about Real Estate, Homes, Land, Money, and Other Things. Sorted with no rhyme or reason. Date showed is when the quote was first on this web site.

"Golden Real Estate Quotes?" ... well .. Ah ..they are in Gold print! and this is California
"The Golden State"

DISCLAIMER: I do not agree with all of the quotations listed. I may have at one point, but that doesn't mean that I do, now. They were recorded for various reasons - they made me think, they made me laugh, they made me roll my eyes and groan... don't be sensitive about them...

David's Golden Quote of the Day 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004:



JUNE 2016

"Every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest should be indignantly frowned upon." - George Washington

"As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it." - George Washington, in Congress on his appointment as Commander-in-Chief

"Fastidiousness is only another word for egotism; and all men who know not where to look for truth save in the narrow well of self will find their own image at the bottom, and mistake it for what they are seeking." - James Russell Lowell

"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." - Albert Einstein

"If we look into communities and divisions of men, we observe that the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, guides the conversation, and gives measure to society." - Joseph Addison

"Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one." - Sam Rayburn

"I stand in awe of my body, this matter to which I am bound has become so strange to me. I fear not spirits, ghosts, of which I am one,--that my body might,--but I fear bodies, I tremble to meet them. What is this Titan that has possession of me? Talk of mysteries! Think of our life in nature,--daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it,--rocks, trees, the wind on our cheek! the solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?" - Henry David Thoreau

"If I have enough for myself and family, I am steward only for myself; if I have more, I am but a steward of that abundance for others." - George Herbert

"Heat, ma'am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones." - Sydney Smith

"Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it." - Dianne Feinstein

"I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week. - Mario Cuomo

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." - John Ruskin

"He who expects from a great name in politics, in philosophy, in art, equal greatness in other things, is little versed in human nature. Our strength lies in our weakness. The learned in books are ignorant of the world. He who is ignorant of books is often well acquainted with other things; for life is of the same length in the learned and unlearned; the mind cannot be idle; if it is not taken up with one thing, it attends to another through choice or necessity; and the degree of previous capacity in one class or another is a mere lottery." - William Hazlitt

"Nothing in this world is so good as usefulness. It binds your fellow-creatures to you, and you to them; it tends to the improvement of your own character; and it gives you a real importance in society, much beyond what any artificial station can bestow." - Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie

"I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence." - Alice Walker

"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful. He studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful." - Jules Henri Poincare

"A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?" - Albert Einstein

"Riches without law are more dangerous than is poverty without law." - Henry Ward Beecher

"It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers." - James Thurber

"We might adapt for the artist the joke about there being nothing more dangerous than instruments of war in the hands of generals. In the same way, there is nothing more dangerous than justice in the hands of judges, and a paint brush in the hands of a painter! Just think of the danger to society! But today we haven't the heart to expel the painters and poets because we no longer admit to ourselves that there is any danger in keeping them in our midst."- Pablo R. Picasso

"There is something cordial in a fat man, everybody likes him, and he likes everybody. Food does a fat man good; it clings to him; it fructifies upon him; he swells nobly out, and fills a: generous space in life." - Henry Giles

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts." - Aristotle

"Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash." - Joyce Brothers

"People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election." - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

"And as the eye is the best composer, so light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful. And the stimulus it affords to the sense, and a sort of infinitude which it hath like space and time, make all matter gay." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"So sweet, so sweet the roses in their blowing, So sweet the daffodils, so fair to see; So blithe and gay the humming-bird a going From flower to flower, a-hunting with the bee." - Nora Perry

MAY 2016

"A jealous man always finds more than he looks for." - Mademoiselle Madeleine de Scuderi

"There's no glory like his who saves his country." - Lord Alfred Tennyson

"For a free people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security." - Thomas Jefferson

"In science, as in common life, we frequently see that a novelty in the system or in practice, cannot be duly appreciated till time has sobered the enthusiasm of its advocates." - Queen Maud

"The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us." - Quentin Crisp

"We see the pernicious effects of luxury in the ancient Romans, who immediately found themselves poor as soon as this vice got footing among them." - Joseph Addison

"It behooves us always to bear in mind, that while actions are always to be judged by the immutable standard of right and wrong, the judgments which we pass upon men must be qualified by considerations of age, country, station, and other accidental circumstances; and it will then be found that he who is most charitable in his judgment is generally the least unjust." - Robert Southey

"Imagination I understand to be the representation of an individual thought. Imagination is of three kinds: joined with belief of that which is to come; joined with memory of that which is past; and of things present." - Francis Bacon

"The greatest of all heroes is One--whom we do not name here! Let sacred silence meditate that sacred matter; you will find it the ultimate perfection of a principle extant throughout man's whole history on earth." - Thomas Carlyle

"I've often said, the only thing standing between me and greatness is me." - Woody Allen

"The greatest man is he who chooses the Right with invincible resolution, who resists the sorest temptations from within and without, who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully, who is calmest in storms and most fearless under menace and frowns, whose reliance on truth, on virtue, on God, is most unfaltering; and is this a greatness which is apt to make a show, or which is most likely to abound in conspicuous station? . . . I believe this greatness to be most common among the multitude, whose names are never heard." - William Ellery Channing

"Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered." - Daniel Webster

"A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold." - Ogden Nash

"The free school is the promoter of that intelligence which is to preserve us as a free nation. If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence; I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon's, but between patriotism, and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition, and ignorance on the other." - Ulysses Simpson Grant

"Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition." - Charlotte Bronte

"Of course, now I am too old to be much of a fisherman, and now of course I usually fish the big waters alone, although some friends think I shouldn't. Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise." - Norman Fitzroy Maclean

"To see rich land eaten away by erosion, to stand by as continual cultivation on sloping fields wears away the best soil, is enough to make a good farmer sick at heart." - Henry A. Wallace

"No amusement seems more to have a foundation in our nature. The animation of youth overflows spontaneously in harmonious movements. The true idea of dancing entitles it to favor. Its end is to realize perfect grace in motion; and who does not know that a sense of the graceful is one of the higher faculties of our nature?" - William Ellery Channing

"Just because everything is different doesn't mean that anything has changed."- Irene Peter

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society." - Mark Twain

"There is still nothing in life as constant and as changing at the same time as an afternoon at a ballpark." - Larry King

"To wade in marshes and sea margins is the destiny of certain bird, and they are so accurately made for this that they are imprisoned in those places. Each animal out of its habitat would starve. To the physician, each man, each woman, is an amplification of one organ. A soldier, a locksmith, a bank-clerk, and a dancer could not exchange functions. And thus we are victims of adaptation." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"May the Fourth be with You" - David Walker May 4, 2016

"The Hebrews have a saying that God is more delighted in adverbs than in nouns; it is not so much the matter that is done, but the matter how it is done, that God minds. Not how much, but how well! It is the well-doing that meets with a well-done. Let us therefore serve God, not nominally or verbally, but adverbially." - Ralph Venning

April 2016

"The vulgarity of inanimate things requires time to get accustomed to; but living, breathing, bustling, plotting, planning, human vulgarity is a species of moral ipecacuanha, enough to destroy any comfort." - Thomas Carlyle

"Whoever makes me unhappy for a day, I will make suffer a lifetime." - Empress Dowager Cixi

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We often wonder that certain men and women are left by God to the commission of sins that shock us. We wonder how, under the temptation of a single hour, they fall from the very heights of virtue and of honor into sin and shame. The fact is that there are no such falls as these, or there are next to none. These men and women are those who have dallied with temptation--have exposed themselves to the influence of it, and have been weakened and corrupted by it." - Josiah Gilbert Holland

"The strength of all sciences is, as the strength of the old man's faggot, in the bond. For the harmony of a science, supporting each part the other, is and ought to be the true and brief confutation and suppression of all the smaller sort of objections. But, on the other side, if you take out every axiom, as the sticks of the faggot, one by one, you may quarrel with them and bend them and break them at your pleasure: so that, as was said of Seneca, Verborum minutiis rerum frangit pondera, so a man may truly say of the schoolmen, Quaestionum minutiis scientiarum frangunt soliditatem. For were it not better for a man in fair room to set up one great light, or branching candlestick of lights, than to go about with a small watch-candle into every corner?" - Francis Bacon

"There is a mental fatigue which is a spurious kind of remorse, and has all the anguish of the nobler feeling. It is an utter weariness and prostration of spirit, a sickness of heart and mind, a bitter longing to lie down and die." - Mary Elizabeth Braddon

"Texans are proof that the world was populated by aliens. - Cynthia Nelms

"I send thee a shell from the ocean-beach; But listen thou well, for my shell hath speech. Hold to thine ear And plain thou'lt hear Tales of ships." - Charles Henry Webb

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." - Willie Nelson

"The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy." - Helen Hayes

"We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace." - Aristotle

"It seems plain and self-evident, yet it needs to be said: the isolated knowledge obtained by a group of specialists in a narrow field has in itself no value whatsoever, but only in its synthesis with all the rest of knowledge and only inasmuch as it really contributes in this synthesis toward answering the demand, "Who are we?" - Erwin Schrodinger

"The next best thing to a very good joke is a very bad one." - Julius Charles Hare

"Impudence is no virtue; yet able to beggar them all; being for the most part in good plight, when the rest starve, and capable of carrying her followers up to the highest preferments; as useful in a court as armor in a camp." - Sir Thomas Osborne

"Go anywhere in England where there are natural, wholesome, contented, and really nice English people; and what do you always find? That the stables are the real centre of the household." - George Bernard Shaw

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."- Cicero

"Fame has no necessary conjunction with praise; it may exist without the breath of a word: it is a recognition of excellence which must be felt, but need not be spoken. Even the envious must feel it,--feel it, and hate in silence." - Washington Allston

"Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn." - Henry Louis Mencken

"Men must be decided on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do." - Mencius

"In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill-will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow-men, not knowing what they do." - John Quincy Adams

"Bankers are lynxes. To expect any gratitude from them is equivalent to attempting to move the wolves of the Ukraine to pity in the middle of winter." - Honore de Balzac

"Happy April Fool Day!" - David / Lisa Walker

March 2016

"That a national university in this country is a thing to be desired, has always been my decided opinion." - George Washington

"Whether we force the man's property from him by pinching his stomach, or pinching his fingers, makes some difference anatomically; morally, none whatsoever." - John Ruskin

"Shun no toil to wake yourself remarkable by some talent or other; yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely; for science is but one." - Seneca

Happy Easter! from David and Lisa

"We only want that which is given naturally to all peoples of the world, to be masters of our own fate, only of our fate, not of others, and in cooperation and friendship with others." - Golda Meir

"Reckless haste makes poor speed." - Benjamin Franklin

"A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party: there is no battle unless there be two." - Seneca

"It is after you have lost your teeth that you can afford to buy steaks." - Pierre Auguste Renoir

"Such is the nature of novelty that where anything pleases it becomes doubly agreeable if new; but if it displeases, it is doubly displeasing on that very account." - David Hume

"The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any." - Fred Astaire

"Happy St. Patrick's Day! March 17, Go with the Green" - David and Lisa

"Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never." - Benjamin Franklin

"A knowledge of mankind and of things that surround us gives us that second education which proves far move valuable than our first because it alone turns out a truly accomplished man." - Honore de Balzac

"Spring Forward, One more hour of daylight this Sunday Morn" - David Walker / Lisa Walker

"Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but an accident alone, here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two; but it is sure as life, it is sure as death!" - Thomas Carlyle

"Put two things together which have never been put together before, and some schmuck will buy it." - George Carlin

"Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing out the best in human personality." - Alexis Carrel

"Great men are always exceptional men; and greatness itself is but comparative. Indeed, the range of most men in life is so limited that very few have the opportunity of being great." - Samuel Smiles

"Without depth of thought or earnestness of feeling or strength of purpose, living an unreal life, sacrificing substance to show, substituting the fictitious for the natural, mistaking a crowd for society, finding its chief pleasure in ridicule, and exhausting its ingenuity in expedients for killing time, fashion is among the last influences under which a human being who respects himself, or who comprehends the great end of life, would desire to be placed." - William Ellery Channing

"It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted." - Aeschylus

"Up from the sea, the wild north wind is blowing Under the sky's gray arch; Smiling I watch the shaken elm boughs, knowing It is the wind of March." - William Wordsworth

February 2016

"Happy LEAP Year Day! February 29, may your day be Sunny and Bright" - David and Lisa

"Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail." - Thomas Jefferson

"Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our Works and Thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed, is painful; yet ever needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope." - Thomas Carlyle

"The beginnings of all things are small." - Cicero

"The affluent society, with relentless single-minded energy, is turning our cities, most of suburbia and most of our roadways into the most affluent slum on earth." - Eric Sevareid

"Every time I think that I'm getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens." - Elvis Presley

"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. "The best of all ways to lengthen our days" is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, "to steal a few hours from night, my love;" but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,--hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys." - Charles Dickens

"Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat." - Fran Lebowitz

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." - John Ruskin

"A prudent person, having to do with a designing one, will always distrust most when appearances are fairest." - Samuel Richardson

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." - Bill Watterson

"A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea."- Milan Kundera

"Whosoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world, commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself." - Sir Walter Raleigh

"Holiday or no, the world goes on." - James Michael Ullman

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers."
- Thomas Pynchon

"He who boasts of being perfect is perfect in folly. I never saw a perfect man. Every rose has its thorns, and every day its night. Even the sun shows spots, and the skies are darkened with clouds; and faults of some kind nestle in every bosom." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto." - Francis Bacon

"Neatness is a crowning grace of womanhood." - Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle

"Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music without the idea is simply music; the idea without the music is prose from its very definiteness." - Edgar Allan Poe

"In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude." - George Washington

"If the inner life of our fashionable women were known, how few would deserve the title of lady!" - James Merrick

"Give me one kiss, I'll give it to thee again; And one for interest, if thou wilt have twain." - William Shakespeare

"We shall be judged, not by what we might have been, but what we have been." - Rev. William Sewell

"We shall be judged, not by what we might have been, but what we have been." - Rev. William Sewell

"American husbands are the best in the world; no other husbands are so generous to their wives, or can be so easily divorced." - Elinor Glyn

"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Kahlil Gibran

"February makes a bridge and March breakes it." - George Herbert

January 2016

"Nonsense, when earnest, is impressive, and sometimes takes you in. If you are in a hurry, you occasionally mistake it for sense." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Marriage is a fight to the death. Before contracting it, the two parties concerned implore the benediction of Heaven because to promise to love each other forever is the rashest of enterprises." - Honore de Balzac

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan

"Round numbers are always false." - Samuel Johnson

"In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Many men fail to realize that joy is distinctly moral. It is a fruit of the spiritual life. We have no more right to pray for joy, if we are not doing the things that Jesus said would bring it, than we would have to ask interest in a savings bank in which we had never deposited money. Joy does not happen. It is a flower that springs from roots. It is the inevitable result of certain lines followed and laws obeyed, and so a matter of character. Therefore, we cannot say that joy is like a fine complexion, a distinct addition to the charm of the face, which yet would be structurally perfect without this charm. Joy is a feature, and the face that does not have it is disfigured. The Christian life that is joyless is a discredit to God, and a disgrace to itself." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"There is no place more delightful than one's own fireside." - Cicero

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde

"We should aim rather at leveling down our desires than leveling up our means." - Aristotle

"The eagle suffers little birds to sing, And is not careful what they mean thereby." - William Shakespeare

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King (in a letter)

"For a few brief days the orchards are white with blossoms. They soon turn to fruit, or else float away, useless and wasted, upon the idle breeze. So will it be with present feelings. They must be deepened into decision, or be entirely dissipated by delay." - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

"Charles Lamb, tired of lending his books threatened to chain Wordsworth's poems to his shelves, adding: "For of those who borrow, some read slow; some mean to read, but don't read; and some neither read nor mean to read, but borrow to leave you an opinion of their sagacity. I must do my money-borrowing friends the justice to say that there is nothing of this caprice or wantonness of alienation in them. When they borrow my money, they never fail to make use of it." - Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd

"Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads." - George Bernard Shaw

"In all matters, before beginning, a diligent preparation should be made." - Cicero

"Without adventure civilization is in full decay." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Not till that last day, the day that closes our mortal existence, shall we fully understand the brevity of time. Yet time is our life; its passage is our death. The moment we began to live, that moment we began to die. We forget too often that the departure of time means the departure of our life. When the warm blood flows full and strong through all the swelling veins, and full-robed joy animates body and mind; when in the series of our days and years there occurs no startling circumstance to arrest our notice or awake our thought, we forget that we are not moored, but are ever gliding, though we notice not our motion, down the stream of time." - Charles Augustus Stoddard

"A. D."--the world writes the letters carelessly as it turns the page to record for the first time the new year; but in these letters is the "open secret" of the ages, for this, too, is a "year of our Lord," an acceptable year," a "year of grace." - Jesse B. Thomas

"Happy New Year" from David and Lisa

December 2015

"Let the new year be a year of freedom from sin, a year of seance, a year of trust in God, and it will be a happy year from first to last. It may be the hardest year we have known, but it will be the happiest." - J.M. Buckley

"The church-bells of innumerable sects are all chime-bells to-day, ringing in sweet accordance throughout many lands, and awaking a great joy in the heart of our common humanity." - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

"The chief charm of Christmas is its simplicity. It is a festival that appeals to everyone, because every one can understand it. * * * A genuine fellowship pervades our common life--A fellowship whose source is our common share in the gift of the world's greatest Life which was given to the whole world." - Arthur Reed Kimball

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." - Francis Pharcellus Church, in an editorial, in the "New York Sun", 1897

"Merry Christmas" From David Walker and Lisa Walker

"Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and a nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chilled hidebound hearts." - Lenora Mattingly Weber

"He who decides a case without hearing the other side, though he decide justly, cannot be considered just." - Seneca

"In matters of great concern, and which must be done, there is no surer argument of a weak mind than irresolution; to be undetermined where the case is so plain, and the necessity so urgent. To be always intending to live a new life, but never to find time to set about it; this is as if a man should put off eating, and drinking, and sleeping, from one day and night to another, till he is starved and destroyed." - John Tillotson

"The first step toward greatness is to be honest, says the proverb; but the proverb fails to state the case strong enough. Honesty is not only "the first step toward greatness,"--it is greatness itself." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave." - Homer

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy

"Is it a fact--or have I dreamt it--that by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence: or shall we say it is itself a thought, nothing but thought, and no longer the substance which we dreamed it." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Though our donations are made to please ourselves, we insist, upon those who receive our alms being pleased with them." - Johann Georg von Zimmermann

When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December, how In this our pinching cave shall we discourse The freezing hours away? - William Shakespeare,

November 2015

"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative." - Maurice Chevalier

"Every man has something to do which he neglects, every man has faults to conquer which he delays to combat." - Samuel Johnson

"Nothing happens until something moves." - Albert Einstein

"To a man who is uncorrupt and properly constituted, woman always remains something of a mystery and a romance. He never interprets her quite literally. She, on her part, is always striving to remain a poem, and is never weary of bringing out new editions of herself in novel bindings." - James Parton

"Alcohol is a very necessary article . . . . It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning." - George Bernard Shaw

"And steal immortal kisses from her lips; which even in pure and vestal modesty still blush as thinking their own kisses sin." - William Shakespeare

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein

"He who hesitates is a damned fool." - Mae West

No park--no ring--no afternoon gentility-- No company--no nobility-- No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease. No comfortable feel in any member-- No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November! - Thomas Hood

October 2015

"We both alike know that into the discussion of human affairs the question of justice only enters where the pressure of necessity is equal; that the powerful exact what they can, and the weak grant what they must." - Thucydides

"Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better." - Emile Coue

"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America." - James Earl "Jimmy" Carter

"It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws." - Aristotle

"Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind." - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

"He who excels in his art so as to carry it to the utmost height of perfection of which it is capable may be said in some measure to go beyond it: his transcendent productions admit of no appellations." - Jean de la Bruyere

"Debt is to man what the serpent is to the bird; its eye fascinates, its breath poisons, its coil crushes sinew and bone, its jaw is the pitiless grave." - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

"Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Bankers are lynxes. To expect any gratitude from them is equivalent to attempting to move the wolves of the Ukraine to pity in the middle of winter." - Honore de Balzac

"The affluent society, with relentless single-minded energy, is turning our cities, most of suburbia and most of our roadways into the most affluent slum on earth." - Eric Sevareid

"October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming--October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors." - Henry Ward Beecher

September 2015

"The bird alighteth not on the spread net when it beholds another bird in the snare. Take warning by the misfortunes of others, that others may not take example from you." - Saadi Sadi

"How the hell should I know? Most of the people my age are dead." - Casey Stengel on the subject of his age

"Remember 9/11" - David Lee Walker and Family

"In love to our wives there is desire, to our sons there is ambition; but in that to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express." - Joseph Addison

"We should enjoy more peace if we did not busy ourselves with the words and deeds of other men, which appertain not to our charge." - Jeremy

"The distance between capital and labor is not a great gulf over which is swung a Niagara suspension bridge; it is only a step, and the laborers here will cross over and become capitalists and the capitalists will cross over and become laborers. Would to God they would shake hands while they are crossing, these from one side, and those from the other side." - Thomas De Witt Talmage

"Difficulty adds to result, as the ramming of powder sends the bullet the further." - George MacDonald

"Make the most of time, it flies away so fast; yet method will teach you to win time." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"O sweet September, thy first breezes bring The dry leaf's rustle and the squirrel's laughter, The cool fresh air whence health and vigor spring And promise of exceeding joy hereafter. - George Arnold

August 2015

"Over no nation does the press hold a more absolute control than over the people of America, for the universal education of the poorest classes makes every individual a reader." - Washington Irving

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter F. Drucker

"If the inner life of our fashionable women were known, how few would deserve the title of lady!" - James Merrick

"You can have everything in life you want if you will only help enough other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar

"A man who can, in cold blood, hunt and torture a poor, innocent animal, cannot feel much compassion for the distress of his own species." - Frederick, the Great

"Sports and gaming, whether pursued from a desire of gain or love of pleasure, are as ruinous to the temper and disposition of the party addicted to them, as they are to his fame and fortune." - Robert Burton

"It isn't the people you fire who make your life miserable, it's the people you don't." - Harvey MacKay

"No people is fully civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse." - Theodore Roosevelt

"All to whom want is terrible, upon whatever principle, ought to think themselves obliged to learn the sage maxims of our parsimonious ancestors, and attain the salutary arts of contracting expense; for without economy none can be rich, and with it few can be poor." - Samuel Johnson

"The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions." - Alfred Adler

"Beauty has so many charms, one knows not how to speak against it; and when it happens that a graceful figure is the habitation of a virtuous soul, when the beauty of the face speaks out the modesty and humility of the mind, and the justness of the proportion raises our thoughts up to the heart and wisdom of the great Creator, something may be allowed it,--and something to the embellishments which set it off; and yet, when the whole apology is read, it will be found at last that beauty, like truth, never is so glorious as when it goes the plainest." - Laurence Sterne

"We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions." - Aristotle

"In all lands, sailors form a race apart. They profess a congenital contempt for landlubbers. As for the tradesman, he understands nothing of sailors nor cares a fig about them. He is content to rob them if he can." - Honore de Balzac

"For after all the best thing one can do when it is raining, is to let it rain." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"A fool to pleasure, yet a slave to fame." - Alexander Pope

"Who does not more admire Cicero as an author than as a consul of Rome?" - Joseph Addison

"It is without all controversy that learning doth make the minds of men gentle, amiable, and pliant to government; whereas ignorance makes them churlish, thwarting, and mutinous; and the evidence of time doth clear this assertion, considering that the most barbarous, rude, and unlearned times have been most subject to tumults, seditions, and changes." - Francis Bacon

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

"How many cowards wear yet upon their chins the beards of Hercules and frowning Mars!" - William Shakespeare

"The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Those who worship gold in a world so corrupt as this we live in have at least one thing to plead in defense of their idolatry--the power of their idol. It is true that, like other idols, it can neither move, see, hear, feel, nor understand; but, unlike other idols, it has often communicated all these powers to those who had them not, and annihilated them in those who had. This idol can boast of two peculiarities; it is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite." - Charles Caleb Colton

"On great occasions it is almost always women who have given the strongest proofs of virtue and devotion; the reason is, that with men good and bad qualities are in general the result of calculation, while in women they are impulses springing from the heart." - Charles Tristan de Montholon

"Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown." - Claude Bernard

The August cloud . . . suddenly Melts into streams of rain. - William Cullen Bryant

July 2015

"Ideas go booming through the world louder than cannon. Thoughts are mightier than armies. Principles have achieved more victories than horsemen and chariots." - William Miller Paxton

"The celestial order and the beauty of the universe compel me to admit that there is some excellent and eternal Being, who deserves the respect and homage of men." - Cicero

"Truth never turns to rebuke falsehood; her own straightforwardness is the severest correction." - Henry David Thoreau

"Language is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. It has arrested ten thousand lightning flashes of genius, which unless fixed and arrested might have been as bright, but would have also been as quickly passing and perishing as the lightning." - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench

"Nothing of worth or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a faint heart, and with a lame endeavor." - Isaac Barrow

"This kind of weapon can't help but have an effect on the population as a whole." - Ronald Reagan

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." - William Arthur Ward

"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." - Lucille Ball

"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. "The best of all ways to lengthen our days" is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, "to steal a few hours from night, my love;" but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,--hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys." - Charles Dickens

"Those who have read of everything are though to understand everything too; but it is not always so--reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what is read ours. We are of the ruminating kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves with a great load of collections; unless we chew them over again, they will not give us strength and nourishment." - John Locke

"I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team." - Lee A. Iacocca

"Surmise is the gossamer that malice blows on fair reputations, the corroding dew that destroys the choice blossom. Surmise is primarily the squint of suspicion, and suspicion is established before it is confirmed." - Johann Georg von Zimmermann

"I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come." - Abraham Lincoln

"If the bookseller happens to desire a privilege for his merchandise, whether he is selling Rabelais or the Fathers of the Church, the magistrate grants the privilege without answering for the contents of the book." - Voltaire

"A grass blade believes that men build palaces for it to grow in. Grass wedges its way between the closest blocks of marble and it brings them down. This power of feeble life which can creep in anywhere is greater than that of the mighty behind their cannons." - Honore de Balzac

"Originality does not consist in saying what no one else has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself." - James Stephens

"Nothing happens until something moves." - Albert Einstein

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Unattributed Author, Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles

"Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will like them only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them." - Anacharsis

"Happy Fourth July" - David Walker and Lisa Walker

"Hot July brings cooling showers, Apricots and gillyflowers." - Sara Coleridge

June 2015

"A careful observation of Nature will disclose pleasantries of superb irony. She has for instance placed toads close to flowers." - Honore de Balzac

"Homework, root canals, and deadlines are the important things in life, and only when we have these major dramas taken care of can we presume to look at the larger questions." - Cynthia Heimel

"Health food makes me sick." - Calvin Trillin

"Is there anything in life so lovely and poetical as the laugh and merriment of a young girl, who, still in harmony with all her powers, sports with you in luxuriant freedom, and in her mirthfulness neither despises nor dislikes? Her gravity is seldom as innocent as her playfulness; still less that haughty discontent which converts the youthful Psyche into a dull thick, buzzing, wing-drooping nightmoth." - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

"The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants." - Aristotle

"If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done." - Peter Ustinov

"The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. From the protection of different and unequal faculties of acquiring property, the possession of different degrees and kinds of property immediately results." - James Madison

"Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing." - James Harvey Robinson

"All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams." - Mary Ellen Kelly

"The air of summer was sweeter than wine." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. We are bought by the enemy with the treasure in our own coffers." - Edmund Burke

"Charity and good-nature give a sanction to the most common actions; and pride and ill-nature make our best virtues despicable." - William Wycherley

"Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it." - Don Herold

"I think the first wisdom is to restrain the tongue." - Cato

"We cannot be satisfied with things as they are. We cannot be satisfied to drift, to rest on our oars, to glide over a sea whose depths are shaken by subterranean upheavals." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Remembrances last longer than present reality, as I have conserved blossoms many years, but never fruits. Yes, there are tender female souls which intoxicate themselves only among the blossoms of the vineyard of joy, as others do only with the berries of the vinehill." - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

"To meet at all, one must open one's eyes to another; and there is no true conversation, no matter how many words are spoken, unless the eye, unveiled and listening open itself to the other." - Jessamyn West

"When something does not insist on being noticed, when we aren't grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event, we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." - Cynthia Ozick

"We must avoid fastidiousness; neatness, when it is moderate, is a virtue; but when it is carried to an extreme, it narrows the mind" - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

"Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them." - Ogden Nash

"The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition. - Dwight Whitney Morrow

"The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something; the strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything. The drop, by continually falling, bores its passage through the hardest rock. The hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar, and leaves no trace behind." - Thomas Carlyle

"Liberty, equality,--bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice, and justice towards the feeble becomes necessarily protection or kindness." - Henri-Frederic Amiel

"To hear always, to think always, to learn always, it is thus that we live truly. He who aspires to nothing, who learns nothing, is not worthy of living." - Sir Arthur Helps

