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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 2014 Quotations (60)

"Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat."
~~ Dorothy Parker [1893-1967]

"Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men."
~~ Mortimer J. Adler [1902-2001]

"We are what we repeatedly do."
~~ Greek philosopher Aristotle [384-322 B.C.E.]

"The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense."
~~ Dr. J.A. Langford

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time [that] you fall."
~~ Nelson Mandela [1918-2013]

“You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge.”
~~ Damon Runyon [1884-1946]

(re: acting) "You've got to show your soul. Otherwise, you're just a piece of equipment."
~~ Sylvester Stallone

"A book is a device to ignite the imagination."
~~ British playwright Alan Bennett

"Learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"Your job today is to sparkle !"
~~ G.E. Nordell

"I am, therefore I'll think."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"A 2012 poll found that people who listened to no news were better informed than those who listened to Fox News."
~~ journalist Charles Blow, New York Times

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home."
~~ Anna Quindlen, in "How Reading Changed My Life"

"The moviemaker can ask questions but not give solutions."
~~ Costa-Gavras

"Free men of every generation must combat renewed efforts of organized force and greed to destroy liberty."
~~ Robert M. 'Fighting Bob' La Follette [1855-1925]

"Humankind cannot bear very much reality."
~~ poet T.S. Eliot [1888-1965]

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting."
~~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Stuart, Countess of Bute

"Addressing our climate crisis is not just a question of morality or ethics; it is a question of our own survival."
~~ Sen. Harry Reid

"The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will'. Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilites as probabilities.”
~~ Charles Dickens [1812-70]

"Wisdom begins in wonder."
~~ Socrates [469-399 B.C.E.]

"Leap and the net will appear."
~~ naturalist John Burroughs [1837-1921]

"Be curious, not judgmental."
~~ Walt Whitman [1819-92]

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'It will be happier . . .'."
~~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson [1809-92]

"There is neither happiness or misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness."
~~ Alexander Dumas, fils [1824-95]

"Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed."
~~ Mary Oliver

"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience."
~~ Emily Dickinson [1830-86]

"Believe [that] there is a Great Power silently working all things for good, behave yourself, and never mind the rest."
~~ Beatrix Potter [1866-1943]

"We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom."
~~ Count Leo Tolstoy [1828-1910]

"I do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us."
~~ Anne Lamott

"If light is in your heart you will find your way home."
~~ Persian poet & mystic Rumi [1207-73]

"Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you because it will."
~~ Cheryl Strayed

"Someone [that] I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift."
~~ Mary Oliver

"Life appears too short to be spent nursing animosity or registering wrongs."
~~ Charlotte Brontë [1816-55]

"For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack."
~~ D.H. Lawrence [1885-1930]

"The stomach carries the heart, and not the heart the stomach."
~~ Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes [1547-1616]

"Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it."
~~ Simone de Beauvoir [1908-86]

"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind."
~~ Henry James [1843-1916]

"Imagination is the eye of the soul."
~~ Joseph Joubert [1754-1824]

"I travel not to go anywhere, but to travel. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."
~~ Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-94]

"Talent is a long patience, and originality and effort of will and intense observation."
~~ Gustave Flaubert [1821-80]

"We live, man and worm, in a time when almost everything can mean every thing."
~~ James Thurber [1894-1961]

"Democracy is a Life, and requires daily struggle."
~~ Robert M. 'Fighting Bob' La Follette [1855-1925]

"I know of only one duty, and that is to love."
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60]

"To argue with a man who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."
~~ Thomas Paine [1737-1809] in 1776

“Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.”
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826], in 1779

"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."
~~ James Madison [1751-1836, in 1785

"There is nothing but beauty – and beauty has only one perfect expression, Poetry. All the rest is a lie."
~~ French poet Stéphane Mallarmé [1842-98]

“Never underestimate the fondness of people and organizations for the status quo.”
~~ Andrew McAfee, author of "Enterprise 2.0"

"I am awake for the first time, and all else before me has been a mean sleep."
~~ Walt Whitman [1819-92]

"All our progress is unfolding. Trust the instinct to the end."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"Books are the carriers of civilization."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"God will not look you over for medals, diplomas, or degrees – but for scars."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

"The most exquisite things in nature and in art possess an indefinable quality called style."
~~ Gustav Stickley [1858-1942]

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"The dog barks but the caravan passes on."
~~ Goethe [1749-1832]

"If the sun and moon should doubt / they'd immediately go out."
~~ Wm. Blake [1757–1827]

"Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either."
~~ Golda Meir [1898-1978]

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage."
~~ Maya Angelou

"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less."
~~ Susan B. Anthony [1820-1906]

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal."
~~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton [1815-1902]

"Economics is too important to be left to the experts."
~~ Ludwig von Mises [1881-1973]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Washington State Is Proof For Minimum Wage Hike

“When Washington [State] residents voted in 1998 to raise the state’s minimum wage and link it to the cost of living, opponents warned [that] the measure would be a job-killer . . . In the 15 years that followed, the state’s minimum wage climbed to $9.32 — the highest in the country. Meanwhile job growth continued at an average 0.8 percent annual pace, 0.3 percentage points above the national rate. Payrolls at Washington’s restaurants and bars, portrayed as particularly vulnerable to higher wage costs, expanded by 21 percent. [Washing-ton State's] poverty has trailed the U.S. level for at least seven years.”
~~ Bloomberg News