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Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 2015 Quotations (60)

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
~~ Thomas Alva Edison [1847-1931]

“Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.”
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser."
~~ football coach Vince Lombardi [1913-70]

“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray’. We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.“
~~ Bishop Desmond Tutu

"My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people."
~~ Steve Jobs [1955-2011] of Apple, Inc.

"I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results."
~~ Alfred Nobel [1833-96]

"Music is intended for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions."
~~ Jacques Barzun [1907-2012]

"Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places."
~~ marketing expert E. Joseph Cossman [1918-2002]

“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.”
~~ Laura Ingalls Wilder [1867-1957]

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.“
~~ J.K. Rowling

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact."
~~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859-1930]

"Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

"All things come too late for those who wait."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

"To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.”
~~ Charles Darwin [1809-82]

"Russia never lost the Cold War . . . because it never ended."
~~ Russian dictator Vladimir Putin

"Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be."
~~ William Hazlitt [1788-1830]

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

"Find the ones who haven't given up – they are the future."
~~ line spoken by George Clooney in the movie "Tomorrowland" [2015]

“I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.”
~~ line spoken by John Bernard Books {portrayed by John Wayne} in the movie “The Shootist” [1976]

“There is no way back into the past. The choice is the Universe – or nothing.”
~~ H.G. Wells [1866-1946]

"For my handling of the situation at Tombstone, I have no regrets. Were it to be done again, I would do it exactly as I did it at the time."
~~ Western lawman Wyatt Earp [1848-1929]

“History is a lie agreed upon.”
~~ Al Swearengen [1845-1904]

“Belief or nonbelief has no power over objective truth.”
~~ Theodore Sturgeon [1918-85] in his short story "Dazed" (Galaxy, 9/1971)

“Some folks follow old wagon tracks. Others break new trails.”
~~ old Western saying

“The West is good country for men and dogs but mighty hard on women and oxen.”
~~ old Western saying

“The proponents of 'intelligent design' and its forebear, creationism, brook no compromise with their demands to corrupt science with their anti-Reason beliefs. Respond to them by suggesting that fairness to both 'sides' of the issue requires equal time for Darwinian evolution being taught in the churches.“
~~ G.E. Nordell

“Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion.“
~~ Harlan Ellison

"When you fly one of these rags {the Confederate flag} you are not being a rebel, you are being a racist."
~~ Alessandra of France, who blogs as LaFeminista on DailyKos

"How can you look at the Texas legislature and still believe in intelligent design?"
~~ Kinky Friedman

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”
~~ G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936]

"Dangerous thing, giving humanity the knowledge of good and evil. And the capacity to make the wrong choice more often than not."
~~ mystery author Lawrence Block

"The idea that trials are a search for the truth is a myth. Trials are a search for that which the jury will believe is the truth."
~~ attorney & mystery author David Rosenfelt

“A writer is someone who finishes.”
~~ Thomas Farber

“We live well, in the West; belief in a non-existent black-and-white morality is one of our luxuries.“
~~ Timothy Hallinan

“One's country had no right to demand everything. There is much that is higher and better and grander than one's own country. One is patriotic only because one is too small and weak to be cosmopolitan.“
~~ Anthony Trollope [1815-82]

"Good design is as little design as possible."
~~ Dieter Rams

"When you talk, you are only repeating what you know; but when you listen, you learn something new."
~~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains."
~~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau [1712-78]

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"Whoever admits that anything living is evil must either believe that God is malignantly capable of creating evil, or else believe that God has made many mistakes."
~~ British writer George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"If you wish to learn the art of conversation, I will email it to you."
~~ Henry Kipling

"You can't escape history, or the needs and neuroses [that] you've picked up like layers and layers of tartar on your teeth."
~~ Charles Johnson

"The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears."
~~ Native American proverb

"All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust."
~~ J.M. Barrie [1860-1937], creator of "Peter Pan"

"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"I believe in equality. Equality for everybody. No matter how stupid they are or how superior I am to them."
~~ actor & writer Steve Martin

"I want every little girl who is told [that] she is bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills."
~~ Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook, Inc.

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."
~~ Henry Miller [1891-1980]

"The writer is by nature a dreamer – a conscious dreamer."
~~ Carson McCullers [1917-67]

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
~~ William Arthur Ward [1921-94]

"'Enough' is a feast."
~~ Buddhist proverb

"If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily."
~~ Gerald Good

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."
~~ Stoic philosopher Epictetus [55?–135? C.E.]

"This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before."
~~ Dr. Maya Angelou [1928-2014]

”Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
~~ Truman Capote [1924-84]

”I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

“Cause change and lead; accept change and survive; resist change and die.”
~~ Ray Noorda [1924-2006]

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
~~ Helen Keller [1880-1968]

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
~~ Benjamin Franklin [1706-90]

"The inside of a mailbox should always be kept clean in case you get a love letter."
~~ Charlie Brown, comic strip character, as written by Charles M. Schulz [1922-2000]

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

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Blog Revisions June 2015

Amazon sent out emails about internal coding changes that made certain widgets obsolete, effective August First. I had seven books coded on the homepage for this blog (no sales, but gotta be ready for buyers). When I opened Blogger to make changes, they offered all-new Templates, which I have taken advantage of. New red color, new text sizes, two of the coded books are newly coded (the others are dropped), and the Archive listing on the right is much simplified. The outside Important Links are verified & modified. And you can still sign up for email notification whenever I post something new, via Feedblitz.

A few things among the changes are not quite how I want, but the overall look is a great improvement. So now back to work on the many webpages that need further attention . . .