"Haste turns usually upon a matter of ten minutes too late, and may be avoided by a habit like that of Lord Nelson, to which he ascribed his success in life, of being ten minutes too early." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Every generalization is dangerous, especially this one." - Mark Twain

"Fame is a revenue payable only to our ghosts; and to deny ourselves all present satisfaction, or to expose ourselves to so much hazard for this, were as great madness as to starve ourselves, or fight desperately for food, to be laid on our tombs after our death." - Henry Mackenzie

May 2015

"How natural it is to destroy what we cannot possess, to deny what we do not understand, and to insult what we envy! - Honore de Balzac

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear." - Dave Barry

"Time spent with cats is never wasted." - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

"The recovery of freedom is so splendid a thing that we must not shun even death when seeking to recover it." - Cicero

"Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtues shine and vice blush." - Francis Bacon

"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. "The best of all ways to lengthen our days" is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, "to steal a few hours from night, my love;" but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,--hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys." - Charles Dickens

"The best policy is to declare victory and leave." - George D. Aiken, said during the Vietnam War

"Delude not yourself with the notion that you may be untrue and uncertain in trifles and in important things the contrary. Trifles make up existence, and give the observer the measure by which to try us; and the fearful power of habit, after a time, suffers not the best will to ripen into action." - Baron Carl Maria von Weber

"A successful tool is used to do something undreamed of by its author." - Samuel Curtis Johnson

"Satirical writers and speakers are not half so clever as they think themselves, nor as they are thought to be. They do winnow the corn, it is true, but it is to feed upon the chaff. I am sorry to add that they who are always speaking ill of others are also very apt to be doing ill to them. It requires some talent and some generosity to find out talent and generosity in others, though nothing but self-conceit and malice are needed to discover or to imagine faults. It is much easier for an ill-natured man than for a good-natured man to be smart and witty." - James Sharp

"Reason is as it were a light to lighten our steps and guide us through the journey of life." - Cicero

"It is now proven, beyond a doubt, that smoking is a leading cause of statistics." - Fletcher Knebel

"There is a world of science necessary in choosing books. I have known some people in great sorrow fly to a novel, or the last light book in fashion. One might as well take a rose-draught for the plague! Light reading does not do when the heart is really heavy. I am told that Goethe, when he lost his son, took to study a science that was new to him. Ah! Goethe was a physician who knew what he was about." - 1st Baron Lytton

"With just enough of learning to misquote." - Lord Byron

April 2015

"Physicians are the cobblers, rather the botchers, of men's bodies; as the one patches our tattered clothes, so the other solders our diseased flesh." - John Ford

"After a man passes sixty, his mischief is mainly in his head." - Washington Irving

"Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up." - Tom Stoppard

"As adversaries in law, strive mightily; but eat and drink as friends." - William Shakespeare

"What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know, it's what we know for sure that just ain't so" - Mark Twain

"For every ten jokes, thou hast got a hundred enemies." - Laurence Sterne

"Guns, swords, batteries, armies and ships of war are set in motion by man for the subjugation of an enemy. Women bring conquerors to their feet with the magic of their eyes." - Francis Hopkinson Smith

"I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pains of others."- Edmund Burke

"The natural language of gesture is God's language. We did not invent it. Surely natural language is the language of nature; and these gestures which make us hang the head, and give us the erect attitude, are proclamations made, not by the will of man, but by the will of that Power which has co-ordinated all things, and given them harmony with each other, and never causes an instinct to utter a lie." - Joseph Cook

"There is a law of neutralization of forces, which hinders bodies from sinking beyond a certain depth in the sea; but in the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking." - James Russell Lowell

"You load 16 tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go. I owe my soul to the company store." - Merle Travis

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." - Henry David Thoreau

"Promptly improve your accidents." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day!"- William Hamilton Gibson

February 2015

"A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you." - Adlai E. Stevenson

"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play." - Arnold J Toynbee

"There is nothing that needs to be said in an unkind manner." - Hosea Ballou

"My valentine I pray that thou wilt be, Not for a day, but for eternity." - Charles Douglas

"The ugliest of trades have their moments of pleasure. Now, if I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment." - Douglas William Jerrold

"Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon." - Dag Hammarskjold

"Life is amazing, life is odd. Life is not what you expected it to be. Things happen... Growing up takes longer than you think." - Lauren Bacall

"There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowells of the earth, many a fair pearle in the bosome of the sea, that never was seene nor never shall bee." - Joseph Hall

"Necessity is always the first stimulus to industry, and those who conduct it with prudence, perseverance and energy will rarely fail. Viewed in this light, the necessity of labor is not a chastisement, but a blessing,--the very root and spring of all that we call progress in individuals and civilization in nations." - Samuel Smiles

"A better principle than this, that "the majority shall rule," is this other, that justice shall rule. "Justice," says the code of Justinian, "is the constant and perpetual desire to render every man his due." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"The lazy man aims at nothing, and generally hits it." - James Ellis

"The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls." - Jean de la Bruyere

"It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world." - Aristotle

"Pure hero-worship is healthy. It stimulates the young to deeds of heroism, stirs the old to unselfish efforts, and gives the masses models of mankind that tend to lift humanity above the commonplace meanness of ordinary life." - Donn Platt

January 2015

"You have a choice between the natural stability of gold and the honesty and intelligence of the members of government. And with all due respect for those gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, vote for gold." - George Bernard Shaw

"How idle a boast, after all, is the immortality of a name! Time is ever silently turning over his pages; we are too much engrossed by the story of the present to think of the character and anecdotes that gave interest to the past; and each age is a volume thrown aside and forgotten." - Washington Irving

"Wealth unused might as well not exist." - Aesop

"People who don't have nightmares don't have dreams." - Robert Paul Smith

"A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one." - Sam Rayburn

"Whatever strengthens our local attachments is favorable both to individual and national character, our home, our birthplace, our native land. Think for a while what the virtues are which arise out of the feelings connected with these words, and if you have any intellectual eyes, you will then perceive the connection between topography and patriotism." - Robert Southey

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." - Amelia Earhart

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"The utmost we can hope for in this world is contentment; if we aim at anything higher, we shall meet with nothing but grief and disappointment. A man should direct all his studies and endeavors at making himself easy now and happy hereafter." - Joseph Addison

"There is no great genius free from some tincture of madness." - Seneca

"Feeling is deep and still; and the word that floats on the surface Is as the tossing buoy, that betrays where the anchor is hidden." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead." - Aristotle

"There is no darkness but ignorance." - William Shakespeare

"Let him that hath done the good office conceal it; let him that received it disclose it." - Seneca

"Moral conduct includes every thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. They are active in their desires, their affections, their designs, their intentions, and in every thing they say and do of choice; and for all these things they are accountable to God." - Nathaniel Emmons

"Happy New Year and may your future be bright." From David Walker and Lisa Walker

December 2014

"There exists a very beautiful custom in Germany, which it would be well to imitate everywhere. On the first day of the New Year, whatever may have been the quarrels or estrangement between friends and relatives, mutual visits are interchanged, kindly greetings given and received--all is forgotten and forgiven. Let this custom begin with reconciliation to God, then friendship and fellowship may be found that shall be blessed and lasting." - John Foster

"A. D."--the world writes the letters carelessly as it turns the page to record for the first time the new year; but in these letters is the "open secret" of the ages, for this, too, is a "year of our Lord," an acceptable year," a "year of grace." - Jesse B. Thomas

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." - Francis Pharcellus Church

"The most common cause of fear of old age is associated with the possibility of poverty." - Napoleon Hill

"The evening of a well spent life brings its lamps with it." - Joseph Joubert

"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative." - Maurice Chevalier

"If you live to the age of a hundred, you have it made because very few people die past the age of a hundred." - George Burns

"Much has seen said of the wisdom of old age. Old age is wise, I grant, for itself, but not wise for the community. It is wise in declining new enterprises, for it has not the power nor the time to execute them; wise in shrinking from difficulty, for it has not the strength to overcome it; wise in avoiding danger, for it lacks the faculty of ready and swift action, by which dangers are parried and converted into advantages. But this is not wisdom for mankind at large, by whom new enterprises must be undertaken, dangers met, and difficulties surmounted." - William Cullen Bryant

"Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit." - Ansel Adams

"As a general thing, an individual who is neat in his person is neat in his morals." - Henry Wheeler Shaw

"As in the greater world for man, so in the little world of man,--as in the outward riches of the one, so in the inner treasures of the other, many possess much, and enjoy but little; many have much, and use but little; others use much, and but little well. I shall not so much endeavor to have much wherewithal to do as to do much with that little I have. It shall not so much grieve me that I am a poor treasurer, as joy me if I had been a good steward. I could wish I had more to use well, but more wish well to use that I have. If he were so blamed that employed not one talent well, what would become of me if I had ten and abused them?" - Arthur Warwick

"A time will come when the science of destruction shall bend before the arts of peace; when the genius which multiplies our powers, which creates new products, which diffuses comfort and happiness among the great mass of the people, shall occupy in the general estimation of mankind that rank which reason and common sense now assign to it." - Francois Arago

"Truth is its [Justice's] handmaid, freedom is its child, peace is its companion, safety walks in its steps, victory follows in its train; it is the brightest emanation from the gospel; it is the attribute of God." - Sydney Smith

"Of those that spin out trifles and die without a memorial, many flatter themselves with high opinions of their own importance, and imagine that they are every day adding some improvement to human life." - Samuel Johnson

"Life is too short to spare an hour of it in the indulgence of this evil passion." - Alphonse de Lamartine

"Some men give so that you are angry every time you ask them to contribute. They give so that their gold and silver shoot you like a bullet. Other persons give with such beauty that you remember it as long as you live; and you say, "It is a pleasure to go to such men." There are some men that give as springs do: whether you go to them or not, they are always full; and your part is merely to put your dish under the ever-flowing stream. Others give just as a pump does where the well is dry, and the pump leaks." - Henry Ward Beecher

"When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December, how In this our pinching cave shall we discourse The freezing hours away?" - William Shakespeare

November 2014

"Although strength should fail, the effort will deserve praise. In great enterprises the attempt is enough." - Sextus Aurelius Propertius

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." - Will Rogers

"Happy Thanksgiving Day" From David Walker, Lisa Walker and our Family

"No, there is nothing that should hinder the praises of God's sons and daughters on Thanksgiving Day. We are much too prone to sadness; not overserious, but overmelancholy. In the Talmud we are told of a stringed instrument that hung over King David's bed in such a position that when the pleasant north winds blew in the night it sounded sweetly of itself; "and he forthwith arose and occupied himself with the law until he saw the pillars of the dawn." Our lives are environed with God's goodness. We sleep in the midst of untouched harps of blessing. Let us arise and sweep their strings on this Thanksgiving Day." - David James Burrell

"Of all appeals,--although I grant the power of pathos, and of gold, Of beauty, flattery, threats, a shilling,--no Methods more sure at moments to take hold, Of the best feelings of mankind, which grow More tender, as we every day behold, Than that all-softening, overpow'ring knell, The tocsin of the soul--the Dinner Bell." - Lord Byron

"The latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a feast, Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest." - William Shakespeare

"If a misplaced admiration shows imbecility, an affected criticism shows vice of character. Expose thyself rather to appear a beast than false." - Denis Diderot

"As long as there are cold and nakedness in the land around you, so long can there be no question at all but that splendor of dress is a crime. In due time, when we have nothing better to set people to work at, it may be right to let them make lace and cut jewels; but as long as there are any who have no blankets for their beds, and no rags for their bodies, so long it is blanket-making and tailoring we must set people to work at, not lace." - John Ruskin

"Childish, imbecile carelessness is enough to render any man poor, without the aid of a single positive vice." - Francis D.D. Wayland

"Called to the throne by the voice of the people, my maxim has always been, A career open to talent without distinction of birth. It is this system of equality for which the European oligarchy detests me." - Napoleon Bonaparte - Napoleon I

"Life would be tolerable but for its amusements." - George Bernard Shaw

"Half light, half shade, she stood a sight to make an old man young." - Lord Alfred Tennyson

"Who is there who, at this season, does not feel his mind impressed with a sentiment of melancholy? or who is able to resist that current of thought, which, from such appearances of decay, so naturally leads him to the solemn imagination of that inevitable fate which is to bring on alike the decay of life, of empire, and of nature itself?" - Sir Archibald Alison

"There is no small pleasure in pure water." - Ovid

"Woman is closer to angels than man because she knows how to mingle an infinite tenderness with the most absolute compassion." - Honore de Balzac

"When you swear, swear seriously and solemnly, but at the same time with a smile, for a smile is the twin sister of seriousness." - Plato

"Society is infected with rude, cynical, restless, and frivolous persons who prey upon the rest, and whom no public opinion concentrated into good manners, forms accepted by the sense of all, can reach; the contradictors and railers at public and private tables, who are like terriers, who conceive it the duty of a dog of honor to growl at any passer-by, and do the honors of the house by barking him out of sight." - Ralph Waldo

"IF You ENJOY Your FREEDOM and your INDEPENDENCE Thank a VET" - - - Have a Happy Veterans Day - - - David Walker

"The pen is a formidable weapon; but a man can kill himself with it a great deal more easily than he can other people." - George Denison Prentice

"There is something cordial in a fat man, everybody likes him, and he likes everybody. Food does a fat man good; it clings to him; it fructifies upon him; he swells nobly out, and fills a: generous space in life." - Henry Giles

"Whosoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world, commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself." - Sir Walter Raleigh

"A man's love for his native land lies deeper than any logical expression, among those pulses of the heart which vibrate to the sanctities of home, and to the thoughts which leap up from his father's graves." - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

"Only thing worse than watching a bad movie is being in one." - Elvis Presley

"Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth." - Erma Bombeck

"We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others: and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring." - Jeremy Bentham

October 2014

"Beware of biting jests; the more truth they carry with them, the greater wounds they give, the greater smarts they cause, and the greater scars they leave behind them." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"Never invest in anything that eats or needs painting." - Billy Rose

"A hungry people listens not to reason, not cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers." - Seneca

"Think not that guilt requires the burning torches of the Furies to agitate and torment it. Their own frauds, their crimes, their remembrances of the past, their terrors of the future,--these are the domestic furies that are ever present to the mind of the impious." - Robert Hall

"The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra

"If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done." - Peter Ustinov

"Dreams are the touchstones of our character." - Henry David Thoreau

"Adults ask questions as a child does. When you stop wondering, you might as well put your rocker on the front porch and call it a day." - Johnny Carson

"Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned." - Milton Friedman

"Who does not more admire Cicero as an author than as a consul of Rome?" - Joseph Addison

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers

The essence of risk management lies in maximizing the areas where we have some control over the outcome while minimizing the areas where we have absolutely no control over the outcome. - Peter L. Bernstein

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." - Mark Twain

"One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called weasel words." – Theodore Roosevelt

"Be sincere and true to your word, serious and careful in your actions; and you will get along even among barbarians, But if you are not sincere and untrustworthy in your speech, frivolous and careless in your actions, how will you get along even among your own neighbors? When stand, see these principles in front of you; in your carriage see them on the yoke. Then you may be sure to get along." - Confucius

Too many people today know the price of everything and the value of nothing. - Ann Landers

"Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing." Wernher von Braun

September 2014

"Air travel: Breakfast in London, dinner in New York, luggage in Brazil."

"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good." - Henry Louis Mencken

"Nothing in this world is so good as usefulness. It binds your fellow-creatures to you, and you to them; it tends to the improvement of your own character; and it gives you a real importance in society, much beyond what any artificial station can bestow." - Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie

"Attach thyself to truth; defend justice; rejoice in the beautiful. That which comes to thee with time, time will take away; that which is eternal will remain in thy heart." - Esaias Tegner

"Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness." - Hosea Ballou

"He that easily believes rumors has the principle within him to augment rumors. It is strange to see the ravenous appetite with which some devourers of character and happiness fix upon the sides of the innocent and unfortunate." - Jane Porter

"To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered." - John Ruskin

"I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me." - Lord Horatio Nelson

"Men have their intellectual ancestry, and the likeness of some one of them is forever unexpectedly flashing out in the features of a descendant, it may be after a gap of several centuries. In the parliament of the present every man represents a constituency of the past." - James Russell Lowell

"Numbers are intellectual witnesses that belong only to mankind." - Honore de Balzac

"To a man who is uncorrupt and properly constituted, woman always remains something of a mystery and a romance. He never interprets her quite literally. She, on her part, is always striving to remain a poem, and is never weary of bringing out new editions of herself in novel bindings." - James Parton

"Consider what you have in the smallest chosen library. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries, in a thousand years, have set in best order the results of their learning and wisdom. The men themselves were hid and inaccessible, solitary, impatient of interruption, fenced by etiquette; but the thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing." - Phyllis Diller

"Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered." - Daniel Webster

"Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but an accident alone, here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two; but it is sure as life, it is sure as death!" - Thomas Carlyle

Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out." - Oscar Wilde

"A man sufficiently gifted with humor is in small danger of succumbing to flattering delusions about himself, because he cannot help perceiving what a pompous ass he would become if he did." - Konrad Zacharias Lorenz

"If the title of a great man ought to be reserved for him who cannot be charged with an indiscretion or a vice, who spent his life in establishing the independence, the glory and durable prosperity of his country; who succeeded in all that he undertook, and whose successes were never won at the expense of justice, integrity, or by the sacrifice of a single principle--this title will not be denied to Washington." - Jared Sparks

"To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"The world has not yet learned the riches of frugality." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"All reasoning is retrospect; it consists in the application of facts and principles previously known. This will show the very great importance of knowledge, especially that kind which is called experience." - John Foster

"There are not good things enough in life to indemnify us for the neglect of a single duty." - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine

"The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes--openly bad and secretly bad. All virtue and generosity and disinterestedness are merely the appearance of good; but selfish at the bottom. He holds that no man does a good thing except for profit. The effect of his conversation upon your feelings is to chill and sear them; to send you away sour and morose. His criticisms and hints fall indiscriminately upon every lovely thing, like frost upon flowers." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Accomplishing the impossible means only the boss will add it to your regular duties." - Doug Larson

"Socrates was pronounced by the Oracle of Delphos to be the wisest man in Greece, which he would turn from himself ironically, saying there could be nothing in him to verify the oracle, except this, that he was not wise and knew it, and others were not wise and knew it not." - Francis Bacon

"What heart has not acknowledged the influence of this hour, the sweet and soothing hour of twilight, the hour of love, the hour of adoration, the hour of rest, when we think of those we love only to regret that we have not loved them more dearly, when we remember our enemies only to forgive them." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The morrow was a bright September morn; The earth was beautiful as if new-born; There was that nameless splendor everywhere, That wild exhilaration in the air, Which makes the passers in the city street Congratulate each other as they meet. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

August 2014

"Resentment is, in every stage of the passion, painful, but it is not disagreeable, unless in excess; pity is always painful, yet always agreeable; vanity, on the contrary, is always pleasant, yet always disagreeable. - Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home

"Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally, or globally?" - Albert Allen Bartlett

"Give me a man with a good allowance of nose, . . . when I want any good head-work done I choose a man--provided his education has been suitable--with a long nose." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"To a man who is uncorrupt and properly constituted, woman always remains something of a mystery and a romance. He never interprets her quite literally. She, on her part, is always striving to remain a poem, and is never weary of bringing out new editions of herself in novel bindings." - James Parton

"Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind." - Henry David Thoreau

"The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom." - Clarence Darrow

"Would that our harsh judgments could be restrained, our impatience checked, our selfishness broken down, our passions controlled, our waste of time and life in worthless or unworthy objects corrected, by the thought that there is One in whose hands we are, who cares for us with a parent's love, who will judge us hereafter without the slightest tinge of human' infirmity, the All-Merciful and the All-Just." - Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

"A careful observation of Nature will disclose pleasantries of superb irony. She has for instance placed toads close to flowers." - Honore de Balzac

"The most popular labor-saving device today is still a husband with money." - Joey Adams

"No talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, is required to set up in the grumbling business; but those who are moved by a genuine desire to do good have little time for murmuring or complaint." - Robert West

"It is the "where I am" that makes heaven. The life after death might become through its very endlessness a burden to our spirits, if it were not to be filled with the infinite variety and freshness of God's love. Some have shrunk from its very infinitude, because they have not realized what God's love can make of it. Human love helps us to understand this. When we have come to love any one with all our power of affection, then there is no monotony or weariness in the days and hours we spend with them." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"A beautiful eye makes silence eloquent, a kind eye makes contradiction an assent, an enraged eye makes beauty deformed. This little member gives life to every other part about us; and I believe the story of Argus implies no more than that the eye is in every part; that is to say, every other part would be mutilated were not its force represented more by the eye than even by itself." - Joseph Addison

"The worst of it is, dullness is catching." - Douglas William Jerrold

"Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit." - William James

"Bed is a bundle of paradoxes; we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; and we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late." - Charles Caleb Colton

"But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - Buddha

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

"The reason that men are so slow to confess their vices is because they have not yet abandoned them." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Nobody's sweetheart is ugly." - Jean Joseph Vade

"In love we do not think of moral qualities, and scarcely of intellectual ones. Temperament and manner alone, with beauty, excite love." - William Hazlitt

"It may, indeed, be said that sympathy exists in all minds, as Faraday has discovered that magnetism exists in all metals; but a certain temperature is required to develop the hidden property, whether in the metal or the mind." - Edward George Earle Lytton

"The first class of readers may be compared to an hour-glass, their reading being as the sand; it runs in and runs out, and leaves not a vestige behind. A second class resembles a sponge, which imbibes everything, and returns it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtier. A third class is like a jelly-bag, which allows all that is pure to pass away, and retains only the refuse and dregs. The fourth class may be compared to the slave of Golconda, who, casting aside all that is worthless, preserves only the pure gems." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"He that borrows the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; he that uses that of a superior elevates his own to the stature of that he contemplates." - Edmund Burke

"Every drunken skipper trusts to Providence. But one of the ways of Providence with drunken skippers is to run them on the rocks." - George Bernard Shaw

"The August cloud . . . suddenly Melts into streams of rain." - William Cullen Bryant

July 2014

"I am a woman of the world, Hector; and I can assure you that if you will only take the trouble always to do the perfectly correct thing, and to say the perfectly correct thing, you can do just what you like." - George Bernard Shaw

"Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us. To face every opportunity of life thoughtfully and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet the supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-faced or disguised." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." - Albert Camus

"It is high time that laymen abandoned the misleading belief that scientific enquiry is a cold dispassionate enterprise, bleached of imaginative qualities, and that a scientist is a man who turns the handle of discovery; for at every level of endeavour scientific research is a passionate undertaking and the Promotion of Natural Knowledge depends above all on a sortee into what can be imagined but is not yet known." - Peter B. Medawar

"He that follows the advice of reason has a mind that is elevated above the reach of injury; that sits above the clouds, in a calm and quiet ether, and with a brave indifferency hears the rolling thunders grumble and burst under his feet." - Sir Walter Scott

"Quacks pretend to cure other men's disorders, but fail to find a remedy for their own." - Cicero

"If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed." - Benjamin Franklin

"A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas." - Godfrey Harold Hardy

"I know it is more agreeable to walk upon carpets than to lie upon dungeon floors, I know it is pleasant to have all the comforts and luxuries of civilization; but he who cares only for these things is worth no more than a butterfly, contented and thoughtless, upon a morning flower; and who ever thought of rearing a tombstone to a last summer's butterfly?" - Henry Ward Beecher

"Knowledge partakes of infinity; it widens with our capacities: the higher we mount in it, the vaster and more magnificent are the prospects it stretches out before us." - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." - Albert Einstein

Start by doing the necessary, then the possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - Saint Francis of Assisi

"Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul, and never forget to have a penny, when all thy expenses are enumerated and paid: then shalt thou reach the point of happiness and independence shall be thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it wears a ring set with diamonds." - Benjamin Franklin

"Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede--not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people can't count above fourteen." - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

"Happy 4th July" - David Walker

"How idle a boast, after all, is the immortality of a name! Time is ever silently turning over his pages; we are too much engrossed by the story of the present to think of the character and anecdotes that gave interest to the past; and each age is a volume thrown aside and forgotten" - Washington Irving

"Notwithstanding my experiments with electricity the thunderbolt continues to fall under our noses and beards; and as for the tyrant, there are a million of us still engaged at snatching away his sceptre. - Benjamin Franklin

"The Summer looks out from her brazen tower, Through the flashing bars of July." - Francis Thompson

June 2014

"The will to do, the soul to dare." - Sir Walter Scott

"Capitalism justified itself and was adopted as an economic principle on the express ground that it provides selfish motives for doing good, and that human beings will do nothing except for selfish motives." - George Bernard Shaw

"That fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait." - Thomas Fuller

"Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business." - Calvin Coolidge

"Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want to do." - Lin Yutang

"It is by the promulgation of sound morals in the community, and more especially by the training and instruction of the young, that woman performs her part towards the preservation of free government." - Daniel Webster

"We cannot be satisfied with things as they are. We cannot be satisfied to drift, to rest on our oars, to glide over a sea whose depths are shaken by subterranean upheavals." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

For Father Day: When Charles first saw our child Mary, he said all the proper things for a new father. He looked upon the poor little red thing and blurted, "She's more beautiful than the Brooklyn Bridge." - Helen Hayes

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just.
And this be our motto, "In God is our trust!"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
- Francis Scott Key (Flag Day 2014)

"Remembrances last longer than present reality, as I have conserved blossoms many years, but never fruits. Yes, there are tender female souls which intoxicate themselves only among the blossoms of the vineyard of joy, as others do only with the berries of the vinehill." - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

"Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and calves, and that men and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock." - George Bernard Shaw

"Much has seen said of the wisdom of old age. Old age is wise, I grant, for itself, but not wise for the community. It is wise in declining new enterprises, for it has not the power nor the time to execute them; wise in shrinking from difficulty, for it has not the strength to overcome it; wise in avoiding danger, for it lacks the faculty of ready and swift action, by which dangers are parried and converted into advantages. But this is not wisdom for mankind at large, by whom new enterprises must be undertaken, dangers met, and difficulties surmounted." - William Cullen Bryant

"Nobody likes the bringer of bad news." - Sophocles

"As in the greater world for man, so in the little world of man,--as in the outward riches of the one, so in the inner treasures of the other, many possess much, and enjoy but little; many have much, and use but little; others use much, and but little well. I shall not so much endeavor to have much wherewithal to do as to do much with that little I have. It shall not so much grieve me that I am a poor treasurer, as joy me if I had been a good steward. I could wish I had more to use well, but more wish well to use that I have. If he were so blamed that employed not one talent well, what would become of me if I had ten and abused them?" - Arthur Warwick

"What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in maturer life." - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

"Why does pouring Oil on the Sea make it Clear and Calm? Is it that the winds, slipping the smooth oil, have no force, nor cause any waves?" - Plutarch

May 2014

"Maxims are often quoted by those who stand in more need of their application." - James Ellis

"We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace." - Aristotle

"You would think, if our lips were made of horn and stuck out a foot or two from our faces, kisses at any rate would be done for. Not so. No creatures kiss each other so much as the birds." - Charles Buxton

"Here below is not the land of happiness: I know it now; it is only the land of toil, and every joy which comes to us is only to strengthen us for some greater labor that is to succeed." - Johann Gottlieb Fichte

"In such a world as ours the idle man is not so much a biped as a bivalve; and the wealth which breeds idleness, of which the English peerage is an example, and of which we are beginning to abound in specimens in this country, is only a sort of human oyster bed, where heirs and heiresses are planted, to spend a contemptible life of slothfulness in growing plump and succulent for the grave-worms' banquet." - Horace Mann

"Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing out the best in human personality." - Alexis Carrel

"We'd all like a reputation for generosity, and we'd all like to buy it cheap." - Mignon McLaughlin

"It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true." - Gore Vidal

"I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes." - Sir Richard Steele

"Gaming is a kind of tacit confession that the company engaged therein do in general exceed the bounds of their respective fortunes, and therefore they cast lots to determine upon whom the ruin shall at present fall, that the rest may be saved a little longer." - Sir William Blackstone

"The whole world is one family" - Sun Yat-sen

"Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time." - John Stuart Mill

"There is no darkness but ignorance." - William Shakespeare

"It is not by augmenting the capital of the country, but by rendering a greater part of that capital active and productive than would otherwise be so, that the most judicious operations of banking can increase the industry of the country." - Adam Smith

"Happy Mother's Day" - David Lee Walker

"Ambition is frequently the only refuge which life has left to the denied or mortified affections. We chide at the grasping eye, the daring wing, the soul that seems to thirst for sovereignty only, and know not that the flight of this ambitious bird has been from a bosom or home that is filled with ashes." - William Gilmore Simms

"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. "The best of all ways to lengthen our days" is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, "to steal a few hours from night, my love;" but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,--hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys." - Charles Dickens

"There's her cousin, an she were not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December." - William Shakespeare

April 2014

"Disorder in a drawing-room is vulgar; in an antiquary's study, not; the black battle-stain on a soldier's face is not vulgar, but the dirty face of a housemaid is." - John Ruskin

