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Monday, December 31, 2007

Year-End Quotations

"When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it's just wonderful."
~~ Fran├žois Truffaut [1932-84]

"Also, there is no R in team."
~~ G.E.Nordell

"Great as the provocation has been in dealing with the foes who habitually resort to treachery, murder and torture against our men, nothing can justify ... the use of torture or inhumane conduct ... on the part of the American Army."
~~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1902

"There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and shame the devil."
~~ Walter Lippmann [1889-1974]

"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn – and [to] change."
~~ Carl Rogers [1902-1987]

"The planet is in distress and all of the attention is on Paris Hilton. We have to ask ourselves 'What is going on here?'."
~~ Al Gore, Jr.

"George W. Bush isn't the President, he just plays one on television."
~~ G.E.Nordell

"The health of society depends upon the quality of the information [that] it receives."
~~ Walter Lippmann [1889-1974]

"Reality is not negotiable."
~~ G.E.Nordell

"Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror ... States like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world."
~~ George W. Bush ("State of The Union", 29 January 2002)

"Religious beliefs, no matter the culture, seldom depend on logic and rationality and often bring out the worst in people."
~~ mystery author team Aimee & David Thurlo

"The emperor has no clue."
~~ radio talk show host Randi Rhodes

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it."
~~ Eleanor Roosevelt [1884-1962]

"[Art] only exists as an exercise of individual taste and freedom."
~~ Jane Smiley

"John Edwards is the candidate that corporate America is most afraid of."
~~ radio talk show host Thom Hartmann

"Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life."
~~ Burton Hills

"The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments."
~~ George Washington [1732-1799]

"Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-1865]

"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water."
~~ W.H. Auden [1907-1973]

"Corrupt political thought creates and is furthered by sloppy language."
~~ Peter C. Baker

“Politics has always been a mud fight – better that citizens jump in the trough than lose interest.”
~~ James Ponlewozik, in Time Magazine

DUCUNT VOLENTUM FATA, NOLENTUM TRAHUNT: "Fate leads those who are willing; the unwilling it drags."
~~ Seneca the Younger [4 BCE-65 CE]

"The thing is to be madly, madly in love all the time."
~~ Ray Bradbury

"Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood."
~~ Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it."
~~ William Penn [1644-1718]

"I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way."
~~ Carl Sandburg [1878-1967]

"The only real hell is on earth, and usually undeserved."
~~ Dick Francis (in "To The Hilt")

"Behind every successful woman ... is a substantial amount of coffee."
~~ Stephanie Pero

"[The theater] should challenge us with questions. Not answers, but questions."
~~ Gordon Davidson

"Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse."
~~ Miguel de Cervantes [1547-1616]

"All truth passes thru three stages: first it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third it is accepted as self-evident."
~~ Schopenhauer [1788-1860]

"Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible."
~~ Marcel Proust [1871-1922]

"There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy, we sow anonymous benefits upon the world."
~~ Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-1894]

"Everything in this world is an opportunity for pain and failure."
~~ Jackie Hoffman

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
~~ Helen Keller [1880-1968]

"Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never do less."
~~ Robert E. Lee [1807-1870]

"Nothing gives life more zest than running for your life."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-1988]

{many other such quotations are posted
on the Working Minds website}

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