"All that lies betwixt the cradle and the grave is uncertain." - Seneca

"Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body." - Henry Louis Mencken

"A great scholar, in the highest sense of the term, is not one who depends simply on an infinite memory, but also on an infinite and electrical power of combination; bringing together from the four winds, like the Angel of the Resurrection, what else were dust from dead men's bones, into the unity of breathing life." - Thomas De Quincey

"Reckless haste makes poor speed." - Benjamin Franklin

"The first merit of pictures is the effect which they can produce upon the mind; and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary effects from them. Pleasure and inspiration first, analysis afterward." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Old age, especially an honored old age, has so great authority that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth." - Cicero

"Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man really; a man uncertain, puzzled and in the dark like ourselves." - Willa Sibert Cather

"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work." - Peter F. Drucker

"Happy Easter, May All Your Eggs be Chocolate!" - From David Walker, Lisa Walker and our Family

"The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others: and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring." - Jeremy Bentham

"Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as between between neighbor citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang, as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang." - Benjamin Franklin

"Ignorance is mere privation by which nothing can be produced: it is a vacuity in which the soul sits motionless and torpid for want of attraction: and, without knowing why, we always rejoice when we learn, and grieve when we forget." - Samuel Johnson

"There is no place more delightful than one's own fireside." - Cicero

"Those Spaniards in Mexico who were chased of the Indians tell us what to do with our goods in our extremity. They being to pass over a river in their flight, as many as cast away their gold swam over safe; but some, more covetous, keeping their gold, were either drowned with it, or overtaken and slain by the savages: you have received, now learn to give." - Francis Bacon

"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the cornfield." - Dwight David Eisenhower

"Whoever has tasted the breath of morning knows that the most invigorating and most delightful hours of then day are commonly spent in bed; though it is the evident intention of nature that we should enjoy and profit by them." - Robert Southey

"No amusement seems more to have a foundation in our nature. The animation of youth overflows spontaneously in harmonious movements. The true idea of dancing entitles it to favor. Its end is to realize perfect grace in motion; and who does not know that a sense of the graceful is one of the higher faculties of our nature?" - William Ellery Channing

"Nothing is so aggravating than calmness." - Oscar Wilde

"Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing." - Albert Einstein

"I love the season well When forest glades are teeming with bright forms, Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell The coming of storms." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

March 2014

"Be a Hero, Donate Blood! See your Blood Bank" - David Lee Walker

"Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue." - Henry Fielding

"Ideas go booming through the world louder than cannon. Thoughts are mightier than armies. Principles have achieved more victories than horsemen and chariots." - William Miller Paxton

"The fate of a nation has often depended on the good or bad digestion of a prime minister." - Voltaire

"I never heard my father's or mother's voice once raised in any question with each other; nor saw any angry or even slightly hurt or offended glance in the eyes of either. I never heard a servant scolded, nor even suddenly, passionately, or in any severe manner, blamed; and I never saw a moment's trouble or disorder in any household matter." - John Ruskin

"God the first garden made, and the first city Cain." - Abraham Cowley

"The stormy March is come at last, With wind, and cloud, and changing skies; I hear the rushing of the blast, That through the snowy valley flies." - William Cullen Bryant

February 2014

"There is nothing so remote from vanity as true genius. It is almost as natural for those who are endowed with the highest powers of the human mind to produce the miracles of art, as for other men to breathe or move. Correggio, who is said to have produced some of his divinest works almost without having seen a picture, probably did not know that he had done anything extraordinary." - William Hazlitt

"Fancy has an extensive influence in morals. Some of the most powerful and dangerous feelings in nature, as those of ambition and envy, derive their principal nourishment from a cause apparently so trivial. Its effect on the common affairs of life is greater than might be supposed. Naked reality would scarcely keep the world in motion." - William Benton Clulow

"Is it a fact--or have I dreamt it--that by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence: or shall we say it is itself a thought, nothing but thought, and no longer the substance which we dreamed it." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Debt is to man what the serpent is to the bird; its eye fascinates, its breath poisons, its coil crushes sinew and bone, its jaw is the pitiless grave." - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

"The dynamo of our economic system is self-interest which may range from mere petty greed to admirable types of self-expression." - Justice Felix Frankfurter

"The fame of a battlefield grows with its years; Napoleon storming the Bridge of Lodi, and Wellington surveying the towers of Salamanca, affect us with fainter emotions than Brutus reading in his tent at Philippi, or Richard bearing down with the English chivalry upon the white armies of Saladin." - Robert Aris Willmott

"There are no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men will not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men will not turn them to their hurt." - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

"No easy problems ever come to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them." - Dwight David Eisenhower

"Happy Valentin's Day to Everyone" - David / Lisa

"Great parts produce great vices as well as virtues." - Plato

"Go not to a covetous old man with any request too soon in the morning, before he hath taken in that day's prey; for his covetousness is up before him, and he before thee, and he is in ill-humor; but stay till the afternoon, till he be satiated upon some borrower." - Thomas Fuller

"I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence." - Alice Walker

"Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards." - Fred Hoyle

"Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations." - Albert Einstein

"To sell something, tell a woman it's a bargain; tell a man it's deductible." - Earl Wilson

"I am accustomed to pay men back in their own coin." - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

"A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party: there is no battle unless there be two." - Seneca

"The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all." - Benjamin Spock

"The February sunshine steeps your boughs And tints the buds and swells the leaves within." - William Cullen Bryant

January 2014

"Whosoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world, commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself." - Sir Walter Raleigh

"There are greater depths and obscurities, greater intricacies and perplexities, in an elaborate and well-written piece of nonsense, than in the most abstruse and profound tract of school divinity." - Joseph Addison

"Knowest thou the land where the lemon-trees flourish, where amid the shadowed leaves the golden oranges glisten,--a gentle zephyr breathes from the blue heavens, the myrtle is motionless, and the laurel rises high? Dost thou know it well? Thither, thither, fain would I fly with thee, O my beloved!" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"It is very true that I have said that I considered Napoleon's presence in the field equal to forty thousand men in the balance. This is a very loose way of talking; but the idea is a very different one from that of his presence at a battle being equal to a reinforcement of forty thousand men." - Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

"The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." - Theodore Roosevelt

"It is curious that some learned dunces, because they can write nonsense in languages that are dead, should despise those that talk sense in language that are living. "To acquire a few tongues," says a French writer, "is the task of a few years, but to be eloquent in one, is the labor of a life." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Knowledge is leagued with the universe, and findeth a friend in all things; but ignorance is everywhere a stranger, unwelcome; ill at ease and out of place." - Martin Farquhar Tupper

"Beware of biting jests; the more truth they carry with them, the greater wounds they give, the greater smarts they cause, and the greater scars they leave behind them." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"The ideals that have lighted my way and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth." - Albert Einstein

"Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full, fair wind, blowing it with speed to heaven." - Thomas Fuller

"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

- I've Been to the Mountaintop, a speech made the day before Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination

"Generosity, when once set going, knows not how to stop; as the more familiar we are with the lovely form, the more enamored we become of her charms." - Pliny the Younger

"To the family that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to." - Dodie Smith

"Elegance is something more than ease; it is more than a freedom from awkwardness or restraint. It implies, I conceive, a precision, a polish, a sparkling, spirited yet delicate. - William Hazlitt

"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt." - Mark Twain

"A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them." - Albert Einstein

"Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn." - Joseph Addison

"Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal." - Donald Rumsfeld

"Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas" From David Walker, Lisa Walker and our Family

December 2013

"Merry Christmas" From David Walker, Lisa Walker and our Family

"Stupid people, who do not know how to laugh, are always pompous and self-conceited; that is, ungentle, uncharitable, unchristian." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"The sun should not set upon our anger, neither should he rise upon our confidence. We should forgive freely, but forget rarely. I will not be revenged, and this I owe to my enemy; but I will remember, and this I owe to myself." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Joy wholly from without, is false, precarious, and short. From without it may be gathered; but, like gathered flowers, though fair, and sweet for a season, it must soon wither, and become offensive. Joy from within is like smelling the rose on the tree; it is more sweet and fair, it is lasting; and, I must add, immortal." - Edward Young

"A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"You can have everything in life you want if you will only help enough other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar

"Wood burns because it has the proper stuff for that purpose in it; and a man becomes renowned because he has the necessary stuff in him. Renown is not to be sought, and all pursuit of it is vain. A person may, indeed, by skillful conduct and various artificial means, make a sort of name for himself; but if the inner jewel is wanting, all is vanity, and will not last a day." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"How idle a boast, after all, is the immortality of a name! Time is ever silently turning over his pages; we are too much engrossed by the story of the present to think of the character and anecdotes that gave interest to the past; and each age is a volume thrown aside and forgotten." - Washington Irving

"One has to look out for engineers they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb." - Marcel Pagnol

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music." - Angela Monet

"Childish, imbecile carelessness is enough to render any man poor, without the aid of a single positive vice." - Francis D.D. Wayland

There never was any party, faction, sect, or cabal whatsoever, in which the most ignorant were not the most violent; for a bee is not a busier animal than a blockhead." - Alexander Pope

"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play." - Arnold Joseph Toynbee

"Delude not yourself with the notion that you may be untrue and uncertain in trifles and in important things the contrary. Trifles make up existence, and give the observer the measure by which to try us; and the fearful power of habit, after a time, suffers not the best will to ripen into action." - Baron Carl Maria von Weber

"Tears are copiously showered over frailties the discoverer takes a malicious delight in circulating; and thus, all granite on one side of the heart, and all milk on the other, the unsexed scandal-monger hies from house to house, pouring balm from its weeping eyes on the wounds it inflicts with its stabbing tongue." - Edwin Percy Whipple

"Revelation may not need the help of reason, but man does, even when in possession of revelation. Reason may be described as the candle in the man's hand, to which revelation brings the necessary flame." - William Gilmore Simms

"In December ring Every day the chimes; Loud the gleemen sing In the streets their merry rhymes. Let us by the fire Ever higher Sing them till the night expire!" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

November 2013

"Black Friday is where you spend a lot of Money on things you don't need or want but you may have gotten a good Deal on the them." - David Lee Walker

"No thanksgiving is complete without its generous thought of those who are not so favored as we are. The truly grateful heart always thinks of giving blessing to some other. Says George MacDonald: "When God comes to man, man looks around for his neighbor." Our own Thanksgiving dinner will be sweeter if we have shared it with another household. An unshared meal on this glad day will not bring its best possible blessing." - J. Corson Miller

"There is no security in a good disposition if the support of good principles--that is to say, of religion, of Christian faith--be wanting. It may be soured by misfortune, it may be corrupted by wealth, it may be blighted by neediness, it may lose all its original brightness, if destitute of that support." - Robert Southey

"To have common glories in the past, a common will in the present; to have done great things together; to wish to do greater; these are the essential conditions which make up a people."- Joseph Ernest Renan

"Remembrances last longer than present reality, as I have conserved blossoms many years, but never fruits. Yes, there are tender female souls which intoxicate themselves only among the blossoms of the vineyard of joy, as others do only with the berries of the vinehill." - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

"Today 50 years ago, November 22, 1963 - The we Lost a President and our Innocents. --- David Walker

"As rivers, when they overflow, drown those grounds, and ruin those husbandmen, which, whilst they flowed calmly betwixt their banks, they fertilized and enriched; so our passions, when they grow exorbitant and unruly, destroy those virtues, to which they may be very serviceable whilst they keep within their bounds." - Robert Boyle

"To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons." - Marilyn French

"A little neglect may breed great mischief. For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy; all for want of a little care about a horse-shoe nail." - Benjamin Franklin

"Whosoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world, commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself." - Sir Walter Raleigh

"Nobody likes the bringer of bad news." - Sophocles

"Men should keep their eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards." - Mademoiselle Madeleine de Scuderi

"Our leisure is the time the Devil seizes upon to make us work for him; and the only way we can avoid conscription into his ranks is to keep all our leisure moments profitably employed." - James Ellis

"IF You ENJOY Your FREEDOM and your INDEPENDENCE Thank a VET" - - - Have a Happy Veterans Day - - - David Walker

"Language is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. It has arrested ten thousand lightning flashes of genius, which unless fixed and arrested might have been as bright, but would have also been as quickly passing and perishing as the lightning." - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench

"Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again." - Franklin P. Jones

"Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite." - Karl Popper

"The joy resulting from the diffusion of blessings to all around us is the purest and sublimest that can ever enter the human mind, and can be conceived only by those who have experienced it. Next to the consolations of divine grace, it is the most sovereign balm to the miseries of life, both in him who is the object of it, and in him who exercises it." - Bishop Beilby Porteus

"We both alike know that into the discussion of human affairs the question of justice only enters where the pressure of necessity is equal; that the powerful exact what they can, and the weak grant what they must." - Thucydides

"Events are only the shells of ideas; and often it is the fluent thought of ages that is crystallized in a moment by the stroke of a pen or the point of a bayonet." - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

"Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant." - Washington Irving

October 2013

"Every fiction since Homer has taught friendship, patriotism, generosity, contempt of death. These are the highest virtues; and the fictions which taught them were therefore of the highest, though not of unmixed, utility." - Sir James Mackintosh

"Young men are as apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough. They look upon spirit to be a much better thing than experience; which they call coldness. They are but half mistaken; for though spirit without experience is dangerous, experience without spirit is languid and ineffective." - Philip Dormer Stanhope

"A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies." - Aristotle

"The game of poker, exemplifies the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great." - Walter Matthau

"Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society." - Karl Marx

"These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people." - Abraham Lincoln

"History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom." - Milton Friedman

"While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser." - Karl Marx

"The dynamo of our economic system is self-interest which may range from mere petty greed to admirable types of self-expression." - Justice Frankfurter

"Capitalism justified itself and was adopted as an economic principle on the express ground that it provides selfish motives for doing good, and that human beings will do nothing except for selfish motives." - George Bernard Shaw

"There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants." - Chairman Mao

"Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class." - Alphonse (Al) Capone

"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone." - John Maynard Keynes

"There are two distinct sorts of what we call bashfulness; this, the awkwardness of a booby, which a few steps into the world will convert into the pertness of a coxcomb; that, a consciousness, which the most delicate feelings produce, and the most extensive knowledge cannot always remove." - Henry Mackenzie

"Surely you will not calculate any essential difference from mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over brackish depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace. You know that the bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and how many blithe hearts dance under coarse wool!" - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

September 2013

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope." - Robert F. Kennedy

"Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes." - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

"Biography, especially the biography of the great and good, who have risen by their own exertions from poverty and obscurity to eminence and usefulness, is an inspiring and ennobling study. Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records." - Horace

"Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless." - Sinclair Lewis

"Everyone needs help from everyone." - Bertolt Brecht

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." - Cicero

"Scholars are men of peace; they bear no arms, but their tongues are sharper than Actius's sword, their pens carry farther, and give a louder report than thunder. I had rather stand in the shock of a basilisk than in the fury of a merciless pen." - Sir Thomas Browne

"If refined sense, and exalted sense, be not so useful as common sense, their rarity, their novelty, and the nobleness of their objects, make some compensation, and render them the admiration of mankind." - David Hume

"Again, I remark, relief will come to the laboring classes through the religious rectification of the country. Labor is appreciated and rewarded just in proportion as a country is Christianized. Show me a community that is thoroughly infidel, and I will show you a community where wages are small. Show me a community that is thoroughly Christianized, and I will show you a community where wages are comparatively large. How do I account for it? The philosophy is easy. Our religion is a democratic religion. It makes the owner of the mill understand he is a brother to all the operatives in that mill. Born of the same heavenly Father, to lie down in the same dust, to be saved by the swine supreme mercy. No putting on of airs in the sepulcher or in the judgment." - Thomas De Witt Talmage

August 2013

"I can remember a reporter asking for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink." - Joe DiMaggio

"There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This, within certain limits, is probably true, and, in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged." - George Washington

"Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us. To face every opportunity of life thoughtfully and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet the supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-faced or disguised."- Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"If you have had your attention directed to the novelties in thought in your own lifetime, you will have observed that almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced, and almost any idea which jogs you out of your current abstractions may be better than nothing." - Alfred North Whitehead

"As in the greater world for man, so in the little world of man,--as in the outward riches of the one, so in the inner treasures of the other, many possess much, and enjoy but little; many have much, and use but little; others use much, and but little well. I shall not so much endeavor to have much wherewithal to do as to do much with that little I have. It shall not so much grieve me that I am a poor treasurer, as joy me if I had been a good steward. I could wish I had more to use well, but more wish well to use that I have. If he were so blamed that employed not one talent well, what would become of me if I had ten and abused them?" - Arthur Warwick

"However, I think a plain space near the eye gives it a kind of liberty it loves; and then the picture, whether you choose the grand or beautiful, should be held up at its proper distance. Variety is the principal ingredient in beauty; and simplicity is essential to grandeur." - William Shenstone

"In the intercourse of social life, it is by little acts of watchful kindness recurring daily and hourly,--and opportunities of doing kindnesses if sought for are forever starting up,--it is by words, by tones, by gestures, by looks, that affection is won and preserved. He who neglects these trifles yet boasts that, whenever a great sacrifice is called for, he shall be ready to make it, will rarely be loved. The likelihood is, he will not make it; and if he does, it will be much rather for his own sake than for his neighbor's." - George Augustus Henry Sala

"Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but an accident alone, here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two; but it is sure as life, it is sure as death!" - Thomas Carlyle

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney

"Like flakes of snow that fall unperceived upon the earth, the seemingly unimportant events of life succeed one another. As the snow gathers together, so are our habits formed. No single flake that is added to the pile produces a sensible change; no single action creates, however it may exhibit, a man's character." - Jeremy Taylor

"A garden, sir, wherein all rainbowed flowers were heaped together." - Charles Kingsley

"If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs." - Aesop

"Frugality is good if liberality be joined with it. The first is leaving off superfluous expenses; the last is bestowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begets covetousness; the last without the first begets prodigality." - William Penn

"An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principles and aims as two peas in the same pod." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"The more readily we admit the possibility of our own cherished convictions being mixed with error, the more vital and helpful whatever is right in them will become; and no error is so conclusively fatal as the idea that God will not allow us to err, though He has allowed all other men to do so." - John Ruskin

"Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever." - Isak Dinesen

"Men use care in purchasing a horse, and are neglectful in choosing friends." - John Muir

"There are two distinct sorts of what we call bashfulness; this, the awkwardness of a booby, which a few steps into the world will convert into the pertness of a coxcomb; that, a consciousness, which the most delicate feelings produce, and the most extensive knowledge cannot always remove." - Henry Mackenzie

"Dead is the air, and still! the leaves of the locust and walnut Lazily hand from the boughs, inlaying their intricate outlines Rather on space than the sky,--on a tideless expansion of slumber." - Bayard Taylor

July 2013

"The willow which bends to the tempest often escapes better than the oak, which resists it; and so, in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character." - Sir Walter Scott

"All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking." - Wallace Stevens

"Admiration is a youthful fancy will which scarcely ever survives to mature years." - Henry Wheeler Shaw

"And what is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly. Yet have no abstract nor friarly contempt of them." - Francis Bacon

"Every great work, every great accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement comes apparent failure and discouragement." - Florence Scovel Shinn

"Those who have read of everything are though to understand everything too; but it is not always so--reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what is read ours. We are of the ruminating kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves with a great load of collections; unless we chew them over again, they will not give us strength and nourishment." - John Locke

"It is not always the highest talent that thrives best. Mediocrity, with tact, will outweigh talent oftentimes." - Joseph Cook

"It's when you're safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home." - Thornton Niven Wilder

"The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name." - Benjamin Robert Haydon

"Whatever you dislike in another person take care to correct in yourself." - Thomas Sprat

"It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers." - James Thurber

"The pen is a formidable weapon; but a man can kill himself with it a great deal more easily than he can other people." - George Denison Prentice

"The Romans worshipped their standard; and the Roman standard happened to be an eagle. Our standard is only one tenth of an eagle,--a dollar, but we make all even by adoring it with tenfold devotion." - Edgar Allan Poe

"If any man thinks that he can conceive well enough how there should be nothing, I will engage that what he means by nothing is as much something as anything that he ever thought of in his life; and I believe that if he knew what nothing was, it would be intuitively evident to him that it could not be. * * * Absolute nothing is the aggregate of all the contradictions in the world." - Jonathan Edwards

"Much has seen said of the wisdom of old age. Old age is wise, I grant, for itself, but not wise for the community. It is wise in declining new enterprises, for it has not the power nor the time to execute them; wise in shrinking from difficulty, for it has not the strength to overcome it; wise in avoiding danger, for it lacks the faculty of ready and swift action, by which dangers are parried and converted into advantages. But this is not wisdom for mankind at large, by whom new enterprises must be undertaken, dangers met, and difficulties surmounted." - William Cullen Bryant

"Novelty is indeed necessary to preserve eagerness and alacrity; but art and nature have stores inexhaustible by human intellects; and every moment produces something new to him who has quickened his faculties by diligent observation." - Samuel Johnson

"Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice. If he finds himself an individual who cannot live in society, or who pretends he has need of only his own resources do not consider him as a member of humanity; he is a savage beast or a god." - Aristotle

"A man is called selfish, not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's." - Archbishop Richard Whately

"The die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon. Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination." - John Quincy Adams

"It is proper for every one to consider, in the case of all men, that he who has not been a servant cannot become a praiseworthy master; and it is meet that we should plume ourselves rather on acting the part of a servant properly than that of the master, first, towards the laws, (for in this way we are servants of the gods), and next, towards our elders." - Plato

"A country is considered the more civilized the more wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak or a powerful one too powerful." - Levi Primo

"The Summer looks out from her brazen tower, Through the flashing bars of July." - Francis Thompson

June 2013

"Marriage is the mother of the world, and preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself. * * * Marriage, like the useful bee, builds a house, and gathers sweetness from every flower, and labors and unites into societies and republics, and sends out colonies, and feeds the world with delicacies, and obeys their king, and keeps order, and exercises many virtues, and promotes the interest of mankind, and is that state of good things to which God hath designed the present constitution of the world." - Jeremy Taylor

"We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital." - Horace Mann

"A fair return for their labor so as to have good homes, good clothing, good food." - Daniel Webster

"And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all." - Socrates

"If I have exhausted the justifications, I have reached bedrock and my spade is turned. Then I am inclined to say: "This is simply what I do." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"A careful observation of Nature will disclose pleasantries of superb irony. She has for instance placed toads close to flowers." - Honore de Balzac

"The fact of our deriving constant pleasure from whatever is a type or semblance of divine attributes, and from nothing but that which is so, is the most glorious of all that can be demonstrated of human nature; it not only sets a great gulf of specific separation between us and the lower animals, but it seems a promise of a communion ultimately deep, close, and conscious, with the Being whose darkened manifestations we here feebly and unthinkingly delight in." - John Ruskin

"I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week." - Mario Cuomo

"Glory and fame mean twelve thousand francs' worth of paid articles in the newspapers and five thousand crowns' worth of dinners." - Honore de Balzac

"A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours." - John Boynton Priestley

"One is nearer God's heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth." - Dorothy Frances

"I saw a delicate flower had grown up two feet high, between the horses' path and the wheel-track. An inch more to the right or left had sealed its fate, or an inch higher; and yet it lived to flourish as much as if it had a thousand acres of untrodden space around it, and never knew the danger it incurred. It did not borrow trouble, nor invite an evil fate by apprehending it." - Henry David Thoreau

"Eagles we see fly alone; and they are but sheep which always herd together." - Sir Philip Sidney

"There is no self-delusion more fatal than that which makes the conscience dreamy with the anodyne of lofty sentiments, while the life is groveling and sensual." - James Russell Lowell

"Childish, imbecile carelessness is enough to render any man poor, without the aid of a single positive vice." - Francis D.D. Wayland

"If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door." - Sarah S.B. Yule

"Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse." - Joseph Roux

May 2013

"The Patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom tree" - Thomas Campbell

"Although genius always commands admiration, character most secures respect. The former is more the product of the brain, the latter of heart-power; and in the long run it is the heart that rules in life." - Samuel Smiles

"Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing." - Albert Einstein

"Men keep agreements when it is to the advantage of neither to break them." - Solon

"Weakness has its hidden resources, as well as strength. There is a degree of folly and meanness which we cannot calculate upon, and by which we are as much liable to be foiled as by the greatest ability or courage." - William Hazlitt

"Who ever lives looking for pleasure only, his senses uncontrolled, immoderate in his enjoyments, idle and weak, the tempter will certainly overcome him, as the wind blows down a weak tree."- Buddha

"Electronic calculators can solve problems which the man who made them cannot solve; but no government-subsidized commission of engineers and physicists could create a worm." - Joseph Wood Krutch

"There are only two kinds of scholars; those who love ideas and those who hate them." - Emile Chartier

"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." - Andre Gide

"To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it." - Olin Miller

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy." - Anne Frank

"If you can't change your fate, change your attitude." - Amy Tan

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." - Abraham Lincoln

"It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required." - Sir Winston Churchill

"We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society." - Judith Martin, (Miss Manners)

"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." - Martha Washington

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'" - Isaac Asimov

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." - John F. Kennedy

"A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.' - Doug Larson

"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end." - Margaret Thatcher

"If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority." - Yugoslav Proverb

"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Imagination is more important than knowledge..." - Albert Einstein

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." - Henry Ford

April 2013

"Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance." - William Wirt

"The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it." - Bill Nye

"Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." - Ben Stein

"Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses." - Confucius

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell

"He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all." - Miguel De Cervantes

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." - Amelia Earhart

"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. "The best of all ways to lengthen our days" is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, "to steal a few hours from night, my love;" but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,--hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys." - Charles Dickens

"A money-lender. He serves you in the present tense; he lends you in the conditional mood; keeps you in the subjunctive; and ruins you in the future!" - Joseph Addison

"It is the duty of a man of honor to teach others the good which he has not been able to do himself because of the malignity of the times, that this good finally can be done by another more loved in heaven." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence." - Alice Walker

"The great characteristic of men of active genius is a sublime self-confidence, springing not from self-conceit, but from an intense identification of the man with his object, which lifts him altogether above the fear of danger and death, which gives to his enterprise a character of insanity to the common eye, and which communicates an almost superhuman audacity to his will." - Edwin Percy Whipple

"A man can't be hid. He may be a pedler in the mountains, but the world will find him out to make him a king of finance. He may be carrying cabbages from Long Island, when the world will demand that he shall run the railways of a continent. He may be a groceryman on the canal, when the country shall come to him and put him in his career of usefulness. So that there comes a time finally when all the green barrels of petroleum in the land suggest but two names and one great company." - Dr. John Randolph Paxton

"Man enjoys living on the edge of his dreams and neglects the real things of the world which are so beautiful. The ignorant and indifferent destroy beautiful things merely by looking at the marble. Things that remake the soul of him who understands them." - Auguste Rodin

"Public opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the ten commandments." - Charles Dudley Warner

"Besides, as is usually the case, we are much more affected by the words which we hear, for though what you read in books may be more pointed, yet there is something in the voice, the look, the carriage, and even the gesture of the speaker, that makes a deeper impression upon the mind." - Pliny the Younger

"As a general thing, an individual who is neat in his person is neat in his morals." - Henry Wheeler Shaw

"Mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think." - Tom Wilson

"It is curious that some learned dunces, because they can write nonsense in languages that are dead, should despise those that talk sense in language that are living. "To acquire a few tongues," says a French writer, "is the task of a few years, but to be eloquent in one, is the labor of a life." - Charles Caleb Colton

"In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Joy wholly from without, is false, precarious, and short. From without it may be gathered; but, like gathered flowers, though fair, and sweet for a season, it must soon wither, and become offensive. Joy from within is like smelling the rose on the tree; it is more sweet and fair, it is lasting; and, I must add, immortal." - Edward Young

"You cannot make, my Lord, I fear, a velvet purse of a sow's ear." - Dr. John Wolcot

"Ever since Adam fools have been in the majority." - Jean Francois Casimir Delavigne

March 2013

"The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot." - Salvador Dali

"You have a choice between the natural stability of gold and the honesty and intelligence of the members of government. And with all due respect for those gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, vote for gold." - George Bernard Shaw

"Fastidiousness is only another word for egotism; and all men who know not where to look for truth save in the narrow well of self will find their own image at the bottom, and mistake it for what they are seeking." - James Russell Lowell

"There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult." - Rainer Marie Rilke

"Do not then train boys to learning by force and harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds." - Plato

"There seems to be a constant decay of all our ideas; even of those which are struck deepest, and in minds the most retentive, so that if they be not sometimes renewed by repeated exercises of the senses, or reflection on those kinds of objects which at first occasioned them, the print wears out, and at last there remains nothing to be seen." - John Locke

"Nothing is so aggravating than calmness." - Oscar Wilde

"Bashfulness is more frequently connected with good sense than we find assurance; and impudence, on the other hand, is often the mere effect of downright stupidity." - William Shenstone

"Achievements, seldom credited to their source, are the result of unspeakable drudgery and worries." - Richard Wagner

"It is not a bad thing, it is an exceedingly good thing, that on this one day of the year at least, people of Irish nativity and race, with guests of other nations, should assemble around the festive board and in the lecture hall to hear something that shall take them out of the ruts of to-day, take them away from the miserable, selfish thought of their business, of their own even laudable, though at the same time, petty domestic cares, and remind them of their ancestors, to tell them something of the place of their race and nation in the history of the world, and in the work that the universal Father surely has to do for each of the races that He has placed upon earth, as He has given work for each of the individual children that He sends into the world. It is a good thing for them to revive the memory of their history, to be filled with a noble emulation of the glories of their fathers that shall make them examine their own consciences, as it were, to see whether they are degenerate sons of illustrious sires, shall inspire them with a firm resolve to transmit to a remote posterity the blessings of religion or character of whatsoever kind they have inherited from their fathers." - Edward McGlynn

"Wealth is not acquired, as many persons suppose, by fortunate speculations and splendid enterprises, but by the daily practice of industry, frugality, and economy. He who relies upon these means will rarely be found destitute, and he who relies upon any other will generally become bankrupt." - Francis D.D. Wayland

"Vigilance is not only the price of liberty, but of success of any sort." - Henry Ward Beecher

"As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men's minds more seriously than what they see." - Julius Caesar

"Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall." - William Shakespeare

"These are the times that try men's souls. The Summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the Service of their country, but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have the consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything of value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated." - Thomas Paine

"What self-righteous persons take to themselves, is the same work that Christ was engaged in when He was in His agony and bloody sweat, and when He died on the cross, which was the greatest thing that ever the eyes of angels beheld. Christ could accomplish other parts of this work without cost; but this cost Him His life, as well as innumerable pains and labors. Yet this is the part which self-righteous persons go about to accomplish for themselves." - Jonathan Edwards

"I never was fit to say a word to a sinner, except when I had a broken heart myself; when I was subdued and melted into penitence, and felt as though I had just received pardon for my own soul, and when my heart was full of tenderness and pity." - Edward Payson

"I paint a window just as I look out of a window. If a window looks wrong in a picture open, I draw the curtain and shut it, just as I would in my own room. One must act in painting as in life, directly." - Pablo R. Picasso

"We cannot be satisfied with things as they are. We cannot be satisfied to drift, to rest on our oars, to glide over a sea whose depths are shaken by subterranean upheavals." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Ah, March! we know thou art Kind-hearted, spite of ugly looks and threats, And, out of sight, art nursing April's violets!" - Helen Hunt Jackson

February 2013

"Not even for an hour can you bear to be alone, nor can you advantageously apply your leisure time, but you endeavor, a fugitive and wanderer, to escape from yourself, now vainly seeking to banish remorse by wine, and now by sleep; but the gloomy companion presses on you, and pursues you as you fly." - Horace

"Not even for an hour can you bear to be alone, nor can you advantageously apply your leisure time, but you endeavor, a fugitive and wanderer, to escape from yourself, now vainly seeking to banish remorse by wine, and now by sleep; but the gloomy companion presses on you, and pursues you as you fly." - Horace

"There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This, within certain limits, is probably true, and, in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged." - George Washington

"Refinement creates beauty everywhere. It is the grossness of the spectator that discovers anything like grossness in the object." - William Hazlitt

"The grandest operations, both in nature and in grace, are the most silent and imperceptible. The shallow brook babbles in its passage, and is heard by every one; but the coming on of the seasons is silent and unseen. The storm rages and alarms, but its fury is soon exhausted, and its effects are partial and soon remedied; but the dew, though gentle and unheard, is immense in quantity, and the very life of large portions of the earth. And these are pictures of the operations of grace in the church and in the soul." - Richard Cecil

"The pen has shaken nations." - Martin Farquhar Tupper

"Opportunity has hair in front; behind she is bald. If you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her; but if suffered to escape, not Jupiter himself can catch her again." - Seneca

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." - Willie Nelson

"You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets." - Nora Ephron

"All birds during the pairing season become more or less sentimental, and murmur soft nothings in a tone very unlike the grinding-organ repetition and loudness of their habitual song. The crow is very comical as a lover; and to hear him trying to soften his croak to the proper Saint-Preux standard has something the effect of a Mississippi boatman quoting Tennyson." - James Russell Lowell

"By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed." - Lewis Mumford

"The post is the grand connecting link of all transactions, of all negotiations. Those who are absent, by its means become present; it is the consolation of life." - Voltaire

"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." - Ingrid Bergman

"Give your decisions, never your reasons; your decisions may be right, your reasons are sure to be wrong." - Sir James Mansfield

"Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable." - Daniel Webster

"Such help as we can give to each other in this world is a debt to each other; and the man who perceives a superiority or a capacity in a subordinate, and neither confesses nor assists it, is not merely the withholder of kindness, but the committer of injury." - John Ruskin

"It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants." - William Cobbett

"Honesty is not only the deepest policy, but the highest wisdom; since, however difficult it may be for integrity to get on, it is a thousand times more difficult for knavery to get off; and no error is more fatal than that of those who think that Virtue has no other reward because they have heard that she is her own." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Happy Groundhog Day" - David Walker

"Great men are meteors, consuming themselves to light the world." - Napoleon Bonaparte

January 2013

"Fortune cannot take away what she did not give." - Seneca

"Favors, and especially pecuniary ones, are generally fatal to friendship; for our pride will ever prompt us to lower the value of the gift by diminishing that of the donor." - Paul Chatfield

"Financial sense is knowing that certain men will promise to do certain things, and fail." - Edgar Watson Howe

"True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to Him who made us, and to the common nature which we all share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and the duty of man. It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle." - Hugh Blair

"There is a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guaranty of the fulfillment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss. If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Fear guides more to their duty than gratitude; for one man who is virtuous from the love of virtue, from the obligation he thinks he lies under to the Giver of all, there are ten thousand who are good only from their apprehension of punishment." - Oliver Goldsmith

"There are only two qualities in the world: efficiency and inefficiency, and only two sorts of people: the efficient and the inefficient." - George Bernard Shaw

"We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, "Oh, nothing!" Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts--not to hurt others." - George Eliot

"Few ever lived to a great age, and fewer still ever became distinguished; who were not in the habit of early using." - John Todd

"The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broad swords, or canals, or statues, or songs." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Diligence, above all, is the mother of good luck." - Samuel Smiles

"Open your mouth and purse cautiously, and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great." - Johann Georg von Zimmermann

"One man affirms that he has rode post a hundred miles in six hours; probably it is a lie; but supposing it to be true, what then? Why, he is a very good post-boy; that is all. Another asserts, and probably not without oaths, that he has drunk six or eight bottles of wine at a sitting; out of charity I will believe him a liar; for if I do not, I must think him a beast." - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

"There are no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men will not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men will not turn them to their hurt." - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

"Happy New Years 2013" - David and Family

December 2012

"Much outcry, little outcome." - Aesop

"The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have been wrong must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong." - Herbert Spencer

"A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it himself." - Lord Henry Peter Brougham

"Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked." - Warren Buffett

"Merry Christmas" From David Walker and Family

"Remember that credit is money." - Benjamin Franklin

"Are the tools without, which the carpenter put forth his hands to, or are they and all the carpentry within himself; and would he not smile at the notion that chest or house is more than he?" - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

"To say of men that they are bad is to say they are worse than we think we are, or worse than the ideal man whose image we have built up on the basis of a certain few." - Jean Rostand

"Take winter as you find him, and he turns out to be a thoroughly honest fellow with no nonsense in him, and tolerating none in you, which is a great comfort in the long run." - James Russell Lowell

"A very desperate habit; one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out. Nine times out of ten, the first thing a man's companion knows of his short-comings is from his apology." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

November 2012

"He is most free from danger, who, even when safe, is on his guard." - Syrus

"What do people mean when they talk about unhappiness? It is not so much unhappiness as impatience that from time to time possesses men, and then they choose to call themselves miserable." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death." - George Bernard Shaw

"Happy Thanksgiving, eat lot's of Turkey" - David Lee Walker

"The world has not yet learned the riches of frugality." - Cicero

"Vexed sailors curse the rain for which poor shepherds prayed in vain." - Edmund Waller

"Come, swear it, damn thyself, lest, being like one of heaven, the devils themselves should fear to seize thee; therefore be double-damned, swear,--thou art honest." - William Shakespeare

"Anecdotes are sometimes the best vehicles of truth, and if striking and appropriate, are often more impressive and powerful than argument." - Tryon Edwards

"A man exercising no forethought will soon experience present sorrow." - Confucius

"It may be conjectured that it is cheaper in the long run to lift men up than to hold them down, and that the ballot in their hands is less dangerous to society than a sense of wrong is in their heads." - James Russell Lowell

"You mean now?" - Yogi Berra, in response to being asked what time it was.

"Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback; set it up on one side, and it tumbles over on the other." - Martin Luther

"When shrieked The bleak November winds, and smote the woods, And the brown fields were herbless, and the shades That met above the merry rivulet Were spoiled, I sought, I loved them still; they seemed Like old companions in adversity." - William Cullen Bryant

October 2012

"Happy Halloween! Be Safe, get lot's of candy" - David Lee Walker

"To quote copiously and well requires taste, judgment and erudition, a feeling for the beautiful, an appreciation of the noble, and a sense of the profound." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Whenever two people meet there are really six present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is." - William James

"Never promise more than you can perform." - Syrus

"Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally, or globally?" - Albert Allen Bartlett

"The first principle of contract negotiation is don't remind them of what you did in the past; tell them what you're going to do in the future." - Stan Musial

"A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas." - Godfrey Harold Hardy

"A minute analysis of life at once destroys that splendor which dazzles the imagination. Whatsoever grandeur can display, or luxury enjoy, is procured by offices of which the mind shrinks from the contemplation. All the delicacies of the table may be traced back to the shambles and the dunghill; all magnificence of building was hewn from the quarry, and all the pomp of ornament dug from among the damps and darkness of the mine." - Samuel Johnson

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." - Albert Einstein

"High office, is like a pyramid; only two kinds of animals reach the summit--reptiles and eagles." - Jean Le Rond d'Alembert

"We must avoid fastidiousness; neatness, when it is moderate, is a virtue; but when it is carried to an extreme, it narrows the mind." - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

"Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem." - Bill Vaughan

"I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it." - Harry S. Truman

"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." - Ingrid Bergman

"The next best thing to a very good joke is a very bad one." - Julius Charles Hare

"By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden underfoot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?" - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

"The first indication of domestic happiness is the love of one's home." - Francis Montlosier

"Gold is a wonderful clearer of the understanding; it dissipates every doubt and scruple in an instant." - Joseph Addison

"Columbus stood in his age as the pioneer of progress and achievement. The system of universal education is in our age the most prominent and salutary feature of the spirit of enlightenment, and it is peculiarly appropriate that the schools be made by the people the center of the day's demonstration. Let the national flag float over every school-house in the country, and the exercises be such as shall impress upon our youth the patriotic duties of American citizenship." - Benjamin Harrison

"Men do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills." - Confucius

"Every fiction since Homer has taught friendship, patriotism, generosity, contempt of death. These are the highest virtues; and the fictions which taught them were therefore of the highest, though not of unmixed, utility." - Sir James Mackintosh

"Muscles come and go; flab lasts." - Bill Vaughan

"By looking into physical causes our minds are opened and enlarged; and in this pursuit, whether we take or whether we lose the game, the chase is certainly of service." - Edmund Burke

"There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it." - George Bernard Shaw

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. The sunshine is peculiarly genial; and in sheltered places, as on the side of a bank, or of a barn or house, one becomes acquainted and friendly with the sunshine. It seems to be of a kindly and homely nature. And the green grass strewn with a few withered leaves looks the more green and beautiful for them. In summer or spring nature is farther from one's sympathies." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

September 2012

"Debt haunts the mind; a conversation about justice troubles it; the sight of a creditor fills it with confusion; even the sanctuary is not a place of refuge. The borrower is servant to the lender. Independence, so essential to the virtues and pleasures of a man, can only be maintained by setting bounds to our desires, and owing no man anything. A habit of boundless expense undermines and destroys the virtues even in the mind where they seem to dwell. It becomes difficult and at last impossible to pay punctually." - Chartery

"Open your mouth and purse cautiously, and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great." - Johann Georg von Zimmermann

"Good books are to the young mind what the warming sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. They are more, for they may save from that which is worse than death, as well as bless with that which is better than life." - Horace Mann

"Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." - William James

"To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary,--nature, study, and practice." - Aristotle

"Every period of life has its peculiar temptations and dangers. But youth is the time when we are most likely to be ensnared. This, pre-eminently, is the forming, fixing period, the spring season of disposition and habit; and it is during this season, more than any other, that the character assumes its permanent shape and color, and the young are wont to take their course for time and for eternity." - Joel Hawes

"All wealth is the product of labor." - John Locke

"Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such." - Henry Miller

"Extra interest signifies extra risk." - Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley

"Get a sun lamp to keep you looking as if you have just come back from somewhere expensive." - Aristotle Onassis

"Everything made by man may be destroyed by man. There are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and she makes neither princes, nor rich men, not lords." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat. Ay any rate, if it is heat it ought to be white heat and not sputter, because sputtering heat is apt to spread the fire. There ought, if there is any heat at all, to be that warmth of the heart which makes every man thrust aside his own personal feeling, his own personal interest, and take thought of the welfare and benefit of others." - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

"To-day is always different from yesterday." - Alexander Smith

"One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." - Albert Schweitzer

The Romans rightly employed the same word (virtus) to designate courage, which is, in a physical sense, what the other is in a moral; the highest virtue of all being victory over ourselves." - Samuel Smiles

"Have you ever rightly considered what the mere ability to read means? That it is the key which admits us to the whole world of thought and fancy and imagination? to the company of saint and sage, of the wisest and the wittiest at their wisest and wittiest moment? That it enables us to see with the keenest eyes, hear with the finest ears, and listen to the sweetest voices of all time? More than that, it annihilates time and space for us." - James Russell Lowell

"Workingmen are at the foundation of society. Show me that product of human endeavor in the making of which the workingman has had no share, and I will show you something that society can well dispense with." - Samuel Gompers

"The morrow was a bright September morn; The earth was beautiful as if new-born; There was that nameless splendor everywhere, That wild exhilaration in the air, Which makes the passers in the city street Congratulate each other as they meet." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

August 2012

"If we do not know what the sorrow of penitence is, we have been living only on the surface of life--unmindful of its deep realities, unconscious of its grander glories." - Frederic Dan Huntington

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." - Henry Ford

"If you have had your attention directed to the novelties in thought in your own lifetime, you will have observed that almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced, and almost any idea which jogs you out of your current abstractions may be better than nothing." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Men have their intellectual ancestry, and the likeness of some one of them is forever unexpectedly flashing out in the features of a descendant, it may be after a gap of several centuries. In the parliament of the present every man represents a constituency of the past." - James Russell Lowell

"Much outcry, little outcome." - Aesop

"The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have been wrong must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong." - Herbert Spencer

"A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it himself." - Lord Henry Peter Brougham

"Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked." - Warren Buffett

"The joy that isn't shared dies young." - Anne Sexton

"The finer the nature, the more flaws it will show through the clearness of it; and it is a law of this universe that the best things shall be seldomest seen in their best form." - John Ruskin

"The true historical genius, to our thinking, is that which can see the nobler meaning of events that are near him, as the true poet is he who detects the divine in the casual; and we somewhat suspect the depth of his insight into the past who cannot recognize the godlike of to-day under that disguise in which it always visits us." - James Russell Lowell

"Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered." - Daniel Webster

"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. Man may be civilized in some degree without great progress in manufactures and with little commerce with his distant neighbors. But without the cultivation of the earth, he is, in all countries, a savage. Until he gives up the chase and fixes himself in some place, and seeks a living from the earth, he is a roaming barbarian. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization." - Daniel Webster

"As ships meet at sea a moment together, when words of greeting must be spoken, and then away upon the deep, so men meet in this world; and I think we should cross no man's path without hailing him, and if he needs giving him supplies." - Henry Ward Beecher

"In the appointments to the great offices of the government, my aim has been to combine geographical situation, and sometimes other considerations, with abilities and fitness of known characters." - George Washington

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"That queen, of error, whom we call fancy and opinion, is the more deceitful because she does not always deceive. She would be the infallible rule of truth if she were the infallible rule of falsehood; but being only most frequently in error, she gives no evidence of her real quality, for she marks with the same character both that which is true and that which is false." - Blaise Pascal

July 2012

"If the eye were so acute as to rival the finest microscope, and to discern the smallest hair upon the leg of a gnat, it would be a curse, and not a blessing to us; it would make all things appear rugged and deformed; the most finely polished crystal would be uneven and rough; the sight of our own selves would affright us; the smoothest skin would be beset all over with rugged scales and bristly hair." - Richard Bentley

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." - Thomas Jefferson

"A man is known to his dog by the smell, to his tailor by the coat, to his friend by the smile; each of these know him, but how little or how much depends on the dignity of the intelligence. That which is truly and indeed characteristic of the man is known only to God." John Ruskin

"Bashfulness is more frequently connected with good sense than we find assurance; and impudence, on the other hand, is often the mere effect of downright stupidity." - William Shenstone

"What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public." - Vilhjalmur Stefansson

"Enjoy what you can, endure what you must." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations, as the sparks fly upward, he has brutified his nature, and quenched the spirit of immortality, which is his portion." - Robert Southey

"Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth." - Phaedrus

"Whoever has tasted the breath of morning knows that the most invigorating and most delightful hours of then day are commonly spent in bed; though it is the evident intention of nature that we should enjoy and profit by them." - Robert Southey

"Remember that credit is money." - Benjamin Franklin

"The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes--openly bad and secretly bad. All virtue and generosity and disinterestedness are merely the appearance of good; but selfish at the bottom. He holds that no man does a good thing except for profit. The effect of his conversation upon your feelings is to chill and sear them; to send you away sour and morose. His criticisms and hints fall indiscriminately upon every lovely thing, like frost upon flowers." - Henry Ward Beecher

"A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it." - William Feather

"Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object." - Joseph Addison

"Sometimes there are accidents in our lives the skillful extrication from which demands a little folly." - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." - John Ruskin

"It must be a peace without victory. . . . Victory would mean peace forced upon the loser; a victor's terms imposed upon the vanquished. It would be accepted in humiliation, under duress, at an intolerable sacrifice, and would leave a sting, a resentment, a bitter memory upon which terms of peace would rest, not permanently, but only as upon quicksand. Only a peace between equals can last: only a peace, the very principle of which is equality, and a common participation in a common benefit." - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

"In the long run, the right answer to unemployment is to create more jobs." - George Walker Bush

"Time is like money; the less we have of it to spare, the further we make it go." - Henry Wheeler Shaw

"Happy Fourth of July!" - David and Family

"he hog that ploughs not, not obeys thy call, Lives on the labours of this lord of all."- Alexander Pope

"Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, and though a late, a sure reward succeeds." - William Congreve

"The Summer looks out from her brazen tower, Through the flashing bars of July." - Francis Thompson



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June 2012

"A man's penmanship is an unfailing index of his character, moral and mental, and a criterion by which to judge his peculiarities of taste and sentiments." - Philip Dormer Stanhope

"Some pretend want of power to make a competent return; and you shall find in others a kind of graceless modesty, that makes a man ashamed of requiting an obligation, because it is a confession that he has received one." - Seneca

"When we are young, we are slavishly employed in procuring something whereby we may live comfortably when we grow old; and when we are old, we perceive it is too late to live as we proposed." - Alexander Pope

"We must avoid fastidiousness; neatness, when it is moderate, is a virtue; but when it is carried to an extreme, it narrows the mind." - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

"Any woman who still thinks marriage is a fifty-fifty proposition is only proving that she doesn't understand either men or percentages." - Florynce Kennedy

"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." - George Bernard Shaw

"A man is not a wall, whose stones are crushed upon the road; or a pipe, whose fragments are thrown away at a street corner. The fragments of an intellect are always good." - George Sand

"For every ten jokes, thou hast got a hundred enemies." - Laurence Sterne

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is." - Francis Bacon

"A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerated the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable." - Billy Graham

I've still got a lot to learn about Washington. Thursday, I accidentally spent some of my own money." - Fred Dalton Thompson

"I just owe almost everything to my father [and] it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election." - Margaret Thatcher

"Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered." - Daniel Webster

"There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship." - Benjamin Franklin

"Debt, grinding debt, whose iron face the widow, the orphan, and the sons of genius fear and hate; debt, which consumes so much time, which so cripples and disheartens a great spirit with cares that seem so base, is a preceptor whose lessons cannot be foregone, and is needed most by those who suffer from it most." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Early rising not only gives us more life in the same number of our years, but adds likewise to their number; and not only enables us to enjoy more of existence in the same measure of time, but increases also the measure." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Take my word for it, the silliest woman can manage a clever man, but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool." - Rudyard Kipling

"I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within." - Socrates

"Bankers are lynxes. To expect any gratitude from them is equivalent to attempting to move the wolves of the Ukraine to pity in the middle of winter." - Honore de Balzac

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie

"Among all the accomplishments of youth there is none preferable to a decent and agreeable behavior among men, a modest freedom of speech, a soft and elegant manner of address, a graceful and lovely deportment, a cheerful gravity and good-humor, with a mind appearing ever serene under the ruffling accidents of human life." - Isaac Watts

"Water is the only drink for a wise man." - Henry David Thoreau

"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake." - Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower

"Who comes with Summer to this earth And owes to June her day of birth, With ring of Agate on her hand, Can health, wealth, and long life command." - Unattributed

May 2012

"That a national university in this country is a thing to be desired, has always been my decided opinion." - George Washington

"The schoolboy whips his taxed top, the beardless youth manages his taxed horse, with a taxed bridle, on a taxed road; and the dying Englishman, pouring his medicine, which has paid seven per cent, flings himself back on his chintz bed, which has paid twenty-two per cent, and expires in the arms of an apothecary who has paid a license of a hundred pounds for the privilege of putting him to death." - Sydney Smith

"Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society." - Daniel Webster

"I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely; as the pursuits of the simpler nations are still the sports of the more artificial." - Henry David Thoreau

"Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you." - Nikita Khrushchev

"The best quarrels, in the heat, are cursed by those that feel their sharpness." - William Shakespeare

"We all live in the hope of pleasing somebody; and the pleasure of pleasing ought to be greatest, and always will be greatest, when our endeavors are exerted in consequence of our duty." - Samuel Johnson

"A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners." - Mignon McLaughlin

"He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views." - William Congreve

"Complete masculinity and stupidity are often indistinguishable." - Henry Louis Mencken

"The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year." - Voltaire

"The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer." - Will Rogers

"Not all who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien

"You know more than you think you do." - Benjamin Spock

"The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded." - George Orwell

"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat. Ay any rate, if it is heat it ought to be white heat and not sputter, because sputtering heat is apt to spread the fire. There ought, if there is any heat at all, to be that warmth of the heart which makes every man thrust aside his own personal feeling, his own personal interest, and take thought of the welfare and benefit of others." - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

"A lively and agreeable man has not only the merit of liveliness and agreeableness himself, but that also of awakening them in others." - Sir Fulke Greville

"Hypocrisy itself does great honor, or rather justice, to religion, and tacitly acknowledges it to be an ornament to human nature. The hypocrite would not be at so much pains to put on the appearance of virtue, if he did not know it was the most proper and effectual means to gain the love and esteem of mankind." - Joseph Addison

"I loved the house the way you would any new house, because it is populated by your future, the family of children who will fill it with noise or chaos and satisfying busy pleasures." - Jane Smiley

"Many people may listen, but few people actually hear." - Harvey MacKay

"Good-humor, gay spirits, are the liberators, the sure cure for spleen and melancholy. Deeper than tears, these irradiate the tophets with their glad heavens. Go laugh, vent the pits, transmuting imps into angels by the alchemy of smiles. The satans flee at the sight of these redeemers." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"Unless you move, the place where you are is the place where you will always be." - Ashleigh Brilliant

"One great reason why men practice generosity so little in the world is their finding so little there. Generosity is catching; and if so many men escape it, it is in a great degree from the same reason the countrymen escape the smallpox,--because they meet no one to give it to them." - Sir Fulke Greville

"A man's heart must be very frivolous if the possession of fame rewards the labor to attain it. For the worst of reputation is that it is not palpable or present,--we do not feel or see or taste it. People praise us behind our backs, but we hear them not; few before our faces, and who is not suspicious of the truth of such praise? - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field." - Niels Henrik David Bohr

April 2012

"Delay is the greatest remedy for anger." - Seneca

"Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets. We can attempt nothing great but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter; we can persevere in nothing great but from a pride in overcoming them." - William Hazlitt

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." - Henry David Thoreau

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Many persons have an idea that one cannot be in business and lead an upright life, whereas the truth is that no one succeeds in business to any great extent, who misleads or misrepresents." - John Wanamaker

"God may forgive sins, he said, but awkwardness has no forgiveness n heaven or earth." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Ambition is frequently the only refuge which life has left to the denied or mortified affections. We chide at the grasping eye, the daring wing, the soul that seems to thirst for sovereignty only, and know not that the flight of this ambitious bird has been from a bosom or home that is filled with ashes." - William Gilmore Simms

There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. - Marshall McLuhan

"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. "The best of all ways to lengthen our days" is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, "to steal a few hours from night, my love;" but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,--hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys." - Charles Dickens

"Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such." - Henry Miller

"In love we do not think of moral qualities, and scarcely of intellectual ones. Temperament and manner alone, with beauty, excite love." - William Hazlitt

"They that are on their guard and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked than the supine, secure and negligent." - Benjamin Franklin

"Extra interest signifies extra risk." - Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley

"Thinkers are scarce as gold; but he whose thoughts embrace all his subject, and who pursues it uninterruptedly and fearless of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"I love to travel, But hate to arrive." - Albert Einstein

"Such is our impatience, such our hatred of procrastination, to everything but the amendment of our practices and the adornment of our nature, one would imagine we were dragging Time along by force, and not he us." - Walter Savage Landor

"Happy Easter" - David and Family

"How easy it is for men to be swollen with admiration of their own strength and glory, and to be lifted up so high as to lose sight both of the ground whence they rose, and the hand that advanced them." - Joseph Hall

"Teach self-denial, and make its practice pleasurable, and you create for the world a destiny more sublime than ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer." - Sir Walter Scott

"Not even for an hour can you bear to be alone, nor can you advantageously apply your leisure time, but you endeavor, a fugitive and wanderer, to escape from yourself, now vainly seeking to banish remorse by wine, and now by sleep; but the gloomy companion presses on you, and pursues you as you fly." - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

"To become rich is easy. Much harder is to solve the riddles of of the heart." - Cao Xuequin

"He who boasts of being perfect is perfect in folly. I never saw a perfect man. Every rose has its thorns, and every day its night. Even the sun shows spots, and the skies are darkened with clouds; and faults of some kind nestle in every bosom." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

March 2012

"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well." - Joe Ancis

"After a man passes sixty, his mischief is mainly in his head." - Washington Irving

"If the newspapers are useful in overthrowing tyrants, it is only to establish a tyranny of their own." - James Fenimore Cooper

"There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody." - Adlai E. Stevenson

"Men's need to dominate women may be based in their own sense of marginality or emptiness; we do not know its root, and men are making no effort to discover it." - Marilyn French

"It's Spring!" - Snoopy

"Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up." - Orson Welles

"In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Imagination, where it is truly creative, is a faculty, and not a quality; it looks before and after, it gives the form that makes all the parts work together harmoniously toward a given end, its seat is in the higher reason, and it is efficient only as a servant of the will. Imagination, as it is too often misunderstood, is mere fantasy, the image-making power, common to all who have the gift of dreams." - James Russell Lowell

"The ugliest of trades have their moments of pleasure. Now, if I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment." - Douglas William Jerrold

"At present we can only reason of the divine justice from what we know of justice in man. When we are in other scenes, we may have truer and nobler ideas of it; but while we are in this life, we can only speak from the volume that is laid open before us." - Alexander Pope

"In such a world as ours the idle man is not so much a biped as a bivalve; and the wealth which breeds idleness, of which the English peerage is an example, and of which we are beginning to abound in specimens in this country, is only a sort of human oyster bed, where heirs and heiresses are planted, to spend a contemptible life of slothfulness in growing plump and succulent for the grave-worms' banquet." - Horace Mann

"The lessons of history? There are four: The bee fertilizes the flower it robs; whom the gods would destroy they first make mad with power; the mills of God grind slowly, but they grind small; when it is dark enough, you can see the stars." - Charles Austin Beard

"On earth we sang harvest-songs as the wheat came into the barn and the barracks were filled; you know there is no such time on a farm as when they get the crops in; and so in heaven it will be a harvest-song on the part of those who on earth sowed in tears and reaped in joy. Angels shout all through the heavens, and multitudes come down the hills crying, "Harvest-home! harvest-borne!" - Thomas De Witt Talmage

"As a rule, only the poor are generous. Rich people can always find excellent reasons for not handing over twenty thousand francs to a relative." - Honore de Balzac

"I think it's easy to mistake understanding for empathy--we want empathy so badly. . . . It's hard and ugly to know somebody can understand you without even liking you." - Thomas A. Harris

"It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours." - Harry S. Truman

"Ah, March! we know thou art Kind-hearted, spite of ugly looks and threats, And, out of sight, art nursing April's violets!" - Helen Hunt Jackson

February 2012

"Happy Leap Day, February 29, 2012" - - - David Lee Walker, Realtor

"All that we do is done with an eye to something else." - Aristotle

"In counsel it is good to see dangers; but in execution not to see them unless they be very great." - Francis Bacon

"There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones." - Anwar al-Sadat

"Every human soul has a germ of some flowers within; and they would open if they could only find sunshiny and free air to expand in. I always told you that not having enough of sunshine was what ailed the world. Make people happy, and there will not be half the quarrelling or a tenth part of the wickedness there is." - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." - Amelia Earhart

"California is a place where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors." - Walter Winchell

"A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever." - Helen Rowland

"There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"When men are most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have then given views to passion, without that proper deliberation and suspense which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities." - David Hume

"Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write." - Robert Penn Warren

"Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise. - Marcus Porcius Cato

"We do not marvel at the sunrise of a joy, only at its sunset! Then, on the other hand, we are amazed at the commencement of a sorrow-storm; but that it should go off in gentle showers, we think quite natural." - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

"It is as useless to argue with those who have renounced the use of reason as to administer medication to the dead." - Thomas Jefferson

"The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas, as those of a fool are by his passions. The time of the one is long, because he does not know what to do with it; so is that of the other, because he distinguishes every moment of it with useful or amusing thoughts--or, in other words, because the one is always wishing it away, and the other always enjoying it." - Joseph Addison

"Scandal breeds hatred; hatred begets division; division makes faction, and faction brings ruin." - Francis Quarles

"If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep." - Will Rogers

"A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar." - Lao-Tzu

"Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting." - Arthur Brisbane

January 2012

"He that blows the coals in quarrels he has nothing to do with has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face." - Benjamin Franklin

"No picture can be good which deceives by its imitation, for the very reason that nothing can be beautiful which is not true." - John Ruskin

"Occupation is the scythe of time." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Mingle a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense now and then is pleasant." - Horace

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." - Albert Einstein

"A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures." - Thomas Carlyle

"Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them." - Ogden Nash

"Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years." - Charlotte Bronte

"People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election." - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

"You would think, if our lips were made of horn and stuck out a foot or two from our faces, kisses at any rate would be done for. Not so. No creatures kiss each other so much as the birds." - Charles Buxton

"We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others: and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring.' - Jeremy Bentham

"Of all the passions, jealousy is that which exacts the hardest service and pays the bitterest wages. Its service is, to watch the success of our enemy, to be sure of it." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Experience serves to prove that the worth and strength of a state depend far less upon the form of its institutions than upon the character of its men; for the nation is only the aggregate of individual conditions, and civilization itself is but a question of personal, improvement." - Samuel Smiles

"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The finer the nature, the more flaws it will show through the clearness of it; and it is a law of this universe that the best things shall be seldomest seen in their best form. - John Ruskin

"I have now reigned above fifty years in victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot; they amount to fourteen. O man, place not thy confidence in this present world!" - Abder-Rahman III

"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." - Oscar Wilde

"Many a good intention dies from inattention. If, through carelessness or indolence, or selfishness, a good intention is not put into effect, we have lost an opportunity, demoralized ourselves, and stolen from the pile of possible good. To be born and not fed, is to perish. To launch a ship and neglect it is to lose it. To have a talent and bury it, is to be a "wicked and slothful servant." For in the end we shall be judged, not alone by what we have done, but by what we could have done." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him; and we seldom hear of a celebrated person without a catalogue of some notorious weaknesses and infirmities." - Joseph Addison

"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road." - Dag Hammarskjold

"Happy New Years" (2012)- David and Family

December 2011

"Have a Safe and Happy New Years Eve" - David and Family

"The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broad swords, or canals, or statues, or songs." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Merry Christmas!" - David Lee Walker and Family

"It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself." - Charles Dickens

"Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood." - John Burroughs

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." - attributed to Charles Galton Darwin

"Every deviation from the rules of charity and brotherly love, of gentleness and forbearance, of meekness and patience, which our Lord prescribes to his disciples, however it may appear to be founded on an attachment to Him and zeal for His service, is in truth a departure from the religion of Him, "the Son of Man," who "came not to destroy men's lives, but to save them." - Richard Mant

"Youth is easily deceived, because it is quick to hope." - Aristotle

"Water is the only drink for a wise man." - Henry David Thoreau

"The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined will of a peasant." - Confucius

"Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat." - Fran Lebowitz

"December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt

"He who is wise puts aside all claims which may dissipate his attention, and confining himself to one branch excels in that." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein

November 2011

"What an enormous "camera-obscura" tradition! How a thing grows in the human memory, in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it; and in the darkness in the entire ignorance, without date or document, no book, no Arundel marble, only here and there some dull monumental cairn!" - Thomas Carlyle

"The child learns more of the virtues needed in modern life-of fairness, of justice, of comradeship, of collective interest and action-in a common school than can be taught in the most perfect family circle." - Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

"May all your Family and Friends have a Happy and Joyous Thanksgiving!!!! - David Lee Walker and Family

"Astronomers have built telescopes which can show myriads of stars unseen before; but when a man looks through a tear in his own eye, that is a lens which opens reaches in the unknown, and reveals orbs which no telescope, however skilfully constructed, could do; nay, which brings to view even the throne of God, and pierces that nebulous distance where are those eternal verities in which true life consists." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Where virtue is, sensibility is the ornament and becoming attire of virtue. On certain occasions it may almost be said to become virtue. But sensibility and all the amiable qualities may likewise become, and too often have become, the panders of vice and the instruments of seduction." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Self-denial is indispensable to a strong character, and the loftiest kind thereof comes only of a religious stock,--from consciousness of obligation and dependence upon God." - Theodore Parker

"When I look upon the tombs of the great, every motion of envy dies; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire forsake me; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents themselves, I reflect how vain it is to grieve for those whom we must quickly follow; when I see kings lying beside those who deposed them, when I behold rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men who divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the frivolous competitions, factions, and debates of mankind." - Joseph Addison

"I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself." - Marlene Dietrich

"There are three kinds of praise,--that which we yield, that which we lend, and that which we pay. We yield it to the powerful from fear, we lend it to the weak from interest, and we pay it to the deserving from gratitude." - Charles Caleb Colton

"To meet at all, one must open one's eyes to another; and there is no true conversation, no matter how many words are spoken, unless the eye, unveiled and listening open itself to the other." - Jessamyn West

"The love for our native land strengthens our individual and national character." - Alexander Hamilton

"The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." - Theodore Roosevelt

"But there have been human hearts, constituted just like ours, for six thousand years. The same stars rise and set upon this globe that rose upon the plains of Shinar or along the Egyptian Nile and the same sorrows rise and set in every age. - Henry Ward Beecher

"I would rather obey than work miracles." - Martin Luther

"Man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through the narrow chinks of his cavern." - William Blake

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Unattributed Author, Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles

"Laziness is a good deal like money,--the more a man has of it, the more he seems to want." - Henry Wheeler Shaw

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"No park--no ring--no afternoon gentility-- No company--no nobility-- No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease. No comfortable feel in any member-- No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!" - Thomas Hood

October 2011

"Neither current events nor history show that the majority rules, or ever did rule." - Jefferson Davis

"The first creation of God in the works of the days was the light of the sense; the last was the light of the reason: and His Sabbath-work ever since is the illumination of the spirit." - Francis Bacon

"That jewel knowledge is great riches, which is not plundered by kinsmen, nor carried off by thieves, nor decreased by giving." - Bhavabhuti

"Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but an accident alone, here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two; but it is sure as life, it is sure as death!" - Thomas Carlyle

"You are convinced by experience that very few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought." - Thucydides

"God hides some ideal in every human soul. At some time in our life we feel a trembling, fearful longing to do some good thing. Life finds its noblest spring of excellence in this hidden impulse to do our best." - Robert Collyer

"True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise. It arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and, in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select friends." - Joseph Addison

"If you watch a game, it's fun. IF you play it, it's recreation. if you work at it, it's golf." - Bob Hope

"If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs." - Aesop

"As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it." - George Washington

"Buy an annuity cheap, and make your life interesting to yourself and everybody else that watches the speculation." - Charles Dickens

"Error is always more busy than ignorance. Ignorance is a blank sheet on which we may write; but error is a scribbled one from which we must first erase." - Charles Caleb Colton

"No amusement seems more to have a foundation in our nature. The animation of youth overflows spontaneously in harmonious movements. The true idea of dancing entitles it to favor. Its end is to realize perfect grace in motion; and who does not know that a sense of the graceful is one of the higher faculties of our nature?" - William Ellery Channing

"The passions and desires, like the two twists of a rope, mutually mix one with the other, and twin inextricably round the heart; producing good if moderately indulged; but certain destruction if suffered to become inordinate." - Robert Burton

"A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one." - Isaac D'Israeli

"All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction." - Adlai E. Stevenson

"There is no society or conversation to be kept up in the world without good-nature, or something which must bear its appearance, and supply its place. For this reason mankind have been forced to invent a kind of artificial humanity, which is what we express by the word "good-breeding." For, if we examine thoroughly the idea of what we call so, we shall find it to be nothing else but an imitation and mimicry of good-nature, or, in other terms, affability, complaisance, and easiness of temper reduced into an art." - Joseph Addison

"A lie should be trampled on and extinguished wherever found. I am for fumigating the atmosphere when I suspect that falsehood, like pestilence, breathes around me." - Thomas Carlyle

"Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse." - Joseph Roux

September 2011

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor." - Henry David Thoreau

"There is a sort of natural instinct of human dignity in the heart of man which steels his very nerves not to bend beneath the heavy blows of a great adversity. The palm-tree grows best beneath a ponderous weight, even so the character of man. There is no merit in it, it is a law of psychology. The petty pangs of small daily cares have often bent the character of men, but great misfortunes seldom. There is less danger in this than in great good luck." - Louis Kossuth

"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship." - Benjamin Franklin

"He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed." - Benjamin Franklin

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." - Henry David Thoreau

"You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics." - Charles Bukowski

"To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary, - nature, study, and practice." - Aristotle

"What we sow in youth we reap in age; the seed of the thistle always produces the thistle." - James Thomas Fields

"It is only for those to employ force who possess strength without judgment; but the well advised will have recourse to other means. Besides, he who pretends to carry his point by force hath need of many associates; but the man who can persuade knows that he is himself sufficient for the purpose; neither can such a one be supposed forward to shed blood; for, who is there would choose to destroy a fellow citizen rather than make a friend of him by mildness and persuasion?" - Xenophon

"There's a Harvard man on the wrong side of every question." - A. Lawrence Lowell

"To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling." - Barbara Walters

"All that lies betwixt the cradle and the grave is uncertain." - Seneca

"Extra interest signifies extra risk. - Arthur Wellesley

"Who has not raised a tombstone, here and there, over buried hopes and dead joys, on the road of life? Like the scars of the heart, they are not to be obliterated." - Ninon de L'Enclos

"Every sweet hath its sour, every evil its good." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind." - General Douglas MacArthur

"He that borrows the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; he that uses that of a superior elevates his own to the stature of that he contemplates." - Edmund Burke

Today 9/11 is Patriot Day. "To be a good patriot, a man must consider his countrymen as God's creatures, and himself as accountable for his acting towards them." - Bishop George Berkeley

"Positiveness is a most absurd foible. If you are in the right, it lessens your triumph; if in the wrong, it adds shame to your defeat." - Laurence Sterne

"The most common cause of fear of old age is associated with the possibility of poverty." - Napoleon Hill

"The effects of opposition are wonderful. There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat; men to whom a crisis which intimidates and paralyzes the majority--demanding, not the faculties of prudence and thrift, but comprehension, immovableness, the readiness of sacrifice,-- comes graceful and beloved as a bride." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." - Abraham Lincoln

"The distinguishing trait of people accustomed to good society is a calm, imperturbable quiet which pervades all their actions and habits, from the greatest to the least. They eat in quiet, move in quiet, live in quiet, and lose their wife, or even their money, in quiet; while low persons cannot take up either a spoon or an affront without making such an amazing noise about it." - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

"Workingmen are at the foundation of society. Show me that product of human endeavor in the making of which the workingman has had no share, and I will show you something that society can well dispense with." - Samuel Gompers

"By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed." - Lewis Mumford

"The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose." - Lord Edward Coke

"We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know." - Albert Einstein

"The morrow was a bright September morn; The earth was beautiful as if new-born; There was that nameless splendor everywhere, That wild exhilaration in the air, Which makes the passers in the city street Congratulate each other as they meet." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

August 2011

"Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to be as mediocre as possible." - Margaret Mead

"A man cannot govern a nation if he cannot govern a city; he cannot govern a city if he cannot govern a family; he cannot govern a family unless he can govern himself; and he cannot govern himself unless his passions are subject to reason." - Hugo Grotius

"A thorough-paced knave will rarely quarrel with one whom he can cheat: his revenge is plunder; therefore he is usually the most forgiving of beings, upon the principle that if he come to an open rupture, he must defend himself; and this does not suit a man whose vocation it is to keep his hands in the pocket of another." - Charles Caleb Colton

"A better principle than this, that "the majority shall rule," is this other, that justice shall rule. "Justice," says the code of Justinian, "is the constant and perpetual desire to render every man his due." - Christian Nestell Bovee

Liberty, equality,--bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice, and justice towards the feeble becomes necessarily protection or kindness. - Henri-Frederic Amiel

"Language was invented to ask questions." - Eric Hoffer

"Knowledge is power." - Francis Bacon

"It is dangerous to jest with God, death, or the devil; for the first neither can nor will be mocked; the second mocks all men at one time or another; and the third puts an eternal sarcasm on those that are too familiar with him." - J. Beaumont

"It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world." - Aristotle

"There are no little events with the heart. It magnifies everything; it places in the same scale the fall of an empire and the dropping of a woman's glove, and almost always the glove weighs more than the empire." - Honore de Balzac

"A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page." - Hosea Ballou

"Sometimes, one gesture comprises an entire drama, the accent of one word ruins an entire existence, and the indifference of one glance kills the happiest passion." - Honore de Balzac

"I know it is more agreeable to walk upon carpets than to lie upon dungeon floors, I know it is pleasant to have all the comforts and luxuries of civilization; but he who cares only for these things is worth no more than a butterfly, contented and thoughtless, upon a morning flower; and who ever thought of rearing a tombstone to a last summer's butterfly?" - Henry Ward Beecher

"History is but a fable agreed upon." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"No man can promise himself even fifty years of life, but any man may, if he please, live in the proportion of fifty years in forty--let him rise early, that he may have the day before him, and let him make the most of the day, by determining to expend it on two sorts of acquaintance only--those by whom something may be got, and those from whom something maybe learnt." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Dangers are no more light if they once seem light, and more dangers have deceived men than forced them; nay, it were better to meet some dangers half-way, though they come nothing near, than to keep too long a watch upon their approaches; for if a man watch too long it is odds he will all fast asleep." - Francis Bacon

"What you lend is lost; when you ask for it back, you may find a friend made an enemy by your kindness. If you begin to press him further, you have the choice of two things--either to lose your loan or lose your friend." - Plautus

"Coolness and absence of heat and haste indicate fine qualities." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The August cloud . . . suddenly Melts into streams of rain." - William Cullen Bryant

July 2011

"Some frauds succeed from the apparent candor, the open confidence, and the full blaze of ingenuousness that is thrown around them. The slightest mystery would excite suspicion and ruin all. Such stratagems may be compared to the stars; they are discoverable by darkness and hidden only by light." - Charles Caleb Colton

"The world is God's workshop; the raw materials are His; the ideals and patterns are His; our hands are "the members of Christ," our reward His recognition. Blacksmith or banker, draughtsman or doctor, painter or preacher, servant or statesman, must work as unto the Lord, not merely making a living, but devoting a life. This makes life sacramental, turning its water into wine. This is twice blessed, blessing both the worker and the work." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short." - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

"The affluent society, with relentless single-minded energy, is turning our cities, most of suburbia and most of our roadways into the most affluent slum on earth." - Eric Sevareid

"Young men think old men fools, and old men know young men to be so." - Sir Charles Pratt

"Socrates was pronounced by the Oracle of Delphos to be the wisest man in Greece, which he would turn from himself ironically, saying there could be nothing in him to verify the oracle, except this, that he was not wise and knew it, and others were not wise and knew it not." - Francis Bacon

"When the air balloon was first discovered, some one flippantly asked Dr. Franklin what was the use of it. The doctor answered this question by asking another: "What is the use of a new-born infant? It may become a man."" - Charles Caleb Colton

"Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve centre of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies." - Howard Thurman

"I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence." - Alice Walker

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death." - George Bernard Shaw

"The rules of conduct, the maxims of action, and the tactical instincts that serve to gain small victories may always be expanded into the winning of great ones with suitable opportunity; because in human affairs the sources of success are ever to be found in the fountains of quick resolve and swift stroke; and it seems to be a law inflexible and inexorable that he who will not risk cannot win." - John Paul Jones

"Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it." - William James

"Those who are fond of setting things to rights, have no great objection to seeing them wrong." - William Hazlitt

"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

"In a real estate man's eye, the most expensive part of the city is where he has a house to sell. - Will Rogers

"When God will educate a man, He compels him to learn bitter lessons. He sends him to school to the Necessities rather than to the Graces, that by knowing all suffering he may know also the eternal consolations." - Celia Burleigh

"The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man's course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle." - Abraham Lincoln

"Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit." - Aristotle

"Happy Birthday America" - David Lee Walker and Family

"A man's love for his native land lies deeper than any logical expression, among those pulses of the heart which vibrate to the sanctities of home, and to the thoughts which leap up from his father's graves." - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

"The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us." - Quentin Crisp

June 2011

"He who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying." - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

"That best portion of a good man's life, His little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love." - William Wordsworth

"I can prove anything by statistics except the truth." - George Canning

"At present we can only reason of the divine justice from what we know of justice in man. When we are in other scenes, we may have truer and nobler ideas of it; but while we are in this life, we can only speak from the volume that is laid open before us." - Alexander Pope

"A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself." - Jessamyn West

"It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants." - William Cobbett

"Summer isles of Eden, lying in dark purple spheres of sea." - Lord Alfred Tennyson

"In health there is liberty. Health is the first of all liberties, and happiness gives us the energy which is the basis of health." - Henri-Frederic Amiel

"God Almighty first planted a garden." - Francis Bacon

"To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence." - Joseph Conrad

"A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma." - Marlene Dietrich

"Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy." - Groucho Marx

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." - William Jennings Bryan

"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." - Yogi Berra

It's FLAG DAY "America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses." - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

"Bankers are lynxes. To expect any gratitude from them is equivalent to attempting to move the wolves of the Ukraine to pity in the middle of winter." - Honore de Balzac

"A heavenly awe overshadowed and encompassed, as it still ought, and must, all earthly business whatsoever." - Thomas Carlyle

"Ants are good citizens they place group interests first." - Clarence Day

"Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul." - Charles Buxton

"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." - Lucille Ball

"Gutenberg made everybody a reader. Xerox makes everybody a publisher." - Marshall McLuhan

"I paid too much for it, but its worth it." - Samuel Goldwyn

"Of all paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path for every man,--a thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do; which, could he but be led or driven to do, he were then doing like a man, as we phrase it. His success, in such a case, were complete, his felicity a maximum." - Thomas Carlyle

"As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men's minds more seriously than what they see." - Julius Caesar

"Most men make the voyage of life as if they carried sealed orders which they were not to open till they were fairly in mid-ocean." - James Russell Lowell

"Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds." - Albert Einstein

"And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays." - James Russell Lowell,

May 2011

"The first principle of contract negotiation is don't remind them of what you did in the past; tell them what you're going to do in the future." - Stan Musial

"The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history." - Henry Ward Beecher

"The only test of possession is use. The talent that is buried is not owned. The napkin and the hole in the ground are far more truly the man's property, because they are accomplishing something for him, slothful and shameful though it be. And what is a lost soul? Is it not one that God cannot use, or one that cannot use God? Trustless, prayerless, fruitless, loveless--is it not so far lost? So may a man have a soul that is lost and be dead while he lives." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or act the key to the man, to the woman; straightway all their past words and actions lie in light before us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In a real estate man's eye, the most expensive part of the city is where he has a house to sell. - Will Rogers

"When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze." - Thomas Carlyle

"Any man worth his salt has by the time he is forty-five accumulated a crown of thorns, and the problem is to learn to wear it over one ear." - Christopher Darlington Morley

"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere." - Ronald Reagan

"To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." - Henry David Thoreau

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson

"A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas." - Godfrey Harold Hardy

"The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up." - Orson Welles

"Real knowledge, like every thing else of the highest value, is not to be obtained easily. It must be worked for,--studied for,--thought for,--and, more than all, it must be prayed for." - Thomas Arnold

"It is very questionable, in my mind, how far we have the right to judge one of another, since there is born within every man the germs of both virtue and vice. The development of one or the other is contingent upon circumstances." - Hosea Ballou

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is." - Francis Bacon

"I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy." - Oscar Wilde

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Cicero

"Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment." - Dale Carnegie

"Energy will do anything that can be done in this world; and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities, will make a two-legged animal a man without it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Happy MOTHER'S Day" - David Walker

"The waters deluge man with rain, oppress him with hail, and drown him with inundations; the air rushes in storms, prepares the tempest, or lights up the volcano; but the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to the wants of man, spreads his walks with flowers and his table with plenty; returns with interest every good committed to her care, and though she produces the poison, she still supplies the antidote; though constantly teased more to furnish the luxuries of man than his necessities, yet, even to the last, she continues her kind indulgence, and when life is over she piously covers his remains in her bosom." - Pliny the Elder

"The demands of modern living are so exacting that men and women everywhere must exercise deliberate selection to live wisely." - Robert Grant

"Happy Cinco de Mayo" - David Lee Walker

"Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question." - Albert Camus

"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." - Eric Hoffer

"Moral conduct includes every thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. They are active in their desires, their affections, their designs, their intentions, and in every thing they say and do of choice; and for all these things they are accountable to God." - Nathaniel Emmons

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry S. Truman

April 2011

"Lasting harmony with a woman (was) an undertaking in which I twice failed rather disgracefully." - Albert Einstein

"A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time; but that happeneth rarely. Generally, youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second; for there is a youth in thoughts as well as in ages; and yet the invention of young men is more lively than that of old, and imaginations stream into their minds better, and, as it were, more divinely." - Francis Bacon

"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. We are bought by the enemy with the treasure in our own coffers." - Edmund Burke

"If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion." - George Bernard Shaw

"You need to know that a member of Congress who refuses to allow the minimum wage to come up for a vote made more money during last year's one-month government shutdown than a minimum wage worker makes in an entire year." - William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton

"As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns; the one we don't know we don't know." - Donald Rumsfeld

"The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas, as those of a fool are by his passions. The time of the one is long, because he does not know what to do with it; so is that of the other, because he distinguishes every moment of it with useful or amusing thoughts--or, in other words, because the one is always wishing it away, and the other always enjoying it." - Joseph Addison

"Never inquire into another man's secret; but conceal that which is intrusted to you, though pressed both be wine and anger to reveal it." - Horace

"It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers." - James Thurber

"We will never be an advanced civilization as long as rain showers can delay the launching of a space rocket." - George Carlin

"I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster; but I'll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me he shall never make me such a fool." - William Shakespeare

"Of mankind in general, the parts are greater than the whole." - Aristotle

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." - Nelson Mandela

"A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it himself." - Lord Henry Peter Brougham

"Good and bad luck is but a synonyme, in the great majority of instances, for good and bad judgment." - Paul Chatfield

"We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others: and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring." - Jeremy Bentham

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." - Albert Einstein

"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one." - Mary Kay Ash

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." - Albert Einstein

"The first of April, some do say is set apart for All Fools' day; But why the people call it so, Nor I, nor they themselves, do know." - Poor Robin's Almanac

March 2011

Cesar Estrada Chavez (March 31 1927 - April 23 1993) "one of the heroic figures of our time." - Senator Robert Kennedy

"The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"You can get much farther with a smile, a kind word, and a gun than you can with a smile and a kind word." - Alphonse (Al) Capone

"How idle a boast, after all, is the immortality of a name! Time is ever silently turning over his pages; we are too much engrossed by the story of the present to think of the character and anecdotes that gave interest to the past; and each age is a volume thrown aside and forgotten." - Washington Irving

"No facts are to me sacred; none are profane. I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The difference between rising at five and seven o'clock in the morning, for the space of forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to ten additional years to a man's life." - Philip Doddridge

"Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers." - Henri-Frederic Amiel

"The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing." - James Brown

"Open your mouth and purse cautiously, and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great." - Johann Georg von Zimmermann

"Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs." - Andrew Carnegie

"Many men are mere warehouses full of merchandise--the head, the heart, are stuffed with goods. . . . There are apartments in their souls which were once tenanted by taste, and love, and joy, and worship, but they are all deserted now, and the rooms are filled with earthy and material things." - Henry Ward Beecher

"In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive." - Lee A. Iacocca

"Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a law-breaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy." - Louis D. Brandeis

"HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY" - David Walker

"Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it." - Lytton Bulwer

"Winged time glides on insensibly, and deceive us; and there is nothing more fleeting than years." - Ovid

"Waste cannot be accurately told, though we are sensible how destructive it is. Economy, on the one hand, by which a certain income is made to maintain a man genteelly; and waste, on the other, by which on the same income another man lives shabbily, cannot be defined. It is a very nice thing; as one man wears his coat out much sooner than another, we cannot tell how." - Samuel Johnson

"Sometimes hath the brightest day a cloud: and, after summer evermore succeeds barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold: so cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet." - William Shakespeare

"I live in the world rather as a spectator of mankind than as one of the species." - Joseph Addison

"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted." - Albert Einstein

"Attention and activity lead to mistakes as well as to successes; but a life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw

"Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal." - Aristotle

"The ear and the eye are the mind's receivers; but the tongue is only busy in expending the treasures received. It, therefore, the revenues of the mind be uttered as fast or faster than they are received, it must needs be bare, and can never lay up for purchase." - Joseph Hall

"The sea has been called deceitful and treacherous, but there lies in this trait only the character of a great natural power, which, to speak according to our own feelings, renews its strength, and, without reference to joy or sorrow, follows eternal laws which are imposed by a higher Power." - Wilhelm von Humboldt

"There is always something new out of Libya." - Aristotle

"When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities." - Jack Kemp

"Beware the ides of March." - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

February 2011

"In matters of great concern, and which must be done, there is no surer argument of a weak mind than irresolution; to be undetermined where the case is so plain, and the necessity so urgent. To be always intending to live a new life, but never to find time to set about it; this is as if a man should put off eating, and drinking, and sleeping, from one day and night to another, till he is starved and destroyed." - John Tillotson

"To know after absence the familiar street and road and village and house is to know again the satisfaction of home." - Hal Borland

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Cicero

"Farming is a most senseless pursuit, a mere laboring in a circle. You sow that you may reap, and then you reap that you may sow. Nothing ever comes of it." - Joannes Stobaeus

"Taste and elegance, though they are reckoned only among the smaller and secondary morals, yet are of no mean importance in the regulations of life. A moral taste is not of force to turn vice into virtue; but it recommends virtue with something like the blandishments of pleasure, and it infinitely abates the evils of vice." - Edmund Burke

"Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which you put your money in your pants pocket and give your coat to your creditors." - Joey Adams

"But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - Buddha

"Nothing leads more directly to the breach of charity, and to the injury and molestation of our fellow-creatures, than the indulgence of an ill temper." - Hugh Blair

"Over-taxation cost England her colonies of North America." - Edmund Burke

"Talent is something, but tact is everything. Talent is serious, sober, grave, and respectable; tact is all that, and more, too. It is not a seventh sense, but is the life of all the five. It is the open eye, the quick ear, the judging taste, the keen smell, and the lively touch; it is the interpreter of all riddles, the surmounter of all difficulties, the remover of all obstacles." - William Pitt Scargill

"When you stop talking, you've lost your customer." - Estee Lauder

"A woman questions the man who loves exactly as a judge questions a criminal. This being so, a flash of the eye, a mere word, an inflection of the voice or a moment's hesitation suffice to expose the fact, betrayal or crime he is attempting to conceal." - Honore de Balzac

"Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts, by nature." - Cicero

"Be not dazzled by beauty, but look for those inward qualities which are lasting." - Seneca

"Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life." - Elie Wiesel

"We don't have to turn to our history books for heroes. They're all around us. Don't let anyone tell that America's best days are behind her that the American spirit has been vanquished. We've seen it triumph too often in our lives to stop believing in it now." - Ronald Reagan

"The dearest things in the world are our neighbor's eyes; they cost everybody more than anything else in housekeeping." - Sydney Smith

"We must learn that competence is better than extravagance, that worth is better than wealth, that the golden calf we have worshiped has no more brains than that one of old which the Hebrews worshiped. So beware of money and of money's worth as the supreme passion of the mind. Beware of the craving for enormous acquisition." - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

January 2011

"You'ld be so lean that blasts of January
Would blow you through and through."
- William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale

"Ignorance lies at the bottom of all human knowledge, and the deeper we penetrate the nearer we arrive unto it. For what do we truly know, or what can we clearly affirm, of any one of those important things upon which all our reasonings must of necessity be built--time and space, life and death, matter and mind?" - Charles Caleb Colton

"Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left." - Aldo Leopold

"To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target." - Ashleigh Brilliant

"If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out, and difficult." - Heraclitus of Ephesus

"Fortune is like a market where many times if you wait a little the price will fall." - Francis Bacon

"Accustom yourself to submit on all and every occasion, and on the most minute, no less than on the most important circumstances of life, to a small present evil, to obtain a greater distant good. This will give decision, tone, and energy to the mind, which, thus disciplined, will often reap victory from defeat and honor from repulse." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Let us learn the meaning of economy. Economy is a high human office,--a sacrament when its aim is grand, when it is the prudence of simple tastes, when it is practised for freedom or for love or devotion." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Paying of debts is, next to the grace of God, the best means in the world to deliver you from a thousand temptations to sin and vanity." - Patrick Delany

"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." - Albert Einstein

"Candor is the seal of a noble mind, the ornament and pride of man, the sweetest charm of woman, the scorn of rascals and the rarest virtue of sociability." - Christian Ernst Graf von Bentzel-Sternau

"Bankers are lynxes. To expect any gratitude from them is equivalent to attempting to move the wolves of the Ukraine to pity in the middle of winter." - Honore de Balzac

"In abundance prepare for scarcity." - Mencius

"There is no absurdity so obvious that it cannot be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to impose it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"The ambitious climbs up high and perilous stairs, and never cares how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up his fear of a fall." - Thomas Adams

"It is a truth but too well known, that rashness attends youth, as prudence does old age." - Cicero

"Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield." - Aesop

"The art of walking is at once suggestive of the dignity of man. Progressive motion alone implies power, but in almost every other instance it seems a power gained at the expense of self-possession." - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

"As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns; the one we don't know we don't know." - Donald Rumsfeld

"Have a Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2011" - David Lee Walker and Family

December 2010

"The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas, as those of a fool are by his passions. The time of the one is long, because he does not know what to do with it; so is that of the other, because he distinguishes every moment of it with useful or amusing thoughts--or, in other words, because the one is always wishing it away, and the other always enjoying it." - Joseph Addison

"To sell something, tell a woman it's a bargain; tell a man it's deductible." - Earl Wilson

"I add this also, that natural ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability." - Cicero

"No hawk swooping down upon his prey, no stag improvising new detours by which to trick the huntsman, no dog scenting game from afar is comparable in speed to the celerity of a salesman when he gets wind a deal, to his skill in tripping up or forestalling a rival, and to the art with which he sniffs out and discovers a possible sale." - Honore de Balzac

"It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters." - Aesop

"A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole week." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Obedience, as it regards the social relations, the rules of society, and the laws of nature and nature's God, should commence at the cradle and end only at the tomb." - Hosea Ballou

"Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts, by nature. Reason is the mistress and queen of all things." - Cicero

November 2010

"Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man really; a man uncertain, puzzled and in the dark like ourselves." - Willa Sibert Cather

"Winged time glides on insensibly, and deceive us; and there is nothing more fleeting than years." - Ovid

"All the territorial possessions of all the political establishments in the earth--including America, of course-- consist of pilferings from other people's wash. No tribe, howsoever insignificant, and no nation, howsoever mighty occupies a foot of land that was not stolen." - Mark Twain

"Time is but the measure of the difficulty of a conception. Pure thought has scarcely any need of time, since it perceives the two ends of an idea almost at the same moment." - Henri-Frederic Amiel

"When you ask for it back again, you find a friend made an enemy by your own kindness. If yon begin to press still further--either you must part with that which you have entrusted, or else you must lose that friend." - Plautus (184 BC)

"Vote, I have." - David

"Sports and gaming, whether pursued from a desire of gain or love of pleasure, are as ruinous to the temper and disposition of the party addicted to them, as they are to his fame and fortune." - Robert Burton

October 2010

"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. Man may be civilized in some degree without great progress in manufactures and with little commerce with his distant neighbors. But without the cultivation of the earth, he is, in all countries, a savage. Until he gives up the chase and fixes himself in some place, and seeks a living from the earth, he is a roaming barbarian. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization." - Daniel Webster

"Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody." - Franklin Pierce Adams

"Paying of debts is, next to the grace of God, the best means in the world to deliver you from a thousand temptations to sin and vanity." - Patrick Delany

"When your ship comes in, make sure you are willing to unload it." - Robert Anthony

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." - Henry David Thoreau

"There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country." - Joseph Addison

"Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which you put your money in your pants pocket and give your coat to your creditors." - Joey Adams

"Abundance changes the value of things." - Terence

"I told him it was law logic--an artificial system of reasoning, exclusively used in courts of justice, but good for nothing anywhere else." - John Quincy Adams

"A man's love for his native land lies deeper than any logical expression, among those pulses of the heart which vibrate to the sanctities of home, and to the thoughts which leap up from his father's graves." - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

"We must learn that competence is better than extravagance, that worth is better than wealth, that the golden calf we have worshiped has no more brains than that one of old which the Hebrews worshiped. So beware of money and of money's worth as the supreme passion of the mind. Beware of the craving for enormous acquisition." - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

September 2010

"Manhood begins when we have, in a way, made truce with necessity; begins, at all events, when we have surrendered to necessity, as the most part only do; but begins joyfully and hopefully only when we have reconciled ourselves to necessity, and thus, in reality, triumphed over it, and felt that in necessity we are free." - Thomas Carlyle

"The Recession Over" - The White House's economic team

"We content ourselves to present to thinking minds the original seeds from whence spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged." - Andrew Michael Ramsay

"Adversity, if for no, other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. Men see clearer at such time. Storms purify the atmosphere." - Henry Ward Beecher

"I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks forth another." - Homer

"All the territorial possessions of all the political establishments in the earth--including America, of course-- consist of pilferings from other people's wash. No tribe, howsoever insignificant, and no nation, howsoever mighty occupies a foot of land that was not stolen." - Mark Twain

"I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it." - Will Rogers

"Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used." - Carl Sagan

August 2010

"A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience." - Doug Larson

"The taxpayer -- that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination." - Ronald Reagan

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"A wound from a tongue is worse than a wound from the sword; the latter affects only the body--the former, the spirit, the soul." - Pythagoras

"Go West, young man! Go West." - John L.B. Soule

"To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." - Ray Bradbury

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." - Mark Twain

"People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates." - Thomas Szasz

July 2010

"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." - Edward Kennedy

"We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life." - Carl Jung

"We must deal with the world as we find it, not as we would like it to be." - Lee Balkum

"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." - Walt Disney

"Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming." - J. P. McEvoy

"The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream." - Harry Kemp

"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first" - Ronald Reagan

"The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith for rather than reason." - Hal Borland

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it." - Lord Acton

"Freedom is not free" - Anonymous, Have a happy and safe 4th of July - - David Walker

"It is so much easier to tell others what to do with their problems than to stand with them in their pain." - David Augsburger

"There are periods in history when change is necessary, and other periods when it is better to keep everything for the time as it is. The art of life is to be in the rhythm of your age." - Oswald Mosley

June 2010

"Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming." - J. P. McEvoy

"The best mind-altering drug is truth." - Lily Tomlin

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

"Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new." - Henry David Thoreau

"I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge." - Igor Stravinsky

"We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye... The hand is the cutting edge of the mind." - Jacob Bronowski

"It has always seemed to me that the best symbol of common sense was a bridge." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Few things are necessary to make the wise man happy while no amount of material wealth would satisfy a fool. I am not a fool." - Og Mandino

"The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have." - John D. Rockefeller, III

"The body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five; the mind is at its best about the age of forty-nine." — Aristotle

"An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less." - Nicholas M Butler

"Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together." - G. C. Lichtenberg

May 2010

"I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward. I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for the public good, becomes honorable by being necessary." - Nathan Hale

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." - Mark Twain

"The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities." - John Dalberg Acton

"The key that unlocks energy is desire. It's also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited." - Earl Nightengale

Subject: Hello from 150 NM above the Earrth

Hello from above our magnificent planet Earth. The perspective is truly awe-inspiring. This is a terrific mission and we are very busy doing science round the clock. Just getting a moment to type e-mail is precious so this will be short, and distributed to many who I know and love.

I have seen some incredible sights: lightning spreading over the Pacific, the Aurora Australis lighting up the entire visible horizon with the cityglow of Australia below, the crescent moon setting over the limb of the Earth, the vast plains of Africa and the dunes on Cape Horn, rivers breaking through tall mountain passes, the scars of humanity, the continuous line of life extending from North America, through Central America and into South America, a crescent moon setting over the limb of our blue planet. Mount Fuji looks like a small bump from up here, but it does stand out as a very distinct landmark.

Magically, the very first day we flew over Lake Michigan and I saw Wind Point (Racine, WI) clearly. Haven't been so lucky since. Every orbit we go over a slightly different part of the Earth. Of course, much of the time I'm working back in Spacehab and don't see any of it. Whenever I do get to look out , it is glorious. Even the stars have a special brightness. I have seen my "friend" Orion several times.

Taking photos of the earth is a real challenge, but a steep learning curve. I think I have finally gotten some beautiful shots the last 2 days. Keeping my fingers crossed that they're in sharp focus. My near vision has gotten a little worse up here so you may have seen pics/video of me wearing glasses. I feel blessed to be here representing our country and carrying out the research of scientists around the world. All of the experiments have accomplished most of their goals despite the inevitable hiccups that occur when such a complicated undertaking is undertaken. Some experiments have even done extra science. A few are finished and one is just getting started today.

The food is great and I am feeling very comfortable in this new, totally different environment. It still takes a while to eat as gravity doesn't help pull food down your esophagus. It is also a constant challenge to stay adequately hydrated. Since our body fluids are shifted toward our heads our sense of thirst is almost non-existent.

Thanks to many of you who have supported me and my adventures throughout the years. This was definitely one to beat all. I hope you could feel the positive energy that I beamed to the whole planet as we glided over our shared planet.

Love to all, Laurel

Last email received from Laurel Clark, astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle 'Columbia' which disentegrated as it re-entered the atmosphere on February 1, 2003. All 7 crew members were lost.

At the time of re-entry, the space vehicle was at an altitude of approximately 200,000 feet and moving about 12,500 mph.

"Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your initiation. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful: yourself." - Alan Alda

"Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one's talent, and one's inner happiness." - George Sand

April 2010

"The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is out-grossing my films." - Paul Newman

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." - Abraham Lincoln

"I have no use for bodyguards, but I have a very special use for two highly trained certified public accountants." - Elvis Presley

"Could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius." - Joshua Reynolds

"In order to succeed it is not necessary to be much cleverer than other people. All you have to do is be one day ahead of them." - Leó Szilárd

"Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits." - Edward de Bono

"Happy April Fools Day the only day dedicated to everbody" - David Lee Walker

March 2010

"The time came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

"A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free." - Nikos Kazantzakis

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"When you are doubting whether a thing is worth the trouble of going to see, recollect that you will never again be so near it. You may repent not having seen it, but you can never repent having seen it." - Thomas Jefferson

"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself." - Johann Sebastian Bach

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson

"Indecision may, or may not, be my problem" - Jimmy Buffett

"It's Time to Spring Forward" - David Lee Walker

"Perservance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another!" - Walter Elliott

"People imagine enlightenment will make them incredibly powerful. And it does. It makes you the most powerful being in all the universe- but usually no one else notices." - Brad Warner

"The only thing standing between me and total happiness is reality." - Douglas Porter

"Equal opportunity means everybody will have a fair chance at being incompetent." - Laurence J. Peter

"Chasing after fantasies is always a bad idea. Stick with reality. Reality's all you've got. But here's the real secret, the real miracle: It's enough." - Brad Warner

"People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them." - George Bernard Shaw

February 2010

If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.' - Ann Landers

"One always envied Sissy Spacek her telekinetic abilities in Carrie, not because they enabled her to burn all her nasty classmates to death (though there is that too), but because she could make boys who shouted rude comments at her fall off their bikes. Men have no idea how annoying they can be." - Anne Billson

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller

"The Single Best Way to Be Happy: Choose To!" - Colleen Saidman

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstien

"When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it." - Anatole France

"Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine." - Elvis Presley

"I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won't." - Mark Twain

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

"Experience of the world may be looked upon as a kind of text, to which reflection and knowledge form the commentary." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"People only see what they are prepared to see." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

January 2010

"Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure." - Napoleon Hill

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson

"The problem with the emotions is not that they are untamed forces or vestiges of our animal past; it is that they were designed to propagate copies of the genes that built them rather than to promote happiness, wisdom, or moral values." - Steven Pinker

"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence." - Mark Twain

"Have a Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2010" - David Lee Walker and Family

December 2009

"Happy Holidays" - from David Lee Walker and Family

"You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty." - Sacha Guitry

"Methuselah lived to be 969 years old . You boys and girls will see more in the next fifty years than Methuselah saw in his whole lifetime." - Mark Twain

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin

"Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate" – Thomas Jefferson

"He who knows not but knows not that he knows not is a fool; shun him. He who knows not, but knows he knows not is a wise man; follow him." - Plato

"We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't." - Frank A. Clark

"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right." - Hannah Whitall Smith

"There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it and the rest of us." - Lawrence J. Peter

November 2009

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." - John F. Kennedy

"Happy Thanksgiving" - David Walker and Family

"The time came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

"All people have three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they are, and that which they think they are." - Alphonse Karr

"Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." - Mary Tyler Moore

"One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life." - Anatole France

"I have no complex about wealth. I have worked hard for my money, producing things people need. I believe that the able industrial leader who creates wealth and employment is more worthy of historical notice than politicians or soldiers." - Paul Getty

"It's the most unhappy people who most fear change." - Mignon McLaughlin

"Some things are better off kept secret" -Jennifer Ramirez

"Your mountain is waiting so......get on your way!" ---All from "Oh the places you'll go!" - Dr Seuss

"I've seen firsthand coming here with empty pockets but full of dreams, full of desire, full of will to succeed, but with the opportunities that I had, I could make it. This is why we have to get back and bring California back to where it once was." – Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts." – Ernest Hemingway

"Love - If you have it, you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter what else you have." - Sir James M. Barrie

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert A. Heinlein

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." - Mark Twain

October 2009

"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein

“As long as we pursue this materialistic kind of lifestyle where we make money, and possessions [are] the only ambition in life, we are going to go downhill and eventually destroy ourselves.” - Rani Ghandi

"By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you will become very happy; if you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher--and that is good for any man. " - Socrates

The big-type giveth, and the small-type taketh away.

"In the 1980s capitalism triumphed over communism. In the 1990s it triumphed over democracy and the market economy. For those of us who grew up believing that capitalism is the foundation of democracy and market freedom, it has been a rude awakening to realize that under capitalism, democracy is for sale to the highest bidder and the market economy is centrally planned by global megacorporations larger than most states." - David C. Korten

"Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come." - Bruce Lee

"The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it." - P. J.O'Rourke

"Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas Edison

"Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt." - Herbert Hoover

September 2009

"It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business." – Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." - Douglas Adams

"The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency." - Bill Gates

"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." - Winston Churchill

August 2009

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." – Jimi Hendrix

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." - Sir Cecil Beaton

"This is not Burger King, Federal Express of the Library of Congress. Therefore I do not do it your way, deliver overnight, or know everything"

"Slavery came into being because of the desire to have someone toil so that the owner wouldn’t. All economic systems came into being for the same purpose, but in these cases the newer systems get the slaves to volunteer." - Walt Haskins

"When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target." - Geoffrey F. Fisher

July 2009

"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves." - William Arthur Ward

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Forgiveness for ourselves is the journey from guilt over what we have done or not done to the celebration of what we have become." - Dr. Joan Borysenko

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt

June 2009

"Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not." - Elias Root Beadle

"Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." - William Jennings Bryon

"All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and mad. He that is drunk is not a man, because he is, for so long, void of reason that distinguishes a man from a beast." – William Penn

"Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it." - Irving Berlin

"Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again." - James R. Cook

"There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That's perfectly right; they're the aperture to finding out what's right. Science is a self correcting process. To be accepted, new ideas must survive the most rigorous standards of evidence and scrutiny." - Carl Sagan

May 2009

"Say goodbye to the oldies, but goodies, because the good old days weren't always good and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems." - Billy Joel

"Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy." - Charlie McCarthy

"Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." - Walter Elliott

On the supposed perils of exposing information: "The problem is not that people might steal your ideas and secrets. The problem is that nobody cares about your ideas and secrets." - Anil Menon

"I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism, and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits." - Edward de Bono

"It is better to be lucky than to be good!" - Louis H. Albert

April 2009

"I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, ... they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!" - Warren G. Harding

"In life we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love." - Diego Marchi

"Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it." - Jane Wagner

"If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one." - John Galsworthy

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

"Good judgment comes from experience... and a lot of that comes from bad judgment!" - Will Rogers

"It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." - Elinor Smith

"Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends." - Charles De Gaulle

"If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves." - Lane Joseph Kirkland

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust

March 2009

"The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from the shore." - Dale Carnegie

"Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore." - Dorothy Bryant

"Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?" - Mary Manin Morrissey

"Every really new idea looks crazy at first." - Alfred North Whitehead

"History is the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instructor of the present, and monitor to the future." - Miguel de Cervantes

"Being truthful, when you know it will cost you, is the true test of honesty." - Dave Weinbaum

"The sorcery and charm of imagination, and the power it gives to the individual to transform his world into a new world of order and delight, makes it one of the most treasured of all human capacities." - Frank Barron

"You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough." - Joseph E. Levine, Hollywood producer

"There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water." - Kate Chopin

"If you consider the contribution of plumbing to human life, the other sciences fade into insignificance." - James Gorman

February 2009

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see the land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold

"My main mistake was to have made an ancient people advance by forced marches toward independence, health, culture, affluence, comfort." – Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran

"Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos." - David Cronenberg

"Success in life comes not from having the right cards, but from playing bad ones properly." - Joshua Dool

"If you do not push the boundaries, you will never know where they are." - T. S. Elliot

"One of the most serious problems in planning against American doctrine is that the Americans do not read their manuals nor do they feel any obligations to follow their doctrine." - from a Russian document

"People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them." - George Bernard Shaw

"Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly." - Simeon Strunsky

January 2009

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece." - Claude Monet

"Life is like a camel. You can make it do anything except back up." - Marcelene Cox

"Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"That's a universal translator. We're not even supposed to have it, and I'll tell you why: Human thought is so primitive it's looked upon as an infectious disease in some of the better galaxies. That kinda makes you feel proud, doesn't it?" - "Agent K", Men in Black

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it." - Dick Cavett

"There was never a genius without a tincture of madness." - Aristotle

"Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience." - Victoria Holt

Happy New Year to You and Yours - - - David Lee Walker

December 2008

"All the territorial possessions of all the political establishments in the earth--including America, of course-- consist of pilferings from other people's wash. No tribe, howsoever insignificant, and no nation, howsoever mighty occupies a foot of land that was not stolen." - Mark Twain

"The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is not a problem of physics but of ethics. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil from the spirit of man." - Albert Einstein

"Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac." - George Carlin

"If you're crazy, there's two things you can do to make yourself feel better: one is to get yourself cured. The other is to make everyone have to deal with crazy." - Alan Dean Foster

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard

"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." - Xenocrates (396-314 B.C.)

"Information is just signs and numbers, while knowledge involves their meaning. What we want is knowledge, but what we get is information." - Heinz R. Pagels

November 2008

"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." - Andrew Carnegie

"If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments." - Flip Wilson

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." - Dr. Seuss

"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." - Voltaire

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Daniel Webster

"Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos." - David Cronenberg

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those are dumber." - Plato

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." - Sir Cecil Beaton

"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." - Albert Einstein

"Success in life comes not from having the right cards, but from playing bad ones properly." - Joshua Dool.

"Few things are necessary to make the wise man happy while no amount of material wealth would satisfy a fool. I am not a fool." - Og Mandino

October 2008

"There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, "Good luck!" and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway." - J. Z. Knight

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives." - Euripides

“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

"The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is out-grossing my films." - Paul Newman

"We are an intelligent species and the use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure. In this respect the brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous." - Carl Sagan

"Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile." - Vince Lombardi

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." - Eden Phillpotts

"We are not without accomplishment. We have managed to distribute poverty equally." - Nguyen Co Thatch

"We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck... But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness." - Ellen Goodman

"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." - Ray Bradbury

September 2008

"I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet." - Rodney Dangerfield

"I want to be able to sit down with anyone who may have a new idea and not be afraid of contamination by association. In a democracy you must be able to meet with people and argue your point of view--people whom you have not screened beforehand. That must be part of the freedom of people in the United States." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of." - Burt Bacharach

"He who knows not but knows not that he knows not is a fool; shun him. He who knows not, but knows he knows not is a wise man; follow him." - Plato

"Things ain't what they used to be and probably never was." - Will Rogers

"I always have to dream up there against the stars. If I don't dream I will make it, I won't even get close." - Henry J. Kaiser

"No, I'm from Iowa. I just work in outer space." - James T Kirk

"No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has." - Henry Ward Beecher

"You can't fly a kite unless you go against the wind and have a weight to keep it from turning somersaults. The same with man. No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and is prepared to assume responsibilities." - William J. H. Boetcker

"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses." - Ziggy

August 2008

"I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark." – Thomas Hobbes, last words

"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." - John F. Kennedy

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to lose it." - Warren Buffett

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country." - Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.

The price works so well, so efficiently, that we are not aware of it most of the time." - Milton Friedman

"A man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man." - J. Robert Oppenheimer

"God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars." - Martin Luther

"I have enough money to get by. I'm not independently wealthy, just independently lazy, I suppose." - Montgomery Clift

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." - Amelia Earhart

"It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes." - Oscar Wilde

July 2008

"The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior." - Earl Warren

"By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell - and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed." - Adolf Hitler

"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." - Andrew Carnegie

"Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember." - Oscar Levant

"God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die." - Bill Watterson from "Calvin and Hobbes"

"Now everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody Else, but when it happens to you, why it seems to lose some of its Humor, and if it keeps on happening, why the entire laughter kinder Fades out of it." - Will Rogers

"It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters." - Aesop

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory." - Ingrid Bergman

"That which distinguishes this day (Fourth of July)from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges." - John Burroughs

"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

June 2008

"Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck." - George Carlin

"Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society: violence punctuated by committee meetings." - George F. Will

"A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of." - Jane Austen

"It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech." - Mark Twain

"You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~Vernon Howard

"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things." - John Burroughs

"How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things but by how well we are understood." - Andy Grove

"He that swells in prosperity will be sure to shrink in adversity." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself." - Richard M. Nixon

"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." - Winston Churchill

"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit." - W. Somerset Maugham

May 2008

"Force always attracts men of low morality." - Albert Einstein

"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." - Winston Churchill

"Common sense is not so common." - Voltaire

"Too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy running taxicabs or cutting hair." - George Burns

"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." - Lucille Ball

"I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation." - Mike Todd

"Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world." - Thomas Carlyle

"All the territorial possessions of all the political establishments in the earth--including America, of course-- consist of pilferings from other people's wash. No tribe, howsoever insignificant, and no nation, howsoever mighty occupies a foot of land that was not stolen." - Mark Twain

"Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have." - Edward Everett Hale

"To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do." - Cicero

April 2008

The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly—because if they don't speak fast nobody will listen to them. Michael Caine

"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other." - Eric Hoffer

"Don't try to explain it, just sell it." - Colonel Tom Parker

"Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death" - James F. Bymes

March 2008

"Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore." - Dorothy Bryant

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." - Ambrose Redmoon

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The wirless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat." - Albert Einstein

February 2008

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." - Miss Piggy

"To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the ocean by the frailty of its foam, To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconsistencies." - Kahlil Gibran

"The important thing is never to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

"I may have my faults, but being wrong ain't one of them." - Jimmy Hoffa

"Friendship Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe it anyway. A real friend never gets in your way, unless you happen to be on the way down. A friend is someone you can do nothing with and enjoy it. However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words." - Eric Hoffer

"Love and electricity are one in the same my dear, if you do not feel the jolt in your soul, every time a kiss is shared, a whisper is spoken, a touch is felt, then you're not really in love." - C. J. Franks

"A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason." - Thomas Carlyle

"Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be." - Anne Byrhhe

"Money All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income." - Samuel Butler

January 2008

"Love comeforteth like sunshine after rain." - William Shakespeare

"The trouble with an income-tax reduction is that it will stimulate business just enough to put everybody in a higher tax bracket." - Harold Coffin

"What experience and history teach us is this that people and governments have never learnt anything from history or acted on principles deduced from it." - George Hegel

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Virtue is its own reward. There's a pleasure in doing good which sufficiently pays itself." - Sir John Vanbrugh

"Life is what happens while you are making other plans." - John Lennon

"He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination -- and taxes." - H.E. Martz

"Does anyone else ever get the distinct impression that some day a group of people in suits are going to walk into your office or your home and say, 'We've got you now! You had everyone *thinking* you were a grown up, but you're not. Now get your things. Your mother's got supper on the table and you have to be in bed by 7:30.' Or is it just me?" - Cynthia Melcher

"We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can." - Will Rogers

"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else." - Laurence J. Peter

"Having the world's best idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk shouldn't sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them." - Curtis Grant

December 2007

"The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention." - Richard Moss

"Everything worth doing starts with fear." - Art Garfunkel

"Be sincere and true to your word, serious and careful in your actions; and you will get along even among barbarians, But if you are not sincere and untrustworthy in your speech, frivolous and careless in your actions, how will you get along even among your own neighbors? When stand, see these principles in front of you; in your carriage see them on the yoke. Then you may be sure to get along." - Confucius

"I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond." - May West

"If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" - Will Rogers

"The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life— and one is as good as the other." - Ernest Hemingway

"A lie can travel half-way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes" - Mark Twain

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler." - Henry David Thoreau

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Walt Kelly (via his cartoon character Pogo)

"You can fool half of the people all of the time and that's enough to make a good living." - W.C. Fields

"All the Constitution guarantees is the pursuit of happiness. You have to catch up with it by yourself." -Benjamin Franklin

“A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"The day I say, 'This is good enough for me,' is the day I begin to die, Poilar. I want to know what I am. After that I want to know what I'm capable of becoming. And then I want to become it. I want to keep reaching higher all the time." - Robert Silverberg, Kingdoms of the Wall

"Change your thoughts and you change your world." - Norman Vincent Peale

"The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise." - Alden Nowlen

"The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment." - T. H. White

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." - Abraham Lincoln

"A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was." - Joseph Hall

"An optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds - the pessimist fears this is true." - James Branch Cabell

"A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils." - Daniel Webster

November 2007

"You're in the midst of a war: a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows - and has always known - that we are more than our environment; and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival." - Anthony Robbins

"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." - Naguib Mahfouz

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." - Winston Churchill

October 2007

"A prudent question is one half of wisdom." - Francis Bacon

"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." - Albert Camus

"If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to lead a life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." - Henry David Thoreau

"I always have to dream up there against the stars. If I don't dream I will make it, I won't even get close." - Henry J. Kaiser

Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow's too lazy to form an opinion." - Will Rogers

"I had the ambition to not only go farther than man had gone before, but to go as far as it was possible to go." - James Cook, Captain, HMS Endeavor

"I cannot afford to waste my time making money." - Louis Agassiz

"And what is it to know what one wants but to listen quietly to the silent voices from within and to yield to their guidance over the clamorous objections of fear and pride of consistency and custom and of greed and hate." - Bradford Shank

"Goals are dreams with deadlines." - Diana Scharf Hunt

It is always the best policy to speak the truth unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. - Jerome K. Jerome

“Land monopoly is not only monopoly, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies; it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other forms of monopoly.” - Winston Churchill

Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in.' - Ronald Reagan

"The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it." - William Faulkner

How much of our lives is spent in reverie, in wishing for what cannot be, in regretting what might have been avoided. These obsessions steal from us the moments of the now. - David K. Reynolds

September 2007

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. - Leo Tolstoy

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. - Ben Hecht

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible." - T.E. Lawrence

"First they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win" - Ghandi

"To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top." - Robert M. Pirsig

"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in reaching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny." - Carl Schurz

"I advise women to invest in real estate. It is the collateral to be preferred above all others, and the safest means of investing money." - Hetty Green

August 2007

"A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience." - Doug Larson

"Death and taxes and childbirth. There's never any convenient time for any of them." - Margaret Mitchell

"After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations." - H. L. Mencken (on Shakespeare)

"The race may not be to the swift nor victory to the strong, but that's how you bet." - Damon Runyon

"Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before." - Sebastien Roch Nicholas de Chamfort

"A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world." - George Santayana

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus

"Never appeal to a man's better nature. He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage." - Lazarus Long

"There's nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever." - Alfred Hitchcock

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." - Henry Ford

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. - Abraham Lincoln

"Non est ad astra mollis e terris via. (There is no easy road from the earth to the stars.)" - Seneca

"Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform." - Mark Twain

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

"No matter how great your triumphs or how tragic your defeats approximately one billion Chinese couldn't care less." - Lazlo 's Chinese Relativity Axiom

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert A Heinlein

"I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, ... they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!" - Warren G. Harding

"Formula for success: Rise early, work hard, strike oil." - J. Paul Getty

"The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make a difference that you lived at all." - Leo Rosten

"This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it." - Al Capone

July 2007

"Never hesitate to steal a good idea." - Al Neuharth

"Most of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing." - Alexander Woollcott

"What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public." - Vilhjalmur Stefansson

"Luck is largely a matter of paying attention." - Susan M. Dodd

"The trick is to grow up without growing old." - Frank Lloyd Wright

“A progressive believes that society can be made better, that it can be made better by informed people acting in concert, and that it can be called 'better' only when it is better for everyone.” - Garrett Keizer

"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs." - Jesse Owens

"Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered." - Marilyn Monroe

"Business is the salt of life." - Thomas Fuller

"The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly—because if they don't speak fast nobody will listen to them." - Michael Caine

“Buy on the fringe and wait. Buy land near a growing city! Buy real estate when other people want to sell. Hold what you buy!” - John Jacob Astor

"Inspiration comes of working every day." - Charles Pierre Baudelaire

"The sorcery and charm of imagination, and the power it gives to the individual to transform his world into a new world of order and delight, makes it one of the most treasured of all human capacities." - Frank Barron

"Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement." - George Matthew Adams

"Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone." - Albert Einstein

"The West is the best, get here and we'll do the rest." - J. D. Morrison

"Wishing you a Happy 4th of July" - David Walker and Family

"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." - Yogi Berra

"Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care." - Jimmy Buffett

"When I hear somebody say 'Life is hard', I am always tempted to ask 'Compared to what?'" - Sydney Harri

"Ends and means are inseperable. There is no way in which a person can truly accomplish a worthy end by using unworthy means." - Stephen Covey

June 2007

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde

"I don't believe in stereotypes. I prefer to hate people on a more personal basis." - Benjamin Franklin

"Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies . . ." - John Q.

"If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education." - Thomas Jefferson

"Old age is the most unexpected of all thngs to happen to a man." - Leon Trotsky

"There are really only two ways to approach life - as victim or as a gallant fighter - and you must decide if you want to act or react, deal your own cards, or play with a stacked deck. And if you don't decide which way to play with life, it always plays with you." - Merle Shain

"The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." - Bruce Feirstein

"Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up." - Tom Stoppard

"Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property." - Maria Edgeworth

"I've found that prayers work best when you have big players." - Knute Rockne

"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." - Elbert Hubbard

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself. - Galili Galileo

"Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty." - James Russell Lowell

"When a fellow says it ain't the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money." - Artemus Ward

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo

May 2007

“In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” - Mortimer J. Adler

George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. "How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!"You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. ! "How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!! But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed? ! You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone. But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would! So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60. You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN it is 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92." Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!" May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!! - George Carlin

"The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them" - Mark Twain

"Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep." - Carl Sandburg

"I think Americans in general are bad cooks and dont know how to eat" - Boris Yeltsin

"The wages of sin are death, but after taxes are taken out, it's just a tired feeling." - Paula Poundstone

"Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep." - Denis Waitley

"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." Graham Greene

"Life is a series of sales situations, and the answer is no if you don't ask." - Patricia Fripp

"Principles don't change with circumstances. That's what makes them principles." - George Colombo

"The two most common things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." - Harlan Ellison

"Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated." - Robert C. Savage

"The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church." - Fedinand Magellan

"Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity." - Karl Marx

"Quotations are like statistics: You can prove almost anything with them." - Rubin Rabinovitz

"A great teacher is not simply one who imparts knowledge to his students, but one who awakens their interest in it and makes them eager to pursue it for themselves. He is a spark plug, not a fuel pipe. The reason colleges exist is to bring students into contact with contagious personalities, for otherwise they might as well be correspondance schools." - Edmund Ware Sinnott

April 2007

"Information is just signs and numbers, while knowledge involves their meaning. What we want is knowledge, but what we get is information." - Heinz R. Pagels

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Zig Ziglar

"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls." - M. Cartmill

"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion."- Jack Kerouac

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein

"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." - Groucho Marx

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. - Edward Estlin Cummings

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. - Thomas Paine

The human mind once stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is out-grossing my films. - Paul Newman

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. - Ronald Reagan

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person? - La Rochefoucauld

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. - Elie Wiesel

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home. - Phyllis Diller

"Yes. I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punnishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." - Oscar Wilde

A fool may be known by six things: anger, without cause; speech, without profit; change, without progress; inquiry without object; putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking> foes for friends. - (Arabian proverb)

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

Man is a game playing animal and a computer is another way to play games. - Scott Adams

March 2007

"There is no doubt that human survival will continue to depend more and more on human intellect and technology. It is idle to argue whether this is good or bad. The point of no return was passed long ago, before anyone knew it was happening." - Theodosius Dobzansky

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." - J. Lubbock

"Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience." - Pam Brown

"Every man has a sane spot somewhere." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men." - Bill Beattie

"Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the net, it looks like very soon everyone on earth will have 15 Megabytes of fame." - MG Siriam

"So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"I know at last what distinguishes man from animals; financial worries." - Romain Rolland

"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." - George Bernard Shaw

"Women are adaptable to what the man presents to her. If he presents affection she presents affection. If he presents anger then that is what she gives back. And if he present stupidity, then she adapts to the fact that she has to do the thinking for the both of them." - Tina Cleland

"Say goodbye to the oldies, but goodies, because the good old days weren't always good and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems." - Billy Joel

February 2007

"Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set." - Adlai Stevenson

"If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough." - Edward Everett Hale

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain of success than to take a lead in the introduction of new things, because the innovation has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and only luke-warm defenders in those who may do well under the new." - Machiavelli

We part more easily with what we possess then with our expectations of what we hope for: expectation always goes beyond enjoyment. - Homer

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear." - Ambrose Redmoon

"Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation." - George Washington

"You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty." - Sacha Guitry

"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." - John Steinbeck

"When you cease to dream you cease to live." - Malcolm S. Forbes

"Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free." - Tom Robbins

"Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free." - Tom Robbins

"There's only one kind of tax that would please everybody -- one that nobody but the other guy has to pay." - Earl Wilson

"Banks have a new image. Now you have 'a friend,' your friendly banker. If the banks are so friendly, how come they chain down the pens?" - Alan King

"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed." - Alexander Pope

"The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second is disastrous." — Margaret Fontey

"I am an innovator. This is a term of distinction, a term of honor, rather than something to hide or apologize for. Anyone who has new or valuable ideas to offer stands outside the intellectual status quo. But the status quo is not a stream, let alone a 'mainstream'. It is a stagnant swamp. It is the innovators who carry mankind forward." - Ayn Rand

"I have always liked real estate; farm land, pasture land, timber land and city property. I have had experience with all of them. I guess I just naturally like ‘the good Earth,’ the foundation of all our wealth." - Jesse H. Jones

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." - Anatole France

"The greatest mistake you can make in this life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

"The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer." - John Madden

January 2007

"No investment on earth is so safe, so sure, so certain to enrich its owners as undeveloped realty. I always advise my friends to place their savings in realty near a growing city. There is no such savings bank anywhere." - Grover Cleveland

"Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." - Aesop

"Creative people are at their most creative when writing their autobiographies." - Steven Pinker

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats." - Henry David Thoreau

"We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true." - Woodrow Wilson

"The West is the best, get here and we'll do the rest." - J. D. Morrison

"To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility." - William Cobbett

"When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin." - Mae West

"All that money can do is buy us some one else's work in exchange for our own." - Henry Ford

"Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel." - Bella Abzug

"The deepest American dream is not the hunger for money or fame; it is the dream of settling down, in peace and freedom and cooperation, in the promised land." - Scott Russell Sanders

"Wishing you a peaceful, prosperous and healthy NEW YEAR!!!" - David Walker and Family

December 2006

"This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves: not to march alone, but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us." - Hubert H. Humphrey

"Merry Christmas to You and Yours" - David Walker and Family

"In the middle of a world that had always been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence." - Rosanne Amberson

"Young men think old men are fools, but old men know young men are fools" - Truman Capote

"If A equals success then the formula is A equals X plus Y plus Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut." - Albert Einstein

"Recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing." - William A. Ward

"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small." - Neil Armstrong

"Inspiration and passion usually go together. If you are going to persuade others to go with you, it certainly doesn't hurt that you've got very strong convictions about where you are going. Like Columbus did, for instance, to discover the New World. And, if you've got passion and conviction, you're more likely to be inspiring. If you're inspired yourself and you're passionate about something, you're more likely to succeed at it, and you've more likely to get others to come with you." - Ted Turner

"There are moments when everything goes well; don't be frightened, it won't last." - Jules Renard

"The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made." - Jean Giraudoux

"Income tax returns: the most imaginative fiction written today." - Herman Wouk

"Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A.A. Milne, Winne the Pooh

"I am dying with the help of too many physicians." — Alexander the Great

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

"There's nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won't cure." - Dan Bennett

"A friend is one who knows who you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still gently allows you to grow." - William Shakespeare

November 2006

"Money is the symbol of duty, it is the sacrament of having done for mankind that which mankind wanted." - Samuel Butler

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

"The nation ought to have a tax system which looks like someone designed it on purpose." - William E. Simon

"Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian." - Dennis Wholey

"Let advertisers spend the same amount of money improving their product that they do on advertising and they wouldn't have to advertise it." - Will Rogers

"Everything worth doing starts with fear." - Art Garfunkel

"I have always liked real estate; farm land, pasture land, timber land and city property. I have had experience with all of them. I guess I just naturally like ‘the good Earth,’ the foundation of all our wealth." - Jesse H. Jones

"The more success one achieves, the more pressure there is that goes with it. I'd rather have the pressure of success than the lack of pressure that goes with anonymity." - Roger Clemons

"A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason." - Thomas Carlyle

"The best investment on Earth is earth." - Louis Glickman

"The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been." -Alan Ashley-Pitt

"The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future." - John Keynes

"Life is a tragedy when seen in close up, but a comedy in long shot." - Charles Chaplin

“Temples are to be dedicated to the gods, and books to good men.” - Aristedes (140 A.D.)

"Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy." - Cynthia Nelms

"There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies." - Wendell Phillips

"A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain." - Mildred W. Struven

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." - David Brinkley

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, and to work, and to play, and to look up at the stars." - Henry Van Dyke

"The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off." — William Golding

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

October 2006

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those are dumber." - Plato

"Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're still alive, it isn't." — Richard Bach

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." - Jack Dixon

“Real estate is an imperishable asset, ever increasing in value. It is the most solid security that human ingenuity has devised. It is the basis of all security and about the only indestructible security.” - Russell Sage

"Don't ever let anyone steal your dreams." - Dexter Yager

"Buy land. They've stopped making it." - Mark Twain

"It's a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses." "Hit it." - Blues Brothers

My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier you'll be a general; if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. - Pablo Picasso

September 2006

"A dinner lubricates business." - Lord William Stowell

History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools. - Ambrose Bierce

"What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers." - Marina Horner

"If as you grow older, you feel you are also growing stupider, do not worry. This is normal, and usually occurs around the time your children, now grown, are discovering the opposite - they now see that you aren't nearly as stupid as they had believed when they were teenagers." - Margaret Laurence

"There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money." - Samuel Johnson

"A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people." - Will Rogers

"Nuclear physics is much easier than tax law. It's rational and always works the same way." - Jerold Rochwald

"Make your money work hard for you, and you'll not have to work so hard for it." - Napoleon Hill

"Luck is where opportunity meets preparation." - Robert Evans

"What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public." - Vilhjalmur Stefansson

"Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax." - Charles F. Kettering

"Just because I'm evil doesn't mean I'm not nice." - Charlie Fulton

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." - Will Rogers

"Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires." - Marcelene Cox

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every oppurtunity. An optimist sees the oppurtunity in every difficulty." - Sir Winston Churchill

"The love of money as a possession— as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life— will be recognized for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities" - John Keynes

"American invents everything, but the trouble is we get tired of it the minute the new is wore off." - Will Rogers

"A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries." - Will Rogers

Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like. - Ernest Benn

"There is only one way to kill capitalism -- by taxes, taxes, and more taxes." - Karl Marx

"Never ask of money spent where the spender thinks it went. Nobody was ever meant to remember or invent what he did with every cent." - Robert Frost

August 2006

"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum strong enough and single-handed I can move the world." - Archimedes

"People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"People can have the Model T in any colour--so long as it's black." - Henry Ford

"Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman." - Marian Anderson

"Buy real estate in areas where the path exists...and buy more real estate where there is no path, but you can create your own." - David Waronker

"All men are interdependent. Every nation is an heir of a vast treasury of ideas and labor to which both the living and the dead of all nations have contributed. Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally 'in the red.' We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"There is a difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist -- the taxidermist leaves the hide." - Mortimer Caplan

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." - Alvin Toffler

"Money and women are the most sought after and the least known about of any two things we have." - Will Rogers

"A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils." - Daniel Webster

"Money is far more persuasive than logical arguments." - Euripides

"It used to be that death and taxes alone were inevitable. Now there's shipping and handling." - Bert Murray

"It is a luxury to be understood." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better... while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more." - Woody Allen

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” - William Arthur Ward

"And while I am talking to you mothers and fathers, I give you one more assurance. I have said before, but I shall say it again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars." - President Roosevelt

"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it." - Malcolm X

“Knowledge itself is power.” - Francis Bacon

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. Kin Hubbard

"How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin." - Ronald Reagan

"No charter of freedom will be worth looking at which does not ensure the same measure of freedom for the minorities as for the majority." - Mahatma Ghandi

"Confusion is mightier than the sword." - Abbie Hoffman

"I like this place, and willingly could waste my time in it." - William Shakespeare

"What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us." - Robertson Davies

July 2006

"In business you get what you want by giving other people what they want." - Alice Foote MacDougall

"You're in the midst of a war: a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows - and has always known - that we are more than our environment; and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival." - Anthony Robbins

"It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted." - Aeschylus

"I have spent a lot of time searching through the Bible for loopholes." - W.C. Fields

"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." - Lucille Ball

"I don't need the security of marriage - what I need is a romantic attachment." - Hugh Hefner

"Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching, but also without attempting to play God." - Henry Kissinger

“In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” - Mortimer J. Adler

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it." — Samuel Johnson

"Business first; pleasure afterwards." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." - Winston Churchill

"If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time." - Edith Wharton

"The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"If you can't be kind, at least be vague." - Judith Manners

"Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate. More money has been made in real estate than in all industrial investments combined. The wise young man or wage earner of today invests his money in real estate." - Andrew Carnegie

"Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain

"Advertising is legalized lying." - Herbert George Wells

"Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth --to see it like it is, and tell it like it is --to find the truth, to speak the truth, and to live the truth." - Richard M. Nixon

"Advertising is legalized lying." - Herbert George Wells

June 2006

“Buying real estate is not only the best way, the quickest way, the safest way, but the only way to become wealthy.” - Marshall Field

"Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression." - Mark Helprin

"It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck, even while waiting for it." - Gracian Baltasar

"Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." - Oscar Wilde

"If you do not look after today's business then you might as well forget about tomorrow." - Isaac Mophatlane

"Land is immortal, for it harbors the mysteries of creation." - Anwar al-Sadat

"It is a comfortable feeling to know that you stand on your own ground. Land is about the only thing that can’t fly away." - Anthony Trollope

"To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition." - Samuel Johnson

"Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be." — Rita Rudner

"We may elevate ourselves but we should never reach so high that we would every forget those who helped us get there." - Will Rogers

"Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all." - Abraham Lincoln

"The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness." - Havelock Ellis

"Landlords grow rich in their sleep." - John Stuart Mill

"Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied." - Otto von Bismarck

"If you cannot do great deeds, then faithfully carry out the smallest" - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"Land increases more rapidly in value at the centers and about the circumference of cities." - William E. Harmon

"The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues." - Elizabeth Taylor

"Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind." - John F. Kennedy

May 2006

"The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children." - Clarence Darrow

"Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves." - Dorothy Parker

"Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one's talents and gifts to the benefits of others - these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away." - Gerald R. Ford

"Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant." - Henri Queuille

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes constantly more valuable regardless of physical capacity." - Harvey Ullman

"Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect" - Leonardo Da Vinci

"He that is of Opinion Money will do every Thing, may well be suspected of doing every Thing for Money." - Benjamin Franklin

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain of success than to take a lead in the introduction of new things, because the innovation has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and only luke-warm defenders in those who may do well under the new. - Machiavelli

"Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“When we lost I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win I can’t sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better.” – Joe Torre

"You can shave a monkey, but at the end of the day it's still a monkey" - Keith Dover

"Confidence is the hinge on the door to success." - Mary O'Hare Dumas

Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin. - Barbara Kingsolver

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." - H. Jackson Brown

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and it looks like work." - Tomas Edison

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the Complete Works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true. - Robert Wilensky

"Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research." - Wilson Mizner

"Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark" - Orison Swett Marden

Quotations are like statistics: You can prove almost anything with them. - Rubin Rabinovitz

April 2006

It is better that a man should tyrannize over his bank balance than over his fellow-citizens and whilst the former is sometimes denounced as being but a means to the latter, sometimes at least it is an alternative. - John Keynes

"Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

The cure for anything is salt water- sweat, tears, or the sea." - Isak Dinesen

"Find out where the people are going and buy the land before they get there." - Will Rogers

"Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them." - Aldous Huxley

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell

"In California, they don't throw their garbage away - they make it into TV shows." - Woody Allen

Really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them, but through them. Therefore, they are humble. - John Ruskin

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. - Martina Navratilova

"I would be most happy if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists of building enough bookshelves." - Anna Quindlen

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer." - Henry Kissinger

Our president has declared that the only privileged person in our country are the children. – Eva Peron

Today Europe tomorrow the world - Adolf Hitler

The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules whose would you use?" - Dale Carnegie

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we wait for a moment when everything is absolutely right, then we will never begin. - Ivan Turgenev

One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk. - Crazy Horse

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanore Roosevelt

March 2006

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop

Why should a group of simple, stable compounds of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen struggle for billions of years to organize themselves into a professor of chemistry? - Robert Pirsig

Nothing sways the stupid more than arguments they can't understand. - Cardinal De Retz

A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. - Adlai Stevenson

"Procrastination is the thief of time." - Edward Young

"I glory in this world of men and women, torn with troubles, yet living on to love and laugh through it all." - Carl Sandburg

“The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about. I didn’t realize that my body was moving. It’s a natural thing to me. So to the manager backstage I said ‘What’d I do? What’d I do?’ And he said “Whatever it is, go back and do it again’.” - Elvis

You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"That I'm not quite tall enough to peer over the fences of distraction" - Aaron Thomson

"An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today." - Laurence J. Peter

You're planning to make a ship sail against wind and tide by lighting a fire below deck?? I don't have time to listen to that kind of nonsense!" - Napoleon, about Robert Fultons plans to make a Steamboat.

"The past is an illusion. You must learn to live in the present and accept yourself for what you are now. What you lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge and constant practice." - Bruce Lee

"My greatest enemy is reality. I have fought it successfully for thirty years." - Margaret Anderson

"Not in rewards, but in the strength to strive, the blessing lies." - J. T. Towbridge

"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner." - Tallulah Bankhead

Money couldn't buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy. — Spike Milligan

"If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions." - James Russell Lowell

"Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered Prayers" - Garth Brooks

"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe." - Marilyn vos Savant

"The time came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nina

"Dogs come when they're called. Cats take a message and get back to you later." - Mary Bly

"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you." - Rita Mae Brown

"There is no accounting for tastes, as the woman said when someone told her her son was wanted by the police." - Franklin Pierce Adams

"We hang the petty thieves, but appoint the great ones to public office." - Aesop

February 2006

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. - Thomas Alva Edison

"I have enough money to get by. I'm not independently wealthy, just independently lazy, I suppose." - Montgomery Clift

"I don't mind coming to work -- I just don't want to stay when I get there." - Louis H. Albert

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." - Charles Schultz

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. - Voltaire

There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. - Leonard Cohen

"You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give and possess the light as the lens does... You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely as a means." - Dag Hammarskjold

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." - Sir Cecil Beaton

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay

A hard thing about business is minding your own. - Tom Clancy

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted. - Hesketh Pearson

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our investigations have always contributed more to our amusement than they have to knowledge. - Will Rogers

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?/ Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. - Abraham Lincoln

"If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm." - Bruce Barton

"The United States is the only country where it takes more brains to figure your tax than to earn the money to pay it." - Edward J. Gurney

January 2006

"Women like silent men. They think they're listening." - Marcel Archard

"Nothing can prevent you from learning the truth so much as the belief that you already know it. " - Jon K. Hart.

"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds." - Will Rogers

"The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any." - Katharine Whitehorn

It takes 20 years to make an overnight success. - Eddie Carter

"Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself." - Richard M. Nixon

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. - Groucho Marx

A genius is a talented person who does his homework. - Thomas Edison

We part more easily with what we possess then with our expectations of what we hope for: expectation always goes beyond enjoyment. - Homer

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy

"Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do." - Liz Smith

"All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation." - John Adams

You must spend money, if you wish to make money. - Plautus

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable." - Sydney J. Harris

When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson. - Will Rogers

It's better to spend money like there's no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there's no money. - P.J. O'Rourke

December 2005

Happy New Year - David Lee Walker and Family

"I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back." - Zsa Zsa Gabor

Make your money work hard for you, and you'll not have to work so hard for it. - Napoleon Hill

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. - Oscar Wilde

Once the people begin to reason, all is lost. - Voltaire

"Merry Christmas" - David Walker and Family

"Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret - curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable." - Walt Disney

I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it. - Samuel Goldwyn

Don't be so humble - you are not that great. - Golda Meir

"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation." - George Bernard Shaw

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. - Ronald Reagan

A poem . . . begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. . . . It finds the thought and the thought finds the words. - Robert Frost

"In this and like communities, public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed." - Abraham Lincoln

"I may despise what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." - Louisa May Alcott

I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through - then follow through. - Edward Rickenbacker

A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a 300 Dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green caterpillar. - Bill Vaughan

"Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take OFF! But if you don't have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you." - Amelia Earhart

November 2005

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old. - George Burns

This is my rule of married life: it's better to be happy than to be right. - Tom Magliozzi

Beware of ambition for wealth; for there is nothing so characteristic of narrowness and littleness of soul as the love of riches; and there is nothing more honorable or noble than indifference to money. - Marcus Cicero

I am thankful ---- David Walker

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers. — Socrates (470 BC–399 BC)

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. - Henry Ford

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson

"If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning." - Aristotle Onassis

'Tis is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

Spaceship Earth: The problem for the passengers is that there is no manual to identify all the parts, and no instructions on how to operate the spaceship. — Richard Fuller

"Consultants have credibility because they are not dumb enough to work at your company." - Scott Adams

Indeed, we do not really live unless we have friends surrounding us like a firm wall against the winds of the world. - Charles Hanson Towne

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it...Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world? - Abraham Lincoln

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action." - Henry David Thoreau

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep. - Will Rogers

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso

"The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been." - Alan Ashley-Pitt

The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses. - Ovid

Life is a sum of all your choices. - Albert Camus

October 2005

"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind." - Leonardo da Vinci

"I get by with a little help from my friends." - John Lennon

The force will be with you...always. - Star Wars

While there is snow on the roof, it doesn't mean the fire has gone out in the furnace. - John G Diefenbaker

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. - Erich Fromm

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. - Dale Carnegie

"I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on." - Beryl Pfizer

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman. - David M. Ogilvy

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good in the world. - Abraham Lincoln

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. - Carl Jung

"Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule." - Friedrich Nietzshe

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business. - Will Rogers

People spend money when and where they feel good. - Walt Disney

"I discovered that I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a Great White or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot." - Kevin James

"We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them." - Abigail Adams

"It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit." - Noel Coward

"We're all pilgrims on the same journey-but some pilgrims have better road maps." - Nelson Demille

September 2005

“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the ‘right stuff’ to turn our dreams into reality.” - James Womack

A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth. - Will Rogers

A prudent question is one half of wisdom. - Francis Bacon

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. - Norman Peale

"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." - Frank Outlaw

Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth. - Will Rogers

Gaming, that direst felon of the breast, Steals more than fortune from it's wretched thrall, Spreads o'er the soul the inert devouring pest And gnaws, and rots, and taints, and ruins all. - Petronius

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former – Albert Einstein

Money won't make you happy... but everybody wants to find out for themselves. - Zig Ziglar

"Anyone who doesn't make mistakes isn't trying hard enough." - Wess Roberts

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. - Albert Einstein

"He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin." - Horace

"A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of." - Jane Austen

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. - Mark Twain

"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea." - Isak Dinesen

A wagonload of money will scarcely purchase a wagonload of provisions. - George Washington

Be everywhere, do everything, and never fail to astonish the customer. - Margaret Getchell

All I know is what I read in the papers. - Will Rogers

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -J.F.K.

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else. - Will Rogers

The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future. - John Keynes

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Albert Einstein

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane, and the pessimist the parachute. - Gil Stern

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. - Malcomb Forbes

August 2005

The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money. - Johnny Carson

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." - Dan Quayle

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. - Yogi Berra

"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better." - G. C. Lichtenberg

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. - Charles Wadsworth

"There's no business like show business." - Irving Berlin

Tis against some Mens Principle to pay Interest, and seems against others Interest to pay the Principal. - Benjamin Franklin

And if, to be sure, sometimes you need to conceal a fact with words, do it in such a way that it does not become known, or, if it does become known, that you have a ready and quick defense. - Niccolo Machiavelli

In a real estate man's eye, the most expensive part of the city is where he has a house to sell. - Will Rogers

Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it. - Russell Conwell

"Never confuse motion with action." - Ben Franklin

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. — Plato

No amount of pay ever made a good soldier, a good teacher, a good artist, or a good workman. - John Ruskin

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. - Woody Allen

Getting a dog is like getting married. It teaches you to be less self-centered, to accept sudden, surprising outbursts of affection, and not to be upset by a few scratches on your car - Will Stanton

I have made up my mind that I must have money, Pa. I feel that I can't beg it, borrow it, or steal it; and so I have resolved that I must marry it. - Charles Dickens

Beware of ambition for wealth; for there is nothing so characteristic of narrowness and littleness of soul as the love of riches; and there is nothing more honorable or noble than indifference to money. - Marcus Cicero

"My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, 'Just wait.'" - Judy Tenuda

July 2005

"Even a fool knows he can't touch the stars, but it doesn't stop a wise man from trying." - Harry Andersen

If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil. - Henry Fielding

“Stop spending dollar time on penny jobs.” - Mary Kay Ash

Me gusta vivir pobre... pero con mucho dinero. Translation: I like to live poor.. but with a lot of money - Pablo Picasso

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. - W.C.Fields

"I like a man who grins when he fights." - Winston Churchill

Subject to a kind of disease, which at that time they called lack of money. - Francois Rabelais

"Always make new mistakes." - Esther Dyson

"In that giddy whirl of noise and confusion, the men were delirious. Who thought of money, ruin, or the morrow, in the savage intoxication of the moment?" - Dickens Charles

"Executives are like joggers. If you stop a jogger, he goes on running on the spot. If you drag an executive away from his business, he goes on running on the spot, pawing the ground, talking business. He never stops hurtling onwards, making decisions and executing them." - Jean Baudrillard

"When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous." - Wayne Dyer

Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it. George Bernard Shaw

"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." - Walt Disney

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. - Erma Bombeck

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing! — Benjamin Franklin

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. - Henry Van Dyke

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. - Martin Luther King

"Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless." - Calvin and Hobbes

Eeeevil! It's everywhere! The galaxy reeks of it, I can fight it, but I can't fight it alone. - Buzz Lightyear

Never play cat and mouse games if you're a mouse. - Don Addis

When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback. - Bill Copeland

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly..." - Robert A. Heinlein

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish. - Ovid

Having more money does not ensure happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars. — Hobart Brown

"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well." - Joe Ancis

June 2005

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. - John Naisbitt

"A thing is complete when you can let it be" - Gita Bellin

"In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later." - Harold Geneen

It is better to be wrong than to be vague - Freeman Dyson

We can dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I am here to get you back on schedule. - "Darth Vader"

"Not all who wander are lost" - J.R.R. Tolkien.

"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living." - Gail Sheehy

"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better." - G. C. Lichtenberg

That man is richest whose pleasures are the simplest. - Thoreau

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." - Sir Cecil Beaton

I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night. - Marie Corelli

A man can make up his mind quickly, if he has only a little to make up. - Aristotle

To act is easy . . . to think is hard. - Goethe

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."- Joseph Heller

"I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers." - Helen Keller

"The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues." - Elizabeth Taylor

You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. - James Allen

"Every business has two financial objectives: One is to make money; the other, more elusive, is to make money consistently." - Dave Liniger

Luck is where preparation and opportunity meet. - Henry David Thoreau

"At the beginning of a marriage, ask yourself whether this person will be interesting to talk to from now until old age. Everything else in marriage is transitory; most of the time is spent in conversation." - Friedrich Nietzsche

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” - William James

Learn to enjoy the little things in life, because the big ones don't come around very often. - Andy Rooney

Freedom means nothing left to lose. - Janis Joplin

Banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. - Mark Twain

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allan Poe

It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. - Elinor Smith

Dance is wonderful training for girls. Its the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it

May 2005

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Say what you mean and act how you feel, because those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter. - Dr. Seuss

"I once complained to my father that I didn’t seem to be able to do things the same way other people did. Dad’s advice? “Margo, don’t be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.” - Margo Kaufman

What we call results are beginnings. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Machiavelli is right: one always must live with one's friends with the idea that they may turn into one's enemies. He should have said, with everyone." - Napoleon

"Take your work seriously, but never yourself." - Dame Margot Fonteyn.

Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire. - Yeats

There should be nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful - William Moris

Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn't be done. - Sam Ewing

For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me. - Winnie the Pooh

Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future. - Melanie Gustafson

Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom. - Will Durant

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta be willing to put up with the rain. - Dolly Parton

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. - Franklin Pierce Adams

There's one way to find out if a man is honest - ask him. If he says, "Yes," you know he is a crook. - Groucho Marx

"If A equals success then the formula is A equals X plus Y plus Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut." - Albert Einstein

"Power worship blurs political judgement because it leads, almost unavoidably to the belief that the present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." - George Orwell

We think in generalities, but we live in details. - Alfred North Whitehead

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." - Malcolm Forbes

"Wisdom is knowing what you don't know." - Socrates

"Thousand of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be stoned.Happiness never decreases by being shared" - Buddha

Only you can give others the impression that you’re an idiot.

April 2005

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." - Helen Keller

"You are the sum total of all of your choices up to now." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

I like thieves. Some of my best friends are thieves. Why, just last week we had the president of the bank over for dinner. - W. C. Fields

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. — Carl Sandburg

One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop. - G M Weilacher

"A witty saying proves nothing." - Voltalre

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." - Bertrand Russell

"The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men." - Bill Beattie

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. - James Dean

“I expect to pass through this life but once. Therefore, if there be any kindess I can show, or any good thing I can do for another human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again." - William Penn

Consequences, shmonsequences, as long as I'm rich. - Daffy Duck

"Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." - Aristotle

"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." - Bill Gates

I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got. - Walter Cronkite

Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. - Michael Caine

The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now. - Bill Cosby

O, I am fortune's fool! - William Shakespeare

March 2005

"Miracles sometimes occur, but one has to work terribly hard for them." - Chaim Weizmann

When you work seven days a week, fourteen hours a day, you get lucky. - Armmand Hammer

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." - Oscar Wilde

“It’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.” –Hubert Humphrey

No one has ever bet enough on a winning horse. - Richard Sasurly

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. - Lily Tomlin

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. - Albert Einstein

"The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows." - Aristotle Onassis

"I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position." - Mark Twain

Baloney is the unvarnished lie laid on so thick you hate it. Blarney is flattery laid on so thin you love it. - Fulton J. Sheen

Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already. - Soren Kierkegaard

Life is an endless series of experiments. — Mohandas K Gandi

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. - C.S. Lewis

February 2005

Luck can't last a lifetime unless you die young. - Russell Banks

Murphy's Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. - Edward A. Murphy, Jr.

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation - George Washington

The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. - Edward Gibbon

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." - Einstein

"Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused." -Anonymous

No man can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting someone else to do the work." - John G. Pollard

It never occurs to me that there are things that I can't do. - Whoopi Goldberg

*We must believe in luck. For how else do we explain the success of those we don't like? - Jean Cocteau

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. - Shakespeare

"No sale is really complete until the product is worn out, and the customer is satisfied." - L.L. Bean

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castaneda.

A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world: everyone you meet is your mirror. - Ken Keyes, Jr

Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become. - Mary McGrory

"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated." - Paul Anderson

"Win one for the Gipper!" - George Gipp

*"If your business keeps you so busy that you have no time for anything else, there must be something wrong, either with you or with your business." - William J.H. Boetecker

"I have a most peaceable disposition. My desires are for a modest hut, a thatched roof, but a good bed, good food, very fresh milk and butter, flowers in front of my window and a few pretty trees by my door. And should the good Lord wish to make me really happy, he will allow me the pleasure of seeing about six or seven of my enemies hanged upon those trees." - Heinrich Heine

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest and then becomes a host, and then a master. - Khalil Gibran

"Define your business goals clearly so that others can see them as you do." - George Burns

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Revolve your world around the customer and more customers will revolve around you." - Heather Williams

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. - Bill Vaughan

Things ain't what they used to be and probably never was. - Will Rogers

January 2005

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly and I did. I said I didn't know. — Mark Twain

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato (429-347 BC)

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror." - Oscar Wilde

Silence is more eloquent than words. - Thomas Carlyle

Time is a great Healer but a lousy Beautician

Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them. - Aldous Huxley

Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists, when you can ignore them like wise men? - Natalie Clifford Barney

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows" - Dwight Eisenhower

Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parent, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers. - Socrates

"Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream." - Malcolm Muggeridge

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. - Diane Ackerman

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Martin L. King, Jr.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. - Martin L. King, Jr.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. - Martin L. King, Jr.

Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. - Martin L. King, Jr. - I've Been to the Mountaintop, - a speech made the day before his assassination

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live. - Martin L. King, Jr.

"Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." - Anatole France

"The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything. - Oscar Wilde

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. - Henry J. Kaiser

"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." - Oscar Wilde

"You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours." -Colin Powell

"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate accomplishments." - Napoleon Hill

One small step for a man ~ One giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong

December 2004

"The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Holidays have no pity. - Eugenio Montale

When we fail we call it experience; when we succeed, we call it genius

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Every society honours its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." - Mignon McLaughlin

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. — Winston Churchill

*"When anger spreads through the breast, guard thy tongue from barking idly." - Sappho

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. - D. P. Barron

The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have not stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is a sin. - Benjamin E. Mayes

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? - Mahatma Ghandi

There are three kinds of death in this world. There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network. - Guy Almes

If you are never scared, embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take chances. - Julia Soul

Wealth flows from energy and ideas. - William Feather

Victory belongs to the most persevering. - Napoléon Bonaparte

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday. - Gladys Tabor

Forgiveness for ourselves is the journey from guilt over what we have done or not done to the celebration of what we have become. - Dr. Joan Borysenko

You can always spot a well-informed man -- his views are the same as yours. - Ilka Chase

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. - Everett Dirksen

I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going. - George Bernard Shaw

The only thing standing between me and total happiness is reality. - Douglas Porter

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. - Cicero

Just because you have a computer, doesn't mean you can't be stupid. - Beavis and Butthead

"He who knows not but knows not that he knows not is a fool; shun him. He who knows not, but knows he knows not is a wise man; follow him." - Plato

I began to look forward with delight to the approaching winter with its wondrous storms, when I would be warmly snow-bound in my Yosemite cabin with plenty of bread and books. - John Muir

Memory is a net; one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook; but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking. - Oiver Wendell Holmes Sr.

November 2004

"The very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our lives is toward happiness." - Dalai Lama

The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church. - Fedinand Magellan

"The best part about telling the truth is that you don't have to remember what you said." Mark Twain

Suffering is overated. - Bill Veeck

"It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that." - Alan Alda

The Snow Goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. - Lao-Tse

Only the mediocre are always at their best. - Jean Giraudoux

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

A dog will show his love by jumping on you at the front door. A cat will show his love by ignoring you, and then curling up next to you when you need it most. - Danielle Asson

I do dumb things sometimes. - Bob Knight

True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes. - Edward F. Halifax

Altruism is a fine motive, but if you want results, greed works much better. - Henry Spencer

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. - Maya Angelou

Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made. - Otto Von Bismarck

In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. - John C Dvorak

All men by nature desire knowledge. — Aristotle

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. - Oscar Wilde

"How can they say my life isn't a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?" - Logan Pearsall Smith

"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." - Xenocrates (396-314 B.C.)

"If we fail to anticipate the unforseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized, or easily referenced." -The X-Files: Fight the Future

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." - Margaret Thatcher

Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something. - Pancho Villa Last words

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

October 2004

"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." - Muhammad Ali

I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs. - Samuel Goldwyn

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away. - Sir Arthur Helps

"I get by with a little help from my friends." - John Lennon

Consider the postage stamp: its usefullness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. - Josh Billings

You tell me, and I forget. You teach me, and I remember. You involve me, and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin

"...Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third. " - Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men. - Abraham Lincoln

The essence of risk management lies in maximizing the areas where we have some control over the outcome while minimizing the areas where we have absolutely no control over the outcome. - Peter L. Bernstein

Sadly, some folks want others to feel their pain, to hurt as much as they do--or more. My grandmother once told me to avoid colds and angry people whenever I could. It's sound advice. - Walter Anderson

"If you want to say it with flowers, a single rose says: I'm cheap!" - Delta Burke

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." - Dereke Bruce

What I love the most about deadlines is the whooshing sound they make as they go by. - Douglas Adams

Dollars have never been known to produce character, and character will never be produced by money. - W.K. Kellogg

"Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least." - Earl of Chesterfield

"A wise man knows his ignorance; a fool thinks he knows everything." - C. Simmons

"Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing." Wernher von Braun

If you owe the bank $100, that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem. - John Paul Getty

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. - Oscar Wilde

"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others." - Jacob M. Braude

The Ten Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words. - Atlanta Journal

"Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none." - William Shakespeare

A wop bop a lu bop a wop bam boom! - Little Richard

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. - Henry David Thoreau

I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I become that person. Or he became me. - Cary Grant

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

September 2004

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. - Pablo Picasso

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity. -Christopher Morley

There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. - Marshall McLuhan

Cultivation to the mind, is as necessary as food to the body. - Cicero

He is the richest who is content with the least. -Socrates

If at first you do succeed - try to hide your astonishment. - Harry Banks

"I'm not offended by dumb blonde jokes because I know that I'm not dumb. I also know I'm not blonde." - Dolly Parton

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. - Omar Bradley

Old hippies don't die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again. - Joseph Gallivan

The really nice thing about NOT planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by a period of worry and depression. - Sir John Harvey-Jones

"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it." - George Orwell

"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." - Groucho Marx

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. - Edward Estlin Cummings

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. - Thomas Paine

The human mind once stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is out-grossing my films. - Paul Newman

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. - Ronald Reagan

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person? - La Rochefoucauld

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. - Elie Wiesel

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home. - Phyllis Diller

"Yes. I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punnishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." - Oscar Wilde

A fool may be known by six things: anger, without cause; speech, without profit; change, without progress; inquiry without object; putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking> foes for friends. - (Arabian proverb)

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

Man is a game playing animal and a computer is another way to play games. - Scott Adams

August 2004

This "telephone" has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. - Western Union internal memo c.1876

Equal opportunity means everybody will have a fair chance at being incompetent. - Laurence J. Peter

"I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career." - Gloria Steinem

"A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about." - Douglas Noel Adams

"A nickel isn't worth a dime today" - Yogi Berra

"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in reaching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny." - Carl Schurz

Beware what you set your heart upon, for it shall surely be yours. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people. - Lucille S. Harper

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. - Napoleon Hill

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody, but ourselves. - Brian Tracy

Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like. - Ernest Benn

"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." - Mother Teresa

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. - Albert Einstein

I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I can go everywhere with a good feeling. — Geronimo

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes. - Henry Kaiser

It is possible to own too much. A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. - Lee Segall

The obscure we always see sooner or later; the obvious always seems to take a little longer. - Edward R. Murrow

If you expect to succeed, you'll succeed. - Nikita Koloff

I don't know why everyone makes such a fuss about Fred Astaire's dancing. I did all the same steps, only backwards. And in heels! - Ginger Rogers

"Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life." - Joseph Conrad

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." - Benjamin Franklin

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless. — Milton Friedman

"Oh, I don't drink these days, I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs." - Robert Downey Jr

"Imagination is more important than knowledge..." - Albert Einstein

"Never explain- your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyways." - Elbert Hubbard

"It's funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating." - Jack Handey

Try not! Do, or do not. There is no try. — Yoda

Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. - Michael Caine

Debts and lies are generally mixed together. - Francois Rabelais

100 Dollars placed at 7 percent interest compounded quarterly for 200 years will increase to more than 100,000,000 Dollars, by which time it will be worth nothing. - Lazarus Long

"Pick battles important enough to fight and small enough to win." - Johnathan Kozol

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

July 2004

Good ideas and innovations must be driven into existence by courageous patience. - Admiral Hyman Rickover

*"You are the sum total of all of your choices up to now." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions. - Peter Drucker

Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. - General George S. Patton

"The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices." - Frederick II, the Great

Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster. - Weston H. Agor

"One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called weasel words." – Theodore Roosevelt, 1916

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. - Burt Bacharach

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. - Benjamin Franklin

"Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies." - Honore de Balzac

"That on the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California," which was "an earthly paradise." - Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo, Spanish author about 1510

"Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking" - J.C. Watts

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?" - Abraham Lincoln

You have to learn to appreciate the little things in life, because the big things may never get here and then you've sat around for nothing. - Paul Reiser

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore." - Dorothy Bryant

*Living well is the best revenge. - George Herbert

"I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation." - Mike Todd

December 2004

"The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Holidays have no pity. - Eugenio Montale

When we fail we call it experience; when we succeed, we call it genius

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Every society honours its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." - Mignon McLaughlin

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. — Winston Churchill

*"When anger spreads through the breast, guard thy tongue from barking idly." - Sappho

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. - D. P. Barron

The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have not stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is a sin. - Benjamin E. Mayes

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? - Mahatma Ghandi

There are three kinds of death in this world. There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network. - Guy Almes

If you are never scared, embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take chances. - Julia Soul

Wealth flows from energy and ideas. - William Feather

Victory belongs to the most persevering. - Napoléon Bonaparte

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday. - Gladys Tabor

Forgiveness for ourselves is the journey from guilt over what we have done or not done to the celebration of what we have become. - Dr. Joan Borysenko

You can always spot a well-informed man -- his views are the same as yours. - Ilka Chase

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. - Everett Dirksen

I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going. - George Bernard Shaw

The only thing standing between me and total happiness is reality. - Douglas Porter

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. - Cicero

Just because you have a computer, doesn't mean you can't be stupid. - Beavis and Butthead

"He who knows not but knows not that he knows not is a fool; shun him. He who knows not, but knows he knows not is a wise man; follow him." - Plato

I began to look forward with delight to the approaching winter with its wondrous storms, when I would be warmly snow-bound in my Yosemite cabin with plenty of bread and books. - John Muir

Memory is a net; one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook; but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking. - Oiver Wendell Holmes Sr.

November 2004

"The very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our lives is toward happiness." - Dalai Lama

The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church. - Fedinand Magellan

"The best part about telling the truth is that you don't have to remember what you said." Mark Twain

Suffering is overated. - Bill Veeck

"It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that." - Alan Alda

The Snow Goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. - Lao-Tse

Only the mediocre are always at their best. - Jean Giraudoux

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

A dog will show his love by jumping on you at the front door. A cat will show his love by ignoring you, and then curling up next to you when you need it most. - Danielle Asson

I do dumb things sometimes. - Bob Knight

True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes. - Edward F. Halifax

Altruism is a fine motive, but if you want results, greed works much better. - Henry Spencer

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. - Maya Angelou

Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made. - Otto Von Bismarck

In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. - John C Dvorak

All men by nature desire knowledge. — Aristotle

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. - Oscar Wilde

"How can they say my life isn't a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?" - Logan Pearsall Smith

"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." - Xenocrates (396-314 B.C.)

"If we fail to anticipate the unforseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized, or easily referenced." -The X-Files: Fight the Future

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." - Margaret Thatcher

Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something. - Pancho Villa Last words

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

October 2004

"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." - Muhammad Ali

I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs. - Samuel Goldwyn

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away. - Sir Arthur Helps

"I get by with a little help from my friends." - John Lennon

Consider the postage stamp: its usefullness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. - Josh Billings

You tell me, and I forget. You teach me, and I remember. You involve me, and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin

"...Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third. " - Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men. - Abraham Lincoln

The essence of risk management lies in maximizing the areas where we have some control over the outcome while minimizing the areas where we have absolutely no control over the outcome. - Peter L. Bernstein

Sadly, some folks want others to feel their pain, to hurt as much as they do--or more. My grandmother once told me to avoid colds and angry people whenever I could. It's sound advice. - Walter Anderson

"If you want to say it with flowers, a single rose says: I'm cheap!" - Delta Burke

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." - Dereke Bruce

What I love the most about deadlines is the whooshing sound they make as they go by. - Douglas Adams

Dollars have never been known to produce character, and character will never be produced by money. - W.K. Kellogg

"Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least." - Earl of Chesterfield

"A wise man knows his ignorance; a fool thinks he knows everything." - C. Simmons

"Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing." Wernher von Braun

If you owe the bank $100, that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem. - John Paul Getty

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. - Oscar Wilde

"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others." - Jacob M. Braude

The Ten Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words. - Atlanta Journal

"Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none." - William Shakespeare

A wop bop a lu bop a wop bam boom! - Little Richard

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. - Henry David Thoreau

I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I become that person. Or he became me. - Cary Grant

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

September 2004

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. - Pablo Picasso

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity. -Christopher Morley

There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. - Marshall McLuhan

Cultivation to the mind, is as necessary as food to the body. - Cicero

He is the richest who is content with the least. -Socrates

If at first you do succeed - try to hide your astonishment. - Harry Banks

"I'm not offended by dumb blonde jokes because I know that I'm not dumb. I also know I'm not blonde." - Dolly Parton

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. - Omar Bradley

Old hippies don't die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again. - Joseph Gallivan

The really nice thing about NOT planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by a period of worry and depression. - Sir John Harvey-Jones

"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it." - George Orwell

"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." - Groucho Marx

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. - Edward Estlin Cummings

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. - Thomas Paine

The human mind once stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is out-grossing my films. - Paul Newman

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. - Ronald Reagan

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person? - La Rochefoucauld

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. - Elie Wiesel

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home. - Phyllis Diller

"Yes. I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punnishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." - Oscar Wilde

A fool may be known by six things: anger, without cause; speech, without profit; change, without progress; inquiry without object; putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking> foes for friends. - (Arabian proverb)

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

Man is a game playing animal and a computer is another way to play games. - Scott Adams

August 2004

This "telephone" has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. - Western Union internal memo c.1876

Equal opportunity means everybody will have a fair chance at being incompetent. - Laurence J. Peter

"I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career." - Gloria Steinem

"A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about." - Douglas Noel Adams

"A nickel isn't worth a dime today" - Yogi Berra

"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in reaching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny." - Carl Schurz

Beware what you set your heart upon, for it shall surely be yours. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people. - Lucille S. Harper

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. - Napoleon Hill

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody, but ourselves. - Brian Tracy

Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like. - Ernest Benn

"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." - Mother Teresa

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. - Albert Einstein

I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I can go everywhere with a good feeling. — Geronimo

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes. - Henry Kaiser

It is possible to own too much. A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. - Lee Segall

The obscure we always see sooner or later; the obvious always seems to take a little longer. - Edward R. Murrow

If you expect to succeed, you'll succeed. - Nikita Koloff

I don't know why everyone makes such a fuss about Fred Astaire's dancing. I did all the same steps, only backwards. And in heels! - Ginger Rogers

"Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life." - Joseph Conrad

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." - Benjamin Franklin

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless. — Milton Friedman

"Oh, I don't drink these days, I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs." - Robert Downey Jr

"Imagination is more important than knowledge..." - Albert Einstein

"Never explain- your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyways." - Elbert Hubbard

"It's funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating." - Jack Handey

Try not! Do, or do not. There is no try. — Yoda

Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. - Michael Caine

Debts and lies are generally mixed together. - Francois Rabelais

100 Dollars placed at 7 percent interest compounded quarterly for 200 years will increase to more than 100,000,000 Dollars, by which time it will be worth nothing. - Lazarus Long

"Pick battles important enough to fight and small enough to win." - Johnathan Kozol

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

July 2004

Good ideas and innovations must be driven into existence by courageous patience. - Admiral Hyman Rickover

*"You are the sum total of all of your choices up to now." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions. - Peter Drucker

Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. - General George S. Patton

"The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices." - Frederick II, the Great

Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster. - Weston H. Agor

"One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called weasel words." – Theodore Roosevelt, 1916

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. - Burt Bacharach

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. - Benjamin Franklin

"Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies." - Honore de Balzac

"That on the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California," which was "an earthly paradise." - Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo, Spanish author about 1510

"Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking" - J.C. Watts

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?" - Abraham Lincoln

You have to learn to appreciate the little things in life, because the big things may never get here and then you've sat around for nothing. - Paul Reiser

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore." - Dorothy Bryant

*Living well is the best revenge. - George Herbert

"I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation." - Mike Todd

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky

"An eye for an eye leads only to more blindness.” - Margaret Atwood

"No gain is so certain as that which proceeds from the economical use of what you already have." - Latin proverb

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. - Martha Washington (1732 - 1802)

"Let him that would move the world, first move himself." - Socrates

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. --Roger Caras

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. - Oprah Winfrey

"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses." -- ?

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game. - Donald Trump

June 2004

"The truth must dazzle gradually......" -Emily Dickenson

To listen well is as powerful a means of communication as to talk well. - Chief Justice John Marshall

Only those who also feel fear are truly courageous. The others are merely foolhardy. - Willy Brandt

*There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

"Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." - Mary Tyler Moore TV Show

Once Time was Money. Now it is More Valuable than Money. - Charles House

It's a wonder we don't dissolve in our own bath water. - Pablo Picasso

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci

I will tell you that there have been no failures in my life. . . There have [just] been some tremendous lessons. - Oprah Winfrey

In Germany, they came first for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists but I didn't speak up because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time nobody was left to speak up. - Martin Niemoeller, Dachau, 1944

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Too many people today know the price of everything and the value of nothing. - Ann Landers

Good night, and God bless. - Red Skelton

*The problem with the global village is all the global village idiots. - P. Ginsparg

"If you can't convince them, confuse them." - Harry S. Truman

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." - Judy Garland

"All you need is love." - John Lennon

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." - John F. Kennedy

Let every eye negotiate for itself, and trust no agent. - William Shakespeare

Because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." - Anne Frank

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. - Ronald Reagan

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. - John Naisbitt

*The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights. - J. Paul Getty

Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right. - Henry Ford

"How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things but by how well we are understood." - Andy Grove

"You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need." - The Rolling Stones

Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out. - Unknown

May 2004

Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein

"The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage." - Mark Russell

"I liked things better when I didn't understand them" - Calvin and Hobbes

*We are what we repeatedly do. - Aristotle

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." - Martin Luther King Jr

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. — Helen Keller

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. - Winston Churchill

Don't let your tongue cut your throat. - Irish Proverb

Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one which he has had some fun,some joy,some real satisfaction,that day is a loss - Dwight Eisenhower

Communications without intelligence is noise; Intelligence without communications is irrelevant. - Gen. Alfred. M. Gray, USMC

My dog is usually pleased with what I do, because she is not infected with the concept of what I 'should' be doing. – Lonzo Idolswine

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house. - Zsa Zsa Gabor

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings. - Hodding Carter, Jr

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just to enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate. -Thornton Wilder

It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich. - Alan Alda

In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. - Benjamin Franklin

*A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble. - Mahatma Gandhi

As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big. - Donald Trump

"The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines - so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings." - Frank Lloyd Wright

Oh you can walk the straight and narrow, But with a little bit of luck, you’ll run amuck! --- The Lord is throwing goodness at you, But with a little bit of luck a man can duck. - Stanley Doolittle, My Fair Lady

*Foolproof systems don’t take into account the ingenuity of fools. - Gene Brown

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." - Plato

Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. — Ayn Rand

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. - John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. — Muhammad Ali

"It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear." - Norm Peterson, (Cheers, TV show)

I think, therefore I am. Descartes

*A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money. - Senator Everett Dirksen

April 2004

*We can do no great things - only small things with great care. - Mother Teresa

Life is like a B-Grade movie. You don't want to leave in the middle, but you don't want to see it again. - Ted Turner

"All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose." - Brian Tracy

*The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. - Marcus Tullius Cicero, 55 BC

'True wisdom lies in knowing that you know nothing.' Hey, that's us dude. - Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (movie)

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. -Muhammed Ali

*"You all laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same."- John Davis

I find television very educating. Every time sombody turns on the set, i go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. — Napoleon Bonaparte

The joy of life is made up of obscure and seemingly mundane victories that give us our own small satifactions. - Billy Joel

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. - William H. Walton

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age. - Jeanne Moreau

* *I have nothing but contempt for the person who can only find one way to spell a word. —Thomas Jefferson

"640K ought to be enough for anybody"(1981 speech) - Bill Gates

"Life is truly a ride. We’re all strapped in, and no one can stop it. ¶When the doctor slaps your behind, he’s ripping your ticket and away you go. As you make each passage from youth to adulthood to maturity, sometimes you put your arms up and scream, sometimes you just hang on to the bar in front of you. ¶But the ride is the thing. I think the most you can hope for at the end of life is that your hair’s messed up, you’re out of breath, and you didn’t throw up." —Jerry Seinfeld, SeinLanguage

"Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting." - Karl Wallenda

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. -Harry Truman

*Every exit is an entry somewhere else. -Tom Stoppard

March 2004

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. -Richard Moss

*Everything worth doing starts with fear. -Art Garfunkel

"Be sincere and true to your word, serious and careful in your actions; and you will get along even among barbarians, But if you are not sincere and untrustworthy in your speech, frivolous and careless in your actions, how will you get along even among your own neighbors? When stand, see these principles in front of you; in your carriage see them on the yoke. Then you may be sure to get along." - Confucius

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond. -May West

If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out? -Will Rogers

The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life— and one is as good as the other. - Ernest Hemingway

"Be good. If you can't be good, be careful. If you can't be careful, be spectacular."

A lie can travel half-way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes -- Mark Twain

*The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. -- Henry David Thoreau

*We have met the enemy and he is us. Walt Kelly (via his cartoon character Pogo), 1971

*"You can fool half of the people all of the time and that's enough to make a good living." --W.C. Fields

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.

All the Constitution guarantees is the pursuit of happiness. You have to catch up with it by yourself. --Benjamin Franklin

“A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The day I say, "This is good enough for me," is the day I begin to die, Poilar. I want to know what I am. After that I want to know what I'm capable of becoming. And then I want to become it. I want to keep reaching higher all the time. -Robert Silverberg, Kingdoms of the Wall

Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. -Alden Nowlen

One of the biggest troubles with success is that its recipe is often the same as that for a nervous breakdown.

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment. -- T. H. White

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. --- Abraham Lincoln

A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was. ---Joseph Hall (1574-1656) English clergyman and satirist

Great men never regard themselves as great - insignificant men never feel insignificant. -Chinese proverb

February 2004

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. -- Confucius

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)

"Please provide the date of your death." -from an IRS letter

I know the answer! The answer lies within the heart of all mankind! The answer is twelve? I think I'm in the wrong building. --Peppermint Patty, "Peanuts"

Minds are like Parachutes... they only function when open.

The road to ruin is wide, straight, smooth, and downhill; while the road to success is narrow, winding, bumpy, and uphill. This is why so few are successful.

*People who think they know everything greatly annoy those of us who do.

I'm not into the money thing. You can only sleep in one bed at a time. You can only eat one meal at a time, or be in one car at a time. So I don't have to have millions of dollars to be happy. All I need are clothes on my back, a decent meal, and a little loving when I feel like it. That's the bottom line--Ray Charles

'Home' is any four walls that enclose the right person. -- Helen Rowland

Then I will tell you a great secret, Captain. Perhaps the greatest of all time. The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make up this station and the nebula outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are starstuff, we are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. As we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective. -- Delenn, "Babylon 5"

"Air travel: Breakfast in London, dinner in New York, luggage in Brazil."

“‘Tis better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. Joseph Addison

Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it. --Mae West(1892-1980)

*The direction we are facing has a lot to do with our destination.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power". --Abraham Lincoln

An idea is useless until the first step is taken to try it out

It is not whether you get knocked down, it is whether you get up. --Vince Lombardi

Deeds are Greater than Knowladge and Intentions Combined

"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today." -Will Rogers

*"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy, former President of the United States of America

A BOY ..."Of all wild beasts, the most difficult to manage. -- Plato "

* Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it.

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter the least -Goethe

*"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers

* Worth reading 2X



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